Job seeking

Planning your career

By the time you've qualified and reached the stage of applying for jobs, you should have a clear idea of what area of law you want to work in.

If you’re newly qualified, you'll probably have some relevant work experience from volunteering and your period of training.

If you’re already working and want to take the next step in your career you should think about how you want to progress.

If you’re changing career, your experience and industry insights may be useful for certain law firms, especially if the firm has clients in your previous industry.

Look at firms’ recruitment information to find out which may value your skills and experience.

Find out more about career options in law

Preparing for job seeking

Before applying for jobs, look at your knowledge, experience and skills. Think about:

  • your strengths and weaknesses
  • your experience
  • the types of work and areas of law that interest you
  • skills that you want to develop
  • the qualities you can bring to an employer
  • where you want to work and the opportunities that are available

You should leave enough time to research and prepare applications to improve your chances of success.


Articles from the Law Society Gazette

How to prepare for a video job interview

A new world of work – Maria Shahid reports on life for solicitors in the 'new normal'

A junior lawyer's guide to cover letters

Your guide to writing the best personal injury lawyer CV 

Three things recruiters want candidates to know about the legal recruitment process

A guide to negotiating your salary as a solicitor


Four tips to advance your legal career this year

Essential questions to ask a legal interviewer 


Recharge: how to turn your career ideas into action (Wednesday 7 February 2024) 

This free online classroom with Q&A is aimed at individuals who have reached a career crossroads and feel confused or overwhelmed about how to successfully navigate their way forward.

The session is suitable for solicitors across all levels of PQE and will be particularly useful for those planning a return to the profession after a career break or those who are considering a change in career direction.

Recharge: confidence building (Thursday 28 March 2024) 

This free online classroom with Q&A explores techniques solicitors who are considering changing career direction or returning to practice after a lengthy break can use to build confidence and reset failure as a learning experience.

The session will also explore the effects of imposter syndrome and how this can be overcome.  

Past webinars

Virtual group career coaching for those returning or changing careers

Changing career direction – career options 

Preparing second-year trainees for qualification 

A conversation on returning to work and working flexibly 

Skills audit for returning to the profession following a career break

Changing career direction:

Recharge series:


How to sell yourself as a candidate with JMC Legal Recruitment (38 minutes)

Law Society careers clinic
Our monthly career clinics offer a free one to one 30-minute consultation with a legal career coach.

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.

How to book

To book, please email

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