Solicitor

Alternative titles for this job include Lawyer

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

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter

to

£100,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 50 a week

You could work

on call at short notice

How to become a Solicitor

You can get into this job through:

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

University

You could:

  • do a law degree, called an LLB or Bachelor of Laws, then complete the postgraduate Legal Practice Course (LPC)
  • do a non-law degree followed by the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

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 level 7 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) including English and maths
  • 3 A levels at grade C or above

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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.

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Further information

The Law Society has more details about becoming a solicitor.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

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
  • You will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • advising and representing clients in court
  • instructing barristers or advocates to act for clients
  • drafting confidential letters and contracts
  • researching legal records and case law
  • attending meetings and negotiations
  • managing finances and preparing papers for court
  • using plain English to explaining complex legal matters to clients
  • keeping 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.

Career path and progression

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.

As a member of The Law Society, you'll have access to training and events.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Solicitor Apprenticeship 2019 with Dentons

  • Wage : £384.30 Weekly
  • Location: London EC4M 7WS

Solicitor Apprenticeship Rawlins Davy

  • Wage : £11,500.00 - £18,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Bournemouth BH2 6HT

Courses In England

Land Law CILEx Unit 4 level 3

  • Provider: LEICESTER COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 February 2019
  • Location: Leicester

CILEx Level 6 Land Law

  • Provider: Chichester College Group
  • Start date: 18 September 2019
  • Location: Chichester

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