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 at least 25,000 legal services professionals in Scotland, including 12,200 practising solicitors, 450 practising advocates and around 350 practising solicitor advocates. There are around 5,000 practising paralegals, with 650 of these accredited by the Law Society of Scotland (a voluntary accreditation). The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service employs 1,700 people in roles that support the legal system, including court officers and administrative assistants and officers.
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.
To see the routes to getting into each of these sectors, take a look at our Career Pathway.
Companies you may work for include:
According to HESA, 38% of law graduates from the academic year 2016/17 went on to full time employment within six months of graduating, whilst 32.8% 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.
The numbers of practising solicitors are expected to rise by 2.4% between 2018 and 2023, according to EMSI UK data. 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.
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.