If you have a strong sense of justice and doing the right thing, a law qualification can equip you for a career that’s right for you.
Everywhere you look, there are laws at work. Just buying a sandwich involves laws - how the different ingredients are farmed, transported and purchased, the working conditions of the people who make your sandwich, how you pay for that sandwich and your rights if you find a mini beast in the lettuce.
Many Law graduates choose careers as lawyers but more than half choose to work in other professional disciplines, outside of he courts system.
Why be a law professional?
A Law degree gives you many specialised skills: critical thinking and analysis; advocacy and negotiation; structuring arguments effectively and efficiently; and conveying arguments in a logical manner.
These skills are well regarded and can make you highly employable in a wide range of work sectors. You'll be able to apply what you have learned to an ever-changing array of real-life situations.
Where can a law qualification take me?
It may surprise you to learn that up to 60% of law professionals do not work in law firms as solicitors or in court as barristers.
They find work in the community, in business, in government or other sectors, and can work in Australia and overseas, where their skills and knowledge are highly valued.
Also, for most law professionals, courtwork is only a small part of what they do. Instead, lawyers apply their skills and knowledge to draft contracts and other legal documents, offer advice to clients, and negotiate on their behalf.
The majority of law professionals are using their law qualifications in areas including:
- media production / broadcasting,
- not-for-profit organisations,
- charities, and
- government departments.
What is the law/ legal profession all about?
You will be surprised at the range of career options a law qualification can open up for you. Specialisations include jobs in government, the corporate sector, the courts, law enforcement agencies, or human rights organisations. You will be amazed where your career will take you.
Law careers can specialise in many different areas and roles:
- Commercial Law
- Copyright, Trade Marks and Patents Law
- Criminal Law
- Environmental Law
- Family law
- Human rights
- Immigration law
- Industrial Relations
- Refugee rights
. . . and many others!
Each one of these specialisations may focus on a different area of the law but they are all linked together by common objectives such as community, social and economic cohesion, equity and justice.
Law professions snapshot - facts and figures
You can investigate more about a selection of law professions using our Law Infographic 2017 resource (PDF 710Kb).
Compare the figures in this infographic, based on latest (2015) data, to the current data on the Job Outlook website to see what's changed since 2015.
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Find out more
Find out more about the wide range of careers and roles in the law or legal services. Then remember to review your Career Action Plan with your teacher or careers teacher.