For years, budding legal students have gone through the same process. First, they go to a regular university to complete a law degree. Then they go onto two or more years of professional training that introduces them to the “real world” before taking their exams and finally qualifying.
Legal training, however, is changing in a way that is making law careers more appealing. Instead of students poring over textbooks in the library, the new approach is to give them more “hands-on” experiences in actual working environments.
The American Bar Association is driving a lot of this change. The organization wants trainee lawyers to have a deeper understanding of how the real world works and the issues that their clients will likely face in the future.
Technology is also having a significant impact on the way people learn, too, again making legal careers more appealing. Students can now log onto online portals and simply take part in courses over the internet, negating the need to attend a physical institution every day. For people already in work, this is a godsend, providing them with the flexibility they need to conduct their legal studies alongside the rest of their life.
If you’re interested in getting an education in law, take a look at the following infographic. It charts some of the significant changes that have occurred in training over the last few years (and how they can benefit you). It also shows you some of the fabulous ways you can apply your law degree (and the kinds of salaries you can earn).
Infographic by USC