When you consider a law career, you might think of skyscrapers full of solicitors in power suits or barristers in courtroom television dramas, but these aren’t your only two options. This is a highly varied sector with roles available all over the UK, and even internationally, to suit all qualifications and means. There’s a huge assortment of other professions under the law umbrella: legal secretaries, paralegals, lecturers, court clerks or HR officers who keep things above-board – these roles all profoundly impact our lives and ensure we’re legally protected. Keep reading here to find out more about legal occupations.
Bailiffs visit properties to collect debts, serve court documents or give notices or summons.
Barristers give specialist legal advice, advising solicitors and representing people in court, at tribunals and in public inquiries.
Barristers' clerks deal with the admin in barristers' offices and organise the barristers' workload.
Company secretaries make sure that directors follow company law and financial regulations.
Coroners investigate deaths where the causes are unexplained, or the person’s identity is unclear or unknown.
Court administrative assistants help with the daily running of courts and their supporting offices.
Court legal advisers are trained lawyers who advise magistrates and district judges about the law.
Court ushers make sure that everyone involved with a court case is present and that they know what to do.
Credit controllers help firms get the money they are owed from businesses and individuals.
Crown prosecutors make sure that decisions to bring people to court are fair and likely to succeed.
Equalities officers promote practices and attitudes to make sure all people are treated equally within organisations.
Family mediators help divorcing or separating couples reach agreement without having to go to court.
Forensic psychologists explore what makes people commit crimes.
Forensic scientists prepare traces of physical evidence for use in courts of law.
Immigration advisers give advice on asylum claims, nationality, citizenship, deportation and employment, and represent clients in court.
Interpreters convert the spoken word from one language into another, either face-to-face or remotely.
Judges hear evidence in criminal and civil courts, make rulings and pass sentences based on the information presented during cases.
Legal executives specialise in one area of law and carry out similar tasks to solicitors.
Legal secretaries provide administrative support for lawyers and legal executives.
Conveyancers are property lawyers who deal with the legal and financial sides of buying and selling property and land.
Magistrates are volunteers who hear cases in court. They pass judgements and hand down short sentences, fines and other penalties.
Paralegals carry out research, prepare legal documents and give legal advice to clients.
Patent attorneys advise clients on how to apply for patents for new inventions, designs or processes.
Probation officers supervise people serving community and prison sentences and help them to stay away from crime.
Probation services officers (PSOs) supervise people serving community and prison sentences who are considered to be 'low-risk'.
Proofreaders check text before it's printed or published to make sure it's correct and complete.
Solicitors advise clients about the law and act on their behalf in legal matters.
Tax inspectors make sure the correct amount of tax is paid and investigate cases of fraud.
Trade mark attorneys advise clients about registering and protecting designs and trade marks.
Trading standards officers (TSOs) protect consumers and businesses by promoting a safe and fair trading environment.
Victim care officers support people who've been affected by crime.
Welfare rights officers give support and free advice to the public.
As a Solicitor Apprentice, you will gain experience in various departments within DLG Legal Services, developing your technical and soft skills whilst studying towards the Solicitors Qualifying Exams on the 6 year Apprenticeship with a view to qualifying as a Solicitor and gaining a permanent position in one of our Litigation teams.
Our successful Real Estate team are looking for a Paralegal Apprentice to join their large team in Bristol. The role of Paralegal Apprentice provides essential clerical and administrative support to the wider team, whilst studying for the Paralegal Apprenticeship qualification. This is a full time position for 24 months.
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to start their career in law. Join Ashfords and get real experience whist you work towards a level 3 Paralegal qualification. We have opportunities in Exeter to develop as a Paralegal apprentice across varying legal specialisms, including, Planning, Construction and Residential Property.
Applications for our Legal Apprenticeship are now open, for a September 2023 start.Our two year paralegal apprenticeship is aimed at those that have completed A Levels or equivalent studies. The apprenticeship offers an introduction to the fundamentals of legal practice and provides a combination of learning and working within one of our legal teams, to build your knowledge and the skills required to work as a Litigation Assistant at Kennedy’s.
Stonegate Legal is a niche law firm specialising in contentious and non-contentious private client matters including Court of Protection matters. One of the directors has been a member of the Office of the Public Guardian’s professional deputy panel since its conception dealing with some of the most complex deputyship cases in the region. The firm specialises in providing private client advice to high net worth individuals and the successful candidate will assist in the day to day management of a wide range of cases not limited to those examples above.
The Now to Next Scholarship is a national student scholarship scheme for students of Black, African or Caribbean heritage (including applicants of mixed-race with Black African or Black Caribbean heritage).
An amazing opportunity where as a Paralegal Apprentice you will work alongside integrated teams of investigators and legal professionals to identify criminal misconduct.
Working in a small team with expert guidance and tuition to understand the basic procedures and case management systems of a digital based firm. Progression expected to become a competent and successful trainee solicitor working on cases from complex page heavy fraud and white collar crime to murder and serious violent offences. Will develop into having regular and constant contact with clients who are mainly in custody awaiting trial.
Working in a small team with expert guidance and tuition to understand the basic procedures and case management systems of a digital based firm. Progression expected to become a competent and successful paralegal working on cases from complex page heavy fraud and white collar crime to serious violent offences. Will develop into having regular and constant contact with clients who are mainly in custody awaiting trial.
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