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Hi, I was just stumbling across how much is the average that solicitors make. But the average is around £40,000 outside London. Is this true? I'm shocked because train drivers make more money, I understand that £40,000 is still quite a lot of money to some people, however I thought solicitors would be paid £80,000 average
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It is probably because there are too many.
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Hi, I was just stumbling across how much is the average that solicitors make. But the average is around £40,000 outside London. Is this true? I'm shocked because train drivers make more money, I understand that £40,000 is still quite a lot of money to some people, however I thought solicitors would be paid £80,000 average
There is also a lot less money in law than people think there are. Some rookie barristers are on less than £15,000 per year, especially in criminal law. It's just that people see commercial la Clifford Chance and Linklaters and watch shows like suits which gives them this impression that lawyers are laughing on the way to the bank. It's not necessarily true for all.
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There is also a lot less money in law than people think there are. Some rookie barristers are on less than £15,000 per year, especially in criminal law. It's just that people see commercial la Clifford Chance and Linklaters and watch shows like suits which gives them this impression that lawyers are laughing on the way to the bank. It's not necessarily true for all.
Yes I agree with the part of TV shows like suits glorifying the world of law, but American lawyers do get paid much more than British solicitors/barristers
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Yes I agree with the part of TV shows like suits glorifying the world of law, but American lawyers do get paid much more than British solicitors/barristers
Yes, there is more money in American law for sure.
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Yes I agree with the part of TV shows like suits glorifying the world of law, but American lawyers do get paid much more than British solicitors/barristers
To my knowledge, they do not need to do a training contract, so have a head-start in creating a practice.
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If you want to earn good money in law, you should probably go to a top ranked university, and obtain good work experience while studying; in addition to early applications for vacation schemes, and training contracts.
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To my knowledge, they do not need to do a training contract, so have a head-start in creating a practice.
Yeah, I think in America once you've done the Juris Doctor, you can take the bar exam then you are fully qualified. Although it may vary from state to state.
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If you want to earn good money in law, you should probably go to a top ranked university, and obtain good work experience while studying; in addition to early applications for vacation schemes, and training contracts.
Law is something I am passionate about and I am trying to make my CV the best however I feel like all the hard work will be for nothing as the pay seems to be low for what I will be doing
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Law is something I am passionate about and I am trying to make my CV the best however I feel like all the hard work will be for nothing as the pay seems to be low for what I will be doing
Salary's for lawyers depend on so much. Can you clarify what area(s) of law you are interested in? Or are you unsure yet?
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Law is something I am passionate about and I am trying to make my CV the best however I feel like all the hard work will be for nothing as the pay seems to be low for what I will be doing
It may depend on if your CV is good enough for a Magic Circle firm or not. Do what you want to do. You don't want to have regrets later.
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Plus a lot of jobs will cap out at below £40k, so this is actually quite a lot, if you think of it that way.
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Law is something I am passionate about and I am trying to make my CV the best however I feel like all the hard work will be for nothing as the pay seems to be low for what I will be doing
also solicitor's salaries can increase by a lot very quickly after qualifying.
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If you are still unsure and want a backup, then research the SQE qualification that is being released. This may allow you to do a STEM degree etc. and then qualify as a Solicitor afterwards.
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also solicitor's salaries can increase by a lot very quickly after qualifying.
Really? I didn't know, I thought that it takes quite a bit of time for the salary to increase
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Salary's for lawyers depend on so much. Can you clarify what area(s) of law you are interested in? Or are you unsure yet?
Well I am interested in tort law, so I was thinking of getting into construction law as I feel I would be interested in that branch the most out of all the other areas
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If you are still unsure and want a backup, then research the SQE qualification that is being released. This may allow you to do a STEM degree etc. and then qualify as a Solicitor afterwards.
I have heard about the SQE but I'll research more about it thanks!
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Really? I didn't know, I thought that it takes quite a bit of time for the salary to increase
It can. Not in all instances.
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Well I am interested in tort law, so I was thinking of getting into construction law as I feel I would be interested in that branch the most out of all the other areas
If all you care cashing out then you should consider a magic circle. Although, many people would dream to earn £40,000 per year.
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It can. Not in all instances.


If all you care cashing out then you should consider a magic circle. Although, many people would dream to earn £40,000 per year.
I have looked into magic circle firms however they're mainly based in London and I prefer to live up north ( MCR ). I understand that £40,000 is still a lot of money and there are people out there that wish they could have a salary of 40k but I feel like with the amount of intense studying, work experience,the debt and even living costs that the average salary yearly is low and that it should be higher.
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I have looked into magic circle firms however they're mainly based in London and I prefer to live up north ( MCR ). I understand that £40,000 is still a lot of money and there are people out there that wish they could have a salary of 40k but I feel like with the amount of intense studying, work experience,the debt and even living costs that the average salary yearly is low and that it should be higher.
£40,000 in the north of england goes a long, long way. Possibly the equivalent of hearing £80,000 in London. If not better because of how expensive London is.
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