In Summary - Lawyer Linguist - EU
Ensures that all new legislation has the same meaning in every European language.
Lawyer Linguist - EUs typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Lawyer Linguist - EU
EU lawyer-linguists have a vital role in lawmaking, ensuring that all new legislation has the same meaning in every European language.
The job requires capable lawyers with outstanding linguistic abilities, who are experienced in drafting or translating, checking or revising legal texts. Lawyer-linguists must be able to discern precisely what EU legislation is intended to convey, and faithfully reflect that intention in their own native language.
Interests - Lawyer Linguist - EU
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
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.
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.
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.
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 Linguist - EU
Lawyer/Linguists in the EU must have:
- Perfect command of one European language and a thorough command of at least 2 others
- A law degree
Previous experience of translating legal texts and additional languages are an asset.
The selection procedure for lawyer linguists focuses on your legal and language knowledge and translation skills as well as the core competencies required of all EU officials. Find out more about the selection procedure. You may also find our sample tests useful.
Lawyer linguist selections can be launched at any time throughout the year, although publication tends to be either in spring or autumn. Check "What's coming up" on the EPSO homepage for an announcement about the languages we are looking for in the current year.
|See: EPSO - European Personnel Selection Office - EU Career profiles - Languages|
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See also the website of the Court of Justice for temporary contract opportunities.
Last Updated: December, 2016
Pay & Salary - Lawyer Linguist - EU
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 67k - k
Monthly salaries in the European Commission range from around €2,600 per month for a newly recruited AST/SC 1 official to around €16,000 per month for a top level AD 16 official with over four years of seniority.
Lawyer Linguists in the EU enter at Grade AD 7 with a salary of €5,668 per month.
Each grade is broken up into five seniority steps with corresponding salary increases. Basic salaries are adjusted annually in line with inflation and purchasing power in the EU countries.
As the name may suggest the basic monthly salary is just the starting point to remuneration associated with EU jobs as an employee may be entitled to allowances. All payments are subject to relevant tax and charges.
Official Journal of the European Union & EPSO
Last Updated: April, 2015
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - Lawyer Linguist - EU
EU Careers - European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)
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