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Career Spotlights ~ Solicitor
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Basic Info

If you are interested in the law and want a career in legal work, this job could be ideal for you. As a solicitor it would be your job to advise clients about the law, and act on their behalf in legal matters. Your clients could be individuals, groups of people or companies. There are different ways to become a solicitor and all involve academic and vocational training over several years

To be a solicitor you will need strong spoken and written communication skills. You will need to be able to analyse large amounts of information. You will also need confidence and the ability to work under pressure.

The Work

You could work as a solicitor in a range of settings including:

Hours

You would normally work 37 hours a week, but longer hours are common. In some jobs you may be on call at weekends and bank holidays, or need to attend police stations at any time of the day or night.

You would mainly be based in an office, but may occasionally travel to visit clients or attend meetings. If you specialized in criminal law you would spend a lot of your time in court.

Income

Once qualified, salaries can rise to between £25,000 and £70,000 a year, depending on experience and the type of employer. Salaries for partners in large firms or heads of in-house legal departments can reach £100,000 a year or more.

Entry Requirements

There are currently three main ways to become a solicitor:

To do a qualifying law degreem known as LLB, you will usually need at least five GCSE's (A*-C) and three A Levels with good grades. Alternative qualifications like an Access to Higher Education may be acceptable. Some Universities may also ask you to pass the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) before accepting you for a law degree.

Qualifying law degress will contain several foundation areas, including:

Once you have completed your law degree or CPE/GDL conversion course, you must then pass the Legal Practice Course (LPC). This normally takes one year full-time or two years part-time and covers a number of areas, including:

Skills and Knowledge

To become a solicitor you would need to have:

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