Soledad Atienza, the director of the Bachelor of Laws, talks about the future for lawyers, and what it takes to follow your passion. “Nowadays lawyers need more than just legal training to become successful lawyers. They need to be business oriented, they need to be trained in management, they need to be innovative and they need to be international.”
What made you realize that Law was what you wanted to study?
I was looking for a program that would open my mind to the professional world, not just to the legal field, but also the business and political world; a program that would help me understand the way the world is run and how companies, governments and people interact. My law degree has given me the perfect frame to work in different professions, always being able to apply the legal knowledge and skills I have acquired studying law.
What advice can you give to someone who is considering studying a degree in Law?
If you want to become a lawyer, you should know that the legal profession is a hard one; if you practice as a lawyer you will have a lot of responsibility and you will work long hours. But in return it will give you independence and an intellectual profession– Independence because you will have to make decisions concerning your clients based on your own analysis of the situation and recommending what you consider is best for your client or telling them what is right and what is wrong. And it is intellectual because this profession is about studying and thinking.
This is a degree that will open doors to the professional world. You will be trained to practice the law but you will be ready to do nearly anything you want in the business and political world.