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Recent graduate in Law - any advise?

Greetings everyone,
I'm new here in the forum. I decided to register because it came up in a few of my google searches and it looked really useful.
I'm hoping I can get some feedback because I'm feeling a bit lost. I'm a recent graduate in Law, from Lisbon, and I came here in September to look for an internship. My boyfriend got a job here as an architect and, well, we are a young couple and we have been dating for 11 years now, we thought it was time to start our lives together. I've been sending CV's to law firms and companies but there's no positive outcome. I thought I could be useful, since there's a large portuguese community I could be useful whenever the portuguese law is applicable.
I now decided to apply to a Master here in Switzerland, to see if I become more appealing to law firms and companies.

Is there someone who can give me some advise?
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Re: Recent graduate in Law - any advise?

Don't you have to sit the bar exam before being able to practice in Switzerland? Just because there is an enormous large Portuguese population in this country, we still live under the Swiss juridical system
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Re: Recent graduate in Law - any advise?

Hi Frank2k!
First, thank you for your answer

Well the bar exam is meant only for those who want to go to court, in presence of a judge. A Law degree is useful in many other ways, like legal advisors. To work in a bank or a company, in a legal department, it's not necessary to be a lawyer with "brevet d'avocat", I think.
I don't have knowledge yet of the Private International Law here in Switzerland, but in Portugal, like many other countries in Europe, we have a special section that tell which law to apply, example, if a swiss wants to get married in Portugal we apply the swiss law. This applies to civil subjects like marriage, successions...
So I wasn't trying to say the application of the portuguese law is proportional to the community. My point was that whenever there are foreigners, or nationals from another country, there's a chance to apply the law of the country they were born in instead of the law of their home country.

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Re: Recent graduate in Law - any advise?

Good morning

I would try the embassy or consulate to start with. Do you have any practical experience with international law?

It probably would help to do a Masters in Swiss law in order to find a job. I also have a legal background, so feel free to PM me if you would like further information.
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Re: Recent graduate in Law - any advise?

Good morning

Thank you for your reply.
Unfortunately the portuguese embassy/consulate are not hiring at the moment. The state of the country is alarming so all the public jobs are on hold.
About the experience, I have none... Just two summer internships in two different law firms in Portugal.

If you don't mind, I'll PM you as you suggested. There's nothing like talking to someone with legal background!

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Old 31.10.2012, 20:09
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Re: Recent graduate in Law - any advise?

Hello and welcome to the forum!

Doing a masters degree is a great idea (especially as it's quite common in Switzerland, and not having one can often be a disadvantage). Try and research the market well before selecting your degree.

I don't know if you speak any national languages (German, French, Italian) but German and French in particular are quite important in general and I would say in law especially (except for certain fields like international law).

One idea could be going into something more business-oriented that would complement your law degree, another would be looking into international law and other types of law that aren't very nation-specific. Again, check the market demand (job websites, talking to current lawyers) when selecting your course.

All the best, and feel free to ask any questions as we all benefit from them.
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Re: Recent graduate in Law - any advise?

Dear IronAngle,

I'm currently applying to an LLM in International and European Economic and Commercial Law, at University of Lausanne. I'm also interested in a MAS in International Taxation, at University of Newch‚tel. Since the begining I thought about a business-kind of career.
Do you have any opinion regarding these programs?


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