What does a Solicitor do?
Solicitors give advice and support to clients on legal
matters by providing an interpretation and explanation
of the law and researching past, similar law cases. They
may represent or act for clients by appearing in court, or
instructing a barrister/advocate to act for them.
Solicitors deal with a lot of paper work including
writing letters, drafting contracts, preparing documents
for court and keeping records.
choose to specialise in an area of law, such as:
- company and business law - including contract law,
tax, export law, employment law, patents,VAT
legislation, and acquisition and sale of companies
- conveyancing - the legal side of buying/selling
businesses and domestic property
- litigation -
including civil law, debt, landlord/tenant disputes, family
law, and breach of contract
- probate - drawing up
wills, administering estates, acting as property
- other specialist areas, including criminal
law, personal injury/accident claims, human rights and
Solicitors can work in a range of
- central and local government -
advising on how the law affects services provided
- Crown Prosecution Service/Procurator Fiscal
(Scotland) - deciding whether cases should be
- private practice - offering a range of
legal services to individual and business clients
- commercial practice - specialising in a specific field of
law, working for companies and organisations
- in-house legal advice - dealing solely with an
employer's legal affairs.
What's the working environment like working as a Solicitor?
Solicitors are normally contracted to work 37 hours a
week but longer hours are common. They may be on call
at weekends and bank holidays. They may attend some
evening court sessions.
Solicitors are office-
based but travel is involved when visiting clients. Some
may spend a large proportion of their time in court.
What does it take to become a Solicitor?
As a solicitor, you should:
- be able to assimilate
and analyse large amounts of information
confident and able to communicate with all kinds of
- think logically and pay attention to
- be able to explain matters clearly, in
speech and writing
- be able to avoid becoming
emotionally involved in distressing cases
well when working under pressure
- be discreet -
a lot of information must be kept confidential
good with figures for property or financial work.
Solicitor Career Opportunities
If you would like to know anything about Solicitor that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.The Law Society
Tel: 01527 504433
www.training.lawsociety.org.ukLaw Careers Advice Network
www.lcan.org.ukThe Law Society of Scotland
26 Drumsheugh Gardens
Tel: 0131 226 7411
www.lawscot.org.ukThe Law Society of Northern Ireland
Law Society House
98 Victoria Street
Tel: 028 9023 1614
www.lawsoc-ni.orgNational Admissions Test for Law
Facts and Stats:
- In 1445 a case was brought in the French courts against certain beetles that had destroyed a farmer's crop. The beetles failed to obey the summons and the case was abandoned.
- In 1924, a Pike County Court in Pennsylvania, USA sentenced a dog to life imprisonment for killing a cat.
- In America, 50 to 70 cents of every dollar awarded in damages by a jury goes to the lawyer.
- A woman in Israel is suing a TV station and its weatherman for $1,000. Their heinous crime? They predicted a sunny day and it rained. She claims that the forecast led her to wear light clothing causing her to catch the flu.