If you are interested in a career in law where you can utilize your language skills, consult the Moritz College of Law for the most appropriate course plan for you, and continue to study your foreign language(s) at the advanced level. Listed below are a few examples of legal careers that may require language skills.
Immigration Law is a rapidly growing field due to the influx of immigrants entering the U.S. each year. Immigration lawyers on the web is just one location where prospective employers post legal position in the immigration field. Many of these positions require or suggest language skills. Here are just two examples of job postings you might find on this site:
Small downtown ... firm seeking a mature, conscientious and detail-oriented experienced attorney (minimum 2 years experience). Must have experience in handling both family and business immigration cases, preferably in a small firm environment. Must have excellent research and English writing skills. Candidates with Spanish language proficiency will be considered first. We offer a competitive salary and benefits - both traditional (health insurance) and non-traditional (in-office professional massage).
Small downtown ... firm seeking a mature, conscientious and detail-oriented senior paralegal (minimum 5 years experience in an immigration firm). Must have experience in handling both family and business immigration cases, preferably in a small firm environment. Must have excellent research and English writing skills. Candidates with Spanish language proficiency will be considered first. We offer a competitive salary and benefits - both traditional (health insurance) and non-traditional (in-office professional massage).
Adapted from: ILW.com
International Trade Law
The Certificate in International Trade and Development is a program offered at OSU in which interested law students may further their knowledge of International Trade with world trade organizations. The purpose of the Certificate Program in International Trade and Development is to provide law students with a broad legal and multi-disciplinary background in international trade, investment, and commercial law.
Students are also trained in international trade and commercial law regimes such as the European Community, GATT, and other world trade organizations.
In addition to possessing specialized legal knowledge, the modern international transactions lawyer must also have a sophisticated background in international economics, politics, history, and culture.
Perhaps even more important, the international transactions lawyer should have facility with a foreign language. Thus, students in the Certificate Program also are required to take foreign language courses offered by the University.
For more information about this certificate see the Moritz College of Law at OSU.
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The National Association of Legal Assistants is the leading professional association for legal assistants and paralegals, providing continuing education and professional development programs. Many legal assistant positions require or suggest foreign language skills, so that assistants can facilitate correspondence and interaction with international clientele.
Legal Interpreters and Translators
Courts are actively seeking translators who can assist the judge, the lawyers and jury on cases involving non-native speakers of English.
The National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators is a professional association that was first chartered as a non-profit organization under New York State laws, and incorporated as the Court Interpreters and Translators Association, Inc. (CITA) in 1978.
The NAJIT mission is to be a leader in promoting quality interpretation and translation services in the judicial system. NAJIT now has over 1000 members, including practicing interpreters and translators as well as educators, researchers, students and administrators.