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Employment Lawyer

Advise companies and their employees on a range of people-related issues.

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.

Employment Lawyer

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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Employment Lawyer roles in AUS were typically advertised between $100k and $140k over the last 3 months.
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How to become an Employment Lawyer


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To become an Employment Lawyer in Australia you will need to apply to the local Law Society for a Practising Certificate. You’ll then need to complete 18 to 24 months of supervised practice at a law firm. Pathways to becoming a practicing Employment Lawyer typically require a combined 5-6 years of education and training.

  1. Complete a Bachelor of Law (LLB) undergraduate degree or a Juris Doctor (JD) postgraduate degree. Both courses are 3 or 4 years long.
  2. Complete Practical Legal Training (PLT). This can be completed in less than a year.
  3. Gain admission from the relevant state or territories Admissions Authority within 5 years of graduation.
  4. Apply for a Practising Certificate from the local Law Society.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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