Unfortunately, the structure of university makes it difficult for law students to understand the importance of building professional relationships early. More often than not, the first networking experience is daunting. This guest post by Stephanie Fiteni sets out what law students and grads should do at their next networking event.

When you apply for admission into the legal profession, you’ll need to apply to get a Compliance Certificate which, when granted, shows you have the necessarily qualifications and suitability to become a legal practitioner. Here is the process for becoming a legal practitioner in NSW.

How to Become a Barrister in NSW

The process of becoming a barrister in NSW is a lot like competing in a marathon. The race is long and gruelling and requires a certain degree of mental acuity. After graduating from law school, and just when you might think the worst of your legal training days are behind you, the biggest hurdle emerges to challenge your resolve to finish. While your law degree is an essential building block in your legal pre-training, it ultimately serves as a mental warm-up to the main event of your legal career by teaching you where to access the right information when you need it. 

Paralegal

Considering the many tasks that your paralegal team performs, the benefits of keeping them around are well worth the price. However, there are likely ways you could better utilise your paralegals to boost your bottom line.

Too many lawyers treat their paralegals like secretaries, and they consequently fail to get the most out of their team's talents. Below are six tips for maximising the efficiency of your paralegal staff to further reduce your workload, improve client satisfaction and increase profits.

Henna

Whether you are a law student, recent graduate or a young professional, the thought of working outside Australia might have crossed your mind. Living as an expatriate and practicing law in a completely new environment is exciting to say the least, but what are the things worth considering before launching off with applications? If you set your mind on working, for example, in the European Union area, visas are not the only thing you need to think about. Like ethnographic cultures, law firm cultures are very different. The type of culture you choose is as important as the area of law you want to practice, plus it doesn’t hurt to like what you do. 

Annina Tropea

In addition to good academic achievements and extra-curricular activities, recruiters will also look at practical experience of their candidates, ideally in areas of law or industries relevant to the organisation. Annina Tropea provides five reasons why law students need this type of experience during their degree at law school.

When you apply for admission into the legal profession, you’ll need to apply to get a Compliance Certificate, which, when granted, shows you have the necessarily qualifications and suitability to become a legal practitioner. Here is the process for becoming a legal practitioner in Victoria.

Thomas Wooden

I have found it sometimes takes a bad situation in your life for you to finally work out what you are meant to do. Mine was a marriage breakdown and my experience with the family law system. While the situation was very painful, it also made me realise how strong I was and that I absolutely had to practice law for two reasons. First, it would provide a secure career and income in a rural area and as a single parent with a three and five-year-old, this is a real consideration. The second was the ability to help others through this career.

Over a six month period as part of my PLT requirement, I undertook volunteer work experience at my local Victoria Legal Aid office. Victoria Legal Aid provides legal advice and representation for clients who are disadvantaged and cannot afford a private lawyer. I decided to volunteer my time to not only see how the service is delivered, but also to become exposed to the world of advocacy and experience some cases in action – something I knew would be different than being at a firm.