• Can I become a lawyer without a law degree? Kerry Holmes

    If you don’t have a degree in law, there are a number of alternative routes into a legal career. There are also changes on the way, bringing more options for would-be solicitors.

  • Changing your career to law: pros and consJan Hill

    Many people don’t know what they want to be when they grow up, and some don’t decide until long after they’ve grown up. According to the Financial Times, the average Brit will change careers an average of five times during their working lifetime.

  • Equivalent means: do you have it?Alex May

    Equivalent means is a period of recognised work experience (such as a stint as a paralegal or within the law profession) that will mean a shorter route to qualification. Here’s a more detailed look.

  • Handling life as a mature traineeDavid Carnes

    If you get a late start in law or if you transferred into law from another profession, you needn’t be overly concerned about obtaining or retaining a trainee position, for more than one reason. The UK has passed laws protecting employees against age discrimination, for example. Moreover, times have changed, and the rigid career path trodden by innumerable lawyers in the past is becoming more flexible—in fact, the average age of a qualifying solicitor is now approaching 30.

  • How to make your CV Hamza Malik

    Your CV is your introduction to your potential boss. Before the more technical aspects, there’s a basic outline that should be followed when it comes to crafting a good CV. Here’s what you should do.

  • Identifying your transferable skills, and how to use them as a lawyer David Carnes

    Switching career? Here's how to utilise the skills you've acquired so far in your law career.

  • Leaving your law career behind Levi Sunner

    When considering leaving your law career, the decision must be treated with care. Here we cover some of the key points to consider, including reasons for leaving and what to do next.

  • Moving into law: typical career pathsDavid Carnes

    It’s been said that the law is a jealous mistress. Indeed it is, and the typical process of qualifying as a lawyer is also long, arduous and extremely competitive. The main advantages of this process (or processes, since aspiring solicitors and barristers will find themselves on different tracks) are clarity and comprehensiveness.

  • Pursuing a career in law with a business background David Carnes

    It’s said that the law touches everything, and nowhere is that statement truer than in the realm of business. If you've been questioning the relevance of your business background to a career as a lawyer, then don’t. It will assist you greatly if you choose to take advantage of it, whether you end up as a solicitor or a barrister.

  • Pursuing a career in law with a finance background Shermaine Williams

    Whether you intended to pursue a career in the finance industry, or you weren’t quite sure what you wanted to do, you may have obtained a qualification in finance. But this can be an ideal basis for a legal career, as law and finance are intrinsically linked.

  • Pursuing a Career in Law With a Science BackgroundJan Hill

    A science degree can take you far beyond the laboratory, even into the courtroom. While the link between law and science may not be obvious, research has shown that scientists typically make good lawyers. 

  • Six interview tips for career switchersLevi Sumner

    Out of everyone who embarks on a law career, there are many people who do so after some time in a completely different career. As daunting as it may seem to approach interviews with an unconventional career history, it can often work to your advantage. Are are some top tips for career switchers!

  • Taking a career break: when is the time to do so?Levi Sunner and Becky Kells

    Considering a career break? Don’t panic: there are lots of reasons why legal professionals do so. Here’s our guide to figuring out your reasons and breaking the news to your employer.

  • The complete guide to training from paralegal to solicitor Antonia Rubin

    There are now various routes that paralegals can consider if they wish to qualify as solicitors. Ask around at your firm to see if others have gone down this route and get their advice. We look at the paths you can follow to qualify as a solicitor after working as a paralegal.

  • The UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Negotiations: What do they mean and can I now pursue a legal career in Australia?Matthew Kay, Managing Director of Vario at Pinsent Masons

    In the middle of June, it was announced that UK lawyers will soon be able to practise in Australia without having to re-qualify. The announcement came direct from the UK government and followed news of a broader post-Brexit trade agreement with Australia.

  • Work Experience Alex May

    So, you’re an experienced professional considering swapping to a legal career? Here’s how to go about getting work experience to help you consider what type of legal career you might want – and whether to try and make the jump!