How To Find Legal Jobs
How To Find Legal Jobs
Are you seeking for jobs as a solicitor, barrister, paralegal or legal academic? This video shares with you how and where to find these legal jobs.
My name is Tim Welsh. I'm a university law lecturer, a barrister and a law tutor at City Law Tutors, and I'm going to talk about how to find legal jobs. Today, I'm going to talk to you about how to find legal jobs.
Exactly what you do to find a legal job will depend on what type of legal job you are looking for. Today, I'm going to talk to you about how to find jobs as solicitors, as barristers, as paralegals and as legal academic working in universities. So, how do you find a job as a solicitor? Well, the first thing you need to do is check out what type of law you want to go into, which type of law you want to practice and work in, and then you need to go and look on firms' specific websites, look on their recruitment page, see which jobs are available and which firms.
The next thing you might want to do is to look at specialist recruitment agencies. There are many around, one for example is totallylegal.com, they have jobs for solicitors including local senior solicitors such as senior associates or associates and even partners.
Another thing you might want to do is actually apply directly or call the solicitor's firm. You can do this by sending in your CV and a cover letter, and you might want to do it to an HR department of if you know other partner, then you may address it for the attention of that partner. To find a job as a barrister may be more difficult than finding a job as a solicitor.
For a start, there are less chambers where barristers work than there are law firms where solicitors work. You could apply directly to a chamber, you would need to either look on their website under their recruitment page or to actually know somebody, and often, places in chambers are given up by word of mouth. However, there are places you can look such as the bar council website or specialist magazines such as Council which is published by the bar council.
Finding jobs as paralegals is relatively easy, although you will need to know what type of experience you have and what type of experience the firm in particular are looking for. For example, if you are looking for a job as paralegal in the city, you may be required to know how to put together bundles, court bundles documents which barristers then use in court or you may be required to be good at note-taking. If you want to get a job as paralegal in a criminal firm, then you may need to have experience or work in a diverse range of people, visiting prisons and taking instructions from inmates or clients of the firm.
How to get the job will largely depend on the firm you're looking for. You could directly apply to the firm, although most of them will usually have a recruitment page. Some firms, particularly city firms, will only recruit through agencies and again, you will need to know which agency to talk and in order to talk in a particular firm.
For example, you may wish to go to totallylegal.com, they have jobs for paralegals, or you could look at other websites particularly lawcareers.net which have immediate vacancies page and you can find jobs which you can enter immediately.
In order to find jobs as legal academics, you will need to go directly to a university website and their recruitment page where often department of law will advertise academic posts or you will need to go to a specialist website, often academic legal jobs are advertised on www.jobs.ac.
uk and that's typically where most legal academics will find that position, or the Guardians Educational Supplement where most academic legal jobs will also be advertised. For advice on finding legal jobs, you could contact City Law Tutors or visit our website which is www.citylawtutors.