Lawyer 2B readers: law degree not worth £9,000 annual price tag

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  • For the vast majority of law students a law degree is not worth the money that they pay for it as the profession is becoming a lot more difficult to enter.

    Competition at the bar is very high, with only those from the top Russell Group universities and who hold high 2:1s getting a look in.

    The same can be said for those looking into getting a TC at a city firm.

    The vast majority of students will not earn anywhere near as much as they assumed when they began their law degree, especially if they choose to go into criminal law.

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  • High 2:1's for the City or the Bar? Few years out sadly, you need a solid 1st Class degree from a Russell Group for any hope of either. Though your point is entirely true - there is increasing competition for a shrinking profession.

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  • @Anonymous (10:26)

    I don't know about the Bar, but you do not need a 1st from a Russell Group uni for the City. A 2:1 overall is a must, though even the odd 2:2 in a module is far from terminal. The rest is down to making your application stand out in other ways and performing well at interview.

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  • @Chris Williams 3.36pm

    Perhaps not a 1st but at least a red brick University. And if you don't you would need so much in extra-curricular, work experience and connections to the firm that you would have no such thing as free time (between said experience and studying) for things such as family or social lives. Okay so I never really had a social life in my undergraduate degree (certainly not on the LPC) but I still had time for family and Christmas. I really wouldn't be taken in by the recruitment packages - at the end of the day there is so much competition if you have two candidates of equal University prestige and work experience vying for a TC in a City firm they will always pick the one with the 1st over the one with the 2:1. Equally if it comes down to University appeal, a Russell Group will open many doors whereas an everyday Uni or a former polytech will see them slammed in your face. Unless you are a token recruit; would that really be worth it?

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