LL.B(hons) after your name?Watch this thread
Hopefully (fingers crossed, touch wood, insert any other supersticious luck giving things here) I will graduate in July and could, therefore, put the letters LL.B(hons) after my name. In years to come I intend to postgrad study, which would again mean more letters.
However, I don't intend to list them after my name. I'll just be plain old Ethereal. I just wonder how many people will use them and how many will not?
Edit : It would be good to know your reasons for and against as well as just your poll answer
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Imagine that business card.
I don't like the use of letters after people's names. To me it smacks of Elitism. However, I spose people who want to use them have worked hard to get the. I just can't understand the point of writing them.
I know this is about law but i'm going to use mine when i qualify which will be: Bsc(Hons) RD
But how about on the plaque outside your solicitors' firm? I think in context they help give reassurance to clients(?).
If i had an LLM or doctorate i would
Just because it annoys the hell of of people [who probably haven't got the letters] isn't going to stop me using them when I've worked hard to get them. How else is anyone going to know you have a Law degree otherwise?
The letters themselves don't even matter, it's what's behind them that does. Therefore I agree that it's hardly a major issue whether you use them after your name or not. But, since some people make a big deal about using them, it just makes me see more value in doing so; to be honest.
However they may be used in appropriate academic settings: such as in the footnotes of an article. Also if one were to receive a formal invitation where the inviter has deployed such postnominals, it would be good form to reciprocate with equal formality. Listings of partners/tenants sometimes use this approach, as do business cards on occasion (although this is more infrequent than before). Hons, is in turn less frequently used since the majority of bachelors' degrees are honours degrees, and it is taken as read; indeed the usage of (Hons) in addition to the University name together often looks most clumsy.
It would be exceedingly cringeworthy to use them when writing to another firm. There's no need to use them when writing to your client either - he/she/it rather hopes you're good enough to be their lawyer without needing to see what degree you got.
It shouldn't be a case of saying "My degree is better than yours" and trying to show it off....
Also, here's another one that I can't see the point of .... where Solicitors use the title "Commisioner for Oaths". All Solicitors are commisioners for oaths, so it's a little redundent!!
For some reason, I find the initials LL.B quite an eyesore... it doesn't look stylish in my book. Something like BA, MPhil or LL.M is quite nice.