Article: A Guide To Becoming A Lawyer In England & Wales
Articles / December 2011

A rough guide on how to become a lawyer written by Music Law Updates editor, Ben Challis. The ‘normal’ route to qualify as a lawyer in the UK – as a barrister or as a solicitor – is to firstly take a UK or other recognised¬†university degree. A lot of students will take a law degree, but some students decide to become lawyers later on during their university course – this isn’t a huge problem, but those students who haven’t studied law have to complete an additional year studying for the ‘Graduate Diploma in Law’ (GDL) accredited by the College of Law. A degree takes THREE years. The Graduate Diploma in law would take a further ONE year for students who are not law graduates. So, providing you have a law degree – either a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Bachelor of Arts in Law (BA), Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) OR a Diploma in Law – you can then try to qualify either as a solicitor or a barrister: In very general terms, solicitors work in practices. Many solicitors work in ‘high street’ firms looking after legal matters such as family law, conveyancing, wills, property, trusts and criminal matters. Some…