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  • Writer's pictureNadia Cook

The Ultimate Resource List for Aspiring Solicitors - Part I

Updated: May 6

The journey to becoming a solicitor is complex, filled with academic milestones, rigorous exams, and the quest for practical experience.


For those aspiring to enter the legal profession, having a go-to list of resources can significantly demystify the process and streamline the journey. This guide is designed to do just that—offer a concise, yet comprehensive, resource list for aspiring solicitors at various stages of their journey.



From essential reading materials and online platforms for academic preparation to networks and mentorship opportunities crucial for professional growth, I've compiled a list to guide you through the essentials of becoming a solicitor.


Whether you're starting your legal education LLB or gearing up for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) or your traineeship, the links below aim to provide direction towards valuable resources to help you navigate your path with confidence.


Embark on your legal career equipped with the right tools and knowledge. Let's dive into the resources that will help pave your way to becoming a solicitor, in no particular order...


Forage: free virtual work experience online with certificate on completion


Legable: all resources, scholarships and law-related opportunities and work experience in one place and helpfully categorised by stage and country


Diversity+: A DE&I consultancy who's vision is to build a business sector which better reflects Scotland's population, multicultural society and diverse talent.


GROW Mentoring: 1-to-1 free mentoring & fantastic events


LawCareers.Net: one-stop online resource for future lawyers & those who recruit them


Aspiring Solicitors: career support for diverse aspiring solicitors, aiming to increase diversity within the legal profession.


STRIVE: access scheme for state-educated students


The Law Society of Scotland: information on becoming a solicitor in Scotland and career pathways etc


The Law Society: information on becoming a solicitor in England & Wales and career pathways etc


Vantage : connects you with top legal employers


AllAboutLaw : jobs, courses, events and advice


The Lawyer: news, insights & events


Lexology : international legal updates & webinars


Legal Cheek : news, insights, career advice & virtual vacation schemes


Chambers Student : comprehensive firms research & reports


Young Professionals : student network & events


Uptree : events, resources & courses


SEO London Corporate Law : 1-to-1 support & programmes


Law School 2.0 : legal tech, events & vacation schemes


upReach : social mobility charity - personalised career support & programmes


The Corporate Law Academy (TCLA) : an online school to becoming a successful lawyer, peer support & advice


The 93% Club : events & networking aimed at those who were state school educated


The Lawyer Portal: guides, tests and resources for everyone considering a career in law


Thomson Reuters Westlaw : legal research platform & tools


targetjobs UK : graduate events, schemes & internships


Future City Lawyers : career events, legal commercial awareness for students


SYLA : The Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association (SYLA) is Scotland’s leading membership organisation for junior lawyers.


LexisNexis UK : legal research & reports and providing inter-connected legal and business content with analytical decision-making tools (££)


Legal Business Magazine : Legal news, blogs, commentary and analysis from the market-leading magazine for legal professionals


The Legal 500 (Legalease) : world's leading legal directory - events, webinars & more


Bright Network : career advice, events, internships & more


PRIME : alliance of law firms & in-house teams determined to improve access and socio-economic diversity in the legal profession


Hey legal : innovative content, events and resources for the legal community


Legal Women: free UK magazine for those working in law regardless of gender


Next 100 years : The Next 100 Years will continue the work of the First 100 Years, capturing the inspirational stories of today’s pioneering women lawyers, educating the public on the legacy of the legal pioneers of the past and driving the change needed to create an equal future for women in the profession.


The Student Lawyer: One-stop shop for law students and information for school pupils


Little Law: 3-minute newsletter keeping 12,000 aspiring lawyers in the loop


What the Lawyer: Instagram page with bite-sized content


Crafty counsel: home of in-house legal content


Law Society Gazette: the publication of record to solicitors in England & Wales


Are there any resources missing that you would have included? If so get in touch and I will begin a Part II.


By Nadia Cook

(aka 'The Scottish Lawyer')


 

The Scottish Lawyer has created a FREE templates especially geared towards LLB law students to assist you with drafting case notes/briefings and note taking in tutorials - click here to access the materials via our website and download your own templates now.


You can find more information about studying the LLB in Scotland and the routes to becoming a qualified Scottish Solicitor on the Law Society of Scotland's website.


 

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