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Career development

At some point in your career, you might decide it's time for something new. You may want more of a challenge, a change in career direction or to earn more.

Solicitor outside office

Whatever the reason for wanting a change in your career, it's important to:

  • evaluate where you are in your career
  • develop clear objectives
  • plan your goals and how you'll achieve them

On this page you'll find:

Law Society careers clinic

Dates for 2021: 7 September, 15 September, 5 October, 14 October, 2 November, 11 November, 8 December and 15 December

Time: each one-to-one appointment lasts up to 40 minutes and runs between the hours of 9.30am and 5.30pm

Cost: free

Location: telephone or via Zoom for individuals based overseas (subject to prior agreement)

Who is the clinic suitable for?

  • LPC paralegals (including those completing qualifying work experience)
  • Trainee solicitors
  • Qualified solicitors (including those admitted overseas)
  • Returners and career changers who are considering a switch to law

What’s covered?

Our careers consultants can share sector insight and offer objective practical advice and tips on the following areas:

  • CVs, applications and interviews
  • job search strategies
  • career planning, including progression or changing career direction
  • available options for trainees approaching qualification
  • available options for overseas lawyers to work in England and Wales
  • how to plan a return to practice after a career break
  • how to work more flexibly, including options for a portfolio career
  • how to break into law as a career changer
  • how to leave practice and change careers

Our consultants are not qualified to offer tax advice, regulatory advice, or business consulting services regarding setting up your own firm or working as a freelance lawyer. Furthermore, they are not able to advise on areas such as applications for practising certificates and professional indemnity insurance.

For further enquiries or to book a place, email

Help to progress your career

Career options for solicitors

Careers counsellor

Changing career direction

Judicial careers

Becoming a QC

Returning to law after a career break

Flexible working

Stress and mental health for law professionals

Job seeking 


Advice about changing roles

Articles from the Law Society Gazette 

Moving on from small firms – what salary should I be seeking in a senior solicitor role?

Rerouting a career path – what would be the best way to get into commercial law?

High street or City – is it really that difficult to move on?

Solicitor-advocate or barrister – which should I go for?

I want to move up – should I stay or should I go? Gaining experience to move into a more senior role

Post-prosecution roles – after a senior prosecution role, what are the options if you don't want to go back to private practice?

Why strategic career moves are helping junior lawyers maximise their earning potential – Douglas Scott Recruitment examines how strategic career moves are helping junior lawyers to progress quickly


Confidence building: recharge webinar 

This webinar will be exploring the techniques solicitors can use to reset failure as a learning experience if they are considering changing career direction or returning to practice after a lengthy break.

Date: 15 September 2021
Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
Cost: free
Location: online 

Webinar: Setting yourself up for sustainable success in the legal profession

This series of three 60 minute live webinars is ideal for anyone working in the legal sector who wants to increase their capacity to manage stress, proactively support their mental health and resilience, and cultivate sustainable levels of high performance.

Date: 17, 24 September and 1 October 2021
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Cost: £75
Location: online

Webinar: Supporting others and creating a mentally-healthy workplace culture

This series of two 90-minute live webinars will help attendees to understand the psychology of high performers. It will also help develop effective practices to promote a more positive mental health culture within law firms/organisations, secure boardroom buy-in, and ensure mental health champions and first aiders are being optimally utilised.

Date: 14 and 21 October 2021
Time: 12pm to 1.30pm
Cost: £95
Location: online

Webinar: Changing career direction: Hear from those who have successfully changed career

Date: 19 October 2021
Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
Cost: free
Location: online

Webinar: Work reimagined: Conversations on returning to the law, working flexibly and fulfilling your career aspirations

Date: 5 October 2021
Time: 12pm to 1.30pm
Cost: free
Location: online


Career planning for 2021, Q&A with JMC Legal Recruitment (webinar held 23 February 2021)

Changing career direction: what are my realistic options? (webinar held 20 April 2021)

Changing career direction: options outside of practice (webinar held 20 May 2021)

Podcast: Career vs family? How to successfully balance a career with starting a family (30 minutes)

Guidance on how to work differently

How to work part-time – the long-held view that part-time lawyers lack commitment is changing

How to combine two careers – is it possible to pursue a second vocation alongside the law?

How to change specialism – the daunting prospect of moving practice area or career sector

How to leave work at the door during the pandemic – dealing with a work/life balance while we're working from home

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