Non qualifying law degree

A degree which counts towards the academic stage in a barristers training.

The academic stage consists of a law degree.  There are various forms of law degrees and for the law degree in question to count towards the overall qualification its content needs to count as a qualifying law degree.  This means that the degree needs to cover certain essential areas of the law to provide a good basis for further knowledge and development, There should be seven core subjects covered and each core subject covers a specific area of the law e.g. contract, tort, crime etc.

A non-law degree or non qualifying law degree  will still count towards the academic stage. A degree is, after all, an indicator that someone is capable of study and application to learning and of ability but it is felt that it lacks the foundation of knowledge about the law that may be important as a practising barrister. This potential shortfall in knowledge is covered by the requirement that the individual must take the common professional examination.  Whilst some will say that this is not a complete answer as it cannot make up for a good law degree it does at least provide a good indicator as to someone’s potential. 

The common professional examination is taken after a one year post graduate diploma in law course.


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