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Lawyer

Provide legal advice to clients in one or more areas of law

What's it like to be a Lawyer?

A Lawyer provides legal advice to clients in one or more areas of law to individuals or businesses when they require advice or assistance with a legal issue. Lawyers manage the daily legal affairs of their clients, including preparing contracts, drawing up claims and negotiating settlements. Some Lawyers deal with disputes, and will appear in court on behalf of their clients if a Barrister is not required.

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Tasks and duties

  • Meeting with and interviewing clients to understand their needs.
  • Recommending appropriate legal advice and undertaking on behalf of the client.
  • Investigating claims and doing research, arranging witnesses and giving notice of court action.
  • Preparing and reviewing contracts
  • Preparing and reviewing wills.
  • Acting as executor of client wills, or as trustee or guardian of clients when occasion arises.
  • Representing clients in court, at tribunals and in mediation.
  • Managing conveyancing process and other property issues or disputes.
  • Keeping files up to date.
  • Meticulous timekeeping.
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Lawyers specialise in different areas of the law such as family law, helping people resolve the legal aspects of family relationships, including divorce and parenting arrangements, or property law, providing expert legal advice on residential and commercial property settlements and disputes. An Employment Lawyer is concerned with the rights of employees and employers in the employee-employer relationship, or you may choose to work as an In-house Lawyer, where you may be responsible for drawing up contracts with third parties, mediating disputes, ensuring compliance obligations are met and handling all the other legal affairs for the organisation that employs you.

What can I earn as a Lawyer?

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Lawyer roles in AUS were typically advertised between $80k and $120k over the last 3 months.
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How to become a Lawyer


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To become a 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 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. It may be preferable to complete this in a law firm that specialises in your chosen field.

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Latest Lawyer reviews

Latest reviews from 52 Lawyers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Being a Lawyer is intellectually stimulating, if you are in the right role
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Law (Arts)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Restructuring & Insolvency
The good things
The work can be interesting and challenging at times. Developing your own research is imperative to the role as a young Lawyer it is not unusual to be asked about things that you (or your supervisors)...
The challenges
Depending on the area in which you practice, there will be tasks that are necessary and of great importance to the practice group, however, for the person executing them (ie. you!) these task can beco...
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May 2021
Being a lawyer in a volunteer legal centre is rewarding and helps the people of the community
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Law
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Family law
The good things
Can be rewarding when you see that it helps people
The challenges
When you are restricted by others or have clients that do not follow sound advice
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