So you want to be a lawyer?

A guide for current and prospective students in Australia

By David Weisbrot

Contributions by: Michael Kirby

So You Want To Be a Lawyer? is the first comprehensive guide written for people who are contemplating a law degree in Australia, whether as an undergraduate or as a postgraduate. As well, the book is for those who are already enrolled in law school, but are wondering why or where their law degree may lead them. This essential guide provides: the basic structures of the Australian legal professions and the best reasons for studying, or not studying, law at a university * the history and development of legal education in Australia, including the modern trend towards clinical education and professional skills development * a description of each of the 36 Australian university law schools, highlighting what each institution offers and what each school believes makes it unique * an invaluable checklist of the features, factors, and costs to be considered in making an informed decision about which law school to choose, including information addressed toward Indigenous students, women, LGBT students, students with disabilities, and those from rural, remote, and regional Australia * insights into the life of a law student, including survival strategies, study tips, and getting the most out of student life * an original analysis of the highly dynamic Australian legal professions, which are rapidly adapting to a new environment prompted by competition, information and communications technology, and globalization, leading to a range of exciting new career paths * comparative information regarding the US legal education system, as well as international information, particularly cost comparisons for studying law in the US, Canada, the UK, and New Zealand. So You Want To Be a Lawyer? provides all of the information any prospective law student will need to make an informed and intelligent decision about the best place for them to study in Australia, what to study, and where it all might lead. [An American by birth, author David Weisbrot has a BA (Hons) from Queens College, City University of New York, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is admitted to practice law in California and New South Wales. David was President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) from 1999-2009 - the longest serving President in the ALRC's history. He is also a former Professor and Dean of Law at the University of Sydney.]

264 pages

Publication Date: 8/6/2013
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781742861012