Specialist Lawyer

Specialist Lawyers advise on regulations, data protection, commercial transactions, content licensing and publishing.

They also help games companies avoid trouble with copyright, intellectual property and other legal matters. The games industry has many stories about developers who have got into legal problems. Sometimes games are too similar to others, or the publishers haven’t properly credited work that’s gone into making the game. 

Specialist Lawyers know about the possible pitfalls and help make sure that games are developed without falling into them. They advise studios on how to defend themselves and how to protect their own creations from being used unfairly by others.

You’ll love this role if you’re into:
  • Being Organised
  • Helping People
  • Writing
  • Reading

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To work as a Specialist Lawyer, you will need to have a degree in Law. Most games law specialists are also qualified as a barrister or solicitor. Additionally, you should be organised, communicative and love helping people. 

As a professional, you’ll be working with game studios, providing guidance around intellectual property, copyrights, contracts and any other legal issues. You might use project management software like Trello and Basecamp to help communicate and track assignments. 

Working in the games industry is highly competitive and you’ll need to make sure your CV stands out to employers and course leaders.

As a Specialist Lawyer, you should display an understanding of the fundamentals of game development and the code of conducts within the creative industry. Your CV should outline your work history and showcase your role in successful projects. For more general ideas on developing your CV, see our top tips page.

Whatever role you are working in, it is essential that you understand the game making process. You can head to our build a game section for first steps; join a regular game jam to build up your skills and network; or start modding others games to gain experience. 

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