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Introduction to Law

Are you passionate about justice and people? A law degree can lead to a range of legal careers, both inside and outside the courtroom. With your recognised lawyer qualifications you could become a private consultant with a major conglomerate or help not-for-profits navigate confusing legislation. You could even advise government agencies or support small businesses with their hiring practices. A better world starts with a lawful society and you’re one step closer to being part of the bigger picture.

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What you'll learn in a law course

In an undergraduate or postgraduate course, you’ll learn how to understand and detangle the complexities of Australia’s legal system.

You’ll explore the court process and how to make persuasive legal arguments, how to read and write legal documents, and how to tackle the ethical issues you may face in your role as a legal professional. You’ll also learn valuable soft skills in analytical thinking and writing, negotiation, interviewing and presentations, which, when combined with your legal acumen, will make you an asset in many industries.

As part of your studies, you’ll explore different aspects of law including:

  • criminal law
  • taxation law
  • family law
  • property law
  • administrative law
  • international law

Those who already have a degree in another discipline can choose to enrol in a Juris Doctor, which covers the same material at a higher postgraduate skill level. If you already have a law degree and you’d like to specialise in one aspect of law, you can do so through a relevant Masters Degree.

To practice law in Australia, university graduates are required to complete additional Practical Legal Training (PLT) under the supervision of a law firm, or through an approved PLT course like a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. You can do this through the Leo Cussen Centre for Law or The College of Law.

Why should you study law?

If you like to help others navigate tough situations, then life as a legal eagle may be the right path for you. With a focus on communication and research, a law degree in Australia will teach you how to speak with confidence, read efficiently, write commandingly and find pertinent facts under piles of precedent, preparing you for a career in law, in addition to fields like politics, journalism and human resources.

For those who find their calling in law, you’ll be met with slightly higher employment outcomes than other graduates. The Australian Graduate Survey found that 75% of law graduates were employed full time when the survey was done, 3% higher than the national average.

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