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.
Law is a fascinating and wide-ranging subject, which has a huge impact on daily life for us all. Whether you’re purchasing 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 a law career 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.
Law Careers – What is Being a Lawyer Like?
The practice of law comes in many forms and the term “lawyer” encompasses a number of different legal careers, including:
Whichever legal career 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.
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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.