Qualifications and Requirements for a Law Career
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Become a Solicitor
Solicitors are usually the first contact for a legal enquiry, providing support and advice on a range of legal matters. Find out how to qualify in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Become a Barrister or an Advocate
Barristers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland act as advocates and represent clients in court, at tribunals and public enquiries. In Scotland, lawyers representing clients in court are called advocates, performing a similar role.
Become a Chartered Legal Executive
In England and Wales, chartered legal executives undertake similar work to a solicitor, but specialise in a specific area of law such as family law, or criminal litigation.
About law degrees and law conversion courses
A qualifying law degree (QLD) is one that meets the requirements of legal regulators for the academic stage of legal training. Graduates with a degree in another subject can take a law conversion course (Graduate Diploma in Law or Common Professional Exam) or a ‘senior status’ law degree.
Studying Law as a First (Undergraduate) Degree
If you're interested in studying law as a first (undergraduate) degree, our Law subject area will give you more information.