LLM for becoming a Solicitor in England


Kavorca
Hi everyone

I'm considering applying for an LLM in London, in a top Uni (UCL, LSE, CAM, KC). Do you think that a Corporate, Banking or other General LLM gives me the oportunity (technically speaking) to work in London has a solicitor and "compete" with local solicitors? Note that by the time I start the LLM I'll be a qualified Portuguese lawyer. Do you think Lawfirms in London are interested in international students who take LLMs and then aim to work in the UK?

Thank you in advance
Hi everyone

I'm considering applying for an LLM in London, in a top Uni (UCL, LSE, CAM, KC). Do you think that a Corporate, Banking or other General LLM gives me the oportunity (technically speaking) to work in London has a solicitor and "compete" with local solicitors? Note that by the time I start the LLM I'll be a qualified Portuguese lawyer. Do you think Lawfirms in London are interested in international students who take LLMs and then aim to work in the UK?

Thank you in advance
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Ella
Hi Kavorca,

If you are a qualified solicitor, you will have to take a test called the QLTT (Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test). Technically, you don't need a LLM to become a practicing solicitor in the UK, but it does boost your profile.

However, there are a lot of law firms which recruit international trainees. If you are heading for the Magic Circle, however, it helps to have a top uni on your CV. It is by no means obligatory, though.
Hi Kavorca,

If you are a qualified solicitor, you will have to take a test called the QLTT (Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test). Technically, you don't need a LLM to become a practicing solicitor in the UK, but it does boost your profile.

However, there are a lot of law firms which recruit international trainees. If you are heading for the Magic Circle, however, it helps to have a top uni on your CV. It is by no means obligatory, though.
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Kavorca
Thank you for your reply.

You are right. But for EU qualified lawyers there might be another way to become a solicitor in the UK and not take this test. Go to the end of this page and you'll see.

http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/qltt.page

"For qualified lawyers from the European Union, there is an alternative transfer route for those who intend to practice permanently in the UK."

I haven't assess all there is to know, cause my top priority is to get the LLM in the UK, and only then qualify as solicitor.

Cheers
Thank you for your reply.

You are right. But for EU qualified lawyers there might be another way to become a solicitor in the UK and not take this test. Go to the end of this page and you'll see.

http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/qltt.page

"For qualified lawyers from the European Union, there is an alternative transfer route for those who intend to practice permanently in the UK."

I haven't assess all there is to know, cause my top priority is to get the LLM in the UK, and only then qualify as solicitor.

Cheers
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Ella
Right. An LLM would make you attractive to larger firms, especially if your Portuguese grades are fine.

Good luck!
Right. An LLM would make you attractive to larger firms, especially if your Portuguese grades are fine.

Good luck!
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