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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: 19th January, 10th February, 9th March, 20th April, 18th May, 15th June, 13th July, 7th September, 5th October, 2nd November, 8th December

Time: Appointments last for 45 minutes and will be scheduled from 9.30am to 6pm

Cost: free

Location: Law Society, London or by phone

Our careers clinic is for Legal Practice Course (LPC) paralegals, final seat trainees and qualified solicitors.

You'll get:

  • a one-to-one consultation with a career coach/legal recruiter
  • careers advice on applying for training, interview practice, changing career direction, returning after a break, transferable skills and alternative careers

To book a place, email

Help to progress your career

Career options for solicitors

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?


Career planning for the year ahead: live career Q&A with recruitment experts

Whether you want to progress in a job you love or you're considering a completely different path, it can often be difficult to take charge of your own career progression. Do you have a burning career question you need answered?

Jason Connolly, chief executive of JMC Legal Recruitment, will be holding a live Q&A session to answer all your queries. You can send us your questions before and during the event.

Date: 23 February 2021
Time: 10am to 11am
Cost: Free
Location: Online

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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