Is gaining a legal qualification still worth the cost?
Having stupidly subscribed to the ‘Junior Lawyers’ e-mail list at some point in the distant past, I stumbled across this rather interesting poll earlier today:
Wow: 61% voted No. I knew sentiment was strong out there regarding the exorbitant qualification fees for the legal profession but, I have to admit, I was predicting the ‘Yeses’ to have it – if only by a narrow margin. To be clear, scanning through the comments on the site, most seem to refer to the LPC rather than ‘academic’ law degrees which has clearly shaped their thinking in the cost versus gain equation. I’m sure there are many BVC students lurking out there who share similar sentiments regarding the perceived value of their professional qualification.
For what it’s worth, the comments, such as they are, seem to pretty much stem from mature students with hard-luck stories. While I guess the nature of their general situation is a little different from that of the masses, there’s no getting away from it: there’s a lot of dissatisfaction out there.