Many people really like the idea of becoming a lawyer because of the fact that everyone thinks that they make a lot of money. However, do they really make that much money and how easy is it to become one and do the job?
To get into the field of law you will need a degree and therefore need to take on a student loan to pay for the course and living expenses. This means that you will firstly need to decide whether this is something that you want to do. Obviously you will need to have the right qualifications to be accepted onto a law course and be capable of putting in the work necessary and the time to pass it. You may need a postgraduate qualification as well as a degree.
Once you are qualified you will also need to find a job in a law firm, although this does not seem to be too difficult at the money. Studies have shown that law graduates earn, on average, double the national wage with £54,000 being the average salary for the first five years. This will rise after five years to around £76,000 and then after ten years to £100,000 and then after 15 years over £181,000. The amount earned can depend on where the graduate studied with graduates form top law school earning up to 25% more than those from other universities. Those from Cambridge tend to earn the most followed by London School of Economics, Edinburgh University and Oxford University.
There are different sorts of roles available to law graduates as well. Most people would assume that they would become a solicitor or conveyancer but they could also work as a crown prosecutor, court legal advisor, court usher or a legal executive. These jobs may vary in salary with a solicitor being paid up to £100,00 a year on average, a conveyancer up to £60,000, a crown prosecutor up to £115,000, a court legal advisor up to £43,000, a court usher up to £22,000 and a legal executive up to £100,000. The salary will also vary depending on your location and whether you work for a law firm or are a partner in one.
A lawyer will need to keep up to date on recent law cases and on any changes to the law. They will have to deal with people who may want to rush them to get on with their job, are stressed or hassled and want them to do the best work they can at the cheapest price. Some cases can be particularly stressful and so it is advisable that if you do want to go into this area of work that you have a personality that can cope well with stress. You will also need to be able to work efficiently and be prepared to work overtime if you need to urgently get information for a case. It could be worth it though as the salary for many lawyer related positions is very high and you would normally expect to have a job that requires hard work and can be stressful in exchange for a high salary like this.