Monday, July 15, 2013

Graduate solicitors: specialities and top tips

Brought to you by our friends at Birketts family solicitors

If you are seeking a profession in the field of law, you may have considered becoming a solicitor – but what exactly does this involve and what can you specialise in?

In a nutshell, solicitors supply expert legal support and advice to individuals, groups, private companies or public sector organisations in a number of areas. Budding solicitors need to select an area of expertise. You can choose to protect the rights of individuals by ensuring they receive compensation in the event of unfair treatment by public or private bodies or you can focus on commercial work which involves helping new enterprises, resolving business-related disputes and imparting advice concerning corporate transactions.
Personal issues is a popular specialism and can consist of personal injury claims, landlord and tenant agreements, the buying and selling of residential property and wills and probate. Moreover, with 42% of marriages ending in divorce (2010 statistics), divorce and family matters is an increasingly sought-after specialism.

The latter entails advising on the practical issues associated with the breakdown of a marriage and providing expert guidance to allow clients to make informed decisions. There are opportunities across a wealth of companies to go down this route, from big London firms to branches of established regional firms. We found the latter a great option and discovered Birketts family solicitors in Chelmsford when searching for leading firms. Their website will give you a good overview of the area in which you could work and is perfectly designed for those seeking legal aid.

Choosing a specialism you are passionate about is imperative. Different sectors have vastly different legal needs so you need to be continually up to date with key issues to impart excellent, tailored and relevant advice.

Boost your chances
Complaints from employers that graduates do not have relevant work experience and are not equipped with skills necessary to succeed in the workplace have been put under the microscope in recent months. A report by High Fliers found that students who had not undertaken internships or work experience placements – especially those seeking a career in law or banking – are most likely to find themselves at a dead end.

With this in mind, it is worth getting as much experience as you can before applying for training schemes. Since training to become a solicitor demands ample time, money and commitment, this will also help you to decide whether it is the right career for you. Try taking part in student law society activities, mooting and pro bono work, business simulations and client interviewing competitions. 

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