Posted: June 14th, 2013
By: Ashley Waring (JD, ’15)
Going to law school in England is 100% different than going to law school in the United States. Unlike the U.S., English law school graduates are required to choose whether they want to become a solicitor – lawyer performs all of the typical American lawyer duties, but litigates in court– or a barrister – a lawyer who is solicited by the solicitor (see what they did there?) to litigate in court. Those students who wish to be solicitors must take several full time courses that can last several years depending on the course. Those who want to become barristers must apply to be a member of one of the four temples in England to become trained in litigation.
Also, unlike the U.S., English students who desire to go to law school are not required to attend an undergraduate college before attending law school. English students may attend law school once they graduate from high school. In my opinion, England’s pathway to law school has both its advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is that students save time because they do not have to spend four years in college. Not only do students save time, but they save money as well. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to attend an undergraduate university for four or more years and to attend law school for another three years, English students only need to pay for law school. Average tuition to attend law school in England is very inexpensive. It rounds out to be about ¼ of what the average law student pays annually! Continue reading »