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Deewan

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i was recently accepted into uni of sydney's juris doctor program as an international applicant. if anyone has studied (or intends to study) law at usyd or other unis in australia, i would appreciate any feedback about life as a(n international) student and job prospects. the course costs are approx. AUD 38,000 per year.

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38k is a lot of money to pay. As a student you are restricted to working 20 hours per week and at best that would fetch you 20k. Average living expense would be 1k a month in a sharing accommodation.

If your study is on a loan from bank you will be alright but for sure you cannot earn that kind of money to pay your fees. Everything else is alright inshallah

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Thank you. I'm not worried so much about financing my education as I am about the prospects of finding a job following completion of the degree. So is the $38k/yr at Sydney a good investment? (My research seems to suggest that it is...)

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I did my law degree at Macquarie Uni, though not as an international student. Getting a job in the legal profession is difficult because there are alot more lawyers than there are jobs - though it's certainly not impossible. You might find that you have to do alot of volunteering just to get your foot in the door/some experience. Networking also plays a big role in the legal profession. It also depends on what area of law you want to practice in. Getting a job in the human rights field, for example, is incredibly difficult and competitive. I was fortunate enough to land a job at the place I was volunteering at which is in the field of refugee law. However, I may lose my job soon because of the Coalition's proposed policy of s[Edited Out]ping government funded legal advice/assistance to asylum seekers since my org relies on government funding to give such advice/assistance. So even when you get a job, particularly if it's in the human rights field, there's no guarantee you will keep it because our major political parties don't seem to care about human rights and only care about appeasing the xenophobic public. Ok sorry, this post has turned into a rant. :squeez:

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