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Routes to qualification
As a student it’s always a big decision to make on which is the right route for you to take in order to qualify.
I know it can be a minefield of uncertainty and so I’ve put together a few things which might help you along the way.
If you are looking at completing a LPC and going down the traditional training contract route but unsure what subject to pick, the only advice I would give is pick subjects you are interested in as this might help with applying then for vacation schemes, which will be vital along the way. With the costs of fees alone for the LPC ranging from 12-16k, it is important that you are enjoying your subjects and fully committed to this path! Don’t forget obtaining a training contract is tough so the more work experience you commit to at this stage the better.
If you decide you want to go into law without the traditional degree there is the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). This is a conversion course that you complete after your first degree which then qualifies you to continue with the further stages of legal training (LPC and training contract). Again this is pricey so do your homework and make sure you want to do the traditional training route.
I think given the completion for training contracts the CILEX courses should be well up on your list of things to research.
This is a small breakdown of the levels:
- Level 2 Certificate in Legal Studies –if you don’t have formal qualifications this is taken prior to moving on to the Level 3 and 6 courses • Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice – for individuals with formal qualifications
- Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice –
- CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma – if you have completed a law degree and are looking for CILEx membership
The Chartered Legal Executive route means you can work whilst studying and so gaining valuable practical experience. It's a cheaper option, although it takes longer it’s a more guaranteed route to qualifying.
I hope this gives you some ideas on what might be best for you.