Legal adviser gives formal opinion regarding legal documents and activities inside a firm. If someone is interested in considering law as a career, job of a legal advisor is a good option. The legal advisers should find an opportunity to endorse business transactions of a business firm. They are employed by governments, big companies, small companies and also private companies. Typically, legal advisers are lawyers specialized in a specific field of the law and are employed to prevent their clients from any legal implications or consequences.
- Identify potential risks to clients and make recommendations to reduce or mitigate those risks
- Provide advises to the head of the legal services of a particular company
- Manage both the internal and external legal resources
- Give legal support to the company during company policies, disputes, employment, contracts etc.
- Read and review all the legal documents of a particular company and make sure they are properly made and drafted
- Mediate disputes, oversee a contract signing or advise about corporate management
- Research the necessary comparable legal procedures and laws, as well as comparable cases
- Answer legal questions from people at many levels within the organization
- Sometimes supervise the work of other attorneys and paralegals working in their organizations' legal department
- Conduct lawsuits for their organization or contract out the lawsuits to a law firm, known as the "outside counsel”
Key skills for legal adviser:
- Strong analytical skill is needed
- Good oral and written communication
- Intuition with a good decision making capability
- Strong knowledge of the law
- Discipline, objectivity and punctuality
- Time management
Average salary (2013):
The United Kingdom: £30,000 per year
The United States of America: $99,620 per year
Australia: AU$109,500 per year
Qualifications and training required:
The educational requirements for legal advisers are equal to those of lawyers and attorneys. Legal advisers must earn a bachelor’s degree in law related field. Some legal advisers may choose to go on to graduate school and receive a master's degree in a law-related discipline, such as a Master of Laws. On the other hand, some positions require a master’s degree for legal advisers.
The required qualifications vary depending on country. In Unites States of America legal advisers after receiving bachelor’s degree must pass the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and enroll in a law school. In total, legal advisers there can expect to be in school for about seven years after high school.
In some countries, for example USA, legal advisers must pass the licensing exam and continue education to maintain the license.