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    Barristor and Solicitor

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    course as for the others, such as BA courses, may not have all the key subjects in the course. Before taking the next stage of training, students must demonstrate that they have covered the same key subjects at University as solicitors. To become a barrister you need a good class degree, as competition is high; at least 2II is required. The law students need to decide whether they want to be barristers while at university, as all applications go to the Bar Vocational Course, this must be made in the first term of the last year at university. However, with student with non-law degrees can also become barristers but the process takes a year longer to complete.

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    Describe the training for both Barristers and Solicitors.

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    The fees for this are about 7000 pounds and this will lead to the vocational stage. If you are a non graduate and want to become a solicitor you must take the Institute of Legal Executive route and take exams part 1 and 2 as well as work in a solicitors firm for 5 years. To become a barrister you must take a 2 year CPE course in law. This will then lead you to the vocational stage. At the vocational stage if you are training to be a solicitor you must take a Legal Practice Course (LPC) which is a 1 year course full time and 2 years part time.

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    Evaluate the extent to which judges are representative of society.

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    Griffiths' point was that judges tend to support the establishment. However, academic Simon Lee argues that these ideas are far too simplistic to apply to all judges. He states that although the majority of judges are in fact old, white, middle classed men, it does not necessarily mean they will all think the same. Although Simon Lees point that judicial bias needs to be proved is valid, there has however been research into the limited class background of judges. Research found that in 1995, 80% of high ranking judges were educated at Oxbridge and since 1997, 80% were educated in a public school.

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    What is the role of the jury in criminal and civil cases

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    The jury must come to a unanimous or majority decision in order to conclude a verdict. Juries are used in all criminal cases at first instance in the Crown Court. They try the most serious indictable offences such as murder and also either way offences such as theft, both of which, where the defendants plead not guilty. Summary offences such as driving without a licence are heard in the Magistrates Courts, so in reality only 5% of criminal cases are tried in the Crown Court and in many of these cases defendants plead not guilty so there is no need for a jury.

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