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.

Jun 2014

A few years ago I went through a life-changing event. Once I adjusted to my new way of life I was ready for a new experience. I made the decision to go to uni and study law. Four years later I graduated and was admitted as a lawyer and experienced something I had never really felt before: pride in my accomplishments.

As a mature age student I interacted with my younger classmates, formed some great friendships and just got on with it. The age differences did not occur to me, as we were all at uni for a common purpose. I always had a positive attitude towards finding a job because I honestly and sincerely believe that there is a place for everyone.

But after completing my studies I began to realise that a positive attitude is not enough. I needed to apply for jobs, network, and put myself out there. So I did, and I am.

Jun 2014

I’m four years into my law and criminology degrees and I’ll be honest, I still don’t really know where I want to go. My university has a unit that allows you to do an elective placement that counts as a subject, so I arranged a meeting with my local Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Community Services office. After reading a lot of paperwork (mostly common sense), and signing a small plantation’s worth of paper, I started my 120-hour placement.

Jun 2014

You’ve spent years at university. You’ve worked more days for free doing your PLT than you’ve worked to make money in your entire life. You’ve been through exam meltdowns more times than you can count on your fingers, which means more times than you can count because after years of law you have little to no maths skills left. Although perhaps you have just enough mathematical ability left to calculate how long you will need to go without food in order to afford the admission fees and law society membership for new lawyers.  

Yes, it’s admission time. Because we can’t all be like Mike Ross, most of us will actually need to prove that we are admitted lawyers before we start our first lawyer jobs.

May 2014

Since your first year of law school most adults/lawyers/distant family members have probably been asking you “what do you want to do with your degree?” or “what area of law do you want to work in?” For the first few years I brushed it off with responses along the lines of “I’m not sure”, “I haven’t decided yet” and “I've got plenty of time.” But once I started fourth year and went back to my hospitality job, I realised that maybe I should figure out a better answer to these questions.

My brother had used his law degree to work for the government and then as a management consultant, so I knew that there were lots of career options, but I found it quite hard to figure out what I wanted to do. Then I realised that I just had no relevant experience and therefore of course I didn't know where I wanted to work after graduation.

So here are my suggestions for what to do when you feel you have nothing much on your resume, and can’t decide whether you want to be a lawyer…


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