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Beginner's Guide

Your ‘first steps’ checklist

updated on 04 September 2019

If you do decide that a career as a lawyer is for you, there are a few things you should be doing even before you start university. Here is a brief checklist to get you started:

  • Talk to your careers adviser at school to go through your options.
  • Research the different paths into law – university, chartered legal executive, paralegal, apprenticeship (read our The Law Apprenticeships Guide) – and decide which is right for you.
  • Get some practical work experience at a law firm, barristers’ chambers or legal advice centre; it will help you to decide what suits you best and will also improve any applications you make later.
  • Work hard at your academic studies. Excellent grades are essential!
  • Talk to friends, parents, acquaintances – anyone with a connection to the legal profession; they may also be able to help you get some work experience.
  • Think about the kinds of extracurricular activities you can do, or have done, to make yourself into a well-rounded candidate. Think sport, volunteering, drama, music…
  • Sign up free to LCN Weekly on LawCareers.Net. Our weekly email newsletter delivers news and information about the profession, plus advice and calendar reminders throughout the legal recruitment calendar, straight to your inbox.
  • Read the business pages of the newspapers to improve your commercial awareness and get you starting to ‘think business’.