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TYPES OF LEGAL PROFESSIONS

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WRITING

I. Write a promotional leaflet for The Witness.

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TYPES OF LEGAL PROFESSIONS

IN ENGLAND AND WALES

2. Solicitors

Read and learn the words:

a solicitor
to deal with something
a will
a client
to increase
to prepare
to work on something
a case
to advise
defense
litigation
an agent
to qualify
to include
to pass an exam
a clerk

Read and translate the text:

England is almost unique in having two different kinds of lawyers, with separate jobs in the legal system. The two kinds of lawyers are solicitors and barristers.

If a person has a problem, he will go and see a solicitor. Solicitors can be found everywhere. There are about 50000 solicitors in Britain. Solicitors make up the largest branch of legal professions in England.

Solicitor is a type of practicing lawyer in Britain. Solicitors work on court cases and deal with all the day-to day work. Solicitors give advice, do the necessary work when property is bought or sold. If one wants to make a will the person to advise him is a solicitor. If one gets into trouble with the police one can ask a solicitor to help prepare legal document for his defense.

Solicitors have a right to act in all courts as the agents for litigation or representatives of their clients, but they may appear as advocates only in lower courts. Solicitors can speak in the County Court, when the case is one of divorce or recovering some debts. In the County Court the solicitor wears a black gown over his ordinary clothes.



The education required of a solicitor includes a law school course. To qualify as a solicitor one is to join a practicing solicitor as a “clerk” and to work for him for a period of five years (three years for university graduated) in order to pass the Law Society exams. Solicitors must be British Commonwealth citizens (The Commonwealth is an organization of about 50 countries that were part of the British Empire).

Answer the questions:

  1. How many solicitors are there in Great Britain?
  2. Do solicitors make the smallest branch of legal professions in England?
  3. Where can you find a solicitor?
  4. What do solicitors do?
  5. May solicitors appear as advocates in higher courts?
  6. Where can a solicitor appear as a lawyer?
  7. What cases can a solicitor represent in a court?
  8. What education do solicitors need?
  9. How long do solicitors work as “clerks”?
  10. What exam do solicitors pass?
  11. Solicitors must be British Commonwealth citizens, mustn’t they?

 


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