Law Clerks perform specialised clerical work associated with legal practice and law courts.
Assists solicitors in areas of conveyancing, contracts, common law, probate and other legal practice matters.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Court and Legal Clerks, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 60% of people employed as Law Clerks work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 6 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Law Clerks||All Jobs Average|
Around 73% of Law Clerks live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Law Clerks is 30 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 81% of the workforce. This is 33 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Law Clerks||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.0||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Law Clerk. Although some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in legal or paralegal services or a university degree in law.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Law Clerks||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||8.1||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||6.6||12.5|
Source: 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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Court and Legal Clerks, who are professional, courteous and responsible.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
54%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
50%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Looking for ways to help people.
Teaching people how to do something.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Using maths to solve problems.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
77%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
58%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
34%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
33%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
32%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
25%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
23%History and archeology
Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
19%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
18%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
16%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
16%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
13%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
10%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Read and understand written information.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Communicate by speaking.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
52%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
See details that are far away.
37%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
83%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
81%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
68%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
68%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
67%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
67%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
63%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
62%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
62%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
58%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
55%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
48%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
47%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
42%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
41%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
40%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
40%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
34%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
31%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
98%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Use electronic mail.
92%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
92%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
87%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
81%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Talk on the telephone.
Work to strict deadlines.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
76%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
72%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Work with people in a group or team.
63%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
61%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
55%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
54%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
50%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
50%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
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