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Career Prospects

Studying law leads to a wide range of professions. Once students have completed their studies and have obtained the Master's qualification, they will have access to a wide range of opportunities, which are not restricted solely to the legal domain.

As expected, studying Law enables access to courts and to a professional body of lawyers (bar associations), thereby presenting law students and graduates with a large pool of professions. Occupations which represent justice most symbolically include magistrate, lawyer, notary and bailiff. In addition, company lawyers are now highly sought after in both the private and public sectors due to the increasing complexity of the law.

This Master’s degree in Law is also one of the requirements in order to work for the Civil Service at local, regional, national, European and international level.


Careers in the Field of Law

Upon graduating with a Master's in Law, students can apply for jobs such as:

  • Judge
  • Notary (upon obtaining a Specialised Master's in Notorial Law and successfully completing a 3-year placement) 
  • Court baliff (a 2-year placement is required to be able to apply for this position)
  • Court clerk
  • Lawyer in the public sector (European, federal, regional, local, etc.; a 3-year placement is necessary to be part of a bar association) 
  • Lawyer in a private company
  • And many more (some professions, however, may require additional qualifications/conditions).

 

Public Sector

The Civil Service is in frequent contact with legal practitioners for their qualities to defend the interests of the community, to guarantee the legality of public policy and to provide, among others, support in legal matters locally, nationally and internationally. Legal practitioners can also work for the Court of Appeal and the European Commission, among other public organisations.

Private Sector

Modern society is faced with increasingly complex legislation regarding business, finance and the protection of the environmentCompanies therefore call upon legal practitioners to defend and protect their own interests in accordance with the law. It is therefore common to find lawyers in industrial and commercial companies, banks, insurance companies, etc. 

Other Career Prospects

Lawyers impress with their legal knowledge and mastery of institutional structures. Their critical thinking and sharp know-how also allow them to work in other fields such as journalism, politics or business management. 


Branches of Law

Law is constantly evolving with regard to social, scientific and technical advances. Advances in science, technological developments and new concerns therefore play a major role in the growing complexity and expansion of law in both the private and public sectors. The internationalisation of law further extends the field of study to which it belongsThe influence of European law is notable in almost all branches of law, including:

  • Business law
  • Environmental law
  • Media law
  • Family law
  • Right of asylum
  • And many more.



Criminology

Students who have acquired all 180 credits of the Bachelor's in Law may, if they so wish, study for the Master's in Criminology (with additional credits). 

They can therefore work in law enforcement as well as in prisons, court houses, support services for offenders and victims, youth protection centres, various associations active in the field of deviance, and so on.