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Lawyers join changing profession

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Cite as: (2007) 81(7) LIJ, p. 32


Young lawyers should be able to take advantage of changes sweeping the legal profession, according to Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) president Geoff Provis.

Mr Provis and LIV Young Lawyers’ Section president Donna Adams welcomed more than 200 new practitioners at an admission reception on 23 May at the Victorian Supreme Court library.

Mr Provis said the profession was literally “changing before our eyes”.

“There are many options for young aspiring lawyers to work as inhouse counsel, within government departments, interstate and often with overseas firms,” he said.

Mr Provis said the LIV could help foster legal careers by providing continuing education, networking and mentoring
opportunities.

Ms Adams used her address to remind lawyers of the need to stay focused and attentive.

She encouraged new lawyers to dodge office politics and to get the most out of the rewarding profession.

“Always keep your eye on the ball because your reputation will be formed in your first few years and you want that reputation to be a good one,” she said.

The LIV holds two receptions for newly admitted practitioners each year and provides each admittee with an information kit on LIV services and upcoming events.

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