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    Hi, I was wondering if anyone who has studied law or is currently studying law knows how difficult it is to get a place on the Lpc, and also which uni offers the best course.
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    (Original post by Rachaiec)
    Hi, I was wondering if anyone who has studied law or is currently studying law knows how difficult it is to get a place on the Lpc, and also which uni offers the best course.
    It's ridiculously easy to get on an LPC course as long as you have either a law degree or an undergraduate degree + GDL.

    It's a pretty standardised course, so it's going to come down to your location preferences and teaching standards.


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    Thanks thats good to hear, also once you have completed this you are a qualified solicitor then?
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    It's ridiculously easy to get on an LPC course as long as you have either a law degree or an undergraduate degree + GDL.

    It's a pretty standardised course, so it's going to come down to your location preferences and teaching standards.


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    (Original post by Rachaiec)
    Thanks thats good to hear, also once you have completed this you are a qualified solicitor then?
    No. You then complete a two year training contract before qualifying.

    Although this is as it stands. The qualification process including the LPC is currently being reviewed and might be replaced with a new system called the SQE.


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    Would you say the training contracts are difficult to get hold of? Also could you please tell me more about the SQE?
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    No. You then complete a two year training contract before qualifying.

    Although this is as it stands. The qualification process including the LPC is currently being reviewed and might be replaced with a new system called the SQE.


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    (Original post by Rachaiec)
    Would you say the training contracts are difficult to get hold of? Also could you please tell me more about the SQE?
    Yes, very difficult. There's only around 5500 a year and standards are incredibly high.

    It's too complicated to explain the SQE, especially as it is not even confirmed yet.



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    Did you manage to get a contract and if so what were the requirements? (if you don't mind me asking?) and also if you done internships through the university would this not be useful?
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    Yes, very difficult. There's only around 5500 a year and standards are incredibly high.

    It's too complicated to explain the SQE, especially as it is not even confirmed yet.



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    (Original post by Rachaiec)
    Did you manage to get a contract and if so what were the requirements? (if you don't mind me asking?) and also if you done internships through the university would this not be useful?
    No - I used to recruit in the legal sector though.

    Internships are very important. Not sure what stage you are at, but I'd recommend reading up about this more. Websites like lawyer2b, lawcareers.net and targetjobs law will help give you a better understanding of what is required and how best to improve your chances.


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    Only going to start my law degree next year, if you used to recruit in the legal sector do you look for Russel group candidates from the likes of the following universities queens Belfast, Newcastle, Liverpool, Exeter how would a degree in law rate from these uni's be regarded?

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    No - I used to recruit in the legal sector though.

    Internships are very important. Not sure what stage you are at, but I'd recommend reading up about this more. Websites like lawyer2b, lawcareers.net and targetjobs law will help give you a better understanding of what is required and how best to improve your chances.


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    (Original post by Rachaiec)
    Only going to start my law degree next year, if you used to recruit in the legal sector do you look for Russel group candidates from the likes of the following universities queens Belfast, Newcastle, Liverpool, Exeter how would a degree in law rate from these uni's be regarded?
    Recruited people from all those universities. Not in huge numbers, but that was mainly down to not getting huge amount of applicants from those universities (I worked in London and a significant proportion of people in those universities will stay in the region).

    The LPC is likely to not exist by the time you get to the stage you would be applying to law firms. You really don't have to worry about the qualification process until your second year of uni anyway.


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    Also, do you take A-levels into a huge accout it's just I decided on taking a BTEC double health and social care grades D*D, a A grade in ICT and a B grade in English literature AS level. I fear the choice of taking on a BTEC will hinder my opportunities against fierce competition?
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    (Original post by Rachaiec)
    Also, do you take A-levels into a huge accout it's just I decided on taking a BTEC double health and social care grades D*D, a A grade in ICT and a B grade in English literature AS level. I fear the choice of taking on a BTEC will hinder my opportunities against fierce competition?
    A lot of firms require somewhere between 300-360 UCAS points. As long as you achieve that you will be fine. But you do need to think about whether those qualifications will get you into a half decent law course. If you didn't study law, you'd need to do the GDL before the LPC.


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    So basically they don't mind what a levels you have? Also, when you say you recruited for the legal sector was it for a specific firm in London?

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    A lot of firms require somewhere between 300-360 UCAS points. As long as you achieve that you will be fine.


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    (Original post by Rachaiec)
    So basically they don't mind what a levels you have? Also, when you say you recruited for the legal sector was it for a specific firm in London?
    No, some will. Others less so. Law is a very academic or intellectual subject/sector, so there can be a preference for traditional academic subjects/qualifications.

    It really depends on your subsequent academics and how well you do in them.

    And various firms.


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    Will the SQE be more difficult to get on to? Also, could you give me a list of all the things a London firm looks for when recruiting their candidates and give examples of how they set better candidates apart from others?
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    Will the SQE be more difficult to get on to? Also, could you give me a list of all the things a London firm looks for when recruiting their candidates and give examples of how they set better candidates apart from others?
    No one knows yet. It's not that it will be difficult to "get on", it might just be more difficult to pass.

    Some of the skills/attributes firms look for: Intellect, drive for success, team working, strong communication skills (spoken and written), understanding of the career, motivation to work with the type of clients they work with, time management, adaptability, an ability to keep calm under pressure, strong analytical skills, persistence, resilience, an ability to work with/relate to a diverse group of people, a liking of responsibility, a want to constantly learn.

    People stand out by demonstrating strong evidence of the majority of these skills/attributes.






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    Ok thank-you, I assume the London firms would require a 2:1 in order to be considered? I also have a relative who is the chief executive for EE, would this be regarded as valuable work experience? So far I have got work experience in a small town practice and spent a day in court which I spoke about on my UCAS application form.
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    (Original post by Rachaiec)
    Ok thank-you, I assume the London firms would require a 2:1 in order to be considered? I also have a relative who is the chief executive for EE, would this be regarded as valuable work experience? So far I have got work experience in a small town practice and spent a day in court which I spoke about on my UCAS application form.
    Yes, you will really need a 2.1. The stronger your percentage and individual module grades, the better.

    Work experience gained by nepotism won't be great. It will be better to find work experience through proper applications.

    Seriously, it's pretty easy to find this all out. Go and read something like these:

    http://digitaledition.thelawyer.com/...ex.html?page=1


    http://digitaledition.thelawyer.com/...ex.html?page=1

    One of the key skills of being a lawyer is you finding out the answer, rather than expecting to be told it!


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    Ok thank-you for all your help.
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    Yes, you will really need a 2.1. The stronger your percentage and individual module grades, the better.

    Work experience gained by nepotism won't be great. It will be better to find work experience through proper applications.

    Seriously, it's pretty easy to find this all out. Go and read something like this: http://digitaledition.thelawyer.com/...ex.html?page=1

    One of the key skills of being a lawyer is you finding out the answer, rather than expecting to be told it!


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