Lawyer

Negotiate legal matters by providing advice, writing documents, representing clients or presiding over civil and criminal law court proceedings.

Lawyer

Lawyer

Roles and responsibilities

To qualify as a lawyer:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course [Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)] as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Juris Doctor to qualify as a lawyer.


As a lawyer or other legal professional, you may:

  • research statutes and previous court decisions relevant to cases
  • conduct trials and hearings
  • call and question witnesses
  • hear and evaluate arguments and evidence in civil and criminal summary matters
  • decide penalties and sentences within statutory limits, such as fines, bonds and detention, award damages in civil matters, and issue court orders
  • exercise arbitral powers if resolution is not achieved or seems improbable through conciliation
  • prepare settlement memoranda and obtain signatures of parties
  • advise government of legal, constitutional and parliamentary matters and draft bills and attend committee meetings during consideration of bills
  • advise clients and agents on legal and technical matters
  • receive written information in the form of briefs and verbal instructions concerning cases from solicitors, other specialist legal professionals and clients
  • provide advice and written opinions on points of law
  • confer with clients and witnesses in preparation for court proceedings
  • draw up pleadings, affidavits and other court documents
  • research statutes and previous court decisions relevant to cases
  • outline the facts to the court, call and question witnesses and make addresses to the court to argue a client's case
  • provide opinion on complex legal issues
  • draw up or settle documents
Step 3
Complete practical legal training (PLT). This can be in the form of a recognised PLT course or a 12-month articles of clerkship (one year).

 

Step 4
Apply to the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia and the Supreme Court of Western Australia to be admitted to the legal profession.

Step 5
Obtain a Local Practising Certificate from the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia.

Source: myFuture and Australian Bureau of Statistics


To qualify as a lawyer:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course [Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)] as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Juris Doctor to qualify as a lawyer.


As a lawyer or other legal professional, you may:

  • research statutes and previous court decisions relevant to cases
  • conduct trials and hearings
  • call and question witnesses
  • hear and evaluate arguments and evidence in civil and criminal summary matters
  • decide penalties and sentences within statutory limits, such as fines, bonds and detention, award damages in civil matters, and issue court orders
  • exercise arbitral powers if resolution is not achieved or seems improbable through conciliation
  • prepare settlement memoranda and obtain signatures of parties
  • advise government of legal, constitutional and parliamentary matters and draft bills and attend committee meetings during consideration of bills
  • advise clients and agents on legal and technical matters
  • receive written information in the form of briefs and verbal instructions concerning cases from solicitors, other specialist legal professionals and clients
  • provide advice and written opinions on points of law
  • confer with clients and witnesses in preparation for court proceedings
  • draw up pleadings, affidavits and other court documents
  • research statutes and previous court decisions relevant to cases
  • outline the facts to the court, call and question witnesses and make addresses to the court to argue a client's case
  • provide opinion on complex legal issues
  • draw up or settle documents
Step 3
Complete practical legal training (PLT). This can be in the form of a recognised PLT course or a 12-month articles of clerkship (one year).

 

Step 4
Apply to the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia and the Supreme Court of Western Australia to be admitted to the legal profession.

Step 5
Obtain a Local Practising Certificate from the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia.

Source: myFuture and Australian Bureau of Statistics


Undergraduate Courses To Become

Lawyer

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Postgraduate Courses To Become

Lawyer

Course work courses to pursue this career
Professional requirements
The Legal Practice Board of Western Australia is the admitting authority for the practicing of law in Western Australia. The qualifications for admission include both academic and practical training. The UWA Juris Doctor is the academic qualification.

You will also need to complete a Practical Legal Training component. For further information see the Legal Practice Board admission requirements.