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|How To Build Career In Law by jobsduck: 6:31am On Aug 23, 2017|
Barrack Obama, Adeyemo Alakija?
Do you know what is common to these people?
If they do, then probably you are a lawyer or you are interested in becoming a lawyer.
This expert guide, therefore, is written to help you build a career in law. Law is one of the noblest profession in the world and currently, there are over 274,845 people with the title lawyers in their profile on LinkedIn, yet over 60% of people can’t find a legal representative to represent them for civil cases.
Law is a popular profession for students in the humanities, probably because it is prestigious and lucrative. However, a good number might not be aware of what it really means to be a lawyer as they may think.
Who is A Lawyer?
Before defining the expert, it would be expedient to have a good understanding of the profession as well. It is general knowledge that lawyers and the law go hand in hand.
They are usually part of the judiciary, who are known to interpret the law. The law is a body of official tenets and regulations, usually contained in the constitution or rulebook, enactment and legal opinions that are utilized to administer a particular society and to control the conduct of its citizens.
Usually, the world would be in chaos as everybody would act as they want to in the society without the law guiding them. Therefore the law is there to maintain sanity in the society.
Now, lawyers are not really the ones that ensure that the laws of the society are kept, that is more the job of the law enforcement agencies like the Police.
But the lawyer is a legal counselor who specializes in legal matters as an attorney, an advocate, a counselor or solicitor.
The lawyer, therefore, is one who has the mandate to either serve as an adviser or as an advocate on the legal issue.
Why Do We Need Lawyers?
The world is going global and many people already and why we need lawyers but some people are still skeptical about why they need a lawyer, especially when they do not have legal issues or trouble.
This is probably as a result of the fact that people erroneously think “trouble” when they hear about lawyers and so believe they should have nothing to do with them.
Well, contrary to that opinion, lawyers are needed even in times of peace, especially for people who deal with assets, as a private person or business entity.
Now let us start from the basic reason that they interpret and uphold the law. It has already been established above that the world would be chaotic without law.
Lawyers, who later become judges, as well as the law enforcement agencies, keep people sane. For fear of being sentenced to a punishment, many are controlled.
Where there is no law, there is no sin and so, indirectly, people would do as they like, resulting in anarchy. The presence of the law court keeps the world organized.
As it relates to individuals, lawyers protect the rights of people either before or after a problem.
A lawyer would help protect your interest when you are about to sign a contract, invest in something or buy an asset.
Many people would find it a chore reading contracts and even when they do, some terms are not easily understood. A lawyer would help with the reading and explanation, so you do not get into trouble or be denied your rights.
Why Do Businesses Need Lawyers?
There are no two ways about it. Businesses need lawyers. And it is better to get one before one runs into trouble than after. Among other things, the lawyer’s bill will skyrocket after trouble.
As a business entity, a lawyer is needed for:
Taxes and Licenses: Although the accountant will deal with the numbers among other things, the lawyers would deal with the contractual part of things: see you through organising the payment of taxes to avoid legal issues with the government, assist you in getting your tax identification numbers and all that is involved with the paper work.
Contracts: Contracts are usually tricky and many have fallen prey of overlooking clauses on contracts. Lawyers would help with that. They would read and understand the contracts and advise you on the different clauses that the contracts contain.
Intellectual property: This is mostly for those involved with businesses that have to do with creativity. Lawyers can help you register your intellectual property and get a trademark and copyright protection. As an individual who is into creative production like a novelist or an artist, getting a lawyer to help you get copyright protection will also save you a lot of troubles.
Business organization: apart from advising you on the best way to organize your company, they would also help prepare all the necessary paper work to organize your business.
What Type of Lawyers Are There?
There really are quite a number of lawyers who specialize in different things. You would be surprised about the number of the different types of lawyers. For the sake of this article, we will give five most common types.
Corporate lawyers (also called Business lawyers): They deal mostly with corporate issues such as business organization, contracts, intellectual properties, tax, mergers and acquisition, investment and employment among others. Sometimes, there are corporate transactional lawyers and corporate litigation lawyers. The transactional lawyers handle transactions while the litigation lawyers help the company deal with lawsuits.
Criminal lawyers: They are probably the most popular of all the types of lawyers. They handle issues that have to do with criminal activities. They could be the ones you employ to defend you in any form of criminal issues or they could be working for the government to try suspects.
Family lawyers: Family lawyers are involved with family issues like marriage, divorce, adoption, custody of children and other family issues.
Civil lawyers: They handle civil issues such as civil liberties or rights of different groups in the society, constitutional law, discrimination and other civil issues.
Property lawyers: They deal with properties; every form of real estate. All the issues surrounding it will be handled by a lawyer. It will be safer to involve a lawyer in any transaction that involves buying or selling the property.
5 Steps to Becoming a Lawyer
Now that we know who a lawyer is and how important their role is in the society, it is time to discuss how to build a career in law.
Like most professions, you will need to:
Get an education – Unlike some professions, for you to start a career in law, you will need to get some basic higher education. This means you must go to the university to get a degree in law. On the completion of your degree, you will be awarded what is called a BA. After that, you will spend a mandatory 1 year in law school. The purpose of the law school is to prepare you for what is called “practical experience”. At the law school, you will be taught (complete this )
Get an internship – Congratulations. You have successfully completed the educational requirement for being a lawyer. Now you can start practicing as a lawyer. But this is where most people miss it. Remember our point above, there are different types of lawyer. So here is where an internship can help you. I am sure when you were in school, you had a plan on your area of specialization but have you even tried working in this area to see if it is something you can do. This is where an internship can help you.
Get a Job – Hopefully, your internship went well and you have finally decided on a career path. Now is time to really get a job. There are different ways to get your desired job but you can start your job search on JobDuck, a leading job site in Nigeria
Get certification – Now is time to really enforce yourself in the industry. Do you know that your first degree is just to set you on your path? Now is time to actually go for more certifications
Build your career – Finally, build your career. Network with other people in the industry to start building your net worth. Read books on law both fiction and non-fiction. One of my best fiction book on law is a book by John Grisham – The Jury
Skills Need too Become A Lawyer:
There are a lot of essential skills you will need if you want to become a great lawyer. You might have noticed this skills in you which means it is inherent but if not and you are interested in becoming a lawyer, then you need to learn to start building this skills gradually.
Negotiation skills – The first most important skill you need to master is negotiation skill. The art of negotiation in law cannot be over emphasis. You may not win all battle-cases- but if you have good negotiation skills, you can always get a good bargain for your clients.
Being detail oriented – You must be willing to pay attention to details. The devil, they say, is in the details. Being detailed oriented will help you see some things other people might otherwise have neglected
Excellent communication skills – Communication is the art of understanding and being clearly understood. A good law must be able to clearly articulate his points
Analytical – The ability to take look at an issue clearly and be able to connect the dots
Probing skills – You need to be inquisitive. You cannot just be satisfied with the first information you have. You must learn how to probe without coming off as been noisy
Investigative skills – Even though you are not a police man, you need to have the investigative skills
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|Re: How To Build Career In Law by Dutchey(m): 6:58am On Aug 23, 2017|
must u study law in university b4 becoming a lawyer?
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by wilcox(m): 6:58am On Aug 23, 2017|
Lawyers are mean people, they can help if they want to and they can disappoint if they're not satisfied. I see them as greedy and selfish professionals. Not all though but higher percentage.
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by omogidi234(m): 6:59am On Aug 23, 2017|
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by AmuEwu: 7:17am On Aug 23, 2017|
Before I was born they said machines where going to take over most jobs from humans. They said machines are going to be the new cops.
Hence movies like Robo cop and Terminator came out, almost 30 years ago.
Till today, how many jobs have machines taken over ?
PS : I support ICT. But please promote it the right way
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by AmuEwu: 7:18am On Aug 23, 2017|
No you can study Sign language and become a lawyer
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|Re: How To Build Career In Law by ReverseEngineer: 7:26am On Aug 23, 2017|
How well have you been following the field of AI and ML. If you're close enough, you'd get my point.. Good morning.
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by dotcomnamename: 7:34am On Aug 23, 2017|
You can also become a lawyer in western world with professional course(s) without degree.
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by AyoSammyTunDe(m): 7:38am On Aug 23, 2017|
what about how to get a degree in mining skull
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by eitsei(m): 7:40am On Aug 23, 2017|
Dutchey:in Nigeria? Yes but in some countries you can still become a lawyer even if you didn't study law in the University but you will go to law school which is for like 3 years irrespective of what you studied in the university as your first degree
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by muller101(m): 7:40am On Aug 23, 2017|
How to become a good liar should be the topic.
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by Evaberry(f): 7:44am On Aug 23, 2017|
This is story that touch.
after stressing yourself, doing this 1 and that 1
as a new wig you will still be earning 10-15k a month(if you are lucky)
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by josh001(m): 7:45am On Aug 23, 2017|
All very true.
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by paragon40(m): 8:08am On Aug 23, 2017|
Law graduates are awarded LLB, and not BA..@op
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by kayc0(m): 8:23am On Aug 23, 2017|
Pls o Me cant do law. Computer Sci or Chemical Eng are my only options. Am still battling within my members* on which is preferable
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by priceless20(f): 8:28am On Aug 23, 2017|
Evaberry:maybe its only 'charge and bail' lawyers that you've come across!
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by bekpo(m): 8:32am On Aug 23, 2017|
Yes, u must study law in d university and a mandatory one year at d law school before u r licence to practice law.
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by Drienzia: 8:39am On Aug 23, 2017|
Evaberry:Don't make statements based on prejudice....
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by olowobaba10: 8:53am On Aug 23, 2017|
LAWYERS HAVE DEVIATED FROM THE VALUES OF THEIR PROFESSION AND ONLY AFTER MONEY, MONEY, MONEY! THEY NO LONGER DEFEND POOR PEOPLE.
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by remi1444: 8:54am On Aug 23, 2017|
its a course that i still seek admission into even while in 100lvl in history and international studies...becoming a lawyer is what gonna make me happy, satisfied, fulfilled... i believe with His help i will become one of the best.
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by spanzed(m): 9:07am On Aug 23, 2017|
Too many lawyers nowadays only the known ones actually make a living from the profession others earn peanut...Make God help person
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by YungRichG1: 9:39am On Aug 23, 2017|
Thank God im done with the first 5yrs in the university now waiting for law school posting.. But in a country like Nigeria this sh!t wont pay...... Na street dey feed me......
Yung Rich G1
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by Hanabian: 9:50am On Aug 23, 2017|
Just took the words from my mouth!!!
I come dey wonder which one be BA in law again... Another copy and paste!!!
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by LUGBE: 10:14am On Aug 23, 2017|
No, you can study it in your kitchen too
quote author=Dutchey post=59739459]must u study law in university b4 becoming a lawyer?[/quote]
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by najib41: 11:02am On Aug 23, 2017|
Dutchey:Its a must!
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by ERONX(m): 11:32am On Aug 23, 2017|
Nice one op.. There are various aspect in Legal Practice, and legal practice is very lucrative, I'm a practicing legal attorney in New York major field is corporate law and divorce law.
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by dotcomnamename: 11:35am On Aug 23, 2017|
BA in Law Lmao Yesu kristi
Na LLB not BA O!
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by PastorandMentor: 2:18pm On Aug 23, 2017|
Can I go back for law after BSc degree? What do I need? Will I begin from year one?
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by rinzaugustine: 1:45am On Aug 24, 2017|
ERONX:WHAT OF TEXAS ?CAN I SEND YOU A P.M BRO
|Re: How To Build Career In Law by LegitBoy(m): 8:53am On Aug 24, 2017|
YungRichG1:Same here, which law School campus is your most preferred ?
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