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    Hi,

    I am an Indian student and have just finished my ICSE exams. I am interested in studying law in the future, and several of my seniors are studying law in the UK. I am a first generation lawyer, but my uncle works with a top legal firm, and I have been talking with him about how advisable it is to do an LLB in the UK. I'd like to work in the UK after I graduate for a while, but I am not sure if that is practical. I have three questions:

    (1) I am told that if I do an LLB in the UK, it is near impossible to secure a training contract for Indian passport holders, and without this, the degree will not be recognised by the Bar Council.

    (2) My uncle tells me that even assuming I get a training contract and qualify as a solicitor, most Indian law firms do not hire employees with a UK undergrad degree, but prefer applicants from the NLUs. He suggests doing an LLB in India and then an LLM in the UK. His exact words: I am looking for someone with a grounding in Indian law. Is this right? Seems odd given they share a legal system, but have Indian students studying in the UK found this to be true?

    I do not want to take the risk of being an unacceptable hire both in the UK ( cos of visa problems) and in India ( bcos of jurisdiction problems)!

    (3) I have unfortunately not done as well in my ICSE exams as I thought I would. My best of five is 87.4% , though I have a 92 in History and an 88 in English. There were extenuating circumstances; my best friend died of cancer two months before the boards, but I don't suppose unis care about that. I expect to do better for Grade 12 as I will be dropping Hindi and Science, and picking humanities subjects, in which I generally score over 90%. But will my low grade 10 marks make a differences? For extras, I am on the school MUN team, and have organised city wide MUNS, have articles published in national and international papers, and am currently working with an NGO as a research associate.

    Any advice appreciated? I know it's two years away but I would like to prepare towards it.
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    Bump.

    Have I asked a completely stupid question, or one that no one really knows about? I do see lots of Indian law students on the forum.

    Also, apologies for double posting this question. I can't seem to figure out how to delete it.
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    Hi,

    I am an Indian student and have just finished my ICSE exams. I am interested in studying law in the future, and several of my seniors are studying law in the UK. I am a first generation lawyer, but my uncle works with a top legal firm, and I have been talking with him about how advisable it is to do an LLB in the UK. I'd like to work in the UK after I graduate for a while, but I am not sure if that is practical. I have three questions:

    (1) I am told that if I do an LLB in the UK, it is near impossible to secure a training contract for Indian passport holders, and without this, the degree will not be recognised by the Bar Council.
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    I can answer 1. Which is Law is highly competitive for home and EU students. That means very bright plus going to a decent uni. For non EEA applicants you will have to get the firm to sponsor you, which costs them time and money.
    They are only going to do that if you are exceptional. You dont say what sort of firm you will be applying for.

    Some people on this board have got TCs, so perhaps they may tell you how they did it. I think its rare.

    The other option if you arent aiming for the big commercial firms is to get a TC with firms who have links with India and they might be more interested. That really means doing research and networking. You should seek to apply to any firms that have connections with India imo.

    Its a tough task, not impossible, just hard. If you are only thinking of staying for a while then maybe it might not be worth it. Its your choice.

    2. If your uncle says that it would seem to make sense. If you intend to practice in India, then it makes sense to learn Indian law even though there may be similarities. Any other indians can put you straight on that. Not sure why you would want or need to do an LLM?

    3. Sorry have no idea. You should reesearch the possible English Unis and look at their individual iffers to see where your grades will fall. they sound pretty decent as they are.

    Just keep bimpng your thread or just pm any Indian law student and ask directly imo. People are doing exams now, so they might not be logging on.
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    Hi 999tigger,

    Thanks so much for your reply.

    1.I guess this is indeed a v specific question, and I am going to take your advice and PM Indian students once the exams are over.

    I am actually not sure what firm I am going to apply to, thinking vaguely of firms specialising in IP, but not yet sure. I have been trying to get some work exp in an Indian law firm, but so far they have said I am too young for them.

    2. I don't need an LLM to practice in India, but generally one from a UK university is well regarded, I believe.

    3. Yes, have been looking at Eng unis, and I think my low ICSE( equivalent of GCSE) grades rule me out for Oxbridge and LSE. My ICSE grades are something like A*AAAAAAAABB, not terrible but I definitely need to do better.

    Again, thank you for your help.


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    Not Indian.

    I can answer 1. Which is Law is highly competitive for home and EU students. That means very bright plus going to a decent uni. For non EEA applicants you will have to get the firm to sponsor you, which costs them time and money.
    They are only going to do that if you are exceptional. You dont say what sort of firm you will be applying for.

    Some people on this board have got TCs, so perhaps they may tell you how they did it. I think its rare.

    The other option if you arent aiming for the big commercial firms is to get a TC with firms who have links with India and they might be more interested. That really means doing research and networking. You should seek to apply to any firms that have connections with India imo.

    Its a tough task, not impossible, just hard. If you are only thinking of staying for a while then maybe it might not be worth it. Its your choice.

    2. If your uncle says that it would seem to make sense. If you intend to practice in India, then it makes sense to learn Indian law even though there may be similarities. Any other indians can put you straight on that. Not sure why you would want or need to do an LLM?

    3. Sorry have no idea. You should reesearch the possible English Unis and look at their individual iffers to see where your grades will fall. they sound pretty decent as they are.

    Just keep bimpng your thread or just pm any Indian law student and ask directly imo. People are doing exams now, so they might not be logging on.
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    Hi
    Have you made up your mind on this. My daughter is in similar situation. seriously thinking if we should apply for law in UK or not
 
 
 
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