Professionals lay down law

19 April 2010

Sydney Law School's Associate Dean (Postgraduate Coursework), Professor Roger Magnusson says students are increasingly coming from varied disciplines to complete either a postgraduate law degree or an LLM.

"We've had a very strong response in our postgraduate law programs this year," he says in a Special Report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

"In the last 10 years we have seen law catering to future lawyers but also to other professions who want to come out of their niche in order to perform their functions more appropriately.

"I would say it's about 50/50 in terms of practising law and using law for other disciplines."

Professor Magnusson also says the increase in postgraduate law studies could also be a result of the global financial crisis.

"A lot of students are deciding to complete a law degree in response to the GFC, which has left the competitive job market increasingly harder to break into.

"With a law degree, this gives postgraduates the upper hand for employers."

In the same article, Graduate Law student, Louisa Mulquiney believes 60 per cent of her fellow students did not know what they wanted to do with their law degree.

"We went around in a circle and it was amazing how few people actually wanted to become lawyers."

Louisa says she wants to use her law degree to accompany her undergraduate degree in international and global studies.

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