Isthere a course available that would qualify me as an employment lawyer withouthaving to run the gamut of a law degree, which would cover all aspects of lawinstead of employment law specifically? I have completed my CIPD qualificationthis year. AnnaCook, project co-ordinator, ChiumentoTheshort answer is, not easily. To become an employment lawyer, you need toundertake a full legal training including attending law college. However, youshould check this out with the Law Society, which will give you the definitiveanswer and advise you on the options to take and which courses will give youthe training you are looking for. Itwill also advise you as to whether you can speed up your progression tobecoming an employment lawyer without having to undertake a broader training inlaw. I expect the answer will be no, and rightly so since to practise in anyaspect of law you must have undertaken a broad-based training programme coupledwith the CPD. That is why the legal profession is so strong in the UK.Asan HR professional, you could choose to specialise in employment law, but thiswill not qualify you to give legal advice to clients in the same way thatemployment lawyers do. HR professionals tend to help clients implementemployment law rather than being specialist legal advisers.JoSelby, associate director, EJ Human ResourcesTobecome a lawyer, you do not have to have obtained a law degree. If you have analternative university degree, you can then apply to study for the CPE, whichwill bring you to the same point as someone who has a law degree. To find outmore about this, contact the Law Society.Becominga lawyer is not the only occupation that allows you to specialise in employmentlaw. ManyHR departments, for example, will have an individual who specialises in thisfield and that may be a route you may wish to consider.MargaretMalpas, joint managing director, Malpas Flexible LearningThereare excellent Masters degrees in Employment Law at Warwick and Leicesteruniversities. Several organisations, including my own, offer Masters with anEmployment Law specialism. These would all be suitable preparation for a careerwith a significant legal aspect. However,if you really want to be a lawyer, then you will have to do a law degree andyour articles or serve at the Bar. Is there a shortcut to a legal role?On 30 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.