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Conversion CPE/GDL or LLM (advanced LLB) Watch

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    Hello all,

    [This is a repost as I wasn't getting much (any) help on the university - law subforum]

    In short i'm in the position of being a final year undergraduate of history-politics from a top 5 university who is looking to go down one of the post-graduate options for entering a legal career. I've had no relevant work experience outside of possibly a summer internship at a bank which might be of use to future applications if I go down the LPC route.

    However, for now I have offers from several unis/specialist institutions of which two i'm considering as the best of the lot. The first is to do a CPE conversion course at London Southbank University - which is then followed by an additional term the next year of supervised research and a dissertation to earn an LLM (on top of the CPE/GDL) which would work out to around one and a half academic years. The other is for all intents and purposes a senior status llb which takes the form of the LLM (qualifying law degree) course at Birkbeck. However, the LLM is just a name as from what I understand there will be no final dissertation project and modules will be limited to the foundation seven modules that I would cover at London Southbank. As such, i'm not sure whether the additional time to ponder the subject and revise for exams at Birkbeck is considered better by law firms and possibly chambers than just getting a conversion course under my belt as most of my peers who have secured training contracts and a foot into the profession will do anyway.

    So a slight pickle, i'm not sure if the reputation of LSBU is at all too good, but i'm not sure if it even matters as from what i've heard firms and chambers don't mind where you do a conversion if you go down that route. However, i've been told that a senior status llb will hold me in better stead should I want to pursue a career as a barrister given the particularly competitive nature of that route. As i'm not very sure yet of which specialisation I want to go down i'm not sure if the extra time and money at Birkbeck (it's just under three times the cost of LSBU) is worth it.

    Thanks in advance for any advice. LZ.
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Updated: April 7, 2012
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