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Graduates of law courses may work in a variety of roles in the legal industry, or choose to work in the public or not-for-profit sectors.
If you choose to work as a solicitor after completing a legal qualification, you can expect to perform tasks like:
If you work as a paralegal or legal secretary, you can expect to perform tasks such as:
If you work as a law clerk, including as an associate to a judge, you can expect to perform tasks like:
After completing a law course, you may choose to complete further practical legal training and registration in order to work as a solicitor or barrister. You may also choose to seek employment as a:
You’ll find working in the legal sector rewarding if you:
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook predicts strong growth in job opportunities for legal professionals over the next decade, predicting the profession will grow to employ approximately 2,000 more people by 2020.
Job Outlook describes the profession as large, and it currently employs approximately 67,700 people. Job Outlook predicts approximately 69,700 people will be employed as solicitors by the end of the decade, and approximately 11,800 people employed as paralegals. Law course graduates may also seek employment in related fields, including the public administration, security and communications sectors.
The size of the legal profession indicates roles are available in all areas of Australia.
According to PayScale, a solicitor can expect to earn on average between $45,000 and $102,000 per year, with an annual average salary of $64,000. PayScale notes that solicitors with between 10 and 20 years of experience command the highest average annual salaries, earning approximately $108,000 per year, compared to entry-level solicitors, who can expect to earn on average approximately $61,000 per year.
A paralegal can expect to earn on average between $38,000 and $72,000 per year, with an annual average salary of approximately $54,000. PayScale notes a similarly strong, positive relationship between a paralegal’s work experience and earning capacity, with practitioners who have approximately 10 years of professional experience earning on average $65,000 per year, compared to the $50,000 earned on average per year by entry-level paralegals.