A career as a solicitor can be incredibly rewarding, providing a job that is intellectually challenging with many exciting opportunities. Solicitors are involved in almost all aspects of life, making the range of work diverse. If you want to work in an ever-changing and growing area, then joining the 120,000+ solicitors working in England and Wales could be for you.
Solicitors are confidential advisers who have direct contact with clients, combining legal expertise and people skills to provide legal advice and assistance in a range of situations:
Solicitors can represent clients in the lower courts (magistrate court, county court and tribunal), and with specialist training are also able to represent them in higher courts (crown court, high court, court of appeal).
Academic excellence is important, but employers also look for many other personal skills and attributes:
We recommend you find out as much as you can about what a career as a solicitor is really like. On this website you will find information on how to qualify as a solicitor and lots of insight from our members on the many options open to you. You should also talk to solicitors and try to get some work experience. Make sure you are right for the profession and the profession is right for you.
The Law Society has produced a number of guides to help you get started with your career as a solicitor.
The Russell Group's Informed choices provides students with information, advice and guidance about their post-16 subject choices.
See also the Law Society's information on apprenticeships.
Give us your views on the SRA's consultation by 14 July
For more details on becoming a solicitor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Law Management Section: Grania Langdon-Down on apprenticeships