Legal Scene in Australia Post LLM


ferdi_boy
I have completed my gradute degree in Law from India and my LLM in IPR from the University of Aberdeen. With 6+ years of work experence under my belt, what would be the job prospects in Australia?
would I have to go back to school to compelte all that is required or would another LLM surfice?

Any insights into this will be appreciated!
I have completed my gradute degree in Law from India and my LLM in IPR from the University of Aberdeen. With 6+ years of work experence under my belt, what would be the job prospects in Australia?
would I have to go back to school to compelte all that is required or would another LLM surfice?

Any insights into this will be appreciated!
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grumpyJD
The requirements for admission to practice are determined at the state level. Once you decide where you want to work, you can check the state requirements. From what I have been told, the prospects are very bad. Australia produces far more law graduates than it needs so many law graduates never find law jobs. Unless you have great work experience or some sort of local connection, I wouldn't consider it.
The requirements for admission to practice are determined at the state level. Once you decide where you want to work, you can check the state requirements. From what I have been told, the prospects are very bad. Australia produces far more law graduates than it needs so many law graduates never find law jobs. Unless you have great work experience or some sort of local connection, I wouldn't consider it.
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newbie101
Hi @ferdi_boy

An LLM does not make a difference to employment prospects in Australia as a lawyer. In order to practice as a lawyer you will need to complete a State-based graduate diploma in legal practice. These are offered by institutions such as Leo Cussens, College of Law, and ANU also runs a course.

Once you have completed your Graduate Diploma, you will then be eligible to apply for admission to practice. In order to practice as a solicitor, you must be 'admitted'. The graduate diploma in legal practice is but one of many requirements you will need to satisfy to be admitted, a law degree and completion of a number of compulsory Australian subjects (such as constitutional law) are also required. Some international LLB holders are required to take a number of undergraduate subjects again in Australia.

So in short, to work as a lawyer, an LLM won't make any difference. You will need to look at getting admitted first - there are lots of rules though about that!

[Edited by newbie101 on Jan 30, 2017]

Hi @ferdi_boy

An LLM does not make a difference to employment prospects in Australia as a lawyer. In order to practice as a lawyer you will need to complete a State-based graduate diploma in legal practice. These are offered by institutions such as Leo Cussens, College of Law, and ANU also runs a course.

Once you have completed your Graduate Diploma, you will then be eligible to apply for admission to practice. In order to practice as a solicitor, you must be 'admitted'. The graduate diploma in legal practice is but one of many requirements you will need to satisfy to be admitted, a law degree and completion of a number of compulsory Australian subjects (such as constitutional law) are also required. Some international LLB holders are required to take a number of undergraduate subjects again in Australia.

So in short, to work as a lawyer, an LLM won't make any difference. You will need to look at getting admitted first - there are lots of rules though about that!

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