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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.

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