Single Law Degree vs. Combined Law Degrees

Tiffany

Getting yourself into law school is tough. What is just as tough is making sure you’re making the right decision. Should you be doing a single law degree or a combined degree with another discipline? A great number of law students in Australia are encouraged to undertake double degrees. Not only does it provides students with an advantage in the job market, but it also allows them to learn an entirely different discipline. However, if you’re currently studying a single law degree or thinking of switching to a single law degree from double degrees, this article provides insights into both degrees to help you make the right decision. 

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Do You Want to Become a Lawyer? Here’s Why You Should Do Your GDLP with ANU

TraceyMylecharane

To practice as a lawyer in Australia, you need to complete your Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) - also referred to as Practical Legal Training, or PLT -  before you can apply to be admitted as a legal practitioner.  (When you see PLT or GDLP, note that these terms are used interchangeably and refer to the same course). Why ANU?  This is really obvious to me because I chose to leave practice and teach into the ANU GDLP program two and a half years ago.  For me it was an easy decision to make – the program is flexible, professional, current and most of all, incredibly valuable to new lawyers.

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Trade Suits for Silicon Valley and Change our Legal System

Conrad

Law students are often told that a law degree holds significant value outside of coveted law graduate positions. We’re told that the analytical skills and attention to detail we picked up in our evidence and admin lectures will help us to forge a path outside of commercial practice. Over the past year, I’ve found this to be true. In fact, taking the path less travelled may actually be more exciting and fulfilling than anything a top-tier grad position can offer. Earlier this year I embarked on a journey chosen by many in our generation; I started a legal tech startup

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How to Become a Legal Practitioner in Queensland

To become a lawyer in Queensland, completing your law degree is only the start. You will be required to complete supervised training or PLT as well as apply for admission. This article sets out the steps in becoming a legal practitioner in Queensland.

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What to Write in Your Resume If You Lack Work Experience

Christine Allen

A work experience in any given field is not something we are born with, unfortunately. And many, if not all of us either have come across or are yet to come across a dilemma – how to make our resume look good when applying for a first job? What to put in a resume if I haven't got so much work experience to boast about?

Lack of working experience is no reason to give in to despair: Everybody has to start from something. You need to always remember that while substantial expertise in the field is definitely a plus, it is not the only thing that the employer looks at when deciding upon whether to recruit a candidate or not. Having little or no working experience does not automatically make you a nobody in the eyes of the recruiter. There are things that are just as important (if not more): your skills, your enthusiasm and zest, your personal traits.

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Three Top Tips for Networking

Unfortunately, the structure of university makes it difficult for law students to understand the importance of building professional relationships early. More often than not, the first networking experience is daunting. This guest post by Stephanie Fiteni sets out what law students and grads should do at their next networking event.

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How to Become a Lawyer or Legal Practitioner in NSW

When you apply for admission into the legal profession, you’ll need to apply to get a Compliance Certificate which, when granted, shows you have the necessarily qualifications and suitability to become a legal practitioner. Here is the process for becoming a legal practitioner in NSW.

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How to Become a Barrister in NSW

How to Become a Barrister in NSW

The process of becoming a barrister in NSW is a lot like competing in a marathon. The race is long and gruelling and requires a certain degree of mental acuity. After graduating from law school, and just when you might think the worst of your legal training days are behind you, the biggest hurdle emerges to challenge your resolve to finish. While your law degree is an essential building block in your legal pre-training, it ultimately serves as a mental warm-up to the main event of your legal career by teaching you where to access the right information when you need it. 

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