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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.

    Law Society careers clinic

    Dates for 2020: 15 June, 13 July, 15 September, 15 October, 4 November, 8 December

    Time: appointments will be scheduled from 9.30am to 6pm

    Location: the Law Society, London, or by telephone

    We offer a free, confidential 45-minute one-to-one consultation with a career coach or legal recruiter. This is available for:

    • LPC paralegals
    • final seat trainees
    • qualified lawyers

    We can provide careers advice on:

    • applying for training
    • interview practice
    • changing career direction
    • returning after a break
    • transferable skills
    • alternative careers

    For more information and to book a place, email