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Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.

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€40 - 350 
Related Information:
Head of Legal: 95 - 350
Senior Lawyer: 55 - 160
Funds Lawyer: 50 - 155
Legal Counsel: 40 - 150
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Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Barristers, Judges, Solicitors & Related Professionals

Also included in this category:

Advocates; coroners; circuit and district judges; legal advisers; legal consultants; justices' clerks

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Part time workers: 5%
Aged over 55: 24%
Male / Female: 54 / 46%
Non-Nationals: 1%
With Third Level: 100%
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Gives specialist advice on complex legal issues and represents people in court.

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Vivienne Breathnach
Lawyer Linguist-Barrister  
Vivienne completed a degree in Law and Irish in UCC, and after some further training completed a course for Lawyer-linguists at King's Inns. She now works as a Lawer-Linguist with the EU Commission and is based in Brussels.
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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Represent clients in court or before government agencies.


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


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


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


Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.


Present and summarize cases to judges and juries.


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


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


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


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.


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


Negotiation:   Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


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


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 Lawyer / Solicitor. 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

Last Updated: February, 2015

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Organisation: Law Society of Ireland
  Address: Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
  Tel: (01) 672 4800 ( Law School Tel No.: (01) 672 4802)
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