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Breaking Into the Legal Industry

Breaking Into the Legal Industry

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A guide for graduates and career changers who are looking to break into the Legal industry, full of advice, links to the latest jobs, CV templates and much more.
A guide for graduates and career changers who are looking to break into the Legal industry, full of advice, links to the latest jobs, CV templates and much more.

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Published by: Monster UK on Oct 07, 2009
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Breaking into the Legal Industry
Why would I wantto work in law?
 A career in the legal profession is not all about pacing upand down packed courtrooms, delivering dramatic speechesthat would guarantee your place in the World’s Greatest Orators of all Time list and make even the great Sir Laurence Olivier in his heyday bow down to you inadmiration. And then when you have finished banging theworld to rights you slip off and enjoy your cognac and cigar.
Alright this may happen on that rarest of occasions but in the main, alegal career is much more routine that that, even at the higher echelons of the legal tree.For some people a legal career means choosing between being aSolicitor and a Barrister –or ‘lawyer’, a blanket term used to describeboth roles. But there are numerous occupations within the legalsystem and all are geared toward upholding the law of the land anddealing with those who contravene it.At one end of the scale are Court Administrative Officers,Barrister’s/Advocate’s Clerks, Paralegal’s and Legal Executives,while towards the top of the industry sit Solicitor’s,Barrister’s/Advocate’s, and Judges.As varied are the types of roles you can choose from are the number of areas you work in. Opportunities can be found in corporate,family, personal injury, human rights, public sector, employment,
mergers and acquisitions, and many other areas. And the area inwhich you practice will have an influence on how much you are paid.For instance, commercial law tends to offer higher salaries thanfamily or employment law.Although Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own legal systemthat are separate to England & Wales, starting salaries for traineeSolicitors, for example, will range from £16,000-18,000 with somecity firms paying as much as £25,000-35,000. Upon qualification theaverage salary for newly qualified solicitors can be £35,000-£45,000.At the other end of the scale, a Clerk Court could be starting onanything between £12,000-15,000, whereas a Barrister’s/Advocate’sClerk will usually start on a lower salary of around £10,000 but canquickly move up to £18,000 after a couple of years before going upto £28,000 with considerable experience.Although the notion of being a hot shot lawyer with a rather attractivesalary continues to lure new entrants into the legal profession year inyear out, Solicitor’s and Barrister’s in particular will be expected burnthe candle at both ends, sometimes even at weekends especiallyduring the early stages of your career.
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