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