In addition to solicitors, there are lots of other lawyer and non-lawyer career paths you can take within a law firm like Shoosmiths, from legal journalists, legal secretaries, paralegals and legal executives to solicitor advocates, coroners, lecturers and court clerks, plus roles in the business support directorates such as finance, IT, people and projects and innovation.
If you have good commercial awareness (stay up to date on developments in the business and commercial world), great interpersonal skills and a keen interest in how a law firm operates as a business, then this could be the first step into the industry that you’ve been looking for.
If you’re just starting to look at your options for a career in law, we recommend reading the beginners guide to a career in law by lawcareers.net. In this guide you’ll find information about what a job in law involves, the differences between the three main types of lawyer (solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives), and the courses and training you need to complete to qualify. There are also some key questions to consider and information about the next steps for those who want to find out more.