Making the right career choice is a task that you should perform with much contemplation. If you don’t take into account the options and hurry in taking a decision, you may end up choosing a wrong career path. Can you afford to do that? The answer is of course, no. The objective of this blog post is to make you aware of the various options you may come across while thinking of a career in law.
So, you have completed your high school education and decided to venture into a legal career. Before dedicating time and spending money on education for a legal career, you must get acquainted with the different areas of legal practice. Each of them demands different qualifications and the route to every legal career is different too.
The legal system differs from one country to another. With a qualification in law, you can only start your legal practice in the country where you have qualified. This regulation is applicable in the United Kingdom as well. If you have earned a legal qualification in England, you won’t get the permission to practice in Northern Ireland or Scotland unless you opt for a transferring qualification. You need to take this factor into account in case you reside in any bordering area or thinking of shifting in near future.
Although the requirements (academic qualifications) vary according to different legal careers, the interpersonal skills required are the same in every legal career. Diligence, precision, eye for detail, organisational ability and the capacity to deliver work under pressure are the key innate characteristics essential for a career in law. Maintaining utmost professionalism while dealing with people but also becoming amicable in the hour of need- this unique quality which is needed in every legal professional.
When you are embarking on a legal career, you must keep in mind that many people will consult you regarding their problems. The problems may be personal or related to work or business and they wish to resolve them with legal help. While your client is discussing about the problems with you, he or she may get emotional. In this situation, you will be required to keep aside your professionalism and lend emotional support to your client as a friend.
Have you decided the type of legal practice you are interested in? You must be familiar with the high street solicitor but there are a good number of options apart from that. Lawyers are the professionals who are qualified in legal aspects. The term ‘lawyer’ is not restricted to solicitors only.
Many lawyers have specialisation in specific areas of law and they are called legal executives and licensed conveyancers. Solicitors offer advice to clients regarding different areas of law and they also appear in the court. Barristers on the other hand, offer advice to solicitors and legal representation to the clients in the court.
Solicitors and legal executives need to have certain additional qualifications in order to represent clients in the court.
Notaries, trademark attorneys, patent attorneys and costs lawyers- these are some more core areas of legal practice.
How to fulfil your career dream i.e. becoming a lawyer?
There is more than one option to fulfil your career aspirations. Below mentioned are three ways to get into legal jobs.
You may acquire a professional qualification as a lawyer, that of a chartered legal executive or a licensed conveyancer. The second option is to earn a law degree. A legal practice course and a training contract (solicitor) follow that. You may consider pursuing a law degree and after its completion, a Bar Professional Training Course and a pupillage (barrister).