Law Mini-Guide

06/04/2017

Careers in the legal profession are well paid and demanding. 

Career - Law

What is it?

Careers in the legal profession are well paid and demanding. It’s not all glamorous court work like we see in films, but it can be high profile and will make a difference to people’s lives. You might work in Barristers’ Chambers, or as a Solicitor, Paralegal, Pupillage, Legal Executive, Paralegal, Patent Attorney, Usher or a Legal secretary – the range of jobs is huge and you can specialise when you know which field appeals to you the most.

It is a fast moving industry and the law changes as we deal with new issues and beliefs and ideologies change and evolve. 

What skills and qualifications will I need?

You will need a good level of academic degree and then choose whether to work in a dedicated law practice or within a legal department within a large firm or organisation. If your degree is in law, you can do a Legal Practice Course (LPC) and then complete a training contract, if you didn’t study for a law degree, you can complete a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) first and then work as a solicitor.

It is best if you are passionate about the area you specialise in and choose something that interests you; opportunities will range from Conveyancing – working to help people move house, Employment Law, Human Rights, Family Law, Corporate Law and even Sports.

What else do I need to know?

If you qualify as a solicitor you will become a member of the Law Society which is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The career choice is diverse and the range of work that is covered changes and grows as we challenge more issues. International work and global interaction happens as big businesses and the legal systems cross borders.

At times you may need to represent your clients to resolve their legal issues whatever your personal beliefs. Sometimes you might work with individuals, companies or local authorities. The work can be challenging and emotional – your job is to gain the best outcome for your client.

Top Tip

Gain work experience with a legal firm to find out about the kind of work they do – the areas covered by the term ‘law’ are vast and it’s important to find an area that interests you.

Where can I get more information?

The Law Society has lots of information about the industry and different career options https://www.lawsociety.org.uk it also gives advice about career progression and up to date news about diversity in the industry and financial help.