Trainee solicitor is a position in some countries - such as the United Kingdom and Australia - that involves training at a law firm to become a professional solicitor. These trainees may provide legal assistance and advice in a wide variety of areas depending on their firm, such as divorce, landlord and tenant issues, and wills, among many others. They generally work under close supervision of a fully trained solicitor, receiving guidance and feedback from this individual as needed.
Trainee solicitors generally have a training contract that specifies the length of time that a trainee solicitor will work for the law firm; this contract normally lasts approximately two years. An undergraduate degree in law or related subject is needed before starting the training contract with a solicitor. Trainee solicitors must also successfully complete a Legal Practice Course exam to start their training.
Trainee solicitors must have excellent interpersonal, critical thinking and analytical skills, and they also need to be able to discuss complex legal concepts in a way that laymen clients can understand. A firm understanding of the area(s) of law that they will handle during the course of their training is needed as well.