To Become a UK Lawyer: 3 Steps Are Required

There are 3 steps to becoming a solicitor or barrister in the UK. These steps cannot, in most cases, be avoided.

Step 1: Obtain a qualifying law degree; £12K - £20K+.  
Step 2: Undertake the mandatory Legal Practice Course to become a solicitor, or the Bar Vocational course to become a barrister; £15K+. 
Step 3: Obtain a training contract from a law firm, which is the UK Law Society/Bar Council requirement.

Please Note: Step 3 is, by far, the most difficult, therefore, if you are already over 25 years old, we encourage you to give a great deal of thought to these 3 steps before starting on the long, costly, and uncertain road to becoming a UK lawyer. If you are over 35, the possibility of qualifying to become a UK lawyer drops to a less than 10%. However, if your are really determined then consider an alternative approach...read more


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