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About Us: Eversheds is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms operating as one team, from 55 offices in 28 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Recognised as the leading innovators in the legal sector, we provide ne…
  Explaining the culture of a firm is always difficult. But we think ours is special. Like other international law firms, we have offices in many capital cities, and we have busy, sometimes long, working days. We serve demanding client…
Merrill Lynch is the marketing name for the Global Banking and Markets businesses of the Bank of America.   Combining local knowledge and global expertise, the company offers products and services across Global Corporate and Investment…
Your career is just that; yours. You choose it. You live it. You make it happen. To get the best from it, you need the best opportunities. That’s why opportunities are at the heart of a career with us. Opportunities to grow as an individual,…
We are different from other law firms in the way we think, work and behave. Global in our outlook from the beginning, for six consecutive years we have been named as the world's strongest law firm brand by Acritas, underlining our dedication …
Are you looking for an exciting new career in a dynamic, fast-paced environment? The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is a state-of-the-art, ever evolving selection and recruitment hub for the many European Union institutions. We h…
  We seek spark and commitment in our law graduates. We look for the kind of intelligence that puts us ahead of the curve, so that we can work with clients at the peak of innovation. You’ll be a ground-breaker, a smart thinker a…
  Approachability. Straight-talking. Thinking around corners. Performing as a team. That’s us. How about you? If you’re interested in becoming part of a truly global, collaborative team of legal thinkers, practitioners and l…
About Us: City Internships simplifies intern recruitment by connecting students with internship programs across the globe, ensuring all participants improve their career prospects and become more commercially and culturally aware. Our int…
About Us: Potential - everyone tells you you've got it. You've been building up to this moment for years and now you are ready, but where can you realise it? ​We believe there is a new place to look and it is all around you. Propert…
About Us: Legal advice in black and white Kennedys is a growing international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance/reinsurance and liability industries. We have some of …
  Looking to operate nationally and internationally with a wide range of prestigious business clients?   With eleven offices around the globe, we have exciting and challenging legal graduate opportunities across a diverse range of indust…
We see things differently, fully acknowledging that there's more than one path in business. We always move in the right direction. Great law is built on relationships. It helps if you actually get on with the lawyers you work with. Clients want smar…
  Withers is a law firm at the very top, in terms of its market, its reputation and the career opportunities it can offer. Our success lies in the quality and diversity of our people. Whether you are thinking about a career in law or already a…
There's no secret to our growth over recent years to become a £100m-plus turnover firm. Clients love working with Shoosmiths people because of the way we work and the results we consistently deliver for them. You don't have to take our word fo…
To be best placed at the beginning of your legal career, you need to be in the best place. A place like Shearman & Sterling – one of the elite international law firms. Trainees have shaped our success story and played a pivotal role in the …
  We build our business by enabling high performance and progression. Join a law firm that's ambitious, growing and delivering on ground-breaking work. You can expect a flexible, diverse working environment where your long-term career growth …
Mayer Brown is noted for its commitment to client service and its ability to solve the most complex and demanding legal and business challenges worldwide. The firm takes a cross-practice, cross-border approach to solving the needs of its clients th…
We are a distinctive law firm with a straightforward, independently-minded approach. We bring thoughtful solutions to the complex legal challenges faced by our clients around the world. We offer a stimulating workplace and pathways to rewarding care…
With the coming together of CMS, Nabarro and Olswang in 2017, we have created a new future-facing law firm, one that is well equipped to help our clients tackle the future with confidence. This means putting our clients’ interests and prioriti…
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HELPING YOU FIND A CAREER IN Legal

Legal graduates hold the responsibility of shaping our justice system in the future - no mean feat! Often those with a law degree go on to further study, but careers can begin without pursuing extra qualifications - find out about the graduate legal jobs that are possible below.

LOOKING FOR a Legal CAREER?
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How much can I earn as a Lawyer?
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 Lawyer?
qualifications
Graduates with degrees such as history, English literature or even the sciences - essentially anything academic and challenging that makes you think deeply - are highly sought-after by employers in the legal sector. The selection process to become a solicitor is extremely competitive, so to be successful you must have at least a 2.1, as well as a large amount of work experience and a clear commitment to the career path you have chosen. Expect the application and interview process for a legal training contract – compulsory if you want to become a solicitor - to be extremely challenging and competitive. Because most law degrees do not teach you how to become a solicitor, you will need to complete a Legal Practice Course (LPC) after graduation to teach you the technical skills needed. This then needs to be followed by a two-year training contract with a legal firm, which will include a Professional Skills Course. Completion of your training contact qualifies you as a solicitor. The process to qualify as a solicitor is slightly longer if you don’t have a law degree. You first need to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), before undertaking your LPC and your two-year training contract.
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What skills do I need to be a Lawyer?
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 Law?
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.
LOOKING FOR a Law CAREER?
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How much can I earn as a Solicitor?
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 Solicitor?
qualifications
Graduates with degrees such as history, English literature or even the sciences - essentially anything academic and challenging that makes you think deeply - are highly sought-after by employers with the legal sector. The law sector as a whole is extremely competitive, so to be successful you must have at least a 2.1, as well as a large amount of work experience and a clear commitment to the career path you have chosen. To become a barrister you must take the Bar Professional Training Course after graduation (this is different to the Legal Practice Course, which is taken by trainee solicitors.) This needs to be followed by a pupillage at one of the four Inns of Court in the City of London. This is called being “called to the bar”, and involves shadowing a resident barrister and completing various aspects of legal work. After completion of the pupillage you can apply for a role within Chambers as a self-employed barrister.
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What skills do I need to be a Solicitor?
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 Law?
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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