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    I have been offered places at CoL for Birmingham and London - have accepted Birmingham with the Bar Council.

    I havent paid the deposit yet and am thinking of only actually confirming with CoL when I have a better idea of pupillage/scholarship in June/July.

    Is it too risky leaving it til then or should I just pay up and risk losing £350?
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    How good are your academics / CV?
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    Does your offer not have an expiry date for your acceptance? I only had a couple of weeks in which to accept my LPC place.
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    (Original post by st_files)
    I have been offered places at CoL for Birmingham and London - have accepted Birmingham with the Bar Council.

    I havent paid the deposit yet and am thinking of only actually confirming with CoL when I have a better idea of pupillage/scholarship in June/July.

    Is it too risky leaving it til then or should I just pay up and risk losing £350?
    I think you're likely but not certain to be able to get a place then. What made you choose Birmingham over London?
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    (Original post by resipsaloq)
    I think you're likely but not certain to be able to get a place then. What made you choose Birmingham over London?
    Its £3500 cheaper, will cost me less to travel to & the barristers I have spoken to say it makes no difference.

    My academics are poor but are 15yrs old so my commercial experience since is my selling point.

    I basically dont want to waste £350 if CoL will let me on the course in July.
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    (Original post by st_files)
    Its £3500 cheaper, will cost me less to travel to & the barristers I have spoken to say it makes no difference.

    My academics are poor but are 15yrs old so my commercial experience since is my selling point.

    I basically dont want to waste £350 if CoL will let me on the course in July.
    BPTC provider does make no difference so deffo best to go cheapest if you can.

    Don't know re: losing place depends how popular course is but people do drop out so i would say its more likely you can join the course than not. I had letters throughout the summer from the providers i rejected asking me to switch the year I did it, so it would have been fine in my year.

    What is your commercial experience? I remeber you posting you want to do family law so is it directly relevant to this?
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    (Original post by FMQ)
    BPTC provider does make no difference so deffo best to go cheapest if you can.

    Don't know re: losing place depends how popular course is but people do drop out so i would say its more likely you can join the course than not. I had letters throughout the summer from the providers i rejected asking me to switch the year I did it, so it would have been fine in my year.

    What is your commercial experience? I remeber you posting you want to do family law so is it directly relevant to this?
    No, not relevant at all....my experience is in advertising/media.
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    (Original post by st_files)
    No, not relevant at all....my experience is in advertising/media.
    So without pi*ssing on your parade how is it your selling point?
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    The job I was in gave me certain skills/experiences that I think hold me in good stead for life at the bar (albeit in a very minor way).
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    (Original post by st_files)
    Its £3500 cheaper, will cost me less to travel to & the barristers I have spoken to say it makes no difference.

    My academics are poor but are 15yrs old so my commercial experience since is my selling point.

    I basically dont want to waste £350 if CoL will let me on the course in July.

    How poor is 'poor'? Are we talking about a 2:2 in an academic degree 15 years ago, or a 3rd in media studies 15 years ago? That would make the difference between a remote chance and no chance at all.
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    2:1 in Media 15 yrs ago...
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    (Original post by FMQ)
    So without pi*ssing on your parade how is it your selling point?
    Just noticed this. I agree, how is 15 years of commercial media experience any help towards family law? It may if you wanted to join a commercial/media set, but the academics for those would have to be outstanding. Spending 15 years serving drinks behind a bar would be just as good experience for family law as media. Best option would be to find a local family solicitors, settle down there for a few years, then think about moving across to the Bar.
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    (Original post by st_files)
    2:1 in Media 15 yrs ago...
    Well now I am confused, lol. 2:1 isn't poor. Your choice of degree might be, but your actual grade is rather standard at the Bar. Maybe someone else can offer advice on how relevant degree subject is, as I have no idea.
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    (Original post by ForKicks)
    Well now I am confused, lol. 2:1 isn't poor. Your choice of degree might be, but your actual grade is rather standard at the Bar. Maybe someone else can offer advice on how relevant degree subject is, as I have no idea.
    Well I was thinking of the subject choice allied with lousy A levels 20 years ago (DDE!)
 
 
 
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