There’s an assumption that a legal studies degree is only necessary if you want to become a lawyer. On the contrary, there’s so much more that you can do with a legal studies degree. While studying to become a lawyer will require further your education beyond a baccalaureate, there are plenty of occupations that you can pursue with a pre-law degree. Students who graduate with their bachelor’s degree may not go to law school right away. Many graduates have gone on to find rewarding careers in other professions that are applicable to their degree of study.
The administrative team here at Florida National University (FNU) wants to inform you about some of these options as we feel that our Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies is a great alternative for aspiring college students who are looking for a profession that’s geared more toward applying their soft skills with a type of occupation that’s not as technical as a science degree.
Here are 6 jobs that you pursue with a legal studies degree:
This is, of course, one of the most obvious choices. It’s perfect for graduates who have the desire to work in law, but might not want to invest the resources in going to school to practice law. Working as a paralegal is the next best thing! As a paralegal, you’ll be assisting practicing attorneys with drafting legal documents, conducting research, organizing files, and a string of various administrative duties. With this pre-law degree, you’ll be prepared to assist lawyers in a variety of work settings such as law firms, government agencies, private practices, and corporate legal departments.
There are plenty of organizations that support this profession. The National Federation of Paralegal Association, Florida Alliance of Paralegal Association, and the Paralegal Association of Florida are just a few organizations that can help propel your legal career after you graduate.
Law Enforcement Officer
Many of us have our own depiction of what being a police officer is. While we may have an understanding of the physical requirements of responding to emergency calls, suspicious activity and apprehending criminals, there is a level of academic know-how that’s required for such a profession. What we don’t see or may not have realized is that these professionals have a job to do. Aside from patrolling the streets and handing out traffic tickets, law enforcement officers are responsible for upholding and maintaining order in the general public. In order to do this effectively, they must know and understand the law in order to enforce it and issue citations to those who break it. This kind of career can be worked on at a local, state, and federal level.
Get into Real Estate. Become an Agent!
Not every profession concerning the law involves cops, robbers, and lawyers! The real estate profession requires certain knowledge about the law at a local level. The buying and selling of property involves tons of paperwork that needs to be filed with the city. The city must keep track of who owns what, especially when it comes to land. In some states, an attorney takes care of these matters. In others, real estate agents take care of all of the paperwork and filings. There are also real estate agencies that house both a practicing attorney and real estate agent. At any rate, with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies, pursuing a career as a real estate agent will put you one step toward realizing your professional goal.
Work as a Law Librarian
With today’s technological advancements, the profession of a librarian has progressed in terms of technical responsibilities. Cloud applications have increased the need for a more organized, secure and scalable database that can be updated as new cases occur.
The career of a Law Librarian requires extensive knowledge of legal publications in terms of being able to retrieve and file them in an organized manner. In addition to managing a law library and keeping up with the budget and being an information hub for legal resources, the Law Librarian oftentimes is responsible for conducting extensive research for different levels of the law including, but not limited to legislative history, news and media, business intelligence and more. As a Law Librarian, you can find yourself working in a university, law firm, or for the government.
A social worker’s responsibilities involve helping people and communities. In such a people position as this, having a background in legal studies is always welcomed. The role of a social worker involves acting as an advocate on the people’s behalf oftentimes responding to life and death situations regarding mental health and/or abuse. Social Workers mainly concern themselves with the social and mental aspect of an individual. If it gets too physical, law enforcement usually takes over, but the two professions will work in tandem in such situations. As a social worker, you have the option of counseling child and family, as a school social worker, in mental health and substance abuse, or in healthcare.
Just as the social worker and law enforcement work in tandem, the role of a probation officer also works alongside the social worker. Although the probation officers’ area of expertise is to evaluate people who have been incarcerated, following up to test for drugs and substances that might violate their probation. The probation officer can be looked at as a personal law enforcement officer who also shares some of the responsibilities of a social worker ensuring the most effective course of rehabilitation.
More about FNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies
The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies provides students with plenty of career opportunities. With this degree, graduates will obtain an advance skillset of critical and analytical thinking that will help them communicate complex data within the legal field in the private and public sector.
FNU also offers an Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies. This two-year degree program can be completed with a minimum of 60 credit hours.
Both degrees can be completed 100% online.
To start your career as a college student in legal studies, contact an FNU advisor to discuss financial aid options today!