The Legal industry is one of the most rewarding career routes a graduate can take. To get a foot in the door you should first obtain a law degree (although this is not essential) and will then have to follow up with a professional qualification. Once you have obtained the necessary qualifications you will have a passport to work in numerous different fields the legal industry being just one of many.
The legal profession is divided in two divisions; solicitor and barrister. Graduates that qualify through the Bar begin as a Junior Counsel and will find there is good career progression in Ireland. Qualified solicitors can find work in a range of environments divided between the public and private sector.
The core skills and values that are essential for the competent practise of law include: analytical and problem-solving skills; critical reading abilities; general research skills; oral communication and listening abilities; task organisation and management skills; and writing skills.
Individuals that wish to prepare themselves for a career in law, or for any professional service that involves the use of legal skills, should seek educational, extracurricular and life experiences that will assist them in developing the right competencies.