What is it like to be a Lawyer?
Lawyer is the broad term given to solicitors or barristers. Solicitors are legal practitioners who generally look after legal matters outside of court, however some solicitors they may be required to attend court. Barristers are also legal practitioners, however, their roles are mainly concerned with representing clients in court. Barristers work closely with solicitors, who usually conduct the required groundwork to appropriately brief barristers on legal cases.
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A Judges’ Associate is a personal and confidential aide to the Judge, in and out of court, in connection with all of the Judge’s concerns. It’s a brilliant opportunity to gain insight into the court processes behind the scenes. Associates are generally appointed for one year. You are encouraged to apply if you will have completed a law degree by the time you would be due to commence as an Associate.
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Is it right for me?
The success of a lawyer is heavily reliant on their problem solving skills and dedication. As a lawyer you will have a high moral standard and have a proactive mindset.
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Able to understand, analyse and use facts quickly and logically
- Able to work under pressure and deal with a variety of people
- Integrity and good character.
To become a Lawyer
To be able to become a Lawyer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:
If you do not meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Laws, USQ recommends a Bachelor of Arts (Legal Studies).
The Bachelor of Laws has been accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, Queensland, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland as an approved academic qualification under the Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004 (Qld).
This will partially satisfy the requirements to practise as a solicitor or barrister in Queensland, or as a legal practitioner elsewhere in Australia.
Graduates of USQ law degrees then need to complete an approved practical legal training course in order to become admitted to practice. USQ law graduates have the option of completing their practical legal training through a one-year traineeship in a law practice, or through an institution that offers a practical legal training qualification.