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 www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

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Avg. weekly wage:

$1,734

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:

47.1

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 68%

Proportion of female workers 32%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 57.4%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 42.6%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 25.3%

Proportion of workers aged 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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