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Law:
An LLB course will not qualify a student to don a silly wig and act like Kavanagh QC. In theory, it teaches the workings of the legal system (usually the English one) and how laws are applied. It also includes the skills and methods that the legal profession requires, such as learning to shout “you can't handle the truth!”. Not all law degrees are qualifying law degrees — meaning you'll still need to sit the Common Professional Examination (CPE). Even with an undergrad law degree under your belt you'll need to do further vocational training to become a barrister or solicitor.

LEA:
Your friendly, neighbourhood Local Education Authority. See means testing.

Learning Resources Centre (LRC):
In the old days (when there were Tories in Scotland) universities used to have libraries (which had books in them) and computer rooms (which had computers). Now they're just as likely to have LRCs, which are basically libraries but with more emphasis on non-booky facilities such as e-journals, PC access and multimedia archives.

Lecture:
Someone once defined a lecture as the process of transferring words from the notes of the lecturer to the student without passing through the brain of either. Lectures are one of the main teaching mechanisms of universities. They tend to be larger than a regular school class and less interactive. (Seminars are closer to school classes.) Usually attendance is not compulsory, but missing them isn't likely to help your studies.

Lecturer:
Apart from the obvious - ie. someone who gives a lecture - lecturers are academics at a certain level in the hierarchy well above postgraduates but below professors and deans.

LGBT:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. To see which universities have LGBT support groups and societies, check out the university profiles or the league tables.

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Last updated on: 01 May 2008

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