A Bachelor’s in Law can open the doors to a large number of options. Just consider the choices in the public sector alone. Only law graduates can be in the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary. Graduates from other streams can occupy high positions in the Legislature and the Executive but not the Judiciary.
In the private sector there are a host of opportunities for law graduates today as against the past when the focus was purely on one of the two – criminal and civil litigation. Now, with the opening up and liberalisation of the global economy lawyers have a lot of scope in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, banks and finance, debt restructuring and infrastructure contracts.
While all these might appear to be more finance than law, it has to be remembered that the financial sector is dependent on iron clad contracts and agreements which only a good lawyer can draw up and finalise. This is why large international and domestic firms regularly hire lawyers well versed in laws of different countries to take up legal briefs on behalf of clients regardless of the country of origin.
Here are some career choices for you after completing your LLB. You can also contact employment agencies in Melbourne or wherever you are located for a lucrative job opening.
- Practicing with a corporate firm – Most corporate firms today have in-house legal departments and employ regular lawyers to prepare briefs, appear in courts, draw up contracts and agreements and take care of all litigation issues. Not only does it save substantial sums in external lawyers’ fees, it also expedites cases as the briefs are prepared in the company premises itself.
- Opening a law firm – The process is not easy and you have to take a call and start basic preparations while still in school. First, decide on the aspect of law that you want to specialise in and market your firm accordingly. You can ask for referrals to get started and then spread the word through social media channels.
- Legal advisor for various organisations – This is more of a freelance work and you will only be successful after you have acquired a certain degree of experience in the profession in a fixed line of specialisation. Once you have made a name for yourself in say corporate law or conveyancing or business law, you can be sure that there will be no dearth of clients for you. You can either work out of client’s office or set up the required infrastructure of office and staff on your own.
These are some of the career options that you can explore after completing your LLB.