Chapter 10: The legal profession

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Chapter 10: The legal profession
1 Solicitors
1.1 Training: It is expected for you to have a degree in Law. However if you do not you can still become a solicitor can carry out an extra year of training covering core legal subjects then take either the CPE or GDL. Next is the one year legal practice course. This can be a year full time or two years part time. It is practical based and includes training in skills such as client interviewing, negotiation, advocacy, drafting documents and legal research. However after this they are still not a qualified solicitor. Now they have to work in a solicitors for for two years, to gain experience. During this time the trainee will be paid however not as much as a qualified solicitor.
1.1.1 Criticisms of the training process: The students have to pay for the Legal Practice Course (£12,000) and have to support themselves through this year. If they also have a degree in another subject other than Law they have to pay (£10,000) to complete the GDL or CPE. 25% of solicitors do not have a degree in Law, so this poses the question of whether they actually know the Law. There is also an oversupply of solicitors which means many are struggling to get job.
1.2 Majority of those who become a solicitor will work in a private practice. Some may also go and work in the Crown Prosecution Service. These jobs may entitle them to write letters on behalf of clients, draft documents, drawing up wills, dealing with conveyancing.
1.2.1 Complaints against Solicitors: A client can sue a Solicitor for many reasons including negligence. These can be dealt with in house, however this has been shown to not work as fairley. Now you can complain to the Legal Osbudsman, set up in 2010 it allows people to complain about their lawyer. They can receive an apologie, their documents back, free work to put right, refund or have a reduced cost or receive up to £30,000
2 Barristers
2.1 Training: Entry to the bar is usually degree based, they then do a year course for the Common Professional Examination or Graduate Diploma in Law in the sore subjects in order to qualify as a Barrister. They will learn, case preparation, written skills, opinion writing, drafting documents, negotiation, advocacy and conference skills. All of the students must join one of the four Inns and dine there 12 times before before being called to the bar. After the student has passed the bar they will have to gain 'on the job training', this could be the same barrister for 12 months or two different ones for 6 months each.
2.2 Barristers work: Barristers at the bar are usually self-employed. They usually work in a set of chambers that they share with about 15 - 25 other barristers They usually employ a clerk to handle appointments and negotiating fees.
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