Provide legal advice, prepare and draft legal documents, and conduct negotiations on behalf of clients on matters associated with the law. This role differs from that of an American lawyer only in the fact that solicitors do not conduct court proceedings. They usually advice and support to their clients by completing paperwork and documentation for court cases, research common and statutory law to prepare case briefs, and submit applications to the appropriate courts.
Their duties also include negotiating on behalf of their clients and managing financial records. A solicitor will also review judgements for any grounds for appeal. The type of work a solicitor will do also depends on the type of firm he or she works for. Most of the solicitor’s work is done in the office, with an occasional trip to the courtroom.
As it is a demanding role:
- One must complete on-going education.
- Potential solicitors can graduate from any discipline.
If you do not get a degree in law then:
- One must obtain a graduate diploma in law or other common professional credential, which usually takes a year.
- Legal practice course must also be completed and this also takes a year.
- A two year training period with a legal firm is necessary, as well.
During this training period, a solicitor will work in four different areas of law and complete a professional skills course.
The pay scale of a solicitor ranges between AUD$44,285 – AUD$101,005 and the median being AUD$61,598.