Helping you find a career in law
The legal profession involves lots of hard work and studying. The industry is known for paying exceptionally well (legal tend to be some of the highest earners in the UK!) and the work can be extremely fulfilling.
The industry is primarily made up of lawyers and legal administrators. The route you choose can depend on your strengths, ambitions and interests.
What is a lawyer?
The work of lawyers includes conducting lawsuits (civil or criminal) and providing legal advice. There are two types of lawyers, solicitors and barristers.
Solicitors provide legal advice to private or commercial clients. They carry out legal research and represent clients in court where necessary. Solicitors tend to work for a law firm and spend most of their time in an office environment.
Barristers spend the majority of their time representing clients in court. They can be self-employed, yet affiliated with a chambers, or hired in-house by either a law firm or large commercial businesses.
A quick way to spot the difference between the two is the dress code. Barristers wear the traditional long back robe and wig, whereas solicitors have no uniform, they're likely to be wearing a suit.
Both roles are well-positioned to progress to a position as a Judge in the future, whose job it is to preside over matters that are brought to court.
What jobs are there in legal administration?
Legal administration involves the work of paralegals, clerks and secretaries. They keep records updated, prepare court forms, assist in legal research, make appointments and attend court.