Required study & training
Studying for a law degree demands determination and commitment, coupled with stamina and intellect. It requires a good memory, the capacity to analyse and reason, and the ability to put yourself in another person's shoes.
The rewards can be great, however. The knowledge and skills gained from a law degree will equip a graduate with a wonderful foundation for a career in law or a number of other fields
Recognised law degrees
There is the option of completing a single bachelor of law (LLB) degree, but most students combine a law degree with another degree to enhance their employment prospects upon graduation.
Completion of a single degree takes four years and a double degree usually takes about five years. However, there is no requirement to complete a double degree to gain admission as a lawyer.
There are nine law schools in Queensland. See the corporate links page for more information.
Graduates wishing to be admitted must also undertake additional legal training by completing a practical legal training (PLT) course, or serving as a supervised trainee.
PLT courses cover training in areas such as ethics, legal writing and drafting, interview skills and other common practice-related skills.
Traineeships are a form of on-the-job training which offers the opportunity to gain practical knowledge in a practice environment while earning a wage.
In Queensland there are a number of law schools that offer PLT or trainee courses.