What's it like to be an Employment Lawyer?
Employment law governs the rights of employees and employers in the employee-employer relationship. Working in employment law requires an understanding of the commercial, economic, policy and human factors involved in the employment relationship.
Tasks and duties
- Advising employers on how to manage issues such as absence, performance management, redundancy and termination in accordance with the law.
- Reviewing workplace policies and procedures on topics such as bullying and harassment
- Assisting employers to comply with health and safety regulations.
- Defending breaches of health and safety law.
- Advising employees on their rights in preparation for internal processes, such as a disciplinary hearing.
- Dealing with unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.
What can I earn as an Employment Lawyer?
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How to become an Employment Lawyer
- Complete a Bachelor of Law (LLB) undergraduate degree or a Juris Doctor (JD) postgraduate degree. Both courses are 3 or 4 years long.
- Complete Practical Legal Training (PLT). This can be completed in less than a year.
- Gain admission from the relevant state or territories Admissions Authority within 5 years of graduation.
- Apply for a Practising Certificate from the local Law Society.
- Complete 18 to 24 months of supervised practice at a law firm. Although it is not compulsory to complete this at an employment law firm, it is certainly preferable if employment law is your chosen field.
- Once you have become a practising lawyer, you may choose to study a Master of Law (LLM) specialising in employment law. Again, this is not compulsory in order to practice as an Employment Lawyer.
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