Careers/ Further Study
What does the course lead to?
You will have access to City's careers service who will consult with you and design a bespoke programme for students on this course.
As the course is a qualifying law degree, on graduation you will be eligible to undertake further training towards becoming a solicitor or barrister, or as a Chartered Legal Executive.
Qualifying as a solicitor or barrister
To become a solicitor or barrister under the current regulations, you must study either the post-graduate LPC (Legal Practice Course) to become a solicitor, or the BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course), if you want to be a barrister. After completing either the LPC or BPTC, both branches of the profession require you to undergo a further period of training with an employer, called the Training Contract and Pupillage respectively. However regulations are under review and are likely to have changed by the time you complete your law degree, so it is important that you read the information below.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced that the current regulations governing how to become a solicitor will remain in place until summer 2018, but it is currently consulting on possible changes.
You can read the Statement of transitional arrangements and Question and Answers about transitional arrangements for more information – these are available on their website.
The Bar Standards Board has announced that the current regulations governing how to become a barrister will remain in place until September 2017. Visit the Bar Standards Board website for more information.
Qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive
The degree has been designed to ensure that you will be eligible for Graduate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives*, subject to paying exemption fees to CILEx so that your LLB be will be accepted in lieu of the usual CILEx exams. As a guide, the fees payable to CILEx in 2015 are £640 to cover first registration, annual membership and exemption fees, and you should expect these to increase over the four-year period of your course.
You must achieve at least 50% in each of the legal practice exams in order to be able to use these for exemption.
To become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer you must also acquire a period of qualifying employment. We strongly recommend that you seek employment as a paralegal while you are studying for your degree if you want to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer so that you can start building up your portfolio of evidence and period of qualifying employment alongside your studies.
Find more information on becoming a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer on the CILEx website.
As the rules currently stand, law graduates who become Chartered Legal Executives and then complete the LPC are currently exempt from the solicitors’ training contract. The rules on training contract exemption are entirely a matter for the Solicitors Regulation Authority and may change without notice. The information in this section is an outline only, and you should ensure that you seek full details from the professional bodies about their respective routes to qualification during the period of your degree.
*Please note that this exemption is subject to continued agreement from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.