10 August 2020

Admission to Practice Academy 2020

Published on 10 August 2020

5 days - 9 sessions - 15+ speakers

We’ve got some pretty big news that we’re super excited to share with you. Starting on 10 August, we’ll be hosting our third annual Admission to Practice Academy! 

In the past two years more than 2,000 Australian law students have tuned in to the Admission to Practice Academy to learn more about what happens after law school. 

If you want tips, insights and inspiration, look no further - the Admission to Practice Academy is for you.

You can attend as many sessions as you’d like from the comfort of your couch, desk or favourite coffee shop, and learn from our experts.

What is Admission to Practice Academy?

A series of webinars for law students and graduates. The free, five-day event features nine online sessions covering topics such as:

  • Getting ready for the future of law
  • In-house vs. Private Practice
  • Unconventional Lawyers
  • LinkedIn Audit
  • Meet the Partners
  • Coming to Law Later in Life
  • Taking Charge of Your Career
  • Practical Legal Training

How does it work?

If you have computer and an email address — and you know how to browse the internet — you already have all you need to view our sessions!

Register and you'll be given access to view all of the talks, panels and interviews throughout the week.

If you forget about it, or have other plans -> every single session will be emailed to students who register so that you can watch it on demand. 

What are you waiting for? 



Stay tuned for further session and speaker announcements!

Time Session Speakers
Mon 10 Aug 5.30pm AEST In-house vs Private Practice
Is it better to become an in-house lawyer or to work for a firm? Our panel of practitioners will help you to understand the differences and similarities between the roles.
  • Moderator: Graham Jobling, Executive Director South Australia, The College of Law

  • Tim Graham, General Counsel | Legal Operational Risk & Compliance, FlexiGroup

  • Caitlin Surman, Associate, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
Tue 11 Aug 11.00am AEST Practical Legal Training
Hear an overview of The College of Law's PLT program. At the end of the webinar you will know more about when you can start, study modes, coursework and work experience.
  • Morton Herschderfer, Director PLT NSW, The College of Law
Tue 11 Aug
12.30pm AEST
LinkedIn Audit
Learn how to create a job-search ready LinkedIn profile, from writing an all-star summary to optimising it so it will be found by employers.
  • Jacqui Owen, Relationship Manager, The College of Law
Tue 11 Aug
5.30pm AEST
Unconventional Lawyers
It can sometimes seem that there is only one career path for law students. Meet a panel of lawyers who have broken the mold and taken a non-traditional career path.
  • Moderator: Ann-Maree David, Executive Director Queensland, The College of Law

  • Lucy Dickens, Senior Associate, Birman & Ride, Host of Doing Law Differently podcast

  • Milan Gandhi, McCullough Robertson, Founder, The Legal Forecast

  • John Kenny, Principal Director, Kenny & Co Solicitors
Wed 12 Aug
12.30pm AEST
Taking Charge of Your Career
Learn how to become proactive and prepared while taking charge of your career ambitions.
  • Susan Pincus, National Career Professional, The College of Law

  • Desi Vlahos, Course Lecturer, The College of Law
Wed 12 Aug
5.30pm AEST
Coming to Law Later in Life
Some come to the law on a direct path from school and university. However, for others it’s a second career or an additional skill set they add further along their career journey. Hear from our panel of inspiring legal practitioners who have all come to the law later in life. They will share their career stories, how they gained experience and how found their place in the profession as a ‘mature’ lawyer.
  • Moderator: Ann-Maree David, Executive Director Queensland, The College of Law

  • Matthew Hickey, Barrister, Level Twenty Seven Chambers

  • Clare Jobson, Principal Solicitor, CJ Legal

  • Katie Lush, President, USQ Law Society, 2021 Graduate Law Clerk, Shine Lawyers

  • Dr Patricia Petersen, Lawyer, Legal Exchange Australia
Thur 13 Aug
1.00pm AEST
Preparing for the Future of Law

Four legal innovators will discuss the future of the legal profession and provide practical tips on how law students and graduates can prepare and succeed in tomorrow’s legal environment.

  • Moderator: Terri Mottershead, Executive Director, Centre for Legal Innovation

  • Jessica Andreacchio, , Disputes & Litigation Lawyer, Law Squared

  • Anna Lozynski, Executive General Counsel, L’Oreal (Australia and New Zealand

  • Caryn Sandler, Partner + Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer, Gilbert + Tobin; Co-chair CLI Advisory Board

  • Evan Wong, Co-Founder and CEO, Checkbox Technology

Thu 13 Aug
3.00pm AEST

Practical Legal Training Work Experience 

Work experience often raises a number of questions for students: “When should I pursue it? What will I need to do? How long will it take, and what if I can’t meet the time requirements?” Join us as we provide the answers.

  • Naomi Zalocki, Work Experience Team Leader, The College of Law 
Fri 14 Aug
1.00pm AEST

Meet the Partners
A panel of partners will share the road map of their career, the speed humps and detours along the way, and tips on how they reached their current destination!

  • Moderator: Jacqui Steffen, Relationship Manager, The College of Law

  • Suzanne Craig, Partner, Wotton + Kearney

  • Emma Hines, General Manager - Victoria, Shine Lawyers

  • Julie Kinnear, Partner | Commercial Insurance, Sparke Helmore Lawyer

  • Laura Thurston, Head of Practice – Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Cullen Macleod Lawyers

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