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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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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
Career planning for 2021, Q&A with JMC Legal Recruitment (webinar held 23 February 2021)
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