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    (Original post by abdulmilad)
    Guys i need your advice,

    Im a 19 year old university gap year applicant and will be attending LSE to do my law degree.

    I want to ask why do you want to be a barrister?

    Arent you ever afraid that you may not get clients and the stress of trying to win a case?

    Additionally what if you were working on a high profile case- couldnt your opposition try to get you killed or harm your family?

    Isnt the solicitor route more safe and secure?

    Please help me,

    Thank you
    Very intense question. Try and shadow a barrister. Probably the best explanation.
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    (Original post by Tiny92)
    That's so pathetic. If you can't answer that in hope of Pupillage go back to the learning board.
    I can't answer it. never attended a single one of my equity classes. It bored me. Passed the exam with 50%, enough to just get my degree. Doesn't mean to say I can't get pupillage, nor be a good barrister. Don't be so quick to judge.
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    (Original post by shestheone)
    I can't answer it. never attended a single one of my equity classes. It bored me. Passed the exam with 50%, enough to just get my degree. Doesn't mean to say I can't get pupillage, nor be a good barrister. Don't be so quick to judge.
    Was it a set that specialises in chancery work? Seems like a chancery set or commercial where you will need your equity module. I work in a commercial firm and I use it.

    Not being all that quick to judge but if another candidate who gets 71% in equity applying to that set and can nail the question where you can't? I would say they would be the better barrister, or at least ahead of you in the race for not being able to answer it.
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    (Original post by shestheone)
    I can't answer it. never attended a single one of my equity classes. It bored me. Passed the exam with 50%, enough to just get my degree. Doesn't mean to say I can't get pupillage, nor be a good barrister. Don't be so quick to judge.
    (Original post by Tiny92)
    Was it a set that specialises in chancery work? Seems like a chancery set or commercial where you will need your equity module. I work in a commercial firm and I use it.

    Not being all that quick to judge but if another candidate who gets 71% in equity applying to that set and can nail the question where you can't? I would say they would be the better barrister, or at least ahead of you in the race for not being able to answer it.
    Yes and no. On the one hand, Tiny92 is completely right. On the other, even though I got a 1st in equity (and marks do matter when applying for pupillage), I really don't remember most of the module and obtained said mark by cramming 1-2 days before the exams. Having said that, revising the basics before interviews is a given anyway, so being expected to know how to identify different types of trusts shouldn't be an issue, especially if applying to commercial/chancery sets...
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    These last few posts miss the point. The problem was asked as part of the final round interview process at one particular set. Each of the nine candidates was supposed to go home, use their legal research skills, and come up with their own answer, which was then to be submitted by email and marked by the pupillage committee. Trying to get help by posting the problem on a forum seems to me to be cheating.

    Whether the problem (which was much longer than the paragraph in question) is easy or hard, or whether applicants need x% on their Equity module to make it worth applying, is neither here nor there imo.
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    (Original post by Forum User)
    These last few posts miss the point. The problem was asked as part of the final round interview process at one particular set. Each of the nine candidates was supposed to go home, use their legal research skills, and come up with their own answer, which was then to be submitted by email and marked by the pupillage committee. Trying to get help by posting the problem on a forum seems to me to be cheating.

    Whether the problem (which was much longer than the paragraph in question) is easy or hard, or whether applicants need x% on their Equity module to make it worth applying, is neither here nor there imo.
    I think the point is pretty obvious (to me, anyway), so I'd say that the last few posts just went off on a tangent, rather than missing the point altogether. In any case, I agree that what the TSR user did was cheating but that there's also no point in pursuing it further as there's no way to identify them.
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    Is anyone waiting on Northampton 2nd round? If so when do you think we will hear by?
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    (Original post by pupillageseeker1)
    Is anyone waiting on Northampton 2nd round? If so when do you think we will hear by?
    They have already had second round interviews


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    (Original post by Leigh68)
    They have already had second round interviews


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    Hi, I know- I had one too. I mean the outcome of the second round
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    (Original post by pupillageseeker1)
    Hi, I know- I had one too. I mean the outcome of the second round
    Two weeks time. How did you find it? I found it rather laid back/not really challenging in comparison to different chambers.
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    (Original post by pupillageseeker1)
    Hi, I know- I had one too. I mean the outcome of the second round
    Apologies I misunderstood the question! I was told the end of this week but I think it depends whether you are applying for the April or October start.

    (Original post by Tiny92)
    Two weeks time. How did you find it? I found it rather laid back/not really challenging in comparison to different chambers.
    It was very different process, but it made a nice change. I think it was still challenging just in a different way (as in nothing legal!)I will post as soon as I hear anything. I'd love to know when you both hear back, PM is fine if you don't want to post.
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    (Original post by Leigh68)
    Apologies I misunderstood the question! I was told the end of this week but I think it depends whether you are applying for the April or October start.



    It was very different process, but it made a nice change. I think it was still challenging just in a different way (as in nothing legal!)I will post as soon as I hear anything. I'd love to know when you both hear back, PM is fine if you don't want to post.
    Will post when I know. Yeah it was different. Rather fun. I went for the AI argument and then waffled about the Super Bowl for my second.
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    (Original post by Tiny92)
    Will post when I know. Yeah it was different. Rather fun. I went for the AI argument and then waffled about the Super Bowl for my second.
    I was a bit thrown by talk about whatever you want, as we had been told we would be provided with a list. It took me about 5 minutes to think of a topic! But I agree, it was fun.
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    (Original post by Leigh68)
    I was a bit thrown by talk about whatever you want, as we had been told we would be provided with a list. It took me about 5 minutes to think of a topic! But I agree, it was fun.
    I've had one prepared in case for interviews. So it was slightly more welcome. Anyone anything from Tanfield?
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    (Original post by Tiny92)
    Anyone anything from Tanfield?
    Nothing yet, though according to their timetable, we're not meant to find out until 26 Feb
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    Quadrant rejections are out. Completely expected.
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    (Original post by Radebe91)
    Quadrant rejections are out. Completely expected.
    Commiserations.

    Quadrant 2nd rounds (test set) are also out, via email.
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    In addition, my interview with Pump Court Tax was utterly shambolic and one of the worst experiences of the last 3 years. So a great day all round
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    (Original post by Radebe91)
    In addition, my interview with Pump Court Tax was utterly shambolic and one of the worst experiences of the last 3 years. So a great day all round
    I've heard it's a tough set!
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    (Original post by Radebe91)
    In addition, my interview with Pump Court Tax was utterly shambolic and one of the worst experiences of the last 3 years. So a great day all round
    I absolutely feel your pain! At one point I was arguing and I didn't even know what I was arguing about! It's hard to stick to your guns when you have no idea what your guns are but it's comforting to know I wasn't the only one who staggered out in some kind of bemused trance !


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