Outstanding employment record for UQ Law graduates

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A recent survey of UQ Law students found that more than 95 per cent of University of Queensland Law students go on to work in the legal industry or in other professional occupations.

Academic Dean and Head of UQ School of Law Professor Patrick Parkinson said that of the 300 students that graduated from UQ Law in 2016, current employment could be identified for 81 per cent, giving a robust picture of graduate outcomes.

Eighty-two per cent were employed in roles that required a law degree; such as solicitors, judges’ associates, government lawyers, in court or tribunal roles, or in the community legal sector.

Another 13 per cent were employed in graduate roles in the business, management consultancy or government sectors where a law degree was useful, but not necessary, at businesses such as Deloittes, KPMG, PwC, McKinsey, and in government policy roles.

An additional four per cent were divided equally between other legal roles such as paralegals, clerks, researchers or barrister’s assistants, and graduates undertaking further full-time study.

Finally, one per cent of respondents were undertaking entrepreneurial pursuits such as online retailing and operating small businesses.

“This shows us the value of UQ’s Law program," Professor Parkinson said.

"Despite the large number of law graduates being produced by universities across Australia, the great majority of our graduates go on to practice law or find employment in other work where a law degree is useful.

“UQ Law strives to provide an educational experience that will equip our students for a rapidly transforming world.”

Professor Parkinson said the survey was conducted to give an accurate idea of law students’ employment outcomes.

“Although the Federal Government Department of Education and Training publishes data annually about Australian university graduate outcomes, this data is collected just four months after graduation,” he said.

“Law graduates wishing to be admitted to legal practice need to undertake a further period of postgraduate study (Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice) and work placement, meaning most undergraduates are not admitted to practice as a solicitor or eligible to join the Bar until at least six months after graduating.

“To provide a more realistic picture of career outcomes for law graduates, it is more appropriate to gather data about employment outcomes 12-18 months after graduation.”

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