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BCL Graduates has a passion for legal recruitment, but we’re not here for those already working in the legal profession. If you’re just starting out, we can help you. We know just how rewarding and challenging a career in the law can be, so we can give you all the advice and guidance you need - starting with an overview of the roles within the legal profession.
The role of a solicitor is to give advice and assistance on matters of law. They’re usually the first point of contact for anyone needing legal advice and representation. And while most work in private practice, others are employed in-house within a business or organisation or in central and local government.
The role of a barrister is to offer front line advice on legal issues and represent clients in court. They receive their instructions via solicitors and, increasingly, directly from members of the public. When not appearing in court, a barrister will work in chambers, drafting or preparing cases and arguments.
Qualified legal fee earners, legal executives are similar to solicitors and they’re often employed within the personal injury, conveyancing and insurance departments of law firms however increasingly commercial departments are keen to recruit those workign towards this qualification. An advantage to this route to qualification is that it is possible to work at the same time as studying through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. An experienced legal executive can apply to become a Fellow of CILEX.
The role of a paralegal is to assist solicitors in the various law departments. They are often law degree or LPC graduates to whom the hands-on experience of working in a law firm is invaluable. In fact, this may well count as part of their training contract, exempting them from the usual full 24 months.