Do you enjoy working with people? Do you want to help create a safe and fair society?
Do you want to do something worthwhile?
Are you looking for a career that's a bit different, where you will face new and challenging situations daily?
If so then a career in law could be for you!
- The sector is more highly qualified than average, with 35 per cent qualified to A Level or higher education level. The main reason for the high qualification level is due to the high level of training entrants to this sector require.
- The Justice sector employs 847,600 UK employees (including Legal Services), approximately 3% of the total workforce, across its major strands of activity, each with their own unique functions. The sector also has a large volunteer workforce who mainly support justice, policing and custodial care.
- Law is the highest paid graduate job with salaries at an average of £36,000 approx. This makes law an attractive profession, and competition for training contract places is high; almost three times as many applicants for each available vacancy.
- In addition to political jobs being available through national government there are also opportunities through local councils, student unions, and more internationally, e,g, through the United Nations, etc.
Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.
- GCSEs in English, maths, history will help get you into this sector.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeship or through a vocational qualification.
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree-level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
Many careers in this sector will require you to have a Level 3 or degree level qualification. Students with a range of degree subjects often move into law through additional study, e.g from history, etc.
There are job opportunities available for people who wish to start their careers at an assistant level and the most popular route is through an apprenticeship. The sector invests heavily in supporting people to gain additional qualifications. A higher education qualification like a degree or Degree Apprenticeship will be required for some jobs in this sector, for example, barrister.
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding courses and training
- Find out what qualifications you need to study law in higher education.
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to law that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancies available now related to law, across England (you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. Also, there are other ways to find an apprenticeship explained here.
- To find a vocational course related to law at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find a university level course related to law
Do a free, short, online course to find out more (looks great on your CV too!)
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Spotlight on: Legal services apprenticeship
Legal Services have been investing heavily in apprenticeships recently, with many legal placements opening up in some of the top law firms.
This market is regarded as one of the most competitive career paths to get into and an apprenticeship would allow you a foothold over the competition, providing a direct route into a well respected profession.
There are a variety of roles apprentices could hold depending on where you work in the legal sector. At an Advanced Apprenticeship level, you might be working in criminal prosecution, civil litigation, employment law, family law, property or working for private clients. Whilst, Higher Apprenticeships are currently available in commercial litigation, debt recovery and personal injury.
It is important to note that an apprenticeship in Legal Services will not lead to becoming a qualified solicitor or barrister, you will need a higher level qualification for that, like a degree and masters or you could do a degree apprenticeship, for example:
- chartered legal executive Degree Apprenticeship
- solicitor Degree Apprenticeship