Doing an LL.M. in United Kingdom ("UK") will always be an asset. However, if you want to secure a position as lawyer/solicitor in the UK the best way is to become qualified in
a country of the commonwealth, and ideally in 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; See https://www.sra.org.uk/sra/policy/sqe/
- If you are not qualified in another country
recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority ("SRA"): You need to do an LL.B or 1 year of Graduate Diploma in Law ("GDL") + 1 year of Legal Practice Course ("LPC") + 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 doing a LL.M. will not "absolve" you to do the GDL+LPC.
- 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/
[Edited by # on Dec 17, 2019]