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All good things come to an end. The author of this blog has passed his LPC. Life changes and moves forward.

LPC Core

My LPC core results. Some identifying information has been removed but the grades are unchanged. In this chart, the letter ‘C’ means competent. Where a numerical grade is given, anything over 50 is a pass, 60 a commendation, 70 a distinction. click for full size.

To qualify in UK law as a solicitor (attorney) requires a law degree, or some other degree and a conversion course called a GDL. Having met one of those criteria, you must then take a qualification called a Legal Practitioner’s Certificate (LPC).

It has been 4 long years. 2 years to study the GDL on weekends, and 2 years to study the LPC. On Wednesday I received my results for the LPC. I have passed and indeed obtained a distinction in several modules. I still can and will do an extra dissertation to make it a Master’s Degree in Law – but I now already have the credential I need if I wish to become a trainee solicitor and practice law in England and Wales.

I also did three electives, Advanced Criminal Practice, Family Law as well as Personal Injury.

LPC Electives

My LPC elective results. Some identifying information has been removed but the grades are unchanged. Where a numerical grade is given, anything over 50 is a pass, 60 a commendation, 70 a distinction. click for full size.

In some ways it is sad. I have had my last law class, and seen the classroom for the last time. I have eaten my last meal in the cafeteria. On the other hand, I have paid my last course fee.

I am not sure if I will change career. To become a trainee lawyer would require a pay cut in the short term, and I can use my qualifications to advance further in IT as well as in my charity work. I have decided however that I will continue this blog and some of my charity work. Whatever else happens now, I know of what I speak.

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About Samuel Collingwood Smith

Samuel Collingwood Smith was born in the north of England, but his family moved south early in his life and spent most of his early years in Welwyn Garden City before attending Queen Mary, University of London, where he studied Economics. Smith was employed as a Labour Party fundraiser in the 2001 General Election, and as a Labour Party Organiser in the 2005 General Election. In 2005 Smith was elected as a Borough Councillor for Haldens Ward on Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and served for 3 years until 2008. In 2009 Smith changed sides to the Conservative party citing division within Labour ranks, Labour broken promises and Conservative improvements to local services. In 2012 Smith started to study a Graduate Diploma in Law, passing in 2014. Smith then moved on to studying a Master's Degree in Law combined with an LPC, receiving an LL.M LPC (with Commendation) in January 2017. During his study, Smith assisted several individuals in high profile court cases as a McKenzie Friend - in one case being praised by Parliamentary petition for his charitable work and legal skills. Smith is also the author of this blog, Matthew Hopkins News, that deals with case law around Family and Mental Capacity issues. the blog also opposes online drama and abuse and criticises extreme-left politicians.

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