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Legal services

This sector covers a broad range of roles within the legal services. There are three legal systems in the UK, with Northern Ireland and Scotland having a separate system to England and Wales, giving rise to different training and entry requirements and routes to employment.

Typical employers can include commercial firms, government and local authorities, large private companies, and chambers. A legal qualification is an essential requirement to work in this competitive sector, details of requirements for the individual countries and roles can be found in the pages within this section.

The overview page has a selection of resources with comprehensive information on law in general, including legal training, specialisms, and resources on applications. It also has links to legal journals, with latest news and links to job vacancies. It should be looked at alongside the resources found in the other sections.

Reference books and journals

We have relevant books and journals for you to use in our information centres. For details of our books on legal services see the link below.

Our books on legal services

The Lawyer - online legal magazine with a wealth of information on law, latest news, industry insights, legal jobs and the different practice areas.

The Lawyer

Lawyer 2B - online student legal magazine from The Lawyer. It has information on current news, features on the different law firms, practice areas, education and training, graduate recruitment guide and careers advice.

Lawyer 2B

The Journal Online - is the magazine for the Law Society of Scotland. The site includes latest legal news, events and job vacancies.

The Journal Online

The Law Society Gazette - focusing on the solicitors' profession, the Law Gazette provides comprehensive coverage of all areas of the law, both at home and abroad. It provides legal news, law reports and legal vacancies.

The Law Society Gazette

Legal Week - online legal magazine including recent news and job vacancies.

Legal Week

Solicitors Journal - online magazine which contains legal news and articles on different practice areas.

Solicitors Journal

Takeaway literature

The following material is available to take away free from the Careers Service, while stocks last.

  • Chambers Student Guide: Careers in the Law
  • Prospects Law
  • Targetjobs Law
  • Targetjobs Law Vacation Schemes & Mini-pupillages
  • Training and Contract Pupillage Handbook
  • The Lex 100

General information

Prospects Law - information on the legal sector in the UK covering training, applications and interviews, as well as details of vacation opportunities and training contracts.

Prospects Law

Targetjobs: Law - information on careers in the legal sector in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, entry requirements and work experience. It also has details on the different law specialisms.

Targetjobs: Law

Law Careers Net - comprehensive guide to information on law and becoming a lawyer. It has information on becoming a solicitor or a barrister, as well as having details on a wide range of specialisms. It includes a searchable database of training contracts, vacation schemes, immediate vacancies and details of deadlines for England and Wales.

Law Careers Net

Lex 100 - provides information for students on careers in law including the insightful guide to legal firms with honest insights from trainees.

Lex 100

Chambers UK - a guide to UK legal profession, including a database of solicitors and barristers searchable by practice area/specialism.

Chambers UK

Chambers Student Guide - provides information on legal training, funding, vacation schemes, and links to course providers and legal firms in England and Wales, as well as global opportunities. The site also has details of the different practice areas and specialisms in law.

Chambers Student Guide

All About Law - provides useful information for UK students wishing to pursue a career in law, including career options, further study and job vacancies.

All About Law

Useful resources

Twitter List: Legal Services - Are you on Twitter? Look at our Twitter List for Legal Services to receive updates on news, vacancies and advice from relevant professional bodies, employers and useful organisations. Please note the Careers Service cannot accept responsibility for the content of external sites.