As with any career choice, you need to be sure that a job in law is right for you as you don’t want to pay a lot for training and then decide that’s it’s not the job you want at all. There are a huge number of roles available in the legal sector that you need to be aware of and there are also a number of advantages and disadvantages to having a job in this area.
Why choose a career in law?
Law is a challenge as it changes every day; it is also very intellectually challenging and a lot of hard work and time staring at books is needed in order to succeed. However, although this may not sound like a positive, your ever expanding knowledge and the challenge of meeting and dealing with people every day will not only make you a better person but it will also make you better at your job.
Your job will definitely be rewarding; whether it’s because you came up with a new innovative idea or because you succeeded in a case, it could even because you helped a charity gain recognition or a lot of money to help them carry on. Whatever it is that you achieve, you can be sure that you’ll be proud of something that you’ve done and all of this goes together to improve your professional career.
Finally, you will get paid very well and you don’t have to be a solicitor or a barrister to see the high wages as paralegals can earn just as highly too. Your pay though, depends on the company that you work for and a company that focuses on charity will not pay as much as a corporate law firm.
However, although the benefits of a career in the legal industry are plentiful, there are also the negatives that you have to take into account.
If you do decide to take a job in the legal industry then you’ll have to be willing to work long hours away from home, because most law firms will expect it. If a big client needs work doing by a certain time then you will be expected to stay behind until it’s completed – whatever time that may be.
You have to have qualifications – which some people cannot afford – and they take a long time. The traditional route will take you through at least four years at university and then at least two years practical training. However, in recent times another route has been made available and at the end you will qualify as a legal executive. This route is a little like an apprenticeship and you will work in a law firm every day while you’re trained in all areas of the company, you will also have to complete some legal qualifications so that you can move on once you’ve been trained.
In the world of law, getting a job is all about your connections. It’s important that you build up strong connections with people that you know within the legal field as, even though you may have the best ability, companies are more likely to hire the people they know.