Apr 2015

Most law students would be familiar with law firm titles like ‘partner’ and ‘senior associate’, but the role of special counsel is less well known. Other than frequently being confused with “Senior Counsel”, what is does a being special counsel involve?

Andrew Crockett, special counsel at Whittens & McKeough, sheds some light on this intriguingly titled position and offers some perspectives on life as a lawyer.

Apr 2015

By the time you reach your mid-30s (as I have) you know that 80 percent of job opportunities are not advertised. Having recently been accepted into a juris doctor course, I questioned whether I really wanted to spend another four years at university busting my backside to be admitted to such a demanding profession.

The answer was yes, and I then reverted to a high school mentality and told myself, “well then, you need yourself some work experience, girlfriend!”

Feb 2015

We all know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but when you walk into a job interview, your interviewer will form an impression of you based on what you are wearing.

In finding the candidate that is best suited for the role that you have applied for, the interviewer will take your appearance into account. After all, if you couldn’t take an extra five mins that morning to iron your shirt and polish your shoes, are you someone they want to hand all the responsibilities of that role to? Perhaps not.

Jan 2015

Daniel Butler graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws. He worked in Chartered Accounting and for Baker & McKenzie before starting DBA Lawyers, a leading self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) law firm. They also provide advice on tax, companies and trusts issues. He’ll be returning to Melbourne Uni this year as a lecturer in taxation and superannuation funds.


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