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Court legal adviser

Alternative titles for this job include Court clerk, assistant to justices' clerk

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

Average salary (a year)

£21,000 Starter


£41,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

9am to 5pm

How to become

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How to become a court legal adviser

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.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

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.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

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:

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.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Solicitor Apprenticeship

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  • Location: BROMLEY

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CILEX Certificate for Legal Secretaries Certificate 2

  • Provider: The Manchester College
  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Manchester

CILEX Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law & Practice

  • Start date: 11 September 2024
  • Location: Guildford

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