As an in-house solicitor or lawyer you will ensure the organisation complies with the law. The role for lawyers in the rail industry has changed over the years and you may be involved with major infrastructure projects, public/private partnerships, and corporate mergers and acquisitions. You will be involved in providing legal advice, preparing and drafting legal documents and conducting negotiations on behalf of the rail organisation.
Your role may also include preparing cases for court, preparing witnesses, and attending court. You may also work in policy, research and advisory positions.
Knowledge, skills and attributes
Being a solicitor or lawyer demands strong skills of oratory methods, critical analysis and observation. You also need critical reading and listening skills, task organisation and management skills.
As a solicitor or lawyer, you will generally work standard hours Monday to Friday. Most of the work is done in the office. However, you may attend barrister’s chambers, court or negotiations/mediations which are conducted outside of the office.
Entrance requirements and ongoing training and development
The preparation to becoming a solicitor or lawyer is a four-step process. In order to practice:
- obtain a Bachelor of Laws
- obtain pre-admission to practical law training
- be admitted into legal practice
- obtain a practicing certificate.
You will need a broad knowledge of state and federal laws, and with time in the industry, a deep knowledge of rail-related law. Some rail organisations will offer entry through a graduate program.
The value of a career in the rail industry
For even more details on what you might earn, the diversity of companies you could work for and the career opportunities available, visit the following careers and training websites. Careers in Rail by the Australasian Railway Association; About the Rail Industry by Rail Skills Australasia and Rail Training by the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC).
For more information
Your career may take many turns depending on what stage you are at in life and your personal circumstances. Once in the rail industry, to progress your career you will need to complete additional studies depending on organisational requirements.
This information is generic. Job titles and the experience and qualifications needed to move into other jobs may vary slightly depending on the structure and needs of your organisation and government rules and regulations.
The jobs below may require additional qualifications as well as experience.