A GUIDE TO THE ROLE OF PRIVACY LAWYERS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STUDYING LAW IN THE US

Law is another one of the most popular and sought-after career pathways for graduates to take after finishing university. Although it is a career that is very rewarding and gives you the opportunity to earn a high salary, it does also require a specific skill set and commitment to be successful. It is also a job that you will need to train and work towards for several years, which may sound discouraging but will be worth it in the end!

A career in law has many benefits that other jobs may not have. It is a career path that leaves a lot of options and is broad in the various roles available in it. But apart from the career benefits, there are so many great things about doing law! For example, you can make a real difference in other people’s lives, and directly make an impact on issues in society like discrimination and human rights. You’ll be helping other people too, and have your work help those who don’t have your skills.

Not to mention, with a law degree, international students will gain the experience and qualifications that enable them to boost their employability when looking for jobs in the US. The skills you develop mean that you can interpret and analyse information, and develop logical thinking and communication competently and with self-assurance.  This article will be focused on the role of a privacy lawyer, their earning potential, and the recommended employers to help you get there after your degree.

DATA PROTECTION & PRIVACY LAWYERS – IS IT FOR ME? 

A privacy lawyer who works in data protection specialises in protecting the public and their security. This would involve making sure that their personal details and data are not shared or stolen by others against their will.   

As you can imagine, knowing the law will be a crucial aspect of this job, which is why having a law degree will be hugely advantageous. Privacy lawyers can give advice to companies and organisations on the laws around data that apply to them. They can also represent individuals who are having legal issues with their personal data – just like other lawyers.  

Some responsibilities you’ll have as a privacy lawyer are meeting and liaising with clients, drafting papers and documents, attending meetings, advising on data/ security protection, and understanding policies. 

ULTIMATE EARNING POTENTIAL FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE US

Position in Career  Associated Salary (US)  
Entry Level 
In the US, you have to have a law degree and a good amount of previous experience as an attorney, as well as being certified by the CIPP/US and either CIPM  (Certified Information Privacy Manager) or CIPT (Certified Information Privacy Technologist).  
$50,000 
Qualified  
A qualified privacy lawyer is someone who meets all the necessary requirements, which include passing an exam by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). 
$73,000 
Experienced  
Experienced privacy lawyers have greater amounts of duties and have more decisions to make at a company, they might be in a position of leadership once they have been promoted. 
$105,000 

TOP 10 EMPLOYERS  

  1. Venable LLP 
  2. Paul Hastings 
  3. Nike 
  4. Ithaka Harbors, Inc 
  5. Adaptive Biotechnologies 
  6. ResMed 
  7. Axiom Law 
  8. Under Armour 
  9. Cambium Learning Group 
  10. Oura 

There are obviously more roles you can take on as well with a law degree in the US, so don’t worry if you change your mind about a career path as a lawyer. Employers will nearly always consider any international graduate with a degree and appropriate skills that they develop from it.


If you are considering studying abroad why don’t you discuss your prospects and opportunities with experts at Lurnable’s dedicated study abroad counselling division LurnPathways?


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