How to become a commercial lawyer
A vital step into becoming a commercial lawyer is earning your undergraduate or bachelor’s degree in law. Those who have finished a degree in law will stand in good stead over those who haven’t when it comes to getting a job. One way you can get yourself into university to study law, is by studying our Access to HE course, find out more here.
Building connections and a strong network is important, so start doing this early. If you have had a recommendation from a senior employee or established commercial lawyer, it helps you make a convincing case to the hiring team.
Whilst you can learn a lot in a classroom, it is so important that you get out and earn experience in the working environment. Getting work experience can help develop skills that recruiters are looking for, even if it’s not in the legal field.
It’s also essential that you complete your LPC (Legal Practice Course), as it allows you to use the knowledge you have attained in real-life situations or legal problems. In some cases, law firms can pay for you to go through with this course, so it’s wise to explore and consider your options carefully.
Why pursue a career in commercial law?
Now you know what it takes to be a commercial lawyer, the question is why pursue it? There are many reasons, with the first being that the job stability is very good. Businesses will always need commercial lawyers, so there will always be jobs available. Not only that, but the money is very good as well, with the average salary for a commercial lawyer almost twice as high as the median annual earnings for full-time employees in the UK in 2022 (£33,000). Finally, it is a rewarding job. You can help business win cases, earn better contracts for employees, and much more. By doing so, you come away with a sense of achievement.