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Law Careers

Welcome to the AllAboutLaw Careers page. Here, our useful tool, will allow you to determine exactly what career you’re looking for, and the options available for you within that niche. You’ll find information regarding the different types of law firms, barristers’ chambers, vacation schemes, training contracts, pupillages, mini pupillages, work experience and internships.

Browse through your options or use the dropdown menus to get yourself to a particular section quickly. This is your base, from where you can branch out to get a much fuller picture of exactly what you need to be looking at to move your legal career forwards.

There’s also sections here dedicated to helping you perfect your CV, improve your commercial awareness, nail your interviews and impress at your assessment centres, as well as bespoke tips related to your application that will help you to stand out from the crowd.

If you’re coming with the idea that you want to work in the legal sector, but not much more than that, we recommend you take the time to go through this page with a fine toothed comb. To fully understand what it is you want to do in your law career, and glean the most from this legal dictionary, reading all the information will give you a great platform from which you can make up your mind about exactly what it is that you want to do.

That said, if you’re here to pick up tips for a career path you’re already set on, or just want a particular nugget of information, be our guest to come and go as you please, dipping in and out of this resource as often as you need.

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Law Firms

City? Regional? National? Boutique? High-street? In-house? If you’re lusting after a career as a solicitor, figuring out which law firms and companies you want to work for is a good start.

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Barristers’ Chambers

Nope barristers’ chambers aren’t places to have a good snooze; chambers form the epicentre of most self-employed barristers’ working lives.

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Vacation Scheme

Around 50% of trainee places are filled by those who have already done a vacation scheme with the firm. Get a foot in the door with one of these law internships…

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Training Contract

The Holy Grail for aspiring solicitors, a training contract is a two-year training programme with a law firm. Training contracts are the final stage in the solicitor qualification process.

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Mini Pupillage

The vac scheme’s non-identical twin, a mini pupillage is a barrister internship. Mini pupillages are usually open to those in their second or third year of uni, or graduates.

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Pupillage

A pupillage is the final stage of training for an aspiring barrister. Rarer than giant pandas, there are around 500 pupillages offered every year.

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First Year Opportunities

There are a number of great work experience opportunities for first years with law firms and other legal organisations. You just need to know where to look…

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Legal Work Experience

Law work experience is an essential building block for any career in law. Whether you’re at school, university or have graduated, we’ve got some great legal work experience ideas.

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Legal Apprenticeships

If you want to pursue a career in law, university isn’t the only option. Legal apprenticeships offer a way to sidestep university tuition fees and jump straight into the world of work…

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Legal Executive

The chartered legal executive career path offers a non-university route into the legal profession through a combination of CILEx qualifications and work experience.

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Paralegal

The term “paralegal” encompasses any non-lawyer who does legal work. The backbone of the law industry, paralegals are increasingly being recognised as a professional group in their own right.

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Patent Attorneys

A patent attorney is a specialist in intellectual property. Their work is a mix of law, language and science; hence patent attorneys need a scientific or technical background.

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Law CV

One of the most important (and trickiest) documents you’ll ever create, your law CV could spell the difference between receiving a job or internship offer, or another rejection letter.

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Commercial Awareness

Hard to define, but super important, a good sense of commercial awareness is what most legal employers will be looking for in prospective employees.

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Interview & Assessment Centre Advice

Interviews and assessment centres are your chance to impress. Make the most of this opportunity with our interview and assessment day tips and advice.

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Application Tips

Submitting applications can be arduous, but the more effort you put in, the more likely you’ll land that dream internship, training contract or pupillage.

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Diversity

Diversity is a huge issue in the legal profession, so we’ve created this dedicated section where you can access helpful articles, advice and useful statistics.

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Solicitor
 

Training Contract

The Holy Grail for aspiring solicitors, a training contract is a two-year training programme with a law firm. Training contracts are the final stage in the solicitor qualification process.

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What next?

> Law Firms

Vacation Scheme

Around 50% of trainee places are filled by those who have already done a vacation scheme with the firm. Get a foot in the door with one of these law internships…

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What next?

> Training Contract > Law Firms

Law Firms

City? Regional? National? Boutique? High-street? In-house? If you’re lusting after a career as a solicitor, figuring out which law firms and companies you want to work for is a good start.

more
 

First Year Opportunities

There are a number of great work experience opportunities for first years with law firms and other legal organisations. You just need to know where to look…

more
 
Barrister
 

Pupillage

A pupillage is the final stage of training for an aspiring barrister. Rarer than giant pandas, there are around 500 pupillages offered every year.

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What next?

> Barristers’ Chambers

Mini Pupillage

The vac scheme’s non-identical twin, a mini pupillage is a barrister internship. Mini pupillages are usually open to those in their second or third year of uni, or graduates.

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Barristers’ Chambers

Nope barristers’ chambers aren’t places to have a good snooze; chambers form the epicentre of most self-employed barristers’ working lives.

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What next?

> Mini Pupillage > Pupillage
Other Law Careers
 

Legal Apprenticeships

If you want to pursue a career in law, university isn’t the only option. Legal apprenticeships offer a way to sidestep university tuition fees and jump straight into the world of work…

more
 

Legal Executive

Nope barristers’ chambers aren’t places to have a good snooze; chambers form the epicentre of most self-employed barristers’ working lives.

more
 

Paralegal

The term “paralegal” encompasses any non-lawyer who does legal work. The backbone of the law industry, paralegals are increasingly being recognised as a professional group in their own right.

more
 

Patent Attorney

A patent attorney is a specialist in intellectual property. Their work is a mix of law, language and science; hence patent attorneys need a scientific or technical background.

more
 
Advice
 

Legal Work Experience

Law work experience is an essential building block for any career in law. Whether you’re at school, university or have graduated, we’ve got some great legal work experience ideas.

more
 

Commercial Awareness

Hard to define, but super important, a good sense of commercial awareness is what most legal employers will be looking for in prospective employees.

more
 

Law CV

One of the most important (and trickiest) documents you’ll ever create, your law CV could spell the difference between receiving a job or internship offer, or another rejection letter.

more
 

Interview & Assessment Centre Advice

Interviews and assessment centres are your chance to impress. Make the most of this opportunity with our interview and assessment day tips and advice.

more
 

Application Tips

Submitting applications can be arduous, but the more effort you put in, the more likely you’ll land that dream internship, training contract or pupillage.

more
 

Diversity

Diversity is a huge issue in the legal profession, so we’ve created this dedicated section where you can access helpful articles, advice and useful statistics.

more
 

Advice Videos

AllAboutLaw.co.uk interviewed graduate recruiters and partners from the most prestigious law firms in the country to get the essential information on training contracts, vacation schemes, first year opportunities and commercial awareness.

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