The legal profession is a field which studies, develops and applies the law. To start a career in law, individuals need to obtain a law degree or other legal education certifications. The legal profession does not have a clear and specific structure as there are two main legal systems with different arrangements in jurisdictions, as well as the legal terminology is different from area to area.
There are many types of legal professionals including, arbitrators and mediators, barristers, judges, legal cashiers, law costs draftsman, legal executives, notaries, legal secretaries, solicitors, ushers and paralegals.
Arbitration and mediation are alternative ways to solve issues without going to court. Arbitrators and mediators are neutral professionals, meaning that they can’t provide advice or take sides.
Barristers are experts who provide legal advice and have as the main task to outline legal arguments to judges, magistrates and juries. Barristers do not usually have contact with the public and appear in court when instructed by a solicitor.
Legal cashier usually works in solicitors’ practices, by keeping financial records and informing solicitors about the financial position of the company.
Law costs draftsman ensures that a client is properly charged for the work he/she requires. In case there is an issue of over costs, these individuals represent the clients in court.
A legal executive is a person who works in a legal office and can become a solicitor after a period of training. These professionals have their own clients and represent them in court.
Notaries are qualified lawyers whose practices are similar to the solicitors’ ones. Their main tasks are to authenticate and certify signatures and documents.
Legal secretaries are those individuals who provide secretarial support to solicitors, barristers and the law courts draftsman. Usually, they work with various correspondence and prepare documents such as wills, divorce petitions and witness statements.
Solicitors are professionals who work in different areas of law. They usually have a direct contact with their clients and provide them with legal advice and assistance in different situations.
Ushers are those professionals who escort judges to and from the courts and prepare the courtrooms. As well as this, they prepare court lists and maintain order in the courtroom.
Finally, paralegals are those individuals who assist lawyers in their work. Their duties vary according to the type of firm they are working in; nevertheless, their common tasks include research and draft documents, as well as attend client meetings and manage different documents.
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