Career Profile: Working as a Legal Advisor

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Terry Rocster, a legal advisor with a well-known Irish company tells us about his educational background and his day-to-day job.


I am employed as in-house legal advisor for a large Irish company with extensive European operations. I’ve always been interested in law and I enjoyed studying law at undergraduate level. This obviously helps with the legal side of my job, but I also completed a Masters in Business Studies. This gave me a good understanding of how businesses operate.

The Work

In my everyday work proof-reading documents and letter writing have a large role. Therefore, attention to detail and good literacy skills are essential. The legal function also liaises with other departments within the company on a regular basis. That means you also need good interpersonal skills.

The in-house legal role is challenging. You become part of how the business moves forward, which makes the role varied and interesting. However, it can be difficult reconciling the needs of the business with any legal obstacles that may arise.

For anyone interested in combining law and business I think this would be a good career option. Talk to people who have studied law or who work in similar roles. Work experience, if you can get it, is also another great way to get a taste for what it is like. is a national database of universities, colleges, institutes and providers of third level and PLC courses in Ireland. We operate a national search database of courses at certificate, diploma and degree level as well as providing information about career paths and directions.
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