Many youngsters plan on pursuing all sorts of different careers as they leave school, college and university as they make the transition into adulthood. During their adult lives, these people will invariably decide to meander down a different career path if they feel their first choice is not all that it is cracked up to be.
For a growing number of young adults, getting onto the career ladder to have a profession in law employment law, has been increasing in recent years.
There are many benefits to having a career in employment law, and if this is something you are interested in, today’s blog post will talk you through the pros and cons of becoming an employment law specialist, as well as the requirements needed to succeed in this profession. You can also check this site to get more information about it.
What is employment law?
In a nutshell, employment law (also known as “labor law”, depending on what part of the world you are from) refers to the legal mediation between employees, employers, trade unions and the government.
In its broad scope and application, this fascinating law field ensures that an employee’s basic workplace rights are protected. Employment law encompasses all different work-related claims, such as race, age, gender, and disability.
Other areas that employment law covers include misappropriation of trade secrets and compensation claims arising from negligence.
Employment law is rather dynamic, complex and is specific to local jurisdiction. For example, employment law matters in Australia may be different to ones in the United Kingdom, which are aligned to those in the European Union.
Why employment lawyers are needed
Put simply, there are always going to be disagreements or issues in the workplace that cannot be resolved without invoking the services of an employment lawyer.
If you take a trip back in time back to the days of the Industrial Revolution, and you will note that, in those days, working conditions were poor. Young children were often employed to do labor-intensive jobs that many adults could hardly cope with, and discrimination and abuse were rife.
Workers demanded the right to have better working conditions, and the choice to join trade unions that would help them to defend those rights (some employers treated their workers as nothing more than slaves).
In today’s modern world, working conditions have significantly improved for everyone, and with the various employment laws put in place and evolved since the Industrial Revolution, many people have been able to enjoy working without working in harsh conditions.
Indeed, many employers have also been able to hire employees that they can trust and rely on. Whilst I would like to say that this is the case with all workplaces, sadly it is not, and so it is the job of employment lawyers to help defend the cases of claimants.
The client’s employment lawyers work for
Employment lawyers often work for a diverse mixture of clients. Given the complexity of some claims, the legal matters dealt with don’t necessarily correspond with the size of the organization.
For instance, an employment lawyer might take on a case relating to a trade secrets compensation claim worth millions, yet their client only employs just five people!
It has to be said that employment law is never a dull career choice for young people, as this law field covers a wide range of topics, and there is even the possibility that you could become involved with cases that attract much publicity in the media.
Is employment law recession-proof?
One thing that many young adults worry about is whether the work will dry up in their chosen career path during times of economic hardship. Thankfully, employment lawyers will always have work to do, and especially during times of recession!
The only thing I would say is that competition is stiff for jobs in this sector. Only those who are willing to show dedication, initiative and can “put the hours in” will have a good chance of getting a job with a law firm whose specialties include employment law.
A day in the life of an employment lawyer
An employment lawyer will undertake a variety of different tasks, such as:
- Drafting letters, legal documents, and agreements;
- Spending time researching various industries and past legal cases;
- Organizing and prioritizing workload;
- Keeping up to date with ever-changing employment law guidelines and rules;
- Meeting with clients to discuss issues and ongoing cases.
What skills are needed to become an employment lawyer?
In order to pursue a career in employment law, there are various skills and qualifications that you must possess.
You need to have strong communication and interpersonal skills, be able to manage your workload effectively, be sensitive to your client’s needs, and have very good drafting skills.
Clients will often have to deal with unpleasant situations or even allegations made against them, and so it is essential that employment lawyers are extremely supportive and understanding.
At times, employment lawyers may need to speak on behalf of their clients at employment tribunals, and so excellent public skills are a must in this job.
Do I need any qualifications?
Employment law is a very specialist area, and so those seeking a job in this field will need to possess certain qualifications.
Apart from having the usual qualifications from school (GCSEs, high school certificates or diplomas, depending on where you went to school), you will also need to go to university and successfully complete a law degree.
Another route into the job is to study part-time for a law degree and work for a law firm as a trainee. As a trainee, you will get to deal with a variety of tasks, most of which are to assist the law firm’s associates (such as researching, for example).
That is not to say that you do not do any actual work that an employment lawyer does, because you will! Some law firms may even sponsor trainees to complete the studies necessary to sit various law degree exams.
For obvious reasons, studying employment law is also very beneficial for trainees, and there are thankfully limitless resources both online and on paper that trainees can use to aid their studies.