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What does a lawyer do?

A Lawyer, also known as a solicitor, is a legal professional who has extensive training and knowledge of the law. Applying their expertise, they provide legal advice to clients and work to provide the best outcome for them within the confines of the law and their ethical obligations. Careers in law often involve meeting with clients, conducting research, going to court, negotiating settlements, business development, and preparing legal arguments and documents.

If you’re considering the different types of lawyers, it’s worth noting you can become qualified as a corporate lawyer or specialise in, criminal, family, immigration, personal injury, real estate, intellectual property, animal, and environmental law. As a solicitor you could choose to work in a variety of settings including legal firms, government departments, corporate organisations, or not-for-profits. 

Is a career as a lawyer right for me?

If you’ve got a strong moral compass and have always been partial to a good debate you might enjoy a legal career, including working as a lawyer. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include: 

  • strong communication skills  
  • good problem-solving skills  
  • an ability to understand, analyse and use facts quickly and logically
  • confidence  
  • the ability to negotiate  
  • the ability to work well under pressure  
  • good interpersonal skills.  

How to become a lawyer

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career in law. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of law:
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Last updated May 2024.

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