Careers

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 2020: 15 June, 13 July, 15 September, 15 October, 4 November, 8 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 careers@lawsociety.org.uk

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 

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?

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

Law Society webinars

Our webinars are free to members.

Stand out from the competition

Create a career plan A, B and C

Define a SMART career goal

Define your own career key performance indicators

Influence your career stakeholders

Career scenario planning