I have a 2:1 English degree and am thinking about starting a graduate conversion LLB course, however I don't want to spend all that money if competition is so intense and risk not getting a place.
Also if I do get onto the course, how competitive are the traineeships to get into after. I am hoping to go to Edinburgh Uni.
Any help or advice you can give me will be greatly appreciated!!
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Hope you don’t mind us jumping in on this thread but thought we might be able to help!
You’re right, competition is intense. Diploma providers will look at your first sitting grades in professional subjects during the LLB, not just at your final degree classification, but if you got good grades in those subjects then you’d be off to the right start. Funding is also an issue – as you say, the Diploma is expensive! However, some law firms fund their trainees through their Diploma and some students choose to work part-time as they study. Also, SAAS offers postgraduate funding (a tuition fee loan of £5,500 and a “living cost” loan of £4,500), and some banks offer Professional and Career Development Loans that Diploma students are eligible to apply for.
There is also a lot of competition for traineeships and not everybody who completes the Diploma has a traineeship by the end. At Glasgow, we try to help our students as much as we can here, for example by advertising jobs, running networking events with lawyers, and giving workshops on CV drafting and interview skills.
Hope this helps! Happy to answer any questions!
UoG Diploma Team