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Finding your career path in the big wide world of law

15 Oct 2014

There’s no doubt that finding your career path from student to gainfully employed lawyer is challenging – scary even. But the ‘right’ path for you is not always clear and direct, but it will still get you there. Here are some words of wisdom I have found useful thus far in my quest to navigate the big, wide world of law:

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Three good reasons why lawyers should try running

08 Oct 2014

Until I became a lawyer I didn’t appreciate the importance or fun of physical activity – in my case, running. I now regularly run - the longer the distance the better. Whilst I will not be featuring in the Olympics any time soon, I will be at the start line for the LIV Fun Run and here are some reasons why I think you should join me!

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What do you do when a case falls apart

08 Oct 2014

Well, all codes of football have now finished for the year, and watching my preferred teams go down in the grand finals (with a thrashing) turned my mind to how tough it can be when you suddenly realise that you are on the losing team. As lawyers, we are regularly subjected to the tough, competitive environment of the courtroom, and we can’t all win all the time.

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Judge’s Associates – The What, Why and How

01 Oct 2014

Being a judge’s associate is probably one of the most enjoyable and rewarding jobs in the legal world.  Having been a solicitor, associate and now barrister, I say that without any hyperbole! So should you consider applying to be a judge’s associate?

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Who are you? Prove it
Who are you? Prove it

 Simon Libbis and Prue Long 01 Oct 2014

Conveyancing clients need to sign documents. In the electronic world practitioners will check and certify the identity of clients, thus needing a detailed knowledge of the requirements...

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How to get fit and healthy when you have a demanding desk job

01 Oct 2014

There is no doubt that the warmer weather that makes me crave a good run, ride or swim. I love exercising and being fit, but this has been a long hard winter! I’ve found it particularly challenging to maintain a fitness routine while working long hours this year. So this week’s blog is dedicated to everyone who wants to get fit in spite of the hectic demands of a lawyer’s life.

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How to spring clean your work life

24 Sep 2014

Do you think spring cleaning is just for your home? Think again – this is the perfect time of year to spring clean your professional life. A small investment of time will lead to a more productive, relaxed final quarter of 2014. Here’s how:

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Careers In Law - Daniel Myers

24 Sep 2014

Welcome to the YLS Professional Development Committee’s monthly feature blog, ‘Careers in Law’. This month the Committee interviewed Daniel Myers to see what challenges he faced as a young lawyer forging a career in Victoria.

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Five good reasons to put yourself first

17 Sep 2014

Last week I had a car accident. Although it was pretty minor, it shook me up a little and made me do a quick life assessment and gave me perspective on the recent frenetic pace of my life. As a result I decided to start putting my own needs first a bit more – and this week I’m encouraging you to do the same.

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Event by event – make a real weekend of the RSYL Week events!

17 Sep 2014

It’s nearly time for the annual Regional & Suburban Young Lawyers’ Week, full of great opportunities to meet your fellow legal compatriots.

So, what are my options you ask? Check these out!

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R U OK?

10 Sep 2014

Research has concluded that the legal profession has one of the highest rates of moderate to severe depressive symptoms, and use of alcohol or other drugs to reduce or manage feelings of sadness and depression. The Brain and Mind Research Institute through the Courting the Blues: Attitudes towards depression in Australian law students and legal practitioners research report found 46.9% of law students; 55.7% of lawyers and 52.3% of barristers reported having experienced depression. 

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Are you using alcohol to deal with stress?

10 Sep 2014

Today we launched the LIV Mental Health Report: A Preventative Strategy. With over half of all Victorian lawyers experiencing mental illness at some point in their career, it’s a topic that requires our continuing focus. But one of the points in the report that stood out to me is that it seems common for lawyers to drink alcohol as a way to quell stress. Do we have a problem with alcohol as a profession?

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Could you be guilty of overstepping the line of privilege?

03 Sep 2014

Privilege and client confidentiality may appear to be simple principles that underpin the everyday dealings of all lawyers, however maintaining them can be more complex than one might think at first glance. Recent news stories related to this topic have lead me to examine – where do lawyers who are committed to doing the right thing sometimes slip up? What are the risk areas of privilege and client confidentiality?

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From Bar Jackets to Orange Coveralls – lawyers in volunteer emergency services

03 Sep 2014

Using some of your spare time to serve the community in a volunteer organisation can be a very challenging and rewarding experience, as Peter Botros can attest to. A JD student at Melbourne University with an interest in criminal and public law, he is also an operational volunteer in the Footscray SES Unit. The SES (State Emergency Service) and CFA (County Fire Authority) are made up of thousands of ordinary Victorian volunteers of all occupations and backgrounds. YLJ Editorial Committee member Adam Wakeling, who is also a volunteer in the unit, caught up with Peter to talk about what it is like being an SES volunteer, and what advice he would give to other law students and lawyers thinking about taking on volunteer work. 

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E-conveyancing – what does it mean for your business?
E-conveyancing – what does it mean for your business?

 Geoff Bowyer 27 Aug 2014

Recently I have started to notice the heavy advertising of electronic conveyancing and commercial platform PEXA...

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