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Solicitor

Solicitors advise clients about the law and act on their behalf in legal matters.

Annual Salary

£25,000 to £100,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 50 a week

You could work: on call; at short notice

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

In this role you could:

  • advise and represent clients in court
  • instruct barristers or advocates to act for clients
  • draft confidential letters, contracts and legal documents
  • research legal records and case law
  • attend meetings and negotiations
  • manage finances and prepare papers for court
  • use plain English to explain complex legal matters to clients
  • keep up to date with changes in the law

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a court, in a prison or at a police station.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
University

In order to qualify, you could:

  • do a law degree, then complete the postgraduate Legal Practice Course
  • do a non-law degree followed by the Common Professional Examination or Graduate Diploma in Law

To get into some universities you'll need to pass the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT).

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 3 A levels or equivalent
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
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Apprenticeship

You could do a solicitor degree apprenticeship to qualify as a solicitor.

This route usually takes around 5 years and you'll need your employer's support to do it.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths
  • 3 A levels or equivalent
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Work

You could start with a legal firm and do on-the-job training like the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 6 Professional Diploma in Higher Law and Practice.

You would then complete a period of further training to qualify as a solicitor.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

More information

Career tips

Competition for training contracts is tough so you need to show that you have consistently good grades as you progress through your education.

Getting work experience in different types of settings can help you to stand out and show your commitment. There are work experience schemes to encourage people from black and minority ethnic communities, women and people with disabilities into the legal profession.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join The Law Society for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a solicitor through The Law Society, Law Careers.Net and All About Law.

With experience, you could become a partner in a private practice firm of solicitors. As a commercial solicitor, you could manage an in-house legal department.

How to become a solicitor from the Good University Guide

The Beginner’s Guide to a Career in Law looks at how lawyers recruit, what they look for in candidates, what candidates need to do when, and how they can maximise their chances, both immediately and as time goes by.

The Law Apprenticeships Guide focuses on the different types of law apprenticeship available, the key skills required, and the pros and cons of undertaking an apprenticeship or going to university, with case studies from those who have done it.


Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • excellent verbal communication skills to work with different people
  • active listening skills
  • analytical thinking skills for working on complex cases
  • knowledge of English language for explaining legal matters to non-experts
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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