In simple terms the law determines what we can and cannot do. But in life things are rarely so simple, the jobs in this profession help determine what is and isn’t legal. Solicitors and barristers will advocate for the affected parties, judges and juries will impartially guide the process and determine outcomes. The profession is divided into two professional practice areas: solicitor and barrister, along with judges and various administrative support roles. A degree in law is also well regarded by non-legal employers and many opportunities exist for law grads who do not wish to practise law.
Solicitors deal with a variety of responsibilities, including providing legal advice, acting as representatives in commercial dealing, managing ongoing cases and handling legal communications.
Barristers provide legal opinions on complex topics, research matters of law related to legal cases, negotiate settlements and advocate in court for their clients, giving legal opinions.
Every Judge will have served as a barrister or solicitor for at least ten years before being appointed. Generally those who have been appointed by the government will have many more years’ experience than this minimum requirement.
The Irish legal system is divided into two branches, civil and criminal courts, which adjudicate civil and criminal law respectively.
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Many practising barristers are members of the Law Library, a collective structure which facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience and administrative resources.