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I was wondering whether law degree is a good to take in university? One of the jobs I am considering is to be a solicitor. What is the difference between a lawyer and a solicitor. I am in year 12 doing these a levels: history, English literature and psychology. Are these appropriate for doing law?
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I was wondering whether law degree is a good to take in university? One of the jobs I am considering is to be a solicitor. What is the difference between a lawyer and a solicitor. I am in year 12 doing these a levels: history, English literature and psychology. Are these appropriate for doing law?
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1. Imo if you get a good degree class, if you enjoy it and if you fo to a good uni.
It is a competitive career, but if you do the above you stand a good chance of getting a rewarding one.
Dont worry about Legal Aid most solicitors never have anything to do with it as its usually very low end or stuff that is poorly paid [Criminal, Housing.some Family] Its also a very small part of the legal market which most of the profession ignore. Most applicants go for commercial private practice, which is where the money is and most of the well paid high quality training contracts are.
2. Anyone who studies or practices law. Solicitor is one of the two main types of lawyers. they do all legal work, but might not be specialist advocates appearing in court.
3. The A levels are fine and its not as though you can change them. It is poor advice to suggest you drop psychology as that would cost you a year and your school may not support you. In terms of your application it is highly unlikely to have any positive effect either, it may even harm your application as you would then be doing A levels over three years. Your A levels are just fine. History and English are two of the ones most suited for the skills they teach you plus they are recognised as strong traditional facilitating subjects. It is really the grades that matter.


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I was wondering whether law degree is a good to take in university? One of the jobs I am considering is to be a solicitor. What is the difference between a lawyer and a solicitor. I am in year 12 doing these a levels: history, English literature and psychology. Are these appropriate for doing law?
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Law is going through a difficult time at the moment - the cutting of legal aid has diminished the amount of training contracts. The difference between a lawyer and a soloicitor is that anyone can call themselves a lawyer - to be a solicitor you need to be registered with the law society.

A levels - bit boring - drop psychology and do a science or a language
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Law is going through a difficult time at the moment - the cutting of legal aid has diminished the amount of training contracts. The difference between a lawyer and a soloicitor is that anyone can call themselves a lawyer - to be a solicitor you need to be registered with the law society.

A levels - bit boring - drop psychology and do a science or a language
Who wants to go into the cut legal aid work anyway. Pleb-tier.

OP's A-Levels are standard and no less interesting than bio.
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It's a bit concerning that you say you want to be a solicitor but don't appear to know what that means.
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It might have diminshed the number of legal aid contracts due to the legal aid sector shrinking or being moved away from soliciors, but as they would be low paying, then are they really the ones to be fretting about? Nothing new in the decline of legal aid. Unless you have a desire for that sort of low paying work, then its the type of contract I would avoid. The better commercial contracts are much better in just about every respect.

Training contracts seem pretty consistent and on the rise.Tthe major impact being the recession/ crash.
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The amount of people i know who have studied law (sometimes at top universities) aiming to come out of it being a lawyer or solicitor and have failed in that is.. well, all of them.
The chances you'll be a solicitor after your degree is very small, you'll probably get a menial job in a small law firm like most people do.
There are way too many law students and not enough jobs - also if youre not expecting to go to one of the top ranked unis, i would defo drop it, but that's me - i'm not so much driven by passion, more by the logistics of what will drive me the most success in the future.
But may the odds be in your favour if you do go ahead with it..
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The amount of people i know who have studied law (sometimes at top universities) aiming to come out of it being a lawyer or solicitor and have failed in that is.. well, all of them.
The chances you'll be a solicitor after your degree is very small, you'll probably get a menial job in a small law firm like most people do.
There are way too many law students and not enough jobs - also if youre not expecting to go to one of the top ranked unis, i would defo drop it, but that's me - i'm not so much driven by passion, more by the logistics of what will drive me the most success in the future.
But may the odds be in your favour if you do go ahead with it..
A lot of people doing law at uni, even the top unis, don't ever have the intention of going into legal practice. Most people who did go in with the idea to go into law, and don't manage it, are people who changed their minds midway through the degree. If everyone you know tried and failed, you have a feckless circle of compadres.
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This is a very arrogant and dismissive response that only shows your ignorance to the reality of those studying law outside of the top 15 universities.
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This is a very arrogant and dismissive response that only shows your ignorance to the reality of those studying law outside of the top 15 universities.
Don't study outside the top 15, den.

NB that poster said a) they know people at top unis and b) none of them could get into legal work.
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(Original post by loralai)
The amount of people i know who have studied law (sometimes at top universities) aiming to come out of it being a lawyer or solicitor and have failed in that is.. well, all of them.
The chances you'll be a solicitor after your degree is very small, you'll probably get a menial job in a small law firm like most people do.
There are way too many law students and not enough jobs - also if youre not expecting to go to one of the top ranked unis, i would defo drop it, but that's me - i'm not so much driven by passion, more by the logistics of what will drive me the most success in the future.
But may the odds be in your favour if you do go ahead with it..
How many people would that be then?
Its competitive but if you are good enough you can make it.
Someone is filling up all those TC places.

On what do you base the fact the chance is very small?
That people only get meinal jobs in small firms?

There are more solicitors than ever. They had to come from somewhere.
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Don't study outside the top 15, den.
I really hope you studied law at Oxbridge to be making this kind of dickish comment.

Or maybe I don't because that would reflect badly on my fellow Oxbridge law grads, whom I believe to be above that kind of behaviour on the whole.
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I really hope you studied law at Oxbridge to be making this kind of dickish comment.

Or maybe I don't because that would reflect badly on my fellow Oxbridge law grads, whom I believe to be above that kind of behaviour on the whole.
And above bragging about going to Oxbridge.
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And above bragging about going to Oxbridge.
Only when I have to humble someone.
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Only when I have to humble someone.
Sure. Just speak to your doctor about your crippling insecurity, big boy. It's not healthy.
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Sure. Just speak to your doctor about your crippling insecurity, big boy. It's not healthy.
Stop projecting.
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Cripple fight. I hadnt realised nobody every qualified as a solicitor if they didnt go to top 15.
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I just think rather than bemoaning you lot and getting all depressed Law students choose to study Law.
It is competitive.
Make sure you do everything right so you cna compete. be determined, get experience, do well at your studies to put yourself in the best place eben if your uni isnt that great.

Get a good degree, then just apply. Being determined can make all the difference if you really want to be a solicitor.
Lots of solicitors at all level of firms will tell you they wish theyd chosen something else.Not for everyone and not some job nirvana either.
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just a q - why is the process to become a barrister seemingly so elitist - especially in this modern day and age??
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just a q - why is the process to become a barrister seemingly so elitist - especially in this modern day and age??
Because those who go to the bar are richos who are intellectually elite, so tend to be of the Etonian or Harrovian stock. No need for too much financial support. There are scholarships for the BPTC from the Inns, mind.
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