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Improve Your Chances of Becoming a Lawyer

 

Qualifying law degree a law degree course that contains the elements required by the Law Society and Bar Council.  If a student does not have a qualifying law degree, they will need to do a law conversion course (CPE or GDL)
National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) examination to be taken by students seeking entry on to undergraduate law degrees at several institutions
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) law degree qualification
Bachelor of Arts (BA) arts degree qualification
Common Professional Examination (CPE), one-year, full-time, post-graduate qualification taken by non-law graduates to convert them to law
Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) alternative, one-year, full-time, post-graduate qualification taken by non-law graduates to convert them to law
Legal Practice Course (LPC) one-year full time, post-graduate qualification taken by all prospective solicitors
Solicitor advocate suitably qualified solicitors, granted the rights of audience in the civil and criminal courts
Training contract pre-requisite to qualifying as a solicitor – two years, full-time, paid employment where prospective solicitors work, gain experience and get paid.
Bar Vocational Course (BVC) one-year, full-time, post graduate qualification taken by prospective barristers
Chambers barristers’ offices
Pupillage pre-requisite to qualifying as a barrister – one year, full time, in-service training shadowing an experienced barrister and supplying legal services
Tenancy qualified, self-employed barrister working in a set of chambers
Legal executive qualified lawyer, you can qualify whilst in paid legal employment without taking a degree

Magic Circle
The Magic Circle of Law is an informal name that describes the top five leading law firms that have their headquarters in the UK.

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