In other words legal advisors are in-house lawyers, as compared to attorneys and advocates, who provide their services to the public as a whole rather than to an employer.
Most legal advisors are former attorneys or advocates who want to go into a corporate environment. Therefore, the requirements and training for legal advisors are the same as for advocates and attorneys.
Apart from general characteristics like ambition, dedication and a disciplined approach, a legal advisor also needs to possess special characteristics and skills including:
As a legal advisor you can work for large companies or organisations, central, provincial or local government, law schools, legal aid societies, be self-employment or work in private practice.
In South Africa a legal advisor with 1-3 years of experience can expect to earn between R350 - 550k whilst a qualified lawyer with over 10 years experience would earn R1.1m+. For further information on legal salaries access the Robert Walters Global Salary Survey.
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