Will you like a career in the law?
If you are seeking a job where the work you do can possibly make a big difference to other people’s lives, then a career in law may suit you. Working in all areas across the legal industry can be challenging, rewarding, exciting and fulfilling.
The basic qualities required include having strong communication skills and also good organisational skills. There are constant deadlines to be met, which means that your personal time management is vital. You will need to be able to work quickly under pressure using strong analytical skills to review evidence and draft documentation. A career in law can be fast-paced and depending on your role; every case, claim and client can be very different.
You don’t necessarily need to qualify as a solicitor, barrister or legal executive to work within the law. There are many paralegal roles which offer support to the qualified staff and administration roles are also varied and can include attendances at court, drafting of legal documentation and dealing with clients.
Areas of law
Law is a diverse subject that can be separated into more defined areas including, but not limited to:
- Personal injury
- Family law
- Criminal law
- Commercial property
- Residential conveyancing
- Wills and probate
- Employment law
- Company/commercial/banking law
At Scott Rees & Co, we primarily deal with claims involving personal injury and will always welcome staff with experience in dealing with road traffic accidents, accidents at work or on the street, medical negligence claims and claims where persons have contracted industrial diseases.
How to enter the legal industry
Being a paralegal can often be an entry level into the legal profession. You do not need to hold a law degree in order to be a paralegal. Paralegals are important members of any legal team and firm. The role of a paralegal can be very diverse and can range from call handling to assisting solicitors directly with drafting, advocacy and client care.
To qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales you need to obtain a university degree before embarking on up to 2 years of postgraduate studies. You do not need to have taken a Law (LLB) degree as conversion courses into law can be undertaken post degree. Thereafter you need to secure and complete a training contract (usually 2 years) whilst ‘on the job’ before qualification. This route can take a minimum of 6 years.
An alternative way to qualify would be to study law and first become a legal executive via The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).
Barristers also require a degree and their own specific post graduate course before undertaking a period of ‘on the job’ training known as a pupillage before becoming a qualified barrister.
Working at Scott Rees & Co
We currently have between 200 to 250 employees that make up our highly motivated and professional teams. We provide many in-house benefits to staff, rewards, training and support and actively seek to promote staff internally.