Lawyers provide advice on matters relating to the law. You’ll need excellent writing and verbal communication skills, as your work will likely involve drafting legal documents, conducting negotiations, and appearing in court on behalf of your clients. A law degree from Sydney will develop your skills of analysis, research, writing and advocacy and prepare you to move with confidence cross national boundaries. You can complete a Bachelor of Laws with another degree in the Combined Law program, or study the Juris Doctor after you’ve completed any other degree.
Once you have graduated, you can apply for admission to practise law (as a barrister or solicitor). Because legal skills are highly valued in a number of other areas beyond the traditional legal pathways, you might also choose to become a government policy adviser, teacher, business executive, journalist, or corporate counsel; work with international organisations like the United Nations or the World Bank; or undertake pro bono work for nongovernmental organisations.
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Forensic scientists help in legal investigations by using scientific procedures to analyse physical evidence. This can mean examining and identifying illicit drugs, organic and inorganic materials, assessing handwriting, determining the cause of fires and explosions, and DNA profiling. You may produce reports for court, or appear in person to testify about the evidence you have analysed.
There are many pathways to a career in this area, including the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Medical Science.
You can choose to focus on biological sciences, chemistry, molecular and biomedical sciences, pathology, physics, pharmacology, anatomy or physiology.
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