3 JOBS FOR THE FAIR & JUST
Lawyers include solicitors, barristers and judges – three occupations that begin by studying a Bachelor of Laws. Solicitors look after a client’s legal interests. They usually represent clients in the Magistrates Court and brief barristers in the higher courts. Barristers specialise in court advocacy, including preparing pleadings for court cases. They do not prepare wills and contracts or do conveyancing. Judges are usually chosen from experienced barristers. To practice law, a solicitor must have completed an undergraduate degree plus a supervised traineeship or approved practical legal course. There is strong competition for positions and some universities now only accept students with an OP 1.
2 POLICE OFFICER
Education requirements for police work differ between states but usually the applicant must be at least 18 years old, and have completed Year 12 or three years of full-time paid employment since leaving school. As there is often strong competition for roles, a vocational qualification such as a Certificate III in Police Studies or a university degree such as a Bachelor of Criminal Justice can give an applicant an advantage. In Queensland, the recruitment process includes integrity vetting, psychological assessment, a panel interview, community and background inquiries, referee checks, and the Applied Policing Skills Assessment physical testing.
3 PRISON OFFICER
This occupation involves supervising and controlling the activities of inmates in prisons and other correctional institutions. As workers are responsible for the wellbeing of an often vulnerable group of people, it is important prison officers are fair and just. Most prison officers hold a vocational qualification such as a certificate III or IV (54.5 per cent) or diploma or advanced diploma (19.2 per cent). Of Australians who complete a Certificate III in Correctional Practice, 97.8 per cent are employed within six months of completion.