7 killer benefits of a career in Law

Studying Law can lead a young professional down many exciting career paths. Working in Law requires a strong analytical mind, passion and excellent reasoning skills. Though it can take a while to get through the necessary studies, careers in Law can be very rewarding in many different ways. Learn exactly what a legal career can do for you and why an internship abroad is an ideal way to get ahead in this competitive profession:

 

7 killer benefits of careers in Law

 

1. Many different career options and opportunities to specialize

There are various different paths within the legal career. As a student of Law or a young professional in the field, you’ll have many chances to specialize. This means that you can choose the route that interests you the most. Moreover, a Law degree can also be a stepping stone to other exciting careers in international corporations or NGOs.

 

2. Competitive salaries

Legal professionals are very well-paid in the grand scheme of careers, which is an attractive benefit of the profession. It’s a high-paying sector across the globe so you’re not locked down to one location (win!).

 

3. Job stability

The demand for legal professionals is constant and doesn’t depend much on the economy. The field, and related fields, have a healthy demand for professionals in many different areas. Getting a Law degree and legal experience can also be used in many different professional contexts.

 

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4. The work will challenge you

Working in Law will always be challenging. It’s a demanding career that will undoubtedly get your blood pumping. Your colleagues will be well-educated and hard-working people who will challenge you, keep you on your toes and make you a sharper legal professional.

 

5. Travel opportunities

Especially at big Law firms, legal professionals have the opportunity to travel. It can be a refreshing change of pace to leave the city. Traveling and working with new people in different cities and countries will help you gain a broader perspective. Especially if you’re working in a multi-jurisdictional practice, you’ll become more knowledgeable and aware of different cultures and laws.

 

6. Respected career

Working in Law also comes with a sense of duty and responsibility. The legal profession is sophisticated and respected as it has a long and important history and role in society.

 

7. Lots of opportunity to grow

Given the way that careers in Law are structured, there is so much room to grow if you’re willing to work hard and commit to your profession. Many large Law firms offer excellent training and mentoring programs that can really help a young professional develop their career. There are also many chances to get promoted because of the large organizational hierarchies.

 

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What an international internship in Law can do for you:

Internships abroad can offer a more fulfilling and pragmatic opportunity for young professionals pursuing careers in Law. Anyone considering Law school, already enrolled in Law school, or even Law school graduates can benefit from the real-world work experience an international legal internship provides. The Intern Group offers those pursuing careers in Law the chance to work at professional, established Law firms, companies, and also NGOs, depending on the interests of the intern. Internships are located in major global cities around the world including New York City, London, Hong Kong, Madrid, Medellín, and Melbourne. The unique experience that an internship abroad in Law offers can change a young person’s career and provide invaluable insight. Working alongside established legal professionals is a great way to make international professional contacts and gain insider information about the sector.

 

Now that you know the many benefits of careers in Law, what are you waiting for? Apply now to boost your Law career!

 

Sources: http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/law-admissions-lowdown/2013/05/20/let-passion-career-goals-guide-law-school-decision, http://legalcareers.about.com/od/practiceenvironments/tp/Benefits-of-a-Large-Law-Firm.htm

Photo 1. based on Howards Law Office – Wheeling, WV, by Ryan Stanton, CC-by-ND 2.0

Photo 2. based on kenniah_canady_outside_2, by UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, CC-by-2.0

Photo 3. based on Lawyer Fortune Cookie, by slgckgc, CC-by-2.0

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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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