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Legal graduate careers advice

If you want the opportunity to be a trusted adviser to clients from all walks of life and have a job with an intellectual challenge (not to mention a decent salary), qualifying as a solicitor could be for you. Solicitors are involved in almost all aspects of life – wherever people are doing business or disputing their rights, there’s the potential for legal involvement. Competition for vacation schemes and training contracts is fierce, however, so follow our advice on applications, interviews and assessment centres to give yourself the best possible chance to get hired. We also offer guidance on the typical salaries on offer and overviews of the areas of practice available to you.

Applications

Interviews and assessment centres

News

  • Weekly law news update for graduates

    Updated every Thursday morning, we give you the essential information you need to keep on top of your applications and raise your commercial awareness for interviews or meetings with law recruiters. We’ve also added some other titbits of information that might interest you.

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Skills and competencies

Pay and progression

  • How much will you earn as a trainee solicitor?

    Each summer we survey leading law firms about their trainee solicitor starting salaries. Compare the 2019/20 results below... just make sure you think about the whole package (size of firm, type of clients, areas of practice, quality of training) before applying.

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Training and qualification

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Training contract choices

  • Twelve jobs you can do with a law degree

    The skills you gain through legal training are transferable to many different roles beyond qualifying as a solicitor or barrister. As such, recruiters in a range of industries offer jobs to law graduates.

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  • Choosing a training contract with a law firm outside London

    When deciding whether to apply for a regional or City training contract, consider the different firms' culture, clients and areas of legal practice rather than whether they are labelled as regional, national or global law firms.

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  • Which legal practice areas will suit you best?

    Graduate recruiters in law expect candidates to have researched the different practice areas within their firm before applying for a training contract or vacation scheme. Recognise your character, skills and career ambitions in the careers advice below.

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  • Top UK law firm rankings

    In 2018 TARGETjobs Insider Reviews asked approx 500 trainee solicitors, working across 36 UK law firms, to rate their own firm's culture, training, hours, offices – and more. Study the following 12 categories of law firm rankings as part of your research before applying for training contracts or vacation schemes. Stay tuned for the latest rankings soon.

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  • Choosing the right training contract for your graduate career in law

    All the factors to consider when choosing which law firm to join as a trainee solicitor.

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  • Paralegal work: the key to a training contract or a career in its own right

    There are many reasons to apply for a paralegal role after you graduate from your law degree or conversion course. We asked two graduates at FSP and a trainee solicitor at Mills & Reeve about the benefits of paralegal work and whether it can be a stepping stone to a training contract.

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  • Law fairs can pave the way to a training contract

    Here are six ways to help you impress legal recruiters at your university law fair and get a step closer to your desired training contract or vacation scheme… just don’t ask recruiters ‘why should I work at your law firm?’

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  • What you need to be doing to get a training contract

    What are other aspiring solicitors doing to help themselves gain a training contract offer? Take a look at our infographic to find out and read our tips on what you can do to boost your own training contract hunt.

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Vac scheme choices

Job descriptions

Scotland

  • PEAT 1: the qualification you'll need to practise law in Scotland

    Olivia Parker, careers development officer at the Law Society of Scotland, talks you through the vocational course all aspiring solicitors and advocates in Scotland need to take before embarking on a traineeship (as Scottish training contracts are known).

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  • How to qualify as a solicitor in Scotland

    Olivia Parker, careers development officer at the Law Society of Scotland, and Catriona King of the Faculty of Advocates, describe the practical stage in the Scottish qualification process to become a solicitor or advocate.

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