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This chapter discusses the various aspects of work experience. It covers the importance of work experience for law students and the different kinds of work experience available; work experience in a law firm, mini pupillages, and other less common opportunities such as marshalling a judge and law-related voluntary work; advice on how to find and apply for work experience; and how to make a good impression during your placement. The chapter concludes with guidance on how to find opportunities to undertake the various types of work experience, including advice on how to write an effective speculative application.

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This chapter discusses the final stages of professional training necessary for students who wish to practise in one of the two traditional branches of the legal profession: the training contract for solicitors and pupillage for barristers. It offers guidance on the various specific areas of legal practice before explaining the structure, content, and purpose of training contracts and pupillage. The chapter concludes with a discussion on finding funding.

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This chapter considers the roles of solicitors and barristers and other legal professionals such as Chartered Legal Executives and paralegals. It outlines the basic business models of legal practice, including alternative business structures (ABS) and the constraints on such organisations. It discusses the rules affecting practice as a solicitor or a barrister and outlines the regulatory organisations overseeing solicitors and barristers. It explains the routes to qualification for barristers: what pupillage is, the need for barristers to be members of an Inn of Court, and the route for solicitors via a training contract. The debate as to whether the two main branches of the legal profession should be fused into one is set out. The most recent reforms to legal education are signposted.

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This chapter considers the roles of solicitors and barristers in the English legal system. It outlines the basic business models of legal practice, including alternative business structures, and the constraints on such organisations. It discusses the rules affecting practice as a solicitor or a barrister, and other legal professionals, and discusses the regulatory organisations overseeing their work. The debate as to whether the two main branches of the legal profession should be fused into one is set out. The discussion and debate about changes to legal education are signposted, including the major reforms to the qualification requirements for solicitors and barristers.