Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. By targeting a profession, it can make decisions easier during your schooling, throughout your job search and, finally, when choosing among job offers. The choices can change over time based on academic, personal, and professional paths and on the knowledge of occupations and of the labour market.

In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. If need be, additional and complementary information can be found via two online career exploration tools (Careercruisingand Choices Planner)* also designed to facilitate your career advancement. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification.

Occupations related to this program

Lawyers and Quebec notaries

  • Attorney
  • Civil lawyer
  • Commercial lawyer
  • Criminal lawyer
  • Immigration lawyer
  • Lawyer
  • Prosecutor

Court officers and justices of the peace

  • Clerk of the court
  • Co-ordinator of court services
  • Court officer
  • Judicial officer
  • Justice of the peace

Paralegal and related occupations

  • Law clerk
  • Legal researcher
  • Legal technician
  • Paralegal
  • Trademark agent


  • Chief justice
  • County Court judge
  • Court of Queen's Bench justice
  • District court judge
  • Family Court judge
  • Federal court justice – trial division
  • Provincial court of appeal justice
  • Small claims court judge
  • Supreme Court justice

Other business services managers

  • Accounting firm manager
  • Legal firm manager

Executive assistants

  • Committee clerk
  • Legislative assistant
  • Parliamentary committee clerk

Other managers in public administration

  • Elections planning director
  • Federal-provincial relations director
  • Intergovernmental affairs director

Senior government managers and officials

  • Chief electoral officer
  • High commissioner
  • Vice-president – government services

Other administrative services managers

  • Chief, legal department
  • Chief, financial and administrative services

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

  • Discussion group leader – post-secondary teaching assistance
  • Post-secondary research assistant
  • Post-secondary teaching assistant

Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. The Community Service Learning – uOttawa also allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.

Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students’ program of studies. The examples are presented according to geographic location: Ottawa and Gatineau, Ontario, Quebec and other provinces.

  • Department of Justice Canada
  • Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
  • Fraser Milner Casgrain L.L.P.
  • Heenan Blaikie
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Legal Aid Ontario
  • Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie L.L.P.
  • Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
  • Industry Canada
  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
  • Department of Justice Canada
  • Fraser Milner Casgrain L.L.P.
  • Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
  • Heenan Blaikie
  • Joli-Cœur Lacasse
  • Lapointe Rosenstein L.L.P.
  • Cox and Palmer
  • Environment Canada
  • Goodmans L.L.P.
  • Scotiabank Group

Job search resources

The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. Career Development Centre offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumés and cover letters.

Professional organizations

Examples of professional organizations, presented by location, provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities.

  • Association canadienne des juristes-traducteurs
  • Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Corporate Counsel Association
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Canadian Law and Society Association
  • Canadian Lawyers Association for International Human Rights
  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association
  • Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
  • Collaborative Divorce Alberta Association - CDAA
  • Federation of Law Societies of Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Canadian Maritime Law Association 
  • Canadian Environmental Law Association 
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada 
  • Canadian IT Law Association
  • Canadian Transport Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Media Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Council on International Law

Modified date: 2023-06-22