This section focuses on the role of the solicitor in England and Wales. The English and Welsh legal system is separate from Scotland’s, with its own legal rules, courts and professions, giving rise to different entry and training arrangements.
Find out about the entry and training arrangements, how to get work experience and tips on finding a training contract.
Follow the links below for profiles of common occupations in this sector:
We may have some Edinburgh alumni contacts who can give you some useful advice on getting into this type of work. Connect.ed can be found in the Careers tab on your MyEd portal - and you can search for contacts there by employer, job title, locations, and School (UG and PG).
Law Society of England and Wales - the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales. It is a comprehensive site which includes information on a career in law, ways to qualify as a solicitor, specialisms, professional training, funding, and legal vacancies. The site also includes Find a Solicitor where you can search for a solicitor by location or by specialism.
Junior Lawyers Division - a division of the Law Society of England and Wales, for junior lawyers across England and Wales. The website has comprehensive information on becoming a solicitor, converting to law, pro bono, vacation placements and training contracts, and also sources of funding.
Solicitors Regulation Authority - is the regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales. It includes information on the academic stage of training, conversion courses, student enrolment, the legal practice course, and the training contract. It also provides information on qualifying in England and Wales under the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) if you have already qualified in Scotland.
Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA) - is the only national association representing the interests of solicitors who practise or who aspire to practise as advocates in the higher courts. The site includes a members' directory.
Lawyers in Local Government - is a professional association which represents the 4,000 local government solicitors and trainees in England and Wales. The site has a good careers section and also advertises job vacancies.
Her Majesty's Court Service (HMCS) - is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice and covers policy, legislation and the Magistrates' courts. The agency is responsible for the running of most of the courts and tribunals in England & Wales i.e. crown, county and appeals.
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) (England and Wales) - is the government department responsible for prosecuting people in England and Wales who have been charged by the police with a criminal offence. The careers section of there website has useful information and job profiles, and advertises vacancies.
Government Legal Service (GLS) for England and Wales - the site has information on areas of practice, departments, career profiles, life as a GLS trainee and GLS lawyer, vacation placements and the recruitment process.
Law Commission for England & Wales - is the independent body set up by parliament to keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reform.
Lawcabs - the combined CPE/GDL and LPC central application board where all applications for full-time conversion courses and legal practice courses must be made. (For part-time and distance learning courses, contact institutions directly).
Legal 500 online - includes lists of recommended firms in England and Wales and international firms with UK offices.
Waterlow Legal - is an information resource which includes directories of solicitors and barristers in England and Wales and also international law firms.