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  • Our complex legal system offers a wide variety of career options and the legal profession has seen a steady rise in diverse job opportunities. If you choose to qualify as a solicitor, you become a member of the Law Society and you will be regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

    Why choose a career in law?

    • Diverse career opportunities - a wide variety of career choices (solicitors, barristers, paralegals, judges, consultants, academics, mediators). There are also many options open to those who choose to be a solicitor.
    • Diverse practice areas - the range of work is growing all the time as new areas of specialisation emerge within the legal system, offering the chance to specialise by subject (tax, crime, family, civil, IP, competition and many more).
    • Intellectual challenge - legal systems, case law, changing laws and unique cases mean lawyers are working with conceptually challenging and complex issues.
    • Status - you will be highly educated and qualified, and you will belong to an elite profession.
    • Client facing - you will develop the expertise, knowledge and professional skills to help people from a variety of backgrounds. You may work with big business clients, local authorities, or those accused of criminal activity. Whoever they are, they are your client and you will help resolve their legal problems.
    • Global interaction - legal systems and big business cross borders. Globalisation of the legal profession demands a world view.
    • Fast moving environment - the law is always changing.

    Law career facts

    • In 2015-16, 23,855 UK students and 33,010 overseas students applied to study law at undergraduate level in England and Wales, out of whom 17,335 UK students and 22,320 overseas students were accepted on to courses.
    • Women made up 67 per cent of students accepted on to university law degree courses.
    • Overseas students made up 21 per cent of those accepted.
    • Students from minority ethnic groups accounted for 35.7 per cent of UK student starting a first degree law course in 2015.

    The Law Society now represents more solicitors from diverse backgrounds than at any time in the profession’s history.

    Find out more about solicitor entry trends.

    Careers clinic

    Dates for 2019: 9 November 2019
    Dates for 2020: 17 January, 6 February, 9 March, 20 April, 18 May, 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 via telephone

    Our career clinic is for 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 and returning to law after a career break

    To book your place, email

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    Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)

    In autumn 2021, the Solicitors Regulation Authority will introduce a new route to qualifying as a solicitor: The Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

    2 August 2019


    Resources giving more information about the SQE.

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    Welsh language SQE

    The SRA has said that it will offer the SQE in Welsh provided it can ensure comparability of standards between the English and Welsh versions and that the cost of producing a Welsh version is not prohibitive.

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    What is currently known about the content of the SQE.

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    The Lawyers with Disabilities Division works with law firms to offer you work experience opportunities throughout summer and autumn.

    31 July 2019

    What to do if your training is terminated

    If your training contract is terminated before you've qualified as a solicitor you need to know what to do next.

    27 June 2019

    Finding vacancies

    Find out how to find job vacancies for solicitors via the media, online, recruitment agencies and networking.

    21 June 2019

    Preparing for an interview

    Advice on preparing for a job interview and what to do during and after the interview.

    21 June 2019

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    20 May 2019

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    Saffron Sinclair, solicitor apprentice at Sintons LLP, shares what her apprenticeship has been like so far.

    29 March 2019
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