A qualification in the legal field is perhaps one of the safest routes you could ever go if you wanted to make sure you’ll have job, or a means through which to generate an income by freelancing perhaps or eventually going on to open up your own legal practice. Depending on how good you are and perhaps depending on your track record as well, as a legal practitioner you are almost at complete liberty to charge whatever you want by way of consultation fees. Some of the best criminal lawyers for instance charge as much as £5,000+ per day in legal fees to represent their clients, but lawyers operating in this bracket usually only cater to the high profile cases of high profile clients.


Some attorneys assume more of a behind-the-scenes role in their legal career, dealing with things like contracts, claims and the provision of legal advice, but the point is that law is one of those fields in which you’re pretty much guaranteed to have some or other way of bringing in a consistent income. For as long as there are regulations and for as long as there is the rule of law (or a general attempt to enforce the rule of law), anyone suitably qualified in the legal field will have ample opportunities to at least make some sort of career out of their qualification.

What happens when you move abroad though and you perhaps want to live abroad permanently? One of the most common requirements of permanently settling in a new country is securing a job in your intended new country of residence — either that or you have to be able to prove yourself to be a wealthy individual who can sustain themselves essentially on savings or on money which they earn from activities beyond the borders of their new country of residence. The requirement of securing a job may pose a little bit of a problem for someone in the legal field however because one of the only pitfalls of obtaining a law degree is the fact that the legal field is generally a very specialised one. A legal degree obtained in your home country may not be relevant in the country you plan to move to, quite simply because laws differ in each country, so too the regulations surrounding the mere practice of law as a professional.

All’s not lost however because as much as you may not be able to represent clients in a court of law for instance, in your new country of residence, as a qualified legal practitioner a lot of the skills and knowledge you acquired while studying towards your degree will prove to be valuable to specialist firms such as Stanton Fisher, who specialise in financial claims.

These are the types of opportunities for work you should be looking at, even if you do plan on going through the relevant academic process which will see you eventually qualifying as a recognised legal practitioner with full clearance to practice in your new country of residence.

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