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Sep 2014

It was a beautiful September day when I found myself awkwardly smiling at a well-mannered defendant who was grinning right back at me. The barrister I was shadowing was certain the evidence against him was so damning that his good spirits and adamant denial were likely in vain.

I later asked her, like I’ve asked other criminal barristers before, how they manage to handle the gritty work, and defend people with the weight of the law staring down upon them.

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Sep 2014

It’s no secret that this isn’t exactly the ideal time to be a law graduate. The competition for jobs is fierce and it begins long before graduation. In such an environment, it’s easy to start evaluating all of your law school decisions through the prism of whether it will help your career. But that’s not a great idea, and here’s why…

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Sep 2014

Undeniably, volunteering is a great thing to do and there are numerous ways that you can donate your time and expertise. In our law school lives, volunteering at a Community Legal Centre or similar is more or less a must-have. For many students, doing volunteer work is a way of adding some practical experience to CVs and showing partners at law firms that not only are we competent, but that we are competent do-gooders!

But volunteering is also a chance to reflect on what you’d like to do in your post-uni career.

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Aug 2014

You’re in the throes of applying for law jobs. These are the hallowed days of words majestically blurring into each other in the search for typos and of the eternal battle to ensure that you actually send the right covering letter to the right firm. And when it’s all over, how’s the serenity? Even when the applications are finally all submitted though, one thing above all haunts me: my interests.

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Aug 2014

The concept of forsaking your entire winter holiday to undertake an unpaid work experience placement might not seem particularly appealing, especially if you’re a law student. After all, a semester of sleep deprivation and trawling through the minutiae of case law and legislation should be enough to earn anyone an uninterrupted month of Game of Thrones marathons and coffee dates. But I reasoned that the skills and experience to be gained from taking on an Aurora internship would be worth the short-term sacrifice – and I wasn’t wrong.

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Jul 2014

Earlier this year I was lucky to spend two weeks volunteering at the RSPCA, working with a prosecutor of animal cruelty charges.

Each state and territory RSPCA is an independent organisation associated with the RSPCA Australia. Because of the differing nature of criminal law in each jurisdiction, not every RSPCA has a prosecutorial function. The RSPCA I volunteered with has both an inspectorate and a prosecutor.

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