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Solicitors…read more

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The routes to becoming a solicitor
Law graduate Non-Law graduate Non-graduate
A-Levels A-Levels GCSE/Mature student
Degree in Law Degree Enter Legal Profession
LPC Conversion Course ILEX Part 1
Training Contract Legal Practice Course ILEX Part 2
Professional Skills
Course Training Contract 2 years legal experience
Admission to the Professional Skills Legal Practice Course
Roll Course
Admission to the Roll Professional Skills Course
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The three routes to becoming a
The quickest and usual route to becoming a solicitor is by
gaining a law degree. If however your degree is in another
subject it is possible to do a one year conversion course, the
Common Professional Examination (CPE).
The next stage is to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC),
this course includes training in such things as client interviewing,
negotiation, advocacy and drafting legal documents.
Once these two academic stages are completed it is necessary to
complete a two year training contract with a firm of
solicitors. This is to gain practical experience. Whilst on this
training contract the trainee will be required to complete a 20 day
Professional Skills Course which builds on the skills learnt on the
Legal Practice Course. Once the two year training contract is
completed they will become a fully qualified solicitor and their
name will be added to the roll of solicitors maintained by the
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The three routes to becoming a
There is also a non-graduate route to becoming
a solicitor. This is also know as the ILEX route
where potential future solicitors first train the
become Legal Executives. This route is only
open to mature students and takes longer than
the other two routes but it does enable people to
earn money at the same time as they train to
become a solicitor.…read more

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The work of solicitors
The vast majority of solicitors work in private practice
for a solicitors' firm, however, there are other
organisations/careers open to a qualified solicitor;
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
Local Authority Legal Department
Government Legal Department
Legal Advisors in Commercial Organisations…read more

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Smith E

This is a good resource because it puts judges in the context of the professions that 'precede' it: solicitors and barristers. Slide 19 onwards address judges. The 'key judicial posts' slide 22 is a particularly good one. 

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