Undergraduate qualifications

Law interest fields

How do my career interests link with this field?

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(main motivation: serving and protecting society)

  • applying rules and regulations
  • influencing people
  • legal matters
  • persuading people
  • protecting others
  • social justice
  • solving difficult situations
  • working with those who have lost direction

Career fields, possible job titles and work environments

The following is a list of career areas linked to law, protection services and criminal justice, corrections and security, together with a description, possible job titles and work environments. Click on the career field to read more about the field, possible job titles and work environments. In addition, we provide you with an indication of which occupations are in high, higher, or highest demand according to the National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018. These occupations are marked as follows:

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What is this all about?

Careers in law focus on the application of principles and procedures as determined by legislation. The legal field is diverse and could include specialisation in various areas such as mercantile law, criminal law and private law. There are many different sub-specialisations in each of these fields, such as conveyancing, entertainment law, labour law, immigration law, intellectual property law, electronic commerce law, family law and environmental law. Additional requirements exist for admission to practice as an advocate and attorney.

Possible job titles related to law

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  • Administrative lawyer
  • Advocate
  • Arbitrator
  • Attorney
  • Case manager
  • Commercial rights manager
  • Compliance officer
  • Compliance specialist
  • Conciliation and arbitration commissioner
  • Court clerk/deputy court clerk
  • Court operations director
  • Court specialist
  • Courtroom clerk
  • Criminologist and forensic criminologist (offender profiling and victim support)
  • Family advocate
  • Judge
  • Intellectual property practitioner/lawyer
  • Law clerk
  • Legal administrative officer
  • Legal advisor
  • Legal assistant
  • Legal researcher
  • Legal secretary
  • Legislation facilitator
  • Legislator
  • Magistrate
  • Maintenance officer
  • Master of the High Court
  • Mediator
  • Negotiator
  • Paralegal
  • Patent attorney
  • Public prosecutor
  • Registrar
  • State attorney
  • Trademark attorney
  • Tribunal member

Possible work environments related to law

  • Courts (eg Constitutional Court, Supreme Court of Appeal, High Court, Labour Courts, Divorce Courts, Land Claims Court, Maintenance Courts)
  • Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
  • Government institutions
  • Legal firms
  • Legal departments of banking institutions, insurance companies, government institutions and estate agents
  • Magistrates’ offices
  • Other government departments, as a legal officer or legal advisor
  • Public and private companies as a legal adviser
  • Self-employed (attorneys and advocates)

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Protection services and criminal justice

What is this all about?

Criminal justice, corrections and security includes correctional services, criminology, criminal science, police science and security management.

Possible job titles related to protection services and criminal justice, corrections and security

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  • Administrative officer
  • Correctional parole officer
  • Correctional service officer
  • Correctional services manager
  • Crime analyst
  • Crime information analyst
  • Crime prevention consultant
  • Criminal intelligence analyst
  • Criminal intelligence specialist
  • Criminal records centre official
  • Criminologist
  • Criminologist as offender profiler
  • Detective
  • Forensic analyst
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Intelligence and criminal research specialist
  • Intelligence officer
  • Investigating officer
  • Investigator
  • Lecturer (university)
  • Police officer
  • Police manager
  • Policy analyst
  • Private detectives and investigator
  • Programme coordinator
  • Public manager
  • Researcher
  • Risk manager
  • Security consultant
  • Security manager
  • Security risk assessment manager
  • Security services manager
  • Security officer
  • Security practitioner

Possible work environments related to protection services and criminal justice, corrections and security

  • Correctional institutions
  • Courthouses
  • Department of Correctional Services
  • Forensic investigation organisations (SAPS, private and corporate forensic investigation units, and forensic laboratories)
  • Large companies with security, intelligence and compliance divisions
  • National, provincial and local government departments
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Research organisations
  • Retail and wholesale distributors
  • Self-employment as a consultant
  • Social services
  • South African Police Services
  • Specialised security companies

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