Law Graduate Jobs in the Philippines
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Law Graduate Jobs Overview
Contrary to the recent trends affecting other fields, the demand for law professions has seen an overall increase during 2021. Law-related jobs are, after all, closely linked to other enormous job sectors such as finance, media, and politics. The required legalese in simple day-to-day office work alone ensures steady employment for graduates of this field.
Finding a Law Graduate Job
The legal sector is deemed a fulfilling and high-earning career. Indeed, it provides a multitude of career possibilities with a generous salary grade. Launch your law practice today and start looking up employers and job openings on Prosple Philippines.
Top law firms in the Philippines
- Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW)
- Avenida & Diaz Law Office
- Chan Robles Law Firm
- Nicolas & De Vega Law Offices
- Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
Apart from law firms, you can also land a job in businesses/corporations and in the government.
On the Job as a Law Professional
Generally speaking, lawyers both undertake immense amounts of legal research and draft legal documents for their clients.
You can broadly separate the fields of law into litigation and transactional practice. The former deals with presenting cases in court and the latter deals with representing clients in various other legal transactions.
Common Law Professions and Expected Monthly Salary
- Lawyer: Php 46,000 - Php 120,000
- Paralegal: Php 15,000 - Php 37,000
- Legal Secretary: Php 8,000 - Php 29,000
- Court Clerk: Php 8,000 - Php 31,000
- Policy Analyst: Php 35,000 - Php 55,000
- Legal Counsel: Php 69,000 - Php 180,000
Other law-related job titles
- Law reporter
- Legal editor
- Recruitment specialist
- Administrative law judge
Most lawyers work full-time and may even go beyond 40 hours a week. This is especially applicable to lawyers in large, private firms where they are required to put in more work reviewing documents and doing research.
To land the job, you should always tailor your CV for each legal job you apply for. Research each firm to get an idea of what they’re looking for in a candidate and what you can expect from them in turn. The following are common key skills for aspiring lawyers:
- Complex Problem Solving
- Critical Thinking
- Reading Comprehension
- Social Perceptiveness
Law Professional's Job Satisfaction
Professions in law are often demanding and adhere to stricter standards than average. It is these same difficulties that make the profession fulfilling; knowing that you’re making a difference and that few others can. Of course, it helps that you are paid handsomely for your skills.
Jobs and Programs Abroad
Practicing law or pursuing law studies abroad is a smart career move. Here are some of the opportunities you might want to check out:
- Law graduate jobs and programs in Australia
- Law graduate jobs and programs in New Zealand
- Law graduate jobs and programs in Singapore
After completing a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor, you may proceed to a Master of Laws if you satisfy the required general average. Some institutions may set this to be no lower than 85%.
Even further study can lead you to a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) Program which has an even stricter screening process. Equivalent to a PhD in other fields, an SJD is considered as the most advanced law degree by institutes such as Harvard Law School, Cornell, University, and Yale Law School.
The only school in the Philippines that currently offers S.J.D. is the San Beda Graduate School of Law.
Alternative Career Options
Current opportunities or obstacles may pave the way for career paths that make a law license unnecessary. Law graduates can leverage their skills and knowledge to enter a plethora of related fields. The same key skills in the field of law will serve you well in the following fields:
- Legal instructor
- Data analyst
- Data scientist
- Contracts administrator
- Civil service administrator
- Human resources
- Financial officer/adviser
- Compliance officer
- Magistrate judge
- Political risk analyst