The Road to Becoming a Solicitor and Running Your Own Firm

Becoming a solicitor is harder than you think, with many entry-level roles requiring law degrees, including degrees in international trade law, commercial law, criminal law and family and business law.

Solicitor or solicitor are two different titles, but they have the same meaning, and it is difficult to get hold of a law degree without doing a first degree, which can cost a lot of money.

However, according to the Law Society’s latest Recruitment Toolkit, there are other routes into the profession – in some cases you don’t even need a law degree.

Three routes

The Law Society has three routes into the legal profession.

Admission

To get an official qualification as a solicitor, you need to take two exams:

•The Admissions Test (Admissions Test for solicitors)

•The Cambridge-SATIS Examination (Cambridge-SATIS Exam for solicitors)

•An Equity training scheme qualification (Admission to the Law Society Training Scheme for Equity Solicitors).

I have previously conducted some research about the Law Society’s Admissions Test, in the context of London, in between my exploration of some new casino sites, the findings of which I reckon definitely apply in this discussion. You will naturally have to go through official academic channels and then onto regulatory channels, making sure to do as well as you can, before you can even start to think about operating your very own firm one day. It’s by no means a short and quick process and unfortunately here there are no shortcuts.

Registering with the Law Society

To register with the Law Society, you need to take three exams:

•A Qualifying Admission Examination (Qualifying Admission to the Law Society’s Solicitors Qualifying Examination)

•The Solicitors Equity Training Scheme (Equity Solicitors Training Scheme)

•The Solicitors Equity Examination (Solicitors’ Equity Examination)

Disadvantages

•For each exam you need to have a certain number of hours completed. In addition to these, you will need to go to the Law Society’s open days to meet as many other candidates as possible.

•You need to find the money to pay for the exams and traineeship.

•You have to be registered with the Law Society to do the exams.

•This doesn’t just include being a solicitor, but any professional looking to work in the law or a qualified accountant.

•You might also need to take some refresher courses if you have never used the law before.

•It may be expensive.

Job satisfaction

A career as a solicitor has the benefit of being varied and flexible, while potentially providing an impressive salary and generous pension benefits.

A person could train as a solicitor and eventually become a partner or a partner. This is why the profession seems to be flourishing at the moment.

There are also some obvious career benefits, such as making a difference to people’s lives. For example, being a solicitor can protect vulnerable people.

And, the Law Society says that solicitors are highly respected and trusted, which can be a good environment to work in, particularly if you have young children.

For more information visit the law society’s website.

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