Becoming a Lawyer

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  • if i live in trinidad and do trinidadian history does it mean if i want to move to the states i have 2 do american history?

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  • Hey, my name is Anthony and I’m 20 years old. I really want to pursue a career in law as a corporate lawyer but due to some indiscretions in my past (nothing illegal just took my eye off the ball) I ended up with less than stellar A-Level results. However I was accepted into a law degree part time however after falling in with the wrong sort of friends my attention wavered momentarily and everything spun out of control, this resulted in me leaving my course and I have regretted it every day since. however I was considering doing my law degree through the open university but I was not sure if having a degree through a university that places no entry requirements on its candidates would put me at a disadvantage in relation to when I am applying to top corporate law firms when they also have people applying from universities such as Queens. I have an exceptional flare for the legal system as remarked by several tutors as well as solicitors from various firms during work experience and becoming a lawyer is everything to me. I was wondering if you could offer some advice as I’m a bit lost and the thought that one crazy year hanging out with the wrong people may have torn my dream away from me.

    by the way my A-Level grades were 3 C's plus 60 UCAS Tarrif points from the University of Ulster for services redered

    Thanks

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  • Hi Anthony,

    If you are 21 when you apply to other universities you can apply as a mature student and some universities accept that you have work experience (if you have any) rather than just on academic grades.

    You need to do a bit of research on the requirements as each individual university's departments' have different requirements.

    I personally don't think having an degree with open university will do you any good at this stage of your life as you do not have any barriers to getting into a traditional university apart from your grades. You are only 20 years of age, I would try for the more traditional universities first and try and get a first in law it would assist in your chances of becoming a lawyer immensely. Try for Russell group university if not then a good post 1992 university.

    Open University is good but I think getting a degree from a traditional university first is a better route.

    Getting a job as an lawyer in the corporate sector is extremely competitive, you need "commercial awareness" and impeccable grades otherwise others with better results will win out.

    Also check Northumbria's degree courses I know they currently offered an exemption with the BPTC and they were discussing one incorporating the training contract but not sure if it is running yet. It helps as I have been advised that getting the training contract/ pupillage is the most difficult stage.

    I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck.

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  • My name is Derya and i have just picked my options as i am in year 9 , the subjects that i have chosen are: English, Maths , Science , Drama, History also graphics . However i do no believe that i will success with these subjects. Could someone please tell me if i have chosen the right topics as i want to become a lawyer , Thank you.

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  • Hi, I'm 15 and am predicted 11 A* grades at GCSE, My best subjects are English, geography, Business, RS, History and Spanish. Do you think that, English, Psychologhy, Business and Geography would be good choices for me to become a corporate lawyer?
    Thanks

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  • Hi,
    I have passed A-levels equivalent exams in Poland (maths, English language and Polish language ), the country where I come from, although I'm not sure if that's enough to start pursuing career as a business lawyer.. After almost 3 years of working in UK I have now decided to come back to study. Starting in September General Foundation Year to catch up with student life and hopefully improve my English :) Do you think I would have to take A-levels first anyway or just try to proceed further onto undergraduate law degree?

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  • Hi Kamila,
    You would need to find out from the university whether it would treat your Polish qualifications as equivalent and what, if anything, you would have to do in terms of additional study.

  • Hey, Are a solicitor and a lawyer the same thing? I want to become a lawyer either a one of them ones that defend people in courts or an actual judge. The other option is becoming a commercial business lawyer because I enjoy business and I'm good at it. What do these do exactly....the ones that I'm interested in? Also what standard grades would I need to become a lawyer. I know I'd need to work pretty hard but I'm 15 and I was thinking A's and B's do in Maths, Biology, English, Business Management , Administration, German and Modern studies with the possible C in Chemistry??

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  • Hi Audrey, Take a look at our careers guide here http://www.centaur2.co.uk/emags/lawyer2b/L2B_CareersGuide2011/. It should answer many of your questions. Also check through our Ask Lawyer2B section, you will find some good advice there.

  • hi im looking foemr a better job can u train for lawyer job at 28??

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  • Hi my names Josh and I would like to become a lawyer and I am in year 9 where you make choices about your subjects for GCSE's, however I am not sure what subjects I would need to take to become a lawyer.
    Thankyou

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  • My name is Davoy, and i would like to become a corporate lawyer can u tell me the requirements.

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