Career Profile:

Maritime Lawyer


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Most employees have:

Bachelor's Degree / Post-Graduate Degree


Member of Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

What you do

Maritime law is an interesting and complex area of the legal system. Maritime lawyers are responsible for working on cases ranging from port and customs disputes, to boating injuries, even tackling piracy and pollution cases. One of the most interesting aspects of maritime law is that the legal systems and rules change based on the location the incident took place. That means maritime lawyers need to be familiar with provincial, national, and international laws governing the oceans.

A Maritime Lawyer performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Draft legal documents such as contracts
  • Negotiate settlements and please cases before courts, tribunals, and boards
  • Research and advise clients
  • Act as a mediator or arbitrator between groups

What you need

  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Ability to do thorough research and present facts clearly
  • Understanding of business is an asset
  • Understanding of the marine sector is an asset
  • Ability to absorb large volumes of information in a short period

Who might be hiring?

References and further reading

* The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is "fair", which indicates the changes of a qualified individual finding work is around average.

Your Career Pathway

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Secondary School
Options and Opportunities Program (Arts and Business Stream)

Post-Secondary Educational Programs

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Membership (Nova Scotia Bar)

Membership fees for practicing members are $2480/year.

Graduate Programs