Having a law degree doesn’t mean you have to become – or stay – a lawyer. The knowledge and practical experience you gain at VU during your legal training prepares you for, well, just about anything.
1. Project management
You’ve learned how to manage difficult cases and files, and coordinate stakeholders and clients, so your skills in PM are first-class!
2. Legal recruitment
You know what makes a good lawyer, and have a great understanding of what organisations are looking for.
You know your field inside out – teaching is perfect if you’re passionate about giving back to the next generation of lawyers.
4. Mediation or public advocacy
You’re driven by justice and representing those without legal know-how, and resolving disputes before they end up in court.
During her law degree, Elizabeta Nikolovski was working on placement at a law firm, when she realised she didn’t want to practise law in the traditional way:
“I really loved alternative dispute resolution, so I applied for a job at a major ombudsmen organisation. The role was a great fit for me as it drew on my knowledge of the law – concepts like administrative law, privacy, ADR, contracts and trusts.
I love that I’m in a position with such variety that can effect real change – both internally as well as through helping our customers resolve disputes,” she says.
5. Policy or legal advising
You’ll be in high demand as companies big and small, government and not-for-profit are always seeking legal advisers and consultants.
6. Community services
With your practical, pro-bono experience in the community and social justice, you’d be well suited to working marginalised or at-risk community members or family services.
7. Migration law
If you want to help people realise their dream of making Australia their home, become a Migration Lawyer.
8. Law enforcement
Your legal background is the perfect preparation for making a difference in the community in the police force.
Your law degree has taught you to write persuasively, be creative and analyse and interpret complex information.
10. In the public eye: from politics to performing arts
Malcolm Turnbull, Julia Gillard, and Tony Abbott: just the most recent of the many Australian Prime Ministers with law degrees. While the top job is a lofty goal, there are many careers in the public service that a law degree would give you a great advantage. Meanwhile, did you know some of Australia’s most successful comedians also hold law degrees? All that mooting must have helped prepare them for their stand-up routines!