You don’t have to have a law degree to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. Many legal employers recruit up to 50% of their trainees from non-law degrees. So what do you need?

  • excitement at the prospect of working closely with clients across all industry sectors (financial services, social media, health – the law gets everywhere) to solve their legal issues and drive their projects forward;
  • or, motivation to draft documents, argue points in detail with your peers in the barrister profession and represent your clients in court;
  • or a desire to work on legal solutions that pervade almost every aspect of today’s society. Shaping government policies and advising ministers on the myriad of legal issues that arise in their everyday work, representing government in the highest courts and working on what is often headline news. If so Government Legal Services (GLS) may be the place for you;
  • a good grasp of English language;
  • resilience and determination;
  • attention to detail and ability to write well and concisely;
  • ability to work effectively with others;
  • teamwork skills

Keep an eye on CareerHub for upcoming events this term and next term when we will run our barrister events. Also check out the following and choose one of them to help you find open day and vacation schemes for non-law students, deadlines, reviews of firms and hints and tips from trainees and recruiters:

CareerHub also lists lots of presentations at firms’ offices as well as on campus events. And of course, come and talk to a Careers Consultant! You can book one-to-one appointment on CareerHub.