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I'm currently studying BSc Forensic Psychology but have decided a career in Law is more suited to me. I could continue with my current degree and do the GDL or I could swap to the LLB, but this would mean that the first year of my Forensic Psychology degree has counted towards nothing. I intend to progress into business and commercial law as a Barrister.
In your opinion, which is better for me to do? Switch to the LLB or continue as I am and make use of the GDL after graduating?
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What grades are you on for forensic psych, what uni, what A-Levels?

The bar is looking for really brainy people.
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Currently on track for at least a 2:1 with the Open University as I work full time too. No A-Levels due to illness.
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What grades are you on for forensic psych, what uni, what A-Levels?

The bar is looking for really brainy people.
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Currently on track for at least a 2:1 with the Open University as I work full time too. No A-Levels due to illness.
As long as you are enjoying your current course, I would continue with it and think about doing the GDL afterwards. There would be no real advantage to giving up your current course at this stage, that I can see. There is no guarantee that you would enjoy studying academic Law, so I would stick with what you already know you are enjoying and are doing well at.
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As long as you are enjoying your current course, I would continue with it and think about doing the GDL afterwards. There would be no real advantage to giving up your current course at this stage, that I can see.
Using SFE funding to pay for QLD, as opposed to self-funding the GDL.
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Using SFE funding to pay for QLD, as opposed to self-funding the GDL.
Ok, you make a good point about funding
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I've spoken to barristers about this who said very different things. One said that he largely chooses law graduates for pupillage because they have studied law for 3 years in contrast to the 1 one the GDL, so said he felt as though they not only had built up more legal knowledge in more areas (on the GDL I believe it only is the qualifying subjects, nothing else), but of a higher quality. Another said that he has a 50/50 intake of graduates from law and non-related subjects + GDL, because he thought that non-law grads had useful skills from other academic areas, as well as subject knowledge in areas (i.e. STEM) that would place them in line for specialism. It really doesn't make too much of a difference.
The bigger question I would have is funding. Student finance WILL NOT FUND the GDL, whereas they will fund your first undergrad degree. And, of you want to be a barrister, although the Bar Council and Inns of Court are attempting to lower the cost of the BPTC by reforming the process, is still a very expensive course (nearly £20,000 in some London schools which again, will have to be self funded). Paying for the GDL and BPTC is a lot of money, and a very big commitment considering the competitiveness of the Bar. However, this is your decision to make, and I wouldn't take my word as gospel.
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I've spoken to barristers about this who said very different things. One said that he largely chooses law graduates for pupillage because they have studied law for 3 years in contrast to the 1 one the GDL, so said he felt as though they not only had built up more legal knowledge in more areas (on the GDL I believe it only is the qualifying subjects, nothing else), but of a higher quality. Another said that he has a 50/50 intake of graduates from law and non-related subjects + GDL, because he thought that non-law grads had useful skills from other academic areas, as well as subject knowledge in areas (i.e. STEM) that would place them in line for specialism. It really doesn't make too much of a difference.
The bigger question I would have is funding. Student finance WILL NOT FUND the GDL, whereas they will fund your first undergrad degree. And, of you want to be a barrister, although the Bar Council and Inns of Court are attempting to lower the cost of the BPTC by reforming the process, is still a very expensive course (nearly £20,000 in some London schools which again, will have to be self funded). Paying for the GDL and BPTC is a lot of money, and a very big commitment considering the competitiveness of the Bar. However, this is your decision to make, and I wouldn't take my word as gospel.
If the GDL is in the form of a master's degree, there is the postgrad loan available from Student Finance.
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I'm currently studying BSc Forensic Psychology but have decided a career in Law is more suited to me. I could continue with my current degree and do the GDL or I could swap to the LLB, but this would mean that the first year of my Forensic Psychology degree has counted towards nothing. I intend to progress into business and commercial law as a Barrister.
In your opinion, which is better for me to do? Switch to the LLB or continue as I am and make use of the GDL after graduating?
The LLB will give you more time (and more reason) to rack up the nerdy academic 'cheevs that barristers like, like mooting or getting publications out.

The GDL's a joke. Next-to-no focus on the meaty stuff that someone who is genuinely into law should care about. It's all about time pressure and cramming.

Keep in mind that you're aiming for what is one of the most selective specialisms at the Bar.
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