Can I become a solicitor with a law and sociology degree?Watch
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it doesnt really matter what degree you take as it has often been suggested that people prefer you to have a wider scope rather than an intense knowledge of law.
you do have take another course afterwards to qualify but it works out better in the long run x
I have worked with many fine lawyers who do not have law degrees. It is not an issue. Get a good degree, show passion and commitment ... these matter far more than if your degree is law or something else.
If you do a mixed honours degree though (law and sociology, say) do make sure that it contains all the right legal papers to be a "qualifying law degree" (your university will almost certainly ensure this anyway ... but do ask and make absolutely certain that it will be). Unless things have changed while my back is turned, in order to be a "qualifying law degree" it must include the study of the following 7 subjects:
Constitutional & Administrative Law
Trusts / Equity
Whether the seventh (which was added after I qualified as a solicitor) will be dropped again following Brexit remains to be seen
I would like to become a solicitor but i'm wondering if its preferred to have a law degree? but as I really enjoy the two subjects, i'd like to merge them.
If you do a joint degree, then you are likely to need extra exams to cover the core areas you may have missed.
Alternatively instead of a joint you could do a major/ minor, which covers all the core options and then you could do sociology on top. That would help you avoid the extra year.
By not doing law you can catch up, but by doing law you do more depth and a wider range of subjects. Up to you to decide.
In that case, your LLB or degree will be preparation for the SQE1 exam (taken outside of your LLB, it would seem). In essence, what's relevant is whether your degree gives you enough of a law education that you're able to pass this SQE1 stage. (I emphasise pass because that's the only grade available, other than fail and it's not going to be that hard to pass.) If it does not provide you with adequate preparation, for example because you don't take land law, you could teach yourself omitted content in your own time outside of the course.
For SQE1 you will need to pass assessments on: admin law/English legal system, contract and tort, property law, commercial and corporate, equity, criminal, and lastly a legal researching writing paper.