To become a solicitor through the traditional route can be very expensive.
law degree tuition (3 years)
Legal Practice Course (1 year)
cost of living i.e. rent, food, etc (4 years)
cost of ‘traditional uni route’ around £60,000
Another barrier to completing your qualification as a solicitor will be the availability of training contracts (now referred to as a period of recognised training). This is necessary work experience required to convert the student’s university training into professional solicitor status. While the number of LPC graduates and training contracts is about in balance, the LPC never expires, so there is a huge backlog of people in the workforce seeking training contracts. In fact, there are roughly three times more LPC graduates than there are training contracts!
If you go down the apprenticeship route, on the other hand, you are gaining work experience from day one and there are no training costs to you.