Interdisciplinary education for diverse career paths across industries
А Master of Laws degree will educate you in the regulatory system used in a particular country or region and will be a source of great professional opportunities.
Though arduous and heavy, law studies will give you a broad range of specialisations to choose from. For your Master’s degree, you may want to focus on European Law, Intellectual Property Law, Criminal Law, Corporate Law, Environmental Law, and others. Master’s degree studies in legal fields can also be combined with an MBA degree in joint or dual degree programmes. Getting your hands on those legal studies degrees will be a time-consuming and difficult process but it will develop the tenacity, communication skills, and vast knowledge necessary to practise in the field. Needless to say, problem-solving and objective thinking are at the centre of legal practice. A Master’s degree specialisation will also go into more depth than familiarising you only with the academic point of view. It will teach you to manage your time and take responsibility for the conclusions you make based on complex information.
A Bachelor’s study in Law introduces students early on not only to the legal subjects, but also to matters of politics, economics, sociology, and ethics necessary to become proficient in the field. Depending on the direction you choose to go in with a Master’s degree, these subjects will still form the basis of your training. An International Legal Studies programme, for example, can comprise courses such as Global Governance and Global Administrative Law; Global Public Law and Comparative Constitutional Law; History of International Law; Human Rights and International Criminal Law; International Climate, Environmental and Energy Law; International Legal Theory; International Trade; etc.
Law schools are doing their best to deliver interdisciplinary and flexible programmes, which in turn encourage active discussions and class participation. You can find programmes such as Law and Government; Law and Business; International and Comparative Law; Law, Science, and Technology; Law and Social Change; Criminal Justice; and Law and History. You should also be prepared to do a lot more reading – the contents of heavy, and sometimes costly, textbooks will be essential for getting through your programme successfully.
Before choosing the specific location of your studies, you may also want to consider the destination where you will eventually want to practise law. Some studies are specifically focused on the legal system in the region or country where the programme takes place. In such cases, work outside of this same region may require knowledge and experience which you are not versed in. On the other hand, studies in International Law will allow you to develop knowledge of different international contexts.
Hundreds of opportunities exist in the legal industry. In addition to the core legal careers, you have various career paths in legal and administrative support, courtroom practice, court reporting, legal consulting, legal administration, courthouse or legal education.
When it comes to particular occupations, examples include barrister, solicitor, paralegal, consultant, company secretary, jury consultant, court interpreter and more. Keep in mind that, as a recent graduate, your professional growth will also take some time. If you are interested in pursuing a more authoritative position, you need to be prepared to gain experience and climb the ladder of a particular legal system more gradually than in some fields.