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The legal profession is vast, fraught with intricacy and, to ensure consistency, professionalism and high standards, is overseen and represented by a number of independent regulatory bodies. These include the Law Society, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for solicitors and The Bar Council for barristers.
The title ‘lawyer’ is the general name that can be applied to a number of distinct roles. Solicitors, barristers, judges, legal executives, conveyancers and advocates are all ‘lawyers’, although the work do and the training they receive, to a certain degree, is very different.
The law is all around us, therefore the work of legal professionals can be, and is, applied almost everywhere:
Many medium to large organisations will have their own in-house legal departments, where legal professionals will be employed full-time, often in advisory roles. Smaller companies may employ legal professional on a part-time basis, or on a retainer to guarantee access to legal advice or support as soon as necessary.
Entry into the profession takes time and hard work and is extremely competitive; fewer than half of Law graduates end up in the profession. That said, a huge number of people who are trained in the law end up applying their skills to seemingly unrelated areas.