What is Law?

Law, or legal studies, comes into contact with almost every area of human life, touching upon issues relating to business, economics, politics, the environment, human rights, international relations and trade.

As a lawyer, you can expect to learn how to tackle some of the most problematic conflicts and issues in modern society and morality. In providing a framework through which to examine and understand different societies and cultures, law degrees are a useful way to prepare not only for specific legal careers, but for a broad range of professional roles.

Law and financial services

There are a number of areas within law that are relevant to financial services businesses. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Legal counsel
  • Commercial law
  • Corporate law
  • Financial crime law
  • Banking and finance law
  • Tax law
  • Trust law


Examples of job roles within law:

  • Finance Paralegal
  • In-house Counsel Lawyer/Associate
  • Legal Secretary
  • Legal and Compliance Manager
  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Head of Legal Service/Counsel


Skills you may need:

  • Ability to understand complex issues from multiple perspectives in order to ‘see the bigger picture’
  • Ability to construct and defend an argument persuasively
  • Excellent professional communication skills, spoken and written, including presentation skills
  • Self-management, including planning and meeting deadlines
  • General research skills
  • Interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Analytical and reasoning skills


Qualifications you may need:

  • Relevant university degree
  • Relevant practical experience
  • Professional accreditations from organisations such the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and/or Graduate Diploma in Law course
  • Qualification as a Jersey advocate or solicitor accredited by the Law Society of Jersey