Solicitor | Selby College
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Solicitors advise clients about the law and act on their behalf in legal matters.

Potential salary

£25,000 to £100,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 50 a week

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • excellent verbal communication skills to work with different people
  • active listening skills
  • analytical thinking skills for working on complex cases
  • knowledge of English language for explaining legal matters to non-experts
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

In this role you could:

  • advise and represent clients in court
  • instruct barristers or advocates to act for clients
  • draft confidential letters, contracts and legal documents
  • research legal records and case law
  • attend meetings and negotiations
  • manage finances and prepare papers for court
  • use plain English to explain complex legal matters to clients
  • keep up to date with changes in the law

You could work in an office, in a court, in a prison or at a police station.

With experience, you could become a partner in a private practice firm of solicitors. As a commercial solicitor, you could manage an in-house legal department.

You can find out more about becoming a solicitor through The Law Society, Law Careers.Net and All About Law.

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