£21,840 Average salary at age 20
£57,200 Average Salary
30 Average hours per week


Solicitors advise and act on behalf of individuals, organisations, businesses and government departments in legal matters.

Main Tasks

  • Draws up contracts, leases, wills and other legal documents;
  • Undertakes legal business on behalf of client in areas of business law, criminal law, probate, conveyancing and litigation, and acts as trustee or executor if required;
  • Instructs counsel in higher and lower courts and pleads cases in lower courts as appropriate;
  • Scrutinises statements, reports and legal documents relevant to the case being undertaken and prepares papers for court;
  • Represents clients in court.


Entry to training usually requires a qualifying law degree or postgraduate diploma. Graduates in subjects other than law must first take a one-year conversion course. All entrants undertake a one year legal practice course, followed by a two-year training contract.

What Solicitors studied in higher education

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What Solicitors studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L2) Politics1
(M1) Law by area21
(M2) Law by topic72
(N1) Business studies1
(V1) History by period1

UK Prospects

155100 Workforce Size
2.41% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
16711 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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