#Goals: 3 Unique careers in law – Pro Bono, Family Law and In-House

December 6th, 2016 by
Law careers

Seizing the opportunity, passion and drive to go your own way is a goal to which many lawyers would aspire. At the final College of Law alumni event in NSW for 2016, three lawyers at three very different stages of their career share how they made their way to their ideal law job.

Ciro Figaro – From Italy to Australia with Love

November 8th, 2016 by
Practice insights

Many foreign students move to Australia to fulfil their dream of being a lawyer. It’s a nation ranked among the Top 10 Countries in Which to Practise Law, which, combined with its #2 global ranking for quality of life, makes it a comely prospect for any would-be lawyer.

For Italian-born Australian lawyer Ciro Figaro, however, the pursuit of law was always more than a career. A soon-to-be graduate of the College of Law, Figaro began his legal career on the sun-kissed streets of Naples, where he dreamed of opposing the Camorra crime clans that were working to corrupt his city from within.

Dressing for Success: Style Tips for Interviews, Court, and the Office

August 30th, 2016 by
Lawyers fashion

Brianna McDougall of the Instagram blog @Lawyersfashion is a family lawyer by day, fashion blogger by night. With over 18,000 Instagram followers, McDougall is nothing short of a legal style icon to rival the likes of Alicia Florrick. Insights spoke to McDougall on what lawyers should keep in mind when dressing for court, an admission ceremony, an interview, or general office wear.

Making partner and striking out with your own firm: Advice from Carla Parsons

July 19th, 2016 by
Making partner

Carla Parsons made partner while studying her LLM (Applied Law) with The College of Law. Following graduation, Parsons became an Accredited Specialist in Succession Law (Qld), achieving top marks in the course. She also recently struck out to start her own practice, Parsons Law, specialising in Wills & Estates, and will soon be teaching in the College’s LLM (Applied Law) Wills & Estates subjects. Insights spoke to Parsons, Director of Parsons Law, about her career and study to date, what’s next for her, and what advice she might have for lawyers contemplating their next career move.

3 Ways to make the most of LinkedIn

July 12th, 2016 by

With over 433 million users across 200 countries, LinkedIn is increasingly essential to professional networking, job hunting and business development. However, unlike other social networks, the average LinkedIn user is over 30 and earning more than $70,000 a year – in short, high net worth, time-poor individuals without the leisure to explore or learn the features of a digital professional networking platform. With this in mind, Insights spoke to Chris Jones, Customer Success Manager at LinkedIn, on the top three ways to make the most of LinkedIn – beyond well-known advice, such as include a good, professional profile photo, as photos make you fourteen more times likely to be found on LinkedIn.

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.

Paternity Leave: Closing the Gender Gap in the Legal Profession

May 24th, 2016 by
Paternity Leave

Paternity leave. It’s a form of practical gender equality, which would have positive ramifications in the workplace, home and in society generally. For the legal profession, paternity leave represents an opportunity to break the figurative glass ceiling, ending the imbalance that often causes women lawyers to lose career progression opportunities as they act as primary care giver during crucial periods of career development.

Clothes Maketh the Lawyer: Fashion Tips for Lawyers

April 21st, 2016 by

Clothes make the man, or woman. Indeed, as Mark Twain glibly quipped, “Naked people have little or no influence in society.” What does this mean for the modern lawyer? Insights spoke to two lawyers-turned-stylists, Laura Chong, director of 400 Co., and Ryan Fisher, director of Black Jacket Suiting, for “her vs his” style guide for the fashionable lawyer.

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.

Personal Branding Essentials for Lawyers

March 22nd, 2016 by
Personal Branding Lawyers

Being a lawyer has always involved more than an intimate knowledge of black letter law. Skills once considered ‘soft’, such as personal branding, are increasing in relevance as firms and senior management better understand the kind of lawyer needed to attract and retain happy clients.

Ashleigh Beecham, a Career and Recruitment Consultant at Evans Petersen Legal, spoke to Insights about her observations and advice about personal branding. Ashleigh will be speaking at the College of Law Queensland Alumni Event: Tips to Build Your Personal Brand, which is running on Tuesday 22 March.