Below is a list of key websites which may be useful for those researching the legal profession
The Association of Women Barristers: www.womenbarristers.com
The Bar Council: www.barcouncil.org.uk
The website of the Bar Council, the representative body of the Bar with links to Bar associations: http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/about-the-bar/what-is-the-bar/specialist-bar-associations/
The Bar Directory: www.legalhub.co.uk
Online access to the Bar Council’s Bar Directory
The Bar Standards Board: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk
The Bar Standards Board – the regulatory body for the Bar which also oversees the training, qualification and entry into the profession.
Barristers Association for Local Government and Public Service: www.balgps.org.uk
Chambers and Partners: www.chambersandpartners.com
The Chambers and Partners website allows online access to a range of publications including the Chambers UK client guide and Chambers Student Guide.
Chancery Bar Association: www.chba.org.uk
Commercial Bar Association: www.combar.com
Commerce & Industry group: www.cigroup.org.uk
Group run by and for practitioners working in-house.
The Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA): www.adminlaw.org.uk
Counsel Magazine: www.counselmagazine.co.uk
Counsel is the monthly Journal of the Bar of England and Wales.
Criminal Bar Association: www.criminalbar.com
Crown Prosecution Service: www.cps.gov.uk
The website for the Crown Prosecution Service.
The Economist: www.economist.com
Government Legal Service: www.gls.gov.uk
The website for the GLS: the central recruitment site for trainee solicitors and pupils into government departments.
The Guardian: www.theguardian.com/uk
Intellectual Property Bar Association: www.ipba.co.uk/
Find a Solicitor: http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk
The online version of the Law Society’s Directory of Solicitors.
The FT: www.ft.com
Junior Lawyers Division: http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/junior-lawyers/
Formerly the Trainee Solicitors’ Group: run by and for students, trainees and junior solicitor. There are a range of local groups (for the nearest group see the main website), events and information.
The Law Society: www.lawsociety.org.uk
The representative body for the solicitors’ profession: this site contains links to various membership groups, information about practice areas and legal developments. This site also houses the Find a Solicitor database.
Law Society Gazette: www.lawgazette.co.uk
Weekly magazine published by the Law Society with legal news, views and vacancies.
An extremely comprehensive resource for prospective lawyers, containing a wealth of advice, guidance and news (you can sign up for a regular newsletter). It also contains details of courses and information on law firms, chambers, vacancies and much more.
The Lawyer: www.thelawyer.com
The lawyer is one of the main weekly legal magazines. The online site is free and also provides a daily e-mail alert.
News and information aimed at students planning a career in the Law (sister site of the Lawyer).
The Legal 500: www.legal500.com
Website for the Legal 500 client directories.
Legal Action Group - www.lag.org.uk
A national charity which campaigns for equal justice and supports activity in publicly funded legal work. Accompanies the magazine, Legal Action, which is available on subscription.
Legal Aid Agency: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/legal-aid-agency
The Legal Aid Agency replaced the Legal Services Commission on 1 April 2013. It commissions and procures legal aid services from providers (solicitors, barristers and the not-for-profit sector).
Legal Aid Practitioners Group - www.lapg.co.uk
Represents solicitors working in legal aid as a support and lobbying organisation: the site has useful news and information on what is happening in the legal field.
Legal Business: www.legalbusiness.co.uk
The journal most used by senior members of the profession to gauge the effectiveness of their firm and their rivals within the legal market-place.
Legal Week: www.legalweek.com
The online site for the Legal Week magazine.
Local Government Jobs: www.lgjobs.co.uk
The official recruitment site for local government, with information and searchable vacancy database for training contracts and legal assistant positions in local government.
Personal Injuries Bar Association: www.piba.org.uk
Private Client Section of the Law Society (formerly Probate Section) - http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/private-client/
Covers the practice areas of wills, probate, financial planning and tax, trusts, Court of Protection and estate administration.
Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA): www.pnba.co.uk
Prospects Law: www.prospects.ac.uk/law_sector.htm
The Graduate Careers website that gives information on employers, Training Contracts and how to go about getting a graduate career in law.
The Pupillage Gateway: www.pupillagegateway.com
The official site for advertising all pupillages and the site for online pupillage applications (March 2013 onwards).
Resolution - www.resolution.org.uk
Formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association, the website provides details of family law solicitors by region plus a useful list of fact sheets on key issues such as divorce and mediation.
Revenue Bar Association: www.revenue-bar.org
Sole Practitioners’ Group: www.spg.uk.com
Magazine and website for sole practitioners.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority: www.sra.org.uk
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is the regulatory body for the solicitor profession responsible for legal training.
Target Law: http://targetjobs.co.uk/law
A graduate careers website with online information from Target law: careers advice and information across the graduate recruitment field but with a focus on key areas such as law.
The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook: www.tcph.co.uk
A comprehensive resource of over 1,000 firms offering training contracts; and details of chambers offering pupillages. Available to order online, or free from most University Careers Services.