Criminal legal executive vs solicitor apprentice

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Rosariri
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Hi. I'm currently in my first year of a levels studying business, philosophy and law. I'm interested in law but uni puts me off because it's so expensive.

Solicitor apprenticeship seems like a better idea but there fairly new so not many are around plus there is a competitive selection process: video interview, face to face interview and an essay question that you cannot prepare for. A universety can accept hundreds of students whilst a law firm would probably want only one apprentice.

I'm interested in criminal law. Do legal executives specialising in criminal law are able to appear in court? Do you think employers prefer a solicitor or leg executive for criminal law?

Also, I want my own law firm when older. Is This possible with being a legal executive? If I were to cross qualify as a solicitor, would I have to pay for LPC?
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The selection process within the Law field is and will always be competitive as the high salary is present here! People use other ways such as apprenticeships etc to get around the general trending system but in my opinion its always good to have a degree as it makes you stand out from others that you are an educated person no matter for what job you are applying for...
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(Original post by MonoMikey)
The selection process within the Law field is and will always be competitive as the high salary is present here! People use other ways such as apprenticeships etc to get around the general trending system but in my opinion its always good to have a degree as it makes you stand out from others that you are an educated personifiedn no matter for what job you are applying for...
Thanks for replying! When I say competitive, I mean thousands of applicants but only 10 vacancies. Plus I can only Base myself in Manchester. I'm definitely not pro uni. Plus both the apprenticeships are level 6 (equivalent to a degree). The real question is, is it worth it to specialise in criminal law if you are a legal executive. I don't know if they go court.
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Hi! Do apply for the solicitor apprenticeships!! Yes they are competitive but so is applying for any interesting worthwhile and well paid job. You can do it! It is possible to move to another area as the apprenticeships pay a good starting salary and the wage increases. Several city firms offer the degree and qualifying solicitor apprenticeships and are investing in you so give extremely good support. Most use BBP uni where the teaching is relevant and of a great quality. Most firms will allow a full study day a week. Go for it! Ask to visit firms to ask questions and get a feel for what they are offering. Good luck!
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Hi all - fcmcmurray and I are solicitor apprentices at Withers and have made an official thread if any of you have questions we could answer :-)!


https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...6#post81495336
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