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The provision of legal services is rapidly changing, with exciting new opportunities opening up.
We'll help you navigate through the maze. Lawyers work in a wide range of roles – advising businesses,
individuals and public bodies and representing clients in courts and tribunals. We're a global law
school, with many of our graduates moving into legal careers outside the UK.
England and Wales
All our LLB courses are 'qualifying law degrees', through which
you complete the academic stage of legal education. After this, you
can progress through further vocational study and practical training
to obtain a professional legal qualification.
- To become a solicitor, you take a one-year
Legal Practice Course and then complete a two-year training
contract. There are more than 130,000 solicitors working in a
wide variety of law firms and in government dealing with a whole
range of legal transactions and disputes for businesses,
individuals and other organisations. Some solicitors, with
further training, represent clients in court.
- To become a barrister, you take the
one-year Bar Professional Training Course followed by a one-year
pupillage. About 15,000 barristers practice as self-employed
professionals, offering specialist legal advice on complex
matters and representing clients in courts and tribunals. Some
barristers are employed as in-house counsel by businesses,
government and the Crown Prosecution Service.
- To become a chartered legal executive, you
take the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma. Currently there are
almost 8,000 legal executives, most of them working in law
firms. They do similar kinds of work to solicitors.
- To become a licensed conveyancer, you take
a part-time course authorised by the Council for Licensed
Conveyancers while working. There are more than 1,000 licensed
conveyancers who specialise in the legal process of transferring
property from one person to another; some also deal with wills
and probate when a person dies.
- It's increasingly common for law graduates to work as
paralegals in law firms without a formal professional
qualification in law or as a stepping-stone to obtaining a
Professional regulators in the legal sector in England and
Wales are currently conducting an extensive consultation about
legal education and training. This includes review about the routes
and qualifications to become a solicitor or barrister. Some of the
considerations include changing or ending existing routes, or opening
new ones. The current routes of a qualifying law degree and the BPTC
to become a barrister will remain in place until summer 2017. The
current route of a qualifying law degree and LPC will remain in place
until summer 2018. The Solicitors Regulation Authority and the
Bar Standards Board
will make further announcements in the coming months.
The Maîtrise component of our LLB English and French Laws (with
Maîtrise Master 1) (M122 LLB/EFLM) qualifies you to take
professional law examinations in France. The two professional law
exams most often taken up by our students are the certificat
d’aptitude à la profession d’avocat (CAPA) and the competition to
become a judge (Ecole nationale de la Magistrature).
You’ll need to demonstrate competence to the National Committee
on Accreditation (NCA), which assesses the qualifications of anyone
with legal qualifications obtained outside of Canada who wishes to
be admitted to a common law bar in Canada. This involves completing
more modules, either studying from home or at a law school in Canada
(or a combination of the two). Once you’ve successfully completed
the NCA requirements, you’ll be awarded a Certificate of
Qualification, accepted by most Canadian law societies for entry to
their bar admissions process.
Essex law graduates can be found working in law in many other
jurisdictions. If this is a career path for you, we’ll support your
frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.
Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for
information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.
Human rights clinic
Our Human Rights Clinic gives you practical experience of working on real human rights issues alongside our experienced academics and allows you to take an active role in your own professional development.
Putting what you learn in lectures into practice is the best way to develop your legal skills. In our Essex
Law Clinic you'll work alongside practising lawyers to advise real clients on real issues.