BCL student Richard Ridyard and law graduate Daniel Money plead in favour of the law degree

Defending the Law Degree

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  • Finally someone speaking sense - great article guys. The time has now surely come for those still desperately clinging to the Savage bandwagon to fall mercilessly at the feet of the LL.B before legal education goes beyond repair.

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  • An excellent article Richard and Daniel our legal system is losing its title as the world beater. More and more students each year are losing faith in that will there degree allow them to achieve the dream they desire.

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  • Although I agree in large part with your argument there are a number of points which are slightly wayward.

    Having just completed the 2 year BPP law degree, I would never recommend it to a school leaver. It's relatively intense, it does not allow for extensive work experience opportunities (exams often clash with vac schemes) and by and large it isn't yet recognised by most firms as being any good. School leavers need the general overview and understanding that a traditional law degree can provide e.g basic legal composition, structuring an argument etc.

    It did, however suit my purpose. As someone in their early thirties looking for a career change. It offers significantly more subject choice than the GDL, for me it helped reinforce what I already knew about company and commercial dealings and it gave me a decent understanding of what will be needed when I practice.

    I have no desire to spend time studying the jurisprudential aspects of the law. It's something that can be achieved just as adequately in my own time. I want to know what I need to know to be successful in my role as a lawyer on a day to day basis.

    If I had a choice would I take the BPP 2 year route again? Heck no, but not because of the teaching standards or the course structure.

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