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What education do I need for becoming a lawyer

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    Hi I know nothing about the British education system and am planning to study there in 2 years

    - How long does law course last
    - Do I need to go to anyo ther colleges or stuff

    Also unrelated to this, how long does medicine last

    To become a lawyer, you either need to:
    1. Complete a law degree, or
    2. Complete any other degree and do the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) which is a one-year course in which you study the seven fundamental areas required to become a solicitor or barrister

    Once you've got that under your belt, the path diverges depending on whether you want to be a solicitor or barrister.
    To become a solicitor, you must then:
    1. Complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC), which is another one year course, and then
    2. Complete a two-year training contract at a solicitor's firm (which often lands you with a job at that firm)

    To become a barrister, instead of the route above you must:
    1. Complete the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), which is a one year course and then
    2. Complete a pupillage at a barrister's chambers

    So all in all, it takes 5 years to qualify as a lawyer, six if you don't do a Law degree.

    Is AS Level Law a law degree - sorry im honestly not sure aha

    (Original post by K. J. Robson)
    Is AS Level Law a law degree - sorry im honestly not sure aha
    No AS Law is a school leavers qualification that one would take in Year 12 (Age 16-17). It is equivalent to half of a full A Level. Normally people take 3-4 A Levels leaving school and universities look at your A Level predictions when deciding whether or not to give you an offer

    Thank you. Im suposed to see my careers advisor soon and he should be able to help me in more detail about this.
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