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Apr 2010

It always happens. You get your subject outline and quickly scan through in the first week of semester. Everything seems straightforward. No need to start early. There's eight whole weeks before that paper is due. Future-Student can deal with that problem, Beginning-of-Semester-Student has to watch half a dozen episodes of How I Met Your Mother, right?

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13
Apr 2010

We’re at it again this week with the Clerkship Roundup, in our ongoing quest to profile the actual experience of insiders. This week’s contributor is Amanda Lyras, fifth year law student and 2009-2010 Summer Clerk at Freehills.

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08
Apr 2010

As we make our way towards July and away from Summer, we’ll be looking at the clerkship season from the perspective of recent Summer Clerks at all of the top firms. This week’s contributor is Nicholas Mirzai of Mallesons Stephen Jacques...

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25
Mar 2010

If you’ve ever had to commute anywhere, you’ll understand when I say it can feel like familiar anonymity, regularly seeing the same people on the train, yet remaining anonymous to most. The first year of law can feel the same way sometimes.

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23
Mar 2010

When you’re at uni your practical experience seems like a light at the end of a very long tunnel. Unfortunately, if you’re anything like me you’ll find that it sneaks up on you. Whether you’re in a last minute panic like me, or you’re planning ahead, here are a few tips and resources for finding that perfect placement.

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14
Mar 2010

In the not so dark ages, a friend of mine had just started law school. Rejected twice from admission, it was a place – and for him, an honour – hard won. In first year law, you are drilled on the concept of ‘thinking like a lawyer’ – a certain mindset by which lawyers are expected to assess risk objectively, weed out irrelevancies, research swiftly and effectively, and apply the law persuasively. You learn to argue – for every side – well-supported and reasoned, with conviction. As a lawyer-in-training, this skill is designed to ensure justice, so that in practice, you will argue as passionately in defence of a murderer as you would as his prosecutor. 

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