Northumbria University advise on the steps to embark on a career in employment law
Whether you’re just embarking on your career or already on the road into a career in HR, the notion of becoming an employment lawyer may well have crossed your mind.
Employment law offers a challenging and rewarding job role within HR, enabling you to work in all legal matters relating to the workplace, as well as perhaps representing a party in employment tribunals.
Employment lawyers can work both in law firms or within an HR department where an in-house lawyer is required.
But what’s the best way to get a career in employment law? Northumbria University provides insight into the salaries, skills and experience needed to start a career in law…
Salary range: £29,000-£41,500*
Average salary: £37,500
Job roles and responsibilities…
- Advising on the employer/employee relationship in all matters relating to:
- Sickness and absence
- Restructures and redundancies
- Employment documentation
- Grievance and disciplinary matters
- Working in the best interests of both the employer and employees
- Working to ensure the obligations of both employers and employees are met
- Making tough HR decisions and handling complicated issues
- Keep up-to-date with changes in employment law
Skills and personality traits…
- Analytical skills to determine the best and most appropriate actions
- Fantastic written and verbal communication skills
- Organisational and motivational skills
- The ability to make tough choices
- Adaptable in order to respond to the ever-changing nature of employment law
- Self-motivated to undertake Continuing Professional Development
Your career in employment law
Employment lawyers are legal professionals specialising in employment law, and there are several routes to qualifying:
- You can take the legal route – becoming a barrister or solicitor then specialising in employment law. This typically takes the following route:
- A qualifying law degree, such as a Bachelor of Laws is the first step. You can find a list of providers here.
- For degrees in a subject other than law, a conversion course needs to be taken. This can either be a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or a Common Professional Examination (CPE).
- LPC: After a qualifying law degree, the next step is the Legal Practice Course. Usually taken full time over a year, this is a practical course to get the right experience and training for the job.
- Period of Recognised Training: After the LPC, a Period of Recognised Training must be completed – working as a trainee solicitor. During this time, a Professional Skills Course (PSC) needs to be completed.
- You can also boost your credentials with a CIPD-accredited qualification. Courses are available at a number of different CIPD-approved institutions in the form of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
- Unsure about funding this level of professional development? Speak to your employer. They may be willing to sponsor your study and give you study days to complete your work – especially if you can make a case for how it will benefit their business.
*totaljobs.com salary checker