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How long is the training for the profession of a practising lawyer of foreign students?

This material uses the names of courses offered by BPP University College. Courses of other educational institutions may vary in name but the General scheme of the process of obtaining the qualification will remain the same.

Foreign students wishing to practise law in the UK must undergo the same stages as the graduates of the British schools. If the candidate has already have a higher education some stage of the process can be reduced. Such decisions are taken by the University and the regulatory agencies individually.

On average, acquiring sufficient skill to practise law in the UK takes six years:

  1. Bachelor's degree (LLB) – 3 years;
  2. The legal practice course (Legal Practice Course ) – 1 year;
  3. A contract for the traineeship (Training Contract) – 2 years.

The minimum period for the qualification is three years. In this case, You must already be recognized in the UK law degree, and You will go through the following stages:

  1. The legal practice course (Legal Practice Course ) – 1 year;
  2. A contract for the traineeship (Training Contract) – 2 years.

 

It is likely that the degree You have will not be recognized by the regulatory authorities in the UK. This means that in the English system it will be treated as non-legal, and there is a need to obtain a diploma of additional education (Graduate Diploma in Law or equivalent). In this case, the process will take four years:

  1. Diploma of additional education (Graduate Diploma in Law) – 1 year;
  2. The legal practice course (Legal Practice Course ) – 1 year;
  3. A contract for the traineeship (Training Contract) – 2 years.

A London solicitor's firms take foreign students for internships. In addition, their representatives can be found at job fairs in various countries where they conduct recruitment.

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