Law Clerks perform specialised clerical work associated with legal practice and law courts.

    You can work as a Law Clerk without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Law Clerks. A course in legal services or legal studies, or studies towards a degree in law might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Assists solicitors in areas of conveyancing, contracts, common law, probate and other legal practice matters.

    All Court and Legal Clerks

    • $1,119 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Law Clerks

    • 8,100 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 60% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 30 years Average age
    • 81% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Law Clerks (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 7,300 in 2011 to 8,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Law Clerks work in many parts of Australia. Victoria 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 (60%, 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 30 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (30%).
    • Gender: 81% 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 Services78.7
    Public Administration and Safety14.6
    Financial and Insurance Services1.6
    Health Care and Social Assistance0.7
    Other Industries4.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateLaw ClerksAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.131.6
    VIC36.325.6
    QLD17.120.0
    SA5.17.0
    WA7.210.8
    TAS1.92.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT2.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketLaw ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.3-5.05.0
    20-2426.7-9.39.3
    25-3428.5-22.922.9
    35-4414.2-22.022.0
    45-5414.2-21.621.6
    55-595.6-9.09.0
    60-644.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationLaw ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate8.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree25.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV8.8-21.121.1
    Year 1233.3-18.118.1
    Year 115.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.6-12.512.5

    You can work as a Law Clerk without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Law Clerks. A course in legal services or legal studies, or studies towards a degree in law might be helpful.

    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 Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Public Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Court and Legal Clerks, who are professional, courteous and responsible.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. English Language

      77% Skill level

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

    2. Law and Government

      77% Skill level

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

    3. Clerical

      60% Skill level

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

    4. Computers and Electronics

      58% Skill level

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

    5. Philosophy and Theology

      34% Skill level

      Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      98% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      93% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    3. Electronic Mail

      93% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    4. Spend Time Sitting

      92% Important

      How much time do you spend sitting?

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      92% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 23-1012.00 - Judicial Law Clerks.

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