Qualifying as a Solicitor: What Happens After you Graduate?

Posted by Frank on April 18, 2015 under Studying & Practicing Law, UK Law | Be the First to Comment

If your career goal is to become a solicitor, graduating from university is only the first part of the process. There are further steps you must undertake within the industry in order to qualify to practice as a solicitor.

If this is the path you want to pursue within the legal industry, you will have the following routes open to you after your graduation:

If You Don’t Have a Law Degree

If you are currently studying or have graduated in a subject other than law, then the road to being a solicitor isn’t entirely closed to you. However, your first step after graduating is to return to university and do a law conversion course, in which you will intensively study core areas of the legal system. After that, you can then proceed along the road to becoming a solicitor in much the same way as a law graduate.

Legal Practice Course

The first step for law graduates will usually be the Legal Practice Course (LPC). This is a vocational course tailored not just to the law but to the role of practicing solicitors specifically. This step will usually take a year, or can sometimes be taken part-time over a longer period, and will help you develop the skills you will need for your career as a solicitor.

Recognised Training

After completing your LPC, you will move onto a period of recognised training within the legal industry. Usually, this will involve taking on a training contract with a firm and working within the industry as a trainee solicitor. This will allow you to learn about being a solicitor and develop the skills and knowledge you will need for the role on-the-job in a real-world legal practise assisting with genuine cases.

Professional Skills Course

As part of this period of training, you will also complete your Professional Skills Course (PSC). This will be the part of your training period that most closely resembles a formal, academic education. You must complete and pass your PSC in order to qualify as a solicitor and go into practise.

Alternative Means

As part of a drive to provide more flexibility for those who want to pursue a legal career, the concept of “alternative means” was introduced last year. This allows qualification to be granted to people who have gained experience within the legal sector which brings them up to the same standards of knowledge and skill as somebody who has followed the above route in full and completed a training contract. This isn’t really a route that can be relied upon, and so far only one person has qualified through these means. However, for those who may want to pursue a career as a solicitor later but want to enter a different legal position after graduating this is an extra route that may be open in the future.

Legal Professionals in the Financial Services Sector

Posted by admin on May 15, 2013 under Business/Commerical Law | Be the First to Comment

The world of financial service in the UK is a highly regulated one and as such, a lot of legalities have to be assessed and taken into consideration. As such, lawyers are expected to have good credentials in order to be of good demand in this high stress industry. According to some, lawyers can find the financial services market as a great option for a second career as well as other people in the field of law who would like to focus on or change the direction of their careers. Law is a constant factor when it comes to providing financial advice and planning especially in aspects such as banking, lending and investing. From taxation laws, estates and government trusts, managing finances and dealing with the legalities of business finance, there are numerous areas in which a law career can be helpful.

Careers in law are equally expansive, extending to a variety of topics. Therefore, those who want to focus on financial services should definitely direct their studies on taxation, corporate law, financial law and other related areas in which the central factor is providing support or producer services to their clientele. Since a lot of companies are on the rise, it is expected that the demand for these professional legal services will also rise. In the last few years, the number of services related to accident and personal injury compensation claims has also increased. Therefore, there is solid activity in the legal industry and lawyers continuously grow in the industry.

Every aspect of the financial services industry requires some legal support. This makes the industry more competitive especially for new lawyers. Nevertheless the possibilities for a lucrative career are very much promising. At the end of the day, the goal of legal specialists is to ensure that companies and businesses, even individuals are able to comply with the legal expectations that are set by the authorities.