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Aug 2015

Canberra. The name that automatically dredges up memories of visiting Parliament House and the War Memorial on primary school excursions. A place that immediately conjures vivid imagery of fireworks, Lake Burley Griffin and inescapable roundabouts.

But Canberra is also home to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. In 2015 I was fortunate enough to do a social science internship at AIATSIS as part of the Aurora Internship Program.

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06
Aug 2015

“How can I get experience if you won’t give me a job?!”

This is the question we all scream out after scrolling through the dozens of apparent entry level and junior legal positions, only to find we don’t have enough of this so-called ‘experience’. So how do we get it? Well, sometimes the best experience comes in the places you least expect.

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Jul 2015

High-flying company executives are not the only ones who get to travel abroad as part of their careers. Law offers numerous opportunities to satisfy your travel bug while working or studying, whether on a short- or long-term basis. The trick to getting your frequent flyer points up is knowing where to look – and knowing what you want to experience.

So whether you want a two-week trip with a legal flavour, or you’re looking for something more permanent, here are some different opportunities that you should keep your eyes open for.

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23
Jun 2015

It was once the case that law students had the luxury of choosing between numerous firms, now each firm has its choice of hundreds of students. Although this recent shift in the job market can be rather depressing, do not despair, for there are dozens of other employers out there who are just as chuffed about you having a law degree as your Grandma is.

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01
Jun 2015

No one likes that guy who casually name-drops that his father/ mother/ great aunt Agnes is/was a barrister/ lawyer/ High Court judge/ leader of the free world.

No doubt that we’d all like to be that guy too.

But no matter how hard it appears, it’s still possible to network even if your parents have nothing to do with law and are instead artistic and not so secretly disappointed that you didn’t follow their career into pottery. (In my case, a former architect who was disappointed to learn that I can’t draw).

What’s needed is resourcefulness, a knack for small talk about things other than the weather, and shedding any kind of embarrassment about talking with strangers.

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