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HELPING YOU FIND A CAREER IN Legal

Many of those working in the legal sector will have undergraduate or even postgraduate degrees, however, there are still opportunities for legal apprenticeships available. Connect with law firms and find out about this hugely popular industry below.

How to get a Legal Apprenticeship - Career Advice
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How much can I earn as a Legal Apprentice?
earnings
The legal profession is known for paying exceptionally well – although this might not be true at the very beginning of your career. It will pay off, though, in the long-term! As of November 2015, the recommended minimum wage for solicitors in training is £20,276 in London and £18,183 for elsewhere in the country. However, legal firms are not legally bound to pay this. Solicitors in small practices are likely to earn between £25,000 and £40,000, according to All About Law, with those in the City of London paying up to £65,000 and the largest City firms paying in excess of £80,000. Of course, very experienced solicitors will receive hefty payment for their experience, with many earning over £100,000.
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What qualifications do I need to be a Legal Apprentice?
qualifications
It is not essential to take a law degree to have a career in the legal sector – in fact, taking a law degree will teach you the history, practice and theory behind the law, rather than actually teaching you how to be a solicitor. Degrees that can be useful if you want to pursue a career as a solicitor in the future include:
  • History
  • “Hard” sciences
  • English Literature
  • Maths
If you do decide to complete a law degree, you should ensure that it is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. There are also apprenticeships available in the legal sector, which will see you attend college for part of the week and spend the rest working within a legal office, seeing firsthand how the law works day to day.
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What skills do I need to be a Legal Apprentice?
skills
The skills needed for a career as a solicitor are extensive. You’ll need an analytical mind, the ability to think fast, to be organised, calm and patient, and have the ability to process a very large amount of complex information very quickly. You’ll need tact, diplomacy and control, as well as impeccable interpersonal skills. Other essential skills include:
  • Independence
  • Foresight
  • Integrity
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Commercial awareness
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What experience do I need to get a job in Legal Apprenticeship?
experience
Work experience is essential in this industry. You should contact law firms directly and see if you can come in for work experience or to shadow an existing member of staff in your free time, and should also make sure, if you are a student, that you are active in your university’s debate team and Law Society. These societies will give you good practice for the kind of challenges that you are likely to face working as a solicitor.
How to get a Law Apprenticeship - Career Advice
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How much can I earn as a Lawyer Apprentice?
earnings
The legal profession is known for paying exceptionally well – although this might not be true at the very beginning of your career. For barristers, the training payment minimum is £12,000, but this is hugely varied – some trainee barristers might earn up to £40,000. The average salary for a barrister in the UK, according to Pay Scale, is £49,489. Of course, very experienced barristers will receive hefty payment for their experience, with many earning over £100,000. Some barristers earn more than £300,000 per year, whilst senior QCs, the highest level of justice in the country, can earn up to a million pounds per year.
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What qualifications do I need to be a Lawyer Apprentice?
qualifications
It is not essential to take a law degree to have a career as a barrister in the future – in fact, taking a law degree will teach you the history, practice and theory behind the law, rather than actually teaching you how to work within the legal sector. Degrees that can be useful if you want to become a barrister in the future include:
  • History
  • “Hard” sciences
  • English Literature
  • Maths
If you do decide to complete a law degree, you should ensure that it is accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Q
What skills do I need to be a Lawyer Apprentice?
skills
The skills needed for a career as a barrister are extensive. You’ll need an analytical mind, the ability to think fast, to be organised, calm and patient, and have the ability to process a very large amount of complex information very quickly. You’ll need tact, diplomacy and control, as well as impeccable interpersonal skills. Other essential skills include:
  • Independence
  • Foresight
  • Integrity
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Commercial awareness
Q
What experience do I need to get a job in Lawyer Apprenticeship?
experience
Work experience is essential for any job in the legal profession, and is especially important if you want a chance of becoming a barrister. You should contact law firms directly and see if you can come in for work experience or to shadow an existing member of staff in your free time, and should also make sure, if you are a student, that you are active in your university’s debate team and Law Society. These societies will give you good practice for the kind of challenges that you are likely to face working in the legal sector as a whole.
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