Join a Law School ‘Down Under’ to Buttress Your Career

Earn a Law Degree ‘Down Under’ to Buttress Your Career

This article will shed light on why it’s important to earn a law degree ‘Down Under’ and how it’s going to buttress your career. It intends to debunk all the myths related to earning a law degree from Australia.  

What are the different types of law degrees?

There are many types of law degrees that you can study for in Australia. Some exist because of the need for professional as well as non-practicing qualifications. Law schools also offer Juris Doctor degrees as an alternative to Bachelor of Laws.

1. Academic Qualifying Degrees

An academic qualifying degree fulfills the academic side of qualifying for admission into legal practice.

Note that, if you want to practice law, you also need to complete Practical Legal Training (see below).

Many graduates with a law degree actually choose not to do the extra training required to enter the law profession.

Juris Doctor (JD)

Juris Doctor is a postgraduate degree that typically takes 3 years. It is equivalent to enrolling in a LLB as a graduate.

  • The main advantage of a JD over a LLB is that programs are designed to suit graduate students.
  • The main disadvantage is that it is bit expensive. In addition to higher tuition fees, postgraduate status means students miss out on government financial concessions for undergraduate study.

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) combined degree

A combined law degree (also called a double or dual degree) means you graduate with 2 degrees. You do this by taking sufficient units from another program, such as arts or business. It typically extends the length of your studies from 4 years out to 5+ years. Combined degrees are beneficial if you are not sure about pursuing a legal career or you wish to explore a study field that will complement professional practice.

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

A straight Bachelor of Laws is typically a 4-year degree. It is open to school leavers with a high enough ATAR (or equivalent) score.

If you are a University graduate or have some university experience, you can also enroll in a LLB

Generally, this cut down the length of the course from 4 years down to 3 years.

2. Practical Legal Training

Practical Legal Training able you to earn another law qualification. Some form of PLT is needed for admission into legal practice in Australia. The specific rules depend on which state or territory you are in. You may have the choice of:

  • a non-tertiary course and/or on-the-job training or
  • a certificate, diploma or degree course.

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice

A GradDipLegalPrac course is a common way to complete PLT. Courses typically run from 6-12 months.

Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (LLM)

Some universities offer you the chance to gain a LLM by extending Practical Legal Training. By studying longer, you convert a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice into a master’s degree.

3. Advanced Degrees

As with almost any other university subject, you can extend your study of law by doing various types of postgraduate degrees.

A non-professional (i.e. isn't technically required to practice law) postgraduate course may be designed for lawyers, for non-lawyers, or for both groups.

Available qualifications include:                

  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GradDipLaw)
  • Graduate Certificate in Law (GradCertLaw)
  • Master of Laws by research (LLM)
  • Master of Laws by coursework (LLM)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in a legal field (PhD).

This article” Earn a Law Degree ‘Down Under’ to Buttress Your Career” intends to zap misconceptions among students to earn a law degree from Australian universities.

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