Are you fascinated by Australia’s legal system and want to play an essential role in the day-to-day functioning of a legal team? Whether you’re looking to start your career in the legal industry, or switching from another career path, there are lots of opportunities.
If you have limited experience, not to worry – everyone must start somewhere! Here are some entry-level legal positions you could apply for, which require no prior experience.
1. Legal Receptionist
- Responsibilities – You’ll be responsible for a wide range of tasks, including greeting guests, answering, and redirecting calls, sorting incoming mail, arranging appointments, and filing documents. You’ll need to make sure entry areas are always kept tidy, to make an excellent first impression for any visitors. You may also be required to order office supplies and write letters to clients.
- Required skills – You’ll be managing lots of tasks at once, so it’s essential that you’re organised and can multi-task. As you’ll be interacting with people across the business, as well as clients, you’ll need excellent interpersonal, communication and customer service skills. Having a clear understanding of legal terminology can be a big help too.
- Potential salary - According to PayScale, entry-level legal receptionist jobs can provide you with a salary of around AU$40,357.
2. Junior Legal Secretary
- Responsibilities – You will be required to arrange meetings, manage diaries, and make any travel arrangements. You may be responsible for talking to clients before referring them to their lawyers. You’ll need to file and type up various documents, as well as check legal documents for mistakes. From time to time, you may also be asked to attend court too, to assist a lawyer.
- Required skills – Good computer skills are vital for this role. Verbal and written communication skills are also essential, along with the ability to actively listen. You will need to have a basic understanding of legal terms, filing requirements and legal processes.
- Potential salary – Entry level legal secretary jobs can expect a salary of around AU$45,942, according to PayScale.
3. Legal Administrator
- Responsibilities – You’ll be responsible for ensuring everything in the law firm runs smoothly and efficiently. This can include keeping track of expenditure, billing, collecting payments, financial forecasting and managing taxes. You may be expected to carry out HR tasks, such as managing wages and benefits. You’ll also be responsible for making sure technology is working correctly, and the systems are up to date.
- Required skills – You must be able to multi-task to ensure everything is managed effectively. You will also need excellent interpersonal skills and teamwork, as you may need to work with others to complete specific tasks.
- Potential salary – PayScale estimates the average salary, when you first start in the industry, to be around AU$44,000, but this can increase with experience.
Make sure you check job descriptions carefully when applying for any of these entry-level jobs, as responsibilities, skills and salary can vary across firms.
How do you get your first entry-level law jobs?
To get your first entry-level legal job, you do not necessarily need a formal qualification, but it can help. Understanding legal business administration skills and having a professional qualification can allow you to stand out from other job applicants and give you a head start in your new career path.
Set yourself up for legal career success now by enrolling on Open Colleges’ BSB31015 Certificate III in Business Administration (Legal). You’ll learn how to effectively organise schedules, write simple documents, use legal terminology to perform tasks, assist in prioritising and planning activities in a legal practice and much more.
Do you aspire to become a paralegal, a lawyer or even a barrister someday? While you’ll need to acquire further qualifications and gain more experience, this course will give you the necessary foundations you need to get started on the first rung of the career ladder in the legal industry.
Starting in an entry-level law job will give you the opportunity to decide whether this is the right field for you. It will also act as a stepping stone to other legal positions and is a great way to get to know important people in the legal industry, who may be able to open doors for you in the future.