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Careers in Law – Ever dreamed of working for the Coroner’s Court?

01 Jul 2014

Welcome to the YLS Professional Development Committee’s monthly feature blog, ‘Careers in Law’.  This month the Committee interviewed Nisha Jholl to find out what it’s like to work at the Coroners Court of Victoria as a solicitor. 

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Five tips for getting the most out of performance & salary reviews

25 Jun 2014

Its performance review season again and the biggest question for young lawyers everywhere is, “what can I expect and how can I get the most out of this experience?

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Why you should always celebrate your successes at work

25 Jun 2014

It’s coming up to end of financial year and regardless of how exhausted you might feel, it’s worthwhile to take time out to celebrate your successes this year. Rather than pouring over any mistakes and misses, it’s a good time to focus on the progress we have made. Now is the time to get positive!

 

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How to deliver bad news effectively

18 Jun 2014

There comes a time in everyone’s career when we have the unenviable task of giving someone – a client, a boss, a colleague or staff member – bad news. While no one likes to be the bearer of bad news, it’s a mark of a good lawyer to be able to give it gracefully and firmly. As we all know, giving bad news effectively is often essential to keeping your company or account healthy. So how can you give bad news without it sending you into a nose dive of anxiety?

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Eight tips for preparing your client for court

18 Jun 2014

For many people, the extent of what they know about court is limited to television and movies. However, when it comes to actually preparing for trial, unless your client is an experienced litigant you will need to guide them through the process. Here are eight of our tips for getting your client court-ready:

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Five common workplace fears of lawyers and how to overcome them

11 Jun 2014

Let's face it, we lawyers can be a pretty tough bunch and the hypercritical mirror we hold up to ourselves daily can put us under enormous stress.  In fact it is a contributing factor in the high rate of mental illness in our profession.  

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Ten ways to save more money this financial year

10 Jun 2014

Managing your money means managing your life. How often do you get to the end of the month and wonder where all your money went? It can be difficult to manage your finances and stick to a budget but we’ve got ten killer tips to help make this financial year your most rewarding yet!

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Five tips to improve your public speaking

04 Jun 2014

It's been said that more people are afraid of public speaking than dying.The absurdity of this proposition prompted Jerry Seinfeld to famously remark that, at a funeral, more people would apparently rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy. However, terrifying it might seem to stand up and talk in front of a crowd of people, it's an important skill and one that can be developed through practise and preparation.

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How to get the recognition you deserve at work

04 Jun 2014

It's coming up to performance review time, when everyone seems to start contemplating just how much their workplace values them (or not) and what that means for your future employment. But what if your review reveals that your accomplishments are not being recognised? Here are my tips on how to get the recognition you deserve at work.

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Five signs that you are too busy & how to fix it

28 May 2014

As lawyers, it’s important to be able to logically and calmly process information and situations at all times. If you’re over busy and stressed, this can become impossible.
So how do you know that you’re just too busy? Here are warning signs and some practical examples from our Wellbeing and the Law (WATL) ambassadors:

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Careers in Law: Could you purchase a practice?

28 May 2014

In 2011 the YLS Professional Development Committee launched a new initiative to highlight to both law graduates and those looking for a career change, the different career opportunities available. Known as ‘Careers in Law’ and previously published in LawinBrief, the profiles will now become a regular feature of our Young Lawyers’ Blog and be published on the last Thursday of each month. This will facilitate a more in depth look at the career pathways of the LIV members that we profile.

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Why the law is too blunt an instrument to stop HIV

21 May 2014

The International AIDS Conference will be held in Melbourne in July. The conference, one of the largest in the world, attracts tens of thousands of activists, politicians, scientists, doctors and a diverse group of community members affected by HIV.

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How to recover from a Career Limiting Move

21 May 2014

I was recently introduced to the concept of “CLM” – a Career Limiting Move. After having a bit of a laugh at this abbreviation, I did think further about this topic, and more importantly, how can you recover from making a mistake at work? Here are my tips:

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Why helping your community makes good business sense

14 May 2014

While I really enjoy being the LIV president, some weeks can be a real stand out – and this week is one of them. Not only do I have the honour of presenting the Law Institute of Victoria Awards on Friday, but I was able to speak with the inspirational nominees of the new Real Law Program, which highlights the contribution lawyers make within their communities through advocacy, charitable works and volunteering.

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Five tips for dealing with difficult clients

14 May 2014

Unfortunately, most, if not all of us, have had the displeasure of taking on a difficult client. If you are new to the profession, or haven’t had a difficult client in while, working out how to manage them whilst remaining professional and achieving your work goals can be daunting.  

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