Along with your geographical location, the area of law you choose to specialise in can have a big impact on your earnings.
You’ll find the highest salaries in areas of law that deal with high-profile companies on national and international scales, such as commercial, corporate and EU law.
At the other end of the scale, more personal areas of law are less likely to draw big-figure salaries, as are lawyers working on more local cases in high street firms. Personal injury and family lawyers are two types of law that fall into this group.
However, no matter which specialism you choose, employees in the law sector enjoy some of the highest salaries in the country, with many firms offering bonuses and generous pay rises, as well as benefits such as health insurance, gym memberships and travel subsidies.
And remember that while it’s tempting to let salary information dictate your career choices, don’t let the figures deter you from pursuing an area of law that you’re really passionate about. Money isn’t everything and there are plenty of other things to take into consideration when mapping out your law career. For example, weighing up which qualification route is right for you, which areas of law hold your interest and what type of firm is the best fit.