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Lawyers provide a whole range of legal services, from litigation to matrimonial affairs. The work is suited to candidates with good analytical skills as much of a lawyer’s time is spent analyzing surveys, police and medical reports, and other legal documentation. Additional qualities necessary for the job include good interpersonal and negotiation skills and an aptitude for figures
Minimum entry requirements are usually a 2:1 honours degree, preferably in law, although a 2:2 may be accepted if it can be backed up with relevant experience. Those candidates whose degrees are in a subject other than law are required to take a conversion course: either the GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) or the CPE (Common Profession Examination).
All graduates must then complete the Legal Practice Course, which is followed by a two-year training contract. Qualified lawyers can choose to specialise in a particular area of law, such as corporate law or tax law. Salaries average out at around £50,000 but vary greatly according to the legal speciality and the company worked for.

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Lawyers or Solicitors are responsible for providing advice to their clients related to laws. They also represent persons or companies in disputes. Among specific law areas are employment, property, finance, competition, and taxation. Lawyers can represent any type of company, both large and small, with a variety of cases. They must be always aware of law changes in the legal system.

Lawyers usually do the following tasks:
• Attending court hearing.
• Negotiating with other lawyers and clients.
• Supervising official agreements between parties.
• Drawing up contracts and creating documents.
• Explaining laws to clients and companies.

Skills

• Being able to stay calm under pressure.
• Having interpersonal abilities.
• Being confident.
• Having an analytical mind for large amounts of information.
• Being motivated.
• Having competent written and spoken communication abilities.
• Having competent math skills.
• Having high attention for details.
• Being able to explain legal matters to other people without knowledge.
• Having common sense.

Education

Among minimum standards to be a Lawyer or Solicitor are a degree and the Graduate Diploma or Common Professional Examination after the initial degree. This is a very competitive world where A Level grades are a must. Some universities require the National Admission Test for Law to the students.

Five GCSE’s (A-C) and two A levels are required to entry to degree courses. The Legal Practice Course for one full year and training contract are other steps to take in Wales and England to be a Lawyer.

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