Specialise in one area of law and carry out similar tasks to solicitors

You'll specialise in a branch of law, like: conveyancing- the legal side of buying and selling property; probate -wills, trusts and inheritance tax; family law -divorce and children's matters; civil litigation - disputes between people; criminal law - defence and prosecution of people accused of crimes; or company business law - tax, contracts amd employment law.

Day-to-Day Activities

Depending on your specialism, your work might include:

  • advising clients and explaining legal matters
  • contacting professionals, like mortgage lenders, planning officers or other lawyers on behalf of clients
  • researching and summarising legal information
  • preparing legal documents
  • writing to clients
  • drawing up wills
  • preparing contracts
  • representing clients in courts
  • preparating bills for clients.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software: e.g. Database software, Microsoft Access
  • Document management software: e.g. Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Information retrieval or search software: e.g. LexisNexis
  • Electronic mail software: e.g. Google Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo! Email
  • Office suite software: e.g. Corel Office Suite, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org

Employment Prospects

  • 74,438 legal executives are employed in the UK.
  • New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

Working Environment

  • 9 to 5
  • Office
  • Part-Time
  • Throughout the UK

Time - Average of 38 hours per week.

Compare with the paid time worked by full-time employees in the UK.

Pay - Average of £620 per week.

Compare with the pay, excluding overtime, for full-time employees across the UK.


Route to Employment



  • Any

Other Information

Entry to training usually requires a qualifying law degree or postgraduate diploma. Graduates in subjects other than law must first take a one-year conversion course. All entrants undertake a one year legal practice course, followed by a two-year training contract.

Popular Degree Subjects

The most common degree subjects to be a Legal Executive

Employability Skills Needed

Employability Skills Key:

  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Written Communication
  • Judgment & Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Analytical Skills
  • Negotiation & Persuasion
  • Emotional Intelligence

Interests Needed

Interests Key:

  • Enterprising
  • Investigative
  • Social

Knowledge Needed

Knowledge Key:

  • Law and Government
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Psychology
  • Clerical
  • Administration and Management
  • Mathematics

Abilities Needed

Abilities Key:

  • Oral Expression
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Written Comprehension
  • Written Expression
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Near Vision
  • Inductive Reasoning
  • Speech Clarity

Work Styles Needed

Work Styles Key:

  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Achievement & Effort
  • Cooperation

Technology Experience Needed

Technology Key:

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Document management software
  • Information retrieval or search software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Office suite software

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