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(1) Describe the stages in qualifying as a solicitor (10 marks) (2) Describe & compare the work of a barrister, solicitor and legal executive (

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(1) Describe the stages in qualifying as a solicitor (10 marks) (2) Describe & compare the work of a barrister, solicitor and legal executive (20 marks) There are many ways in which to qualify as a solicitor. There are three main routes. The quickest way is to have an A-level in law first which would take roughly up to two years, or something equivalent to that, the next stage to that would be to do a law degree, this also takes two-three years. The next step is to do the one year legal practise course. This would be followed by a two year training period. Once you have completed these four steps you have qualified as a solicitor. Usually this route takes 7 years altogether. The second route is where you have got an A-level (or equivalent) and you want to take a degree in another subject. If this is the case then you would have to take the common professional examination, which is a one year law course, then after that the legal practise course (is one year) and then do the two year training period and you would then qualify as a solicitor, this route would take at least nine years. The third route is the longest route in becoming a solicitor. ...read more.


Some students may take out bank loans and students will then be starting the training period will a large debt. There is a way of overcoming this problem, and this is to go to a university which offers a four year degree course, it includes a law qualification and a practical course so that students only have to pay �1000 per year for their fees. There are many solicitors working in all different firms but depending on what firm you are in the work required can be quite different compared to other firms. There are many firms which range from high street firms to big city firms. A small high street firm will be a general practice, and will advise clients on many different topics for example housing and business matters, whilst a solicitor in practise will be likely to spend some of their time interviewing clients, and negotiating on their behalf. Also they will spend a large quantity of their time on paperwork (drafting contacts, wills, leases, and dealing with conveyance). A solicitor may also stand up for their client in a court, and pursuing their client's case further. A solicitor may not handle criminal cases civil actions only. Large city firms usually concentrate on things such as business and some commercial law. ...read more.


The partners in the firm that the legal executive works for is responsible for their work. There are many similarities between solicitors, barristers and legal executives. These are as follows.... Barrister and solicitors - between prospective barristers and solicitors, they both face many financial problems in their time of becoming and doing their jobs - Non graduates will only do one year of formal law for the common professional course to become either. - The legal service ombudsman examines barristers and solicitors. - They both can work together, (solicitor briefs the case for barristers. - Both barristers and solicitors with an advocacy are eligible to apply to the lord chancellor to become a queens council (QC) - Also barristers and solicitors can get sued for negligence by their clients. - You need an A level or something equivalent to become either of these. - Solicitors and barrister's profession for representing ethnic minority are both equally represented. Solicitors, barristers and legal executives all have rights of audience. Also solicitors and legal executives both can work in the same place and they do the same kind of work. For example they both draft documents. They prepare wills, and can interview clients. Like barristers and solicitors, legal executives are responsible for their own work. Solicitors and barristers are both liable for negligence. ?? ?? ?? ?? Bryony bates ...read more.

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