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Getting into the legal profession
Law in general
Member Name: michelleleatham
Law in general
Advantages: Interesting, varied and rewarding
Disadvantages: Expensive to get into the legal profession and a lot of hard work
Having just finished my first year studying for a law degree, I must say that whilst it is a lot of hard work studying law it is throughly enjoyable. Of course there are disadvantages to studying law over another subjects, such as expensive textbooks, demanding hours of work, more hours spent in lectures and difficult exams. However, if you truely have a passion for studying law all these disadvantages are certainly worth it.
Unfortunately I have not yet had experience as working within the law, but this is where I'm hoping to get to after my law degree. For anyone thinking about getting into the legal profession I think it is important that they are aware of how competitive and expensive this is. In order to become a qualified solicitor you must have a law degree (if your degree isn't in law, then you must to a one year conversion to law course), a one year Legal Practice Course (L.P.C) at a Law School which currently costs approximately £11,000 and then you must secure a training contract with a solicitors firm. This is harder to obtain than it sounds as there are thousands of law graduates every year competing to get very few training contracts.
If it is a barrister you would like to become you must have a law degree (again if your degree is not in law, you must do a one year conversion to law course), a Bar Vocational Course (B.V.C) and then must gain a pupillage at a barristers chambers. Again this is very difficult to obtain for the same reason.
Despite these obstacles, if you are determined to get into the law profession and work hard, it will be worth it.
Summary: Despite the obstacles of getting into the law profession, it will be worth it.
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