Welcome to the Law Society's Careers Support page.
For the 2020/21, the Law Society's focus is on careers support in association with the Law School's employability team and CareerCentral, the University's career service.
We have insights from recruiters and past students for solicitor, barrister and non-legal career routes, along with a host of events that will be put on throughout the year.
Careers Sec - Solicitors
Careers Sec - Barristers
Careers - Solicitors
Improving Employability Prospects:
To improve your CV or learn more about the law - it is recommended that you join the UEA Future Solicitors page on Facebook. Events which can help you improve your employability will be posted here. For those who do not have access to Facebook, you can contact Jade Conway via her email:
We asked some of our members what they thought of their work experience at a law firm. Read their stories to find out all about the work experience offered by different firms, and get hints & tips tailored to each firm. Most of our members are also happy for you to contact them if you have any further questions.
Solicitor's Career Events
A timetable of all career events hosted by the Society and Law School can be found under the 'Latest News & Events' tab.
Careers - Barristers
About being a Barrister
A Barrister's main role is to be an advocate in court. The amount of time spent doing this depends on the area of law you decide to practice in. Outside of court the give specialised legal advice and opinions as well as drafting court documents.
Qualifying as a Barrister is highly competitive and expensive. Once you graduate with a qualifying law degree or conversion course, you then apply for the “Bar Practioner Training Course” or “BPTC”. The cost of this is anywhere between £14,000 - £18,500, depending on what part of the country you choose to study in.
There is funding available from Inns of Court, which may cover all or part of this cost. However there are only 100 scholarships per year available. Gaining a scholarship is a good prediction of whether you will gain a “Pupillage”. A “Pupillage” is the required practical training to qualify as a practising barrister and lasts one year. In the first 6 months you work with and shadow other barristers at your chambers. During the second 6 months you begin to take on your own clients in low level cases e.g. at the magistrates court.
Gaining a Pupillage is where the Bar becomes most competitive. In 2011/2012 1,600 students studied the BPTC, however there was only 395 Pupillages available. Therefore each year there becomes a bottle neck of students from previous years applying for Pupillage. The main pit fall to this is that the BPTC can expire after 5 years if you do not practice within that time.
But if you have strong academics (2:2s need not apply), good written and oral skills, a flair for advocacy and solid communication skills then the Bar may be the career for you.