Oct 2011

If you’re interested in a career in international law, an internship is often a great way to get started. UTS JD student, Jock Steel, talks to Survive Law about his internship with the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate’s Human Rights Working Group.

Many of us dream about a career in public international law, but it can be hard to know where to get started. Steel says he applied for a range of international internships last year. “I did applications for everything I could think of, like International Criminal Court, the works.”

The application form for the general UN internship intake included a section for attaching additional documents, so Steel included an essay he’d written: “I’d done a Masters of International Law already and one of my courses was international law and the use of armed force,” he says. “I had to write a major essay and my conclusion was that the UN is totally redundant in its mandate from 1945… the whole thing just needs to be totally reworked, and whoever’s reworking it isn’t doing it fast enough… and I got the job,” Steel laughs.

Jul 2011

If your family tree includes a judge, a Queens Counsel, a barrister, a paralegal or even anyone who has watched a full season of Boston Legal, you can probably stop reading this post now. Sit back and enjoy the benefits of nepotism that pervade the legal profession. We’re really quite jealous.

But if you are descended from a long line of kindergarten teachers or park rangers and don’t actually know anyone with a law degree, you’re probably a little worried about your future career prospects. So what do you do when nepotism isn’t an option?

Sep 2010

If you’re still in the running for a summer clerkship, congratulations and good luck. If you didn’t get a clerkship, don’t worry - everything will work out okay.

In post-clerkship disappointment mode you’ll probably spend a while telling yourself that you suck. You probably won’t believe me right now, but not getting a clerkship doesn’t mean that you will never be happy ever again. True story.

Jul 2010

So the past five generations of your family weren’t judges? Then I guess you’re doomed to fail in your legal career… or not. Although ‘no successful lawyer is an island,’ being born with contacts is not a necessity. Good networking can really help your career, but as law students we’re only seeing half the picture.


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