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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.


Interviews and assessment centres

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 2020/21 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.


Training and qualification

Five minutes with...

Training contract choices

Vac scheme choices

Job descriptions


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

    Olivia Moore, 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).


  • How to qualify as a solicitor in Scotland

    Olivia Moore, 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.