Legal Services

Law Society for Scotland

Website includes database of all member law firms in Scotland which you can search by location and area of law. Also check out the New Lawyers resources and career-related articles in the News section.

Prospects - Law

Links to information on types of job, traineeships and alternative career options.

TARGETjobs Law magazine

Information on training as a Solicitor or Barrister with advice on making applications. There is also an extensive directory of firms.

Copies of this item are available to take away from the Careers Service on the second floor of the Hub.

TARGETjobs Law: Vacation Schemes and Mini Pupillages

Details of vacation placements, mini-pupillages and making applications. There is also an employer directory.

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Job application and interview advice (Law)

Click on the link below to see our list of recommended resources for making successful legal job applications.

The Good Resources Guide (AGCAS Legal Professions Task Group)

A list of useful resources for careers in Legal Services, including books, directories, websites and videos.

Skills for Justice - labour market report

Detailed labour market information for the UK Justice sector: Police, Prosecution Service, Courts & Tribunal Services, Forensic Science, Custodial Care, Community Justice, Fire & Rescue Service.

Law Society for England and Wales

The Law Society represents solicitors in England and Wales. From negotiating with and lobbying the profession's regulators, government and others, to offering training and advice, we're here to help, protect and promote solicitors across England and Wales. Website includes searchable database of member firms with an advanced search for those approved to offer training contracts.

The Lawyer

Weekly periodical with articles and vacancy information. Useful archive tool to research news about firms.

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Faculty of Advocates

The Faculty of Advocates is a body of independent lawyers who have been admitted to practise as Advocates before the Courts of Scotland. Website contains career brochure on how to enter a career with the Faculty of Advocates.

Scottish Law Commission

Promoting law reform. Opportunities for LLB graduates to work as researchers for one year. Also work experience opportunities.

Scottish Law Website

An independent web portal for lawyers, solicitors or advocates, academics, students or the public who are interested in Scots Law. Includes a directory of law firms (although not all firms listed)

Law in Scotland FAQs

Answers all your questions about entering and qualifying within the legal professions in Scotland.

Scottish Court Service

Information relating to civil and criminal courts within Scotland

The Lawyer Portal

This resource contains links to articles on a range of topics related to careers in Legal Services, including case studies of legal professionals and profiles of firms. The content on the site is mainly targeted at legal careers in England and Wales.

GradIreland Law

Information on opportunities in the legal sector in Ireland with case studies and profiles of firms.

Citizens Advice Scotland

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) and bureaux all over the country are working together to improve the lives of the people that live here. Opportunities exist to volunteer.

Careers in International Law

This document explains the types of role that are available in International Law. It also offers advice on the skills that are required, application procedures, work experience opportunities and funding options. Please note, that this guide was written by the University of Oxford Careers Service and refers to resources that are only available to their students.

The Beginner's Guide to a Career in Law

Produced by lawcareers.net, this guide contains introductory information on pursuing a career in Legal Services. It is available to view online from the website below or you can pick up a free copy from the Careers Service.

Copies of this item are available to take away from the Careers Service on the second floor of the Hub.

Simply Law Jobs

Search for the latest Legal Services jobs. You can filter your search by category, location and practice area.

Chambers Student Guide

This book explains the process of becoming a lawyer, provides details of relevant qualifications and profiles top legal firms.

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

LittleLaw

This website was founded by students and consists of short legal reports that will develop your business awareness.

Times Student Law

Electronic version of Times Student Law supplement.

The Graduate: Law

Directory of law firms in England.

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Law Careers.Net

Advice for employment in Legal Services with job profiles and information on courses. There is also a link to their free weekly newsletter, LC.N Weekly.

Careers in Law videos with Shoosmiths

Trainees and Partners at Shoosmiths offer advice on a range of issues related to careers in Legal Services, including skills for legal work, preparing for networking events, assessment centres and interviews.

The Gherkin Guide to Securing a Training Contract

Information on the route to qualification, making applications, going to interviews, vacation schemes and training contracts.

  • Published: 2007

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Central Applications Board

Board which handles applications for the GDL and LPC courses in England & Wales.

Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. Their website provides details of career opportunities as a Crown Prosecutor and a Crown Advocate.

LawCareers.Net Handbook

A comprehensive guide for those wishing to obtain a training contract or pupillage with a solicitor's firm or set of chambers.

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Copies of this item are available to take away from the Careers Service on the second floor of the Hub.

LLMstudy.com

Advice on LLM/Master of Laws applications together with a comprehensive course search of all LLM programs taught in English worldwide.

TARGETjobs Pupillages Handbook

Profiles of chambers (England & Wales) with details of number of tenancies and application dates. There is also advice on making applications. An electronic version can be accessed from the website below.

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

UK Law Students' Association (UKLSA)

The UKLSA assists UK law students with their careers and study and represents them at the national level. It also provides a common platform for the UK law students to share ideas, learn from each other and network with each other.

LCAN - the Law Careers Advice Network

Advice on a wide range of topics related to careers in Legal Services, including detailed advice on funding, training contracts and alternative legal careers.

UKELA - UK Environmental Law Association

Organisation seeking to improve the understanding and awareness of Environmental Law. Their website contains information about events and competitions for students interested in specialising in this area.

Researching law firms and areas of practice

The link below will take you to a list of recommended resources for researching law firms.

Step up to the boardroom: become a Company Secretary (ICSA)

Information about what the role of Company Secretary involves and how it can be an alternative career for Law graduates. It explains about the skills required and how you can progress your career. There is also information on accredited postgraduate courses and graduate schemes.

A guide to International Law Careers

This book explains the range of career options within International Law and has practical advice from people working in the sector.

  • Author: Anneke Smit and Christopher Waters
  • Published: 2015

You will find this book in the Careers Service library on the second floor of the Hub.

Legal Education in the US (Fulbright Commission)

An overview of legal education in the US, as well as information about choosing a law school, applying to law school, financing a law degree, US professional qualification exams and post-study career options.

Scottish Bar Association of New York

The Scottish Bar Association of New York aims to connect lawyers and law students of Scottish descent or interest in Scottish culture. They offer help to Scottish legal professionals moving into the New York area. Their website also has information on the New York Bar Exam which is a prerequisite for practicing law in New York state.

How to become a Criminal Solicitor - England and Wales (Lawtons Solicitors)

Information on what careers in Criminal Law involve and advice on how to train for this area in England and Wales.

How to become a Family Lawyer (Rayden Solicitors)

This article discusses what a career in Family Law involves. It also advises on the skills required and how to obtain work experience.

LNAT (Law National Aptitude Test)

The LNAT is used by some UK universities as part of the application process for their undergraduate Law courses. The LNAT website has more information about the test and advice on how to prepare.