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..the Legal sector


This month Total Professions, provider of professional careers advice, puts the spotlight on the Legal sector - and both the traditional and non-traditional routes to a career in law. Our monthly careers bulletins focus on a different sector each issue, to help careers advisers and professional bodies to guide students in their pathway to a profession. As well as the articles here, don't forget to  check out our career videos, and scroll down to link straight through to more of our news for careers advisers as well as job, internship and apprenticeship listings, and links to our social media channels. 

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Careers update: legal sector

Law may be one of the oldest professions but it's not as stuffy as it may first appear. Professional bodies in this sector have made great efforts to encourage people from increasingly varied backgrounds to enter the profession, and to support them to achieve their ambitions. 

If studying law doesn't immediately grab the attention of students, encourage them that training on the job is also possible, as CILEx explain in this bulletin. Check out the jobs and salaries available in this sector, as well as finding out what it's really like working in law.

Our section on routes and qualifications shows the various options available for professional training in the legal sector.
CIArb represents lawyers working within alternative dispute resolution (ADR) across a diverse range of sectors. The organisation provides education and training, as well as free membership for students, and Associate level for those early on in their careers.

Lawyers working within ADR work with a wide variety of disputes and areas of life, and need good negotiation and persuasion skills as well as a high level of attention to detail.
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Vocational training for lawyers

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has provided vocational training for aspiring lawyers for more than 50 years, but still the myth among school leavers is widespread – that to work in law and become a lawyer you must have a degree.

By studying CILEx’s courses, students become regulated, legal specialists who are members of a professional association. They are in good stead to progress their career in the legal sector.

Find out more about options to train with CILEx and get paid while earning by reading the full article...

Working for the law: regulated vs. unregulated

It all used to be so simple for law students, there were just three main legal careers: solicitor, barrister and legal academic. Today simplicity has vanished. Options are more varied, but are less certain and higher-risk. Legal career options now exist in both the regulated and unregulated legal sectors.

Read the full article to find out about the real differences between these two sectors...
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