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  1. 1. Solicitors & Barristers
  2. 2. Lesson Objectives <ul><li>By the end of the lesson you should: - </li></ul>
  3. 3. Qualifications & Training <ul><li>Academic Stage </li></ul><ul><li>The Vocational Stage </li></ul><ul><li>The Professional Stage </li></ul>
  4. 4. Solicitor’s Qualifications <ul><li>Law degree </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Practice Course (LPC) </li></ul><ul><li>Training Contract </li></ul>
  5. 6. Barrister’s Qualifications <ul><li>Law degree </li></ul><ul><li>Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) </li></ul><ul><li>Pupillage </li></ul>
  6. 7. To Summarise... Law Degree Legal Practice Course Bar Professional Training Course Training Contract Pupillage Solicitor Junior Barrister
  7. 9. Criticisms of training.. <ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Non-law graduates only studying GDL </li></ul><ul><li>Over supply </li></ul>
  8. 10. Duties...... <ul><li>Solicitors </li></ul><ul><li>Work in private practice </li></ul><ul><li>Advocates in lower courts but can appear in Higher Courts with Certificate of Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Work commonly includes conveyancing, wills and probate, matrimonial </li></ul>
  9. 11. Duties...... <ul><li>Barristers </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy – Crown and Higher Courts </li></ul><ul><li>Counsel’s opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Drafting legal documents, particularly claims </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the “Cab Rank” rule </li></ul>
  10. 12. To Summarise... <ul><li>Solicitors work in private practice, barristers in chambers </li></ul><ul><li>Solicitors represent cases in lower courts and barristers represent cases in higher courts however so can solicitors with a Certificate of Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Solicitors cover various areas of law, barristers specialise </li></ul><ul><li>Both can be sued for negligence </li></ul><ul><li>Both can become Q.C.’s </li></ul>
  11. 13. Equality within the legal profession? <ul><li>Only 23% of women are partners of law firms </li></ul><ul><li>Men earn £15,000 more than women </li></ul>
  12. 14. 10% of solicitors and barristers are from ethnic minorities However, over 15% of ethnic minorities work at the CPS So, is the legal profession representative of society?