Despite what most people think about lawyers being tough and ruthless, it is really a powerful industry. Knowing the law and being able to put it into practice is awesome. The studying can be heart breaking but reading for a degree in law is definitely up there as a huge accomplishment - well at least once you finish the degree that is. The areas vary from private practice, corporate law, maritime law etc.

In most cases people reading towards or have completed a legal degree or qualification are best suited.

Various Companies to work for in this industry:

South Africa:

Webber Wentzel Bowens
Adams Adams
Bowman Gilfillan Inc
Edward Nathan & Sonnenbergs Inc
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

And don't forget to check out The Law Society of South Africa and Legal Education and Development.

Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews (Nairobi, Kenya)
Ellis & Partners Legal Practitioners (Windhoek, Namibia)
Daly & Figgis (Nairobi, Kenya)

South America:
Veirano Advogados (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
García Menéndez Abogados (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Estudio Beccar Varela (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

North America:
McCarthy Tétrault (Canada)
Gowling Lafleur Henderson (Canada)
Borden Ladner Gervais (Canada)
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (Canada)
Fraser Milner Casgrain (Canada)

Baker & McKenzie
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary
Jones Day
White & Case
Latham & Watkins

Clifford Chance
Allen & Overy
DLA Piper

Loyens & Loeff

Buddle Findlay Barristers and Solicitors (New Zealand)
Chapman Tripp Sheffield Young (New Zealand)
Bell Gully Barristers & Solicitors (New Zealand)
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts (New Zealand)
Russell McVeagh McKenzie (New Zealand)

Allens Arthur Robinson
Blake Dawson
Clayton Utz
Mallesons Stephen Jaques

Broad & Bright
Luthra & Luthra
Simmons & Simmons

Check out:

The Firm: Secrets of a law firm that should not be found out!

A Few Good Men: The second Tom Cruise legal film in a row. This a goody as it is based on the legal happenings of the US marines with the investigation of a murder.

…And Justice For All: A young Al Pacino pulls off a classic performance of a lawyer faced with ethical and moral issues with his case involving a judge.