Careers in Law and Criminology

  • Are you interested in legal issues?

  • Do you follow current affairs?

  • Do you enjoy writing, reading and researching?

  • Are you interested in justice?

Then a law degree could be an option for you! Watch the video to find out more:

Career Options

Legal careers options (practising law)

Did you know that Law degrees don't automatically qualify you to be a lawyer? 

You have to undertake practical legal training at the completion of your degree by:

  • doing a legal traineeship with a law firm (supervised legal workplace training), or

  • completing a Practical Legal Training course available from specialist colleges such as The College of Law or Leo Cussen Institute. 

Non-legal careers options

The vast majority of law graduates in Australia end up not practising law, but use the generic skills developed during their degree to work in:

  • Accounting and advisory services

  • Banking and financial services

  • Construction and property services

  • Consulting

  • IT and communications

  • Mining and resources

  • Public service: government organisations

  • Retail and consumer goods

  • Transport and logistics

Study Options

  • study Law in an undergraduate degree - your first degree, also known as Bachelor of Laws (LLB for short)

OR

  • study an undergraduate degree in any field, and then study Law as a postgraduate course, also known as Juris Doctor (JD for short) 

 

"Too few students have a clear idea of the kind of work involved and how different it can be from popular (and personal) ideas about what legal education involves. A law degree requires many hours of studying and reading ...". This excerpt is from this informative article by The Good Universities Guide on undergraduate law courses.

Tip for Success

Get experience during your degree!

There are now a large number of law students graduating from universities. If you want to obtain employment (legal or in other areas), you will need to obtain a variety of experience during your studies.  (Check out this article from Young Lawyers Journal and this one about the value of volunteering.)

Further information

Law Institute of Victoria: https://www.liv.asn.au 

Qualifying to practise law: https://www.liv.asn.au/Professional-Practice/Supporting-You/Managing-Your-Career/Qualifying-to-Practise-Law

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