A practising solicitor/barrister working in relevant practice areas to public law.
Supporting lawyers in their work, such as drafting documents and collecting, analysing and summarising information. Could go on to study as a chartered legal executive to become a ‘fee earner’, or pursue qualification as solicitor/barrister.
Working within an organisation with a link with human rights law, often an NGO or a charity. Providing administrative, project management or field work support to a project which relates to the field, not working in a legal capacity. Projects could range from awareness campaigns to research work, to direct support for beneficiaries (e.g. refugees).
Every organisation, whatever their cause or values, has a range of support roles, which keeps everything working smoothly: from finance, to marketing, to HR, to IT, to senior management. Direct-entry roles exist within most organisations to support these departments.
Providing similar support roles to a legal assistant in some cases, but usually also face-to-face advice for clients (e.g. prisoners, immigrants and asylum seekers).
Working in an organisation with a remit for advocacy – seeking to question, analyse and propose solutions to policy and political agendas.
Researching, publishing and teaching, having studied higher degrees (usually a doctorate) in a public/human rights law specialism.