EU Lawyer-linguists

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Are you a law graduate and have a high level of Irish? The EU has just launched a new competition for Irish-language lawyer-linguists.

The EU is looking for highly qualified Bulgarian, Czech, French, Irish, Hungarian and Polish language lawyer-linguists. Recruited officials (grade AD 7) will work mainly at the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission.

As a lawyer-linguist, you will revise EU legal texts in the language of the competition from at least two other languages and provide advice on legislative drafting. Your main tasks will be to follow the legislative procedures throughout the process and act as advisers, checking the quality of drafting and compliance with the formal rules on the presentation of legislative texts. The work of a lawyer-linguist involves the use of standard IT and other office-technology tools and frequent contacts with the various participants in the legislative procedure.

As an employer, the institutions and agencies of the EU offer a community of expertise with a wide range of opportunities to broaden your learning, enhance your skills, and develop your career. The multicultural, international and diverse teams that make up the institutions work together to benefit the lives of approximately 450 million EU citizens and beyond.

Respect for cultural diversity and promotion of equal opportunities are founding principles of the EU, and the European Personnel Selection Office endeavours to apply equal opportunities, treatment and access to all candidates. You can find out more about our equal opportunities policy and how to request special adjustments for selection tests on our dedicated page.

Do you have what it takes?

If you are an EU citizen with excellent knowledge of at least 3 EU languages: perfect knowledge of Language 1 (language of the competition), thorough knowledge of English (Language 2) and thorough knowledge of Language 3 (one of the 24 official EU languages-different from Language 1 and Language 2) then you are the one we are looking for.

Additionally, you should have completed university studies in Bulgarian, Czech, French/Belgian/Luxembourgish, Hungarian or Polish law. If you apply for the Irish language profile, you must have a degree in law awarded in Ireland or the United Kingdom.

For detailed information on requirements, please read the Notice of Competition here

Application period opens on 21 January 2021.


Interested in Law? Take a look at our list of law-related courses here & post graduate level here.


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