Employment Online @ Sydney Law School

Guide to your Future

There are a variety of employment opportunities, be they legal or not, that await students once they complete the Sydney Bachelor of Laws (LLB). If you want to become a legal practitioner, you must complete an accredited program of practical legal training once you finish you LLB in order to receive admission as a legal practitioner. The information below also contains details on how to become a solicitor or barrister.

SULS Corporate Careers Guide

The Sydney University Law Society (SULS) Corporate Careers Guide provides a comprehensive overview of potential careers for Sydney Law School Graduates, with a focus on the following:

  • Making job applications
  • The interview process
  • Legal Practice Areas
  • Australian Law Firms
  • International Law Firms
  • Government Departments
  • Corporate careers, including Investment Banking and Management Consultancy

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How do I become a legal practitioner?

In order to become a legal practitioner in New South Wales you satisfy the requirements of the Legal Profession Admission Board. For further information:

Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB)
GPO Box 3980
Sydney NSW 2001
Tel: + 61 2 9392 0300
Fax: + 61 2 9392 0315

What is Practical Legal Training (PLT) ?

The College of Law Professional Program is an approved method of practical legal training enabling admission in New South Wales, and all other states and the territories, either directly or through the mutual recognition scheme.

The Professional Program provides vocational legal education centred on a training partnership between the College, students and supervisors in the workplace. For further information contact:

The College of Law
2 Chandos Street
St Leonards NSW 2065
Tel: + 61 2 9965 7000
Fax: + 61 2 9436 1265

Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC)

The LACC website contains useful information and links on practical legal training, admissions and useful documents for all Australian jurisdictions.

How do I become a solicitor?

A solicitor must meet the same requirements to be admitted as a legal practitioner and obtain the relevant certificate from the Law Society of NSW.

After admission as a legal practitioner, you must complete a further two years of restricted practice and undertake a practise management course approved by the Law Society before you can practise on your own account. For further information contact:

The Law Society of NSW
170 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: + 61 2 9926 0333
Fax: + 61 2 9231 5809

How do I become a barrister?

You must meet the requirements to be admitted as a legal practitioner and obtain the appropriate certificate from the NSW Bar Association. You must also take a Reading Program, consisting of qualifying examinations, a five-week full time Bar Practice Course and eleven months of reading. For further information contact:

The New South Wales Bar Association
Selborne Chambers
174 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: +61 2 9232 4055
Fax: +61 2 9221 1149

What if I don’t want to practice or work in law?

If you are unsure of your career path following completion of your degree, you may like to contact the University of Sydney’s Careers Centre for further information on alternative careers to that of law.

Careers Centre
Level 5 | Jane Foss Russell (JFR) Building | G02
City Road | The University of Sydney | NSW | 2006
P: (+61 2) 8627 8403 | F: (+61 2) 8627 8477
careers.information@usyd.edu.au