What is a solicitor?
Solicitors will advise clients on legal matters and which course of action to take. As you will see below there are many areas solicitors can practice in and depending on the area you choose will depend on the type of work you will be doing. Some practice areas will involve dealing mainly with clients, others will be in court houses and others will be interacting with barristers and working alongside them in trials.
Solicitors can work for a variety of firms including in-house, government or private practices.
Starting salaries for trainee solicitors in small firms can start from £25,000 per year working up to £100,000+ for partners in the larger city firms.
It all depends on the practice area and firm you work for as to the duties you will be doing on a day to day basis.
If you are unsure on the areas of law open to you, below is a list of some of the practice areas available. This is not an extensive list but is a great starting point to get you going.
route to becoming a solicitor
legal work experience
If you have decided to follow the career path of a solicitor, gaining work experience is a valuable experience. Not only does it allow you to see what the law firms are like and whether you would like to work there, it also allows you to showcase your work to potential future employees.
If you have not decided if the route of a solicitor is the right career path for you then utilising your time in working experience may help you decided if the life of a solicitor is what you really want.
One of those work experience options is Vacation schemes.
These usually last between one week and a month, applying as early as possible is recommended as competition is high.
Applying for these schemes will help improve skills and legal knowledge.
Below is a list of firms who run vacation schemes or legal work experience. (please check individual websites due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, as some firms may have cancelled or postponed their schemes.)
If you have any questions in regards to application forms then please do not hesitate to contact me.
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