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How to be a legal research superstar

13 Jul 2015

Someone, probably your principal, has asked you to find information on a particular legal issue. Don’t panic!

You’re probably thinking some homework would have been good – and you should have paid more attention in those university legal research classes.

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Nine blogs you should be reading (besides this one!)

07 Jul 2015

Sometimes we can get our heads stuck in textbooks or contracts for so long that it’s hard to remember that reading can simply be an enjoyable way to gather interesting facts, information, tips, opinions and advice, written in plain English in an easily digestible way – like this blog, for example.

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What you say when you’re not talking

02 Jul 2015

Here’s an important fact you may not have heard: did you know that up to 93% of communication is delivered through non-verbal signals? So what does this mean for young lawyers and law students? It means that our body language will play an incredibly important role in our careers, and sometimes the eyebrow says it all. 

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Careers in Law – Uppma Virdi

24 Jun 2015

Welcome to the YLS Professional Development Committee’s monthly feature blog, “Careers in Law”. This month the Committee interviewed Uppma Virdi.

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Animal welfare – why should we care?

18 Jun 2015

The YLS Community Issues Committee has formed a sub-committee to look at various issues surrounding animal law and animal welfare. Since its formation, the Animal Welfare Reference Group has considered topics such as breed-specific legislation, live exports and the use of scientific testing on animals. Another issue the reference group has considered is duck hunting in Victoria: the legislation supporting duck hunting, and whether the Victorian government should ban the activity.

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Surviving in the law with an unpronounceable name

10 Jun 2015

You are standing before the Judge for your first “real” appearance. Your palms are sweaty, your face is flushed and there are so many handwritten notes on your once perfect outline of submissions that it’s almost impossible to read. The Judge looks at you, looks at the appearance sheet, then looks up at you again and says, “Yes Ms…errr…” Big sigh of relief. This is familiar territory. You’ve been repeating, explaining and putting up with atrocious pronunciations of your name since the first day of primary school.

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How to structure a winning argument

03 Jun 2015

The ability to win an argument – and argue generally – is often seen as one of those qualities that most lawyers possess (much to the annoyance of our partners and friends). Many of us were taught from a very young age that being able to argue your point is an important skill. Remember all of those persuasive essays in high school?

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Careers in Law - Thomas Hobbs

27 May 2015

Welcome to the YLS Professional Development Committee’s monthly feature blog, ‘Careers in Law’. This month the Committee interviewed Thomas Hobbs about his transition from practitioner to legal recruiter.

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How to manage exam anxiety

20 May 2015

End of semester exams are a time where stress levels are exceptionally high for law students. Juggling work, extra-curricular activities and exam study can be hard, but it is not impossible! These tips will help you manage exam anxiety, so that you will have a more productive and less stressful exam experience.

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How to speak confidently at meetings

13 May 2015

With the Victorian Golden Gavel, the LIV's premier public speaking competition looming large in June, it seems an appropriate time to explore the importance of oral communication in the legal workplace. 

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YLS Community Issues Committee Event – Sexual violence, media, community and justice

06 May 2015

On the 13 May, the LIV Young Lawyers’ Section will host a Hot Topics event. Our internationally distinguished panel will discuss sexual violence, social change and the responsibilities of the media and our justice system. Are you just as excited about the event as we are? We had the privilege to chat to the speakers. Here’s what they had to say. 

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Careers in Law - Rachana Rajan

29 Apr 2015

Welcome to the YLS Professional Development Committee’s monthly feature blog, ‘Careers in Law’. This month the Committee interviewed Rachana Rajan about pursuing her career in community legal services.

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Four tips for coping with sudden ethical dilemmas

22 Apr 2015

You probably think that you are pretty good at multitasking. You read up on the latest case law while you cook dinner, walk your dog, and de-leaf the roof gutters, and all at the same time! You would make a really good tightrope walker.

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Ten tips to get the most out of LinkedIn

15 Apr 2015

LinkedIn remains by far the most popular professional networking site, with over three hundred million users worldwide and two new users joining every second. In 2014 there were almost four million LinkedIn users in Australia alone. It is increasingly expected that new professionals will have a LinkedIn profile, but how can you best use yours?

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Three ways to become your own best advocate in the job market

08 Apr 2015

Late last year Luke English, lawyer at Maddocks, took the podium and spoke at the LIV Later Lawyers Networking event about the challenges faced by our later lawyer members and importantly on competitive strategies to enter the legal job market. While this advice was aimed at later lawyers, it is relevant to all young lawyers looking to further their career.

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