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If you're interested in working in the legal sector there's loads of options to consider. Roles within the area include solicitors, barristers, legal executives, paralegals, legal clerks, administrators and information professionals. Careers within the sector differ greatly and work within each role vary dependant on the area of law. Many professionals in the area will choose to specialise in a particular area such as convayencing, criminal law, personal injury and family law. Check out this article by the BMJ here which explains some of the differences between solicitors and barristers.

In addition the courts and other statutory bodies who employ staff in this area you'll also find work with consultancies that deal with patent agents, conveyancing and other legal services providers.  Large organisations such as central government departments, local authorities and commercial organisations may also have their own legal departments employing both professional and administration staff and in commercial organisations this is often handled by the head office. 

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has headquarters in York and other offices locally around the region. The range of work varies from basic clerical support requiring no formal training and little experience to professional careers demanding an appropriate degree with related work experience followed by postgraduate vocational training and qualification in the legal field. 

Specialists in human resources, IT, marketing, library and information work are also employed in the legal sector.

Most employment in the region is around the cities and larger towns but smaller towns are also likely to be home to local firms of solicitor with around 700 firms of solicitors and 94 Citizens Advice Bureaux based in the region. Leeds alone has over 150 law firms employing around 8,000 legal professionals and is the UK's largest legal market after London.  Websites of the appropriate professional bodies can provide searchable databases for firms based in the region.

The Yorkshire Union of local law societies acts as the regional association for the 14 local law societies in Yorkshire.  The Yorkshire Union meets quarterly around the region and is hosted by the respective local law societies. A link to their website can be find below.

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Useful links:

CASE Project: Legal Information Gateway

A collaborative project by the Law Libraries in Yorkshire & Humberside.  Gateway to various aspects of legal information. 

The Law Society

Professional representative and regulatory body for practising solicitors in England and Wales. Site includes 'Find a Solicitor' to locate firms by set criteria including location.  You can also search which events are being held in the Yorkshire region.

Yorkshire Law Societies

This is a list of the contact details for the 14 different Law Societies across the region.

Crown Prosecution Service

Explains the work of the CPS and offers training and recruitment information.  They also provide information on the CPS areas across the region.

Government Legal Service

Explains the work of the GLS and offers training and recruitment information.

Leeds Legal

Based on Leeds' position as the largest legal market outside London, Leeds Legal is a partnership of top legal firms in the city working to market their series collectively and promote the high levels of service and advice provided by the city's law firms.  Find out more about the Leeds law firms on their site.