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Maritime Lawyer

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At a Glance... header image

Specialist in Maritime or Admiralty Law and the handling of disputes and issues relating to shipping, fishing, salvage operations and all facets of the maritime field.


The Work header image

Maritime Lawyers have specific knowledge and expertise in the field of maritime law which is also known as Admiralty Law.

This is a distinct body of law that governs activities and offences that take place on navigable waters, including oceans, rivers, streams and lakes.

Maritime law also covers activities, such as loading or unloading ships, that take place on land but are maritime in nature.

Maritime law can be particularly complex and is very different to the law onshore.

Maritime lawyers are contacted in the event of an injury at sea. Sailors are entitled to certain benefits and assistance from their employers if they are injured, and may use a maritime lawyer bring a suit. Passengers also have legal rights in the event that they are injured at sea.

Damage to cargo or loss of cargo at sea is another area governed by Maritime Law.

Maritime lawyers also handle topics related to processing liens (rights) on ships and equipment used at sea.

Salvage and treasure recovery are also areas of maritime law. When people wish to stake a salvage claim or get permission to recover treasure, they work with a maritime lawyer to file the necessary paperwork and ensure that their permits are in order. Issues of salvage and treasure can be very contentious, especially when they involve historic wrecks or items of national significance, in which case a salvager could meet with significant opposition in the course of applying for the appropriate permits.

The job of the Maritime Lawyer is to construct and argue a case in court. Large shipping companies may keep a Maritime Lawyer on retainer to provide ongoing legal advice and to step in when legal situations arise.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Represent clients in court or before government agencies.

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Present evidence to defend clients or prosecute defendants in criminal or civil litigation.

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Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

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Study Constitution, statutes, decisions, regulations, and ordinances of quasi-judicial bodies to determine ramifications for cases.

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Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.

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Present and summarize cases to judges and juries.

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Prepare legal briefs and opinions, and file appeals in state and federal courts of appeal.

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Analyze the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.

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Examine legal data to determine advisability of defending or prosecuting lawsuit.

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Evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Entry Routesheader image

Entry into the legal profession is competitive.

In the Republic of Ireland, it takes almost three years from start to finish to become a Solicitor or a Lawyer. Completion of the Law Society's Professional Practice Courses (PPC 1 & 2) plus an apprenticeship (in-house training of 24 months duration) with an approved solicitor is necessary.

The vast majority of students would first have completed a degree, though not necessarily a law degree. Most trainees without law degrees will first take some form of preparatory course to equip them with the required legal background.

There is a qualifying examination (Preliminary Examination) for non-Graduates seeking to become apprenticed. It is held once a year, is of degree standard and is restricted to candidates who are aged twenty-one years and upwards.

Full details of entry requirements from The Law Society are available here

A Master of Laws programme (LLM) to develop specialist knowledge in maritime law is available with the International Maritime Law Institute (INMLI). It is not required to practice maritime law, but may enhance employment opportunities and demonstrate specific knowledge in the field.

Last Updated: May, 2015


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Organisation: Irish Maritime Law Association
  Address: Online only
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Organisation: International Maritime Law Institute (INMLI)
  Address: P.O. Box 31, MSD 1000, Msida, Malta C/o University of Malta Campus
  Tel: 356 2131 9343 / 2131 0816
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