Court Legal Advisor

Job Description:

Court legal advisers are lawyers who give advice about the law to magistrates and judges.

Job Category:

What you will do:

In this role you could:

  • organise court hearings
  • make sure evidence is ready for court
  • give advice to magistrates on the law
  • make sure people in court understand what’s happening
  • research legal issues
  • help make decisions
  • train admin staff and magistrates


You’ll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • to be thorough, organised and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • persistence and determination (ambition/drive)
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • concentration skills
  • the ability to learn through your work
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Court Legal Advisor or a similar profession in the legal field, specific subjects are not typically required for entry. However, certain subjects and skills can be beneficial in preparing for a career in law and legal advisory roles. Court Legal Advisors often provide guidance and support to individuals representing themselves in court and assist judges and legal professionals with case-related matters. Here are some relevant subjects:

  1. English Language: Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential for drafting legal documents, communicating with clients, and presenting information in court.
  2. Mathematics (Maths): Basic math skills are valuable for tasks such as calculating fees, understanding financial aspects of cases, and managing legal expenses.
  3. History: Courses in history can provide insights into legal systems, precedents, and the development of legal principles.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

You may be able to start as a trainee legal adviser. To apply, you need to have passed the academic stages of solicitor or barrister training.

As a trainee, you’ll complete a training programme that takes around 2 years.

Applying Directly

You can apply directly for jobs if you’re a fully qualified solicitor and have experience as a magistrate.

You may also need to show customer service and administration skills.

Restrictions and Requirements
You’ll need to pass enhanced background checks

Working Hours and Environment:

Your typical work hours could be variable.

You could work in a court or in an office.

Career Path & Progression:

Tiers of legal advisers
There are 5 levels of legal advisers known as tiers. To move up a tier you have to prove that you can do your job well.

You can become a mentor to help other legal advisers move to the next tier.

Similar roles
You’ve also got the option to become a:

  • solicitor
  • barrister
  • prosecutor or advocate

If you have 5 years of experience, you could become a judge in a magistrates court or become a justice’s clerk.

Government agencies
Once you have some experience, you may like to work for a government agency. For example in the UK that would be at His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) or the Ministry of Justice.