Alternative Jobs within the Law
Outside the law
Legal executives generally do much the same as a solicitor, for example having their own clients and representing them in court in some situations. The difference is that a legal executive is a qualified lawyer who is trained to specialise as an expert in a particular area of law, whereas solicitors have a broader, more general legal training. In order to become a legal executive, you will need to complete qualifications provided by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Barristers’ chambers employ clerks, who are responsible for running the administration and business activities of the chambers. The clerks manage the barristers’ diaries and so must be familiar with court procedures and the types of law which the members of chambers practice. You don’t need to have a law degree to become a clerk but relevant experience is advantageous.
Paralegals assist solicitors and barristers in legal work; most paralegals nowadays have a law degree or some kind of legal training although there is no formal route into the job.