This is probably the question we are asked most at GR Law. The answer depends on what you ultimately want to do.
I want to qualify as a solicitor
- If you want to qualify as a solicitor you must do the LPC (or CILEX). See http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/law-careers/becoming-a-solicitor/. At the moment 90% of those qualifying will have done the LPC.
- The LPC will cost between £11,000 and £14,000.
- Only 20% to 30% of those completing the LPC will already have or get a training contract. http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/lpc-students-struggle-to-get-training-deals/5039451.fullarticle
- Training contracts are offered to students with the best academics and experience. Are you in the top 20% to 30%? Be realistic!
- If you are offered a training contract, before taking the LPC, many law firms will cover the cost of the course fees and may stipulate the LPC provider.
I don’t want to qualify as a solicitor
- If you want to work as a paralegal some roles require the LPC. At GR Law 60% of our paralegal vacancies require the LPC.
- Roles that require the LPC do not necessarily command a higher salary.
- Almost all roles require previous paralegal experience and candidates with that experience but without completing the LPC will normally be chosen over candidates with the LPC and no experience.
- If you want to pay for the LPC yourself consider sitting this on a part time basis so you can gain experience whilst you are studying. This will help spread the cost, give you valuable experience and maintain some earnings whilst you study.
At GR Law we believe it is important that our candidates are given an honest appraisal of the market facts even if they make uncomfortable listening. It is all too easy to be tempted to part with significant course fees with unrealistic promises of future advancement. A career as a paralegal can be rewarding and fulfilling without burdening you with debt! Speak to Gavin Crocker at GR Law for more information.