People often dream about living in a society where we all lived together in perfect harmony. It would be great if we lived in a world where no-one committed any crime or fought against each other in wars.
Sadly I don’t think that dream will ever become reality. At least, not in my lifetime anyway! When people get accused of doing something bad, they usually need a solicitor to defend them.
Of course, defending people in court isn’t the only thing a solicitor does. Solicitors can get hired for all sorts of reasons. Examples include notarising documents, drawing up legal contracts and protecting intellectual rights.
The career of a solicitor is a varied and exciting one. It’s one of those jobs where no two days are ever the same. If you want to embark on a move to a more-rewarding career, starting out in the legal profession might be right up your street!
In today’s blog post, I will tell you more about what it’s like to be a solicitor and whether it’s something you should consider as your next career move.
To become a qualified solicitor, you will need to spend a lot of time and money dedicated to the cause. It takes years of experience, skill and passing various exams before one can become qualified in their chosen legal profession.
Solicitors are usually university graduates that go on to study law. Of course, not all solicitors have been to university. There are many paths into the legal industry that you can take. One example is to stay in university and complete a law degree.
Sometimes being a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives can help you become a solicitor. But, in those cases, you have to work within the industry first of all.
Choosing a specialism
Law is a broad term that covers many specialist areas. When you become a solicitor, you have to choose from one or more specialist areas to practise in. A trademark attorney from londonip.com will specialist in patents (obviously). And intellectual property law in general.
A commercial law solicitor will specialise in various aspects of commercial and industrial law. They might even specialise in employment law too. It’s best to think about what area of the law you would like to specialise in before you embark on building your legal career.
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As you can imagine, becoming a solicitor isn’t just rewarding from a work point of view but also from a financial sense too! People new to the profession can start from £16,000 upwards.
When you become qualified, your earning potential can skyrocket from £30,000 to £80,000 a year. A partner in a firm of solicitors can earn more than £80,000 a year.
It takes a lot of hard work to achieve such earning potential, as you have a lot to learn about the law and need to prove that you’re good at what you do.
Good luck with your career change!