At my very liberal university, being LGBT has never been an issue. Nor has it been in the law faculty, where many students have progressive views and a passion for human rights. Moreover, there is a Queer Society at my university, and I know that other unis such as Sydney University and Melbourne University even have a Queer Officer as part of their law students’ societies. However, I did worry about how being LGBT would translate in the legal profession, which is often known as a conservative profession that has historically favoured straight, white males.
While practice areas such as property and tax are long-established areas of practice for lawyers, the areas of law that lawyers can work in are far from settled. Environmental law was once a very niche practice area that employed few lawyers, now it’s an area with significant amounts of regulation and thousands of lawyers advising a range of industries have expertise in this area. It’s a difficult job market for law graduates, but new practice areas and new opportunities within existing practice areas are arising all the time.
It can be tricky to anticipate where your career may end up, let alone start, but here are just a few of the trends (and potential future areas of specialisation) to keep an eye on…
An excruciatingly hefty proportion of your law degree depends on your skills of statutory interpretation. It is this skill you should feel most determined to harvest and hack at whenever you can.
Only now that I’ve landed a job in law where I receive requests for the definition of ‘indictment’ on a daily basis, have I comprehended the true majesty of flawless interpretation.
Although all universities offering law have an obligation to show you the ropes of statutory interpretation, it is imperative that you keep the following tips in the back of your noggin when you’re dealing with that unholy kerfuffle of numbers and alien speak.
Client interviewing is an essential skill that lawyers use to establish their clients’ needs and to tailor their services accordingly. Client interviewing is an essential skill to master so that you have all of the relevant information available from the beginning, as the revelation of pertinent information at a later stage can throw your entire case off or may even have a catastrophic results for your client.
Hello friends! It’s quite possible that we don’t know each other yet, but we’ll be good friends in a minute because I’m guessing that if you’re reading this we have a lot more in common than if I’d written an article for Wildfowl duck hunting magazine (It exists - look it up!)
In case you hadn’t noticed (you had), law school is a pain in neck. A very rewarding, fulfilling, ego stroking, pain in the neck, but a pain in the neck nonetheless. And if you’re reading this to find out the trick to getting five HDs every semester, stop reading now. Because we all know the answer to that – hard work. There’s no trick, secret or spell. You have to work hard to do well academically in law. Now that we’ve cleared up what we all already knew (but may have been in denial about), let’s move on.
If you’re looking for a few tips for balancing law school with life/coping with stress/dealing with the temptation to poke people’s eyes out with a pen during semester, you have come to the right place.
I’m not saying I’ve got it all figured out (I think I’ve probably got about 5% of it down pat), but here are a few tried and tested recipes for the soul that have gotten me through the past four years (note that at this point all of my close friends still have both of their eyes – a small round of applause, please).
During these frantic weeks before exams, everything that doesn’t directly relate to trying to understand hearsay or the Tasmanian Dam case goes out the window. Cooking and diet tumble down the list of priorities and your menu quickly descends into toast, two-minute noodles and anything sold by a library vending machine.
Although making the effort to eat properly may take you away from the books for a few extra minutes, it will certainly reward you with greater concentration and improved memory. Survive Law spoke to naturopath Tiffany Sharp about the best foods to fuel your brain this exam season…