F.P. (filthy_paws) wrote in little_details,

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Studying law in England, living costs.

Hi, first time poster, have been going through the old entries with absolute fascination, so I hope someone can help me out as much as they've helped others.

The basic idea is that I've got a 22-year-old woman who's studying to be a barrister. The story is set in 1979 and she lives in London. She finished school when she was 17, and immediately began studying law. I'm not really sure what kind of pathway one takes to get into that profession in the UK, so I'd really love it if someone could tell me the basic steps that she would have taken after five years of study. Would she have any sort of certificates/qualifications by now? How long does it take before a person gets any practical experience? How long would it be before she would have completed her training and education? I really want to set up a base timeline of her career, so a year-by-year breakdown would be wonderful.
If someone can tell me this info, or point me to a website good for someone with no background in tertiary studies, I will be forever grateful.

Also, as a side-note: At this particular time, would it be feasible for this woman to be living alone and paying for her own studies by doing whatever work she could find and afford, time-wise? Or would it be far more likely that she'd still be living with her parents or in a share-house to split the costs?

Thanks for any help you can send my way!

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