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Oct 2015

Jessie Smith is a criminal defence lawyer at Stary Norton Halphen but outside her legal career, Jessie manages a fair-trade business called SEW (Supporting + Empowering Women), a social enterprise that employs HIV+ women in Tanzania to make bags. I was fortunate enough to be able to catch up with Jessie and ask her a few questions.

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03
Sep 2015

I am in the enviable position of having left my part-time, low wage job in retail for part-time work at the community legal centre where I interned. It has also meant that I'm on track to take up a graduate position once I complete my degree. One day I'll look back and know that it all started with that internship. So what is the secret to turning your internship into a job?

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Aug 2015

If there’s anything I wish I’d known in my first year of law school it would be these two things:

First, find the best coffee... For me at least it’s a little place at the corner of two streets between the the Main Building and the Law Building, always brimming with journos from the nearby ABC studios. As it turns out, hacks know where to find a quality brew.

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25
Aug 2015

Fixed fees, lower overheads, increased job flexibility, smarter technologies and the absence of a competitive partnership model – is it too good to be true? These are just a few things that characterise an alternative and emerging breed of law firms dubbed ‘NewLaw’. Firms like this are steadily disrupting the legal industry, with the potential to play a big role in shaping how legal work is carried out and services provided to clients.

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24
Aug 2015

Not many law students have the chance to get a behind-the scenes experience of a court. For the curious among you, the gist of it is paperwork, paperwork, paperwork! The very first lesson I learnt working in the Civil & Criminal Matters section of a Magistrates Court was that mountains – MOUNTAINS – of paperwork go into the running of a Court. But paperwork aside, there’s a lot that working in a court can teach you about the workings of the law.

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19
Aug 2015

As much as we hate to admit it, law school seems like a safe haven when compared to the ‘real world’. Law school is well within my comfort zone and the idea of finally leaving the nest leaves me feeling uneasy – so much so, that the last three years have been my ‘final year’ of law school.

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