NSW Young Lawyers have published a guide on "How to Thrive and Survive in Your First Year of Law", aiming to expose the media contradictions and dispel the public perceptions that the practice of law is glamorous, interesting, highly prestigious, and well paid.
The guide aims to assist new law students in deciding whether a legal career is the right choice for them, and if so, how to survive the everyday legal professional challenges from law school through to the first few years of legal practice.
TED Talks is all about powerful speakers sharing great ideas and observations that are relevant to many people. This is especially true for law students. Within TED’s 900+ talks, you’ll find intriguing legal ideas, lessons in living a better life, and even inspiration for becoming a better law student.
We have gathered a collection of TED talks that examine issues of law, politics, and life, and offer big things for law students to think about in the legal world and life beyond law school.
LinkedIn is expanding in Australia at a phenomenal rate. As of October 2013, there are over five million Australian users on LinkedIn. If you are a law student, graduate or young lawyer and do not have a vibrant, comprehensive, and frequently-updated profile on LinkedIn, you are missing an essential tool in your job hunting, professional networking, and personal branding toolbox.
Make sure your profile is 100% complete. LinkedIn is a live resume that is updated with your career focused activity during law school. A professional profile picture and past employment information should always be included. Describe your education and employment history in detail. Every sentence on your LinkedIn profile is an opportunity for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Using common keywords, legal industry terms and active language makes LinkedIn and Google searchers more likely to find you. Make sure your profile is completely truthful and for legal confidentiality purposes, do not mention current or former clients without their consent.
Big Law provided me with a slew of difficult and challenging times. I wasn’t particularly happy, and I eventually walked away because I wanted to do something else with my life. I wanted to pursue a brand of work that intrinsically made me happy. So I left.
Now that I’m out of the game, folks often ask me the following: “do you regret practicing law?” Absolutely not. Moreover, I continue to recommend Big Law as a first job for top law school graduates. As gruelling as firm life can be, it undoubtedly bestows young associates with an irreplaceable skill set that translates to any profession. My firm experience cut my teeth as a businessman, and I truly believe that it will serve me well for the rest of my life. Below is a list of the 10 most valuable skills that young litigators will surely glean from a Big Law experience.
The restructuring of the market for legal services is intensifying with hundreds of jobs and dozens of partnerships disappearing from the big firms and re-emerging at their mid-tier competitors.
The legal workforce at international and top-tier firms has shrunk by 440 positions since January and the number of partnerships at those firms has declined by 53 positions.
In the same period the mid-tier firms increased legal employment by 150 positions and created an additional 42 new partnerships.
The worst of the shake-out at the big firms has been at the international practices, where the rate of decline in legal employment and partner numbers has accelerated. Legal employment at the international firms has fallen by 12 per cent since January compared with 2.1 per cent in the year to June 30.
The Law Society of South Australia has called for the Federal Government to investigate the oversupply of law graduates exacerbated by the demand driven funding system for public universities introduced in 2012.
On 13 December 2013, the Law Society sent a submission proposing recommendations for improving the system to ensure that it better meets its objectives, is efficient, is fiscally sustainable and supports innovation and competition in education delivery.
Melbourne Law School and the University of Sydney made it into the top 10 in the latest 2013 QS World University Rankings.
Melbourne Law School was ranked fifth in the world, with the University of Sydney in 10th place in the rankings, which were released on Wednesday (8 May).
Melbourne Law School has jumped three spots, from eighth position in the 2012 rankings, and now sits just behind US and UK behemoths Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and Yale University.