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Court legal adviser

Court legal advisers are lawyers who give advice about the law to magistrates and judges.

Annual Salary

£21,000 to £41,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40 a week

You could work: 9am to 5pm;

Future employment

There will be 2.4% more Court legal adviser jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

In this role you could:

  • organise court hearings
  • make sure evidence is ready for court
  • give advice to magistrates on the law
  • make sure people in court understand what's happening
  • research legal issues
  • help make decisions
  • train admin staff and magistrates

Working environment

You could work in a court or in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

You may be able to start as a trainee legal adviser. To apply, you need to have passed the academic stages of solicitor or barrister training.

As a trainee, you'll complete a training programme that takes around 2 years.

You can find out more about how to start a career as a trainee legal adviser from:

Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs if you're a fully qualified solicitor and have experience as a magistrate.

You may also need to show customer service and administration skills.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Tiers of legal advisers

There are 5 levels of legal advisers known as tiers. To move up a tier you have to prove that you can do your job well.

You can become a mentor to help other legal advisers move to the next tier.

Similar roles

You've also got the option to become a:solicitor; barrister; crown prosecutor or advocate

If you have 5 years of experience, you could become a judge in a magistrates court or become a justice's clerk.

Government agencies

Once you have some experience, you may like to work for a government agency, such as HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) or the Ministry of Justice.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • persistence and determination
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • concentration skills
  • the ability to learn through your work
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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