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Practice makes perfect

Law courses that offer more practical elements to help to prepare students for the rigours of practice should be embraced as attractive to students and employers,says Philip Roberts

29 July 2008

The problem of law degrees that are insufficiently grounded in legal practice has long been recognised. While the LPC was intended to address this very issue, there remain worries that law degrees – both LLBs (and their equivalents) and postgraduate programmes – do not prepare students in a meaningful way for professional practice.

One consequence is that law graduates often find the LPC a difficult experience, requiring them to acquire a new set of attitudes and skills in the space of nine months. Another consequence is that many recruiters and those within firms with responsibility for selecting new trainees see little advantage in a candidate who has a higher degree in law (with the possible exception of specialist masters degrees in technical areas).

Of course, undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees are studied for a variety of purposes, not all of which are connected with legal practice.

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