How to become a Lawyer


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What do they do?

Always winning arguments? Law could be for you…

Lawyers provide advice and representation for individuals, government agencies, and businesses. This title could also refer to Solicitors, Barristers, Advocates, Attorneys, or any other legal professional.

They could specialise in a wide variety of fields, from employment, finance, and environmental, to property, taxation, and family law – with specific duties varying depending on the setting, specialism, and nature of the case.

However, the role of a Lawyer will usually comprise of tasks such as negotiating with clients, researching case law, calculating claims, attending court (if necessary), and preparing and filing legal documents.

Other tasks and duties for a Lawyer include:

  • Preparing paperwork for court
  • Attending court hearings
  • Presenting cases to judges
  • Giving legal advice to clients
  • Gathering and analysing information to support legal actions
  • Developing strategies and arguments
  • Negotiating settlements

Is it right for me?

Aside from a flare for critical thinking and persuasion, you’ll also need to be a keen researcher with a passion for all things legal.

Additionally, interpersonal, problem solving, and analytical skills are an absolute must – whether you’re using them to build trusting relationships with clients, prepare a defensive argument in court, or analyse data to support a case.

Some cases may also be more difficult to win, so it’ll be up to you to persevere and effectively fight your corner. In other words, if you tend to give up easily, a career in law might not be for you.

You’ll also need to be:

  • A good researcher
  • Excellent at public speaking
  • A precise and specific writer
  • Dedicated and committed
  • A great negotiator

What's it really like?

As an avid researcher with a passion for law, working in employment law is perfect for me. Not only is it extremely rewarding, it’s also really varied – involving anything from writing up legal documents to arguing a case in court. Whilst I’m primarily office-based, it’s also common for me to travel to meet clients or attend court, which only adds even more variety to my role. And, with a range of case types and clients, there’s never a dull moment.

Get qualified

To start training to be a Lawyer, you’ll first need to be educated to degree level. You’ll then need to take the bar professional training course (BPTC) if you want to become a Barrister, or the Legal Practice Course (LPC) if you want to become a Solicitor. If your degree is in a non-law related subject, you’ll also be required to pass a conversion course like Graduate Diploma Law (GDL).


Legal Practice Course

Whether you have previous experience or you're considering becoming a Lawyer, this course will teach you everything from the challenges of becoming a lawyer, to developing commercial awareness for the legal realm.

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Graduate Diploma Law

For all aspiring lawyers, or individuals interested in the legal profession, this course is a great first step to helping you practice as a qualified lawyer.

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