Graduate jobs in the legal sector

What does it involve?

The area of law is incredibly broad and therefore difficult to summarise in just one post! Once you have decided you want to go into legal work, you should start to narrow down the areas you really like the look of. Below are some of the examples of legal work that you could look at.

Commercial/corporate law looks at complex transactions and acts for businesses of all sizes. This work is often looking at mergers & acquisitions, demergers, joint ventures and share issues. A lot of companies will have an internal legal team that solely look after their company's interests.

Employment law is where you’ll be looking at employment disputes that end up in tribunals or the high court. You can find yourself working for either the employer or the employee.

Family law deals with all legal matters relating to marriage, separation, divorce and legal issues relating to children. It also encompasses financial negotiations, inheritance issues and prenuptial contracts.

At its best: The work you do can have a big impact on the company/individual, meaning that your work each day will have significant purpose. There are lots of opportunities to progress in law, especially as you start to specialise in certain areas.

At its worst: We’ve all seen ‘Suits’ or a similar series - but although these shows contain some elements of truth, starting out in the legal world is very different. Law often has long hours that can affect your work/life balance. The work can be monotonous and repetitive, especially until you start getting to slightly more senior positions.

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