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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Becoming a Lawyer ~ advice from an expert

Becoming a Lawyer

Until 2012 Ian McIntosh was a partner in a large law firm advising business clients on corporate deals, mergers and acquisitions etc.  He is now a career coach for aspiring lawyers.

Q. “What is black and brown and looks good on a lawyer?”
            A. “a Doberman”

Few careers have their own genre of jokes, but lawyers do, especially in the USA. While this reflects an unloved status, law is still a career that attracts many young people (directly, and through parents’ encouragement). This blog looks briefly at the routes to become a lawyer and then – perhaps more importantly – lawyers’ working lives, and how they are changing.

Lawyer Facts

First lets deal with terminology. “Lawyer” is a generic term for people who practice law. But, just as doctors and nurses both practice medicine, there are different types of qualified lawyer. The three main types are barristers, solicitors and legal executives, and each of these kinds of lawyer has their own routes to qualification.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Changes to A Level ~ UCAS Survey Findings

Changes to A levels and A levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Big changes to A levels are on the way. This will mean that A levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be different in terms of their structure and assessment methods.

In England, the A level will become a two-year ‘linear’ qualification with the AS ‘decoupled’.  In other words, the AS qualification will no longer count towards the overall A level grade but will be a standalone qualification in its own right and it will be optional for schools and colleges. Exam bodies are developing new AS levels for English students that can be co-taught alongside the first year of the A level programme, so that students can still be entered for the AS exams if their school or college chooses to offer this option.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Pathways to Law

The Pathways to Law programme was set up in 2006 by The Sutton Trust and The Legal Education Foundation (LEF), with support from major law firms, to inspire and support academically-able students in year 12 and 13 from non-privileged backgrounds interested in a career in law.