Whilst the term ‘Lawyer’ is a term commonly used to describe anyone who works in law, there are a number of different overarching careers in the legal profession; licenced conveyancers, Licenced Probate Practitioners, Chartered Legal Executives, Paralegals, Solicitors and Barristers for example. Viewing these different practices as individual careers is critical to your research and in shaping your decision on what you want to be.
Although you don’t necessarily need to have studied a law degree to enter the profession (conversion courses and alternative routes are available), it’s important to know that law is an intellectually challenging subject and profession. You’ll need to show you have the potential to cope with complex academic work by showing evidence of high A level and bachelor degree grades.
Law is a passion and a career you need to be completely engaged in. It’s demanding and will need to take priority over many other aspects of your life in order for you to be successful. To make sure that a life in law is for you, take opportunities to understand and gain experience within the sector, either from the comfort of your home (i.e. reading court documents from your sofa), attending Courts or making contacts in the sector and speaking with practitioners.
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