So, you want to be a lawyer?

August 3rd, 2015 by Pearson

Many South Africans grew up watching Law and Order, or The Good Wife, and were attracted to the classy suits and clever conversations. However, if you’re naturally well organised and can hold your own, even in the most heated of discussions, your fascination probably goes deeper. The chances are that you’d like to become a lawyer.

How to Get Started
At CTI, we offer lecture-based support for the UNISA Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme to students. This comprehensive, four-year degree covers just about every aspect of South African law, giving you an excellent start in this field.

Equipped for Success
The truth is that there are actually a variety of career options in the legal sector, and your choices aren’t limited to advocate or attorney. What’s more, you don’t have to focus on court cases. A reputable qualification like this, will add value to your resume, making you an indispensable employee in just about any professional area.

Once qualified, you’ll probably have to start at the bottom of the ladder, but your trajectory could take you to the stars. For instance, your LLB could very well prepare you to be a:

  • Legal Consultant – If the high-paced drama of a courtroom isn’t for you, this job will make good use of your skills in a different way. You’ll get to choose your clients and exclusively specialise in a particular field, such as education, retail or labour law.
  • Chief Legal Officer – This is another out-of-court option. CLOs work at a single company and handle every legal aspect of their business, from advising on changes in legislation to employee training on matters of the law. These positions are often highly paid.
  • Judge – This is an appointed position that requires impartiality and a thorough understanding of the legal system. It’s a huge honour to be a judge, but, as Spiderman knows, with great power comes great responsibility.

Obviously your LLB will also prepare you to be a trial lawyer – just like on TV – so you can work the courtroom and win those cases. If you think this is the right career path for you, book an appointment with your Higher Education Consultant and ask them how you can get started.