Mind the Gap – How Australia’s Law Schools Can Update for the 21st Century

January 19th, 2016 by
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The Australasian Professional Legal Education Council recently hosted its annual conference in Perth, which saw legal minds gather to discuss the theme of new frontiers in legal education. While many facets of legal education were addressed, one topic recurred throughout the event: the gap between what Australian law schools are teaching and what the legal profession requires from its graduates. Madeleine Dupuche and Deborah Battisson, two of the College of Law’s lecturers, delivered a presentation which cast light on the issue, and posed a number of solutions for legal educators.

How Not to be an Average Family Lawyer  

December 11th, 2014 by
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Without a doubt, it’s one of the most sensitive areas of law. Requiring its practitioners to work with people during the most difficult stages of their lives, family law can often drain as much from its solicitors as it can from its clients. However, for all you family lawyers out there, Insights has compiled a list of tips to ensure you won’t need a divorce from your career.

That’s All, Folks – How to Exit Your Firm Gracefully

July 29th, 2014 by

So you’ve decided to move on to greener pastures. If you’re one of the 4.5 million Australians who belong to Generation Y, this might be something you find yourself doing regularly. As the average Gen Y employee spends just under three years at any one job, an understanding of how to quit gracefully can be as essential to your career toolbox as a snappy resume. But even for those of you who are eager to plunge back into the job market, quitting a job can be daunting.

Fortunately, Insights has prepared a list of tips to ensure your workplace exodus is as smooth as possible.

Making it Rain – How to Add Value to Your Firm as a Junior Lawyer

July 25th, 2014 by
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Commencing a career in law can be a lot like scaling a mountain. Especially if the mountain is swarming with difficult clients and demanding partners. And you’re stuck at the bottom of said mountain. With no oxygen tank or hiking equipment. The fact is, as a junior lawyer it can be difficult to attract the kudos you deserve. However, with a little strategic foresight and a lot of patience, you can not only see that your efforts are recognised – you can ensure they add value to your firm.

Tip of the Week for New Lawyers: Done is Better than Perfect

April 4th, 2014 by
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Are you a perfectionist? Don’t worry you’re not alone – most lawyers tend towards perfectionism. One of the problems with this is that we can spend a long time fine-tuning our work, when really we’re not adding much. Sound familiar?

One way you can claw back a bit of time in your day is by eliminating the tweaking where you can. I’m certainly not suggesting a near enough is good enough approach. Obviously we need to provide accurate and detailed advice to our clients and supervisors.

Soft skills training for lawyers – luxury or necessity?

March 11th, 2014 by
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The so-called ‘soft skills’ such as communication, social graces, habits and attitudes are often overlooked by professionals in favour of the ‘harder’ skills and knowledge areas when it comes to professional development.

Tip of the Week for New Lawyers: Advocacy = Persuasion + Preparation + Presentation

February 28th, 2014 by
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Advocacy is all about persuasion. At some stage you have probably had to persuade your parents, partner or friends that a certain course of action is preferable. Advocacy is no different.

While there are professional ethic and the rules of procedure and evidence to constrain you, it all comes down to good preparation and good presentation.

5 Ways to Improve Law Firm Profitability

January 30th, 2014 by
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There is no escaping the financial aspect of your performance as a lawyer. While most lawyers are aware of traditional law firm profit levers such as utilisation, realisation, managing costs and leverage, concepts such as these don’t provide an action plan for what YOU actually need to do to lift your contribution to firm profitability. Here are 5 ways for you to personally help improve law firm profitability…