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Country’s most followed law student publicly slams the LPC

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Saffron Sheriff thinks it “really isn’t living up to its price tag”

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A Legal Practice Course (LPC) student with over 40,000 Instagram followers has gone public with her, less than complimentary, views on post-graduate legal education.

Lancaster University graduate Saffron Sheriff — the country’s most followed law student thanks to her fitness-themed Instagram account — posted on her LinkedIn page that she thinks the LPC “really isn’t living up to its price tag”.

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The aspiring energy lawyer used the LinkedIn comments section to clarify her position, stating:

The amount of pressure that exists to undertake the course is immense, especially for any international firms. Every other country in the EU, and the US has a six-year law degree combining undergraduate, vocational and work experience. Not sure why the UK doesn’t follow.

There seems to be a fair amount of support for aspiring energy lawyer Sheriff’s views, judging by the reaction to her social media post. One commenter told the bodybuilding BPP student “I agree, lots of options for a cost sensitive legal education”, another said “completely agree. LPC felt odd and disjointed for me too. I thought a masters might have been a better bet. Ahhh hindsight!”

My official graduation photo from Law School 😍 (I graduated before Summer but my photo got lost in the post)

A photo posted by Saffron Sheriff (@saffronsheriff) on

Sheriff and friends will be pleased to know the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is aware of these concerns and is currently considering scrapping the LPC in favour of a brand new Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE).

The proposed assessment will effectively combine elements of the LPC and the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), testing candidates “functioning legal knowledge” and “practical legal skills”. The hope is the new, centrally assessed exam will produce a more consistent route to qualification and quell concerns about the rising cost of legal education.

The consultation runs until 9 January 2017 and can be found here.

43 Comments

Anonymous

Well if the “most followed” law student said it, it must be true! Glad you got the opinion of a true expert in the field, top journalism as ever!

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Salacious B. Crumb

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Anonymous

P. Crumb!

Come on man

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Anonymous

No, it’s B. Crumb actually. Check out Wookiepedia you moron.

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Anonymous

Whether or not she’s an expert, she’s right in this case – the LPC is a joke, and you don’t need any special credentials to see that!

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Tramp

Who the f*ck puts ‘most followed law student’ as part of their LinkedIn headline?

Good luck with all those ‘energy’ law firms taking you seriously, sweetheart.

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Anonymous

Yeah she added me on LinkedIn the other week. Is that how she built up her “following”?

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Anonymous

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Amoyninuis

Same over here…

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Harsh bastard

Hmm, both a foundation year at York Uni and an LLB from Lancaster. She’ll go far no doubt. 😂

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Anonymous

Rich coming from you xox

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Jones Day partner

Hello Saffron, come here often?

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Anonymous

Whos Saffron?

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Anonymous

Read the article mate.

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Anonymous

Ricist!

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Anonymous

Leicester and York aren’t really comparable when looking at the league tables

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Anonymous

It’s Lancaster not Leicester but both rank far below York

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YORK4LYF

YORK TIL I DIE

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Anonymous

Last time I checked York wasn’t in the top 10, unlike Lancaster.

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Anonymous

Not for idiot

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Anonymous

Not for law

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Charlotte Proudman

I appreciate that this is probably horrendously politically incorrect but that is a stunning picture.

She definitely wins the prize for the best graduation picture I have ever seen.

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Simka Dablitz.

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Anonymous

I am the law student with the most STIs but you don’t see me bragging about it

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Scouser of Counsel

I was probably the most overweight law student, but you didn’t see that on my LinkedIn!

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Cockburn

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Anonymous

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Simka Dablitz.

How many you got STI ?
I got 9 ATM.
I like bragging, especially when no one knows who I is.
Anyone else like bragging?

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Anonymous

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Scouser of Counsel

When did the Deed Poll come in, Lyle?

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Anonymous

Why has she spelt her name differently on instagram and LinkedIn??

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Dr Womble

Because her head is filled with rare gasses lighter than air. Helium, mostly.

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Anonymous

I’m assuming character count limits? Her real name is crazy long

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Simka Dablitz.

Hey my name is also spelt Dahblitz.
Simka means smooth in my language. How many peeps like it smooth?

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Tunde

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Anonymous

Most followed law student?

I question the accuracy – I have been following a girl home on my LLB course for years!

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Captain Serious

The fact that you feel able to joke about that just goes to show how ignorant you are.

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Simka Dablitz

LC posted a survey that said 40% of law students are cheats or would cheat, or something. Do ya’ll feel guilty when you cheat or do you just get annoyed when you get found out?

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Trumpenkrieg

She has the thousand co.. sorry, yard stare.

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Simka Dablitz.

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Simka Dablitz.

So Scouser of Counsel’s innocent comment is removed and anonymized. Weirdest site ever

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Simka Dablitz.

And what did Tunde say? Rage against the unelected LC machine!!!

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Tunde

I saids shez got an epic butttttttt

Yeeeaaahh fappinnnn boiiiiii

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