How 2 Become a Solicitor – Helpful Resources

Pursuing a career as a solicitor requires a strong level of commitment, enthusiasm, knowledge and skill. More importantly, you also need to know where to look in terms of education, work experience, training contracts, law firms and a whole range of other areas tailored to improving your chances of success.

Within this blog, I have provided you with helpful resources that I believe will benefit your preparation regarding the process and the know-how of becoming a qualified UK solicitor.

How to Become a Solicitor guide

This guide will deliver invaluable information that will guide you through a long, stressful and competitive journey. If you want to become a solicitor, then you will need to understand the expectations and demanding nature of the profession.

The guide will:how to become a solicitor

  • Help you decide whether you are right for the job, and whether the job is right for you;
  • Understand the nature of the profession and what it entails;
  • Provide a step-by-step account of the process of becoming a solicitor, including education, skills, qualifications and experience;
  • Give you an insight into what employers are looking for in terms of potential employees and the opportunities available;
  • Guide you through the interview stages and the typical questions you are likely to be asked;
  • Provide tips, advice and helpful resources to aid you on your journey to become a UK solicitor.

 

I have broken down the important key areas that may be of particular use to you. Whether you are just starting out and thinking of pursuing a career in law, or whether you are still trying to find the right opportunities; this blog will provide you with helpful resources that will ultimately better your chances and improve your knowledge in terms of the profession, where to study, salaries, and useful links.

 

 

Where to study your law degree

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Universities and Institutions That Offer Qualifying Law Degrees (those with an asterisk also offer the CPE/GDL courses)

 

Below is a list of universities and institutions that offer qualifying law degrees. If you are thinking of pursuing this career, then it is important that you know where to look in terms of who offers the course.

Institutions that also offer the CPE or the GDL courses are marked with an asterisk (*).

 

Aberdeen University

Web: www.abdn.ac.uk/law/

 

Manchester Metropolitan University*

Web: www.mmu.ac.uk

 

Anglia Ruskin University

Web: www.anglia.ac.uk/law

 

Newcastle University

Web: www.ncl.ac.uk

 

Aston University*

Web: www.aston.ac.uk

 

Northumbria University*

Web: www.northumbrialawschool.co.uk

 

Bangor University

Web: www.bangor.ac.uk/

 

Nottingham Trent University*

Web: www.nlu.ac.uk

 

Birkbeck College (University of London)

Web: www.bbk.ac.uk/

 

Oldham College

Web: www.oldham.ac.uk

 

Birmingham City University*

Web: www.bham.ac.uk

 

Open University

Web: www.open.ac.uk

 

Birmingham City University

Web: www.bham.ac.uk

 

Oxford Brookes University*

Web: www.brookes.ac.uk

 

Bournemouth University*

Web: www.bournemouth.ac.uk

 

Oxford University

Web: www.ox.ac.uk

 

BPP Law School*

Web: www.bpplawschool.com

 

Queen Mary University of London

Web: www.law.gmul.ac.uk

 

Bradford College

Web: www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk

 

Queens University, Belfast

Web: www.qub.ac.uk

 

Brighton University

Web: business@brighton.ac.uk

 

Reading University

Web: www.rdg.ac.uk

 

Brunel University*

Web: www.brunel.ac.uk

 

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)(University of London)

Web: www.soas.ac.uk

 

Buckingham University

Web: www.buckingham.ac.uk

 

Sheffield Hallam University*

Web: www.shu.ac.uk

 

Buckinghamshire New University*

Web: www.bucks.ac.uk

 

Southampton Solent University*

Web: www.solent.ac.uk

 

Cambridge University

Web: www.cam.ac.uk

 

Southampton University

Web: www.soton.ac.uk

 

Canterbury Christ Church University

Web: www.canterbury.ac.uk

 

St. Mary’s University College

Web: www.smuc.ac.uk

 

Cardiff University*

Web: www.ct.ac.uk

 

Staffordshire University*

Web: www.staffs.ac.uk

 

City University*

Web: www.city.ac.uk

 

Sussex University

Web: www.susx.ac.uk

 

Coventry University

Web: www.coventry.ac.uk

 

Swansea Metropolitan University

Web: www.smu.ac.uk

 

De Montfort University*

Web: www.dmu.ac.uk

 

Swansea University*

Web: www.swan.ac.uk

 

Dundee University

Web: www.dundee.ac.uk

 

University College (University of London)

Web: www.ucl.ac.uk

 

Durham University

Web: www.dur.ac.uk

 

University of Bedfordshire

Web: www.beds.ac.uk

 

Edge Hill University, Lancashire

Web: www.edgehill.ac.uk

 

University of Bolton

Web: www.bolton.ac.uk

 

Greenwich School of Management

Web: www.gsm.org.uk/en/

 

University of Bradford*

Web: www.bradford.ac.uk

 

Holborn College

Web: www.holborncollege.ac.uk

 

University of Bristol

Web: www.bristol.ac.uk

 

Huddersfield University

Web: www.hud.ac.uk/

 

University of Central Lancashire*

Web: www.uclan.ac.uk

 

Hull University

Web: www.hull.ac.uk

 

University of Chester

Web: www.chester.ac.uk

 

Keele University*

Web: www.keele.ac.uk/

 

University of Cumbria

Web: www.cumbria.ac.uk

 

Kent University

Web: www.ukc.ac.uk

 

University of Derby

Web: www.derby.ac.uk

 

King’s College, London

Web: www.kl.ac.uk/

University of East Anglia* (Norwich Law School)

Web: www.uea.ac.uk

 

Kingston University*

Web: www.king.ac.uk/

 

University of East London*

Web: www.uel.ac.uk

 

Lancaster University

Web: www.lancs.ac.uk/

 

University of Essex

Web: www.essex.ac.uk

 

Leeds Metropolitan University*

Web: www.leedsmet.ac.uk/fbl

 

University of Exeter

Web: www.ex.ac.uk

 

Liverpool John Moores University*

Web: www.livim.ac.uk/

 

University of Glouchestershire

Web: www.glos.ac.uk/

 

 

London Metropolitan University*

Web: www.londonmet.ac.uk/

 

University of Greenwich

Web: www.gre.ac.uk/

 

 

London School of Economics

and Political Science

Web: www.lsbu.ac.uk

 

University of Hertfordshire*

Web: www.herts.ac.uk/

 

London South Bank University*

Web: www.lsbu.ac.uk

 

University of Law

Web: www.law.ac.uk

 

University of Leeds

Web: www.leeds.ac.uk/

 

University of Northampton

Web: www.northampton.ac.uk

 

University of Lincoln*

Web: www.lincoln.ac.uk/

 

University of Plymouth*

Web: www.plymouth.ac.uk

 

University of London External Programme

Web: www.londonexternal.ac.uk

 

University of Portsmouth

Web: www.port.ac.uk

 

University of Manchester

Web: www.manchester.ac.uk

 

University of Salford

Web: www.salford.ac.uk

 

University of South Wales*

Web: fbs.glam.ac.uk/school/law/

 

University of Sheffield*

Web: www.shef.ac.uk

 

University of Strathclyde*

Web: www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/lawschool/

 

University of West London

Web: www.uwl.ac.uk

 

University of Sunderland

Web: www.sunderland.ac.uk

 

University of West of England, Bristol*

Web: www.uwe.ac.uk

 

University of Surrey

Web: www.surrey.ac.uk

 

University of Westminster*

Web: www.wmin.ac.uk

 

University of Teesside

Web: www.tees.ac.uk

 

University of Winchester*

Web: www.winchester.ac.uk

 

University of Ulster

Web: www.ulster.ac.uk

 

University of Wolverhampton*

Web: www.wlv.ac.uk

 

University of York

Web: www.york.ac.uk

 

Warwick University

Web: www.warwick.ac.uk

 


Training Contract Salaries and Salaries Upon Qualifying

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Below is a list of law firms, their starting salaries for their Training Contracts, and the salaries upon Qualifying.

This section is a helpful resource to becoming a solicitor as it allows you to see potential earnings. Please note, that this list is not exhaustive. It gives a basic overview of the type of earnings you can expect in either your Training Contract or upon qualifying.

 

Law Firm Starting Salary for Training Contract (£) Starting Salary Upon Qualification (£)
Allen & Overy LLP 39,000 61,500
Ashurst LLP 38,000 61,000
Baker & McKenzie LLP 39,500 63,000
Bird & Bird LLP 36,000 59,000
Burges Salmon LLP 33,000 41,000
Clifford Chance LLP 39,000 63,500
Clyde & Co 36,000 59,000
CMS Cameron McKenna 37,500 60,000
Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP 38,000 58,000
Field Fisher Waterhouse 35,000 58,000
Government Legal Service 23,250 35,000
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP 39,000 63,000
Hogan Lovells 39,000 63,000
Ince & Co LLP 36,000 58,000
Jones Day 41,000 72,500
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 41,000 97,560
Lawrence Graham LLP 35,000 54,000
Linklaters LLP 69,500 64,000
Macfarlanes LLP 38,000 61,000
Mayer Brown International LLP 37,500 61,000
Mills & Reeve LLP 25,000 36,000 to 56,000
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP 38,000 63,000
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP 38,000 65,000
Osborne Clarke 32,000 to 36,500 40,000 to 58,000
Reed Smith 37,000 59,000
SGH Martineau LLP 23,000 36,000
Shearman & Sterling LLP 39,000 78,000
Shoosmiths 24,000 38,000
Sidley Austin LLP 41,000 72,000
Simmons & Simmons LLP 37,500 59,000
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom (UK) LLP 42,000 98,000
Slaughter and May 39,000 63,000
Stephenson Harwood LLP 37,000 60,000
Stevens & Bolton LLP 33,000 44,000
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 50,000 97,500
Travers Smith LLP 39,000 63,000
White & Case LLP 42,000 75,000

 

 

 

Law Societies

Below is a list of law societies:

This is a helpful resource as it allows you to research into different law societies which will prove valuable to you as you progress through the stages of becoming a solicitor.

·         Bedfordshire Law Society

·         Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Law Society

·         Birmingham Law Society

·         Bournemouth and District Law Society

·         Bristol Law Society

·         Bromley and District Law Society

·         Cambridgeshire and District Law Society

·         Cardiff and District Law Society

·         Chichester and District Law Society

·         City of London Law Society

·         City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society

·         Cornwall Law Society

·         Derby and District Law Society

·         Devon and Somerset Law Society

·         Doncaster and District Law Society

·         Dorset Law Society

·         Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Law Society

·         Halifax Law society

·         Harrogate and District Law Society

·         Hastings and District Law Society

·         Hertfordshire Law Society

·         Isle of Thanet Law Society

·         Isle of Wight Law Society

·         Kent Law Society

·         Leeds Law Society

·         Leicestershire Law Society

·         Lincolnshire Law Society

·         Liverpool Law Society

·         Manchester Incorporated Law Library Society

·         Medway Law Society

·         Mid Essex Law Society

·         Middlesex Law Society

·         Newcastle upon Tyne Law Society

·         Norfolk and Norwich Law Society

·         North Staffordshire Law Society

·         Northamptonshire Law Society

·         Nottinghamshire Law Society

·         Oldham Law Society

·         Plymouth Law Society

·         Sheffield and District Law Society

·         Suffolk and Northern Essex Law Society

·         Surrey Law Society

·         Sussex Law Society

·         Tees Valley Law Society

·         Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and District Law Society

·         Warwickshire Law Society

·         West London Law Society

·         Worcestershire Law Society

·         Worthing Law Society

·         Yorkshire Law Society

 

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Further Helpful Resources

Below are some helpful resources to further your understanding regarding the process of how to become a solicitor. These links will prove useful in your research in relation to the following: how to become a solicitor, educational requirements, work experience, training contracts, career guidance and professional advice that will ultimately assist your preparation and research.

  • TraineeSolicitor.co.uk  (to find a training contract, discuss training contracts etc)
  • TheLawForum.co.uk
  • Professional Forum for UK Solicitors (LinkedIn)
  • http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/careers/becoming-a-solicitor/
  • https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/planning/jobprofiles/Pages/solicitor.aspx
  • http://www.prospects.ac.uk/solicitor_job_description.htm
  • http://www.cilexlawschool.ac.uk/prospective_students/qualify_as_solicitor/introduction
  • http://allaboutlaw.co.uk/stage/becoming-a-lawyer/how-to-become-a-solicitor

 

This blog was written with the intention to provide some helpful resources and improve your understanding regarding key areas in terms of becoming a solicitor.

Knowing what to look for and where to look, is a crucial part of your preparation, and thus these helpful resources, alongside our guide ‘How2become a Solicitor’, will provide you with invaluable information that is guaranteed to guide you through your journey of becoming a UK solicitor.

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