How to become a Lawyer

Lawyers provide advice, write documents and conduct negotiations on legal matters, and may represent clients in court and tribunal proceedings. They are described as solicitors or barristers, depending on the work they do.

Personal requirements of a Lawyer

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Able to understand, analyse and use facts quickly and logically
  • Able to work under pressure and deal with a variety of people
  • Integrity and good character

Education & Training for a Lawyer

To become a lawyer you usually have to complete a degree in law at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Students are often advised to undertake a combined degree course that leads to two degrees. The prerequisite subjects required for entry into these combined courses depend on the non-law component of the combined course. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

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Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.6%

NSW 26.2%

NT 1.2%

QLD 20.2%

SA 3.8%

TAS 2.6%

VIC 35.6%

WA 9.8%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 68%

Female 32%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 57.4%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 42.6%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 25.3%

Above 35 years: 76%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
To work as a lawyer in Australia you must obtain a Local Practising Certificate. To be granted a certificate, further study and an approved practical training course after completion of a law degree are required. On completion of the required academic and practical legal training you may apply to the Supreme Court for admission as a lawyer. To be eligible for admission you must satisfy the requirements of the legal board in your state or territory. Qualified legal practitioners may undertake further study to obtain a barrister's practicing certificate to become a barrister.
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