What can I do with a degree in Law, Careers and Employability, La Trobe University

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What can I do with a degree in Law?

Private Practice

  • Solicitor
  • Counsel/Barrister
  • Administration
  • Librarian
  • Para-legal
  • Advisory

Family and Juvenile Law

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Policy Advisor
  • Legal Council
  • Mediator
  • Conciliator

Health Law

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • In House Legal Council
  • Policy Advisory

Public Interest Law

  • Counsel
  • Legal Aid Services
  • Public Defence
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Mediator/Conciliator

Patent, Copywright, Intellectual Property Law

  • Legal Council
  • Private Practice
  • Advisory

Energy Law, Natural Resources and Environmental Law

  • In House Council
  • Private Practice
  • Policy Advisory
  • Management Advisory
  • Process Implementation
  • Government Advisory

Federal and State Courts

Federal Government

  • Counsel
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Public Advisor
  • Policy Advisor

State and local Government

  • Criminal Prosecution
  • Civil Law
  • Public Defence
  • Property Law


  • Teaching
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Law Librarianship

Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Banking, Dispute Resolution

  • In House Council
  • Financial Planner
  • Corporate Finance
  • Legal Contract Drafting
  • Wills, Estates and Probates
  • Private Practice
  • Case Officer/Manager

International Law


  • Lobbying/Government Relations
  • Elected Office


  • Advisory services firms (Tax, acquisitions, health sciences, etc)
  • Administrative tribunals
  • Advocacy organizations
  • Australian State Police
  • Banks
  • Bankruptcy and administrative law judges
  • Brokerage firms
  • Business schools
  • City and county law offices
  • Federal agencies
  • Federal, state district courts (trial) judges and magistrates
  • Government agencies
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance companies
  • International organizations
  • Law schools including departments of: Career Services, Admissions, Student Services, and Law Libraries
  • Legal services
  • Legal aid societies
  • Large corporations
  • Nonprofit public interest organizations
  • Other private legal services
  • Ombudsman Services
  • Political action committees
  • Private practice
  • Regulatory commissions
  • State agencies, commissions, boards, executive and legislative office staff
  • Trade and professional associations

Further Information and Strategies

  • Volunteer at a law-related community organization that matches your interests – you don’t have to be legally qualified. Check out all the options at the National Association of Community Legal Centres website.
  • Approach a local law firm about gaining work experience one afternoon a week or an internship during vacation time.
  • Law graduates must complete the following steps before they are allowed to practice: undertake Practical Legal Training (PLT), become admitted to legal practice obtain a Practising Certificate.
  • A postgraduate research degree is expected for a career in academia.
  • Join professional associations (e.g. Law Institute of Victoria and Australian Law Students’ Association) as a student member to gain knowledge about the profession.


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