Law Update 2015

  • Getting into Law
  • Law degrees have a strong vocational element + professional bodies have a strong input to the curriculum
  • Law degrees have 2 stages: (1) academic, (2) vocational
    • “Vocational” stage includes practice as either…
      • Solicitor: Legal Practice Course (LPC)
      • Barrister: Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
  • Non-law graduates must take 1 year “Graduate Diploma in Law” before LPC or BPTC
    • So, it IS possible to be a lawyer in the UK without studying law at undergraduate!
    • The “Graduate Diploma in Law” is intensely academic and competitive (12 months)
  • Half of all practicing lawyers in the UK do NOT have an undergraduate law degree
    • Indeed, some employers PREFER this as it demonstrates well-rounded-ness
    • This half of the lawyers in the UK follow the “Graduate Diploma in Law”
  • LLB and BA (Law) degrees are widely recognized internationally
    • Note the difference in years (2/3/4) as some countries won’t recognize shorter ones
  • Separately, the LLM is a post-graduate qualification which does not allow you to study law!
  • Requirements of the Qualifying Law Degree (QLD, i.e. LLB or BA) throughout the UK are currently:
    • Constitutional or Administrative Law
    • Contract Law
    • Criminal Law
    • Equity & Trusts
    • EU Law
    • Land/Property Law
    • Law of Torts
  • Also further requirement of English legal system + legal study skills
  • So, these above 7 courses + 8th requirement take up the entirety of the first 2 yrs of the course EVERYWHERE
  • See photo for the various types of law degrees available
  • Typical Russell Group (RG) offers for law: AAA/A* or 38 IB pts.
    • Some RG uni’s have slightly lighter requirements for intl students (e.g. AAA or 36)
  • Many other UK uni’s offer law with less demanding offers: BBB, 34 pts, or 280 Tariff, etc
  • Personal Statements should include:
    • Motivation (defending views)
    • Confidence (expression)
    • Preparation to participate
    • Do NOT have to be career-intensive
  • Most uni’s get far too many apps as compared to available seats
  • UCAS app is helpful, but most all candidates have great grades, glittering references, sooo…
  • LNAT: used by Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Glasgow, KCL, UCL, Nottingham, Oxford
  • LNAT must be done online in a test centre
  • Structure of LNAT test:
    • Multiple choice component with 42 questions
    • Essay component with choice of 5 prompts, answered in 40 min
      • Essay is sent to relevant schools
    • Average score is 18/42; at some uni’s 20+ is minimum score with entries
    • Pass mark can move from year to year

LNAT – What It’s Like

LNAT REQUIREMENT ONLY APPEARS ON UCAS WEBSITE – NOT ON UNIVERSITY WEBSITE.

Asked for by Warwick, Oxford, Kings, UCL.

2 hour 15 exam.  Overall mark out of 42 – 42 questions.

1st part – comprehension 95  mins – 12 texts with 3 to 4 questions per text.

Passages are argument.  Law texts.

2nd part – essay – 1 of 3 questions in 40 mins, minimum 500 words.  Marked by the Law department of the university you apply to.

E.g. To what extent does the law shape human behaviour and society?  Does it guide us, control us or does it have no impact at all?

Results don’t come until February – universities get results when you send your application.