Glossary of law terminology

Course Related
TermDefinition
LLM Masters of Law
LPC Legal Practice Course
GLD Graduate Diploma in Law (also referred to as CPE - Common Professional Examination)
BPTC Bar Professional Training Course
BCAT Bar Course Aptitude Test
LawCAB Law Central Application Board (for applying for the LPC / GDL / BPTC)
PRT Period of Recognising Training. An alternative route to qualification other than a training contract
QLD Qualifying Law Degree (e.g. LLB)
Vac Scheme Vacation Scheme (a law internship)
QLTS Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme - allows lawyers qualified in another jurisdiction (international) to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales and is the qualification any barrister must take to cross quality as a solicitor.
Solicitor / Paralegal
TermDefinition
SRA Solicitor's Regulation Authority
CLC Council for Licensed Conveyancers
CEDR Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution
CILEx Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
IoP Institute of Paralegals
TC Training Contract
ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation)
Magic Circle Law firm Top five UK law firms who have the highest earning partners and lawyers. They are normally considered to be Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Clifford Chance, Slaughter & May, Linklaters and Allen & Overy.
Silver Circle Law firm The next tier of high fee earners, including: Ashursts, Herbert Smith Freehill, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Travers Smith and Macfarlanes.
Barrister
TermDefinition
Chambers The building in which a barrister has tenancy
'Magic Circle' Chambers Phrase ascribed to Blackstone Chambers, Brick Court Chambers, Essex Court Chambers, Fountain Court Chambers and One Essex Court.
Inns of Court The professional associations for Barristers. There are four in England: Greys Inn, Middle Temple, Inner Temple and Lincoln’s Inn.
The Bar (The Bar of England and Wales): The profession of being a barrister whether self-employed, employed or working in some other structure when acting as a professional barrister.
BSB Bar Standards Board
CPS Crown Prosecution Service
Mini-Pupillage Short term work experience with a barrister
Pupillage Gateway (Previously Pupillage Portal and OLPAS) is where you apply for Pupillage once you have decided on your BPTC. You usually start applying for Pupillage around 18 months before you wish to start one.
QC Queen’s Counsel is awarded to senior barristers for outstanding work and is referred to as receiving 'silk'.
Other Terms
TermDefinition
FRU Free Representation Unit
GLS Government Legal Services
ABS Alternative Business Structure

Further Information

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