Solicitors advise clients about the law and act on their behalf in legal matters.
There will be
5% more Solicitor jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You could work in different areas, including:
Depending on your role, you may be:
You could get in through an apprenticeship, on-the-job legal training or a degree.
Apprenticeships are available at all levels.
The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Law School has details of training with law firms while gaining qualifications.
You could apply for one of the Trailblazer apprenticeships. There are 3 kinds that will enable you to qualify as a solicitor, legal executive or paralegal, while working and earning a salary. The Law Society has more information.
If you follow the academic route, you could do a law degree (called an LLB or Bachelor of Laws) then take the Legal Practice Course (LPC).
Another option is to do a non-law degree, then take the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion course followed by the LPC.
You’ll need to complete a period of recognised training while doing the LPC or after it. You’ll also need to take the Professional Skills Course (PSC) at the same time. The Law Society has a number of Getting started guides in the Careers section under Becoming a solicitor.
Before being accepted as a solicitor, you’ll need to undergo pre-admission applicant training run by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. This includes clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Starter salary: £25,000 to £40,000
Experienced salary: £40,000 to £90,000
Law salaries vary greatly depending on the type of work you do and where you work.
These figures are a guide.
You'll usually work a minimum of 37 hours a week, but longer hours are common.
You'll work in an office, but could travel to clients and meetings.
If you specialise in criminal law, you'll spend a lot of time in court. You may be on call at weekends and bank holidays and may need to attend police stations at any time of the day or night.
With experience, you could become a partner in a private practice firm of solicitors. As a commercial solicitor, you could manage an in-house legal department.
As a member of The Law Society, you'll have access to training and events.
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