A legal advisor provides advice to clients on legal issues, documents, and decisions. These advisors usually specialize in a particular area of law, remaining within that field for most or all of their career. Companies principally use legal advisors to prevent and resolve legal disputes between their company and clients or government agencies.
Day-to-day duties for a legal advisor include providing advice to the head of their company's legal department, managing internal and external legal resources, and providing legal guidance on issues such as policies, disputes, employment, and contracts. They are also responsible for reading and reviewing all legal documents the company produces and receives, as well as working with other legal staff as required. Legal advisors typically work full time in an office setting; they are typically supervised by the head of their company's legal department.
A law degree is required for this position, as well as certification for the state in which they practice. Experience in a related position in the company's field may be required or preferred as well. Legal advisors must have strong analytical skills, good oral and written communication skills, and the ability to meet deadlines. They should also have extensive knowledge of relevant federal, state, and local laws.
Legal Advisor Tasks
Provide legal advice regarding disputes, preventing litigation, and contractual and regulatory issues to businesses and individuals.
Negotiate with opposing parties to remedy disputes.
Analyze and interpret contracts for clients.