Skills and abilities: Excellent communication skills, with the ability to research and analyse figures and language. A logical approach, with strong knowledge of legal matters.

What you’ll be doing: The two different types of lawyers are Solicitors and Barristers, with nine times more Solicitors than Barristers. Solicitors provide legal advice, whilst Barristers argue a case in court. There are many different specialisations, immigration solicitor (immigration attorney) being just one: you may choose to become an entertainment lawyer or civil rights lawyer, or practice employment law or human rights law. Different areas include private practices, government, law centres, industry and commerce, and court services. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Providing legal advice, and services such as litigation, to a range of clients
  • Instructing Barristers (advocates) to act on behalf of clients
  • Prosecuting individuals, or providing advice to police on prosecutions
  • Researching legal records, drafting contracts, and attending negotiations
  • Negotiating settlements out of court, or presenting cases to judge and jury
  • Maintaining up-to-date legal knowledge

Career progression: With experience, you may become a partner in a private practice, or manage an in-house legal team in the commercial or financial sector. You could apply to become a Queen’s Council (QC) or judge. 

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