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    Dear reader,

    I want to become a barrister and have just finished my A-levels but instead of opting for a law degree that I may hate and eventually drop, I have gone for perhaps the more sensible option of an international business degree and then to complete a law conversion course (GDL) at a highly-reputed institution. However, I was just wondering whether the university I attend for my degree will have an effect on whether or not I'll be able to secure a sponsor from a law firm that will then pay for me through my one-year course. ie, is attending a Russell group uni that important as opposed to a university such as kent or Essex?
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    I'm on the sol route myself, so I am sure others will chime in but, check out whether you can get any sponsorship through prizes and scholarships and that kind of thing. There seem to be a lot of this kind of thing around the bar.

    Also, REALLY do some research into whether you want to go to the bar - it is ultra ultra competitive and - let's say - rather conservative. Also, the bar appears to be contracting as legal aid has been slashed so comprehensively.

    Law is very conservative generally and - it seems to me - where you go to university affects a great deal of things in law! but i will let someone else tell you whether it affects whether someone will pay for GDL (you also need to worry about the bar training course which is EVEN more expensive than the GDL!
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    If you aren't interested in Laws (you may hate it you say) what makes you think you might have a career?
 
 
 
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