07
Feb 2010

It's no secret that depression is prevalent in Australia's law schools and legal fraternity. While there is no silver-bullet solution to a problem as complex as depression, there is plenty we can all do to ensure our mental wellbeing.

These five key tips and tricks were developed in consultation with Associate Professor Vijaya Manicavasagar, Director of Psychological Services with the Black Dog Institute and Brett Smout, Head of UTS Counselling. Both are seasoned clinical psychologists.

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07
Feb 2010

Given the multiple sources from which you are expected both to draw from and understand, making notes can seem a little daunting.

Kathryn Millist, in-house counsel to Stockland advises that you make your notes according to the length of each set reading. We suggest you bring those notes to class and consolidate your class and readings notes for the exam. It sounds like a lot of work – and it is. Hence we recommend study groups.

“I don’t think there is a short-cut to making notes,” said Millist. “Half of it can be mind-numbingly boring. You need to distract yourself – then read it over.”

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07
Feb 2010

Legal essays are a strange quirk of study. While they are the bane of your existence throughout your law school life, stealing time and driving you to sleep-deprived delirium at least twice every semester, they cease to bear much significance as a practicing lawyer – unless you choose an academic career or publish legal research.

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07
Feb 2010

Kathryn Millist is a self described ‘country girl’ and high school overachiever who grew up wanting to do everything. “I did a lot of school debating,” says Kathryn with a grin. “I was leading my subjects – it was good fun.”

Her legal aspirations began early. “I used to go camping with my dad. One day we were in the car for hours, arguing, and he said I should be a lawyer. I was 12. But later I looked it up and said ‘ohhh, that sounds interesting’…I’m sorry, it’s not a very good story!”

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07
Feb 2010

“Studying law is the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” says Kate Gibbons, a solicitor with top-tier law firm, Minter Ellison. “At first, I thought I was doing it because my parents wanted me to – and I dropped out.

When I was 23, I enrolled in graduate school at UNSW. The motivation was there. I wouldn’t have felt complete if I didn’t do it. I worked three jobs – at boarding school, as a maths tutor and at Minter Ellison – and there was blood, sweat and tears (especially tears) around exam time. You want to know what you are capable of.”

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07
Feb 2010

“Law gives protection against uncontrolled power, by money, guns, violence and brute force. We are lucky to live in a country with the rule of law. But we must safeguard our type of law from erosion and uphold judicial independence when it is under attack as a protection for everyone.”

-Retired High Court Justice Michael Kirby

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