Law career timeline for prospective trainee solicitors and barristers
|Solicitors and Barristers||Barristers only|
|September||Join a society and get involved. The obvious one is Bracton Law Society, but it could be another such as debating or business.|
|October||Make the most of practical law activities on your law course, such as virtual law firms, mooting, debating & Pro Bono.|
|November||Develop contacts & networks with the law profession eg: Expert & Mentoring.
Attend Law Fair and pick up free law publications such as Target Law.
|Start visiting court, sitting in on trial. You should also think about pro bono work and get involved with Mooting and Debating.|
|December||Look out for open day or formal experience programmes with law firms where year 1 students are eligible.||
Prospective barristers should look out for open days and opportunities to visit Inns of Court.
Look out for special barrister’s evenings and events.
|January||Develop commercial awareness by reading outside your subject including economic and political news stories.|
|February||If you are beginning to wonder about non-law careers, attend other events and think about other options. Make an appointment with a careers consultant to discuss options.|
Think about your options for next year and concentrate on getting good grades. Most law firms ask for a 2:1 from your degree.
Speak to your personal tutor if you have concerns or want to chat about your progress.
|April||Research the kind of law firms you want to apply to. Select a manageable number for you to ensure you can make every application excellent.|
|May-August||Gain a variety of law related experience such as work shadowing, court visits, voluntary work or get a part time job for the summer.||Research Inns of Court and funding offered for scholarships. Also look at different types of barrister sets and chambers London and regionally based.|
Year two / Penultimate year
|Solicitors and Barristers||Barristers only|
|September||Law firms recruit law students three years in advance so you will apply this academic year to start LPC after final year and your training contract the year after.||Make sure you check and plan BPCT funding possibilities and obtain the application details for the BPCT.|
|October||Discuss with a Careers Consultant what sort of solicitor you would like to be, including areas of practice and firms to target for application.||Apply for mini pupillages and continue to gain law related experience. Gain 2-4 experiences if possible across a variety of sets and areas.|
Continue to gain law related insights through attending law presentations, events and the Law Fair.
Continue to attend workshops and read up about how to demonstrate commercial awareness.
|If you haven't started on activities to improve your advocacy skills, now is the time to get involved with Mooting or Debating.|
|December||Apply for vacation schemes and training contracts with preferred law firms. Some will be a combined application, some separate. Do a mixture of both. Decide whether you can pay for the LCP yourself of want a funded LPC.|
|January||Take time to reflect whether a career in law is what you want and if not, start exploring other careers you can do with a law degree||Research opportunities to attend Pupillage events such as TARGET jobs Law National Pupillage Fair in London in March.|
|February||Consider Training Contract applications and make applications well before summer deadlines.|
|March||Investigate and engage with LPC providers.||Attend Pupillage Fairs.|
|April||If you have been unsuccessful in getting a vacation scheme placement, consider options for the summer such as a volunteering project overseas. Try to build up 'global acumen'.
If you want to gain legal work experience, try smaller firms or niche firms that might not have formal vacation schemes.
|May-August||If you have not got a training contract offer, keep trying, some application deadlines close at the end of July.||Continue to build relevant experience and networks especially mini pupillages and enquire about pupillage applications.|
|Solicitors and Barristers||Barristers Only|
|September||From now until November (usually first Friday in November) applications open for Inns' Scholarships. Apply now!|
|October||Consider the LLM as an option and make applications directly to University providers.|
|November||Apply for the LPC through the Central Applications Board if you haven't already done so (training contract or no training contract).||Apply for the BPCT through the Central Applications System.
You will also need to take and pass the BCAT (Bar Course Aptitude test).
|December||It is especially important that you are on course for a 2.1 if you are intending to practice as a barrister.|
|January||Consider further Training Contract applications based on progress so far.||
The submissions window for applications for pupillage opens.
You have until 31st May to join an Inn of Court. Make sure you have done all your research.
|February||The submissions window for applications for the pupillage closes (very early in February).|
|March||Enrol with the Solicitor's Regulation Authority as a student member (if still required).|
|April||Attend pupillage fairs and look for opportunities not through the online portal.|