Law and legal
When you consider a law career, you might think of skyscrapers full of solicitors in power suits or barristers in courtroom television dramas, but these aren’t your only two options. This is a highly varied sector with roles available all over the UK, and even internationally, to suit all qualifications and means. There’s a huge assortment of other professions under the law umbrella: legal secretaries, paralegals, lecturers, court clerks or HR officers who keep things above-board – these roles all profoundly impact our lives and ensure we’re legally protected. Keep reading here to find out more about legal occupations.
Bailiffs visit properties to collect debts, serve court documents or give notices or summons.
Barristers give specialist legal advice, advising solicitors and representing people in court, at tribunals and in public inquiries.
Barristers' clerks deal with the admin in barristers' offices and organise the barristers' workload.
Company secretaries make sure that directors follow company law and financial regulations.
Coroners investigate deaths where the causes are unexplained, or the person’s identity is unclear or unknown.
Court administrative assistants help with the daily running of courts and their supporting offices.
Court legal advisers are trained lawyers who advise magistrates and district judges about the law.
Court ushers make sure that everyone involved with a court case is present and that they know what to do.
Credit controllers help firms get the money they are owed from businesses and individuals.
Crown prosecutors make sure that decisions to bring people to court are fair and likely to succeed.
Equalities officers promote practices and attitudes to make sure all people are treated equally within organisations.
Family mediators help divorcing or separating couples reach agreement without having to go to court.
Forensic psychologists explore what makes people commit crimes.
Forensic scientists prepare traces of physical evidence for use in courts of law.
Immigration advisers give advice on asylum claims, nationality, citizenship, deportation and employment, and represent clients in court.
Interpreters convert the spoken word from one language into another, either face-to-face or remotely.
Judges hear evidence in criminal and civil courts, make rulings and pass sentences based on the information presented during cases.
Legal executives specialise in one area of law and carry out similar tasks to solicitors.
Legal secretaries provide administrative support for lawyers and legal executives.
Conveyancers are property lawyers who deal with the legal and financial sides of buying and selling property and land.
Magistrates are volunteers who hear cases in court. They pass judgements and hand down short sentences, fines and other penalties.
Paralegals carry out research, prepare legal documents and give legal advice to clients.
Patent attorneys advise clients on how to apply for patents for new inventions, designs or processes.
Probation officers supervise people serving community and prison sentences and help them to stay away from crime.
Probation services officers (PSOs) supervise people serving community and prison sentences who are considered to be 'low-risk'.
Proofreaders check text before it's printed or published to make sure it's correct and complete.
Solicitors advise clients about the law and act on their behalf in legal matters.
Tax inspectors make sure the correct amount of tax is paid and investigate cases of fraud.
Trade mark attorneys advise clients about registering and protecting designs and trade marks.
Trading standards officers (TSOs) protect consumers and businesses by promoting a safe and fair trading environment.
Victim care officers support people who've been affected by crime.
Welfare rights officers give support and free advice to the public.