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Over the years, law courses have earned relatively poor ratings
from their graduates, according to the national Course
Experience Questionnaire survey. In 2013, graduates reported
that they were not happy with the way their courses were taught,
despite rating the skills they gained highly. A quarter of graduates
go onto further study. Among those who do seek work,
employment prospects are average, with 25 per cent of
graduates having trouble finding work. Starting salaries are
above average, sitting at $57,870. Law graduates are also said to
gain salary increases more than three times those of other
professionals (teachers, for example) in the five years following
their graduation. In short, as things now stand, a law degree does
your career prospects no harm, but it all depends on what you
want — there is no guarantee of a spot at the major city firm of
Caroline — Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws
Why did you choose to study law?
I chose a double degree for the
flexibility and the complementary
nature of law and commerce. I also
chose my specific degree as it didn’t
include a major, which I found
appealing given I was so uncertain as
to what I wanted to study after I finished Year 12.
What is the best thing about your course?
The best academic element of my course was the way I was
taught to think. A law degree teaches you to think abstractly,
to consider alternatives, to argue facts and to reason. I was
also fortunate enough to study in China and Denmark as part
of my degree. These experiences pushed me out of my
comfort zone and allowed me to learn new languages,
experience cultural differences and meet some pretty
What is the worst thing about your course?
I would have to say that the worst part of my course is the
duration. My double degree is five years in length, but
because I deferred a semester of study to travel after my
exchange program, I am now in my sixth year of study. When
I started my degree I had no idea how long five years really
What does your course involve?
In the first two years of law, units usually involved lectures and
a tutorial. Assessment has included everything from research
essays to case analysis, problem-solving tasks and practical
I have also been required to obtain work experience, which I
had to seek out independently, and have had to complete a
compulsory practical legal assessment unit that aims to show
students the practical aspects of applying the law and develop
oral and written skills.
What are your job prospects after graduating?
I am hopeful that I will find work in the legal sector upon
graduation. I am currently completing work placement in a law
firm, which I may continue after my course. The legal sector is
quite large and, given the competitive nature of law, it may be
difficult to find the perfect role straight away.
What advice would you give to students considering
I wish that someone had told me how much reading would be
involved in studying law! I devote a substantial amount of time
per week to study. This time-balancing act was quite difficult
to adjust to when I started my course, but time management
becomes a skill that any university student has to learn. I
would also advise potential law students to actively seek out
work experience, research other opportunities such as
student exchange or volunteer programs, and be active in
their communities and society.
Will you complete further study?
To be admitted as a solicitor in Victoria, law graduates must
either complete a traineeship under the supervision of an
Australian legal practitioner or complete a practical legal
training course. So, depending on my ability to secure a
traineeship after my graduation, I may be undertaking further
study for admission.
The student body and graduate ratings (continued)
THE STUDENT BODY
tuition costs for
Teaching quality Generic skills
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
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