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    I dont know if this is the right section, but here goes.

    As im coming to the end of my second year now im starting to think harder about my plans for after graduation.
    originally i was determined to either find a TC and do the LPC or self fund the LPC and then find a TC straight off the bat after leaving uni.

    more recently however I have been thinking about doing a masters, such as the mphil in criminology at cambridge or the msc criminology and criminal justice at oxford (just as examples, obviously they arent the easiest to get onto)

    what do other people think about doing a masters? are they worth it or will it be just a waste of a year?
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    I'm studying a master's at the moment in Corporate Law. I've thoroughly enjoyed it. It won't guarantee you a training contract, but if you do a specialised one (like mine, or yours by the sounds of it) then it can at least help since it gives you a deeper knowledge of the area you might want to work in, and so is useful in that sense.

    Do consider that getting funding can be difficult - you don't get a student loan for it.
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    (Original post by thecrimsonidol)
    I'm studying a master's at the moment in Corporate Law. I've thoroughly enjoyed it. It won't guarantee you a training contract, but if you do a specialised one (like mine, or yours by the sounds of it) then it can at least help since it gives you a deeper knowledge of the area you might want to work in, and so is useful in that sense.

    Do consider that getting funding can be difficult - you don't get a student loan for it.
    thanks, funding was one of my issues. fortunately ive been able to save up enough to cover the tuition fees and some maintenance fees. roughly how much do you think is required to live modestly over the approx. nine months of the course?
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    thanks, funding was one of my issues. fortunately ive been able to save up enough to cover the tuition fees and some maintenance fees. roughly how much do you think is required to live modestly over the approx. nine months of the course?
    Pretty much the same as it was at your undergraduate level, really. Probably around £4-5,000.
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    fair enough, sorry i didnt make myself clearer, the reason i asked is because i live at home so my output in terms of maintenance is much lower than someone living at university.
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    Ah, well then it all depends on what your parents want you to pay, if anything, really.

    But yeah, the course itself can be worthwhile, in my opinion.
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    (Original post by thecrimsonidol)
    Ah, well then it all depends on what your parents want you to pay, if anything, really.

    But yeah, the course itself can be worthwhile, in my opinion.
    thanks, can i ask where you are doing your masters?
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    (Original post by adam1992)
    thanks, can i ask where you are doing your masters?
    I'm at Nottingham Trent, sae place where I did my LLB.
    I have classes for terms 1 and 2, doing different modules each term, with a 5,000 word essay for each. Now, i'm doing the last set of assignments and from there on it's all independent work to do my dissertation.
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    (Original post by thecrimsonidol)
    I'm at Nottingham Trent, sae place where I did my LLB.
    I have classes for terms 1 and 2, doing different modules each term, with a 5,000 word essay for each. Now, i'm doing the last set of assignments and from there on it's all independent work to do my dissertation.
    Thanks, you've been a great help.
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    (Original post by adam1992)
    I dont know if this is the right section, but here goes.

    As im coming to the end of my second year now im starting to think harder about my plans for after graduation.
    originally i was determined to either find a TC and do the LPC or self fund the LPC and then find a TC straight off the bat after leaving uni.

    more recently however I have been thinking about doing a masters, such as the mphil in criminology at cambridge or the msc criminology and criminal justice at oxford (just as examples, obviously they arent the easiest to get onto)

    what do other people think about doing a masters? are they worth it or will it be just a waste of a year?

    Great idea!

    I didn't know which route I wanted to go down so I did a masters at my home University. So all I had to pay was the course fees and the small commuting costs.

    Although I enjoyed the course. More than anything it gave me 12 months to think about what I wanted to do and crucially time to do some applications (which wasn't possible in my final year in Uni!).

    For me, I was lucky I was offered a TC and I then went on to do the LPC. So hopefully if I pass I will start my TC in September.

    What I would say is that if you think a Masters will improve your job opportunities then think again- from what I see- it does not. Though having a Masters later down the years is good (well at least I hope!).

    So despite that negative, I'd still say "do it". It's better than a gap year as it keeps you in education (which employers like). It gives you time to breath and think what you want to do. A chance to make some applications and, yes it is something extra to put on a CV. Who knows, you may even turn your back on the LPC if you really enjoy Criminology?
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    Just so you know regarding TC.

    The reason why I never did the LPC straight after Uni was because I'd made a rule for myself: I was never to do the LPC until I knew I had a TC (be it funded or not funded). I didn't want to take the risk of paying £12k for a course and not have a job. I think it's important people have this sort of a rule.

    For those on my course that didn't have a TC when they started the course. They say the careers service is amazing. But I only know of 2 (out of about 30) that have got a TC whilst on the course. So be aware of that! There is something like 60% more LPC 'graduates' than there are TCs - nuts!
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    Just so you know regarding TC.

    The reason why I never did the LPC straight after Uni was because I'd made a rule for myself: I was never to do the LPC until I knew I had a TC (be it funded or not funded). I didn't want to take the risk of paying £12k for a course and not have a job. I think it's important people have this sort of a rule.

    For those on my course that didn't have a TC when they started the course. They say the careers service is amazing. But I only know of 2 (out of about 30) that have got a TC whilst on the course. So be aware of that! There is something like 60% more LPC 'graduates' than there are TCs - nuts!
    thanks for that, i had sort of decided that i wasnt going to self fund it without a guaranteed TC and totally agree with you that it is quite an important rule.
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    Just so you know regarding TC.

    The reason why I never did the LPC straight after Uni was because I'd made a rule for myself: I was never to do the LPC until I knew I had a TC (be it funded or not funded). I didn't want to take the risk of paying £12k for a course and not have a job. I think it's important people have this sort of a rule.

    For those on my course that didn't have a TC when they started the course. They say the careers service is amazing. But I only know of 2 (out of about 30) that have got a TC whilst on the course. So be aware of that! There is something like 60% more LPC 'graduates' than there are TCs - nuts!
    Wise strategy. I'm largely doing the same.
 
 
 
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