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    Just interested to know: anyone here contemplating the Legal Practice Course or Bar Vocational Course? Or have you done it, know someone who is on it, or are on it already? Just interested to know how people deal with the financial side. I was struck gormless at the price of the courses the other day. I looked last year, but some of the universities have increased their prices significantly (a few of the LPC providers have had 100% increases!).

    I know that there are scholarships available, and that some firms and chambers pay for training, but otherwise, is it a matter of scrimping and saving (more so) during University?

    I think for the LPC, unless you get a training contract arranged with a top city firm that will fund you or you have super rich parents, you pretty much have to get a professional development loan from the bank. Not looking forward to that, yay - more debt!

    My boyf did the BVC a few years back. He had to self finance, as funding is more than scarce.

    The Inns of Court do offer some assistance, but it's scarce.

    I'm doing the BVC at the moment in London. Funding-wise I was lucky to get a full scholarship (all four Inns offer them). You have to apply the autumn before you start the course (October) and interviews follow in early Spring. These scholarships are fantastic (only other BVC funding options are high street loans / career development loans / drawing on your pupillage award early, which is possible at some Chambers). Bear in mind the extortionate cost of living in London when you're applying for the course too!

    Financing by a firm or career development loan.
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