Lawyer
Talal Bejjani

About the job:

What you do

As a Lawyer, you are an advocate, advisor, and counselor to the clients you represent. Your job includes counseling clients about legal options and representing them in criminal or civil court proceedings.

There are different types of laws that you can focus on. One example is Corporate Law, which includes assisting entities in setting up and attending to all their legal needs for doing their business in Lebanon. In that case, your clients can include multinational foreign entities and Lebanese local companies.

Your days will be full with challenges but you must always try to create solutions that are suitable for your client's needs.

The tough stuff

As a Lawyer, you will have to cope with: 

  • Deadlines
  • Billing pressures
  • Client demands
  • Long hours
  • Changing laws

In order to adapt to the challenges of the job, you will need the following traits:

  • High level of focus
  • Diligence
  • Patience
  • Energy to work late hours
  • An Analytical mind to create solutions
The cool stuff

As a Lawyer, you will get to:

  • Be intellectually challenged by your cases
  • Enjoy the thrill of winning legal disputes
  • Earn the trust of high value clients 
Typical work hours
  • 60+ hours a week

As a Lawyer, you don’t have a specific schedule applicable every day. Your world load and client queries tend to set your daily schedule.

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Philosophy
  • Languages (English or French or Arabic)
Best high school track(s)
  • Humanities
Personal qualities
  • Understanding written information
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required

To become a lawyer:

  • You will need a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science 
  • You will need a Law Degree from a Lebanese University or Equivalent
  • You will have to take and pass the Bar Exam, starting with an Oral exam, and then a Written exam, which is a 4-hour exam, which tests knowledge of various law fundamentals, ethics and includes various case studies
  • You must enroll in a law firm, starting as an intern, for 3 years 
  • During these 3 years, you must attend a minimum of 15 conferences 
  • You must also attend a minimum of 150 court hearings 
  • You must attend classes as part of the school of Lawyers 
  • You must then sit for another exam, which evaluates your experience, this is oral and written
  • After passing both exams, you obtain your License 
  • You then become an Attorney at Law (or Avocat a la Cour) 

If you study Law outside and want to become a Lawyer in Lebanon, you will need to take 1 year of legal courses in Arabic at the Lebanese University. If you wanted to work in a Legal department of a company or become a legal consultant, you could return to Lebanon and work without having to take the 1-year intensive courses. 

Learn more by checking out our article on how to Become a Lawyer according to the Beirut Bar Assocation.

 

Helpful resources
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Video Description

Welcome to our very first extended interview - with a Corporate Lawyer. Unlike our other short videos - this one is 6 minutes long!

That's because many students asked us questions about pursuing Law in Lebanon & we didn't want to leave anything out!

We sat down with Corporate Lawyer, Dr. Talal Bejjani, and asked him to help us answer some of your career-related questions.

We hope you benefit from the information he shares & enjoy our very first extended interview.

Biography

Dr. Talal Bejjani is an Attorney-at-Law and a University Professor. He has been practicing law for 20 years. He studied Corporate Finance at Harvard University then Banking and Financial Law in Boston. He opened his own firm 5 years ago. He advises students to be honest with themselves about their passion for the Legal field. "Is the pursuit of Law something you dream of when you go to sleep at night?"