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How easy would it be to become a lawyer after taking an economics degree? What steps would i need to take?

I'm doing economics at uni because i believe it would prepare me for a wider range of jobs than law, however i would like to keep the possibility of becoming a lawyer open should i wish to do so. is this viable?
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Take the GDL (graduate diploma in law) for a year then the LPC then training for two years.
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so it would mean roughly three years of re-training? good post, its an option im considering
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so it would mean roughly three years of re-training? good post, its an option im considering
Only one year extra I think. The second two year one everyone does Law graduate or not. It is also something I am considering, never took undergraduate as I feared I would hate the subject :P.
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so it would mean roughly three years of re-training? good post, its an option im considering
Actually four years if you want to become a solicitor and three years if you want to become a barrister:

Solicitor: GDL one year, LPC one year, training contract (on the job) two years.

Barrister: GDL one year, BVC one year, pupillage (on the job) one year.

LPC = Legal Practice Course
BVC = Bar Vocational Course
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yeah, i wanna do this also!
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A question I have is what is the difference between a MA in Law and a LLB in Law? At Edinburgh I could take a MA in Economics and Law and was wondering if to all intents and purposes this was the same as a LLB.
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(Original post by olegirona)
How easy would it be to become a lawyer after taking an economics degree? What steps would i need to take?

I'm doing economics at uni because i believe it would prepare me for a wider range of jobs than law, however i would like to keep the possibility of becoming a lawyer open should i wish to do so. is this viable?
You can take a Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or a Legal Practice Course (LPC) after a Law conversion course after any degree so long as it's respectable (i.e. not Football Studies, etc.).
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A question I have is what is the difference between a MA in Law and a LLB in Law? At Edinburgh I could take a MA in Economics and Law and was wondering if to all intents and purposes this was the same as a LLB.
Scottish MA (Hons) degrees are four-year undergrad degrees, so are the same as doing BAs in England or Wales. So an MA at Edinburgh in Economics and Law might have some of the same courses as the LLB, but not all as you'd spend some of your time taking economics classes. The LLB contains all the courses required to become a Scottish Lawyer (provided you then do the diploma and get a training contract) but the MA joint degree might not qualify you because you wouldn't have done all the courses. So if you want to become a lawyer you should do the LLB.
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If I don't do a qualifying Law degree, I will take the GDL.
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Scottish MA (Hons) degrees are four-year undergrad degrees, so are the same as doing BAs in England or Wales. So an MA at Edinburgh in Economics and Law might have some of the same courses as the LLB, but not all as you'd spend some of your time taking economics classes. The LLB contains all the courses required to become a Scottish Lawyer (provided you then do the diploma and get a training contract) but the MA joint degree might not because you wouldn't have done all the courses. So if you want to become a lawyer you should do the LLB.
You get joint honours in a LLB as well. I know people who did Law and German for example. I looked into this last year when I was considering Law and History as a joint honours. Basically you do 2/3rds of your degree as Law and over the 4 years you will have done all the core modules to become a Lawyer just not all the extra ones a straight Law student will have done. My query is really whether an MA is the same thing, rather a specialist question to ask in passing on a thread I suppose, I may post a new thread at some point. Thanks for your help.
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You get joint honours in a LLB as well. I know people who did Law and German for example. I looked into this last year when I was considering Law and History as a joint honours. Basically you do 2/3rds of your degree as Law and over the 4 years you will have done all the core modules to become a Lawyer just not all the extra ones a straight Law student will have done. My query is really whether an MA is the same thing, rather a specialist question to ask in passing on a thread I suppose, I may post a new thread at some point. Thanks for your help.
Maybe joint honours LLBs qualify you because you've done two-thirds law, but MA joint honours don't because they are half and half? Just a guess though. I think if it has LLB in the title it qualifies you, if it's BA or MA it doesn't. But in terms of future non-law jobs, both are good solid undergraduate degrees with equal status.
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How easy would it be to become a lawyer after taking an economics degree? What steps would i need to take?

I'm doing economics at uni because i believe it would prepare me for a wider range of jobs than law, however i would like to keep the possibility of becoming a lawyer open should i wish to do so. is this viable?
I would advice you to have a look at Chambers and Partners Student Guide and solicitor's timetable for non law students (provided that this is the route you would like to follow), which sets out the deadlines for VC's and TC's applications for students studying subjects other then law. You will have to do the GDL after graduation, however, if you manage to secure a TC, the firm could pay your fees, as far as I am aware.
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Maybe joint honours LLBs qualify you because you've done two-thirds law, but MA joint honours don't because they are half and half? Just a guess though. I think if it has LLB in the title it qualifies you, if it's BA or MA it doesn't. But in terms of future non-law jobs, both are good solid undergraduate degrees with equal status.
Yeah sounds plausible, the real question then would be if I did first year MA Economics and Law at Edinburgh whether I would have the Law modules required to switch to LLB. Just guessing here but as at Edinburgh you take 3 courses in 1st year Economics and only one is Economics perhaps my other 2/3rds become Law modules in the MA in which case I probably could switch. This is opposed to doing 1/3rd Economics, 1/3rd Law and 1/3rd something else as is usually the case in first year at a Scottish Uni. If I fail my LSE conditions I will be sure to find out.
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Yeah sounds plausible, the real question then would be if I did first year MA Economics and Law at Edinburgh whether I would have the Law modules required to switch to LLB. Just guessing here but as at Edinburgh you take 3 courses in 1st year Economics and only one is Economics perhaps my other 2/3rds become Law modules in the MA in which case I probably could switch. This is opposed to doing 1/3rd Economics, 1/3rd Law and 1/3rd something else as is usually the case in first year at a Scottish Uni. If I fail my LSE conditions I will be sure to find out.
That sounds correct - I think you can switch from MA to LLB as long as you do plenty of law modules.
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