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Eve Cornwell gets candid about intense, six-month course

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Future Linklaters trainee Eve Cornwell has produced an honest overview of the accelerated Legal Practice Course (LPC) in a new Q&A vlog.

In her latest offering, embedded below, the YouTuber reveals the “trials and tribulations” of the solicitor course, which she finished last week. Addressing her 185,000 subscribers, the University of Law student is determined to keep it real: “I’m not going to pretend things are okay at certain points when they’re not. I’m just going to give you the low down. I’m going to give you the real deal.”

Cornwell reveals she found it harder than the final of her undergraduate law degree, explaining that having what is normally a year-long course “squished” into half the time is quite intense. She explains:

“I personally found that super overwhelming at times. It’s really based on independent study. It’s not like university where you have lectures. It’s really based on preparing before you get to the tutorial or the workshop, and at the workshop, you are already expected to have understood and comprehended all the material you’re going to cover.”

Revealing she’s taken only one day off since January, Cornwell is frank about the LPC’s toll on her wellbeing: “I will be honest, my mental health did take a hit quite a few times this year because I was just burning myself out continuously — you don’t get a break.”

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For those choosing between the six or 12-month course, Cornwell is blunt — do the 12-month qualification, she advises. That said, for those up for the challenge, Cornwell speaks of the benefits of its condensed counterpart:

“You get your qualification in a much quicker time. It means you can start your work much more quickly. It is definitely possible, but you need to make sure that you are starting that course with an awareness of the workload.”

Despite its rigorous demands, however, Cornwell was able to socialise with 30-40 “fantastic” and “very like-minded” future trainees also set to begin at Linklaters this September. “All your friends become your classmates, so your social life can exist within your academic bubble as well… it doesn’t feel like when you’re working in class or working the library that you’re missing out on a social life because you’re with all of your friends,” she says.

The University of Bristol law grad also praises the non-competitive culture within her cohort, unlike her experiences on the LLB. She tells viewers:

“At university, the one thing I hated about law students is that everyone was just so competitive. I have not once since January felt like I was competing with anyone else in my classes or my course. I could ask the stupidest questions in my class and I never felt judged or pressured.”

Interestingly, the trainee-to-be gives some insider-info about the involvement of Linklaters in her legal education. According to Cornwell, the magic circle firm selected her electives (including M&A, banking, debt finance and public companies law) and requires her to complete a summer-long masters in business — which essentially requires two dissertations and a presentation in September.

Cornwell also speaks of the several perks to being a future Links trainee. In addition to an LPC and maintenance grant (currently £10,000), the City outfit also offers all future rookies full access to its on-site gym.

The video, which so far boasts nearly 100,000 views, isn’t the first time the vlogger has shared her LPC exploits with the masses, having recently unveiled a new video series, titled ‘Exam Season‘, that documented the pressure LPCers face day-to-day.

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6 Comments

Anonymous

Ah the monthly Magic Circle trainee vlog post.

Out of curiosity, what is the reason why this particular vlogger is chosen? Why is a new article posted each month? And is there a coincidence that Adam is always the one posting?

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Anon

The LPC is easy though. Yes, even the accelerated one.

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Anonymous

Ah I see Adam will be censoring the comments to prevent even mild critique of what is said here.

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Anonymous

She got two things wrong in this video:

1. She suggested that it is a good idea to do the LPC without a TC in place rather than wait. This is pandering to her audience, many of whom are likely not good enough to get TCs and will have wasted all their own money.

2. She recommended the 12 month. This works only if you want to work during it to support yourself (which to be fair would be sensible). The 6 month is fine. It is quite hard but perfectly doable if you are capable of doing the job properly. In fact it is a good bridge between university (which in retrospect most people realise is very easy and relaxed) and work (which is not). Everyone I knew on the 12 month spent most of their time drinking and doing nothing since the content is simply not enough to fill the available space.

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Anonymous

To emphasise these points to any undergrad readers.

1. DO NOT do the LPC without a TC if your aim is to work in a city firm. The LPC will not change your chances of getting a TC but it will enable the providers to take a lot of your money without giving you anything in return.

2. I knew someone who was on the accelerated who was doing a 2 day working week and a 5 day drinking week, supported by occasional tutoring. He was a hard worker but nothing that special.

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Anonymous

To be fair having gone through the accelerated a few years ago I wouldn’t say it was easy at all. Yes I got the beers in often enough, but it really was very hectic sometimes.

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