As of 31 July 2021, there were 9,020 firms currently in private practice in England and Wales, and around 36,800 barristers and judges in 2022.
These two areas provide a home for most lawyers in the UK. But not everyone who successfully completes the academic stages decides to go into private practice – there are many career options open to those with law qualifications.
Many go on to work as lawyers in other organisations (in-house lawyers) or for any number of other organisations that employ legal services.
Find out what it’s like to train in-house in local government in this podcast episode.
Legal training is a valuable commodity outside the world of solicitors and barristers. So, it’s common to see law graduates or past trainees using the skills they’ve developed during their training or legal academia without actually practising as a lawyer.
If you’re a law graduate who isn’t actively pursuing a legal career, don’t worry because there are many employers that will value the skills you’ve learned along the way.
These skills include, but aren’t limited to, the ability to:
Having a first-class memory is another sought-after skill. Overall, all these attributes are valued in the general career market.
In this section you can find information on: