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Lawyer - EU

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


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Vivienne Breathnach
Lawyer Linguist-Barrister
Vivienne completed a degree in Law and Irish in UCC, and after some further training completed a course for Lawyer-linguists at King's Inns. She now works as a Lawer-Linguist with the EU Commission and is based in Brussels.
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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


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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


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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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