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Friday 20 September

Employability Service

Email: employability@anglia.ac.uk | Call: 01245 68 6700

Anglia Law School

Further details on typical roles, employers and sector trends can be found on our Employability Portal and within the Job Sectors section of the Prospects website and TargetJobs.

Go to law employer fairs and open days to meet law employers and ask questions about training, applications, and work experience.

Solicitor

Solicitors take instructions from clients and give advice on necessary legal action that they judge is necessary. Clients can be individuals, groups, public sector organisations or private companies. The routes to qualifying are set out overleaf. The following links are some of the resources available giving you greater insight into the training and role of a Solicitor.

Barrister

Barristers (in England and Wales) are specialists in advocacy, and represent individuals or organisations in court. The routes to qualifying are set out overleaf. The following links are some of the resources available giving you greater insight into the training and role of a Barrister.

Work experience

Most employers want to see evidence of relevant work experience. Investigate the following:

Alternative careers

Paralegal

A paralegal is defined as any non-lawyer who does legal work. For law graduates not going on to the LPC or BPTC, a career as a professional paralegal is a real alternative.

Institute of Paralegals

Legal Executive

Changes in legislation mean that chartered legal executive lawyers are increasingly on a level playing field with solicitors or barristers, as they can now become judges, advocates and partners in law firms.

cilex.org.uk

Non-Law related careers

These can involve working in positions such as a Civil Servant and European Civil Servant, Finance, Insurance, Publishing & Media, Academic, Coroner, Police Officer, Private Investigator and Community Worker.

lawcareers.net/Information/AlternativeCareers

Timetable for Entry into the Legal Profession 2016/17

Date

Barrister

Solicitor

Autumn

 

 

LLB final year

BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) applications – The online application system is called BarSAS at barstandardsboard.org.uk - normally open from early December in the year before seek to undertake the BPTC.

Closing date for joining an Inn of Court is 31st May of the year your BPTC is due to start, you must be a member of an Inn to commence BPTC.

Further information at LawCareers.net

Full-time LPC applications – apply via CAB: Central Applications Board Apply from September. NB No longer have any closing dates, but early application recommended.

Contacts of LPC courses

Finalise funding options for LPC.

LLB second year

Attend university law fair and employer events.
Research chambers and Inns of Court.

Research Easter and Summer vacation placements.
Attend university law fair and employer events.
Research law firms.

LLB first, second and penultimate year

Arrange pupillages to start two years from the date of application - pupillagegateway.com – from late November you can browse Gateway pupillage vacancies and access to practice application form.
Window for applications opens Early January and closes early February.

Target provide additional information on Pupillages and vacancies and also run a National Pupillage fair (normally November) where you can meet a range of chambers’ members before you start to make pupillage applications.

Can apply for mini-pupillages (internships/work experience – usually 1-2 weeks) – most applications are taken in the Autumn or Spring. The Bar Council advises mini-pupillages for insight / experience before applications to pupillages.

Vacancies searchable through:
Bar Council
Chambers Student
Law Careers
Barrister - Target Jobs

Apply for vacation placements during Christmas/Easter/Summer. Summer closing dates around end January. Check for work placement deadlines and firms offering placement schemes on LawCareers.net  and All about law.

Non-law degree final year

Apply for full-time conversion course (GDL – Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE – Common Professional Exam) application online at lawcabs.ac.uk. You should apply from September onwards in your final year at university. There is no longer a closing date for applications but early application advised. 

Listings of courses offering GDP/CPE and also scholarships on LawCareers.net

For Barrister experience can also apply for mini-pupillages (internships/work experience – usually 1-2 weeks) – most applications are taken in the Autumn or Spring. The Bar Council advises mini-pupillages for insight / experience before applications to pupillages.

Vacancies searchable through:

Bar Council
Chambers Student
Law Careers
Barrister - Target Jobs

Apply for full-time GDL/CPE applications online at lawcabs.ac.uk
NB – there are no longer application deadlines for either the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) Courses. You are advised to apply as early as possible.

Attend University Law Fair and events.

Apply to Law vacation placement (important 1-3 week experience) Deadlines are now scattered between October and February. Check for work placements and deadlines on LawCareers.net and All about law. Check City Firms Training Contracts early closing dates

Spring

 

 

LLB final year

Closing date for joining Inn of Court is 31 May, you must be a member of an Inn to commence BPTC.
BPTC applications clearing round from April to August (early application recommended) online at barstandardsboard.org.uk

 

Apply for Law Society’s Scholarship -  Diversity Access Scheme around Feb/March each year.


LLB penultimate year

 

Apply for vacation placements in Summer. Check Apply to Law vacation placement above. Arrange relevant work experience.

LLB first year

Get work experience (or mini-pupillage) via pupillagegateway.com at a barristers or chambers – also use personal network – family, friends, and academic staff.

Get work experience at a law firm or legal advice centre – use personal network – family, friends, and academic staff. Also contacts of local law firms: www.yell.com

Non-law degree final year

For Solicitor / Barrister entry: Contact local firms or chambers to ask for a few days' informal work experience with them, or shadow a solicitor or barrister for the day. For contacts of local law firms: www.yell.com
For Barrister entry: experience can also apply for mini-pupillages (internships/work experience – usually 1-2 weeks) – most applications are taken in the Autumn or Spring. The Bar Council advises mini-pupillages for insight / experience before applications to pupillages.

Vacancies searchable through:

Bar Council
Chambers Student
Law Careers
Barrister - Target Jobs

Summer

 

 

LLB final year

Submit documentation for the completion of the Academic Stage as required.

 

LLB penultimate year

 

Apply for Training Contracts - Many commercial law firms recruit two years in advance for Training Contracts

NB Some firms have scrapped the traditional 31 July deadline, and now use winter and spring deadlines for training contracts starting in 2020. Attend training contract assessment centres and interviews.

Non-law final year

Apply for Training Contracts - Many commercial law firms recruit two years in advance for Training Contracts

NB: Some firms have scrapped the traditional 31 July deadline, and now use winter and spring deadlines for training contracts starting in 2020.

NB There will be major changes to the Solicitor qualification route in 2020. Check SRA Solicitors Qualifying Exam and SRA SQE - questions and answers.

Further study

Volunteering

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Email: employability@anglia.ac.uk

Phone: 01245 686700