Find out how you can start a career in Law. Here we list potential job roles and some of the leading companies in that sector.

Job roles

Introductory information

Becoming a Barrister or Solicitor

On the law careers website, you can find a diagram of the route for graduates to become solicitors or barristers, with explanations of each stage.

Please note that the route to qualification as a solicitor is changing from 2021. The links below give further information and will be regularly updated as new information becomes available:


UK firms' websites

The “Magic Circle” – the top 5 UK firms, all with clients and offices worldwide

The “Silver Circle” – firms ranking just below the Magic Circle but with a similar scope and range of work

American firms in London

List of Law firms in UK

Sites with general information for barristers

The Inns of Court

The four Inns of Court provide support for barristers and students through a range of educational activities, lunching and dining facilities, access to common rooms and gardens and the provision of various grants and scholarships.

Anyone wishing to join the Bar must join one of the Inns, which are responsible for "Calling" barristers to the Bar. You can join as a student member while you are still at University.


Other professional bodies

Public and voluntary bodies

Paralegal work

Court reporting

Recruitment agencies and jobs boards

Below, we list some agencies and job sites which specialise in law-related posts, but their inclusion here should not be taken to imply any recommendation. Few, if any, will recruit for training contracts - paralegal work is more likely and, even here, experience and a further qualification is normally required.

  • Alford & Bishop - run by a Kent graduate, this agency recruits solicitors and legal support staff for positions across the south of England
  • Badenoch & Clark
  • CVLinks - CVLinks is a jobs matching service that exclusively focusses on jobs in the legal sector
  • GR Law - Recruit lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries and other legal support staff for law firms and in-house legal departments in London.
  • Hays
  • LawCrossing - legal jobsearch website, including summer placements for students and paralegal work
  • Legal Week Jobs - a legal recruitment website covering a wide range of legal jobs including graduate/trainee, paralegal, legal secretarial and support jobs from legal recruitment consultants, companies and law firms
  • Michael Page Legal
  • Legal Jobs Board - online legal recruitment portal featuring vacancies for legal secretaries, paralegals and various legal executive positions within the UK.
  • Simply Law Jobs - paralegal jobs, solicitor jobs and legal secretary jobs.
  • Taylor Root - International legal and compliance recruitment
  • Totally Legal - Site includes paralegal jobs, careers and CV advice

Jurisdictions outside England & Wales






Australia and New Zealand




  • The International Centre for Commercial Law - A guide to the legal market in over 70 countries with in-depth independent editorial and law firm directories
  • Career Opportunities in the International Legal Field: outlines the different options in public and private international law and provides links to employers and information resources.
  • List of Bar associations by region from Hieros Gamos legal research centre
  • IFLR1000 - guide to the world's leading financial law firms, covering over 1000 firms in 100 jurisdictions

Work experience

It is essential to get work experience if you are planning a career in law.

Vacation Schemes (solicitors)

A vacation scheme is a period of work experience with a law firm. These are increasingly used by firms as a way of assessing potential for training contracts. You can find out more about training contracts using the following links

Most vacation schemes are advertised on LawCareers.

Insight Days

Mini-Pupillages (barristers)

Short experiences (usually 3-5 days) that will give you an insight into the work of a barrister

Work Experience Guides

Find out more

Sites with general law information

  • Law Careers Net - general advice on legal careers, training and employers, with searchable databases of training contract and pupillage providers (including vacation placements)
  • Target Jobs - legal careers, training contracts, pupillages and expert advice
  • The Beginner’s Guide to a Career in Law - download the brochure here
  • Chambers & Partners Student Guide - Information on firms, chambers (mainly commercial) and practice areas. The "True Picture" section provides an insider's view on what it is really like to work for the top 100 law firms, compiled from confidential interviews with trainees. There is also information on career choice, vocational course providers and deadlines.
  • The Legal 500 - in-depth survey of firms, in the UK and worldwide
  • Lawyer 2B Magazine - news and features for anyone interested in a career in law
  • The Lawyer - legal news and vacancies from the weekly Lawyer newspaper
  • All About Law - inside information, tips and advice on all aspects of a career in law, plus discussion forums and blogs from trainees, pupils and lawyers.
  • Legal Week - good background on law firms and current issues in the profession, plus a career clinic and a student section
  • Law and Legal - Careers advice, solicitors and news
     job profiles, relevant news and application advice. Also see their careers page
  • Lawtons Solicitors Criminal Law guide
  • Rayden Solicitors - How to become a family lawyer
  • Rayden Solicitors Rayden Solicitors - Magazine aimed at new and future legal professionals with information on qualifying, specialisations and career development
  • Solicitors Journal
  • The Lawyer Portal
  • WikiJob - information about legal employers and law firms (including graduate interview tips)
  • The Times
  • The Guardian

Advice on CVs, application forms and interviews

Conversion courses for non-law graduates

Sites with general information for solicitors

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