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Solicitor

Advise people and organisations on legal matters and represent clients to resolve legal issues.

Overview

Solicitors provide legal advice and prepare legal documents such as contracts. They represent clients in legal negotiations and processes such as the purchase of property, execution of a will or a criminal case.

Work is in offices. Travel to conferences, police stations or prisons may be required.

Suitable for people with an interest in the law who are trustworthy and responsible. Critical thinking and strengths in research, analysis and negotiation are important.

Day-to-day

  • advise clients on legal matters and represent them in court
  • research similar cases to guide current work
  • draw up letters, contracts and documents
  • prepare for court cases through research, arranging witnesses and preparing legal arguments
  • keep financial records and manage client funds
  • instruct barristers to appear in court on behalf of clients
  • provide advice on family law, company law, partnerships, commercial law and trusts
  • manage conveyancing, mortgage contracts and sale of property
  • may act as a trustee or guardian, or an executor of client wills.

Considerations

  • stressful.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,646 / week
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Very strong

To become a Solicitor

  • A Bachelor of Laws is required. Graduates of non-law degrees can apply for a Juris Doctor program which provides the necessary qualifications to become a lawyer in Australia. Postgraduate degrees are common.

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  • Supervised practice working as a solicitor is required to obtain a practising certificate.

  • Registration with the relevant state or territory board is also required.

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