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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

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In Summary - Lawyer - EU

Lawyers in the EU Institutions play a vital role in law-making at EU level.

Career Sectors

Lawyer - EUs typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Working for the EU
Government, Politics & EU
Solicitor
Law & Legal

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The Work - Lawyer - EU

Lawyers in the EU institutions deliver legislation which affects the lives of 500 million people in 28 EU countries. They work with colleagues of many different nationalities to:

  • Develop a wide range of legislation
  • Draft policy documents
  • Coordinate with EU national authorities to improve national legislation
  • Conduct in-depth research and analysis
  • Provide legal counsel to senior management
  • Implement programmes of activity
  • Supervise and assist colleagues

Interests - Lawyer - EU

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Enterprising

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Linguistic

The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.

Qualities

The institutions are looking for candidates who are talented, motivated, and highly qualified in their field, and who have the following competencies in particular:


• Analysis and problem solving - Ability to identify the critical facts in complex issues and develop creative and practical solutions
• Communication – Communicate clearly and precisely both orally and in writing
• Delivering quality and results – Take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering work to a high standard of quality within set procedures
• Learning and development – Develop and improve personal skills and knowledge of the organisation and its environment
• Prioritising and organising – Prioritise the most important tasks, work flexibly, and organise own workload efficiently
• Resilience – Remain effective under a heavy workload, handle organisational frustrations positively, and adapt to a changing work environment
• Working with others - Work cooperatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people

An additional requirement for posts in the AD career bracket (administrators) is:
• Leadership – Manage, develop and motivate people to achieve results

Entry Requirements - Lawyer - EU

Qualifications (indicative)

You must have:

  • A good command of at least 2 European languages (one of which must be English, French or German)
  • A law degree (or be graduating this year) for entry at Grade AD 5
  • Several years’ relevant experience, to join us at a more senior level (Grade AD 7).

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is the first port of call for anyone wanting to work for the EU.  Its website explains the selection process for permanent jobs and gives advice on preparing for competitions.

See: EPSO - European Personnel Selection Office - EU Career profiles - Law

Last Updated: December, 2016

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