Why study Law?
A Law degree is a highly regarded profession and the law influences nearly every aspect of our lives, from buying and selling something, being an employee or employer or driving a car. There has been some debate over whether a law degree should exclusively be seen as a vocational degree, or that you should only really study law if you know you want to go into the legal profession. It is true that you will gain a range of skills as a law degree teaches you to think critically, solve problems, research, communicate, work in teams and summarize, complex information into clear and short pieces of writing. All of these skills are in demand within most industries.
Some Law degrees will require you to take and additional test – The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a test administered by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). The LSAT is a half-day standardised test that evaluates reading comprehension and logical reasoning, and is administered at designated testing centres throughout the world.
Some examples of law degrees are:
- Bachelor of Arts / Juris Doctor – The University of Melbourne
- Master of Commercial Law – The University of Melbourne
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB) – The University of Sydney
- Master of Business Law – The University of Sydney
- Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – The Australian National University
- Master of International Law and Diplomacy – The Australian National University
- Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws – UNSW Sydney
- Master of Laws (LLM) – UNSW Sydney
- Bachelor of Laws – The University of Adelaide
- Master of Laws – The University of Adelaide
- Bachelors of Laws (Honours) – The University of Queensland
- Master of International Law – The University of Queensland
- Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law) – The University of Western Australia
- Master in Taxation Law – The University of Western Australia
- Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – Griffith University
- Master of International Law – Griffith University
- Bachelor of Laws – UTS Sydney
- Master of Laws – UTS Sydney
- Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws – Macquarie University
- Master of Planning with a specialization in Environmental Law – Macquarie University
What career can you expect from a law Degree?
Both a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), which is typically 4 years, and a Juris Doctor (JD) which is a postgraduate degree which usually takes 3 years are qualifying degrees for the legal profession in Australia. There are 11 key areas (the ‘Priestly 11’) you need to have covered to obtain a Law degree. After the degree there are further steps such as the Practical Legal Training (PLT) program.
A legal career is highly sought after and therefore competitive but the Graduate Careers Australia states that 74% of Australian Law graduates find full time employment within 4 months of graduation. There is also lots of examples of law graduates moving to positions outside of the legal profession as many of the skills, and especially critical thinking, forming an argument and problem solving, you will develop in studying law will position you well in a wide range of different professions.
The rigour of a Law school education, and the range of skills in which excellence is required for graduation, ensures that law graduates are sought after across a range of endeavours. In other words, Law graduates enjoy excellent career prospects.
Top ranked universities in Australia for Law (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
- The University of Melbourne – No.10 in the world
- The University of Sydney – No.13 in the world
- UNSW Sydney – No. 14 in the world
- The Australian National University – No.17 in the world
- Monash University – No.35 in the world
- The University of Queensland – No.39 in the world
- The University of Western Australia – Top 51-100 in the world
- University of Technology Sydney (UTS) – Top 51-100 in the world
- Griffith University – Top 150 in the world
- Macquarie University – Top 150 in the world
- Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – Top 150 in the world
- The University of Adelaide – Top 150 in the world