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My son (22) is looking at taking a law degree with a view to becoming a barrister.

He knows it'll take a lot of years of study and he's up for that but is wondering how much weight a degree from the OU carries. Is he better off going for a regular university?

Apart from becoming a barrister, what other career opportunities are there with a law degree?

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My son (22) is looking at taking a law degree with a view to becoming a barrister.

He knows it'll take a lot of years of study and he's up for that but is wondering how much weight a degree from the OU carries. Is he better off going for a regular university?

Apart from becoming a barrister, what other career opportunities are there with a law degree?

Fast-streamer career with the plod - they have a special entry scheme for graduates with good degrees in Law, Criminal Psychology, Criminology, Plodology etc - I met some of these in my time, early 30's and already Inspector rank on 40k + with overtime (in the Met). All being well, chief super or assistant commissioner is the end goal

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Fast-streamer career with the plod - they have a special entry scheme for graduates with good degrees in Law, Criminal Psychology, Criminology, Plodology etc - I met some of these in my time, early 30's and already Inspector rank on 40k + with overtime (in the Met). All being well, chief super or assistant commissioner is the end goal

That's very hard to get into. Almost impossible. A family member did a Masters in Criminology to increase her chances of getting on the fast track, had done all the research and still didn't get a sniff of it. She had to go in as a basic officer.

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Fast-streamer career with the plod - they have a special entry scheme for graduates with good degrees in Law, Criminal Psychology, Criminology, Plodology etc - I met some of these in my time, early 30's and already Inspector rank on 40k + with overtime (in the Met). All being well, chief super or assistant commissioner is the end goal

No I think he want's to be a barister without being shot at or stabbed or doing gruling shiftwork. Ilex may be a route. I like your posts, Beauty keep em coming

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My son (22) is looking at taking a law degree with a view to becoming a barrister.

He knows it'll take a lot of years of study and he's up for that but is wondering how much weight a degree from the OU carries. Is he better off going for a regular university?

Apart from becoming a barrister, what other career opportunities are there with a law degree?

I did a Masters degree in Software Development with the OU. They are very good. They are perceived to be one of the better teaching establishments in this day and age. If my memory serves me right, I think they're in the top 20 universities in the UK in the university league table - or at least they were when i was doing my MSc.

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OU is very expensive; both London External and Northumbria are (a lot) cheaper.

London's external degrees carry exactly the same weight as their normal ones, but with it they are difficult. Northumbria's look easier than London's, but I suppose other people will recognise that too. Ilex is a good alternative route to becoming a solicitor in that it involves actually having a related job and earning money along the way.

What is his proposed route to becoming a barrister? And what does he want to specialise in?

Other opportunities with a law degree... a lot depends on what he's been doing with himself before he was 22 and what's in the area, but lots of people that don't quite end up where they intended to end up find themselves in the civil service...

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In my experience a degree from a 'proper' (non-ex-poly) uni always carries more weight than anything else (whether this is right or wrong I don't know).

Time at uni is brilliant, despite the huge student loan, its worth it (with at least a 2:2 result). Help the lad into a Uni even if he has to work part-time, he'll love you all the more for it.

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My son (22) is looking at taking a law degree with a view to becoming a barrister.

He knows it'll take a lot of years of study and he's up for that but is wondering how much weight a degree from the OU carries. Is he better off going for a regular university?

Apart from becoming a barrister, what other career opportunities are there with a law degree?

I think you would have to check with the "Inns of Court" to see how many OU degree educated barristers they have. I have a feeling it's not that many so maybe a regular University is a better choice. However I am sure that he could become a solicitor with an OU degree.

I also think doing a Law degree is a great way of learning about our history, our rights & freedoms as individuals and would pretty much guarentee him work for life if he completed the courses needed to qualify.

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My son (22) is looking at taking a law degree with a view to becoming a barrister.

He knows it'll take a lot of years of study and he's up for that but is wondering how much weight a degree from the OU carries. Is he better off going for a regular university?

Apart from becoming a barrister, what other career opportunities are there with a law degree?

I'm gonna give a completely different answer.

My advice, FWIW, would be to tell your son to do something he is interested in. Something he loves.

After 3/4 years of studying something it becomes a real drag - many people I know have degrees and work in a completely different field, they grew to hate the subject because they did it for a reason other than interest.

Pushing your son into a career is a big mistake - think about it - would you rather he was happy or successful? Honestly.

In my experience those who study something they love will inevitably make it to the top and that can bring huge amount of success.

Like I said, do something for the love of it and you'll always be rich.

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