What kind of job can you get with a degree in law?

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By studying a Bachelor of Laws, you are embarking on a profession that can truly make an impact, both big and small. From juvenile justice to environmental law, here are some of your future career options.

It’s no exaggeration to say that, as a society, we are obsessed with crime and the legal system. From shows like Suits and Making a Murderer, to podcasts Serial and Teacher’s Pet, to the insatiable popularity of legal novels and media stories – there’s something about this area that captures our collective interest. 
If you’re thinking of taking your curiosity further and into a career in law, consider these options.

What job can I get with a degree in law?

As a graduate of this four-year law degree, you are well positioned to become a solicitor, or even a barrister in the courtroom. You’ll learn about all subsets of law including family, personal injury, employment, tax, and immigration law to give you a well-rounded springboard onto your chosen career path. You may also find yourself helping society in different ways; for example, taking part in investigating cybercrime or providing advice to asylum seekers. Learn more about your law degree.

No matter which direction you are thinking of going with your law degree, it is important to take on as many opportunities as possible to gain real world experience. 

International student Naziah Sohail found studying law through international study at Murdoch gave her the independence she needed for the world of law.  

“I enjoy pushing myself to be independent. Murdoch has facilities that many universities may not offer. In Murdoch, there is an actual Moot Court that students are allowed to utilise. It was built to prepare us law students for the working world and improve on our public speaking skills that are essential in our career."

Naziah also credits Murdoch’s International Welcome Scholarship, which gave her the ability to study law at Murdoch.

What job can I get with a degree in criminal behaviour or crime science?

Judging by the number of TV show and podcasts about crime, like Dirty John, Breaking Bad and Making a Murderer, it’s safe to say society is fascinated with the subject. Why not take your interest further and study criminology? You’ll learn how to investigate cases, find out why people commit offences, and how to reduce crime. Criminology isn’t the only path though; other careers include crime research, police officer and other law enforcement, and youth officer. Discover where crime science and criminal behaviour can take you.

What job can I get with a degree in law + arts?

An arts and law double degree can give you an edge in ways you mightn’t ever considered. Arts majors are incredibly varied so you can carefully shape the kind of career you want by studying courses such as Japanese language, psychology, theatre, international aid, global stability, professional writing, and more. These specialisations can help if you’d like to take your career into an area such as media or entertainment law, politics, or international law. Find out more about law + arts.

It has been great to have the opportunity to study areas of law that I am specifically interested in, but also to use this knowledge in the real world through SCALES. I have been able to experience both ends of the spectrum, from attending UN Treaty Body meetings in Geneva to sitting with clients discussing their protection claims.” - Tessa Maybery, law graduate.

What job can I get with a degree in legal studies?

If you love law and justice but you don’t fancy being a lawyer, you can still have a rewarding role in the industry. The Bachelor of Criminology in Legal Studies focuses on the legal system and how it directly applies to issues and people. There are plenty of opportunities within the courts and corrections, police services, and youth work where you can find hands-on roles like juvenile justice officer, community corrections officer or criminologist. Find out more about a career in legal studies.

What job can I get with a degree in law + criminology?

Why do people commit crime? And, more importantly, can we prevent it? With this double degree, you’ll investigate crime and justice from all angles and you can choose to major in criminal behaviour, crime science, or white collar and corporate crime. For the latter, you could take a deep dive into topics like environmental crime, insider trading and embezzlement, and you’ll examine real-life cases such as the recent Volkswagen fuel emission scandal. You could become a lawyer who focuses on this speciality or you could move into criminology or federal law enforcement. Learn more about law + criminology.

What job can I get with a degree in global security or counterterrorism? 

In an ever-connected world, the need for global intelligence and sharing of information is vital to protecting the community both in Australia and abroad. Pathways include an aid officer working directly with people, exploring your political side in international diplomacy, or analysing problems and connecting the dots as an intelligence analyst. You could also complete a double major with law and become a refugee or human rights lawyer. Start your global security career here.

What job can I get with a degree in business law?

A versatile option, business law straddles the world between – you guessed it – law and business. You’ll be able to help businesses navigate legal issues around finance, taxation, employment, consumer protection, and more. You could fly solo as a consultant or work with a team of professionals advising the nation’s most prominent corporations. Roles our graduates have gone on to (aside from a lawyer of course) include financial services officer, legal compliance officer, and mediator. Learn more about business law.

For more information about a career in law, check out our course in law. Or check out some more information about our International Welcome Scholarship.

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26 Jun 2019

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