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Student finance: some advice

Tuition fees and debt – going to university or law school is hugely expensive and that’s no joke for the vast majority of people, whose families simply cannot afford the prohibitive cost of funding their studies. But even with tuition fees at an eye-watering £9,000 a year, the benefits of higher qualifications are still worth it in our view, while the system for repaying student loans remains more like an affordable tax than a traditional loan. The enrichment of education and the chance for a fulfilling, rewarding, well-paid job in a field of your choosing remains a long-term goal worth striving for. To that end, this week’s Feature looks at the funding options out there, from student and bank loans to government income support and college grants, and even Inns of Court scholarships.

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Corporation tax avoidance: a very modern debate

How effective are the efforts currently underway to prevent companies from avoiding paying corporation tax?

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Financing your studies: advice for funding the LLB, GDL, LPC and BPTC

Money makes the world go round, they say, and it will certainly be a major consideration as you proceed through the halls of academia, be that at undergrad or postgrad level. Read on for a description of some of the loan and scholarship schemes that are available to you as a would-be lawyer.
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The Oracle

The Oracle

Legal work opportunities for postgrad students

I have recently graduated with a 2.1 in my philosophy degree and plan to take a year out to earn some money before enrolling on the Graduate Diploma in Law. What kind of paid work could I do which (i) looks impressive to employers, and (ii) would be flexible enough to allow me to keep putting my legal career first?
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The transfer window

The transfer window

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In my last blog I talked about the difference between accepting that there are times as a trainee where you will deal with fairly mundane tasks (which is part and parcel of training) and knowing when your training hasn’t been adequate, for any number of reasons.
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Sej Lamba - Trainee to solicitor - my journey

Trainee to solicitor - my journey

Sej Lamba
Long before I became a lawyer, I was a historian at University College London. I chose to read a subject I enjoyed and thought I would excel at, planning to cross the career bridge when I came to it.
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