Wondering what it's like to be a lawyer? If you’re thinking about studying law and ultimately pursuing legal careers, The Lawyer Portal is the perfect resource. This section is designed to give you an overview of the legal profession as a whole - a crucial read for anyone considering a career as a solicitor, barrister, paralegal or chartered legal executive. Or why not download our free Guide to Law for 14 to 18 Year Olds?
Law careers are appealing options for many students deciding on what to study at university. They’re also serious options for apprenticeship candidates with the recent introduction of legal apprenticeships.
Here at The Lawyer Portal (TLP), we break down the various stages and avenues of legal study and practical legal training required to set you on your law career path.
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Law careers encompass fascinating and wide-ranging professions which have huge impacts on daily life for us all. Whether you’re buying a pair of shoes, applying for a job or ordering a coffee, most routine daily activities are governed by law in some way, shape or form.
Making the bold decision to study law and pursue one of several different law careers is not one that should be taken lightly since it entails around six years combined legal study and practical legal training.
The Lawyer Portal is designed to assist you in this process, offering step-by-step guides as well as information on what you need to do to set the proverbial wheels in motion.
What is Being a Lawyer Like?
The practice of law comes in many forms and the term “lawyer” encompasses a number of different law careers, including:
Whichever of the legal careers you ultimately pursue, your work will involve a high level of diversity and a range of tasks,which are likely to include:
Drafting legal contracts and documents;
Negotiating on behalf of clients;
Researching and interpreting points of law;
Representing clients in court;
Offering high quality and specialist legal and commercial advice.
It is vital that you know your client and understand their individual or business needs. Acting for commercial clients, for example, will involve having a broad and deep understanding of how their business works and what makes them tick.
So, as well as having a firm grasp on the theoretical elements of law, you will also be expected to demonstrate high levels of commercial awareness.
The practice of law also offers unique opportunities to help businesses and individuals develop, succeed, resolve, flourish, and take on new challenges. It also offers the chance to make a genuine difference to a client’s organisation and how it operates.
However, it is important not to view the legal profession entirely through rose tinted glasses. As a lawyer, there will be times when you are expected to work long hours in high-stress environments and with demanding clients who want the job done yesterday. This means that patience, resilience, a positive attitude towards hard work and the drive to obtain the best possible outcome for your client are crucial.
You can find out more about what being a lawyer is really like at our flagship TLP Aspire Conference – and it’s free!
To ultimately decide whether a legal career is right for you, it is vital that you do your research and obtain some lawwork experience at the earliest possible stage. Law work experience will give you an invaluable insight into the legal profession, what it involves and crucially whether it’s right for you. It is never too early to get started. The time invested in researching and completing law work experience now will pay dividends. This will ensure you make the career decision that’s right for you.
Law Careers: What Makes a Good Lawyer?
Other factors to consider when deciding on a legal career include the types of skills and qualities you will be expected to develop to successfully practice law. You can read more about these in our ‘What Makes a Good Lawyer?’ section.
Take a look at our Law Statistics and Facts page when deciding on a legal career and whether to become either a solicitor or barrister. The statistics enable you to see the differences in training vacancies, salaries and even the trends in successful applications to university as between the two professions.
Law at School Help Group
We also have a Facebook Help group, where students can ask questions and share advice with one another. If you’re at school and thinking about a law career, you can join it here!
What’s it Like to Study Law?
Read some of our top accounts from current law students: