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New YLS president


Cite as: Jan/Feb 2015 89 (1/2) LIJ, p.16

New Young Lawyers Section (YLS) president Joel Silver spent one year applying for jobs before opting for the Victorian Bar and working for himself. 

The 26-year-old signed the Bar Roll in May 2014. The experience influenced his main priority this year – to help law graduates find jobs and create new employment opportunities.

“I want to do my best to reduce the number of people who are going through the despair of not being able to work.” Mr Silver said. “What I went through was a very difficult experience. I banged on a lot of doors, most of which didn’t get an answer, and I don’t want to think about the number of applications that I sent out. As I understand the situation, going into 2015 is worse than in 2013 when this happened to me.

“There was no other way I could get into legal practice than to go to the Bar.” Mr Silver wants to communicate the benefits of hiring law graduates in other industries and propose a service whereby law graduate candidates would be reviewed and vetted to help law firms. Mr Silver gave his tips for YLS members:

  • assess what you hear in the current job market cautiously;
  • make sure you get as much experience as you can during your law studies;
  • take every opportunity that comes your way; and
  • don’t be a book worm.

Mr Silver said he is available to members of the YLS and can be contacted via email (

M+K Lawyers senior associate Nathanael Kitingan is YLS vice president this year.


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