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hi everyone!! hope you're having a good holiday. I am having yet again another crisis abt the future and need some advice

so i've been thinking about unis and alternatives bc i'm picking my a-levels rn. technically i've already chosen them (maths, economics, sociology and chemistry). I really want to do law however the amount of money i'll need for uni is quite off-putting and so ive been looking into what i think is called degree apprenticeships

An apprenticeship I've been looking at is one at allen and overy. theyd pay me £27k a year and id spend 1 day a week at uni (BPP in London for a degree in law and legal practice) and theyd also pay for my tuition fees. I'd also get a bunch of other stuff too! I've also been looking at dentons and other big london based firms however the one at allen and overy is the one I've been set on the most because its has good benefits and is a magic circle firm

I've just been thinking about if a&o didn't offer me a job at the end of the program and I had to go to a different firm, would my experience and qualifications be looked upon favourably/the same as if someone went to a good uni? bc i think my other concern is that if BPP is any good?

another option I was thinking about was doing a degree in a subject thats not law. something else I'm also super passionate about it languages. i've grown up bilingual and so languages have always been fascinating for me. I'm currently doing french gcse at school and am learning korean at home. the reason i'm not doing french a-level is because i just didn't like the course content and the way it is tested. ik this seems like silly reason to not do it but i'd rather learn it in my own way and my own pace hence why i intend to keep doing french classes outside of school.

the course i was thinking about doing was japanese at perhaps oxford or another good uni along w a subsidiary language of either chinese or korean. then i would go into law from there. im not entirely sure of the path to doing law w a non law degree so if someone could help me with that that would be great! i think you have to do a law conversion course however im still unsure. there is still the worry of money here tho as well as experience

or, i could just do a normal degree in law? my concerns here would be money but also if i would actually be able to survive a law degree. although i do well in exams and through the traditional teaching methods, i tend to learn more through experience hence why I thought about doing a apprenticeship

would it be possible to do a non-law degree and still be able to do the degree apprenticeship?? i think i will ask the firms themselves closer to the time

please let me know what i should do? i was thinking about waiting until i get into year 12 and go look around during open days and stuff but its really worrying me now jshddhgf thanks hehe

pls also note that the end goal here is to become a judge hehe
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For now I suggest you review the 2nd link then the 1st...
For further information on how to become a solicitor here: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and...or/law-careers

To become a judge:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov....profiles/judge

I've just been thinking about if a&o didn't offer me a job at the end of the program and I had to go to a different firm, would my experience and qualifications be looked upon favourably/the same as if someone went to a good uni? bc i think my other concern is that if BPP is any good? - No it wont be looked down upon. It's a universal qualification, you aren't getting a qualification specific to a law firm. Ofcourse the "experience" you may get say a law firm specialises in
Family Law but you want to apply to a company that specialises I commercial Law then yes that would be different but you can always say you have transferable experience. The alternative qualification wouldn't be available if law firms didn't accept it.

the course i was thinking about doing was japanese at perhaps oxford or another good uni along w a subsidiary language of either chinese or korean. then i would go into law from there. im not entirely sure of the path to doing law w a non law degree so if someone could help me with that that would be great! i think you have to do a law conversion course however im still unsure. there is still the worry of money here tho as well as experience - for a Law conversion course you may get some funding. But your better off just doing Law as an undergrad if you have no intention of using the language undergrad degree.

would it be possible to do a non-law degree and still be able to do the degree apprenticeship?? i think i will ask the firms themselves closer to the time - no you cant do two degrees at the same time. If you want to do a degree apprenticeship after doing a non-law degree then that would be classed as a second degree & there may be eligiblity & funding complications with this I'm afraid.

Funding wise- there is student finance available & unless your parents/guardians are above a certain threshold in earnings you'll be eligible for the loan. So technically it will be a debt you repay once you earn a certain amount... So I wouldn't worry too much about costs just yet.

I suspect the degree apprenticeship would be ideal for you and remember some degree apprenticeship you have to attend University campus so you wouldn't necessarily "miss out on the University experience".

All the best.
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For now I suggest you review the 2nd link then the 1st...
For further information on how to become a solicitor here: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and...or/law-careers

To become a judge:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov....profiles/judge

I've just been thinking about if a&o didn't offer me a job at the end of the program and I had to go to a different firm, would my experience and qualifications be looked upon favourably/the same as if someone went to a good uni? bc i think my other concern is that if BPP is any good? - No it wont be looked down upon. It's a universal qualification, you aren't getting a qualification specific to a law firm. Ofcourse the "experience" you may get say a law firm specialises in
Family Law but you want to apply to a company that specialises I commercial Law then yes that would be different but you can always say you have transferable experience. The alternative qualification wouldn't be available if law firms didn't accept it.

the course i was thinking about doing was japanese at perhaps oxford or another good uni along w a subsidiary language of either chinese or korean. then i would go into law from there. im not entirely sure of the path to doing law w a non law degree so if someone could help me with that that would be great! i think you have to do a law conversion course however im still unsure. there is still the worry of money here tho as well as experience - for a Law conversion course you may get some funding. But your better off just doing Law as an undergrad if you have no intention of using the language undergrad degree.

would it be possible to do a non-law degree and still be able to do the degree apprenticeship?? i think i will ask the firms themselves closer to the time - no you cant do two degrees at the same time. If you want to do a degree apprenticeship after doing a non-law degree then that would be classed as a second degree & there may be eligiblity & funding complications with this I'm afraid.

Funding wise- there is student finance available & unless your parents/guardians are above a certain threshold in earnings you'll be eligible for the loan. So technically it will be a debt you repay once you earn a certain amount... So I wouldn't worry too much about costs just yet.

I suspect the degree apprenticeship would be ideal for you and remember some degree apprenticeship you have to attend University campus so you wouldn't necessarily "miss out on the University experience".

All the best.
oh my god thank you so much hhhh that was super helpful hehe
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