For those who aren’t really into politics, have a lack of understanding into Government Jobs, or just have never been taught this difference; We can see how confusing it may be. It seems that lawyers and solicitors do the exact same job, but there are a few differences between them both…
General Definitions of Lawyer and Solicitor:
Lawyer – Is a legal practitioner (A person who practises or studies law).
Solicitor – A member of the legal profession. They are able to draw up wills, deal with conveyancing, and may also instruct barriers and even represent clients in some courts.
Differences Between a Lawyer and Solicitor.
Lawyer – A lawyer can give, assist and represent individuals in legal battles such as a London Immigration Lawyer.
They MUST attend law school for 3 years after achieving a Bachelor’s Degree, pass a standardised bar exam and be fit to practise law by the court they are at.
They’re generally allowed to:
- Conduct research and drafting’s of court papers.
- Client intake and counselling.
- Give out legal advice.
- Writing wills/trusts.
Solicitor – Are able to with or without council advice; Prosecute or defend litigation in UK county or High Court and they usually specify in a certain field.
To become a Solicitor, they must go through with a 3-Year Under-Graduate Degree, a 2-Year apprenticeship and a 12-Month Legal practise course.
Solicitors can, and will:
- Deal directly with the public AND corporations.
- Able to do everything a lawyer is able to do.
- They will often instruct Specialist Advocates or Barriers in court as Solicitors are generally used to collect information, and rarely take part in court hearings
Solicitors in the United Kingdom must pay a fee every year to ensure they are able to keep practising in their sector and they are regulated by a branch within the ‘Law Society of England and Wales’ named ‘Solicitors Regulation Authority’ while Lawyers do not need this. The refusal to pay this fee by a solicitor can result in them becoming what’s called a Non-Practising Solicitor which may stop them from giving legal advice to the public.
Lawyers are generally regulated by the ‘State Bar of California’ and are reviewed by the ‘Ministry of Justice’. A lawyer who has not gone through these steps are subject to and punished for unauthorised practise of law. Lawyers can also receive a license for a country, so they can also come over and represent a client from a foreign country.
Seems they aren’t so similar afterall!