NU Juris Doctor student Catherine Bladen has received the college’s first Leslie Zines Constitutional Law Scholarship and will begin a 10-week internship at the Attorney-General’s Department this summer.Catherine has a strong interest in Constitutional law and said it was one of the aspects she most appreciated about studying at the ANU College of Law. I love studying law … [Read more...]
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hen Amit Poonath studied psychology, he thought he would help individuals change their lives. Then he realised he wanted to affect change in communities and to do that he realised he needed to learn how to change policies.Now the international student is in his third and final year of a Juris Doctor – the ANU College of Law’s postgraduate law degree. Where does your law … [Read more...]
At the age of 17, you are not allowed to drink alcohol or vote but, by the time you start Year 11, you are expected to know what you will do for a job for forty-odd years.Add to this the evolving expectations of employers, and the fact that employment market predictions indicate that most people will have up to 17 jobs across 5 completely different industries … [Read more...]
ichael Fortson knew he would study law sometime after he finished high school in Miami-Dade County, Florida. He just didn’t think he would wait until he was in his forties, married with two children and living 15,000 kilometres from home before he began.His four-year-plan to pay for college by joining the US military turned into a 23-year career with postings … [Read more...]
You've landed that elusive role at a large commercial law firm. Few are fortunate enough to get the chance to commence their careers like this. You probably hustled your way through law school, with many sleepless nights and coffee-fuelled study sessions, dreaming of the day when you'd finally get that coveted piece of paper. And you got there. Congrats! Unfortunately, though, … [Read more...]
t the beginning of her final semester, Juris Doctor graduate Rachael Grivas found out that she had breast cancer. Faced with surgery, then months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, she would have been forgiven for putting her studies aside for a year or two. But, she says, finishing her law degree, having a goal that was unrelated to surviving cancer, turned out to be an … [Read more...]
ost people work for at least 40 years but rarely nowadays is a full career spent with one employer.More and more people aren’t simply changing jobs, they’re starting over in entirely new careers and, for many, that means a return to studies. However, not all returning students have the time or the flexibility to devote to an undergraduate degree and if they’ve been there, … [Read more...]
ospitality is one of the worst industries for superannuation non-compliance. Considering how many university students engage in hospitality work to make ends meet while studying, it is likely that unpaid superannuation is the first legal issue that most of us will encounter over the course of our lives.In Australia, if you are over 18 years old and earn at least $450 a … [Read more...]
here are many news items that have recently made me question whether we are living in the 21st century.One such example was the revelation that it is still legal in the UK to require that women wear high heels in the workplace. This all came to light when Nicola Thorp, who has since started a government petition to make it illegal for a company to require that women wear … [Read more...]
"If there are no ups and downs in your life, it means that you are dead" - Author unknown.hese days, there is a tremendous amount of pressure (most of it self-inflicted) on young Australians, particularly recent graduates, to have your life and career working in perfect synchronicity.Most of us set some pretty ambitious work/life resolutions for the year ahead. … [Read more...]
Nowadays, the pressure to stick with and succeed in one chosen field has, in many ways, lessened as more young Australians vote with their feet and regularly change careers.Commonly referred to as a slash career, these alternative career pathways can manifest in many different ways. You may hold down a full-time job but have a side hustle or work on a passion project over … [Read more...]
t is tough out there for job seekers, particularly young job seekers.The current market is flooded with graduates with only 68.8% of young Australians able to secure full-time work within four months of completing formal study. Youth unemployment currently stands at 12.9%, three times higher than the national average.In this climate, being offered an interview is an … [Read more...]
I have lost count of the number of lawyer jokes I have heard, as well as the number of times that I have been labelled a “failed lawyer” or a “reformed lawyer”. What does a lawyer get when you give him Viagra?Taller.But in spite of the inevitable jibes and jokes, many of us choose to pursue legal careers because of a desire to do good and to help solve the life … [Read more...]
n a subconscious level, we know that we should learn to block out extraneous influences and trust our gut more with decisions.From everyday predicaments like whether you should go to the gym or go out for dinner with your friends; forego precious sleep and watch just one more episode of Orange Is The New Black; to bigger life decisions like whether you are on track with … [Read more...]
Entering an office environment for the first time is intimidating enough without the additional stress of wondering what you should wear.Workplace culture is unique to every business or organisation and can change depending on your position. If you work in a client-facing role, for example, expect to be dressed in your best most days of the week.While it is preferable … [Read more...]
Staying in the same job for too long can start to feel like Groundhog Day. You find yourself doing the same repetitive tasks over and over again. You get a coffee, you greet your superiors, you plough through the day and pray for mercy that you can get out the office before 7.00pm to salvage some semblance of a social life (or counterbalance all those hours hunched over your … [Read more...]
Knowing the right time to leave a job is one of the most difficult decisions anyone can make. Weighing the relative costs of leaving a familiar position with the benefits of trying a new career can be a daunting exercise.How do you know if you are doing the right thing? What if your new role is a disaster? What if there is no scope for career development? What if you can't … [Read more...]
Etiquette is everywhere.It's a set of invisible rules that unconsciously, and sometimes consciously, govern our social interactions.From networking etiquette, to social etiquette, meal time etiquette and professional etiquette. With so many unwritten rules informing our daily social interactions, it can be almost impossible to know what the right thing to do is in any … [Read more...]
I am going to lay it all on the table bluntly – there is nothing that truly prepares you for the stress of law school.That reality is all too real right now as I sit writing in my onesie, holding my 3rd cup of tea, and going over my exam revision notes. But like anything in life, it all depends on how you look at the situation. If you are a 'glass half full' kind of person, … [Read more...]
o, you’ve landed your dream graduate job (or the twenty-fifth best option). At the very least you’ve managed to get a paid position, which is more than many recent law graduates can say.Congratulations!Welcome to full-time work - including all the joys of early starts, lunch meetings, CLE points, figuring out team dynamics, and triple-checking an email before you send … [Read more...]