Future-proof your legal career: Highlights, College of Law Alumni Event

May 31st, 2016 by

As the legal profession embraces an era of increased competition, ‘robot lawyers’ and legal research outsourcing, the way forward for new law graduates may not always be clear. To this end, the College of Law hosted an alumni evening session on ‘future proofing your career’, featuring Kylie Virtue, a lawyer with over two decades’ experience at firms including Allens and Ashurst, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Law, and Wenee Yap, an entrepreneur, law academic, and marketing consultant specialising in the legal profession and startups.

How to become an in-house lawyer

March 29th, 2016 by
Joanne Glanz

It’s a common question: how do you become an in-house lawyer? Is there a good time to make the move? How do you prepare, via secondments or other relevant experience? What qualities make a great in-house lawyer? Joanne Glanz, Manager Career Services for the Law School at the University of NSW, previously worked as an executive consultant with Mahlab Recruitment for 25 years. She is well-aware of the questions and concerns many lawyers have as they consider a move in-house and shares her observations with Insights.

Practitioner Profile: Claire Martin, Property Lawyer

February 9th, 2016 by

In mid-2016, Sydney-based solicitor Claire Martin is on track to be one of the first graduates of The College of Law’s Master of Laws (Property Law) program. With a legal career spanning across 16 years and numerous practice areas, Martin’s journey to her Masters has required her to overcome an array of challenges.

Lawyers’ New Year’s Resolutions

January 5th, 2016 by
New Year Lawyer

At this time of year, even the most accomplished among us have to take the time to look at the year ahead and ask: well, now what? Okay, so we’re all a few too many broken new years’ resolutions deep to ever really trust the “new year, new me” idea, but if working in law has taught us one thing it’s that setting realistic goals is the key to success. So now that we’ve launched our legal careers, why should setting a new years’ resolution be any different?

Climb Every Mountain – One Barrister’s Mastery of Work/Life Balance

August 26th, 2015 by
Phillip Segal

Work/life balance can be an elusive goal to attain within the legal profession. For years lawyers have cited a lack of work/life balance as one of the profession’s most prevalent issues, with one US law firm going so far as to launch an ill-considered April Fools’ joke that only served to highlight the problem. With long hours, conflicting deadlines, and high expectations from both clients and colleagues, it can be easy for a lawyer to sideline any passions that extend beyond their career. However, for Phillip Segal – the Sydney barrister who climbed Mount Everest – the two are far from being mutually exclusive.

Career Intentions Survey Highlights Need for Change

August 14th, 2015 by
Career Intentions Survey

The Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW (WLANSW) recently conducted its annual Career Intentions Survey, which, according to the Association, is “the first study in Australia with the capacity to measure and address the effectiveness of initiatives targeting diversity, retention of talent, and leadership in the legal profession.”

The Road to Specialisation: Personal Property Securities Act

June 2nd, 2015 by

It takes a special breed of lawyer to become an expert in a particular area. The sparse resources, depth of required understanding, and countless hours spent focusing on one specific topic can challenge even the most dogged of legal practitioners. However, for those who succeed in establishing themselves as specialists, the benefits can be myriad. In this three-part series, Insights will examine legal experts, the challenges they overcame to reach their current positions, and the advice they would give to others looking to establish expertise in burgeoning areas of law.

Legal Eye – Tips for Finding Your Next Job

March 16th, 2015 by
Job hunting

Job-hunting can pose a challenge in any industry. In the highly competitive world of law, however, it can take a specific skillset to find and obtain the right role. To assist those who are considering a move to a new position, Insights has prepared an overview of the job market in Australia, in addition to a few useful tips to give your search the edge it may need.

Big Data and the Law: the Impact of Expanding Data Collections on Legal Practice

March 10th, 2015 by
The College of Law Insights

Over the past few years, the amount of data being creating and stored online has grown at an astonishing rate. This proliferation of information is particularly pertinent to legal practice – in a previous article for Insights, College of Law Practical Legal Training lecturer and ConnectLaw owner Fabian Horton identified that “law at its core is information and the application of that information.” The question remains, however: does the growth of big data pose a benefit to legal practitioners, or a challenge?

Planning Your Career: Moving In-House

February 10th, 2015 by
Job Opportunity

With 2015 well underway, many of you will now be looking to plan your career paths for the remainder of the year. As Insights explored last year, a career as an in-house lawyer can be an attractive prospect to many lawyers, and recent trends have indicated a surge in the size and number of in-house counsel teams across Australasia. For those who feel that 2015 may be the year to move in-house, Insights has compiled a list of tips to make the transition as smooth as possible.