Solicitors advise and act on behalf of individuals, organisations, businesses and government departments in legal matters.
Current Entry Requirements
Entry to training usually requires a qualifying law degree or postgraduate diploma. Graduates in subjects other than law must first take a one-year conversion course. All entrants undertake a one year legal practice course, followed by a two-year training contract.
Typical education level:Level 4-6
- Draws up contracts, leases, wills and other legal documents.
- Undertakes legal business on behalf of client in areas of business law, criminal law, probate, conveyancing and litigation, and acts as trustee or executor if required.
- Instructs counsel in higher and lower courts and pleads cases in lower courts as appropriate.
- Scrutinises statements, reports and legal documents relevant to the case being undertaken and prepares papers for court.
- Represents clients in court.