Northumbria Uni launches fast-track LLB

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  • I have to say that this is an absolutely wonderful idea and incredibly progessive. As an ex Northumbria Law student i only wish that this had come in sooner.

    I have always wondered why it is though that Northumbria seems to be te only trailblazing institution and other Universities merely catch up! Go Northumbria, go.

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  • This does seem like a good step forward. I have been thinking for a long time that the legal career should adopt some of the structural dynamics of a career in medicine/ dentistry in many universities.

    Medicine and dentistry are both primarily 5 year courses, but most of the academics is in the first 3 years, after which students go of to hospitals to do their clinical training. At the end of which they come out qualified to practice and build up on their experience.

    This pilot system could be the way forward. It could be a solution to the ever increasing problem of graduates without training contracts who fear that they may end up not qualifying.

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  • The issue with the glut of graduates is not fear "that they may not end up qualifying", it is a fear of not having a job. Calling someone a "solicitor" at the end of a period of time changes absolutely nothing. I'm sure many "barristers" feel warmed by the fact they can call themselves barristers despite not having a pupillage...not. This also ignores the fact that most graduates earn a good salary during their training contract, so that another 2 years of debt rather than earning doesn't seem to be such a good option for those who would have obtained a TC anyway. Whilst this may have some redeeming features, thank god it is only being implemented by Northumbria and not one of the major legal education providers.

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  • I am currently a 3rd year law student at Northumbria and believe this is a brilliant idea.

    With regards to the previous comment 18 months of the training contract programe takes place in one of the sponsor firm's offices and as such employment with the firm is just as likely as any other graduate undertaking a training contract with them.

    Also the final 15 months of the programme are paid and is the same as a traing contract in every respect so there is not an extra 2 years of debt as you incorrectly said.

    When the costs are worked out it is actually only slightly more expensive (around £500) than undertaking a 3 year LLB then the 1 year LPC then the 2 year training contract.

    The main advantage though is that the student will qualify as a solicitor 1 year earlier than they would and can be guaranteed (unless they are hopeless during their work time at the sponsor firm) a job.

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  • I have received further information about this course and I do not see how it improves access to the profession. The placement with the law firm is not guaranteed and all students intending to become solicitors must go through a recruitment process. How is that different from applying for a training contracts? The concern always remains that we are running the risk of creating a two tier system of lawyers, those who qualified in the traditional manner and those who completed this course.

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  • This is a brilliant idea to have such a package for the would be law student. I am interested whether such course is available to overseas student especially from Malaysia. I am keen to sign-up.

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