How to become a solicitor

Advise private or corporate clients on legal matters in areas such as family, litigation, property or tax laws.

Pathways to this career

  1. Study an undergraduate law degree, or a double degree with law as one of your majors.
  2. If you have a degree in another field, complete a study a graduate entry Bachelor of Law, a Juris Doctor or Master of Law.
  3. Complete Practical Legal Training (PLT). This involves 18-24 months of supervised practice.
  4. After concluding your PLT, apply for admission and earn a practising certificate through your state's admission authorities.

What does a solicitor do?

Solicitors work to provide a range of legal documents. In addition, they provide legal advice and investigate on legal matters. Solicitors represent their clients in court and can prepare and review a wide range of legal documents. They provide their clients with legal advice based on the feedback and facts that they receive for particular situations.

Duties and tasks

  • Act as legal representatives in court cases.
  • Engage in interviews with clients to gather information.
  • Prepare cases for court.
  • Prepare legal documents such as wills, contracts of sales and other contracts.
  • Review contracts.
  • Work with clients to determine their legal needs.

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