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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.

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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: 18th May, 15th June, 24th June,13th July, 22nd July, 7th September, 15th September, 5th October, 14th October, 2nd November, 11th November, 8th December and 15th December

Time: each 1-2-1 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

Please note: 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 careers@lawsociety.org.uk.

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 

Networking

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

Events 

Preparing second year trainees for qualification (9 June 2021) 

The session will provide an opportunity for trainee solicitors mulling their post-training contract options to gain insight into the newly qualified (NQ) jobs markets.

Date: 9 June 2021
Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
Cost: free
Location: online


Personal brand: a brand new you (7 July 2021)

The session will cover the importance of developing your personal brand whilst considering changing career direction or returning to practice after a lengthy break.

This webinar will also be relevant to any lawyers who are exploring options for career progression and want to raise their profile within their current organisation.

Date: 7 July 2021
Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
Cost: free
Location: online

Post-event recordings

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

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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