Legal Jobs – Top Four Unusual Jobs in Law
Many lawyers find extreme satisfaction in teaching what they know to others, and these days, says a study on the academic profession, a large proportion of those who teach law are female. An article published in The Times in May estimated that approximately 42% of legal academics are women. What’s the attraction? Most likely, posits The Times, it’s the job security and hours offered by the academic setting. The average starting wage for a legal lecturer is about £35,000, and about 13% of those in the field of legal academics get a wage of £50,000 or above.
Legal secretaries are in great demand within the legal profession. A legal secretary must have the understanding to properly type legal documents and pleadings, leases, wills, tenancy agreements and the like. In many smaller organisations, the secretary takes on the role of administrator and may even do preliminary research for cases of law. An entry level law secretary can expect a salary of £10,000 to £14,000 per year. Experienced legal secretaries can earn £25,000 per year and more.
Paralegals generally work within a law office, but are not fully qualified barristers or solicitors. The duties of a paralegal often involve document management, research, drafting contracts and pleadings, preparing court related documents, meeting with clients, attending court, general clerical work and offering legal advice. It is not unusual for private firms in many disciplines to hire a paralegal to manage and oversee contract management and legal matters for the company. It is not unusual for paralegals to complete additional training and work their way into positions as Legal Executives and eventually, solicitors. Annual starting salaries range from £14,000 to £22,000, and an experienced paralegal working with a large firm can earn as much as £40,000 per year.
Court Administrative Officer
Court officers and assistants help manage the daily running of the courts. They may assign courtrooms, book dates for hearings, manage and maintain the flow of paperwork pertinent to the days’ cases, prepare the day’s case list and follow up on decisions made by the courts. Some court officers specialise in various sections of the legal system, most often in fines and fees, where they are required to collect fines, send out summonses and assist the public in filling out forms. The starting salaries for court administrative officers range from £12,000 to £16,000 per year. An experienced court administrative officer can earn up to £20,000.