Legal Executives act for and on behalf of clients in the areas of property transfer, company and business law, trusts, wills, probate and litigation, under the general supervision of a Barrister or Solicitor.

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in law, legal services, legal studies or a related field is needed to work as a Legal Executive. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Legal Executives.

    Tasks

    • Interviews clients to determine the nature of issues, and receives written information concerning cases from legal professionals and clients.
    • Confers with clients and potential witnesses and draws up statements and proposed affidavits in preparation for court proceedings.
    • Maintains legal files.
    • Prepares, analyses and interprets a variety of legal documents such as those associated with buying, selling and developing properties and businesses.
    • Assists legal professionals to prepare cases for court by conducting investigations, undertaking research, arranging witness preparation and attendance, and preparing and filing court documents.
    • May supervise law clerks and legal secretaries and take responsibility for their work.

    More about Conveyancers and Legal Executives

    All Conveyancers and Legal Executives

    • $1,249 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Legal Executives

    • 6,300 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 57% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 29 years Average age
    • 80% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Legal Executives (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 5,000 in 2011 to 6,300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Legal Executives work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Financial and Insurance Services.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (57%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 29 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (32%).
    • Gender: 80% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services84.6
    Public Administration and Safety5.8
    Financial and Insurance Services2.7
    Administrative and Support Services1.1
    Other Industries5.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateLegal ExecutivesAll Jobs Average
    NSW43.131.6
    VIC19.925.6
    QLD22.420.0
    SA3.57.0
    WA7.210.8
    TAS0.52.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT2.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketLegal ExecutivesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.0-5.05.0
    20-2429.8-9.39.3
    25-3431.1-22.922.9
    35-4415.7-22.022.0
    45-5412.7-21.621.6
    55-593.7-9.09.0
    60-643.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationLegal ExecutivesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree29.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV7.7-21.121.1
    Year 1234.7-18.118.1
    Year 112.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below5.1-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in law, legal services, legal studies or a related field is needed to work as a Legal Executive. University and VET (Vocational Education and Training) are both common study pathways for Legal Executives.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Legal Executive.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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    Employers look for Conveyancers and Legal Executives who have a high attention to detail, are professional, courteous and responsible.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Clerical

      77% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    2. English language

      71% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Law and government

      66% Skill level

      How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

    4. Computers and electronics

      55% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    5. Customer and personal service

      48% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    1. Letters and memos

      97% Important

      Write letters and memos.

    2. Electronic mail

      97% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    3. Contact with people

      97% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    4. Telephone

      96% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    5. Indoors, heat controlled

      94% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

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