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date_icon_black31 Jan 2019
location_icon_blackLondon
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date_icon_black31 Jan 2019
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Slaughter and May is one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. We advise on high-profile and often landmark international transactions.
date_icon_black03 Jan 2019
location_icon_blackLondon
currency_icon_black£450 per week
date_icon_black03 Jan 2019
location_icon_blackLondon
currency_icon_black £450 per week
Slaughter and May is one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. We advise on high-profile and often landmark international transactions.
date_icon_black14 Dec 2018
location_icon_blackLondon
currency_icon_black£450 per week
date_icon_black14 Dec 2018
location_icon_blackLondon
currency_icon_black £450 per week
Slaughter and May is one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. We advise on high-profile and often landmark international transactions.
date_icon_black09 Nov 2018
location_icon_blackLondon
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date_icon_black09 Nov 2018
location_icon_blackLondon
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Slaughter and May is one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. We advise on high-profile and often landmark international transactions.
date_icon_black19 Jul 2019
location_icon_blackLondon
currency_icon_blackStarting salary £45,000
date_icon_black19 Jul 2019
location_icon_blackLondon
currency_icon_black Starting salary £45,000
Slaughter and May is one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. We advise on high-profile and often landmark international transactions.
date_icon_black16 Oct 2018
location_icon_blackSt Pauls, London
currency_icon_black£23,500, OTE of £36,500+
date_icon_black16 Oct 2018
location_icon_blackSt Pauls, London
currency_icon_black £23,500, OTE of £36,500+
They’re a leading London based consultancy firm looking for a Graduate Sales Executive to join their friendly, fast growing team.
Eversheds is one of the world’s largest law firms, operating in 55 offices in 28 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We are one of the leading innovators in the legal sector, providing new legal and business solutions for our clients."
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a multinational law firm headquartered in London and a member of the Magic Circle of elite British law firms. As a graduate, you’ll work on challenging, engaging projects that will make your mark and progress your career."
Whilst we primarily operate in the financial market, our graduate schemes cover much more than these roles. From Investment Banking, to Technology, to Legal, there will definitely be a place for committed and passionate graduates in our workplace."
At PwC we want ambitious graduates to grow their career with us through learning key professional skills. We believe that you need to be given opportunities to develop yourself personally and professionally, so they are at the heart of a career with us. "
We are different from other law firms in the way we think, work and behave. We have been named as the world's most respected law firm brand by Acritas, highlighting our dedication to being the strongest. We actively encourage a culture of learning here, so that employees can expand their knowledge and expertise throughout their careers."
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 help to place the best candidates to work on the demanding challenges that Europe faces."
Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, working with clients in the world’s most dynamic industries. Our 33 offices around the world blend the best of local business, industry and cultural knowledge with international experience."
Formed in 2010, Hogan Lovells is a multinational law firm co-headquartered in London, UK, and Washington, USA. We are deeply committed to the career development of our lawyers, helping them become skilled managers, business developers and leaders. "
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…
JLL is a professional services firm, specialising in real estate and aiming to be the expert adviser to leading owners and investors around the world. We see property as much more than bricks and mortar - these are the spaces where lives are lived."
Kennedys is an international law firm focusing on litigation and dispute resolution, particularly within insurance. We also work within finance, property, health and employment, amongst other areas. Our culture and values form a big part of who we are."
We offer challenging, yet rewarding careers in law for graduates. Our opportunities can take you around the world to our many international offices. We operate in many markets, working with an array of prestigious business clients. "
Here at RPC we have a unique working environment. We won’t ask you to stifle your personality because our clients need lawyers, but they buy into people. We’ll help you develop as a professional individual, but you will be in charge of your own destiny. "
Withers is a law firm whose success lies in the quality and diversity of its people. With offices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, we specialise in tax, trust and estate planning, litigation, employment and family law."
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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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