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Careers in Law - Amanda Weir

27 Oct 2015

Welcome to the YLS Professional Development Committee’s monthly feature blog, ‘Careers in Law’. This month the Committee interviewed Amanda Weir. 

Name: Amanda Weir
Organisation:  Alexander Law
Position: Solicitor

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A competitor's guide to the Golden Gavel

20 Oct 2015

With the National Golden Gavel only a few days away, we talk to Victoria’s hope of winning the national title, Brandan Cooper.

Name: Brandan Cooper
Position: Trainee lawyer, Maurice Blackburn
Team: Victoria

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Looking Forward – The YLS in 2016

13 Oct 2015

Planning (noun) - the process of making plans for something

The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) looks forward to this time of year – and not just because Christmas holidays are in sight. October for the YLS is always the trigger point to start looking at the next year ahead. For 2016 the YLS wants your help because our objective is to support you, our members.

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Make the most of your summer lunch break

06 Oct 2015

One and all rejoice in the sunshine that is currently bathing our state. While the current warm weather will not be around for much longer, it has dawned on us at the YLS that summer will soon be upon us. In preparation for this we want to make a conscious effort to get out of the office for lunch. After all, studies have proven that taking a break can help productivity and an extra dose of vitamin D can’t hurt. So here is the YLS’s guide to your working week lunch hour.

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Careers in Law - Monique Hurley

28 Sep 2015

Welcome to the YLS professional development committee’s monthly feature blog, “Careers in Law”. This month the committee interviewed Monique Hurley about her role at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA).

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Reasons not to be fearful of working in a paperless office

21 Sep 2015

If Apple or Netflix made law offices, they’d be entirely paperless. But if Borders or Blockbuster made law offices, they’d still be made of paper.

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Why young lawyers should head to the burbs

14 Sep 2015

An interview with Joseph Romeo of DeMarco Lawyers.

Fifteen minutes after first walking through the door to start a new job with a small firm in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, Joseph Romeo was handed a file and told to head to the County Court for a jury empanelment. He spent the following nine weeks at the Court instructing two barristers. The experience was at once daunting and exhilarating. It was also one of the experiences that inspired Joseph’s passionate advocacy for the benefits of suburban legal practice.

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25 legal identities to follow on social media

08 Sep 2015

Social media is great for staying in touch with friends, family, and current and former colleagues. It’s also where news tends to break first, and is very useful for keeping your finger on the pulse of the latest developments in the law.

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How to improve your professional writing

31 Aug 2015

One of the greatest strengths a lawyer possesses, whether established veteran or mere fledgling, is the ability to wield the English language. Writing ability is not only a valuable skill, it is an essential part of a successful legal career, beginning at university, where almost every assessment is a written piece, to the basic letters and written advices of legal practice.

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Careers in Law - Sach Fernando

25 Aug 2015

Welcome to the YLS Professional Development Committee’s monthly feature blog, ‘Careers in Law’. This month the Committee interviewed Sach Fernando about his career in personal injury law.

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A guide to informal mentoring

18 Aug 2015

Mentoring is a key element for professional development and career progression within the legal profession.

You probably already have a raft of informal mentors who provide you with guidance on a variety of legal and career-related questions. This network has probably spontaneously developed over time without you even realising it. Developing relationships within the profession gives you the benefit of a readily available set of mentors you can call on for advice on issues as they arise.

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How to bluff your way through meetings

10 Aug 2015

At least once in your stellar career, you will find yourself under prepared for a meeting. Of course, your reason is quite plausible and nothing to do with laziness or procrastination! The trick to ensuring that you don’t look like you haven’t prepared is twofold: it is how you use the 15 minutes before the meeting and how you conduct yourself in the meeting.

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Group work – the good, the bad and the ugly

04 Aug 2015

Working closely in a group can be a  challenging, rewarding and sometimes extremely difficult experience.

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Careers in Law – Christopher Tran

27 Jul 2015

Welcome to the YLS Professional Development Committee’s monthly feature blog, “Careers in Law”. This month, the Committee interviewed Christopher Tran, associate lawyer at Kingston Lawyers.

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CV guide for young lawyers

20 Jul 2015

With applications for both seasonal clerkships and traineeships open, now is the time to update your CV and make sure you are presenting yourself to prospective employers in the best way possible. Even if you are not preparing an application now, having a well presented, succinct and up to date CV will save you time when you are considering new opportunities. 

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