What does a Solicitor do?

Solicitors take instructions from clients, including individuals, groups, public sector organisations or private companies, and advises them on necessary courses of legal action.

In this role, you would work closely with clients and are likely to be their first point of contact. The issues that solicitors advise on range from personal issues (such as wills and divorces) to commercial work (such as mergers and acquisitions). Once qualified, you could work in private practice, in-house for commercial or industrial organisations, in local or central government, or in the court service.

Pro bono work

You may use some of your time to give free help to clients who are unable to pay for legal services themselves, which is known as pro bono work. Find out about the pro bono opportunities we provide to our students here.

Practice areas

The work you do will depend on a range of factors, including your area of practice. Click here for more information on over 30 different practice areas of law.

If you want a career in law, but don’t want to be a solicitor, you may want to consider becoming a barrister or paralegal.

Recommended courses

Legal Practice Course
Graduate Diploma in Law
Graduate Diploma in Law Online
LLB Online
Accelerated LLB
MA Law
Online MA Law

What skills does a Solicitor need?

  • A professional approach to work, integrity and a respect for confidentiality
  • Problem solving skills
  • Research and analysis skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Dedication, stamina and resilience
  • Interpersonal skills are needed to work as part of a wider team, as well as with your client and other organisations
  • Time management skills and the ability to plan work and prioritise tasks
  • Commercial awareness and flexibility when dealing with changing circumstances and scenarios
  • Resilience and self-confidence.

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