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Finding Opportunities

Finding Opportunities in the Legal Sector

CILEx branch

Local CILEx branches are a useful network to contact to find out about legal opportunities in your area.

Law recruitment websites

Use these to see the types of organisations who are recruiting legal staff. There are a wide range of recruitment sites including CILEx Recruitment. Some sites specialise in paralegal jobs.

Try the direct approach

Some legal organisations only advertise vacancies on their website and don’t use recruitment websites.

It’s not just about who offers training contracts

Don’t just try legal organisations who offer training contracts, there are a range of organisations who can offer your first opportunity.

Where lawyers work

Two useful sources of information which show the range of organisations and companies who employ legal staff are “Find a Chartered Legal Executive” and “Find a Solicitor”.

Find a Chartered Legal Executive – Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)

Use the database to see the types of organisations who employ Chartered Legal Executives 

Find a Solicitor – Law Society

Use Find an Organisation to see the types of organisation who employ solicitors.

Search local business directories for providers of legal services

Thomson Local
The BT Phone Book

Thinking outside of the box - Don’t just try the obvious

Many people assume that only law firms provide legal services and employ legal staff. However this cuts out a wide range of employers and organisations that offer opportunities to work in a legal setting.
For example although there are over 80,000 solicitors employed in private practice, over 14,000 are employed in commerce and industry, 4,000 are employed in local government, The Government Legal Service (GLS) employ approximately 2,000 and the Crown Prosecution service employs over 2,000. NHS Trusts, charities and professional sports bodies also employ legal staff.

See the section Thinking Outside of the Box on this website which contains a list of companies and organisations that may use in house legal services.

Social Media

LinkedIn and Twitter can be used to research into companies, organisations and provide networking opportunities. Some companies and organisations use them to advertise jobs. TwitJobSearch is a job search engine for Twitter.

Legal Services Apprenticeship Opportunities

During 2013 legal service apprenticeships were introduced and provided a route to becoming a lawyer without going to university. Find out more about legal apprenticeships.

Make sure you register on the Apprenticeship website for vacancies.


Register for apprenticeships in England


Register for apprenticeships in Wales