Law Careers: A Guide To Potential Careers

Preparing for a job in the law area requires an understanding of legal testimony and law-related careers. By knowing about the law careers this field offers, you will be better equipped to find a profession that best suits your qualifications.

This article will define the different types of law careers and their different responsibilities:

Solicitor As A Law Career

Solicitors have direct contact with their clients and combine expertise and social skills to provide legal guidance and assistance to them. After qualifying, you can work in private practice, in-house for a commercial or industrial organisation, in local or central government or in the court service.

When you have a qualifying law degree, the next thing to do is complete the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). This will replace the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) in September 2021. After this, you will complete a training contract, usually 2 years. Without an undergraduate degree in law, you will need to take an SQE preparation course before sitting the examinations.

Barrister As A Law Career

To be a successful barrister, you will need passion, dedication and hard work. 

Your responsibilities will range from providing specialist legal advice to representing clients in court, depending on your area of expertise. You will provide advice to clients regarding the law and the strength of their case, hold conferences with clients to discuss their situation and give advice.

You will also represent clients in court by:

  • Presenting the case
  • Examining witnesses
  • Give reasons on why the court should support the case, and
  • Negotiate settlements with the other side.

Barrister’s Clerk As A Law Career

Barristers’ clerks are responsible for running the administration and business activities of a barrister’s chamber. You need to know about court procedures and etiquette while also develop expertise in the type of law undertaken by your chambers.

Although, this isn’t your route to a potential barrister’s job because chambers can not offer pupillage to someone who has been working for them as a clerk due to a conflict of interest.

Chartered Legal Executive

When you become a qualified lawyer, you will have your own client files, and since you will be a fee-earner in private practice, your work will be directly charged to the clients. There is an essential difference between chartered legal executives and other legal support staff.

Only individuals who have completed the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) training programme can use the title of the chartered legal executive.

The academic course is split into two: CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice, which takes two years and is equivalent to an A-level; and the two-year CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice, which is at honours degree level and is the final stage of academic training.

Company Secretary

As a company secretary, your responsibilities will involve ensuring that an organisation complies with standard financial and legal practices and maintains high standards of corporate governance. The base salary of this job is £30,000.

The necessary skills required to be a successful company secretary is the capability to work with numbers, good analytical and problem-solving skills, a diplomatic approach and the confidence to provide support to high-profile staff and board members.

Coroner

As a coroner, you will investigate deaths whose causes are unknown and decide a cause of death by looking at the available information, talking with medical professionals and conducting a post-mortem. Once the cause of death has been identified, you will notify the registrar and write an official report.

Some enter this profession as former barristers or medical doctors with a minimum of 5 or more years of experience. This job has a high salary and depending on your location, it could be from £85,000 to £115,000 and above for chief coroners.

Judge

When you are a judge, you have control over trials and hearings that take place in your courtroom. You will need to look at the evidence, interpret the law, and make a fair decision in favour of the parties present. In criminal cases, you will decide the sentence to give a defendant if they’re convicted.

To get this position, you need significant experience as a solicitor or barrister first followed by some part-time work supervised by an experienced judge.

Lecturer Of Law

You can use your law degree and experience in the field to teach law at a higher education level. You will need to study additionally to qualify as a teacher or lecturer where you will plan lessons, research new topics, take classes that explain the complications of the legal system, monitor and assess student’s progress and set and mark exams among other responsibilities.

Your career may also progress to management or research.

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