Becoming a Lawyer

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  • Hello,
    My Name is Christopher Barratt, I was wondering I haven't done a-levels, But I would like to go into law.
    Could You help me?

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  • Chris. If you're serious about law you really need to do A-Levels. Without it is almost impossible. I would recommend that you do three academically challenging subjects (Sciences, Maths, English, Languages, History etc). You then have the choice of a law degree, or any other degree followed by the GDL (which catches you up with law students in one year following University). The second option is more fun in my opinion. Get your A-Levels, make sure they're all As and Bs, then go to a good University, get as much legal work experience as you can in the process, make sure you do plenty of extra-curricular activities, then you'll be set.

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  • what do i need to do?..i dont understand what i have to do to become a lawyer!! i need some kind of advice on it.

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  • @ anonymous 1 Feb -

    the author spells it out quite clearly (as do many other articles on this site).

    to become a solicitor -

    A levels (Eng)/ Highers (Sco) (some schools do International Baccalaureate - also acceptable)

    then
    University

    then
    either the legal practice course/ diploma in legal practice if you studied law
    or
    graduate diploma in law (eng) or accelerated LLB (sco) then legal practice course or diploma in legal practice

    then
    2 year traineeship at a law firm



    Routes to the Bar are different - bar vocational course in England or 'devilling' in Scotland

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  • Hello, my name is Leon and i was wondering if getting good A level grades in Geography, History and Business Studies can help me become a commercial solicitor, there is also compusory AS English at my school

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  • Hi my name is Olivia and i was wondering when i come out of high school i go to university and study law yes? Is a solicitar the same as a lawyer? I want to be a criminal justice lawyer and have no interest in housing at all. If i have a standard grade in a second language will that do as long as it's a good one. Would History, Modern Studies,Physics,Religious Studies and Maths do?

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  • Hi my name is Jessica and i am going into grade 11. I was thinking about going into Law but i dont know what courses i need to take.

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  • i need to become a lawyer it is part of me and i can feelit i have my opnions soon so please tell me what to choose thanks
    JABIR HASSAN

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  • hi my name is emma and i am interested in becoming a prosecution lawyer in the future. i am only 15 but think law will be a good path for me to take. is it true u dont have to study law to become a lawyer. my friend told me you can take history for three years then transfer to law for a year and you will still graduate as a lawyer. can you help?

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  • Hi I have completed a 4 year joint honours degree in Business and History at a scottish uni.
    I would like to have a career in Employment law in Scotland - looking for advise on what would be a good option.

    Thank you

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  • Hi, I am a Law Ph.D. student in Paris, France and a member of the Bar Association in Beirut, Lebanon. I would like to become qualified in the UK as a Solicitor of England and Wales. What are the steps that i should take?

    Thank you.

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  • Being a lawyer seems very challenging. What do you have to do to become one?

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  • Hi, i live in scotland and i am thinking about a career in law..however when i chose my highers last year i had a different career in mind and therefore some of my subjects would appear to be useless...is it a problem to get into uni to do law if my highers are slightly random...i have done history english french art and music...and this year i am studying higher modern studies and administration...is it ok that i am studying these subjects if i want to do law?

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  • hey , i want to becum a layer but im nt good at maths , so culd you help me plz! THANKZ

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  • hi, i am studying History at Southampton university and i want to become a solicitor, what would i need to do in order to become one?

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  • Hi, I want to become a lawyer.
    I am currentlly doing A levels: health and social care , psycology, ICT, Travel and tourism....can i still do a law degree with these a level subjects? My predicted grades are all A's

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  • I am currently choosing my A Level options, and I have a passion for Law. I want to study my a levels then go to university to study Law.

    I was thinking of choosing French, Maths, English language and Psychology for A Levels? Would these be acceptable to study law?

    I would like to work in Personal Law-Family law, what would I have to do to qualify? Is that a solicitor or barrister?

    I have had work experience at a Law firm internationally known called Ogier, found in 9 jurisdictions. I worked there in the summer and march. What else should i do, to stand out from the crowd?

    Thank you

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  • Hi,
    Im an undergraduate Criminal Justice Student, graduating in 2011, I have researched high and low, and information regarding Criminal Lawyers is minimal, which is worrying. At present, I aim to do further education after I graduate, to become a Criminal Lawyer, but I cant find any information/advice anywhere.
    Would be very grateful for any help, Thanks

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  • Hi, I'm only 15 but i'm sure that law's the thing for me. I'm planning on History, Biology, Physics, Maths and Economics at A-level. Would these be a good choice or should i study different ones? Thanks

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  • I am currently taking my GCSE's and I have to start choosing my A-level options. would French, Law, Goverment and politics and Btec Business be suitable? Should I take English?
    A few people have said that top universities don't take 'Btec's'..
    Any advice?

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  • hi,
    i have done bachelor of business administration (2.1)but want to change my career into lawyer and need to know the best short way to practise.
    please help me with much details possible and also any good schools in london

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  • I am hoping to study law at university but i would like some adivce on my a levels. I'm thinking of taking Eng Lit, Maths, Psychology and Government+Politics. Do you think these are okay?

    Also, i have recently writen to about 10 different companies asking for work experience but all of them have turned me down, do i keep trying or is there a special thing they are looking for?

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  • I am currently in my last year reading History at University. I would like to be a Solicitor after i complete my degree, and was wondering how i go about doing this? Obviously i have 9 GCSE's and three Alevels also. Thank you

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  • Hi, my name is Michaela, although I am only in year 8 I have my options and GCSEs soon and I was wandering if they subjects I choose for my options and my grades in my GCSEs will have an effect on my chances of being a lawyer. Or is it only really the A-levels that matter? I know I'm a bit young to be worrying about this yet I feel that if I know this I won't be too worried about it once everything is in place. I thought for my options :
    English
    Maths
    Science
    Because I have to do them anyway
    Then
    History
    Ict
    Business studies
    Law
    Though I don't know if I can choose business studies and law for my options?
    If you could help I would be so grateful??

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  • I want to be a criminal justice lawyer but im not quite sure what standard grades i have to do, will maths, business studies and science do? Will a year of studying legal do?

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  • I am looking at returning to law despite a fairly large gap (6 years) since I graduated from a Scottish University with an LLB. Do you have any advice on where I should look to start back in the process to qualifying as a solicitor? I am flexible between qualifying in Scotland or England.
    Thank you

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  • Hi my name is mckoy i am a jamaican law student and would like to work in the UK can a jamaican law degree be used in the Uk or do i have to do a Uk LLB. If so or if not what do i need to do

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  • Hello,
    I am 17 and am currently living in France and will be sitting the baccalaureate next year, so I am fluent in french. I am looking to have a career in law in the future, however I would like to know if there are any 'sectors' in law in which I could practice law and French, with English remaining my primary language.

    Thanks.

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  • hi im in high school and i want to become a lawyer. i have to now choose what a levels i want to take. im thinking history, english lit, maths, RS or citizenship as my 4th one. what would be your advice? it would reallt help me. thank you

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  • Hi, I have been offered a training contract at a firm specialising in property, PI, and Wills, but I initially wanted to work in the criminal field. I know how hard it is to get a TC, but I was wondering whether or not after completing my training contract I could still somehow in the future become a criminal lawyer, or will i have to stick to being a PI lawyer? Thanks

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  • Hi
    I gained an unconditional offer to read law at uni but haven't got my A level results back but feel that i screwed them up pretty badly and may not make the 3 As that I need! Therefore, I've been looking into alternative first undergrad degrees so that i can transfer into law later. I was just wondering if anyone had information on first degrees that are favoured by pupillages? I'm considering a sociology route of some sort but wanted to know if it would be looked down on by firms when applying for pupillages? PLEASE HELP thank you!!

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  • m starting with gcse law this year and than A-level law year after is that better to start from in law at oxford open learning (distance learning] m 29 tho

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  • I have just graduated from an english and history Ba course at the university of Liverpool, I was awarded a 2:1. I am about to embark on a masters course in Cultural History at the same university. I have been looking at law postgrad courses at a variety of universities. I'm also looking for experience at law firms in Liverpool that I can take on while I study. Aside from this what can I do to be successful in obtaining a place on a law course and then getting into a law firm afterwards. Any helpful suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks.

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  • i am 15 and going into year 11 , i have wanted to be a lawyer since i was 5 , i took french in year 8 and 9 , i got a D in early entry , but i dont want to take it in my last year because i want to concentrate on my other subject , does a language really matter to colleges and universities ?

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  • Hi, I have to choose my A-level options at school soon and was wondering if there are any that are good to take? We only have 4 options and I think I'm going to study law, sociology, english and RE. Are these any good?

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  • hi im in year 10 and i was just wondering if you havent taken a language then is it a problem to become a lawyer?

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  • I'm only in high school year 8 but I want to be a lawyer! Will studying German help me in any way?

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  • Hi my name is lisan I am in year 11 right now and I would like to become a lawyer however I am not so sure as to what A levels I should take I was thinking about English, French, History, Physics and Maths but I am not so sure. Also do you have to take A level history in order to become a lawyer since I am not so keen on the subjet! Thank You

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  • Hi,

    Im currently in my third year of uni studying law and criminology. This year I have decided i would like to become a solicitor , however would I have to do the cpe to get a training contract or can i apply with the degree ill have ?

    Thanks you

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  • I am currently applying for sixth forms and am unsure about which subjects I should take at a-level. I would like to be a barrister and do a law degree, preferably at one of the universities in the russell group. I am definitely doing english lit and history, but am unsure about the other two. Do you have to do a language at a-level? I am predicted an A at GCSE in French, however, I absolutely despise it and am not passionate about it in the slightest. But if it will put me above others in regards to getting a job and getting into a university should I consider it? My application deadlines for the colleges are next week, so I need an answer quite quickly. A list of preferred subjects at a-level to enable me to do law would be great?

    Thank you!

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  • Hello my name is Aaron and I would like to be a lawyer and am currently in my first year of 6th form taking 4 subjects: biology, chemistry, history and psychology. I was just wondering if these are a good set if A levels to have and which one I should drop (if any) in my second year?

    Thank you.

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  • hi my name is monasia n my future dream iis become a lawyer ,i know i have obstacle to passs to get there but i feel like i wont be ready for it later on in life when the bi stuff hit me help ........ if there anyone out there that can guide me i would honored

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  • Hi.
    I don't have A Levels but will be starting a degree in law in February as a mature student.
    Do you think it's still likely if I get a 2:1 to get on a training scheme on completion. Or should I do another qualification also?
    Thanks

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  • you are all gays lol

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  • I am in my third year of Bradford Grammar School (Year 9) and my career choice is a Barrister. I was wondering if you could help me choose the GCSEs I would need to succeed in this.

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  • i would like to have a career as a lawyer i am just deciding on what subjects i should choose could you help i already know that you have to have 3-A's , 1st class degree, LPC and go to study law for 6 years in university, but i just don't know what subjects would get me there.

    it would be a great help
    thank you.

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  • I was thinking about becoming a lawyer, but i'm not sure what GCSE's i would take to start me off, any suggestions?

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  • i am from pakistan,wants to be a barrister.what subjects should i take in my o and a levels to fulfill my aim?

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  • I would love to become a prosecution lawyer but i need a little help.! What do i do????

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  • Hello,

    Please could you advise on what sort of vocational courses there are available? I do not have A-levels & I do not think university is an option for me as I can not afford to take time out of work.

    Many Thanks,
    Nikki

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