is 23 too old for law school?


sophie22
just wondering what you all might have to say about deciding to earn a second degree in law at age 23, given that the starging age for a kid entering a three yearLLB program is no more than 18/19 years...
just wondering what you all might have to say about deciding to earn a second degree in law at age 23, given that the starging age for a kid entering a three yearLLB program is no more than 18/19 years...
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Cedric
just wondering what you all might have to say about deciding to earn a second degree in law at age 23, given that the starging age for a kid entering a three yearLLB program is no more than 18/19 years...


don't see any problems with that ! 23 is still young ! In my law school there were people as old as 40-50-60 still wanting to earn a law degree (and going into practice)..
<blockquote>just wondering what you all might have to say about deciding to earn a second degree in law at age 23, given that the starging age for a kid entering a three yearLLB program is no more than 18/19 years...</blockquote>

don't see any problems with that ! 23 is still young ! In my law school there were people as old as 40-50-60 still wanting to earn a law degree (and going into practice)..
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P_Martini
just wondering what you all might have to say about deciding to earn a second degree in law at age 23, given that the starging age for a kid entering a three yearLLB program is no more than 18/19 years...


Haha . . . . No. Absolutely not. Go for it if it is something you want to do.
<blockquote>just wondering what you all might have to say about deciding to earn a second degree in law at age 23, given that the starging age for a kid entering a three yearLLB program is no more than 18/19 years...</blockquote>

Haha . . . . No. Absolutely not. Go for it if it is something you want to do.
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beicon
23!? Old for law school!? Not at all... You're way too young to be thinking that you're old to do anything... Go for it. Best of luck!!!!
23!? Old for law school!? Not at all... You're way too young to be thinking that you're old to do anything... Go for it. Best of luck!!!!
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Majda03
You are never too old to do what you wish to do
You are never too old to do what you wish to do
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Gregor2009
If age is an issue for you - try doing the Graduate Diploma in Law (1 year) which entitles you to practice in UK. If you decide to do a 3 year LLB - you wouldn't be too old either!


Cheers,
Greg
If age is an issue for you - try doing the Graduate Diploma in Law (1 year) which entitles you to practice in UK. If you decide to do a 3 year LLB - you wouldn't be too old either!


Cheers,
Greg
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23 is absolutely fine. You might even be more focussed on doing well than teenagers not knowing exactly why they are actually sitting in classes...
23 is absolutely fine. You might even be more focussed on doing well than teenagers not knowing exactly why they are actually sitting in classes...
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Dear Sophie,
Clearly 23 is not too old for law school. Many Americans never arrive at law school before 25, and Germans tend not to qualify until they are well over 30 (ask them about the horrors of the Second State Exam!).

There are a number of options for you. Clearly you could take a three year LLB, but you could also look at the one year GDL if you have a good first degree. My personal recommendation would be to look at doing a two year LLB rather than the one year GDL. My own view is that most law students benefit from doing more law than just one year. Clearly there are cost issues, and a one year GDL may for such reasons work better for you, but if possible I would recommend a two year LLB, and then either go to do the LPC or BVC or perhaps take an LLM before you do those vocational courses-which would allow you to get a greater degree of specialisation and depth.

The only caveat I would enter is if you have a passion to work in the US, then only with a three year LLB can you obtain the right to sit the NY bar examination, otherwise it is more tricky.

There are a number of institutions which offer a two year LLB from my alma mater Edinburgh to my current University, City, I would recommend shopping around to look at what courses, prices and location suit you.
with best regards
alan riley

Professor Alan Riley
Director LLM Programme
City Law School
City University
Northampton Sq
London
EC1V 0HB
Electronic Mail: alan.riley.1@city.ac.uk
Dear Sophie,
Clearly 23 is not too old for law school. Many Americans never arrive at law school before 25, and Germans tend not to qualify until they are well over 30 (ask them about the horrors of the Second State Exam!).

There are a number of options for you. Clearly you could take a three year LLB, but you could also look at the one year GDL if you have a good first degree. My personal recommendation would be to look at doing a two year LLB rather than the one year GDL. My own view is that most law students benefit from doing more law than just one year. Clearly there are cost issues, and a one year GDL may for such reasons work better for you, but if possible I would recommend a two year LLB, and then either go to do the LPC or BVC or perhaps take an LLM before you do those vocational courses-which would allow you to get a greater degree of specialisation and depth.

The only caveat I would enter is if you have a passion to work in the US, then only with a three year LLB can you obtain the right to sit the NY bar examination, otherwise it is more tricky.

There are a number of institutions which offer a two year LLB from my alma mater Edinburgh to my current University, City, I would recommend shopping around to look at what courses, prices and location suit you.
with best regards
alan riley

Professor Alan Riley
Director LLM Programme
City Law School
City University
Northampton Sq
London
EC1V 0HB
Electronic Mail: alan.riley.1@city.ac.uk
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Having completed law school in the US and tutored in the UK, I'd say you are the best age to enter law school!
Good luck.
Having completed law school in the US and tutored in the UK, I'd say you are the best age to enter law school!
Good luck.
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Canadian1
To echo what some others have said above, the average age for law students in North America is, in fact, higher than 23. Estimates vary, but starting at 25 would probably be about right.

Obviously starting at 23 in the UK would make you older than your classmates, but the fact remains: in private practice you would not seem out of place having started your legal education at 23, and in a profession where judgment counts, those extra years can be an asset rather than a liability. Consider your options and do what appeals most to you, but I can't image why you would let your age on its own dictate the available options.
To echo what some others have said above, the average age for law students in North America is, in fact, higher than 23. Estimates vary, but starting at 25 would probably be about right.

Obviously starting at 23 in the UK would make you older than your classmates, but the fact remains: in private practice you would not seem out of place having started your legal education at 23, and in a profession where judgment counts, those extra years can be an asset rather than a liability. Consider your options and do what appeals most to you, but I can't image why you would let your age on its own dictate the available options.
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zetoula
I absolutely agree with Gregor2009! It would be a perfect choice for you to do this one year courses since you already have a first degree. I have a friend who did that, had already a degree then did a one year degree in law in Manchester and now she's finishing her llm and everything is great for her!!! So why not for you too?
However, the way I see it, 23 is definately NOT too old for a standard 3 year bachelor degree, either.
It's all up to you...Best of luck!!!
I absolutely agree with Gregor2009! It would be a perfect choice for you to do this one year courses since you already have a first degree. I have a friend who did that, had already a degree then did a one year degree in law in Manchester and now she's finishing her llm and everything is great for her!!! So why not for you too?
However, the way I see it, 23 is definately NOT too old for a standard 3 year bachelor degree, either.
It's all up to you...Best of luck!!!
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Hi sophie22
I was born n 1986 and I'm going to take a CPE/GDL course this September. With me, 23 is a great time to start doing anything you want in your life.
It will be great if you can take 2 year LLB course as Mr. Gregor said. However, It will cost a lot of money and time (double of what you spend for CPE course).
If you want to take the CPE course, you should decide whether you want to become a Barrister or a solicitor. From my point of view, College of Law and BPP are two best institutions in UK providing CPE course if you want to become a solicitor. They have close link with great firms such as Baker, Clifford Chance, Freshfield so you will be more employable with qualification from them. If you want to become a barrister, City is the best choice.
Good luck
Hi sophie22
I was born n 1986 and I'm going to take a CPE/GDL course this September. With me, 23 is a great time to start doing anything you want in your life.
It will be great if you can take 2 year LLB course as Mr. Gregor said. However, It will cost a lot of money and time (double of what you spend for CPE course).
If you want to take the CPE course, you should decide whether you want to become a Barrister or a solicitor. From my point of view, College of Law and BPP are two best institutions in UK providing CPE course if you want to become a solicitor. They have close link with great firms such as Baker, Clifford Chance, Freshfield so you will be more employable with qualification from them. If you want to become a barrister, City is the best choice.
Good luck
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