LPC v BPTC employment prospects

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  • If you aren't sure, your shouldn't rush into these things. Both courses are incredibly expensive and do not guarantee employment at the end. You should take some time to gain experience of the bar and of solcitors' work and then decide which is the right path for you - if either.

    You shouldn't feel pressured to move immediately on to the next academic stage. It will be a big commitment and you should be certain that you are doing the right thing before making that choice.

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  • Sigh...if you had gone through University around five years ago or longer you might have been in with some chance in the legal profession. Sadly (for you) even those of us actually dedicated to becoming lawyers struggle and quite frankly if you are in your final year of a law degree and don't even know the difference between the LPC and BPTC or even what branches of practice they qualify you for, you are clearly not serious about becoming a lawyer. As such, you chances of qualifying are miserable to none unless you have close family working in the City.

    Seriously, are you even for real? Google would tell you! Actually, properly reading virtually any article on this website would tell you! Either you are fishing for attention or are so lacking in common sense, research skills and self-motivation that no self-respecting firm or chambers (Google those too) would ever take you on.

    Try a business-related career such as one of the many graduate recruitment scemes available from big companies. They offer solid careers for people with no direct ambition. And the pay is usually a lot better than trainee lawyers.

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  • As a final year law student I would advise any of my peers to seriously think which aspect of the profession to pursue, not just because of the financial commitment but also because of the competitive nature of the profession. If you want to be a solicitor but also want to do more advocacy work, you could do your LPC and then consider doing the exam that gets you the higher right of audience certificate....

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  • @ Anonymous 8.22pm

    Wow, bitter huh?

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  • @N. Smith - Bitter? No. Peed off that people are not only trolling websites like this where young would-be professionals genuinly seek advice and that people like the other posters above are daft enough to try to give advice to them, yes.

    Anyone who claims they "want to be a lawyer" knows the difference between the two key qualifications. If they were asking about key differences in the professional branches then fair enough - but they claim to not know what they are? Clearly either too thick to use Google, been so asleep through law school they will be lucky to come out with a third class result or just looking for attention and to see who is thick enough to believe them. Of those, the third is the most likely.

    Come on! Laughable!

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  • I'd go with, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all".

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