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If I want to become a solicitor, which pathway should I choose ?

Hi guys, thanks for checking out here. I’m an international student (BNO visa) applying for 2024 entry, just heard back from all uni I’ve applied for. Got rejected by two and received three offers, including..

1. KCL - BA in European Politics
2. Surrey - LLB in Philosophy, Politics and Law pathway
3. Sussex - LLB in Law and Politics

I understand if I I’m planning to become a solicitor, a LLB degree it’s obviously more straightforward than any other option. But what I am struggling is I’m not very sure which option would be better for getting myself a training contract.

A non-Russell group uni 2:1 or above LLB degree

Or

KCL 2:1 or above non-LLB degree plus a PGDL/ senior status LLB degree

Kings has always been my dream school, but it would take way more time to finish my study journey with option B, plus I’m a mature student it seems more reasonable to make a choice that can save time and money.

Any opinions or suggestions are very welcome and appreciated. Thanks!
Original post by grumgrumlo
Hi guys, thanks for checking out here. I’m an international student (BNO visa) applying for 2024 entry, just heard back from all uni I’ve applied for. Got rejected by two and received three offers, including..
1. KCL - BA in European Politics
2. Surrey - LLB in Philosophy, Politics and Law pathway
3. Sussex - LLB in Law and Politics
I understand if I I’m planning to become a solicitor, a LLB degree it’s obviously more straightforward than any other option. But what I am struggling is I’m not very sure which option would be better for getting myself a training contract.
A non-Russell group uni 2:1 or above LLB degree
Or
KCL 2:1 or above non-LLB degree plus a PGDL/ senior status LLB degree
Kings has always been my dream school, but it would take way more time to finish my study journey with option B, plus I’m a mature student it seems more reasonable to make a choice that can save time and money.
Any opinions or suggestions are very welcome and appreciated. Thanks!

I would say that it is best to study law as part of the degree. If you are keen on King’s you can choose the course and do a conversion course.
Original post by grumgrumlo
Hi guys, thanks for checking out here. I’m an international student (BNO visa) applying for 2024 entry, just heard back from all uni I’ve applied for. Got rejected by two and received three offers, including..
1. KCL - BA in European Politics
2. Surrey - LLB in Philosophy, Politics and Law pathway
3. Sussex - LLB in Law and Politics
I understand if I I’m planning to become a solicitor, a LLB degree it’s obviously more straightforward than any other option. But what I am struggling is I’m not very sure which option would be better for getting myself a training contract.
A non-Russell group uni 2:1 or above LLB degree
Or
KCL 2:1 or above non-LLB degree plus a PGDL/ senior status LLB degree
Kings has always been my dream school, but it would take way more time to finish my study journey with option B, plus I’m a mature student it seems more reasonable to make a choice that can save time and money.
Any opinions or suggestions are very welcome and appreciated. Thanks!

Hi @grumgrumlo

I really don't think it will matter in the long run. Lots of people come to law and receive training contracts with very different backgrounds. Therefore, there is no one way (or right way) to do it. I would choose the course you are most interested in at the moment and the university you want to go to. In doing so, you will likely get a better end grade as you will be enjoying it more (high grades are very helpful for TC apps).

I hope this helps and good luck! 🙂

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