The Legal Profession - How to become Barristers + Solicitors

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Education and Training


  • A-Levels
  • Degree
    • Can study a degree in anything
    • Most take LLB law degree - Qualifying Law Degree - Must include core subjects
      • Obligations including contract, restitution + tort
      • Public Law
      • Criminal Law
      • Equity + law of trusts
      • Law of European Union
    • If student completes degree in another subject can do a 1 year law conversion course called Common Professional Examination (CPE)/General Diploma in Law (GDL) - £12,000
      • All core subjects
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) - £11,000 1 year
  • Training contract
    • 2 years practical experience in a solicitor's office
    • Can also be in Government department
    • CPS
    • Magistrates Court Service
    • In-House Legal departments
    • Spend time in various departments, trainee gains practical experience in at least 3 different areas
    • Get Paid minimum of £16,000-£18,000
  • Qualified
  • Can complete a certificate of advocacy, will allow them greater right of audience in higher courts
  • Can apply for judiciary and position of Queens Counsel
  • ILEX Route
  • 4 GCSEs
  • Obtain job as trainee legal executive
  • Join Institute of Legal executives Part 1 and 2 of ILEX exams - Study part time while you work
  • Work for 2 years in solicitor's office
  • Admitted as…


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