Most students studying Law aspire to become a legal professional whether it be a Solicitor or Barrister. Why do they go through this route forsaking all other career options when the difficulty and commitment required would make most give up in the early stages? The answer is in the options open to you and the rewards gained from embarking on a career in Law. Tell me more I hear you say…
- Wouldn’t you like to defend innocent people who cannot defend themselves?
- Would you enjoy the challenge of representing people who are guilty but remorseful?
- Would you like to make a difference to people’s lives?
Do you enjoy being able to analyse documents, advocate in court, find loopholes, research, meeting new people, communicating with clients?
What is required?
Whichever path you wish to go down, a career in Law require great commitment and a very good academic record. You also need a multitude of skills to perform and contribute to the profession.
What is it like?
Depending on which profession you choose and which organisation you choose to work for, it can be quite different. As a Solicitor you represent clients in most matters within your field and mainly work in an office on a full-time basis. The hours worked depends on the size and expectations required of you in the firm.
What can you expect?
Expect to work hard. Benefits include:
- Secure income
- Transferable skills
- Career change options
The salary you earn will depend on the type of organisation you work for including how many years of post-qualification experience you have. Even if you work for a small firm as a junior, you will have enough for a comfortable life, and therefore even though you may invest several years of your life in education and training, you will have security for the rest of your life, and this is something not to be sniffed at. Most of the skills you learn are easily transferable into any other career you may wish to pursue and therefore embarking on a career in law is a win-win situation provided you are passionate, committed and hard working.
So what are you waiting for?