Student Special: Getting on course for a Law Firm Career
Derek Bedlow provides a step-by-step guide to making it as a solicitor, from getting a degree to winning a training contract
Step one: get a law degreeTips: A qualifying law degree will exempt you from the Common Professional Examination (CPE). If you are doing a law degree, especially if it is a combined honours degree, make sure that the course options cover all seven ‘foundations of legal knowledge’ – obligations I (contract) & II (tort), foundations of criminal law, foundations of equity and law of trusts, foundations of the law of European Union, foundations of property law and foundations of public law – otherwise any gaps will have to be made up the following year before you can apply for the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Likewise, if you do not start the LPC within seven years of graduation, then you will have to take the CPE.And try to get a 2:1. As our survey (pages 24-25) shows, the vast majority of law firms state that an upper second is their minimum requirement, whether a law degree or not.
This premium content is reserved for
Legal Week Subscribers.
A PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION PROVIDES:
- Trusted insight, news and analysis from the UK and across the globe
- Connections to senior business lawyers within the leading law firms and legal departments
- Unique access to ALM's unrivalled, market-leading reporting in the US and Asia and cutting-edge research, including Legal Week's UK Top 50 and Global 100 rankings
- The Legal Week Daily News Alert, Editor's Highlights, and Breaking News digital newsletters and more, plus a choice of over 70 ALM newsletters
- Optimized access on all of your devices: desktop, tablet and mobile
- Complete access to the site's full archive of more than 56,000 articles
Already have an account? Sign In Now
For enterprise-wide or corporate enquiries, please contact Paul Reeves on Preeves@alm.com or call on +44 (0) 203 875 0651