Lesser-known law careers
We’ve covered all of the most popular law careers on this page, but as you might have guessed, the law industry is pretty huge. As a result, there are tons of other law careers that you could also pursue if none of the core paths take your fancy. As with any law career, you need to have strong organizational, research, and ‘people’ skills (to name a few), but if you’re particularly interested in travelling or sports or culture, then maybe some of the law careers on this page will be a better fit for you than the more traditional ones. If you know exactly what you want to go for, we’ve got plenty of law jobs on our jobs board, or if you want to test out the waters a bit, you could always try out some work experience.
Travel law is the perfect career for aspiring lawyers who love — you guessed it! — travelling. However, don’t think being a travel lawyer means you’re flown all around the world by your clients. The reality is that in the situations where you are working abroad, the various legal and language issues of that specific nation might prove to be a nightmare to work with. In other cases, you might not even be working abroad, but actually trying to win a case from right in your office by coordinating meetings between different time zones. There’s quite a bit of liaising involved as most travel lawyers end up relying heavily on foreign agents, including foreign lawyers. Travel law is a relatively niche area so the competition is low but it’s also more difficult to get into. However, if the idea of working on cases that range from skiing accidents to airline incidents sounds exciting, then travel law might just be the right path for you.
Sports & Media Law
Because sports and media are massive industries in themselves, someone in sports and media law needs to be able to work on a large span of cases. While you might think that you need to specialise in either sports or media, it is possible to cover both sectors because there is so much overlap between the two industries. A few examples of tasks that sports and media lawyers work on include advising clients on business agreements or financial transactions, and suing companies for defamation or encroachment on privacy. Be warned though that a job in sports and media law doesn’t mean you’re going to be hanging out with Brangelina on the red carpet; it’s more the case that you’ll be reading every single word in their newest film contract to make sure everything is as it should be. However, if you’ve got a strong interest in sports and media, are quick, discreet, and creative and you know you’ve got what it takes to work with celebrities and high-profile individuals, then you should look into pursuing sports and media law.
As you might have guessed, construction law involves the overseeing of different stages of the construction of an infrastructure. If you get into construction law, your debating skills will be put to the test as you handle settlements or act as a third party mediator, or take on litigation and adjudication. At the same time, there will also be instances where you’ll have to handle the less contentious issues, such as preparing and negotiating building projects and advising on environment and insurance matters. You’ll need to be good at talking to and negotiating with people since you’ll be liaising with everyone from local authorities and landowners to builders, contractors and architects from the concept stage of a project to the completed product. If you’ve got good interpersonal skills and want to be in one of the well-paid areas of law — construction lawyers at larger firms earn six figure salaries — then this is the right area of law for you.
Islamic Finance Law
As you can imagine, Islamic finance law is a very specific area of law, but it’s also an important and globally applicable one. Lawyers in this area must make sure that the financial transactions of their clients (who are Muslim) abide by ‘Shari’a Law’. Since there are 1.6 billion (and counting) Muslims trading and doing business around the world, that means there’s more than a billion potential clients! Lawyers who specialise in Islamic finance law must be knowledgeable about contract, civil, commercial and capital markets laws, in addition to well informed about Islam. You don’t need to be a Muslim yourself to get into Islamic finance law, but it is necessary to have an open mind and not allow your personal beliefs and practices to affect your attitude towards a client or case.
There are plenty of other lesser-known areas of law in addition to these four. To find out more about all things law, have a read through our sister site AllAboutLaw.