If you want to secure a position as Lawyer in the UK the best way is to become qualified in a country of the commonwealth, and ideally one country of the UK.
If you are already qualified in another jurisdiction which have some importance in a legal practice area (New York for high yield transactions, Luxembourg for investment funds, etc.) you could also reach a position in UK, but it's a bit harder.
If you are not qualified at all, in that case you will probably reach only paralegal positions.
To become qualified in England and Wales there is a least two pathways (but be careful, it should have some changes in mid-2021):
- If you are not
qualified in another country recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority ("SRA"): You need to do 1 year of Graduate Diploma in Law ("GDL"), 1 year of Legal Practice Course ("LPC"), and 2 years of traineeship (and keep in mind that usually the most difficult part of this process is to find a traineeship position because it's super-competitive). So, it's a 4-years project and unfortunately to do a LL.M. will not "absolve" you to do the GDL.
- If you are already
qualified in another country recognised by the SRA: you can do a transfer exam called the "Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme" (QLTS), and with that scenario you should become directly qualified without doing the GDL+LPC+ 2-years traineeship. (See https://qlts.kaplan.co.uk/