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LIV President's Blog 2012

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Thinking of changing careers? Think again!

Thinking of changing careers? Think again!

"…this is me in a nutshell: "Help! I'm in a nutshell! How did I get into this bloody great big nutshell? What kind of shell has a nut like this?"

Hey – its May 2012 already! Clocks' a tickin' buddy! Time to get the nut cracker out! Let me ask you a simple set of law exam cheat sheet questions:

Step 1: Are you a commercial lawyer?
If Yes – move to step 2.
If No –That decision alone probably just increased your life expectancy by 25 years!

Step 2 – Do you have any non-commercial lawyer friends left? If Yes – Wow! Incredible! Please tell us your success story (preferably in a format that lends well to a series of infomercials for late night TV when many of us get home!)

If No – Well, don't despair! Move to step 3.

Step 3 – Do you love the law, but perhaps feel that your supreme interpersonal skills developed, once, in the school yards and blue light discos and general foggy ecstasy of that fond time we call "youth and young woman/manhood" have somehow all but evaporated since learning about jurisdictional error and reading payment schedule number 116 of contract number…you get my point.

Wait - don't leave yet!
If Yes – Well, before you decide to leave the law completely (a problem our profession is facing in increasing frequency), it might be time to either get a personal motivation coach (perhaps Donald Trump?), or open your mind to other opportunities that exist, would you believe it, IN THE LAW!

Think outside the box
Stop! No, you don't need to go buy a caftan, start sipping tea, read a whole lot of Justice for the Common Good and start a social enterprise that provides high level legal advice on how to avoid an eviction because you haven't paid rent…for 7 months (although, don't get me wrong, if you have the motivation to do this, please do it because we need young leaders now more than ever in the law).

Instead, you can start by attending FOR FREE our YLS Law Week Seminar – Thinking outside the commercial box.  We have got together an array of speakers aimed at whetting your appetite and keeping you IN THE LAW. 

Kelly Saunders of Yarra Trams fame, Michael McKiterick formerly of PILCH and now Sunshine Youth Legal Centre fame, Jane Albert of Red Cross fame and Charles Watson of Victorian Legal Aid criminal law fame, are all keen to answer your tough questions about how to stay motivated, and still find opportunities by looking and stepping sideways.

When: Wednesday 16 May, 2012, 6-7.30pm

Where: LIV Lecture Theatre, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

So register now and keep your life in law.

Hope to see you all there!

Cal Viney, YLS Vice President

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I also attending this seminar and had the chance to speak to a few of the students in the audience after the session, it seems the event acheived its purpose - there are so many interesting roles withing the law, it was great to be able to hear from four people who enjoy what they do.
18/05/2012 4:31:41 PM

Michael McKiterick
That was a great night with some very inciteful speakers, including yours truly.

What I liked hearing most from my fellow speakers is how each had found their own paths to their careers in the law. I think there is something in that for everything, even Cal.
18/05/2012 3:04:02 PM

Amanda Storey
Great blog Cal. I can actually hear your excitable voice saying all those things!
9/05/2012 12:04:45 PM

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