The lawyer-linguist has multilingual legal skills, particularly in international and comparative law, and intercultural skills in at least two working languages, both written and spoken. He/she is required to work in various structures and legal functions. His/her expertise enables him/her to use and transpose legal concepts among different legal cultures and in several languages. Furthermore, he/she is able to understand and analyze the contemporary challenges of the legal world.

What is his/her main know-how?

  • Knowledge of French and foreign law
  • Mastery of several languages in a legal context
  • Ability to analyze and summarize in several languages
  • Legal translation

What are his/her main soft skills?

  • Stamina
    Lawyers may be faced with stressful situations and a heavy workload. To cope with this, he/she must show stamina and composure. He/she must also have strong adaptability, efficiency and speed in order to carry out his/her tasks within the given deadlines.
  • Listening skills
    In the course of his/her duties, the lawyer-linguist interacts with a number of players, whether clients, employees, companies or organizations. Working in a team is part of his/her daily routine: he/she must therefore be attentive to others with good listening skills.
  • Discipline
    The legal profession requites precision and discipline as essential qualities. Good organization is also very useful.

Working environment

Lawyers may be required to work in a variety of environments, within international law firms, international companies, international organizations, or state or international jurisdictions. Within these structures, he/she may be assigned to different departments and be in contact with a variety of people, depending on his/her field of specialization.

Career prospects

Salary range for the first job: remuneration may consist of a fixed salary, commissions or negotiated fees.


What training to become a legal linguist?

ISIT offers students interested in the profession of lawyer working in an international and multilingual context the opportunity to train for our Master’s degree for lawyer-linguists.