Welcome to your law careers advice headquarters. Here you’ll find information on absolutely everything you need to begin your legal career.
If you’re planning on becoming a solicitor, we’ll guide you from your first year at university to securing a training contract. With hundreds of articles on vacation schemes, work experience, online applications, interviews, commercial awareness and more, we’ll help you every step of the way.
You’ll also find resources to help you choose the right type of firm in the right location and vital information that will allow you to pinpoint the perfect practice area for you as you advance through your career.
If you’ve got your heart set on becoming a barrister, we’ve got that covered too, with tons of articles on barristers’ chambers, pupillages and mini-pupillages. We’ve even got essential advice on becoming a patent attorney, a paralegal or a Chartered Legal Executive.
LLB First Years
Attending university for the first time is a daunting prospect, so here’s our guide to what you should be doing (aside from partying) during your first year to give your law career a flying start.
The second year of the LLB is when things start to heat up: there are applications to mini-pupillages, vacation schemes and training contracts to consider. Here are a bunch of helpful articles to get you on the ball.
Ok, attending a law fair might not make or break your career, but they are excellent opportunities to find out more about prospective legal employers and start preparing for your internship and trainee contract applications.
Law societies form the crux of student life. The really great ones connect you up with career and networking opportunities, and put on some killer socials and balls. Whether you’re looking to join a law society or start your own, take a look at the advice below.
The current trend in career progression is that one need not necessarily study a particular subject at university to enter into a career in that field. This is truest in law, where close to half of the total candidates applying for training contracts and pupillages each year are those who have not studied law for their undergraduate degree. Non-law students can become eligible for a career in law once they complete a mandatory conversion course - the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
The last year of university is when it all hots up. Not only are there exams to contend with, but you’ll be wanting to apply for training contracts, pupillages, vacation schemes, and, of course, the law conversion course.
With only around 4,500 training contracts available each year, finding a training contract can be tough. Don’t get your knickers in a twist; we’re here to support you all the way. You can start by checking out the advice below.
Lasting for two years, the training contract is the final stage of training you will undertake with a legal employer in order to qualify. This is your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about training contracts.
A vacation scheme is a solicitor internship and a pretty big step towards getting a training contract. We’ve put together articles, tips and advice on where to look, how to apply for a vacation scheme and how to impress once you are on one.
You don’t have to wait until your second or final year of university to start looking for career opportunities. Get ahead with these suggestions of open days, vacation schemes and other opportunities you might want to pursue.
Around 80% of barristers are self-employed and the majority belong to barristers’ chambers. If you’re hunting for a pupillage or mini-pupillage, barristers’ chambers might well be your first port of call.
A pupillage is the final step needed to enter the barrister profession (well we say final, there’s the thorny issue of tenancy after that) and tough to secure. In 2011, there were just 446 first six pupillages available.
Mini pupillages aren’t cuter versions of pupillages; they are a great chance to find out whether a career as a barrister is really for you. From finding a pupillage to how to impress on one, delve into our bunch of handy articles.
Patent attorneys are intellectual property rights specialists; helping inventors and companies obtain patents and safeguarding against patent infringement. We’ve put together a bunch of information on this niche profession.
Legal work experience is the essential part of the staple diet of any future lawyer; it’s the protein to the fruit and veg of your legal qualifications. Take a look at the articles below for law work experience inspiration.
Paralegals carry out legal support work and clerical duties. They are an essential part of the legal industry, and, especially with the advent of Alternative Business Structures, increasingly recognised as a professional group in their own right.
Applying for an opportunity can be a bit of a challenge. There might be hundreds of applications for a role, so how can you make your law application stand out? Have a look at our application tips to find out how to tick all the right boxes.
It’s pretty hard to create the perfect law CV, but very easy to make mistakes. We might not have a CV writing service (they are a bad idea anyway), but we can give you some pointers on how to craft a legal CV that’ll make you proud.
Interviews are nothing to get a tizz about. Whether you’re being interviewed for an internship or trainee position, we’ve got a whole bunch of tips to get you prepped and ready to tackle that law interview.
Commercial awareness is important. Ridiculously important. Insanely important. The problem is that many people don’t really know what it is, or how to apply it. So here’s your commercial awareness guide.
Secondments are an option provided to trainee solicitors. Whether it’s a client secondment or an international secondment, we have all the information, advice and tips on what to expect from a secondment.
So you know you want to be a lawyer, but do you know which city you want to work in?
You can pursue a legal career all across the UK and each location offers something different for legal professionals. That’s why we’ve put these incredibly useful ‘regional hubs’ together. They’ll help you understand what it’s like to live and work as a lawyer in different places. We cover everything from the city’s nightlife, culture and transport links to the type of work you might be doing as a trainee. We’ll also direct you to the law firms and live jobs in those areas.
So you know you want to be a solicitor, but do you know which type of law firm you want to work for?
You could work for a city firm, an international firm, a US firm, a Scottish firm or a regional firm, and every different type of firm will offer a different experience for trainees. That’s why we’ve put these incredibly useful ‘types of law firm’ articles together. They’ll help you understand what firm is right for you. We cover everything from company culture and clients to the type of work you might be doing as a trainee. Once you know which type of firm floats your boat, you’ll be able to pinpoint the best jobs to apply for.