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For any legal job, you need to be careful, logical and accurate. You should have a good memory and be able to think quickly.

There are 23,000 people employed in legal activities in Scotland, including over 11,000 practising solicitors, around 460 advocates and 10,000 practising paralegals. The Scottish Courts Service employs over 1,500 people in roles that support the legal system, including court officers and administrative assistants and officers.

What areas can I work in?

Sectors in this career area include professional law, legal support services and patent work.

There is a range of jobs at different levels, from administrative posts such as court officer, through to professional roles such as solicitor or patent attorney.

Law degrees are also suitable for employment in other career areas, for example business management.

What kind of companies can I work for?

Companies you may work for include:

What’s the job market like?

In 2015, 51.2% of law graduates went on to full time employment within six months, whilst 28.2% went on to further study. The main legal professions require law graduates to complete further study before qualifying, which explains the fairly high percentage for further study.

According to the Law Society of Scotland, the numbers of practising solicitors continue to rise, with the number of training contracts in 2015/16 increasing by 2% on the previous year. This, coupled with the increasing use of paralegals, legal executives and technicians, indicate that the legal sector in Scotland is still thriving with possible growth in the future.

Competition for traineeships to become a solicitor is strong.

Facts and figures

Want to find out more?

The Law Society of Scotland website has an Education and Careers section with lots of useful information.

The Scottish Paralegal Association website has information on qualifying in this area.

Skills for Justice, the Sector Skills Council that covers legal services, has careers information for a number of roles within law.


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