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How long does a law degree take

“No-no-no, JUST NO. Chop your email in half, then in half again.”

“When do you get out?”

“July 2019”

“That’s rough, I’m out November 2020”

No, not pulled from the script of Orange Is the New Black, rather small talk in USYD Law Library.

Anyone sinking their teeth into a law degree knows that at times you feel like life won’t begin till you walk out the door. But what is waiting for you when you leave?

Who is graduating with law degrees?

Out of bachelor graduates (all) in the field of law, 37.6 per cent were male and 62.3 per cent were female.

The median age of bachelor graduates (all) in the field of law, was 24 years.

What are they doing when they leave?

Overall, 64.7 per cent of bachelor graduates (all) in the field of law, were available for full-time employment after graduation, with a further 22.3 per cent in full-time study, 7.5 per cent in part-time or casual employment, and 5.0 per cent unavailable for full-time study or work.

Out of bachelor graduates (all) in the field of law who were available for full-time employment, 78.5 per cent were in full-time employment.

How much are they making?

The median salary for bachelor graduates (all) in the field of law was $57,500.

The Footnotes for success:

We spoke to the CEO of a Commercial Law Firm in Sydney and asked what makes graduate students stand out like a sore thumb, his answers:

1. Graduates send long, long, detailed emails

“Hello, Happy Monday, I hope you had a really wonderful weekend”, no-no-no, JUST NO. Chop your email in half, then in half again, and do not be offended if someone responds with one – two words.

Oh and too, I used to take the sender name out of the email chain to make sure I didn’t send an email before I had checked everything twice.

2.  You worry about problems instead of solutions

When you are new in a firm if you’re a problem talker instead of solver, you’re getting cut. Rather than complaining you don’t have time, you should find ways to make things work. If it means Googling everything you don’t know until you do know how to – then you’ll fit in well. You need to learn to help yourself.

How long does a law degree take
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