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LLB v BA (Read 3941 times)

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Apr 4th, 2008 at 4:24pm
I returned to study as a mature student a few years back, and I chose to study Law. As it stands 
I am about to finish a BA Law from University 
I want to know if anyone has info on any future changes in the way to becoming a practising Solicitor in Scotland. I am aware that even though the BA has covered all core subjects I still need to complete the LLb?. It seems idiotic to me.Why offer two law degrees? Is one law degree better than the other?Is this not a little unfair (in the eyes of the law?) In England you can apply to become a practising Solicitor without a LAW degree altogether just a degree and then a GDL and LPC (similar to the diploma)

Can any one advise a very frustrated youngish man!!!!!! Undecided
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Re: LLB v BA
Reply #1 - Apr 4th, 2008 at 4:39pm
Hi there, no you don't have to do the LLB, you can also qualify as a solicitor in Scotland by finding a firm to work for that will put you through the Law Society exams. You can apply for exemptions from some of the subjects assuming the ones you have studied on your BA are sufficiently similar, leaving you with a not-too-long list of subjects that you won't have already covered outstanding and requiring completion.

There are however only around 20-30 people per year that qualify per year using this route as the LLB is by far the more conventional option. (There are various reasons for this low number)

If you've completed the BA, taking the Law Society exams may be a good option for you as you'd be able to find work as a paralegal for the interim period relatively easily so you may be able to persuade a firm to support you through the exams from a good bargaining position.

You'd still have to complete the diploma of course.

Hope that helps.
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