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What is it like to be a Solicitor?

Solicitors, also known as lawyers, are legal practitioners who apply their knowledge of the law and legal to enable them to provide clients with legal advice, prepare legal arguments and documentation and undertake negotiation and mediation activities. Depending on the nature of the legal matter, some solicitors may be required to attend court.

Solicitors work in a variety of settings including legal firms, federal and state government departments including legal offices, community and other legal organisations, charity organisations, corporate sector, and non-government agencies among many others. 

Solicitors may also choose to undertake additional education and training to become secondary school legal studies teachers.

For more information about a career as a Solicitor, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

The success of a solicitor is heavily reliant on their problem solving skills and dedication. As a solicitor you will have a high moral standard and have a proactive mindset.

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Able to understand, analyse and use facts quickly and logically
  • Able to work under pressure and deal with a variety of people
  • Integrity and good character.

To become a Solicitor

To be able to become a Solicitor, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Laws has been accredited by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board, Queensland, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland as an approved academic qualification under the Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004 (Qld).

This will partially satisfy the requirements to practice as a solicitor or barrister in Queensland, or as a legal practitioner elsewhere in Australia.

Graduates of USQ law degrees then need to complete an approved practical legal training course in order to become admitted to practice. USQ law graduates have the option of completing their practical legal training through a one-year traineeship in a law practice, or through an institution that offers a practical legal training qualification.


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