So, you’re interested in law courses? They can be quite confusing, so we’ve come up with this handy guide to understanding exactly what each course is, and which one would be right for you. There’s five main legal courses for you to understand and examine, and as well as that, we’ve provided some information regarding the schools and providers that offer these courses, as well as a heap of information regarding your fees, funding and scholarships and some alternative routes into the industry.
The five main UK law courses are as follows: the LLB, the LLM, the GDL, the LPC and the BPTC. You need to understand them all in order to find the one that suits you best. The LLB is the undergraduate law degree which you might attain if you studied law at one of the many universities that offer it around the country. It’s Masters counterpart, the LLM, is a degree allowing you to specialise your degree knowledge into a particular area of law, and is studied full time as a yearlong postgraduate course.
The GDL is a law conversion course, which is for those who have studied an undergraduate degree that was not law. This is also studied full time, and compresses the knowledge gained in a standard LLB into a single year, meaning it’s quite an intense period of studying. The LPC is taken either after an LLB or a GDL, and is the yearlong course which usually precedes a training contract. In England and Wales, this is the penultimate phase before you qualify as a solicitor.
Finally, there’s the BPTC, which is the training course commenced before attempting to gain a pupillage as a barrister. Competition is high for both the course and for pupillage places, but the rewards are worthwhile.
Now you’ve had the lowdown, go explore, and see what course is right for you at the current time in your legal career!
The LPC is a yearlong professional course taken before commencing a training contract. It’s the penultimate phase before qualifying as a solicitor in England or Wales.more
The BPTC is the vocational qualification you’ll need before starting a pupillage. It’s tough to secure a place on the course, tougher still to get a pupillage…more
If you’ve already qualified as a lawyer in another country but want to practise in England or Wales, then you may be eligible for the QLTS or Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme.more
Baker McKenzie LLP
Latham & Watkins
£45,000 in 1st year, £48,000 in 2nd year