Law is one of the oldest academic fields in the world and it is a highly regarded qualification. It attracts on average between 12-14,000 applicants annually through CAO application and latest figures from CAO show that over 2,500 listed a Law degree as their first choice. If we add the students who will take Law as one of their Arts modules, we will see the figures rise again. What is attracting so many young people to this demanding course?
What Can You Do with a Degree in Law?
Studying a law degree is about acquiring skills, not just knowledge. On completion of your degree, successful candidates will have highly developed skills in critical thinking, strong reasoning and analytical skills, develop their oral and written communication skills, learn how to argue from the basis of evidence and become independent thinkers. Law students learn how to approach tasks in a clear, reasoned and logical way. These skills are extremely transferable and make law students desirable to employers from many and diverse sectors.
Law isn’t just about being a solicitor or barrister. There’s a huge range of other careers in the industry that you may have never even considered before.
Careers directly related to Law
Barrister : A barrister is a legal professional who gives solicitors and other client’s legal advice. When members of the public initially seek legal advice, they typically consult a solicitor, but they will be referred to a barrister in the event that a court appearance is required. The barrister's role includes researching and preparing cases, writing legal documents, representing clients in court and cross examining witnesses. There are approximately 1,350 practising barristers in Ireland.
Solicitor : Solicitors advise anyone who is in dispute with another person. They help their clients plan how to deal with a dispute, advising them if the matter could be settled out of court or if the threat of court action may influence the other party. If legal proceedings begin, solicitors may attend court to represent the client. In serious cases, they seek the services of a barrister. The solicitor 'briefs' the barrister, which means giving the barrister information and instructions about the case.
Paralegal: The role of Paralegal is a support role. Paralegals are involved in an enormous amount of legal work and can work in public and private sectors or in a law firm. The duties of a Paralegal include taking witness statements, presenting applications to judges, helping lawyers prepare for court cases and interviewing clients.
As mentioned earlier law graduates possess a specific skill set that is desired by employers across varied career sectors. Here is a sample of some careers that it is desirable to have a good knowledge of law:
Patent Attorney: Works on behalf of an applicant in the process of achieving a patent, to determine if their invention really is new, is not obvious to someone working in the area for which it is intended, and has a practical use.
Data Protection Officer: Also known as Data Compliance Officer or Data Privacy Officer, the primary job of the DPO is to ensure an organisation’s use of data is compliant with Data Protection Legislation.
Human Resources Manager: This role often connects employees to senior management, oversees the organisation’s overall administrative needs, and implements HR policies.
Where Can I Study?
There are many courses offered at Higher Education. Further Education offers a selection of Pre University Law courses and Pre University Arts courses. It is advisable to do your research as Law courses will differ in course content and it is important to find the course that is right for you. You can expect to study some of the following modules: Criminal Law, Law of Torts, Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Property Law, EU Law. Click here to find Law courses in Higher Education.
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