5 lucrative careers after a BA in Legal Studies
From becoming a court reporter to working as a legal consultant, the career opportunities available for BA in Legal Studies graduates are diverse and multifarious
A BA in Legal Studies nurtures students with highly transferable skills, opening several rewarding and fulfilling career pathways, which are not limited to the judiciary. Graduates can work with the government and in fields such as corporate, law enforcement, think tanks, academia, journalism, real estate, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and public service, to name a few. The pay, of course, varies by position.
Having a thorough understanding of the legal system can give an advantage to civil service aspirants, who want to become public administrators. Graduates with a BA in Legal Studies can also work in think tanks or policy and research institutes and help with quantitative and qualitative analysis, problem-solving, assessment of legal issues, and providing comprehensive feedback.
A paralegal works closely with practicing attorneys. The key responsibility areas include conducting research, drafting legal documents, organising files, and running numerous administrative duties. This hones a professional’s organisational skills, proofreading abilities, verbal and written communication, amongst many other traits. Becoming a paralegal serves as a gateway for the field of law without undergoing the extensive conventional law programs.
With a BA in Legal Studies, graduates can work in corporations as customer service representatives, human resources assistants, legal consultants and analysts. They can also offer services as compliance officers to ensure that the organisation’s functioning and policies align with the company rules and government regulations. Such professionals can also work in real estate firms or as real estate agents themselves and assist people with the legal issues and paperwork involved in buying or selling property.
Those inclined towards working as social workers can provide legal assistance to non-profits run by governments, private organisations or individuals for public welfare.
Law Enforcement Officer
Law enforcement officers are responsible for upholding the law and maintaining order in society. It requires sound academic know-how of the law and how it works. Such professionals assist police officers in responding to emergency calls, uncovering suspicious activities, and apprehending criminals. This career helps strengthen analytical, persuasive, verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
Legal Journalist / Court Reporter
This career is a cross between journalism and law. With a background in legal studies and a penchant for writing and narration, graduates can become legal journalists and work in the media sector. They can spread legal awareness among people by simplifying complex terminology associated with the law.
Court reporters, however, work specifically in courtrooms. They document the proceedings by typing everything as it happens. Along with complete know-how of legal terms that lawyers and judges use, such reporters must have a keen ear for the proceedings and be fast typists.
According to Dr. Vinita Singh, Assistant Professor, UPES School of Law, “Extraordinary efforts of human beings are always based on a passion to contribute to its surroundings and for this, awareness about the society and regulators of the same is mandatory. It is in this backdrop that study of the law becomes indispensable and the most productive aspect of human enlightenment.”
UPES is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in India and top 25 in law by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Ministry of Education, Government of India. The UPES School of Law was featured in ‘Forbes Legal Power list 2021’ for effectively training students to become passionate lawyers and outstanding professionals. UPES was also honoured with the ‘Blackboard Award 2021’ for leading change in academics and being at the forefront of educational innovation.
If Legal Studies is your calling, future-proof your career by enrolling at the UPES School of Law. To know more about the BA in Legal Studies program, click here https://www.upes.ac.in/course/ba-legal-studies