WHY To Choose Law Career

While I was thinking about my first post to this blog my mind stuck to the question that asked by many peoples “why I choose law as career?”

This far most asked question to the person in the field of law. In my first post I will explain why to choose law career.

First let start by quoting the famous line of this arena

“The minute you read something that you can’t understand, you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer.”

-Will Rogers

So, Why to choose legal field

1. Law is the combination of theory and practice

Behind the law of the land lies an awful lot of theory and there’s no doubt that students will have to rigorously learn it, but remember law is a fairly defined profession and its tuition has to also be vocational in nature. Some unis go so far as having a mock courtroom, and running moot competitions and pro bono societies, giving students a real taster of what it’s like to practice law.

2. Law and case-based learning are twin sisters

Even when learning the theory law students will spend a lot of time trawling through cases. Law schools use real-life examples to demonstrate how the theory is applied. Students are left in no doubt as to whether the content they’re learning will have real-life application.

3. Studying law equips students with a variety of skills

Learning to become a lawyer rather neatly means you’ll graduate university equipped with the skills for a whole host of professional paths. Here’s a few of those skills:

  • Research – through analysis of case studies.
  • Critical analysis – students read primary sources and make up their own mind.
  • Synthesis of complex ideas – law students will have to get to grips with a whole new language but they’ll also need to be able to communicate in layman’s terms.
  • Presentation – student’s often partake in mooting competitions and pro bono societies, offering legal advice to real people.
  • Writing – you’ll have to communicate all of the above – on paper!

These skills are highly transferable to a number of other industries and sectors, commercial or otherwise.

4. Law graduates are well respected by employers

The variety of skills provided by a law degree puts these type of graduates at the forefront of employer’s minds. Add to this the fact that law is one of the world’s oldest fields of study, professions, human endeavour – you get the picture – and it’s no surprise to see that graduates enjoy such good career prospects.

5.The corporate ladder

One of the best things about the legal profession is the ease in which you can move up the corporate ladder. The more experience you have, the more money you are likely to make, regardless as to whether you actually receive a promotion. Many firms these days often split up the business into departments, assigning managers to each area of law. This will give you ample opportunity to develop your career from a management perspective and a legal perspective, maybe one day climbing all the way to partner or director level.

6. Clear postgraduate options

Those who leave their undergraduate studies with hearts set on a career in law have a number of clearly defined options for the next step:

  • LLM – some students may wish to develop their learning via a Master of Laws degree.
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) – for solicitors.
  • Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) – for solicitors.

7. There’s something for everyone

The legal system is extremely diverse with a great number of areas for prospective lawyers to specialize in. Take your pick of family, employment, criminal, corporate, commercial, and so on. You can direct your career to suit your own specific interests and make your job as thrilling (or as tedious) as you want it to be.

8. Status

Law is one of the world’s traditional professions, pursue it and be prepared for a life of comfortable respectability.

9. Money, money, money

Despite what’s currently going on in the media, legal professions are still quite well paid. Obviously, it all comes down to the type of firm you work for and how many years experience you have but you can still earn a decent living relatively early in your career.

10. The greater good

Last, but certainly not least, choosing to pursue a career in law will give you a rare opportunity to actually make some difference in the world. Whether you make drastic changes to the lives of many, or make a small contribution to improving the life of just one person, doesn’t that make it all worth it? Money and career progression aside, you want to do something that counts.

Despite Aristotle’s well known quote “the law is reason free from passion” many people are still passionate about pursuing a career in law. All negatives aside, you have to choose what’s right for you, so don’t be afraid to take a chance.


Author: Legal Discipulus

A law student, blogger and intraday trader. “Perhaps the most important thing I learned was about democracy, that democracy is not our government, our constitution, our legal structure. Too often they are enemies of democracy.” - Howard Zinn

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