Step 10: Managing your career

Whether you’ve secured a training contract or pupillage, or whether you’re still looking for your first legal role, this step looks at the options available and the steps you can take to achieve your ambitions. 

Step 10 Resource book

Read our comprehensive advice and guidance for this Step of your career.

Step 10 Weblinks

For information on training requirements:

To search for opportunities within Law:

Publicly accessible job search sites include:

For those looking for information on alternative careers to law:

Step 10 Workshop

Watch our online workshop which provides a comprehensive overview of this Step.

You can also read the transcript here.

Step 10 Activities

Access practical activities relating to this Step and apply the information contained in the Resource book and elsewhere.

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Step 10 FAQs

Managing your career

How easy is it to swap from barrister to solicitor?

How does the LPC prepare me for other jobs?

Does my LPC have a ‘shelf life’?  

When can a student start pupillage?

When can I call myself a barrister? 

Can I obtain a reduction in the length of pupillage?

I’m not sure I want to be a lawyer: where can I find out about alternatives?


Q. How easy is it to swap from barrister to solicitor? 

A. From 1st September 2010, it is no longer possible for BPTC graduates to transfer to the solicitor profession via the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (now the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme).

Under the current rules, a BPTC graduate (who has not completed pupillage) would need to complete a period of recognised training (the training contract) and pass the LPC – although there are exemptions available.  See the SRA website for more information (

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Q. How does the LPC prepare me for other jobs?

A. The LPC is extremely useful for legal alternatives to the training contract. For example, it is often asked for as a requirement for paralegal candidates. Outside the law, there are many non-legal careers where knowledge of the law will stand you in good stead; and you will also have valuable transferrable skills applicable to a range of careers.

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Q. Does my LPC have a ‘shelf life’?

A. Not at the time of writing, but do check for yourself on the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)’s website. 

You should bear in mind however that while the qualification may not go ‘out of date’ if you don’t do anything in the legal sector after the LPC, your skills and knowledge will start to appear ‘stale’ so it’s important to stay in law in order to keep yourself current.

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Q. When can a student start pupillage?

A. You can begin pupillage before being Called to the Bar – but you must be Called before the beginning of the second six.  You cannot begin pupillage if you have not yet passed the BPTC.

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Q. When can I call myself a barrister?

A. When you are Called to the Bar, you will become a barrister. However, you need to be careful using this title in connection with any legal work you may undertake, until you have completed a pupillage.

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Q. I’m not sure I want to be a lawyer: where can I find out about alternatives?

A. Look at the materials in Step 10. Also look at the general graduate recruitment websites such as  and

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Step 10 In brief

Our 'In brief' summaries highlight the key learning points of this Step.

Practice areas

Information on different areas of the law: what it covers, what it's like in practice, current issues, and further information.

Case studies

University staff pass on their experience of what it's like to work as a lawyer in practice.