Legal professions seems self-explanatory, but it’s more complex than just studying law. Of course if you want to be a lawyer, this is the field to study. Being a lawyer involves going to college for pre-law, and then going to law school and passing state bar exams. But if your idea of studying law comes from watching TV shows, be aware that actual law practice can vary immensely, from corporate lawyers who spend most of their time poring over the minutae of contracts to public defenders who are underpaid, overworked and defend people who are too poor to afford legal help from criminal charges. This field could also involve being a paralegal, who does work supporting lawyers – like gathering documents and evidence and filing court papers.

This interview with James McCormick is a Vice President at Empire Search Partners might help you understand what you need to study in undergraduate school to prepare for a career in the legal professions:

The Guardian has a great article on ten important things you should know before you study law:

Law is a well respected degree but its graduate prospects are not as good as universities like to make out. Law firms and chambers have been reducing the number of training contracts and pupillages, with some firms cancelling their next trainee intake. Furthermore, a law degree does not guarantee riches. There is a stark contrast between the high earnings people think lawyers are paid and what they are actually paid.

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