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There are two legal professions in England and Wales which have different functions They are called barristers and solicitors Although they seem very similar there are some differences in the way they are trained and in the way they work There are around 76000 solicitors and 7000 barristers in England and Wales Duties of solicitors are very wide and varied They carry out advocacy and other aspects of legal work while barristers are concerned only with advocacy before the courts There are three ways to be trained as solicitors The quickest and the most popular about 64 of solicitors are qualified this way would be as a law graduate In brief both solicitors and barristers need to have a law degree at the beginning of training solicitors then study on the Legal Practise Course whilst barristers obtain a place on the Vocational Course of the Council of Legal Education To a person to qualify as a solicitor he must first of all study at university for 3 years and pass LLB which is professional exam for lawyers A law graduate has to proceed to Legal Practise Course which lasts for one-full year and gives practical skills for a student to become a solicitor After that the student should get a training contract for about two years with a firm the person must then whilst training pass the Professional Skills Course which is about one month in length There are other possible ways of training like as a non-law graduate either studying other subjects and as a legal executive A non-law graduate way is very similar to the way Ive already described The only difference is that before the Legal Practice course they should pass the Common Professional Examination which is a course for a one year Whilst on the contrast a person who wants to become a barrister should first apply to become a
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