Justice Jobs Guide: Special Uk

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If you’re interested in getting a job in the justice field in the UK, this article might help. We will talk about the most common justice jobs and how to get them.

Justice Job : The solicitor

The Solicitor advises clients on legal matters and acts on their behalf when necessary. His clients can be individuals, organizations, companies, administrations…

Some of them are self-employed, but most of them are employed by more or less important structures, or directly by large companies or administrations.

Depending on the case, they can be relatively generalists and deal for example with commercial law, property law, family law, torts… But some are specialized in a particular field such as international law, insurance, litigation etc. It’s a really good justice job you can have there.

Justice job : The Barrister

Called “Barrister” in England and Wales and “Advocate” in Scotland, this legal professional is always consulted by the member of another profession. In many cases by a “Solicitor”, but also by other professionals who have the right to entrust him with a case: accountants, architects, surveyors…

He is often consulted on points of law on which he gives his specialist opinion and on the chances of success of a case before the courts. If the case is actually judged, he may be called upon to represent a client before these authorities. If the client is a private individual, the Barrister/Advocate will not have met the client in the first instance.

The Barrister/Advocate will concentrate on the conduct of the case, while the Solicitor will be responsible for gathering evidence and testimony. He has almost exclusive rights to plead before the highest courts.

The division of his time between advising, writing opinions and pleading depends on his specialization. While all matters relating to commerce and business require more work in advising, preparing detailed and complex opinions and drafting contracts, the common law sector can involve much more time spent in court.

The majority of Barristers are self-employed, but approximately 25% are attached to the Employed Bar and only advise their own employers.

It is different in England/Wales and in Scotland

In England/Wales:

You must prepare a Law Degree which includes the seven core modules in legal sciences “Foundations of Legal Knowledge”. The degree prepared is either an LLB (Bachelor of Law) or a BA Law (Bachelor of Art) in three years, at the University.

Afterwards, you must successfully complete a training course called the “Bar Professional Training Course” (BPTC). This training course, which focuses on professional practice – interview techniques, trial simulations, drafting of documents, solving legal problems, research, etc. – lasts one year.

Following this, a period of two six-month tutorials, called “pupillage”, under the guidance of an experienced Barrister, begins.

Once qualified, the Barrister must obtain a position in one of the Chambers or be employed by an experienced Barrister for at least three years, and then be able to conduct his career as he sees fit.

In Scotland:

One must prepare an LLB (Bachelor of Law) in Scottish law, in four years, in a Scottish university.

Then prepare a “Diploma in Legal Practice” in one year, also in a Scottish university.

You must then complete a period of one to two years of paid training with an Advocate or Solicitor.

The final stage is a nine-month period of tutoring, known as “devilling”, under the guidance of a member of the Scottish Bar, which also includes courses. Some professional exams are to be taken in parallel (pleading, procedure…).

This lawyer works with solicitors in private practice, for regional authorities, in the legal departments of commercial companies or in the public service.

His three main areas of activity are :

Client relations: interviews, advice, preparation of files before going to court, for the purchase or sale of goods etc.
In solicitors’ offices or legal departments, he/she does most of the practical and technical work: checking titles, preparing deeds, summonses, etc.
They may be technical directors in some larger law firms, where they may supervise junior staff, manage administrative staff and handle accounting.
Most “Legal Executives” specialize in either estate law, property law, or litigation law.


Training is defined by The CharteredInstitute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

The first step is the completion of a Law Degree at University, which must be recognized by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

There are then several ways of training, the simplest being to take the “Graduate Fast Track Diploma”. This is a professional preparation that completes the university studies (preparation of only 3units among the subjects of the ” Level 6 practice “).

This training is offered by CILEx Law School, as well as by a number of approved centers throughout the country.

Upon completion of the Diploma you become a GraduateMember of CILEx.

To obtain the full qualification of QualifiedLegal Executive Lawyer, one must work for three years in a job-training program under the supervision of a Solicitor.

Employment opportunities outside the UK are more limited than for the previous professions. They may concern countries governed by English common law and British firms established in Europe.