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If you have a strong sense of justice and doing the right thing, a law qualification can equip you for a career that’s just right for you.

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Everywhere you look laws are working, even if you're not aware of it.

Buying a sandwich for lunch? No laws there, right? - wrong. Laws govern how the different ingredients are farmed, transported and purchased, the working conditions of the people who make your sandwich in the shop, how you pay for that sandwich and your rights if you find a cockroach sitting in between your ham and cheese. 

Why would I want to be a law professional?

Studying Law will equip you to think analytically and critically, to seek out knowledge and apply what you have learned to a range of real-life situations.

You’ll develop specialised skills in areas such as advocacy and negotiation; how to structure arguments effectively and efficiently; and how to convey arguments in a logical manner. These are highly employable skills that are well regarded. Many Law graduates choose careers as lawyers but more than 50% choose to work in a wide range of other professional disciplines, both within Australia and overseas.

Law graduates (median figures for newly qualified, under 25 year old Bachelor graduates) can start on annual incomes of $54k to $58k, (median $55k). (source: Graduate careers Australia - www.graduatecareers.com.au - Graduate Salaries Report 2013).  Post-graduate study, internships, professional accreditation and experience open up a wide range of careers in legal, para-legal and professional roles offering significantly higher earnings.

What is the law/ legal profession all about?

You’ll be surprised at the range of career options a law qualification can open up for you. Specialisations include jobs in the courts, government, corporate sector, law enforcement agencies, human rights organisations to name just a few. You will be amazed where your career will take you.

Law professions snapshot - facts and figures

You can investigate more about a selection of law professions using our Law Infographic 2017 resource (PDF 728 kb).

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Find out more about the wide range of law or legal services careers and roles you can pursue. Then remember to review your Career Action Plan with your teacher or careers teacher.

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