Australia’s legal system is based on English common law. The High Court is the highest court, hearing cases appealed from the lower courts as well as being the final arbiter on constitutional issues. Tribunals, which administer areas such as workplace relations, land valuation, equal opportunity and administrative appeals, also form a significant part of the legal system.
Some of the tasks lawyers typically perform include:
- Providing legal advice
- Drafting legal documents
- Mediation and negotiation
- Representing clients at court and tribunal hearings
Lawyers can work for small or large legal firms, government departments, large corporate entities (such as banks or insurance companies) or as solo practitioners. They often specialise in a certain area, such as commercial, criminal or family law.
Some law graduates must find work outside the legal field. Unlike many other professions, there are too few jobs for the number of graduates, so competition for graduate positions is intense.
Most students undertake a combined law degree, but a single law degree is also available at some universities. Graduates with a double degree, most commonly law and commerce, may find it easier to gain employment.
What you need
- A law degree
- Pre-admission Practical Legal Training
- Admission into legal practice
- A Practising Certificate
- The requirements and nature of Practical Legal Training and practising certificates can vary from state to state; refer to the peak legal body in your state
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Special thanks to www.qls.com.au for some text content in this snapshot.