The 18 stages of the LPC

A journey through the sorrow and the joy of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) It begins with a speculative inquiry… What course should I take if I want to become a solicitor? http://t.co/i4CoHc0K — Imam Abdul Mazid (@mamzallen) February 12, 2013 At this stage the carefree wannabe lawyer is delightfully untroubled by burdensome realities, such… Read more »

JOB ALERT: Clinical Negligence Paralegal

From Baby Barristers: a top London law firm seeks a paralegal for its clinical negligence team. Candidates should have strong academics. LPC or BPTC graduates with previous paralegal experience are preferred, but candidates’ wider qualities will be taken into account. The role will involve, amongst other things, attending meetings with trusts, the General Medical Council (GMC)… Read more »

Will It Soon Cost Nothing To Become a Lawyer?

Thanks to the trebling of undergraduate fees, the cost of legal education has reached new highs this year – with the fees for a three-year LLB, plus an LPC or BPTC, now approaching a combined £50,000. But growing numbers believe this will prove to be a blip as academics begin to offer ‘massive open online… Read more »

JOB ALERT: Criminal Paralegal

Ed note: This is the first in a regular series of job alerts we’ll be running for paralegal and junior lawyer positions. From Baby Barristers: a London law firm seeks a paralegal to work on a six-month fixed-term contract in its criminal litigation team. LPC or BPTC graduates are preferred. Candidates should ideally possess a… Read more »

Please, No More ‘Nietzsche And The Law’! Why Americans Are Looking Enviously At The GDL Route To Legal Qualification

In comparison to our odd system of legal education – which sprawls haphazardly from the undergraduate law degree to the CILEX apprenticeship option, via the super-condensed GDL, multiple breeds of LPC and the career graveyard that is the BPTC – the US way of doing things is alluringly simple. In America, you can only study… Read more »

At Last, Some Good News For Jobless LPC Graduates: If You’re Convicted Of a Crime, You’ll Get a Lighter Sentence Than Other People

Last month, BPP Law School Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduate Victoria Lawson admitted stealing more than £8,000 from John Lewis, where she was working part-time having failed to net a training contract. The expectation was that 25 year-old Lawson – who stole the sizeable sum from the Peterborough branch of the store via a fake… Read more »

What Is It With Law Graduates And The Urge To Steal From John Lewis?

An LPC graduate has admitted stealing from John Lewis via a fake refund scam, just months after a trainee solicitor was found guilty of trying to defraud the retailer by similar means. On Friday, Peterborough Magistrates Court heard how Victoria Lawson stole more than £8,000 while working Saturdays in the lingerie department of John Lewis’… Read more »

‘If The Firm Was a Person, How Would You Describe Them?

Now that he’s finished the GDL, David Woodall finally has some time to sample the delights of law firms’ training contract application forms. The GDL is over. Stressful, difficult, but worth it, hopefully… I keep telling myself that even if I’ve failed and have wasted thousands of pounds, at least I have a little legal… Read more »

Another Facebook ‘Reverse Auction’ For An LPC Place Ends Instantly – With Minimal Savings For Winning Bidder

The National College of Legal Training (NCLT)’s first Facebook ‘reverse auction’, which took place last month, lasted just seconds after a student snapped up the Legal Practice Course (LPC) place at the opening price of £7,200 – much to the disappointment of rival bidders, who had hoped to knock the price down further and net… Read more »

An LLM Can ‘Count Against’ Training Contract Hunters

LLMs are intellectually tough, time-consuming and not all law firms like them, warns LegalAware Students often look on an LLM as something they can do to pass a year while they look for a training contract or pupillage, boosting their CVs in the process. But the reality is that a masters degree in law is… Read more »

Should Law Schools Refund Students if They Can’t Get a Job?

In a move that may interest jobless British law graduates and the bigwigs on the panel of the ongoing legal education and training review (LETR), two Yale Law School professors are championing a controversial plan to refund law school tuition fees if students fail to secure a job. Professors Akhil Amar and Ian Ayres want… Read more »

Does Studying Law Destroy Your Soul?

Until recently LPC student Cat Pond was an empathetic, liberal type, but the law has changed her… At the start of my GDL contract law course, the tutor told us to try and visualise the room and all the objects within it as connected by a web of contracts. The coffee cups sat in front… Read more »

LPC Student In ‘I HATE COLLEGE OF LAW’ Facebook Rant

The College of Law’s Facebook page is usually a happy place, where wannabe lawyers post polite queries which are promptly answered by members of the law school’s digital team. But on Wednesday there was trouble in paradise. “I HATE COLLEGE OF LAW,” wrote LPC student Jafar Jawid in angry block capitals on the page. To… Read more »

Kingsley Napley Trainee Solicitor Nets Brit Award

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree, whose day job these days is as a trainee solicitor at Kingsley Napley, bagged a special prize for his contribution to music at the Brit Awards last night, alongside fellow band members Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Alex James. Rowntree (the ginger-haired one you never knew the name of, until now,… Read more »

A Letter To My 18 Year-Old Oxbridge-Hating Self

Sarah Gillbe, who skipped uni to work as a legal secretary before becoming a solicitor, would have taken a more direct route with the benefit of hindsight As an 18-year old I was often told what a good lawyer I’d be. But in fact I would have been terrible – a vexatious litigant probably. If… Read more »

What Are Law Recruitment Fairs For?

The trauma of the City law milkround drove law graduate Jade Ferguson to explore other less intimidating options The law fair was game face time. Looking like a poor woman’s Ally McBeal, I shuffled around collecting pens and receiving a fair number of elbows to the face from my enthusiastic fellow attendees. I got the… Read more »

Why Law Graduates Can be Choosers

GDL graduate Cathryn Kozlowski on why she turned down a paralegal job With more and more law graduates working as paralegals before commencing the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the demand for such positions is almost as fierce as for training contracts themselves. The majority of paralegal recruitment companies specify that candidates must have either completed… Read more »


Follow @pondcat Law graduates’ transferable skills give them an advantage in the non-legal job market, says Cat Pond If you study law, you go into law. Simple enough, surely? Well, not to the growing number of law graduates currently branching out into a variety of different sectors. A glance at a selection of university surveys… Read more »


Follow @AlexAldridgeUK Current tough job market made to sound even worse by frequent comparisons with a rose-tinted past, says Alex Aldridge Nobody seems entirely sure how bad the current legal graduate job market is. Part of the problem is that there are so many different statistics banded around. According to recent research by the Association… Read more »


Follow @FellowsAdam Bar graduate Adam Fellows isn’t convinced doing a masters degree is a good way to land a trainee legal job One option for law graduates without a training contract or a pupillage is to study for a masters. Universities have offered LLMs for a long time. More recently, the big name course providers… Read more »


Follow @DTollervey88 Daryl Tollervey rues firms’ custom of recruiting trainees so far in advance Trying to secure a training contract is like trying to wash yourself after removing the plug from the bath. If you don’t finish the job in time, you’re in for a long wait – in bathing terms, until the bath is… Read more »

OCCUPY THE LAW SOCIETY! (in a nice way)

Follow @pondcat Other than a short-lived campaign to occupy the Inns of Court, there are few examples of law students engaging with issues affecting the legal profession, says LPC student Cat Pond During the recent public sector strikes, I was struck by the size of the turnout and the vehemence of the strikers. For many… Read more »


Follow @flo_duguid Law graduate Flora Duguid isn’t impressed by the new solicitor training scheme Accutrainee The more I think about Acculaw (or Accutrainee as the new training scheme for wannabe lawyers was recently re-branded), the more it reminds me of a pair of Jimmy Choos in a charity shop. Both look fantastic at first sight,… Read more »


Follow @pondcat First, the bar’s awful ‘Pupillage Portal’; now the solicitors’ regulator has run into criticism for its handling of students’ online registrations. Cat Pond investigates A key obligation of the wannabe solicitor is the requirement that they register with the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA). Strict deadlines are enforced and the nervous Legal Practice Course… Read more »