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Trainee Legal Adviser - London

💼 Graduate Job


🤑 £37.2K - £40.4K

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  • You must be in the process of completing or have completed and passed the academic stage of qualifying as a barrister, solicitor, or CILEX lawyer in England and Wales. This includes passing necessary examinations or being granted exemptions by the examining bodies.
  • You will learn legal skills, offer impartial advice, assist in case management hearings, and uphold professionalism and integrity in a fast-paced court environment.

Graduate Job



  • The role of the legal adviser is vital to the smooth running of HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and is a highly rewarding position within our organisation. You’ll be surrounded by learning opportunities every day, so if you have a passion for law, this could be the right role for you.
  • You’re an excellent communicator with the ability to inspire confidence in everyone you work with and the self-assurance to speak in court. You’ve passed the academic stage of qualification to become a barrister or solicitor in England or Wales, or you’re a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. You’re enthusiastic about the responsibility that comes with being on the front line of the justice system. And now you're ready to take your career to the next level and make a positive difference to society and the communities we live in.
  • Our work at HMCTS is vitally important to the smooth running of a fair, accessible and efficient justice system, as we are responsible for the administration of criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales. Right now, we’re looking for trainee legal advisers to join our exceptional legal team and develop the skills to provide magistrates with advice on points of law, practice and procedure, and assist with the formulation and drafting of the reasons behind their judgments.


  • At the time of application you must be in the process of completing or have completed and passed the academic stage of qualification to become a barrister in England and Wales, or a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, or a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) or CILEX Lawyer by virtue of:
  • (i) having passed the necessary examinations; (example of which are listed below)
  • (ii) having been granted an exemption in relation to the necessary examinations (example of which are listed below) by the appropriate examining body; or
  • (iii) any combination of the two.
  • The Legal Practice Course (LPC) for Solicitors, or BOTH the SQE1 and SQE2 stages of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam; or
  • The Bar Training Course; or equivalent for Barristers; or
  • The CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and the CILEx Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice; or
  • The CILEx Graduate Fast Track Diploma; or equivalent for Graduate Membership of CILEx.

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities



  • Learn new legal skills as you develop your career:
  • When you join us as a trainee legal adviser, you’ll quickly discover that this isn’t your normal 9 to 5 role, as no two days are the same. You’ll learn new skills every day as you work at pace in a fast-moving, fluid environment, and help to keep the courts running smoothly and efficiently. Working on everything from minor motoring offences to serious crimes, you’ll be supported and mentored throughout your two-year training period. Once you’ve completed this, you’ll then have the opportunity to further develop your legal career within HMCTS.
  • Work as the qualified, professional face of the courts:
  • Rather than acting for a client you’ll be offering impartial and objective legal advice, so you’ll need to be passionate about the law and the issues that must be considered when magistrates are delivering judgments and sentences.
  • Helping to conduct case management hearings will be another key part of your role, as will liaising with outside agencies who are involved in specialist court work. Once you’re qualified, you’ll act as the professional face of the court, so we’ll expect you to work with integrity, empathy and understanding, and ensure that everyone who attends is treated with humanity and respect at all times.
  • Apply all your skills as you increase your knowledge of the law:
  • In addition to your academic qualifications and excellent communication skills, you’ll be committed to increasing and maintaining your knowledge of the law. Open, approachable, professional and supportive, we’ll expect you to have excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to think on your feet in a busy court. Important decisions will be made, and these can have a profound effect on the people who come to court, so you’ll be confident, impartial and capable of considering a wide range of risks and implications. Flexible and adaptable, and with a high degree of personal responsibility, there are times when you’ll be faced with challenging situations. With this in mind you’ll be resilient and remain calm under pressure and have a diplomatic and tactful approach to everyone you work with.
  • This is an office based/court based frontline role. You’ll be allocated to your work base location that has been agreed between yourself and line manager as part of the recruitment process.
  • You’ll be expected to spend the duration of your training at your agreed base location to fulfil the demands of the training and the business needs in that location.
  • All our employees have to be security cleared before being appointed so you’ll undergo a vetting process if your application is successful.


Work type

Full time

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37174 - 40403 GBP