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What do Law graduates earn?

Law graduates can expect an entry-level salary of around £22,000, with the average law graduate salary in the UK being £25,000. Once you qualify you could expect pay of around £45,000 and within four years, your income could reach £82,000.

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Routes to becoming a solicitor

There are several routes to becoming a solicitor in the UK:

1. Traditional Route: This involves  completing an LLB (QLD) followed by the LPC and a two-year training contract with a law firm.

​2. Integrated Route: Some universities offer integrated programs where you can complete the LPC as part of your undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

3. Chartered Legal Executive Route: If you are a Chartered Legal Executive, you can convert this qualification into solicitor status by completing the 'CILEx Graduate Fast-Track Diploma' and a training contract.

4. The LPC is a vocational course which is set to continue running until 2026: 

After completing your academic qualifications, enroll in the Legal Practice Course (LPC). This is a vocational training course that focuses on practical legal skills and is usually one year long. You must secure a training contract with a law firm. This is a two-year period of practical training during which you work under the supervision of qualified solicitors. You can apply for training contracts while you are still completing your LPC or after you have finished it.

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

The Professional body that deals with the law degree is the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). This body decides what is required to qualify and practise as a solicitor.  The requirements for students starting their studies from 2022/23. The stages of training are: any degree or equivalent level 6 qualification. Passing both stages of the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE). Two years full time (Or equivalent) work experience. Passing a final character and suitability assessment.


You must secure a training contract with a law firm. This is a two-year period of practical training during which you work under the supervision of qualified solicitors. You can apply for training contracts while you are still completing your LPC or after you have finished it.

During your training contract, you'll need to complete the Professional Skills Course (PSC). This course covers essential skills such as client care, advocacy, and professional standards. At the end of your training contract, you need to pass the SRA's central assessment, known as the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The SQE is designed to test your competence in practical legal skills and legal knowledge.  Once you've successfully completed the SQE and fulfilled all the requirements, you can apply to be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors. This is the official list of all solicitors in England and Wales.


The SRA introduced a new two part Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). It will test your legal knowledge (SQE Stage 1) and your practical legal skills (SQE Stage 2) through written and practical assessment.

What Law diploma or degree you can study?

  • Level 3 Diploma in Law. On completion progress to Level 4 diploma

  • Level 4 Extended Diploma in Law. On completion progress to Level 5 diploma

  • Level 5 Extended Diploma in Law and progress to LLB

  • Level 7 Diploma in International Business Law leading to LLM.

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ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Law

ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Law

ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Law

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OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Law

OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Law

OTHM Level 7 Diploma in International Business Law

Study Modules

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The English Legal System

(15 Credits)

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Contract Law

(15 Credits)

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Legal Terminology and Communication

(15 Credits)

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Academic and Research Skills for Law

(15 Credits)

Entry requirments

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A minimum of 3 A-levels or equivalent qualifications is usually required to gain entry into a law degree program. Some universities may accept other qualifications like Access to Higher Education diplomas

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Relevant Level 3 Diploma

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GCE Advanced level in 2 subjects or equivalent qualification

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Mature learners (over 21) with relevant management experience

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English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency.

How will you be assessed?

  • Assessments are usually carried out by a mixture of the following, and will vary from module to module.

  • Assignments in the form of Essays, Reports and presentations

  • A dissertation is usually in the final year of the degree top-up

  • EXAMS in the final year of top-up for some parts or modules. (including seen, pre-release and open book exams)

Advantages of a Law Education at C4U

  • Low Fees

  • Experienced Faculty: combined 25 years of experience.

  • Flexible online delivery

  • Fastrack completion 

  • Gain entry into final year of degree programme

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Experienced Lecturers

Shazia Khan

BA Law and European Business (Hons) University of Bradford

MA International and European Law, University of Bradford

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Yasir Gulfarz

LLB, Essex University,

LLM, Anglia Ruskin University

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Ramanjeet Singh

Postgraduate Diploma

in Law

Frequently Asked Questions

Qualifying Law Degree (QLD):

One of the primary routes is to complete an undergraduate qualifying law degree (LLB) at a recognized university. This degree provides the foundational legal knowledge needed to progress further.

Exams: After completing your qualifying law degree, you will need to pass the Legal Practice Course (LPC). The LPC is a vocational course that focuses on practical legal skills, including client interviewing, drafting, and advocacy.

What is a qualifying law degree (QLD)?

Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) is a specialized program recognized by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB). It covers core legal subjects required for a legal career.

What is a non-qualifying law degree?

A Non-Qualifying Law Degree may not cover all the required subjects and may not lead directly to a legal career. If you have a non-qualifying law degree, you may need to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) to gain the necessary legal foundation.

How to become a barrister in the UK?

Becoming a barrister in the UK is a highly structured process that involves several key steps. Here's an overview of the path to becoming a barrister:

Academic Qualifications:
Undergraduate Degree: Typically, the first step is to complete an undergraduate degree. This can be a law degree (LLB) or a degree in another subject. If your degree is not in law, you will need to complete a law conversion course, known as the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).


Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT):
Before starting the next stage of training, prospective barristers must pass the BCAT, which assesses critical thinking and reasoning.


Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC):
This is a one-year full-time (or two-year part-time) course that provides practical training in advocacy, drafting legal documents, negotiation, and legal research. It's designed to prepare students for the practical aspects of the profession.


Joining an Inn of Court:
To become a barrister, you must join one of the four Inns of Court (Lincoln's Inn, Inner Temple, Middle Temple, and Gray's Inn). These are professional associations that provide support, training, and networking opportunities for barristers.


Pupillage:
After completing the BPTC, the next step is a one-year pupillage, which is a form of legal apprenticeship in a set of barristers' chambers or another approved legal environment. It's divided into two six-month periods (known as 'sixes'). The first six involves shadowing a more experienced barrister, and the second six may involve taking on some work independently.


Tenancy:
After successfully completing pupillage, you can apply for tenancy as a junior barrister in a set of chambers. This is effectively a self-employed position where you share the costs of the chambers with other barristers.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD):
As a practicing barrister, you're required to undertake CPD to maintain and update your skills throughout your career.

What do Law graduates earn?

Law graduates can expect an entry-level salary of around £22,000, with the average law graduate salary in the UK being £25,000. Once you qualify you could expect pay of around £45,000 and within four years, your income could reach £82,000.

What jobs can you get as a Law graduate?

Embark on a transformative journey with a Law degree, a prestigious pathway not only to the esteemed professions of solicitor or barrister (advocate in Scotland) but also a stepping stone to a myriad of influential careers. This degree is revered across various sectors such as academia, media, business, politics, and banking, acknowledging its versatility and the respect it commands.

Upon qualifying, many lawyers find their niche in private practice, a realm where expertise meets opportunity. Alternatively, a world of possibilities awaits in in-house legal departments, the Government Legal Service, or the Crown Prosecution Service, where your skills can contribute to the greater good. A Law degree is not merely an educational achievement; it is a gateway to a multitude of prestigious careers, each offering a unique way to make a significant impact in the world.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Law

Advocate or Barrister

Accountant

Chartered Accountant

Power of Attorney

Chartered legal executive

In Meeting

Advocate or Barrister

Signature

Coroner

Legal Advice

Court legal adviser

In court

Crown prosecutor

Family

Family mediator

Signing a Contract

In-house solicitor

Teacher in Classroom

Lecturer

Business representative

Licensed conveyancer

Business Meeting

Management consultant

United Nations

Member of parliament (MP)

American Courtroom

Paralegal

Female Lecturer

Public affairs consultant

Business Meeting

Queen’s Counsel (QC)

Law Books

Solicitor

Young Lawyer

Trade mark attorney

UK Law qualifications are in demand in
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Middle East?

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Common Law System: The legal systems of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are based on the British Common Law system. Studying law in the UK provides students with a deep understanding of common law principles, which are directly applicable and highly relevant in their home countries.

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Enhanced Career Prospects: A UK law qualification can significantly enhance career prospects. It can lead to opportunities in multinational law firms, international corporations, or organizations that value a global legal perspective. Additionally, it provides an edge in the competitive legal markets of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

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Pathway to International Legal Practice: For those aspiring to practice law internationally or in multinational contexts, a UK law degree can be a significant asset. It can also serve as a stepping stone for further qualifications like the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in the UK, or bar exams in other common law jurisdictions.

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Global Recognition and Prestige: The UK's legal education system is renowned globally for its quality, rigour, and tradition. A law degree from the UK is highly respected worldwide, including in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. This global recognition can open doors to international career opportunities for graduates.

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Most of the Indian Students who want to pursue Law in the UK often wonder if they can then practice in India after graduating. The answer is simply, yes, you can! The Bar Council of India recognises a Law degree from 45 UK universities where you can study Law and practice later on in India.

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UK Law programmes are duly recognized by the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and the Higher Education Commission (HEC)

England and Wales LL.B.s are recognised for entry to Bangladeshi conversion courses.
You have to enquire the BAB (Bar Association of Bangladesh) for details of recognition and or conversion

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