China industry spotlight: Law/Legal
With the proliferation of TV shows about legal firms and lawyers these days, you are probably already very familiar with what it’s like to work in this industry (although real life may not be quite as dramatic). There are several sectors to focus on within the law industry. Criminal law or defense attorneys deal with those who have broken some law. Government counsels argue cases on behalf of the government. Corporate counsels work on behalf of large companies and can focus on a myriad of issues ranging from taxes to dealing with unions. Legal aid lawyers work in a non-profit setting on behalf of disadvantaged people who typically cannot afford to pay for legal services. Environmental lawyers may represent both sides of the equation: waste disposal companies or environment protection groups. Tax lawyers can assist in helping people pay the least amount of taxes or simply become knowledgeable about all the various tax rules that apply to them. Intellectual property lawyers protect stuff you create! Family lawyers can help with divorce, child custody or adoption.
Litigation lawyers handle disputes of all natures. Securities lawyers are the guys to call if you are doing anything with stocks and bonds. If you don’t want to become a lawyer but still want to work in the legal industry, you can always work in mediation.
China is a fascinating place to start a career in law as the industry is almost starting from scratch.
During the Cultural Revolution in China, the legal industry basically collapsed as legal work was deemed counterrevolutionary; however, over the past 40 years, China has been steadily rebuilding its legal expertise. With the growing need for legal services and justice in China, people working in this industry are in high demand.
Getin2China can help you intern in law and learn more about China along the way with an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai. Internships are the perfect opportunity to test different industries and company environments to learn about what type of career best suits you.
- Scan and download/upload documents to the system
- Data entry
- Assist the team with legal research and case law
- Attend legal hearings
Experience and qualifications
To find a law internship in China, communication, speaking and interpersonal skills are required. Research, analysis, problem-solving and writing ability is also desired. Previous classes in business law will be beneficial.