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You should be so lucky

In the face of high tuition fees and an oversubscribed pool of graduates, trainee Pippa Allsop feels humbled to have found her place in law. But for how long will it last?

21 October 2013

Law students, please banish Ally McBeal from your mind. The closest you will come to that LA legal dream is the look and approving 'ooh' you might get when you tell someone that you are training to be a solicitor. If you are going into law with such aspirations, be aware that although you can dine out on that momentary admiration, you will not be able to actually dine out.

But do not mistake my warning. I am very grateful that I got here. I've wanted to be a solicitor since I was 14, and that has not changed in ten years. However, the cost of getting here (and I'm talking about the finances and not the popular misconception that solicitors must sign away their souls), detracts somewhat from the glamorous legal lifestyle that some students undoubtedly anticipate.

Under the new system of £9,000 university tuition fees each year, th...

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