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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, and 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.

Resources

Articles from the Law Society Gazette

How to prepare for a video job interview during the pandemic

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

New year, new career: career planning for 2021 – Jason Connolly, CEO of JMC Legal, discusses how to build your career plan, get organised and stay ahead of the game to achieve your career goals in 2021

A junior lawyer's guide to cover letters in 2021

Your guide to writing the best personal injury lawyer CV 

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

Webinars

Recharge: Impressing at interview when returning after a career break podcast (18 minutes)  

Marketing yourself: Recharge webinar (96 minutes)

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

JMC

An overview of the legal jobs market during COVID-19 with JMC Legal Recruitment (6 minutes)

Changing career direction during Covid-19: Q&A with JMC Legal Recruitment (webinar held 18 November 2020)

Changing career direction during Covid-19: Q&A with JMC Legal Recruitment (webinar held 24 November 2020) 

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

Events

Live career Q&A: How to create a compelling legal job application in 2021 (6 May 2021)Clayton Legal logo 

At this event, legal recruitment experts Clayton Legal will help you understand how to land your next legal job; from tips to enhance your CV, to the principles of writing a great cover letter – all in an informal live Q&A format.

Date: 6 May 2021
Time: 10am to 11am
Cost: free
Location: online

Law Society careers clinic

Dates for 2021: 20th April, 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.

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