Law clerks perform a variety of legal tasks under the supervision of solicitors, barristers or clerks of court. Law clerks may assist their employers in all areas of law, including probating (proving the validity of wills), conveyancing (dealings in land and property), criminal law, family law, wills and power of attorney, insurance law, environmental law, human rights law, company law and civil litigation.
You can work as a law clerk without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in business administration (legal), legal services or legal practice. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a law clerk through a traineeship in Legal Services or Business Administration (Legal). Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Law clerks may perform the following tasks:
Law clerks are employed in a wide range of industries. They work for independent law firms, barristers, government departments and the legal departments of large organisations. Many law clerks begin their careers as legal secretaries or receptionists, learning about the law and legal language before taking on more responsibility.
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