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AngieMM

Hi everyone

 

I'm new to this site and I'm posting in the hopes that someone might be able to confirm that I'm on the right track please...

 

My husband and I plan to emigrate in 2022.

 

I am in my final year of an LLB at UCT and will send my degree off to the NSW authorities next year to have it assessed. I also plan to do the local LEAD course at some stage next year as I think this might help give me some credits towards the Aussie PLT certificate, if I'm not mistaken. 

 

Once I receive the feedback on which subjects I need to take to convert my qualification (both degree and PLT), I plan to do those remotely in SA before we leave. Am I correct in understanding that once I have done these courses and whatever elements of the PLT that are then outstanding I may then apply to be admitted in NSW? I would obviously need to be admitted before applying for a 189 visa but in the interim I think I could travel on my husband's 189.

 

And then in terms of job prospects in Aus, are entry level solicitor jobs like hen's teeth or is this doable? I do also hold a Bachelor of Business Science degree and was a brand manager in my previous life before embarking on my legal studies. 

 

Any advice on this topic would be greatly appreciated. I know this isn't the easiest thing we're attempting to do but we're quite determined to make it work.

 

Thanks, Angie 

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While this is not my field of interests, when I read your post, I remembered there were often complaints in the media of too many graduate lawyers and not enough positions.

https://www.liv.asn.au/LIVPresBlog2012/May-2012/Why-bother-with-a-law-degree-if-you-cant-get-a-jo

https://www.afr.com/companies/professional-services/too-many-law-graduates-and-not-enough-jobs-20151020-gkdbyx

Universities will often push a law degree without taking market needs into consideration.

 

Some law firms do offer graduate positions. Check them out but dont despair because.....there are many things you can do specially that you have a science qualification and marketing experience (you can sell - the most important attribute in life i.e convince people to part with their hard earned money 🙂). Combining those two skills are powerful. How?

Look on Linkedin for lawyers who studied in RSA that are now in Australia. Check what they are doing, pick a few, specially those with other skills and ask them for advice & directives. Some will be happy to share information and their journey.

 

https://www.lawsociety.com.au/resources/resources/career-hub/10-jobs-you-can-do-law-degree

 

Another example: check the credentials of the Chair at the Westport Taskforce steering committee.

https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/projects/westport.asp

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On 9/8/2020 at 10:16 PM, ottg said:

While this is not my field of interests, when I read your post, I remembered there were often complaints in the media of too many graduate lawyers and not enough positions.

https://www.liv.asn.au/LIVPresBlog2012/May-2012/Why-bother-with-a-law-degree-if-you-cant-get-a-jo

https://www.afr.com/companies/professional-services/too-many-law-graduates-and-not-enough-jobs-20151020-gkdbyx

Universities will often push a law degree without taking market needs into consideration.

 

Some law firms do offer graduate positions. Check them out but dont despair because.....there are many things you can do specially that you have a science qualification and marketing experience (you can sell - the most important attribute in life i.e convince people to part with their hard earned money 🙂). Combining those two skills are powerful. How?

Look on Linkedin for lawyers who studied in RSA that are now in Australia. Check what they are doing, pick a few, specially those with other skills and ask them for advice & directives. Some will be happy to share information and their journey.

 

https://www.lawsociety.com.au/resources/resources/career-hub/10-jobs-you-can-do-law-degree

 

Another example: check the credentials of the Chair at the Westport Taskforce steering committee.

https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/projects/westport.asp

 

Thanks so much for taking the time to reply and for the links. You are right, though, about the selling; in this case it will be all about selling my skills! :)

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F1veClaw
On 9/7/2020 at 10:08 PM, AngieMM said:

And then in terms of job prospects in Aus, are entry level solicitor jobs like hen's teeth or is this doable?

It would depend on what you want. If you are looking at Big6, you would most likely need to rely on networking as opposed to standard grad entry. I have a friend who is a few years into the big6 who does grad interviews and generally takes people from a select few onshore uni's with averages above 85%

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