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In House Lawyer

An In-House Lawyer is employed by an organisation rather than a law firm and are responsible only for the legal requirements of their direct employer.

What's it like to be an In House Lawyer?

In-House Lawyers combine understanding of the law with an in-depth knowledge of the employer organisation, including its business goals, obligations (such as to shareholders), assets and liabilities.

In House Lawyer

Tasks and duties

  • Handling transactions.
  • Acquiring new assets.
  • Dealing with regulators.
  • Reducing the employer’s legal exposure when launching new products or services.
  • Reducing the employer’s legal exposure to regulatory penalties.
  • Implementing risk management procedures.
  • Drafting commercial contracts.
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In-house legal departments can be found in a range of organisations including mining and telecommunications companies, banks and hotel chains.

In-House Lawyers are able to develop a strong understanding of one client instead of several.

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To become an In-House 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 In-House 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.

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In house legal is professionally and personally satisfying.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Laws (Commercial)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Legal
The good things
Being involved in commercial strategy and working with people within a business
The challenges
Knowledge of a number of areas of law without being a specialist in any.
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