The legal profession is divided into two main branches – solicitors and barristers. There are hundreds of different types of law. At the simplest level, you can divide lawyers between those doing commercial work (i.e. work for companies) and those involved with individual people.

  • There are approximately 350,000 people currently employed in the law industry in the UK.

  • There will be approximately 137,100 job openings in the law industry by 2027 in the UK.

  • The estimated average salary in the law industry is £35,360-£87,880 in the UK.

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  • Useful skills

    • Commercial awareness
    • Attention to detail
    • Communication skills
    • Teamwork
    • Information analysis and research
    • Organisation
    • Creative problem solving

  • Related subjects

    • English
    • History
    • Maths
    • Economics
    • Languages
    • Law
  • Qualifications

    England and Wales

    • Must complete:

    It takes five or six years to become a solicitor as a full-time student. A three-year law degree, SQE tests, and two years of qualifying legal work experience are needed. Your degree may require a law conversion course or SQE preparation course if you studied a non-law subject.

    • Paralegal Apprenticeship (Level 3) is a two-year programme that includes an introduction to law and practice, legal research, and client care.
    • Required three training stages to become a barrister:
      • academic component (law degree).
      • vocational element (Bar course).
      • worked-learning component.
    • CILEx Professional Qualification (CPQ) can also lead to CILEx Lawyer status.
  • Qualifications


    • LLB Scots Law/Foundation Programme - the honours degree takes four years, while the ordinary takes three. Accelerated degrees are available for non-law first degrees:
      • To qualify as a solicitor, individuals must complete a two-year traineeship (Diploma in Professional Legal Practice).
      • After completing the diploma, a trainee advocate (or 'intrant') must complete 21 months of paid training in a solicitors' office and 9 months of unpaid 'devilling' (or pupillage) as an advocate's student. The trainee must pass a Faculty of Advocates written and oral advocacy exam.
    • Modern Apprenticeship in Paralegal Practice (SVQ 3 Level; SCQF Level 7):
      • Modern Apprenticeship offers a range of options: go into a full-time job or pursue a technical apprenticeship in paralegal practice, e.g., SVQ Level 4 Paralegal Apprenticeship.

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Jobs in law

  • Barrister

    Barristers give advice to solicitors and represent people in disagreements, investigations and in court.

  • Court administrative assistant

    Court administrative assistants help run courts and court offices.

  • Court legal adviser

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

  • Crown prosecutor

    Crown prosecutors decide if there's enough evidence to take cases to court.

  • Solicitor

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

  • Paralegal

    Paralegals carry out research, prepare legal documents and give legal advice to clients.

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Did you know?

This is one of the most long-established professions. The importance of lawyers dates back to ancient Greece.


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