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CAREERS GUIDEBOOK 2008 EDITORS: Peiwen Chen and Megan Trethowan

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PRINCIPAL SPONSORS: Blake Dawson Waldron Clayton Utz PREMIER SPONSORS: Allens Arthur Robinson Arnold Bloch Leibler Freehills Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Mallesons Stephen Jaques Minter Ellison SUPPORTING SPONSORS: Clifford Chance College of Law Corrs Chambers Westgarth Deacons Sparke Helmore

Any careers related enquiries in 2008 should be addressed to Fiona Borrelli and Shirmaine Koh, Vice Presidents (Careers) 2008 on +61 3 8344 6179 or lss-careers@unimelb.edu.au.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of the Editors or the University of Melbourne Law Students’ Society. All information in this publication is correct as of 1 October 2007 and subject to change without notice. This information is merely advisory and should not be relied upon as being professional advice. This publication is distributed free of charge on the understanding that the authors, editors, and any persons related to this publication are not responsible for the results of their actions or omissions on the basis of any information provided in this publication


CONTENTS

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

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Editorial

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Medical Negligence

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Dean’s Welcome

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Mergers and Acquisitions

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Planning and Environment

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PART I: LEGAL PATHWAYS

Pro Bono Legal Practice and Community Connect

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Beginning a Legal Career

Public Interest Law and Native Title

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Admission Requirements: Victoria

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Sports Law

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Admission Requirements: Hong Kong

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Taxation

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LIV Traineeship Guidelines 2008

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Technology and Communications

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The College of Law Victoria: Practical Legal Training

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Workcover

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Melbourne Law School’s Careers Service

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Workplace Relations and Safety

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Developing Your Skills for Employment

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Preparing a Successful Application for Interview

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DIFFERENT LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

Preparing Your Curriculum Vitae

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Working at a Large Law Firm

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Interview Tips

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Working at a Medium-Sized Law Firm

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Life as an Articled Clutz

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Working as a Lawyer in Banking and Finance

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AREAS OF PRACTICE

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Marketing Law

Banking and Finance

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Victoria Law Foundation Legal Policy Internship Program

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Class Actions

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Melbourne Law School & Victorian Bar Research Assistants Scheme

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Competition Law

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Working at the Australian Government Solicitor

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Construction Law

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Articles at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office

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Corporate and Commercial

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Australian Law Reform Commission

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Health, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Law

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Articles at Victoria Legal Aid

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Human Resources and Industrial Relations Law

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A Career as an Academic

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Insolvency

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A Career in Legal Recruitment

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Insurance Law and Litigation

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Working as a Research Associate (Court of Appeal)

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Intellectual Property and Information Technology

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Working as a Trial Division Associate (Supreme Court)

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Life as a Litigator

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Getting Admitted in Hong Kong

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Life as a Trainee in Clifford Chance

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A Seasonal Clerkship in Hong Kong

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The Advantages of Working at a Major International Law Firm

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LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Victorian Legal Practices Directory International Legal Practices Directory

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INTRODUCTION

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PART II: NON-LEGAL PATHWAYS Non-Legal Career Paths

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Government: Working at the Australian Taxation Office

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Government: Working at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Government: The Department of Treasury

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Investment Banking: Credit Suisse

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Investment Banking: Goldman Sachs JB Were

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Tax and Legal: PricewaterhouseCoopers

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Working at Pitcher Partners

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NON-LEGAL DIRECTORY

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EDITORIAL

DEAN’S WELCOME

INTRODUCTION

A law degree has become a passport to work in a wide range of disciplines, only one of which is private legal practice. The skills acquired during the course of your law degree will be applicable, and indeed invaluable, to whatever career path you choose to follow. As graduates, one of the most difficult decisions you may face is how to navigate the myriad of different career opportunities available. Ranging from private practice to the public sector, from local community organisations to international corporations, the possibilities are endless. To help you consider the question of ‘life after law school’, we are proud to present the University of Melbourne Law Students’ Society 2008 Careers Guide. The Careers Guide includes a broad range of information on the diverse opportunities available to law students, nationally and internationally. This year, we have endeavoured to maintain the focus on legal careers open to law students, whilst increasing the representation of alternative career options.

>> MICHAEL CROMMELIN ZELMAN COWEN PROFESSOR OF LAW DEAN THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Students should note that whilst we encourage reference to these directories, they are by no means exhaustive. Further, students wishing to find out more about the employers and details listed should contact the firms directly. This year’s Careers Guide would not have been possible without the generous support of all of our sponsors. In particular, we would like to thank our Principal Sponsors, Blake Dawson Waldron and Clayton Utz. We would also like to thank the following Premier Sponsors for their invaluable support: Allens Arthur Robinson, Arnold Bloch Leibler, Freehills, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Mallesons Stephen Jaques and Minter Ellison. Finally, thank you to the following Supporting Sponsors for their contributions: Clifford Chance, College of Law, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Deacons and Sparke Helmore. We hope that the 2008 Careers Guide proves a valuable resource for all law students. We wish you the best of luck with your future careers, and hope you find satisfaction and success in whichever path you choose to take!

The Careers Guide is divided into two parts to reflect the legal/non-legal divide. The legal section contains important admission information and application advice. It also features an extensive review of the many areas of practice or legal specialisation that exist. Finally, the legal section contains articles on the diverse working experiences of law graduates in a variety of legal fields. The non-legal section contains articles written by recent graduates on their experiences outside of the legal profession. Both sections are followed by directories of employers offering graduate positions to penultimate and final year law students.

As a graduate of Melbourne Law School, you will have a wide range of career options available to you. The Law Students’ Society Careers Guide 2008 provides useful information about many of those options as well as practical advice about making applications, attending interviews and the requirements for admission to legal practice. Careers within the legal profession are explored as well as a broad variety of opportunities outside the profession.

law students on all aspects of your career decisions and I encourage you to use the service.

It is possible that you may have several different careers during the course of your working life. For example, over a period of years you may move from private practice to the Victorian Bar and then back to private practice again. You may decide to work in a char tered accounting firm for a period and then under take the requirements for legal practice. A role as corporate counsel may lead to a management career. An interest in teaching and research may lead to an academic career. Some graduates combine an academic role with legal practice. There are many possibilities to consider.

Upon graduation you will be one of our alumni. There are over 9000 Melbourne Law School alumni in Australia and overseas, some of whom have contributed to the materials in this Careers Guide to give you the benefit of their experience. I encourage you to par ticipate in the many activities organised for our alumni, such as reunions, and make use of the dedicated Alumni Lounge on the 10th floor of the Law Building. You may enrol in The Melbourne Graduate Program, which now offers more than 130 subjects each year in 20 fields of specialisation. There is much to be gained from establishing a link with one of our 11 research centres, institutes and programs, especially where their activities relate to your area of practice or professional interest. You may also like to attend some of the many conferences, seminars and public lectures conducted every year in the Law School.

While many of you will wish to work in private practice to star t your legal career, others will prefer the public sector. Graduates continue to secure interesting and challenging opportunities in government with the Victorian Government Solicitor or with regulatory bodies such as the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, in law enforcement agencies, with legal aid bodies, in human rights and equal oppor tunity bodies, law reform agencies, and government depar tments such as the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

INTRODUCTION

>> PEIWEN CHEN AND MEGAN TRETHOWAN CAREERS VICE-PRESIDENTS LAW STUDENTS’ SOCIETY THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Many Melbourne law graduates under take postgraduate degrees here or in North America, Europe and Asia. Each year several are successful in winning valuable scholarships such as the Rhodes, the Harkness or the Menzies. Our academic staff will be pleased to help if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies overseas, or here in the Law School.

The Law School is ver y proud of its graduates. Whatever career path or paths you choose to follow, we should like to know about your progress and keep in contact with you. I wish you every success in planning your career.

Melbourne law graduates are also sought by employers outside the legal profession, such as investment banks, management consulting firms and the Depar tment of Foreign Affairs and Trade. A degree in law offers versatility and is highly transferable to any number of industries, par ticularly those requiring communication, analysis and research, and negotiation skills. Melbourne Law School is one of only a small number of law schools in Australia to have its own faculty based careers office and the office continues to grow. Angela Edwards, the Law School Careers Consultant is available to work with

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PART ONE LEGAL PATHWAYS

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Students who successfully complete the admission requirements in Victoria will be admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria by court order of the Supreme Court. To be admitted in Victoria, students must meet the following requirements:

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS HONG KONG

THE STUDENT ROUTE 1. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

(For more PCLL details, please refer to http://www.hklawsoc. org.hk/pub_e/news/societyupdates/20070907.pdf).

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Students who wish to qualify and be admitted as a solicitor or barrister of Hong Kong must successfully complete the Postgraduate Cer tificate in Laws (PCLL) at the University of Hong Kong or the City University of Hong Kong and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in September 2008.

1. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS Students must have completed any academic course at a tertiary institution that is recognised as a sufficient academic qualification to practice law and involves the equivalent of not less than three years full time study. The University of Melbourne LLB satisfies this requirement, provided students complete all compulsory and quasicompulsory subjects. Please refer to the faculty website for these details.

2. PRACTICAL TRAINING REQUIREMENTS Students must undertake some form of practical legal training in the form of either:

• ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP – 12 months supervised work experience in a legal firm;

• COLLEGE OF LAW (VICTORIA) – completion of a Practical Legal Training course;

• LEO CUSSEN INSTITUTE – completion of a Practical Legal Training Course;

• MONASH UNIVERSITY – completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Skills and Ethics;

• ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP UNDERTAKEN OUTSIDE VICTORIA – students wishing to pursue this option are reminded that they must make a submission within one month after entering into articles and that the Board of Examiners must give approval.

To be eligible for admission to the PCLL, students must have completed their Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or equivalent legal studies either in Hong Kong or other common law jurisdictions, or have passed the Common Professional Examinations (CPE or CPEC) of Hong Kong or of England and Wales. The degree or qualification must be in common law and include passes in the following core legal subjects (or subjects recognised as their equivalents):

Students are encouraged to contact the Council of Legal Education or the Board of Examiners if they have any further enquiries. Council of Legal Education Level 27, 530 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 +61 3 9613 8794; PHONE: +61 3 9614 1011 FACSIMILE: +61 3 9614 4661 EMAIL: colevic@aar.com.au Board of Examiners for Barristers and Solicitors Supreme Court of Victoria 210 William Street Melbourne VIC 3000 PHONE: +61 3 9603 4388; +61 3 9603 4389

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11)

Business Associations (or Company Law)*; Constitutional Law; Contract Law; Criminal Law; Law of Evidence*; Property Law;’ Tort Law; Law of Trusts (or Equity or Remedies); Commercial Law Civil Procedure Land Law

*Summer intensive courses are offered by the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE) at the University of Hong Kong to students who did not take Business Associations or Law of Evidence in their LLB or CPE studies. From 2009 onwards, students must also under take the following three Top-up subjects: (1) (2) (3)

Hong Kong Constitutional Law Hong Kong Legal System Hong Kong Land Law

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Students must under take some form of practical legal training after their successful completion of the PCLL. For those who wish to qualify as a solicitor, 2 years of training with a law firm in Hong Kong is required. For those who wish to qualify as a barrister, an approved pupillage for a period of not less than 12 months must be completed with a practising barrister of not less than 5 years standing as a barrister in Hong Kong.

USEFUL CONTACTS Law Society of Hong Kong 3rd Floor, Wing On House, 71 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong WEBSITE: www.hklawsoc.org.hk PHONE: +852 2846 0500 FACSIMILE: +852 2845 0387 Hong Kong Bar Association LG2, High Court, 38 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong WEBSITE: www.hkba.org PHONE: +852 2869 0210 FACSIMILE: +852 2869 0189 EMAIL: info@hkba.org University of Hong Kong 4th Floor, K.K. Leung Building, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong WEBSITE: www.pcll.hk PHONE: +852 2859 2951 FACSIMILE: +852 2559 3543 EMAIL: pcll@hku.hk City University of Hong Kong 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong WEBSITE: www.cityu.edu.hk PCLL Admission Queries PHONE: +852 2788 9094 FACSIMILE: +852 2788 9086 EMAIL: asadmit@cityu.edu.hk PCLL Programme Queries +852 2788 8008 PHONE: FACSIMILE: +852 2788 7530 EMAIL: lwpcll@cityu.edu.hk

In addition, students must have taken the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which is jointly administered by The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, The British Council and IDP Education Australia, not more than two years before applying for the PCLL and have obtained a score of 7 or better.

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS VICTORIA

Chinese University of Hong Kong Mong Man Wai Building, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong WEBSITE: www.cuhk.edu.hk/law/pcll PHONE: +852 3163 4310 FACSIMILE: +852 2994 2505 EMAIL: law@cuhk.edu.hk

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LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES 2008

THE COLLEGE OF LAW VICTORIA >> PRACTICAL LEGAL TRAINING

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1. Except as provided in paragraphs two, three, six, seven

7. As an exception to the principles set out above, law

WHAT IS PRACTICAL LEGAL TRAINING?

and eight, law firms will not inter view applicants or make offers or arrangements concerning traineeships before Monday, 11 Februar y 2008, being the year in which it is anticipated the student will commence his or her final semester. In the event that a firm is satisfied that an applicant will complete his/her law degree in the first semester of the year 2009, such an applicant may also be offered an interview.

firms may make ‘priority offers’ of traineeships on the date set out in paragraph eight, to the following students: a) students who within the previous two years have substantially completed vacation clerkships of at least two weeks’ duration with the offering firm, either in Victoria or at one of the firm’s interstate offices;

Practical legal training (PLT) is an alternative to Articles as a path to admission and provides the vocational, practical and professional skills necessary to help you make the transition from law student to practising lawyer. The College of Law Victoria, a joint venture between the Law Institute of Victoria and The College of Law, provides PLT through the Professional Program Online (PPO).

WORK EXPERIENCE COMPONENT Work experience must be completed under the supervision of an admitted practitioner and involve exposure to and delivery of legal services. This can include, but is not limited to, private practice, government departments, corporate positions or community legal centres. Work experience can be completed full-time, part-time or in blocks, as long as the total time completed is equivalent to 15 weeks. Note: Law students can count up to 8 weeks work experience as an undergraduate.

The PPO is a hands-on, practical program and offers a real-world perspective of day-to-day life as a lawyer and essential skills for the first day on the job by focusing on the practicalities of key areas of legal practice including Negotiation, Advocacy, Civil Litigation, Property Law, Criminal Practice and Professional Responsibility through instruction and mentoring from experienced and often practising lawyers.

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION COMPONENT Ongoing professional development is an important component for all legal practitioners to ensure knowledge and skills remain up-to-date. This component includes 10 hours of online CLE seminars and a workbook which reflects on your Work Experience.

2. An applicant, who due to ‘genuine necessity’ will be unable to attend an interview during the interview period, should apply to the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) for permission to be interviewed at an earlier date. ‘Genuine necessity’ is defined as the need to be outside of Victoria during the interview period, for the purpose of postgraduate study, work experience or other purpose deemed reasonable by the LIV. Applications should be made to the LIV in writing and include appropriate supporting documentation. Written permission is to be granted at the sole discretion of the LIV.

b) students who during the previous two years and for a minimum period of 30 working days, have performed paralegal work for the offering firm, either in Victoria or at one of the firm’s interstate offices.

8. The ‘priority of fers’ made under paragraph 7 can be made between 9.00am and 5.30pm on Wednesday 6 February 2008 and must remain open until the earlier of acceptance or 5.30pm on Friday 8 February 2008. 9. Firms intending to make priority offers are not permitted to interview applicants or to make offers or arrangements concerning traineeships prior to making a priority offer.

3. Interstate law students who commence formal semester

10. A firm complying with the guidelines has the option

classes on or before Monday, 11 Februar y 2008 may be inter viewed by individual arrangement prior to that date in the year in which it is anticipated the student will commence his or her final semester provided that no offers or arrangements concerning traineeships are made other than in accordance with paragraph four.

to withdraw from the guidelines in the event that the firm considers there to be any substantial non-compliance by any other firm who has agreed to be bound by the guidelines.

4. Except as provided in paragraphs six and seven, law firms will not make of fers or arrangements concerning traineeships before 9.00am, Eastern Standard Time on Monday, 3 March 2008.

11. A firm will not withdraw from the guidelines without first giving written notice of its intention to the Law Institute of Victoria, the law faculties and law student societies at all Victorian law schools and the other firms represented on the working group. Updated: 14 May 2007

5. An offer of traineeship will remain open for a period of not less than 24 hours from the time the offer was made.

6. Law firms who have entered sponsorship arrangements with disadvantaged students, such as those employed under the Indigenous Cadetship Program, are exempt from complying with the guidelines in relation to those students.

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The course has been fantastic and I have learnt a huge amount. The web resources are great and the assessment demands a good working knowledge. Overall I think the course is great preparation for practice. Meghan Fitzgerald, 2007 College graduate

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>> LAW INSTITUTE OF VICTORIA www.liv.asn.au

The PPO provides a flexible, nationally-recognised and comprehensive practical legal training course and gives you the confidence to go straight into being a first-year solicitor in any environment. Steve Brnovic, 2006 College graduate

WANT MORE INFORMATION THE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM ONLINE The PPO incorporates three key components each designed to develop your legal skills. The components can be completed in any order and, if you undertake the part-time coursework option, you can even complete them concurrently.

To find out more about PLT, the Professional Program or course dates contact: Student Services PHONE: 1 300 856 111, EMAIL: enrolments@collaw.edu.au or visit www.collaw.edu.au

COURSEWORK COMPONENT The Coursework Component is undertaken predominantly online including multimedia activities, group discussions and practical exercises. Some coursework sections, such as Advocacy and Negotiation, and examinations are held during Onsites – short blocks of face-to-face instruction. Coursework can be completed full-time over 15 weeks or part-time over 30 weeks.

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MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL’S CAREERS SERVICE >> ANGELA EDWARDS LAW SCHOOL CAREERS CONSULTANT MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL

I am available to meet with you individually to discuss job seeking skills, ar ticles applications, alternatives to legal practice and your career directions generally. I also work with Program Managers, academic staf f, the Law Students’ Society and the University’s central Careers & Employment to develop career programs for law students. I invite a range of speakers to present on diverse topics such as working at the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, as a lawyer in Hong Kong and London, practising in the not-for-profit sector and under taking practical legal training as an alternative to Ar ticles. This year I’ve also sourced speakers who have worked in non-practising roles such as legislative drafting, in the music industr y and as a journalist. Law students at all year levels are welcome to attend these events. Look out for flyers around the Law School and see the Law School Careers website http://careers.law.unimelb.edu.au for details of these events. I also work with law firms and other organisations to source employment opportunities for students and graduates and advertise them on the Law School Careers website. A major project this year has been the launch of The Melbourne Law School and Victorian Bar Research Assistants Scheme, where students can obtain work experience opportunities with practising barristers. More details are available from the Law School Careers website.

What is important to you? Status? Earning a high salary? Making a difference to individuals? Working on high profile transactions? Working in a team environment? Having lots of responsibility from the outset? Fighting on behalf of the underdog? Having lots of client contact? Standing up in court? Of course, not all jobs satisfy all these aspects. To better position yourself when it comes to deciding where to apply at the end of your degree, get some experience – and get as wide a variety of experience as possible. Volunteer at a community legal centre, work as receptionist/legal researcher at your local high street firm specialising in plaintif f work, do some paralegal work at a large commercial firm, shadow a barrister and attend court….. The more insights you can obtain into the different ways you can use your law degree, the better.

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Melbourne Law School is one of only a small number of law schools in Australia to have its own faculty based careers office. My name is Angela Edwards and I am available to work with law students on all aspects of your career decisions. I have a law degree and I qualified as a lawyer myself. I worked in the legal recruitment industry for a number of years in Melbourne and London, as well as in another university law school as their careers adviser. I also hold a post graduate qualification in career education and development.

Everyone knows that the competition for Articles places is fierce and not ever yone with a law degree will go on to practise law. Instead many will take the valuable skills they developed through studying the discipline, into interesting roles in corporations, government and education both here and overseas. I am situated on the Mezzanine Level and may be contacted on 03 8344 9773 or email: a.edwards@unimelb.edu.au. To book a careers appointment with me, please do so via the UGS Office or the Graduate Studies Administration Office as appropriate. Please also visit the Law School careers website at http://careers.law.unimelb.edu.au. I look forward to working with you.

From my time in legal recruitment I know that a law degree from Melbourne Law School is highly valued by employers. However, your law degree does not stand in isolation when it comes to making those all impor tant career decisions. A law degree can take you in so many directions, both in practising and non-practising roles and it is impor tant to do some self analysis at an early stage in your degree.

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DEVELOPING YOUR SKILLS FOR EMPLOYMENT

PREPARING A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION FOR INTERVIEW

>> ANGELA EDWARDS LAW SCHOOL CAREERS CONSULTANT MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL

>> BLAKE DAWSON WALDRON

must be clearly set out with examples in your application and you must be prepared to further demonstrate them at interview.

Your application provides us with an initial impression of you, your skills and experience. A good application will help to ensure an interview.

The important thing to remember is that even if you are applying for jobs in the legal profession, the examples you use to demonstrate your skills do not have to be legally related. The emphasis is on skills that can be transferred.

BE PREPARED

You must further cultivate your “employability skills” throughout your time at university and also in all the other facets of your life, ie your part-time job, voluntary work, legal work, involvement in student societies, involvement in your community and your hobbies and interests. All these avenues provide excellent opportunities for skills development.

DEMONSTRATE AN INTEREST IN THE ORGANISATION YOU ARE APPLYING TO

So aside from your knowledge of contract law(!), what skills do employers look for. The list below will not come as a big surprise. These skills are as relevant to working in a legal environment as they are to working in many other areas.

SKILLS YOU SHOULD AIM TO DEVELOP • Your ability to work as an effective team member • Your interpersonal skills – your ability to relate well to clients/customers/other stakeholders and everyone else in the office • Your written communication skills – your ability to write clearly, logically and succinctly • Your problem solving skills – your ability to use your initiative and think outside the square • Your organisational skills – your ability to plan and prioritise your work and meet deadlines

HOW CAN I DEVELOP THESE SKILLS? As already stated, opportunities for skills development present themselves in many ways. You can hone your teamwork skills by being a member of committee which organises a charity quiz night. You can build your written communication skills by offering to write an article for a student society publication. You can use your problem solving skills by suggesting a way to improve a process at the community legal centre where you volunteer.

Employers need to know that you genuinely want to work for them. It is not enough just to say it is because they are a blue-chip organisation with international clients. If you are applying to work in a commercial law firm it is essential that you demonstrate an interest in the work that they do. Impress them with your knowledge of their clients, provide evidence of customer service roles you have undertaken in the past, show an awareness of what is happening in the business world (read the Australian Financial Review) or talk about part-time roles where you had to meet sales targets. These are just some examples of ways you can demonstrate that vital commercial acumen. Similarly, if you are keen to pursue a career at the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, your desire to do so will not be proven by you simply stating that you love travelling and have been to Europe and the U.S. DFAT graduates are expected to have knowledge of and an interest in foreign and trade policy issues and international affairs. An understanding of the goals of the Department is also very important. If you are applying to a plaintiff law firm which acts for individuals, a proven track record of working in the community and a demonstrable commitment to social justice issues will certainly strengthen your case for employment.

MAKE A CAREERS APPOINTMENT If you would like to discuss how best to identify your skills and effectively market yourself to employers, make an appointment to see the Law School’s Careers Consultant. Bookings may be made by contacting your relevant student administration office.

A detailed and clearly presented curriculum vitae (CV), academic transcript and a well written cover letter are essential. The CV should summarise your key skills, interests, extra-curricular activities and work experience.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD CV? A good CV is a selling document and provides a sense of who you are and what we can expect you to accomplish in the future.

HINTS • Be factual and succinct. Your CV should be laid out

• Before you start writing your application, ensure that you understand the position you are applying for. Make a list of what you think Blake Dawson Waldron is looking for in a seasonal clerk or graduate candidate and incorporate relevant details in your CV.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD COVER LETTER? A good cover letter will: • capture our attention and answer the question – “Why should we interview you?” • demonstrate some knowledge of Blake Dawson Waldron. • summarise your qualifying skills, strengths and achievements. • add your personal voice to the application.

HELPFUL HINTS • Make sure your application is addressed to the correct contact person and specifically tailor your covering letter and application to the position. • Actively sell yourself – be asser tive about your achievements being careful not to appear arrogant. One way to assess this is to read your letter out aloud. Are you tripping over words or repeating yourself? • Keep it simple – your letter should be concise and to the point. Keep your cover letter to one page. Consider the style and wording – avoid abbreviations or slang. • Outline your qualifications for the position – focus on the most relevant aspects of your background and experience.

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clearly, logically and consistently. It is easier to read if you use headings and bullet points. Ensure that there are no gaps in your CV and that the dates given follow a reverse chronological order. Provide explanation for any periods of absence, for example, travelling. If you have completed clerkships or have any relevant legal experience do not bury it – use headings such as ‘legal experience’ or ‘related experience’, so that the reviewer can quickly locate the relevant information. We recognize all types of work experience. Your CV should be up-to-date – include information such as winning a mooting competition or receiving an award for a subject. Highlight your strengths and give a balanced picture – interests outside work and at university are important and should be included. Keep it honest – never put in anything that you cannot justify or comfortably explain. Provide the names of up to three referees, their job title, organisation and contact details. At least one referee should be a supervisor from your most recent job. Your CV should be no longer than 3-4 pages.

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In addition to their knowledge of the law itself, students studying a law degree develop a myriad of skills which are highly sought after by legal and nonlegal employers alike. Law students are renowned for having strong writing skills, the ability to analyse large volumes of information and for their discipline and strong work ethic – essential for getting through your degree in the first place.

DEMONSTRATE YOUR SKILLS When applying for jobs, be it part-time employment during study, a graduate position or a role overseas, employers are looking for you to clearly demonstrate your skills. Your skills

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PREPARING A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION FOR INTERVIEW >> BLAKE DAWSON WALDRON

BEGINNING A LEGAL CAREER

CV CHECKLIST

THE INTERVIEW

Your application should be a uniquely tailored document which is factual, concise and easy to read. The impression we form about your written communication skills as showcased in your application is an important part of our screening process.

Always prepare. Before attending the interview, take time to do some research on the firm. Check the firm’s website, marketing material, industr y papers and online director y ser vices. Find out what the firm’s core strengths are and what oppor tunities you may have with them. If you are interested in a par ticular area, familiarize yourself with the practice area and its work. Obtain information about key practice area lawyers, as well as information on latest developments, market changes, recent deals or matters and clients. Make sure you know who is inter viewing you including their position in the firm and, their role in the recruitment process. This information will help you eliminate some of the unknowns and help to put you at ease prior to the interview.

STYLE AND FORMAT • Use relevant headings to highlight your information? • Use short sentences and paragraphs • Avoid superfluous words • Check for grammatical, spelling, punctuation and typographical errors CONTENT TO INCLUDE

• Contact details (your full name, address, telephone number and email address).

• Education history (including the conclusion date of your degree).

• Work experience, skills and responsibilities. • Extra-curricular activities and achievements. • Does your CV create a balanced picture of who you

Consider questions that are likely to be asked and prepare answers to them. In preparation ask yourself “What will they want to know about me in order to of fer me the position?” (Think about relevant experience, your personal qualities, and the skills and competencies you have that will make you successful in the role).

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• Always include an up-to-date academic transcript and state your degree year level (this should also be included in your cover letter). APPLICATION BLUNDERS TO AVOID

• Writing a good application takes time. Make sure that

Think about questions you would like to ask your inter viewer, either about themselves, their practice area or the firm. Finally, being up to date with the latest developments, in your preferred practice area and emerging issues in local and world news can often help you to stand out from other candidates. Good luck!

you know the seasonal and graduate application cut-off dates and prepare well in advance. Avoid applying on the last day. • Tailor your cover letter to the specific position for which you are applying. • Avoid cliches and colloquialisms. Check that all your information is correct – including recipient details and information. • Spelling and grammar – always check your spelling and grammar. You would be surprised how many applications have “good attention to detial!”.

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PREPARING YOUR CURRICULUM VITAE

INTERVIEW TIPS

>> CLAYTON UTZ

>> MARLA COWEN 2007 ARTICLED CLERK ALLENS ARTHUR ROBINSON

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Think of it from the perspective of the person reviewing your curriculum vitae. They may have hundreds of others to review and it is impor tant that you stand out from the crowd and make that all important first impression.

CURRICULUM VITAE WRITING Covering Letter • Always check the name of the person to whom you are sending your covering letter and make sure you spell their name correctly. Check the information yourself to make sure it is accurate. Don’t rely on information provided by others. • Don’t make your covering letter too long. The bulk of the information should be contained in your curriculum vitae. • If you have a par ticular interest in an area of law in which you know the firm specialises, make mention of this but don’t go into too much detail. • Always make sure that your application arrives by the closing date and if unsure check the Clayton Utz website or CVMail for clarification. • Always make sure that the addressee and the salutation correspond. This can be a real irritation to the person reviewing your letter and indicates sloppiness. Curriculum Vitae • Only include relevant points in your curriculum vitae. Awards or achievements received in the latter years of high school may be relevant but more recent achievements attained during university or work will catch the eye of the person reading your curriculum vitae. • Don’t pad out your curriculum vitae to make it look more impressive. It is far more impor tant to focus on your strengths and achievements that will distinguish you from other candidates. • Your curriculum vitae should be clear and concise. • Check and double check it for spelling mistakes. This is most important. Remember it is “articled clerk” not “article clerk” – a mistake often made by people.

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• Make sure all of your contact details are correct. Include them in your covering letter as well for ease of reference. • Ask someone else to read both your letter and curriculum vitae and provide you with feedback. You may be surprised what you have forgotten.

INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES Prior to the Interview • Read the firm’s brochure or visit their homepage on the internet. • Talk to people who work at the firm or have worked there as a seasonal clerk to get a feel for what to expect. • Find out about your interviewer(s) if possible. • Understand yourself and your competition – strengths and weaknesses. • Think about the positive areas you want to cover – your key points and good ideas. • Dress smartly and cleanly. Wear something that makes you feel comfortable. • Arrive early, but not so early that you build up excess nerves. Create a good first impression A smart appearance and demeanour. A firm, not crushing handshake. Small talk which is interesting and warm/friendly. Be yourself, don’t role play someone else. Be enthusiastic thoughtful and confident. • Be energetic, interesting and impressive. Avoid known distracting mannerisms.

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The Interview • Involve (with eye contact) all of those interviewing you – each person’s opinion matters. • Be thoughtful, honest and concise. Don’t ramble – be comfortable with brief silences. • Use real life examples – bring concepts/issues to life. • Avoid umms/errs, buzz words, colloquialisms/slang (such as mate, right, OK, yeah). • Ask questions if you have them, but don’t feel obliged to invent them to ‘appear’ interested.

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Congratulations! You’ve got an interview – NOW WHAT? PREPARATION The most impor tant thing to do when preparing for an inter view is to know your CV. The last thing you want is for one of those slight embellishments in your CV or cover letter to come back and haunt you! Try to think of questions that the interviewers might ask based on your CV, such as “Why did you decide to major in Literature?”, or “What was your favourite law subject and why?” Make sure you are also prepared to talk about your interests and hobbies – inter viewers are often ver y interested to hear about your life outside of law as it gives them an insight into the kind of person you are. It’s always good to have some idea about the firm where you are inter viewing so that you can have a reasonably cohesive answer to the inevitable question, “Why do you want to work at this firm?” I also made sure that I had prepared several questions for the interview. The question time is really useful for two reasons. Firstly, it’s a time when you can direct the conversation to where you would like it to go. Secondly, it’s an opportunity for you to interview the firm. This is important, because if you’re lucky enough to get a number of offers, you want to be able to make an informed decision.

YOUR INTERVIEW If you have already been offered an inter view, the firm inter viewing you must already be impressed with your application. Now it’s all about using the interview process to distinguish yourself. Be prepared, know where your strengths lie and steer the conversation to where you would like it to go. The interviewers are going to be asking themselves whether you are the type of person whom they would like to work with, so do ever ything that you can to establish good rapport. If you have prepared well for the inter view, and approach it with a positive attitude, you are more likely to make a good impression. There is no doubt that an inter view is a daunting experience. But rather than focusing on this aspect of the inter view, tr y to see it in a positive light – it’s a great oppor tunity to demonstrate the qualities that set you apar t from ever yone else. Go into the inter view feeling confident about your abilities (you wouldn’t be there if you weren’t good enough), and make the most of the opportunity.

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A well prepared, well set out and easy to read curriculum vitae will assist you to secure that all important interview. Spend time planning it carefully to give yourself the best opportunity.

MY INTERVIEW AT ALLENS ARTHUR ROBINSON In terms of my experience at Allens, I found the interview fairly relaxed and the interviewers (a senior associate and a partner) easy to get along with. It seemed that the purpose of the interview was to find out what kind of person I was and whether I was a good fit for the firm. Allens really tried to make the inter view process as comfortable for me as possible. There were a few Articled Clerks in the waiting room, offering us advice if they knew the inter viewer and just generally tr ying to make us feel more comfortable. I found the time just before an interview the most stressful, so it was really helpful to meet people who had recently been through the process to offer support and tips, and to provide a bit of a distraction!

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BANKING AND FINANCE >> JONATHAN TEO LAWYER ALLENS ARTHUR ROBINSON

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As a lawyer in the Banking and Finance practice group at Allens Ar thur Robinson (AAR), you will be given the oppor tunity to work alongside leading bankers and corporations on the financing of many high profile projects and transactions considered to be on the cutting edge of business. Whether this involves acting for Australian or foreign clients, the demands in this area of practice can be great with an expectation for the fast turnaround of work without, of course, sacrificing the quality of services provided. Given these demands, a lawyer in this area of practice will cer tainly experience life in the fast lane, especially leading up to the completion (or business end) of a transaction. If you are looking for a challenge in your career, Banking & Finance may be the area for you, with numerous opportunities in the current economic climate, exciting new work with the recent influences of private equity on the market and the growing possibilities for overseas employment. What does AAR’s Banking & Finance practice group do? AAR’s Banking & Finance team advises sponsors, borrowers and financiers in high value, sophisticated banking and finance transactions, including work in the following areas: • project finance; • securitisation; • leveraged acquisition finance; • structured finance; • debt capital markets; and • financial regulation and compliance.

or reviewing those documents drafted by the other parties’ lawyers. These documents could range from the security provided under the loan agreement (eg deeds of charge or mor tgages) to other agreements or contracts that are contemplated as par t of the transaction (such as guarantees, priority deeds or powers of attorney). From experience, it is par ticularly impor tant for a junior to understand the nature and structure of the transaction and what is commercially agreed between the par ties when drafting these documents. Towards the end of the transaction a junior is often responsible for managing the conditions precedent process and for the drafting of various sign-of fs to respective clients. AREAS OF PRACTICE

Welcome to the wonder ful world of Banking and Finance!

AAR’S TRAINING PROGRAM Every six months the Banking and Finance practice group runs a four month training program aimed at introducing junior lawyers to the various aspects of financing transactions and providing both legal and practical information useful for day to day work on transactions and advices. The program involves attending three morning seminars each week and includes a great breakfast! I found that after attending two cycles of this program during my articles year I was adequately equipped to practise in the Banking & Finance group despite only having ver y limited knowledge at the beginning of articles. The practice group also runs weekly seminars which alternate between legal presentations given by senior lawyers and question and answer sessions that allow you to ask the par tners any questions related to banking and finance on an anonymous basis.

YOUR ROLE AS A JUNIOR IN BANKING & FINANCE In AAR’s Banking and Finance practice group a junior lawyer or articled clerk will often find themselves being given more responsibility than their peers because finance teams are often smaller in numbers than the transaction or litigation teams within other departments.

I found my rotation in Banking & Finance to be an extremely rewarding experience and found that it helped me develop my skills as a junior lawyer at a rapid rate. I would encourage you all to do a rotation there if you find the commercial aspects of law appealing.

At the start of a transaction, a junior will often be involved in the process of drafting a number of finance documents

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CLASS ACTIONS

COMPETITION LAW >> MALLESONS STEPHEN JAQUES

>> MAURICE BLACKBURN

AREAS OF PRACTICE

For 15 years I acted on behalf of unions and employees endeavouring to ensure fairness in the workplace. The most rewarding aspect of this part of my career was 4 years at the ACTU running its National Wage Case on behalf of approximately 2 million of Australia’s lowest paid workers. In that time, as a result of the efforts of the ACTU the Federal Minimum Wage increased from $400.40 per week to $467.40 – an outcome that I am sure made a real and positive difference to the lives of some of Australia’s most disadvantaged. Whilst my current work in class actions is very different – the overarching goal of promoting justice remains very much at the forefront of my work. Class actions promote access to justice by providing a mechanism by which the claims of victims of mass civil wrongs can be heard efficiently and in circumstances where individual claims often would not just as a matter of sheer practicality be able to be litigated. The GIO shareholder class action, which was ultimately settled for $97million, provides a good example – in a claim that cost tens of millions of dollars to litigate many smaller retail investors had lost sums less than $5,000. Those losses were nonetheless of immense importance to those investors but would simply not have been recovered without a functioning class action regime.

The practice also runs a range of other cases where multiple claimants have been the victims of systemic corporate misbehaviour. Australia has one of the highest rates of share ownership in the world. Through the spread of occupational superannuation most Australians have, at the very least, an indirect interest in shares as a means of ensuring their retirement incomes. A proper, open and transparent sharemarket is an important contributor to Australia’s economic prosperity. In these circumstances it is absolutely critical that the information provided to investors is, so far as is possible, accurate and timely and not false or misleading. Class actions on behalf of shareholders and other investors provide a means of obtaining specific redress for victims of false or misleading conduct, but also make a significant contribution to the promotion of a culture of better corporate governance. Cartels distort product markets allowing corporate wrongdoers to make unlawful superprofits at the expense of other businesses and consumers. Whilst the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission is very active in prosecuting unlawful cartel activity redress for those who have paid inflated prices as a result of such activity relies on class actions. Maurice Blackburn Cashman recently settled Australia’s first ever cartel case for $30.5m. A number of other cartel cases are now underway. Being a plaintiff class action lawyer requires good legal skills it is intellectually demanding litigation often worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but more than that it requires heart, a passionate belief that the law is not just an academic exercise but a means of attaining justice. I practice law because I am interested in justice – if you are too you should consider class actions.

When we first heard the word ‘cartel busting’ we had images of heavily armed federal police rappelling from a helicopter into the luxurious compound of a Columbian drug lord. We were not sure where a Mallesons Stephen Jaques lawyer would fit in this picture, but it sounded very cool. And even in the competition law definition of ‘cartels’ we were intrigued. Secret meetings in smoke filled rooms on some island south of the border sounded like our area of law. Whilst competition law reality involves a little less Hollywood, it is nonetheless a fascinating and developing area of law. What sort of law does the team actually practice in? Mallesons’ Competition team practices primarily in the areas of law covered by the Trade Practices Act. The Trade Practices Act covers anti-competitive and unfair market practices, consumer protection, mergers or acquisitions of shares and assets, product safety/liability and third party access to facilities of national significance.

What sort of work would a junior do? As a junior you are encouraged to seek out work from all par tners and solicitors to gain broad experience within the team before you specialise in a par ticular area. As an AC or junior lawyer in Competition you will probably be involved in a quite lot of case law research, particularly in relation to areas such as section 52 of the Trade Practices Act. You may also be asked to draft letters, amend and review contracts, prepare the first draft of submissions to the ACCC. Sound understanding of contract law, like most areas of commercial law, is always a must. You may also be required to do research into a particular market for the purposes of Part IV of the Act, most often in relation to a potential merger or acquisition for which ACCC approval is required under section 50. This provides a great oppor tunity to get to know ever ything you ever wanted to know about all sor ts of exciting or obscure markets, and provides a nice change from the usual case law or legislation research.

Are there any other things that separate this team from others at Mallesons?

What should an AC know? As well as having a good understanding of the legal issues surrounding the Trade Practices Act (Miller’s Annotated Trade Practices Act will become your new best friend!), you will also need to develop an understanding of various economics principles. This doesn’t mean you need to have an economics or commerce background however, it is helpful if you have taken Competition law or a similar subject at uni. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t, but having a basic understanding of the various sections of the Trade Practices Act and concepts such as ‘market definition’ and ‘substantial lessening of competition’ makes the first few weeks as a new AC slightly less daunting.

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I practice law because I am interested in justice. As a class actions lawyer at Maurice Blackburn I get the opportunity to promote access to justice for victims of serious corporate misconduct and to promote a more transparent and ef ficient sharemarket and fairer outcomes for consumers. Because the class action regime is relatively new our cases are “cutting edge”. It is an exciting area of practice, intellectually challenging and making a positive contribution to just outcomes.

Competition is one of the larger teams at the firm; there are lots of junior lawyers and more female than male partners. We found all the partners and lawyers to be very approachable and friendly.

Best parts of being part of the team? Maurice Blackburn’s class action practice primarily focuses on class actions on behalf of: • shareholders and other investors who have been the victims of misleading or deceptive conduct; • businesses and consumers who have been the victims of illegal cartel activity.

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One of the best things about Competition is the variety of the work. Mallesons’ clients operate in such a wide variety of markets that you never know which market the next transaction will involve. So, even though the principles remain the same, each research task or piece of advice you work on will be very different. Having said that, the firm’s core clients operate in the telecommunications, electricity and gas and pharmaceutical industries. Therefore, you are sure to do quite a bit of work involving these areas at some stage during your rotation.

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CONSTRUCTION LAW

CONSTRUCTION LAW

>>MATTHEW BELL LECTURER AND CO-DIRECTOR OF STUDIES FOR CONSTRUCTION LAW, MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL; PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT LAWYER, CONSTRUCTION AND MAJOR PROJECTS GROUP, CLAYTON UTZ (PART TIME)

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If such a definition is accepted and put beside the diverse and dynamic nature of the industry, it doesn’t take long to see why construction law can be such an interesting and challenging area of legal practice. The industry’s diversity is illustrated by its coverage of projects ranging in size from home renovations through to office tower blocks, in subject matter from freeways to oil refineries, and activities from design consultancy to facilities management. Its dynamism is reflected in its constant changes, whether in demands for infrastructure (who would have thought, five years ago, that desalination plants might seriously be considered for Melbourne?), changes in government policy (industrial relations, infrastructure procurement, free trade agreements…) or in myriad other aspects. So, where do lawyers fit into all this? As recently as a quar ter of a centur y ago, there were ver y few specialist construction solicitors and barristers in Australia. Now, there are hundreds. All of the major firms have construction specialists (whether in their own group or embedded within other practice groups – such as project finance, real estate or litigation) and there are many smaller firms with significant construction practices as well. In addition, a number of ‘boutique’ construction and infrastructure firms have made their mark in recent years. Likewise, at the bar in Melbourne and other centres around the common law world, there is a substantial and growing number of senior and junior counsel with specialist practices in construction law.

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Given the broad scope of what construction practice entails, construction lawyers can expect to get involved in a broad spectrum of issues, including: • Advice on project structuring, including how best to set up the matrix of contracts; • Drafting and negotiating the construction contracts (which might involve amendments to the raft of standard forms in use in the industr y, or drafting a ‘bespoke’ contract from scratch); • Advising on issues arising throughout the project, whether contract interpretation (‘does this instruction to change the door heights entitle the builder to extra payment as a variation?’), liability in negligence (‘as the architect, am I liable to a subsequent purchaser of the building if it develops cracks?’), trade practices liability (‘if I fail to disclose to tenderers that the site used to be contaminated, might I be liable under section 52?’), industrial relations (‘what can – and can’t – I include in this employment contract?’), and so on; • Formulating claims and guiding them through the procedures under the contract or applicable statutes (eg the detailed procedures under security of payment legislation); and • Finding ways to avoid disputes or, if they are unable to be avoided, to resolve them appropriately (whether through ADR techniques, arbitration or litigation). The breadth of this spectrum means that construction lawyers need to have at least a working knowledge of a wide range of possible issues, as well as detailed exper tise in relation to the common law and legislation applicable specifically to construction. The fact that so much of this specific knowledge relates to the practice of the industr y – and that that practice changes constantly and differs from city to city, let alone countr y to countr y – makes construction law an area of practice that is challenging and rarely boring.

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On the other hand, the fact that key elements of construction law are shared throughout the common law world, means that skills gained Down Under are highly por table – if you were to ring up a construction lawyer in London, Abu Dhabi or Hong Kong today, chances are you’d hear an Australian accent. The detailed knowledge required to practice in construction law poses a dilemma, though, and it is the one I faced when of fered the rotation in the construction group: if I haven’t studied construction law at uni, how can I expect to practice it? Happily, there is a twofold answer to this. The first par t is that, as construction law has seldom been taught to law students, most practicing construction lawyers have learned ‘on the job’ and, in my experience, expect to pass on their knowledge to junior colleagues. This can tend to foster a natural culture of continuing education, both within the firms and outside of it – hardly a week goes by when there is not a seminar relating to construction law going on somewhere in Melbourne.

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What is ‘construction law’? This is exactly the question I asked when, as an articled clerk, I was offered a rotation in the construction group at Clayton Utz in Melbourne. After more than a decade practising and teaching in the area, however, I am starting to form a working definition in my mind – quite simply, it is the law relating to the construction industry.

The second par t of the answer is a shameless yet unabashed advertisement for the construction law programs on offer here at the Melbourne Law School. Dozens of construction lawyers from Australia and overseas have consolidated their knowledge via the subjects available in our Master (and Graduate Diploma) of Construction Law programs. In addition, ‘Principles of Construction Law’, first offered in 2007, is a semester-length optional subject designed to give students a grounding in the key issues in construction law practice. To me, it somehow feels like longer than 10 years since I was initiated into the mysteries of construction law – I have had the opportunity to experience, and learn, so much from so many people in so many different places around Australia and the world. When I contemplate how much I still have to learn, though, it feels like I am just starting my journey. What more could you ask for in a legal career!?

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CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL

As a law student, all I really wanted to know when I was considering my options for a legal career was what “corporate law” actually was. While the cliché about it being diverse and undefinable is true, it is not at all useful. So, in an attempt at being useful, work in corporate law might involve:

Where does all of this lead? You might find that you become keen to specialise in a particular aspect of corporate law, like the glamour work of M & A.. Or, the relationships you’ve built up with clients might lead to opportunities to work in-house on secondment where you’ll sit on the other side of the table.

• Corporate governance work – advising on the appropriate

If this is for you, be sure to expose yourself to as wide a range of corporate law work as possible. There is no need to narrow your focus too early and chances are that the different type of work you try your hand at, the better placed you will be to figure out what it is about corporate work that appeals to you and where you want it to take you.

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company structure for various types of businesses, advising on the role and responsibilities of boards and directors, creating governance documents and policies that comply with best practice and private equity work. • Equity capital markets work – considering the huge range of mechanisms by which a company might raise the funds it requires for capital including initial public offerings, entitlement offers, hybrid equity instruments, debenture issues and capital management including buy backs. • Mergers and acquisition work – this is where the deals you read about in the Australian Financial Review actually happen (or you will read about them once you have landed a job in a commercial law firm and realise you really should be reading the AFR). Takeovers and schemes of arrangements are the area of corporate practice where the basic unit of currency is billions of dollars and your role is to actually make such huge transactions work at a micro-level.

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>> REBECCA YOUNG ARTICLED CLERK BLAKE DAWSON WALDRON

If that is what corporate law is, what will you actually do each day as a junior level corporate lawyer? A typical day might involve drafting part of a prospectus, putting together a scheme booklet for shareholder approval, drafting board resolutions, incorporating a company, putting together a due diligence report on a prospective acquisition, creating a board charter or drafting the final documents to complete a multi-million dollar sale. It’s commonplace for junior lawyers to get face to face time with clients and you can expect to regularly liaise with regulators like the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, the Australian Stock Exchange and the Foreign Investment Review Board.

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HEALTH, PHARMACEUTICALS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY LAW

HUMAN RESOURCES AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS LAW >>ESTELLE FRAWLEY ARTICLED CLERK MINTER ELLISON

>>BERNARD O’SHEA PARTNER DEACONS

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As can be seen from the ongoing stem cell debates the creation of law in this area can often be bedevilled by ethical and religious issues, not to mention the necessity to keep abreast of the ongoing evolution of the underlying science, and indeed the ever expanding horizon of possibilities. Stem cells are but one example of the multitude of issues that are in this melting pot which includes privacy especially around genetic information, GM (genetic modification) which is so often at the hear t of biotechnology, and an ever evolving and increasingly sophisticated regulator y environment. Deacons has a thriving practice in this area focused on pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. It is also one of those great practice areas in the law where there is a coalition between the applicable law and a body of clients who consider themselves par t of an industr y. This makes the involvement in this area doubly rewarding and because of this duality a multitude of possibilities open up in terms of career development.

Fur ther because of our ver y involved position in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, there is enormous opportunity to participate in industry events, the relevant industr y bodies, the preparation of submissions and position papers on behalf of clients or industr y to the numerous reviews that are undertaken. Deacons has a long standing commitment to the sector and is looking for people who have a passion for involvement in this space, and a willingness to make a long term contribution to the industr y. Whilst it does take a considerable amount of time to build up and then maintain the substantial body of non-legal knowledge relevant to this field, such knowledge enables you to be an informed par ticipant in the space. The rewards from being embedded and recognised in such a fabulous growth industry are more than sufficient to justify this effort. And just when you think you couldn’t have the best of both worlds, the industr y has more than its fair share of traditional legal issues being in a continual state of fundraising, merging, licensing, doing deals and occasionally having disputes. All of these delightfully supplement the core biotechnology and pharmaceutical issues and enable those involved in the area to get good and broad experience in a wide range of commercial and litigious matters, set against a backdrop of an industr y they will come to know inside out.

Despite the fact that many lawyers might regard this industry as quite tightly regulated, the role of lawyers still lags far behind the involvement in the same industr y in other areas of the world, in par ticular the United States. This suggests that there is still more untapped opportunity out there to participate in client’s businesses particularly, for those lawyers who have qualifications in the science or medical fields.

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Working in the Minter Ellison Human Resources and Industrial Relations (HR&IR) group is a dynamic and stimulating experience. The law in this area is always changing so it is important to keep up! The Melbourne HR&IR team is ver y good at continually training staff. We have weekly practice group meetings in which we discuss cases and developments in the law. We also have tailored training for Articled Clerks in the HR&IR group. In the Melbourne HR&IR practice, we have five par tners, Amanda Watt, Richard West, Michael Tehan, Leon Levine and Caroline Ishkan, who are experts in all areas of HR&IR law. They advise private and public sector clients on all aspects of: • employment law (which includes drafting employment contracts, advising on unfair dismissals and unlawful terminations and disciplining employees); • industrial relations; • workplace health and safety; • discrimination; and • administrative law.

I have found the work to be very challenging, but certainly rewarding. No day is the same and there is always an oppor tunity to learn. I have also had the chance to work directly with the par tners and have had a lot of client contact. I think the best thing about HR&IR law is that all your friends and family are excited to hear what you did at work that day. HR&IR law is heavily influenced by politics. Industrial relations is a key issue in the upcoming federal election. It will be interesting and exciting to see what happens after the election and for lawyers to absorb and advise on subsequent changes.

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It is not that long ago that this area of the law was hardly recognised as such. Yet increasingly, given the importance of health issues to governments in the face of an ever aging population, and also the desire of government to foster and promote the benefits of research and innovations in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors, health, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology has come to be recognised as a stand alone area of legal expertise in its own right.

The HR&IR team also train employees, senior managers and executives in all of the above areas. As an Articled Clerk in the group, I have enjoyed working on: • unfair dismissal cases; • instructing barristers; • HR&IR issues in due diligence exercises; • drafting employment contracts; • advising on administrative law matters; • drafting defences to discrimination claims; and • advising on occupational health and safety issues.

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INSOLVENCY

INSURANCE LAW AND LITIGATION

In broad terms there are two types of insolvency, being corporate and personal insolvency. As an insolvency solicitor in a large law firm, your skills are predominately drawn on to advise in respect of corporate insolvency. This is simply a reflection of the corporate nature of clients of major law firms.

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That is not to say that some insolvency practitioners in major law firms do not advise on, and even specialise in, personal insolvency (ie bankruptcy). In doing so, such practitioners may advise trustees in bankruptcy, but are usually called upon to advise individuals who are faced with the threat of impending bankruptcy or the creditors of those individuals. In such circumstances, individuals on the verge of bankruptcy are likely to seek advice as the ways and means available to them to avoid bankruptcy. For example, Alan Bond escaped the jaws of bankruptcy as a result of his legal advisors being able to convince his creditors to accept and vote in favour of an arrangement where they would receive less than one cent in the dollar. In these circumstances, the compromised debt is usually more than the creditors would have received in the bankruptcy. However, convincing the creditors of a potential bankrupt to accept such an arrangement is usually an extremely dif ficult task, especially in circumstances where some of the creditors feel personally aggrieved by the conduct of the debtor (ie the bankrupt or potential bankrupt). However, as stated above, the primary role of an insolvency solicitor in a large firm usually relates to the giving of advice in respect of corporate insolvencies. In this regard, you are often sought out to advise accountants who have been appointed liquidators, receivers (and managers) and administrators of companies. It is generally well recognised that accountants from the major accountancy firms and the specialised insolvency accounting firms who are appointed to these positions have an extensive understanding of not only the accounting issues relevant to such insolvent administrations but also many of the legal issues which arise during such administrations. In fact, there is generally a significant overlap of legal and accounting issues. Therefore, for an insolvency lawyer to add value, there is a real need to keep abreast of all developments in this area of law.

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Fur ther, during the course of many receiverships, liquidations and voluntar y administrations, there often arise contractual disputes and disputes with creditors as to who has proper title to cer tain proper ty and assets in the possession of the company at the time of the commencement of the relevant administration. Extensive negotiations and sometimes litigation are often the result of these disputes. With the continued development and broadening of the law in relation to directors duties, it is often the case that directors, shadow directors, senior management, consultants and even accounting advisors seek the advice of insolvency solicitors as to their potential liability for insolvent trading. In particular, during economic recessions when companies may face difficult financial decisions, the issue of insolvent trading will often be debated in the boardroom of those companies. Given the significant potential personal liability of directors, accurate advice is required to finely balance the sometimes competing concerns of insolvent trading and the continued existence of the company. While insolvency law is often considered to be a morbid area of the law, it is better to look upon an insolvency solicitor as one who assists companies in avoiding corporate destruction and assisting directors in avoiding potentially significant personal liability. On the other side of the fence, insolvency solicitors are essential to assist liquidators, receivers and administrators in their duties to ensure that the usually blameless corporate creditors receive the maximum return on their debt. It is the achievement of either saving a company in financial distress, or, where that is not possible, facilitating the best return to creditors on their debts, that is one of the primary sources of satisfaction in practising in the insolvency field. An insolvency practitioner is exposed to a number of stakeholders in an administration or liquidation, such as the liquidator or administrator, directors of the company, secured and unsecured creditors and even regulator y bodies such as ASIC. It is this interaction and the energy involved that makes practising in the insolvency area a fulfilling experience.

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Being a law student and choosing an area of law in which to practice is, and probably should be a daunting task. It is most likely that you have spent at least five years at university studying a variety of subjects without applying them in practice, while amassing a HECS debt comparable to the GDP of a small European country. Leaving university and entering the workforce into your chosen profession is an exhilarating time, and it will be difficult to determine the most enjoyable and productive way to apply your legal skills and repay your debt to the government. So what does insurance law of fer? Insurance law is essentially about risk management. Just about everything is insurable, which means that our work involves a healthy range of legal issues and factual circumstances. Front end work requires contemplation of insurable risks and contract drafting, although often this par t will be taken care of by the client. The bulk of insurance work is back end work, (when disaster strikes!) applying the terms of an insurance contract and relevant legislation to circumstances where something has gone wrong. In a large commercial firm a junior lawyer will usually be assisting with the back end work on files the firm receives from insurer clients. Most claims will require a good knowledge of civil procedure and on-your-feet thinking during the litigation process. Junior lawyers will draft a lot of court documents in their first few years and accumulate quite a bit of court appearance experience too. The substance of claims is determined by whatever policies of insurance the firm’s clients underwrite. Lander & Rogers has a reputation as a leader in the insurance field that is well-established throughout Australia and the UK. We advise and act for a number of insurers, underwriters and brokers in all aspects of insurance law.

Our practice includes claims in respect of proper ty coverage, ranging from house fires, to arson, to overseas mine collapses. Financial and commercial risks require us to provide advice and litigation management in areas including business inter r uption and consequential loss claims, fidelity policies and industrial special risk policies. Our clients also under write risks for public and product liability. Directors’ and Officers’ cover, usually with associated company reimbursement policies, increasingly present a range of complicated cases and considerations. The growing area of reinsurance has required special exper tise in the complex relationships between insurers, captives and often other reinsurers. We act for life and general insurers, superannuation trusts and industry funds providing policy advice and managing litigation arising out of income protection, life, critical conditions and personal accident covers. For many years Lander & Rogers has also acted for solicitors, accountants, medical practitioners and other professionals in a full range of actions in all jurisdictions. On any given day a young lawyer in an insurance practice may be required to attend a directions hearing at Cour t, inter view an insured to prepare a statement of relevant circumstances, visit the site of an adverse incident, arrange surveillance with loss adjusters, meet with counsel to prepare for trial, conduct a mediation or meticulously draft mountains of court documents for filing!

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>>JOSH CLUTTERBUCK SENIOR ASSOCIATE LANDER & ROGERS

>> PAUL JAMES PARTNER CLAYTON UTZ

Not many students have an insatiable fascination with just one particular area of law such as tax or property. Insurance law all but guarantees you will never be bored with your work. It will expose you to unimaginable combinations of factual circumstances and legal problems, along with the rigours of the litigation process, all of which will sharpen and expand your legal and business skills.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY >> LUCY ADAMS ARTICLED CLERK CLAYTON UTZ

In times of perpetual invention, constant generation of creative works and ever more sophisticated information technology (not to mention Facebook, “digital pirates” and Second Life), Intellectual Property and Information Technology (“IT/IP”) is a great area of law to be involved in.

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At Clayton Utz IT/IP is a stand alone practice group, not merely an off-shoot of the corporate or litigation practices. This makes it one of the only groups that lets you experience both litigious and major transactional work in the one rotation. While one part of the group is looking to sue for unauthorised use of our famous client’s image, another is ensuring all IP rights are on track for a major corporate transaction and another (the specialised Sports, Marketing and Enter tainment team) is negotiating a high profile sponsorship agreement. As an Ar ticled Clerk you really can experience a bit of ever ything: reviewing sponsorship agreements, drafting due diligence repor ts, preparing briefs to counsel, discussing software agreements with clients and photographing garments that allegedly infringe a client’s registered design are just the beginning.

It is not until you work in IP that you realise it’s everywhere – you will never look at a logo, a burnt CD or your friend’s fake Prada in the same way again. You will wonder whether or not the inventor publicising their invention has registered a patent and you will know why it is that cover charges to clubs are on the rise (in July, a decision by the Copyright Tribunal increased fees paid to artists by nightclubs which play their recorded music from 74.8 cents per patron per night of operation to $1.05 per patron per night). There is also a lot of scope for IT/IP related pro bono work. Ever ything from protecting non-profit organisations’ trade marks, reviewing their software licence agreements and providing advice so that their resource centres don’t infringe copyright is impor tant in ensuring organisations are functioning at their best. So, are you sold? Just think: do you love IT, science, sport and/or fashion? I think at least one of these is a pretty sure thing and I’m assuming you’re at least all vaguely partial to law. So there we have it – a career plan so new, inventive and useful, it should be patented.

The work is much more diverse than you might expect and there is definitely room to find a niche once you have finished Ar ticles. Those with science backgrounds can work with pharmaceuticals and patent litigation and there are endless software licences and IT development agreements for those that way inclined (or even for those who previously weren’t – my Ar ts degree and I are now well acquainted with source code and object code and who owns the copyright in them). In other words, if these are your areas of interest or expertise IT/IP is per fect for you, but it’s cer tainly not a prerequisite (there is always litigation regarding celebrities or ingenious inventions and newsworthy corporate transactions to fall back on).

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LIFE AS A LITIGATOR

MARKETING LAW

What made you decide that you wanted to become a lawyer? Was it the prospect of working long hours drafting contracts or spending your day advising on share option schemes? If so, stop reading this article and read the “Life in Corporate” article instead. If, however, you became a lawyer so that you could go to court and fight for your client in the most contentious and disputed areas of the law then keep reading, because you are going to enjoy life as a litigator. But first, the bad news…

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As an ar ticled clerk and junior lawyer in the commercial litigation group, you can expect to be assigned all sorts of tasks that will quickly become the bane of your existence. These are the sort of tasks that never got a mention on The Practice or Ally McBeal, but that your partner nevertheless assures you are a “critical part of the litigation process”. You will be asked to do discovery, to manage documents, to summarise and index folders of material, to file documents in court and to conduct searches of the court registry. You will begin to think that, on second thoughts, becoming a corporate lawyer doesn’t sound that bad after all.

If you are hesitant to become a litigator because you the thought of advocacy and mooting terrifies you, don’t be. That’s what we pay counsel to do. If, however, you fancy yourself as being one of the great orators of the 21st Century then working as a litigator is a great way to spend a couple of years before nicking off to the bar.

So how do I become a litigator? Make sure that you study and understand evidence and civil procedure. If this advice is being provided to you too late, don’t worry because a firm like Blake Dawson Waldron will provide you with all of the training you will need on all aspects of the litigation process. A good litigator, however, is a very good researcher because he or she has to quickly become an exper t in a wide variety of specialised areas of the law (or at least sound like an exper t). When you are asked to provide your preferences for your seasonal or articled clerkship, put down commercial litigation because, at the ver y least, you will get to see what happens when the corporate lawyers stuff up.

But then, the good news… You will be given some tasks that will remind why it is that you chose to put yourself through five years of law school. You will have the prestige of acting for major clients such as ExxonMobil, Alinta, BHP Biliton and Deloitte. You will inter view clients and witnesses and from this draft affidavits and witness statements. You will be asked to conduct research on a wide range of uncertain areas of the law. You will prepare briefs for counsel and instruct counsel at mediations and in court. You will get to see the results of all of your hard work played out in cour t and then go through the entire process again for the appeal. You will enjoy your life as a litigator.

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Almost all marketing decisions are impacted by an escalating number of legal issues and risks associated with marketing activity. Working in the area of marketing law essentially involves assisting clients with whatever legal issues may arise in the context of their marketing activities. The specific legal issues which need to be addressed for any particular matter will depend on the nature of the client’s marketing activities. For example, the requirements of the various State and Territor y trade promotions regulations will need to be addressed if the client is proposing to conduct a trade promotion; privacy issues will need to be appropriately dealt with if the client is proposing to conduct a campaign which will involve the collection of personal information from individuals; trade practices, intellectual property and defamation issues will need to be identified for proposed adver tisements and promotional material. In some cases the industry in which the marketing activities are being conducted is also relevant. For example, a marketing activity which concerns the labelling content for a par ticular product may be subject to industr y-specific labelling requirements. While a particular marketing activity could potentially call on expertise from any area of legal practice, as a marketing lawyer you need to be a specialist in at least the areas of law most relevant to marketing activity. These include:

Work as a marketing lawyer at Clayton Utz can be ver y diverse depending on the nature of your clients’ marketing activities. On one day you may find yourself drafting and negotiating a significant marketing-related contract (such as a sponsorship agreement, signage and hospitality agreement, adver tising agency agreement, event management agreement or licensing and merchandise agreement), representing a client in a marketing-related dispute (for example, seeking an urgent injunction to prevent the display of a misleading adver tisement by a client’s competitor) and providing advice in relation to the legality of a proposed marketing campaign or specific advertisements. The next day you may be advising a client on the application of Par t V of the Trade Practices Act or privacy legislation to a proposed marketing campaign, and advising another client in relation to brand and trade mark selection, protection and maintenance. You may need to provide advice on anti “ambush marketing” strategies for a client which is sponsoring a high profile spor ts event, or even manage an approval process for a client for print, television, radio and internet adver tisements, website content, product packaging and other corporate communications.

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>>SHARON SEGAL SENIOR ASSOCIATE CLAYTON UTZ

>> LIONEL NICHOLS ARTICLED CLERK BLAKE DAWSON WALDRON

Whatever the work may be, practising in the area of marketing law requires a high level of legal knowledge, attention to detail and a strong commercial outlook. It is an interesting area to work in and can be ver y rewarding – par ticularly when you see the results of your clients’ marketing activities in the marketplace!

• trade practices (in par ticular the misleading and deceptive conduct provisions in Par t V of the Trace Practices Act); • intellectual proper ty (in par ticular copyright and trade mark law) – for example to advise in relation to brand protection and copyright issues relating to promotional materials; • general contract law – to advise on all sor ts of marketing-related agreements; and • privacy – to advise on compliance with the various privacy and SPAM legislation.

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MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS Working as an Articled Clerk in the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group

>>MATTHEW DAVIS AND CARLA CUMMINGS MALLESONS STEPHEN JAQUES

Unfortunately, health professionals sometimes make mistakes and the results can be incredibly traumatic for all parties. This makes Medical Negligence one of the more challenging areas of law because you are dealing with a Defendant who was doing his best to help the Plaintiff, and a Plaintiff who has been left emotionally and physically scarred by their experience.

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Medicine is obviously an impor tant par t of the work and this can be difficult because you are generally starting from a position of ignorance – you don’t know much about the illness or treatment and have to star t researching from scratch. The good thing is that this also means that it’s one of the most interesting and engaging areas of law, because every day you’re looking into a different problem, body part and treatment and learning something new. Cases are wide ranging and you can expect to work on things like surgical mistakes, informed consent, Coronial Inquiries, bir th traumas and much more. It’s not just cour t work either, because we represent clients in matters involving regulator y bodies like the Medical Practitioners Board and the Office of the Health Ser vices Commissioner. For instance, we recently represented the family of a young girl who committed suicide in a secure psychiatric facility at the Coronial Inquest into her death. This involved a large amount of preparation through research, witness statements and expert opinions, which is all complicated by your dealings with the family who are obviously going through a fairly traumatic experience. You also have to deal with the Police, staff from the facility and the Coroner’s office itself. Then there were broader public interest issues to consider like healthcare funding and mental health services.

The work demands strong analytical and research skills to get to the bottom of each case. We talk about it as doing a medical degree is reverse – you star t with a complex procedure or condition and work backwards from there, trying to sort out what went wrong. You also need great people skills because you’ll be dealing with doctors, clients, other solicitors, regulator y bodies and insurance companies, all of whom are going to have varying levels of understanding about the medical issues. Dealing with the clients is actually an incredibly important aspect of the work because it’s an emotionally charged area of the law. People trust their doctors completely, so when things go wrong it can have a significant impact. The Clients often fail to grasp how or why something went wrong and are understandably upset, so being able to deal with them in a sensitive and effective manner makes a huge difference. So all in all, medical negligence is an area that draws from all areas of the law. It’s also incredibly real, because health care is something that every person in Australia will access at some point in their lives and when it goes wrong, it can have catastrophic consequences. Medical negligence solicitors are uniquely placed to help these people, which makes it an interesting and rewarding area to work in.

Mallesons Stephen Jaques’ Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Group in Melbourne participates in a wide variety of matters relating to the corporate world, which encompass both transactional and advicebased legal work. The M&A group, which may also be referred to as the Corporate and/or Commercial group at other firms, is often one of the largest teams within corporate law firms and lawyers in these groups consequently enjoy a variety of work. Below is a sketch of our experiences and impressions as Articled Clerks following our three month rotation, divided into the main areas of work in which the group participates. Classic M&A – So what’s the ‘Big Deal’? M&A, in the true sense of the term, traditionally involves deals where companies seek to merge with, or acquire all or parts of existing companies. The deals generally involve the sale to the bidder of the target company’s shares or assets. Potential bidders and targets can include small and large private companies, public companies listed on stock exchanges, hedge funds and private equity houses, amongst other players. Recent high profile deals in this area of law in Australia include the respective takeover bids for QANTAS and Coles, both of which demonstrated the public exposure and intense media speculation that can surround work in this area.

Corporations Legislation – more than just an Act Commercial lawyers are also involved in a multitude of other aspects of corporate activity. For example, the capital structure of companies and re-arrangements of existing structures is a large area of an M&A lawyer’s work. Lawyers are often involved in advising on companies’ share buy backs, capital reductions, the issuance of new shares, and changes to debt-capital ratios.

concerning internal governance of a company as well as corporate social responsibility and directors’ duties which mandate the obligations which directors owe to, among others, the company, shareholders, employees, the market and the wider community. Lawyers are involved in advising, updating and educating boards of directors in respect of their conduct and policies as directors.

M&A – Taking on the World Given the diversity of work and industries that M&A lawyers encounter, daily work frequently involves consultation with other specialist areas. These can include legal advisors from within the firm – such as those teams specialising in property, environment, intellectual property or finance - and also advisors from beyond, for example accounting firms and investment banks. The dynamic nature of the corporate world allows M&A lawyers to par ticipate in cutting edge industries and advise on contemporar y issues, such as mooted carbon trading schemes.

So where do I sign up? A commerce degree, or indeed a commercial background, is cer tainly not a prerequisite for this area of law. Never theless, a general interest in corporate law and commercial activity is beneficial and certainly encouraged. Subjects such as Corporations Law – or more specialised ones such as Takeovers and Securities Regulation – will give you a good guide whether or not this area of law is one for you. Moreover, law firms’ seasonal clerkships, where you can be placed in this area of practice, offer unrivalled first-hand exposure. Ultimately, if you do choose to pursue a career in this area, the dynamic and transnational nature of the M&A world can offer you exposure to international clients, transactions and oppor tunities with highly challenging but deeply rewarding work.

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>> MAURICE BLACKBURN

Corporate Governance – Directing the Directors Corporate governance and the internal operations and management of companies are areas of increasing public significance. These areas include, for example, issues

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PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT >>ZACH TYLER ARTICLED CLERK FREEHILLS

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Much of our work at Freehills entails advising corporate and government clients on permits, licences and approvals that are often required for projects. This can entail anything from seemingly small matters, such as advising a council on whether individuals are allowed to post a sign without first obtaining a permit, to assisting a high profile corporation with a massive infrastructure project covering large tracts of land and worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition to the integrated planning and environmental aspects of this work, there are also significant proper ty and native title matters on which we work, including several native title determinations: any good planning and environment lawyer must have a strong grasp of the relevant property issues. Often we will prepare due diligence reports on compliance with environmental and planning laws for pending mergers and acquisitions. This work can be quite transactional, requiring the review of a substantial amount of documents. However, planning and environment work can also contain a significant litigious component, which balances out the more transactional component of the work. Our clients often require representation at panel hearings for planning approvals, or where there are disputes, either at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal or in the State and Federal Cour ts. In many instances, our knowledge of the transactional side of planning and environment issues is applied to matters that end up in arbitration or litigation.

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Although the bulk of our work is for corporate and government clients, pro-bono work also features in the team. Freehills runs an excellent pro-bono program, and there is oppor tunity for people across the firm to be involved. My pro-bono work has focused on an NGO helping farmers to establish tree plantations and then sell the carbon sequestration rights to the trees in order to fight climate change – it’s been challenging, interesting, and really rewarding. As an AC, I am the most junior member of the Team. Naturally, that entails a fair amount of ‘grunt’ work, such as reviewing documents and researching statutory or case law in preparation for strategic client meetings. However, this work is neither boring nor isolated. Often one feels overwhelmed and clueless as to how to accomplish one’s work. As an AC, you realise that you have only just begun to learn how to be a lawyer. Mistakes and confusion are par for the course, and with time – and the full support of the Team of professionals around you - you come to understand that this is how the real learning takes place.

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No one day is quite the same as the next in the Planning and Environment Team at Freehills. This reflects the fact that by nature, the field of planning and environmental law is diverse and multifaceted, spanning a wide range of disciplines and practices. This is also evident in the combination of both planning and environmental law into one practice group. It is hard to be a planning lawyer without having a grasp of a range of environmental law issues. Similarly, environmental law is integrally intertwined with the planning process.

The Planning and Environment Team in the Melbourne of fice is comprised of some really talented, dedicated lawyers. The Team works closely together and has a focus on shared learning and a supportive environment. There’s also a focus on making ever yone feel par t of the Team, regardless of how junior or senior you are. Part of our daily interaction is ver y social, be it catching up for coffee at one of the local cafes, or going for a run together around the Botanical Gardens at lunch time. Much of a lawyer’s work can be solitar y, in front of the computer and sifting through papers, but the Planning and Environment Team in Freehills’ Melbourne office has the perfect balance of work and play. In the end, that makes all the difference ever y morning as you face the day ahead of you.

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PRO BONO LEGAL PRACTICE AND COMMUNITY CONNECT >> DEBORAH POLITES SENIOR ASSOCIATE AND PRO BONO COORDINATOR MELBOURNE CLAYTON UTZ

>>MARTINE WILSON SOLICITOR AND COMMUNITY CONNECT COORDINATOR MELBOURNE CLAYTON UTZ

The legal profession has traditionally recognised that lawyers have a professional responsibility to assist in ensuring that the justice system is open to all members of the community. As a result, lawyers have often been involved in “pro bono” (for the public good) legal work, where legal services are provided for free to people who would otherwise not be able to afford legal advice or representation.

its premises. Legal issues in the areas of workplace relations, intellectual proper ty and taxation are other examples that frequently arise.

The Clayton Utz pro bono scheme provides assistance to community organisations that help the disadvantaged and to people who have a legitimate need for legal advice and representation but are unable to afford their own solicitor and do not qualify for legal aid or other assistance. Pro bono legal work is referred to Clayton Utz by community legal ser vices or referral schemes such as the Public Interest Law Clearing House and the Law Institute Legal Assistance Scheme. The type of work is broad ranging and includes work representing victims of discrimination because of race or physical disability, individuals who have suffered loss through unscrupulous business dealings, or, in some rare cases even acting in criminal appeal proceedings. Many such matters are small in scale, but this is not always the case - occasionally lawyers have had the chance to work on pro bono cases that have been appealed all the way to the High Court. Pro bono work on behalf of charities and other relevant “not for profit” organisations involves legal advice or assistance regarding commercial aspects of their charitable operations. This work gives lawyers with a particular area of specialisation an opportunity to per form some work in that area on a pro bono basis. For example, Clayton Utz construction lawyers have recently assisted a prominent charitable organisation with the contracts for a full refit of

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Pro bono legal work gives lawyers an oppor tunity to contribute meaningfully to the community as well as the chance to develop skills, sometimes in broader areas of law. It can often be an important way of reminding lawyers why they did law in the first place! In addition, in recent years it has become clear that law firms’ involvement in and responsibility to the community need not be limited to the provision of pro bono legal work. As a result, in 2002 Clayton Utz developed Community Connect, which is separate from, but complimentary to our Pro Bono scheme, and has two key elements: • our Community Involvement program which provides opportunities for all staff and Partners to engage with the community through volunteer programs developed in each office; and • the Clayton Utz Foundation which provides financial donations to community and charitable organisations who have a relationship with the firm.

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Many legal firms encourage lawyers to become involved in pro bono work. Clayton Utz has a national pro bono scheme, organised by a full-time pro bono partner based in the Sydney office, and par t-time co-ordinators in the other offices. The aim is for all lawyers at Clayton Utz to be involved in pro bono work, with each lawyer being asked on average to do at least 35 hours per year of pro bono work. Last year the value of pro bono work at Clayton Utz Melbourne office was 3.5% of the total billable work done in that office.

Other pro bono initiatives, in which a number of firms par ticipate, provide the oppor tunity to provide targeted advice and assistance to people experiencing homelessness (through the Homeless Persons Legal Clinic) or mental illness (through a programme run by the Mental Health Legal Centre).

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT One of the main objectives of the Community Connect program is to provide avenues for all our people to devote their time and energies to charitable organisations. As par t of this objective, we offer ever yone at Clayton Utz volunteering opportunities, as well as one paid leave day per annum for the purpose of volunteering at a community organisation or charity which the firm supports as part of the Community Connect program. Each Clayton Utz office has a Community Connect Committee which is responsible for developing volunteer programs. The primar y focus of our community involvement program is encouraging and developing literacy skills in children and young people, however the program’s reach is much broader than this.

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PUBLIC INTEREST LAW AND NATIVE TITLE >> PETER SEIDEL PARTNER, PUBLIC INTEREST LAW ARNOLD BLOCH LEIBLER LAWYERS AND ADVISORS

The Clayton Utz Foundation was founded in 2003 to make financial donations to eligible charities which have a link to Clayton Utz. These links can be through our pro bono work, community involvement programs or the charities our people (or their families) suppor t. Wherever possible we link in-kind support, such as the provision of volunteer time and skills, to the organisation receiving the Foundation grant.

Footprints is a volunteer committee of staf f and management, formed in December 2006 to investigate and under take projects aimed at reducing Clayton Utz’s environmental Footprint. Footprints arose out of a strong desire on the part of many staff to become involved in exploring and implementing opportunities to reduce the environmental impacts of our daily practices and activities.

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During 2006/07 the Clayton Utz Foundation donated over $465,000 to 33 charities across Australia providing financial support for programs both locally and overseas. Another $17,000 was donated by the Foundation to match funds raised by staff and par tners at other fundraising initiatives, such as Jeans for Genes Day and the Royal Childrens’ Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Through Footprints, staff at Clayton Utz are working to increase awareness of the impact that the resources, products and services we use every day in our home and working lives have on the environment and to investigate ways and means of reducing that impact for the benefit of existing and future generations.

Some of the organisations the Melbourne of fice has supported during 2006/07 through community involvement and Foundation grants include: • Adult Multicultural Education Ser vice (AMES) – Conversation classes with adult migrants; • Ardoch Youth Foundation – Literar y Buddies pen pal program with primary school students; • Fitted For Work – Financial suppor t and collection of business clothes for unemployed women; • Green Collect – Financial suppor t for a project aimed at redirecting unwanted business furniture away from landfill and making it available for use by the not-forprofit sector; • The Maslow Group – Assisting at BBQs for residents of the Hanover Crisis Accommodation Centre; • Opportunity International – Microfinance loans to help the entrepreneurial poor lift themselves and their families out of poverty; and • Red Cross – Involvement in the Corporate Blood Challenge.

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There is a long standing public interest law aspect to Arnold Bloch Leibler, emphasising the firm’s priority of giving back to the community, established and confirmed with an ongoing commitment to cultural, social justice and environmental causes. For some years now, Arnold Bloch Leibler has been involved in forming and assisting many charitable and not for profit entities, attracting for them associated tax benefits. The firm has helped to establish synagogues, churches, schools, hospitals and funds. We have applied our legal research, analytical and writing skills in public policy formulation. Our involvement has ranged from takeovers legislation, privacy issues and electronic transactions, to broader community issues, including racial discrimination and vilification.

These aims are reflected in Footprints objectives, to:

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better environmental work and home practices; review cur rent work practices to identify more environmentally efficient practices; improve Clayton Utz’s waste avoidance, reduction, re-use and recycling programs; eliminating unnecessar y energy use through energy conser vation programmes, and reviewing usage of office utilities such as gas, electricity and water; reduce the environmental impacts associated with transport by encouraging staff to use environmentally – friendly means of transport; and review ser vices, materials, equipment and food purchased by Clayton Utz and give preference to items produced in ways which are least harmful to the environment.

To date Footprints has made some positive steps toward reducing the size of our Footprint and is looking for new ways to improve our practices.

In addition to pro bono legal work and community involvement, staff and par tners at Clayton Utz also have the oppor tunity to join the Footprints committee, which investigates and under takes projects aimed at reducing our corporate and individual environmental footprint.

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With a long histor y of persecution, Jewish people are sensitive to and empathise with the Indigenous struggle for land justice. Because of the firm’s Jewish background, but not exclusively because of that, Arnold Bloch Leibler has been a strong supporter of many Indigenous causes, principally reflected in our native title, Indigenous cultural heritage and reconciliation work. We are par ticularly proud of our long and continuing association with the Yor ta Yor ta peoples, both in their ongoing struggle for land justice in the cour ts, from the Federal to the High Court, and in their indefatigable efforts to mediate their inherent rights to “care for country”, in a spirit of respectful co-existence. Par t of our ethos at Arnold Bloch Leibler is to ser ve the community in which we, as lawyers, occupy a respected position. As a consequence, the firm has always recognised that a significant par t of its practice requires that, as the need arises, the normal commercial imperatives are subordinated to altruistic concerns to the client and to the community. Consistent with that, Arnold Bloch Leibler is an active member of and a contributor to the Public Interest Law Clearing House.

We readily and gratefully acknowledge that our native title and associated public interest law work has assisted us in the recruitment and the retention of the very brightest and the very best talent. To complement that, experience tells us that pro - bono public interest law work has a capacity to renew interest and enthusiasm for the practice of law for our older lawyers. Arnold Bloch Leibler’s public interest law practice, which I am privileged to coordinate, lies like a transparency over the firm, and is a key par t of its identity. It is no mere adjunct. As the context requires it, most of the firm’s lawyers participate at different times in public interest law work, doing so in novel, flexible and telling ways. The practice is intentionally targeted to areas where the firm’s skills, knowledge and resources can best be utilised. Without expectation of fee, or for minimal fee, from the client, our aim is to assist individuals or organisations in need to: • defend or assert rights and interests; • develop the law; or • improve the administration of justice, in the public interest.

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Choosing Arnold Bloch Leibler as you build or strengthen your career means you will automatically become part of our public interest law team, indirectly or directly contributing to it and to the public good, according to your value - adding expertise towards, availability to assist in and passion for the cause at hand. Many graduates are well aware of the need for pro bono work to be a substantive par t of a law firm’s work, and rightly look among respective employers for some commitment to public interest law work. You will certainly find it at Arnold Bloch Leibler.

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SPORTS LAW >> DARREN BOYD LAWYER, SPORTS BUSINESS GROUP LANDER & ROGERS

I have been practising with the Spor t Business Group at Lander & Rogers for almost 3 years now, and the question above is by far the most frequent I’ve been asked in that time. There is little understanding about what lawyers working in the area of “spor ts law” actually do; not just from the public, but also from other lawyers, and even administrators working in sport.

Here’s the heads-up from Daniel Mote and Christine Williamson about what you can expect from a clerkship at Arnold Bloch Leibler. ‘My seasonal clerkship was highly rewarding and was representative of the work I now experience as an articled clerk. I work closely with my supervising partner, with real responsibility and access to high quality work. I have been continually challenged and given the opportunity to truly develop as a lawyer.’ Daniel Mote ‘Having started at Arnold Bloch Leibler as an articled clerk, I now feel that I am much further ahead in my career, and far more motivated to continue in law, than I would have been anywhere else. The firm’s personable size and the high level of responsibility and partner contact, mean junior lawyers can be involved in interesting transactions very early on. Plus, the ideas and opinions of juniors are valued by senior lawyers and partners.’ Christine Williamson

For more information, visit our clerkship recruitment website www.ablheadstart.com.au. Level 21 333 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia Telephone 61 3 9229 9999 Facsimile 61 3 9229 9900 Level 24 Chifley Tower 2 Chifley Square Sydney NSW 2000 Australia Telephone 61 2 9226 7100 Facsimile 61 2 9226 7120

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Essentially, we per form all the legal work required by our sporting clients. This involves working on contracts and a lot of other “stuff” besides! On any given day, I might:

• work with a client on a sponsorship contract; • provide advice on a client’s constitution or corporate governance policies;

• develop, and/or oversee the implementation of, a risk management policy for a sporting event;

• advise on the potential liability of participants in a sport for injuries negligently caused to others;

• protect the intellectual proper ty owned by a client throughout a licensing program or enforcement proceedings; or • assist the Commonwealth government or a spor t by appearing in an anti-doping prosecution or a selection dispute in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The clients I work with include organisations most people have heard of, like the National Basketball League, Sur f Life Saving Australia, Cycling Australia, Netball Australia, the Australian Spor ts Anti-Doping Authority, and many others. Given the depth and breadth of work expected by those clients, it is hardly surprising that people are not necessarily aware of ever ything sports lawyers do; nor is it surprising that it is an area that attracts people with an interest in a range of legal issues.

My path into the Spor ts Business Group at Lander & Rogers began with an application for a summer clerkship in Februar y 2002. I was lucky enough to later be offered articles, which I did in 2004, after completing an economics/law degree at La Trobe University in 2003. Following rotations with the firm’s Corporate & Commercial, Proper ty Planning & Environment, Family Law and Commercial Litigation groups, it was my clear preference to be permanently placed with the Corporate & Commercial group, of which the Sports Business Group is part. I have not been disappointed with my decision. In addition to the great range of work I have under taken, such as that described above, I have had some invaluable experiences since my admission as a lawyer. In particular, I w a s s e c o n d e d t o t h e 2 0 0 7 Wo r l d S w i m m i n g Championships Corporation, and was principally responsible for the legal work for the Championships which were held in Melbourne in early 2007. It was fantastic to be involved in both the legal and strategic operations of such a major global event. Also, despite being on secondment and out of the office for extended periods, the support of the partners and staff at Lander & Rogers was constant; they were always only a phone call or email away when I needed advice!

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“So, you work in Sports Law? Does that mean you do contracts and stuff?”

That suppor t is something I consider a striking feature of Lander & Rogers. This is not only from a work point of view, but also concerning my life outside of work, which involves juggling my legal career with a career in spor ts broadcasting. My work in broadcasting means that there are times when travel or other commitments see me dragged out of the office, often at shor t notice. Again, I have received constant support and understanding from the firm, which has been fantastic, and above all else, reassuring, because it proves that at Lander & Rogers junior lawyers are respected and valued as highly as any other member of the team.

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TAXATION >>SHAUN CARTOON LAWYER ARNOLD BLOCH LEIBLER

“Why on earth would I want to do tax?” is the question you have probably just asked yourself. Tax is boring, you say. Too challenging (I’d rather do property). Too specialised. As unbearable as standing on a crowded train listening to Paris Hiltons debut single – “Stars Are Blind” through the earphones of another commuter.

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If this is what you were thinking, it’s OK! After all, tax is not for everyone. But if you noticed the missed apostrophe in the last paragraph – and this annoyed you – then maybe tax is for you. After all, attention to detail is one of the more impor tant attributes required to work in tax. Other necessar y skills include excellent communication skills, patience, a penchant for research, the confidence to form a view and, perhaps most importantly, a desire to think! Arnold Bloch Leibler is well-known for its excellence in the area of taxation. Headed by senior par tner, Mark Leibler AC, the tax group provides advice in most areas of taxation law. All of the tax par tners are generalists, which means that as a young lawyer you are exposed to a wide range of matters. The high turnover rate of work is one of the key benefits of working in tax. At any one time, I am usually working on between three and six matters, most of which are completed within a few weeks. Over the last year and a half, since I commenced my articled clerkship, I have been involved in GST proper ty disputes and tax litigation, and have advised on a wide range of areas, including employee share schemes, R&D deductions, complex CGT issues, the taxation of trusts, superannuation issues, fringe benefits, land tax and stamp duty.

In addition to the wide range of commercial tax-related matters, tax lawyers at Arnold Bloch Leibler are generally exposed to more pro bono work than any other lawyers. Our pro bono tax advice ranges from assisting Indigenous ar tists with their GST obligations, to applying for tax deductible gift status on behalf of an organisation. Although tax is a ver y specialised area of the law, the nature of tax work often requires an understanding of the underlying commercial transaction. In this regard, although your advice may be limited to tax-related issues, your general commercial understanding will develop. For example, you can only provide GST advice to a proper ty developer if you understand how the development is going to proceed. Similarly, you can only provide advice on the tax consequences of selling a business if you understand the nature of the assets held by the business and the mechanism by which they are proposed to be sold.

Headstart At Arnold Bloch Leibler, like any leading commercial law firm, you’ll work on anything from multi-billion dollar transactions and corporate collapses to major litigation. The difference is that, here, you’ll get to play a bigger part.

Finally, for those of you wondering whether you can become a tax lawyer if your other degree is a Bachelor of Arts (as opposed to a Bachelor of Commerce), my advice is that it makes very little difference. Although a commerce degree (in accounting) can be ver y useful, not having one is of no detriment. Being a tax lawyer is less about number crunching and more about providing useful and sensible, technically sound advice.

That’s because we operate a little differently. Smaller teams mean there’s more in-depth involvement and cooperation. And less hierarchy means more independence and opportunity. Most importantly, we believe that clerks have a right to expect real work, real responsibility and real support. Right from day one.

In summary, those of us who work in tax enjoy its frenetic, intellectual and diverse aspects. Should you get the oppor tunity to experience working as a tax lawyer during your seasonal clerkships, my advice is to give it a go!

To find out more, visit www.ablheadstart.com.au.

And, because you’ll be an integral part of the firm, we’ll make sure your clerkship – and your career – get off to a flying start.

Arnold Bloch Leibler Lawyers and Advisers Level 21 333 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia Telephone 61 3 9229 9999 Facsimile 61 3 9229 9900 Level 24 Chifley Tower 2 Chifley Square Sydney NSW 2000 Australia Telephone 61 2 9226 7100 Facsimile 61 2 9226 7120 www.abl.com.au

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TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS >>EMILY DYER ARTICLED CLERK MINTER ELLISON

Given the ever-increasing role technology plays in our lives and the tendency for high-tech products and services to become obsolete within a matter of months, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Technology and Communications (T&C) is an exciting, evolving area of the law.

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As is the case with most recent legal developments, legislation, rather than the common law, is the primary tool of T&C lawyers. For potential practitioners, this means: • statutory interpretation skills are advisable; • the legislative aler ts function on your database of choice is invaluable; and • (given that there is generally ‘more space to move’ and clients are commercially minded), a bit of commercial nous will never go astray. The group primarily does drafting and advice work, drawing on legal knowledge of: • contract; • intellectual property (particularly copyright); • trade practices; and • tort. More particularly, the group’s practice can be considered under the following headings:

OUTSOURCING More often than not this concerns a par ty’s engagement of an engineering or technology firm, to design, implement and support a new IT system. Such projects may be on an enormous scale and require the solicitor to negotiate and draft the relevant agreement. Key issues include: • accurate service descriptions; • transitioning into the services; • service levels and benchmarking; • risk and liability regimes; and • termination rights and disengagement.

E-COMMERCE A solicitor may be required to prepare website terms and conditions, privacy policies and disclaimers; and advise the website operator or internet ser vice provider of their enforceability. This often necessitates a compromise between the position most legally defensible on one hand, and most user-friendly on the other.

GENERAL The group is also responsible for the drafting of: • clinical trial/ research agreements; • sponsorship agreements; and • general technology contracts (licence, assignment, provision of services).

TELECOMMUNICATIONS This includes: • advising carriers on compliance with the relevant legislation; • drafting contracts that provide for the construction, acquisition or lease of networks; and • drafting and advising customers in relation to contracts for the use of telecommunications services.

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WORKCOVER

WORKPLACE RELATIONS AND SAFETY

>>RHEA DHILLON FIRST YEAR SOLICITOR MAURICE BLACKBURN

>>JOSEPH RYAN LAWYER LANDER & ROGERS

Maurice Blackburn has a long and proud histor y of representing people who are injured at work, in motor vehicle accidents, through exposure to asbestos or as a result of medical negligence. We also have a large superannuation depar tment to assist workers to access their superannuation entitlements.

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In my experience in WorkCover, I have quickly come to appreciate how vulnerable worker’s livelihoods are where they rely on their bodies to do the work that generates their income. One accident can take their livelihood away from them, and their family, just like that. Imagine a 45-year-old man named Ali, who migrated to Australia when he was 40 years old as a refugee from war-torn Iraq. Ali has limited English reading and writing skills and has only ever worked as a bricklayer. He has two dependent children and a wife who earns a minimum wage working in a factory. Ali suffered a back injury that left him bedridden and no longer able to do manual work. The agent of the WorkCover Authority rejected his claim for weekly payments and medical expenses.

It is these questions and many more that you are exposed to in the WorkCover practice area. Workers need lawyers who can convey the answers to their questions and the intricacies of a complex statutor y scheme like WorkCover plainly and simply. In how many practice areas will you have clients remind you to “just say that in English please, I don’t understand your legal language”? I believe that being a personal injury lawyer is one of a few areas of practice in which you must have all the skills of a good lawyer: an empathy for your client, an appreciation of ethics, an ability to explain complex law in plain English, strong and constructive negotiation skills, and an ability to apply this to each of your many many files! Being a leading law firm in the areas of personal injury law, Maurice Blackburn offers great opportunities for graduates to become real lawyers. Despite all the recent tort reform, the firm continues to thrive and offer job oppor tunities in WorkCover, Asbestos litigation, Medical Negligence, Superannuation, TAC, and Comcare. We also have leading practices in shareholder class actions and commercial litigation.

What about a 35-year-old woman named Isabel, who studied for five years at university to become a fully qualified engineer? For years she put in the hard yards and made a successful career for herself. Due to her substantial wage, her husband decided to stay home and look after their two young children. Tragically she suffered a workplace accident that ultimately resulted in her death. Who will support her family financially and pay for the funeral arrangements that have resulted from the workplace injury?

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If you’d prefer to do the same thing every day for the entirety of your career, Workplace Relations and Safety law is not for you! I chose to practise in Workplace Relations & Safety because of the diversity of matters that cross my desk each day. I’ve been practising for just short of four years now and it is extremely rare that two matters will be identical. Each client and situation presents new challenges, different people and personalities to work with, and varying levels of priority. Lander & Rogers’ Workplace Relations & Safety group deals with any employment matter you can think of, including those that arise before, during and after the employment relationship. As a junior lawyer with the group, I’ve been treated as an impor tant member of a team of 14 lawyers. I have been handed big responsibilities. In my first year of practice, I ran a successful defence of a discrimination claim in VCAT and have since worked on a wide range of matters including investigations into allegations of workplace bullying and harassment, unfair dismissal and unlawful termination claims in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, and injunctions to stop a former employee stealing confidential information. Our lawyers also attend clients’ workplaces to advise on their employment responsibilities, and to assist them with dealing with authorities such as WorkSafe and the Police. Although many matters we deal with arise after a workplace incident or dispute has occurred, not all of our work relies on an incident or dispute. We conduct interactive training sessions on appropriate workplace behaviour to assist employers with meeting their legal obligations, and draft policies on workplace issues such as drug and alcohol use or bullying or harassment to help our clients prevent the occurrence of workplace problems. I have also drafted employment contracts, Australian Workplace Agreements and Collective Agreements, each needing careful tailoring to the employer’s, employees’ and union’s unique requirements. Drafting an agreement that keeps all parties happy can be a challenge, however it’s rewarding knowing that your work will have a positive impact on so many people.

One of the advantages of my role is that the working hours are flexible, which isn’t a lawyer’s translation for “long hours”. Some of our matters require immediate attention, such as an investigation following a workplace safety incident or fatality, and others, such as an advice or agreement, aren’t as immediate as the same result will be achieved regardless of what time of day you draft them. Most importantly, having flexible hours means our lawyers can participate in a range of firm activities and committees, including activities outside of work. In my case, that means lunchtime and after work spor ts, but ever yone has their own preferences! Of course, because workplace relations is a politically charged area of the law, it receives plenty of media coverage. The law changes frequently and most recently with the introduction of the “Work Choices” reforms in 2006. I’ve had many oppor tunities to give presentations to clients on the impact of the new laws, focusing on areas that will have the greatest effect on their business, and any loopholes or traps not necessarily covered by the mainstream media.

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If you are looking to practice in an area of law that will keep you grounded whilst enabling you to develop strong litigation skills, then personal injury litigation is for you.

In addition to being challenged by the dynamic nature of changing laws, practising in workplace relations has given me the oppor tunity to refine my negotiation and communication skills. On any day, I might deal with a barrister of 40 years’ experience, a company director in another state, or a high powered executive who believes they have been disadvantaged in the workplace. Overall, a career as a Workplace Relations & Safety lawyer with Lander & Rogers is varied, busy, stimulating, and most of all, an entirely rewarding experience.

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WORKING AT A LARGE LAW FIRM >> JENNIFER WRIGLEY LAWYER CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH

I started working as a graduate lawyer for Corrs in February 2006 and have recently settled as a first year lawyer in the Intellectual Proper ty group. During the application process for seasonal clerkships and articles, I recall being bombarded by vague statements about ‘firm culture’ and ‘work/ life balance’. The aim of this article is to provide the cold hard facts about life as a graduate lawyer in a large law firm and point out some important factors when choosing a large law firm.

Practical Legal Training (PLT) run by the College of Law. Whilst this involves fur ther study for around six months in conjunction with full-time work, the course provides an excellent grounding in several practice areas to supplement practical experience and also ‘fill in the gaps’ if you are not rotating through some practice groups. You will also get admitted before your friends! In terms of support, all large firms provide a buddy and a mentor to assist you. If you are not receiving enough feedback (which is inevitable, as you won’t be receiving H1’s anymore), tell your mentor and hopefully they will rectify the situation.

Rotations Large firms of fer dif ferent rotation structures ranging from year-long rotations to four three-month rotations. At Corrs, graduates complete three six-month rotations. Your preference will depend upon the breadth of experience you are seeking. Six-month rotations are a good length of time to genuinely become involved in a practice group and its matters. Even if you already know your preferred area, I would advise gaining experience in several groups, as this will assist you to become a well-rounded lawyer.

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Usual graduate tasks include research, reviewing documents and drafting correspondence and cour t documents. Your level of involvement will depend on the practice group. In areas such as Corporate and Litigation, you are often par t of a team working on a large matter, whereas in other practice groups, such as Intellectual Proper ty, you often have small files which you run in conjunction with your supervising partner. In comparison to uni, you have to worry about the client’s aims and needs, not only the law. Your workload will have peaks and troughs. If you are involved in a big deal or massive litigation, your personal life takes a bit of a back seat and you may need to cancel plans to complete urgent tasks. However, at Corrs, if you are light on for work, you go home. One difficult aspect of legal practice is measuring your time in six minute units and meeting billable targets. Seek advice from your supervisors on how to achieve these goals and communicate with them with regards to your workload.

‘Extra-curricular’ activities It’s not all hard work! All large firms of fer a myriad of activities including spor t, mooting and social club activities. Get involved, as these events are fun and an easy way to get to know your colleagues, which is often difficult in a large firm. If you are interested in pro bono work, investigate the various programs. Many large firms run a weekly clinic from a community agency. The benefits of pro bono work include acquiring knowledge on areas of law not otherwise part of your day-to-day practice, utilising your skills to assist less fortunate individuals and feeling good about doing so!

Choosing a firm If you have completed a clerkship with a firm, you will know whether its ‘culture’ suits your personality. If not, get a feel for this from the people who interview you and get the lowdown on the firm from the graduates who meet you before your interview. If you like the people you meet, chances are you will fit in at the firm and hire graduates whose company you enjoy! I chose to work at Corrs because it has all the benefits of a large law firm, including excellent training, large clients and interesting, high-profile work, but the atmosphere was friendly and unpretentious, which was a priority for me. Best of luck in whatever path you choose!

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Training and support Investigate the various training programs available, as you need good training to get you into good habits as a legal practitioner, as well as provide you with a solid legal knowledge. Most firms still have articles, involving on-thejob training for one year. At Corrs, graduates under take

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WORKING AT A MEDIUM-SIZED LAW FIRM

LIFE AS AN ARTICLED CLUTZ

>>SARA SUMMERBELL ARTICLED CLERK MASON SIER TURNBULL

>>ANDREW LASSMAN ARTICLED CLERK CLAYTON UTZ

Surely there is a balance between these two alternatives? If you are looking for responsibility at an early stage of your career, the oppor tunity to work with senior practitioners and a work-life balance, a medium-sized law firm may be ideal for you. Reflecting upon my ar ticles of clerkship experience, it has been an overwhelmingly positive year. I commenced articles in October 2006 at Mason Sier Turnbull, a mediumsized law firm specializing in commercial law, workplace relations, intellectual proper ty/technology, proper ty and litigation. I elected to commence articles immediately after completing my final semester rather than waiting until the following March, a choice which the firm was happy to accommodate.

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I was taken to my first client meeting by a par tner within days of commencing as an articled clerk. Whilst this step initially may seem daunting, such experience allows you to be actively involved in matters and observe ways in which senior practitioners engage with clients. I have since been the contact point for clients, counsel and opposing practitioners on a number of files. Such contact is a reality of legal practice and the oppor tunity to hone your skills in this area from the beginning of your career is invaluable. During the year I have under taken a variety of work in dif ferent practice groups including rotations in our corporate and workplace relations teams. I have also been involved in commercial litigation, taxation and franchising

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matters. In this environment, you are given the chance to excel, to get to know your colleagues, and work on files from commencement to conclusion. I often work directly for partners on an array of matters for clients ranging from individuals to national and international corporations. This has allowed me to gain experience in drafting, communication skills and file management. I have also been responsible for briefing counsel and have attended mediations and court proceedings. You are truly one of the team in a medium-sized firm. I have been involved in many events as a representative of the firm including external associations’ seminars as well as client presentations with par tners and senior lawyers. This has not simply meant attendance but also active involvement. Earlier this year I gave a presentation to 100 clients at an external breakfast seminar. This is an opportunity unlikely to occur in many firms until you are far more senior. Work-life balance is a term frequently employed by firms. I have, however, found that a work-life balance genuinely occurs at a medium-sized firm. At Mason Sier Turnbull articled clerks and lawyers continue sporting commitments or other interests outside of work on a regular basis. The firm has also been supportive of my duties as a committee member of the LIV Young Lawyers. Finally, remember the most impor tant element of your articles year: the chance to gain experience and proficiency from the beginning of your legal career. The opportunities to work directly with partners, be given responsibility and swiftly develop the skills you have honed in law school are some of the benefits of choosing to accept ar ticles with a medium-sized firm.

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What was I expecting when I left university to start full time work at a large commercial law firm? Well, we all know about the stories that circulate their way around the university campus. Stories about working 24 hour shifts, or, at the very least, 12 hour days. Stories about doing menial tasks such as photocopying and getting coffees for my colleagues. Stories about being treated like a slave and not getting any love from any of the partners or other legal staff. A daunting picture was painted, if not downright scary. But of course the reality is far from these misconceived perceptions. I star ted at Clayton Utz (Clutz) in July 2005 as a seasonal clerk and managed to obtain paralegal work from that point on until commencing ar ticles in March 2007. I knew from my first exposure to the firm that this was a place I would like to work. I also realised that the stories were far from reality, with the exception of occasionally getting coffees for my colleagues, but even the very senior lawyers in my group will do the same. The transition from full time student to full time employee is a shock to the system, there is no doubt about that. Getting around in tracksuit pants or jeans, skipping a lecture to write an assignment and having large slabs of holidays are memories of a bygone era. But, then again, so are the late nights studying feverishly for an exam and the nervous wait for those all important semester results. Working at Clutz has been an incredible experience. There is a huge focus on training and development, which starts from the first day of articles. There has never been a time when I had the gut wrenching feeling of not having any clue about what to do. The simple reason for this is that the training program and the mentoring from your colleagues

prepares you as much as possible for the inescapable reality that you don’t know ever ything and you will make mistakes. The expectations of you as an ar ticled clerk are therefore framed within this reality, while at the same time providing the stretch challenges necessary for you to develop and excel. One of the great things about working for Clutz is the exposure to high quality and prominent work. Already this year I have worked on two major projects that have both received media attention. To read about a deal you have worked on in the Financial Review is quite satisfying, as is the thank you email sent firm wide listing all those involved, not to mention the gratitude from the client. My work colleagues are widely respected in their fields, providing the kind of mentoring that enables you to become an excellent legal practitioner. The kind of work I have been involved in so far as a member of the energy & resources group has been quite diverse. I have prepared research memos, par ticipated in contract negotiations, attended external briefing sessions, assisted in the drafting of contracts and other documents and drafted letters of advice for UK client. On top of this there has been the pro bono work involving direct client interaction and a high degree of responsibility. But it is not only the quality of work that is attractive. Clutz has an incredible range of legal resources, cutting edge technology, a tea lady, an office services department (who do all the photocopying, binding and mailing) as well as many social and spor ting events and committees. It is these factors, combined with the quality of work, that make Clutz such an enjoyable and fulfilling place to work.

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Everyone has heard stories of ar ticled clerks working predominately in debt collection in a small office or spending a year trawling through boxes of documents in large-scale discoveries.

So, would I recommend working at Clutz or another large firm? Of course I would. My life as an ar ticled Clutz has been stimulating, inspiring and very rewarding.

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WORKING AS A LAWYER IN BANKING AND FINANCE >>ANDY HAINING LAWYER BLAKE DAWSON WALDRON

Most graduates starting work at a law firm aren’t exactly sure what the banking and finance group really does. People often think that a finance degree or a certain amount of commercial knowledge is a prerequisite to working there. However, in addition to their law degrees, many of the lawyers in our banking and finance practice have studied in other diverse areas far from finance. Practising as a banking and finance lawyer provides an oppor tunity to be involved in challenging and varied commercial work. Much of the work we do is for public and private sector clients. Primarily, these are large Australian and international financial institutions, major corporates, governments, equity providers and project sponsors and par ticipants. Each transaction we work on is dif ferent and many of our clients are at the forefront of market developments in financing transactions.

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One of the reasons I enjoy working in the banking and finance practice, is the fact that ever yday is dif ferent. Generally, the work is of a transactional nature and you

can find yourself working on a multi-million dollar project financing, a multi-tiered lending transaction, or perhaps an aircraft leasing involving multiple jurisdictions. Within these areas, I might be drafting documents such as financing agreements, mor tgages or charges, attending client meetings, preparing legal advice, reviewing documents or researching and presenting at client and internal presentations. Working in this sor t of ever-changing environment keeps me interested and challenged and helps me to gain a broad skills base which has the advantage of being adaptable to jurisdictions worldwide. Whilst working on a large deal can sometimes require demanding hours, especially when a transaction is nearing completion. During this time there is a real feeling of team spirit and achievement as the deal completes. As a junior lawyer, working in a team alongside clients, partners and senior associates provides invaluable experience. Banking and finance is also an area where junior lawyers can really get involved in a transaction and make a valuable contribution to the team. Knowing that you have made a contribution and then seeing the transaction reported in the newspaper or on television is extremely rewarding.

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VICTORIA LAW FOUNDATION LEGAL POLICY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM >>CLARE PARSONS VICTORIA LAW FOUNDATION INTERN

A number of public sector organizations participate in the program including:

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Banking and Financial Services Industry Ombudsman Department of Justice Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Institute of Public Administration Australia Victorian Bar Victorian Council of Social Service Victoria Law Foundation Victorian Law Reform Commission.

The internships are four weeks in duration, and are under taken either full time in a four week block over the summer or winter break or on a par t time basis over the semester. As an intern at the Victoria Law Foundation over second semester this year, I have had the opportunity to work on a number of varied and interesting tasks which have allowed me to develop my research, writing, communication and project management skills. In particular, my major project with the Publications team has been updating the Law Help Director y, a comprehensive list of free and low cost legal service providers in Victoria. The project has given me an invaluable insight into the many stages of the publishing process including establishing a reference group, technical writing, organization, design and printing. It has also enabled me to learn about the breadth of organizations which provide free legal advice and support to many people in need throughout the community.

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Another invaluable aspect of the Internship Program is the seminar series which is conducted throughout the semester. The Foundation arranges for various presenters to speak to interns about their agency, the type of work they do and general writing, policy and advocacy skills. The seminars also provide an oppor tunity to meet the other interns and discuss different internship projects. Some recent internship projects have included working with male offenders on the Plan B theatre project through the Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, under taking research into sexual offences reform for the Department of Justice, and coordinating the Mildura civics and community legal education roadshow for the Foundation. Par ticipating in the Internship Program has raised my awareness of the number of agencies and career oppor tunities in the community and public sector. This program not only provides an oppor tunity to share your skills with an organization, but allows you to work as part of a team, learn about legal policy and education and dedicate time to projects which are of real value to host organizations, and the community at large. I found the Internship Program stimulating and rewarding. I would recommend it to anyone interested in legal policy, or in exploring career oppor tunities beyond commercial practice. For application information, please see the Victoria Law Foundation website: www.victorialaw.org.au.

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The Victorian Law Foundation is an independent, community benefit organization making law accessible. Each year, the Foundation coordinates a Legal Policy Internship Program for law students with a career interest in legal research, policy development, community legal education and legal and community sector capacity building and development. The Foundation aims to match the interests of students who apply for the Program with the needs of various public sector organizations.

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The Melbourne Law School and Victorian Bar Research Assistants Scheme is an exciting new project, the first of its kind in Victoria. The Law School is collaborating with the Victorian Bar to enable students to gain valuable work experience with barristers. This may be research work or other legal and administrative duties. The work experience will usually be unpaid (but may be paid at the barrister’s discretion) and will be for 40 to 80 hours in total. Students will also enhance their future career prospects as they build professional networks at the Bar. To be eligible, students should have completed a minimum of 8 law subjects. To participate: • Register as an Applicant on the On-line Research Assistants Database on the Law Research pages of Law School website.

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You will then be registered as an applicant for the Scheme and may be contacted by a barrister or clerk and invited to undertake work experience at the Bar.

Frequently Asked Questions – Melbourne Law School and Victorian Bar Student Research Assistants Scheme What is the Melbourne Law School and Victorian Bar Student Research Assistants Scheme? The Melbourne Law School and Victorian Bar Student Research Assistants Scheme (“the Scheme”) is a joint initiative between the Melbourne Law School and Victorian Bar. The aim of the Scheme is to enable students to develop practical experience in the legal profession to complement their studies. It will also help them to develop professional networks at the Bar. The Scheme will allow barristers to benefit from the highly developed research skills of Melbourne Law School students. The Scheme is also suppor ted by the University of Melbourne’s central Careers & Employment ser vice and registered on their database, Careers Online.

What type of tasks will I do? Students will undertake research work and other legal or administrative duties which will assist you to develop you

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professional skills. It is possible to work for a barrister(s) or clerk(s) or both.

How do I become a Research Assistant? Register as an Applicant on the On-line Research Assistants Database Ensure that you select “YES” to the question “Allow Victorian Bar access.” You will then be registered as an applicant for the Scheme and may be contacted by a barrister or clerk and invited to undertake work experience at the Bar.

What is the time commitment required from me? To comply with the requirements of the Scheme (and be defined as an Student Work Placement (SWP) see below ) your work at the Bar should be for a total of 40 to 80 hours over a period of no more than 6 months. It is possible to work for more than 1 barrister and/or clerk. Ultimately you negotiate the time commitment with the barrister. He/she may have 20 hours of urgent research for an upcoming case or he/she may need someone 1 or 2 hours a week on an ongoing basis.

What happens with Careers Online? It is essential that the arrangement between the barrister/ clerk and the student is registered on Careers Online (the University of Melbourne’s employment database) as a Student Work Placement (SWP) to ensure that you, the student, are covered by the university’s insurance policy. (See below for details about an SWP). Once the barrister/ clerk arranges for you to under take work for them, he/ she must notify Careers Online by filling in a simple on-line form. It is impor tant that you follow up with the barrister to ensure that this is done. You will then receive an email from Careers Online, outlining the steps you must take to finalise the arrangement.

Can I be offered more than 80 hours work? No, if the work experience exceeds 80 hours you will no longer protected by the University’s insurance policy.

are covered by the University of Melbourne’s Personal Accident, Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance policies while undertaking a placement, provided that the above conditions are met and the placement has been registered by the barrister on Careers Online.

At what stage in my law degree do I need to be? In order to register as a Research Assistant for this Scheme, students must have studied at least 8 law subjects. This would make them at least a 3rd year in a 5 year combined degree e.g. Law/Ar ts, Law/Commerce and 2nd year in the current 2 year Melbourne JD. The sequence of subjects would in most cases be Legal Method & Reasoning, Principles of Public Law, Tor ts, Dispute Resolution, Obligations, Legal Theor y, Contracts and Constitutional.

What is an SWP? An SWP is a Student Work Placement, a University of Melbourne Careers & Employment approved work experience program. The program is designed to: • give students valuable work experience • assist them to develop their professional skills • and/or allow them to apply some of their course knowledge in the workplace

Placement requirements are: • Must be course-related and/or assist with professional skills development. • Should be of 40-80 hours duration (preferably over a period no longer than 6 months). • Should not involve duties of a high-risk nature nor require an unconventional mode of travel nor be located in a remote area. • The host employer must have an ABN and be a registered business • The student must be over 18 to be eligible to undertake the placement (for insurance purposes). • The host employer must be willing to extend the provisions of the OHS Act No. 107/2004 to students on unpaid placements (A summar y of the Act and the full document can be found at www.worksafe.vic.gov.au) Students undertaking approved Student Work Placements are covered by the University of Melbourne’s Personal Accident, Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance policies while undertaking a placement, provided that the above conditions are met and the placement has been registered on Careers Online If you have any further questions about the Scheme, please contact Angela Edwards, Law School Careers Consultant at a.edwards@unimelb.edu.au or 8344 9773.

Student should gain skills in: • communication skills • team work skills • problem-solving skills • initiative and enterprise • planning and organising • self-management (personal vision and goals; taking responsibility) • learning skills • technology skills

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Would you like the opportunity to gain research experience with barristers?

Will I get paid? This is an unpaid work experience Scheme. However, the barrister may opt to pay at his/her discretion.

If students are not paid for the work, are they covered by insurance? Students undertaking approved Student Work Placements

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WORKING AT THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SOLICITOR >>AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SOLICITOR

AGS is a vibrant and exciting legal practice that specialises in government law. People who contribute to our business success are recognised and rewarded. As part of a thriving national practice, we of fer competitive remuneration packages, generous benefits and flexible working arrangements. We offer a great employment choice for talented legal professionals by providing demanding and satisfying legal work. Our people have access to stateof-the-ar t technology and computer applications, and comprehensive research and library facilities.

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AGS has a unique workplace culture. Our senior lawyers are accessible and take pride in actively mentoring junior lawyers. There are many women at senior levels and in management. With reasonable billing expectations and an emphasis on obtaining a rounded articles experience, a genuine work/life balance is possible. Although we have budgets like any other law firm, these are reasonable by comparison with many private law firms, and there is a strong focus on developing legal knowledge and client relationships within the early years after admission. At AGS, the focus of your first few years as a junior lawyer is strongly on your development and training. As well as managing your own files, you will assist more senior lawyers on larger and more complex matters. Supervisors and colleagues are extremely approachable and always willing to spend time discussing your work and offering advice on complex files.

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Doing your articles at AGS AGS is a wonder ful place to commence your legal career. Articled clerks are actively involved in high-quality work for interesting clients. This may include acting in: • high-profile litigation for the Commonwealth • government inquiries and special projects • large scale commercial transactions. You will be encouraged to become involved in a range of tasks, such as: • preparing briefs to counsel • liaising with clients • drafting advices and court documents • assisting with trial preparation • instructing in court • preparing commercial documentation. You will have the opportunity to work for clients as varied as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Australian Taxation Office, the Australian Customs Service, the depar tments of Immigration & Citizenship; Defence; Finance & Administration; Health & Ageing; Environment & Water Resources; Families, Community Ser vices & Indigenous Affairs; Human Ser vices; and Employment & Workplace Relations. We work collaboratively with our clients and assist them in achieving important policy objectives and advancing the national interest. AGS has a strong litigation practice and we act in highprofile, sometimes precedent-setting, cases. We also handle smaller matters that allow junior lawyers to develop their file management and advocacy skills. Junior lawyers are encouraged to appear in cour ts and tribunals in a variety of matters, ranging from workers compensation and migration matters in the AAT, to customs prosecutions.

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The Australian Government Solicitor is a fully commercial and competitive law practice, operating as a government business. Through our offices in every capital city, we provide a comprehensive range of legal services – commercial, litigation, advice and training – to Australian Government departments and agencies. We also act for entities in which the Australian Government has an interest, domestically and internationally, and for state and territory government bodies at their request.

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AUSTRALIAN LAW REFORM COMMISSION

LOOK FORWARD TO COMING INTO WORK

>>EMILY HEFFERNAN ARTICLED CLERK VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT SOLICITOR’S OFFICE

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Luckily, come final year, I discovered that there were a number of government-based Articles positions, offering law students a unique opportunity to gain practical legal skills, in an environment focused on public-interest, rather than time sheets. Having worked for a government department throughout my university degree, I was already aware of the interesting and rewarding nature of public service work – so I jumped at the chance to apply for a position at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO). Late last year, after a very friendly interview process, I was happily of fered a position. I’m now at the halfway mark of my Ar ticles year, and honestly look for ward to coming in to work each day.

administrative, and specialized ‘in-house’ advising at Victoria Police. Ar ticled Clerks are also often able to arrange placements at external government agencies such as the Office of Public Prosecutions, when they have a strong interest in other areas of law. So far this year I’ve been lucky enough to attend several coronial inquests, instruct at VCAT and at the Supreme Cour t, assist in a major native title claim, and gain exposure to huge commercial projects. I’ve also helped advise government agencies on matters as diverse as judicial pensions, working with children authorisations, the legality of bids made at auctions after the fall of the hammer, professional indemnity schemes, obtaining orders for the eviction of tenants, and the GST implications of property sales. With an environmental background, I’ve also happily been able to help advise on the tort implications of the release of genetically modified crops, the recall of commercial fisher y licenses, and the formulation of native vegetation offset agreements. A friendly office, formal mentoring program, and prided ‘work-life balance’ makes VGSO a unique place to practice law. Hope to see you here next year.

VGSO is a great place to complete Ar ticles. Its work is diverse, challenging and best of all, interesting. Through its formal rotation program, VGSO ACs are given exposure to areas of law as diverse as commercial/property, litigation,

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If you want a job where you can ‘make a difference’, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) might be the place for you. The ALRC is a federal government body that undertakes research on legal issues and makes recommendations for reform in the form of a report to government. Inquiries usually last for between 12 months and 3 years, and involve extensive research and consultation prior to drafting of the final report. Many of the States, including Victoria, have their own law reform bodies that focus on state laws and issues. Since its formation in 1975 the ALRC has conducted inquiries into a great variety of subject matters including privacy, sedition, legal protection of human genetic information, uniform evidence laws, the protection of classified and security sensitive information, government regulation, insurance law, the recognition of Aboriginal customar y law, cour t and tribunal processes, intellectual property law, sentencing and women’s access to justice. To enjoy working at the ALRC or any law reform agency you need to like legal research and writing, which form the core of daily work. All legal officers are also involved in developing possible options for reform, which is done in a team environment. Another aspect of the job is conducting consultations with interested par ties around Australia. Some inquiries also involve conducting open public meetings or conferences. The ALRC’s legal officers come from various backgrounds – litigation, legal publishing, associates to tribunal members or judges, state and federal government policy roles, private practice, and government lawyers. Most ALRC legal officers have had two or more years experience before joining the ALRC. This practical experience helps when formulating policy recommendations that need to work in the real world. Jobs are adver tised on the ALRC website and in national newspapers. A law degree, excellent research skills and effective oral and written communication skills are essential. Honours or a higher degree are highly desirable. Legal of ficers must have the capacity to contribute creatively to the development of policy proposals.

The ALRC does not of fer graduate employment oppor tunities. However, the ALRC does have a voluntar y internship program that gives law students and recent graduates the oppor tunity to work at the ALRC office in Sydney on a current inquir y. Interns ser ve on a voluntar y basis for a day a week for one semester or for four weeks full time during semester or over the summer break (December or Januar y – Februar y). Through practical experience, interns have the oppor tunity to increase their awareness of law reform issues and the law reform process, and to improve their research, writing and policy development skills. In selecting interns, the ALRC strongly prefers law students who have substantially completed their law degree – namely, those in their penultimate or final year of an undergraduate or graduate law degree. The ALRC also will consider applications from post-graduate students and recent graduates seeking unpaid work experience. The ALRC internship program is highly competitive, especially for the summer placements. Applicants should highlight their skills and experience in research and writing, whether obtained through academic, volunteer or work experiences. Students whose non-legal studies are related to a current inquir y will receive favourable consideration. The selection criteria, closing dates for applications, and information about the selection process are available on the ALRC website. OFFICE ADDRESS: STREET: Level 25, 135 King Street, Sydney MAIL: GPO Box 3708, Sydney NSW 2001 PHONE: (02) 8238 6333 FACSIMILE: (02) 8238 6363 WEBSITE: www.alrc.gov.au EMAIL: info@alrc.gov.au

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Whilst at University, I was more than a little bit cynical about all the corporate hoo-ha associated with completing a law degree. Corporately funded mooting competitions and academic prizes, law networking nights, “Meet the Partners” barbeques… I couldn’t even make it to lectures some days without being handed a Mallesons -funded doughnut or Minters pen. When my friends attended interviews for Articles at top tier law firms, where they were assessed on their all-important mingling skills at a cocktail party, I began to seriously consider not practicing law.

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ARTICLES AT VICTORIA LEGAL AID >>ELEANORE FRITZE 1ST YEAR LAWYER (PRESTON OFFICE) VICTORIA LEGAL AID

The ar ticles program involved rotating through ever y legal practice area covered by VLA – criminal law, family law, youth law (child protection and children’s crime) and civil law (including migration, social security, mental health, tenancy, fines, administration, guardianship and anti-discrimination) – so I never had a chance to become bored. During each rotation, I picked up the substantive law and developed client, casework and advocacy skills by jumping straight into the actual practice of law. Most days, I attended the relevant cour t or tribunal to provide advice and/or representation to people without lawyers. Throughout the year, I ‘shadowed’ experienced VLA lawyers in these roles but ver y quickly I star ted to pick up my own clients and appeared on their behalf (under supervision). As a result, I received fantastic advocacy training and experience. Other days were spent providing legal information and advice at drop in clinics and outreach services, such as prisons and psychiatric units. Even from the early days I carried a file load, giving me valuable casework experience. During the year, I dealt with ever ything from minor driving charges and petty disputes between neighbours to serious and sometimes high-profile cases, which included drug trafficking, murders and serious sex offences. While not all VLA ser vices are means-tested, most VLA clients face

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at least some form of disadvantage – coming from a culturally/linguistically diverse background, being homeless or having an intellectual or physical disability, drug addiction or mental health issues. While these factors made the work much more complex and challenging, I found being able to assist such people is ultimately what made the work so interesting, stimulating and rewarding. In addition to the specific substantive law sections of VLA, I spent time during my ar ticles in a suburban office, on the legal information telephone lines (which operate in English and 14 community languages), doing law reform and policy work, in Knowledge Ser vices (responsible for community education and publications) and in the Grants division (determining who qualifies for legal aid). These rotations were impor tant because I was able to get to know all of VLA’s resources and gain an understanding of how each section of VLA works together to improve access to justice. Although ar ticles at VLA presented many challenges, and the responsibilities I was given were at times overwhelming, I was supported along the way by fantastic, dedicated (and fun-loving) colleagues and by my mentor (arranged through a formal mentoring program). VLA also runs regular conferences and weekly in-house education/ training sessions, focusing on both substantive law and skill development. In addition, as an articled clerk, I was given a generous training budget to spend on external seminars, conferences and workshops. While I stand by my assertion that this is the best articles program, it is not for ever yone. Places are limited and will be given to people who have demonstrated a serious commitment to community and social justice throughout their degrees – volunteer work cer tainly pays off in the end!

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Having spoken to many friends about their articles experiences (common feedback including boring, tiring and ‘just alright’), I feel pretty confident saying that Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) delivers the best articles program around. As it is such a large organisation (and the largest criminal law and family law practice in the state), VLA has the scope and resources to be able to provide quality training and unique experiences, preparing you for a stimulating and rewarding legal career.

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A CAREER AS AN ACADEMIC >>PROFESSOR IAN MALKIN UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL

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educational seminars and social events Portia - our informative publication access to the members password protected section of the VWL website a chance to effect cultural changes in the legal profession a voice for women lawyers on legal issues affecting women

For more information contact the VWL Administrator at Law Institute of Victoria Ph: (03) 9607 9390; GPO Box 2314V or DX 350 Melbourne Vic 3001; email to tspiller@liv.asn.au or visit our website and sign up on-line at www.vwl.asn.au

like-minded, in personal and political terms – one of the best parts of the job; • a marvellous, challenging, engaging student body, who keep one on one’s toes – one of the best parts of the job; • a working life built around the student calendar or cycle, such that no two days are the same. While the life of an academic can have its downside – too many demands from too many sources (all at once); stresses arising from publication deadlines; exhaustion associated with increasingly large marking loads; huge increases in (oftentimes unrewarding) administrative responsibilities; working in an environment subject to decreasing government financial support – it is, as a whole, undeniably gratifying.

legal issues associated with the introduction of supervised heroin injection facilities – has played a role in tr ying to convince government to introduce this measure (like that in Sydney), to prevent overdoses from heroin use and reduce the transmission of HIV. The Canadian Parliament did in fact given Canadian cities permission to introduce facilities. Vancouver did so. Similarly, the project I have been working as par t of a team of 6 Chief Investigators from La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, ‘Regulating Hepatitis C: Rights and Duties’, under the auspices of a 5 year grant of $410,000, has been illuminating, as we are now embarking upon the inter viewing process, at prisons as well as needle and syringe exchanges. I am proud of having enjoyed a career in which my legal research has in some small measure contributes positively to the public interest, perhaps, as with these projects, using legal knowledge, training and advocacy to enhance public health as par t of wider, human right-based, harm reduction campaign. Most academics feel the same way about their research projects, where they can measure its impact in tangible ways. That said, trying to answer difficult questions per se, an in that way contributing to debate without the need for a ‘tangible’ output, can be extremely satisfying.

Personally, I can’t think of anything I’d rather do. Broadly speaking, an academic’s responsibilities include the following: advancement of or contribution to the discipline, by publishing journal ar ticles, books, repor ts; contributions to teaching and learning; administration; service to the community. One of the great plusses of academic life is the opportunity it presents to pursue one’s interests and passions – with passion. Having the freedom to research and write about significant legal issues, engaging in debate that can be at times political in nature and perhaps effecting change is one of the most impor tant and rewarding aspects of an academic career. Influencing legislative and judicial change, which may have a direct positive impact on segments of the community, can be extremely satisfying. For example, the research I have under taken in conjunction with the Canadian HIV/ AIDS Legal Network has been among the most gratifying of my career. The most recent such work – evaluating the

As is the case with under taking research, so, too, the teaching and learning experience, where academics help students construct meaning and develop genuine intellectual curiosity, is one of the great joys of academic life. Academics at University’s like Melbourne are particularly fortunate, in that we work with a student body that is, for the most part, interested, engaged and terribly gifted. For many academics, the classroom experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level is one of the best aspects of the job, especially when the material studied is integrated with one’s research expertise.

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A career as an academic can be rewarding, enjoyable, challenging and stimulating. That certainly has been my experience in over 21 years at Melbourne University. Perhaps the most positive aspects of life as an academic involve the University atmosphere, culture and environment: • diversity; • a casual atmosphere; • fantastic, stimulating colleagues, many of whom are

For over 21 years, teaching at the Law School has brought me enormous job satisfaction – tr ying to demystify the study of law for students new to the discipline, and transforming legal education it something accessible and enjoyable has always been one of my foremost teaching and learning objectives. This is of particular importance in first year law, where the transition (for many students) can be difficult and perplexing. I have am proud to have been involved in working with some remarkable teams (such

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A CAREER IN LEGAL RECRUITMENT >>MEGAN DRYSDALE CONSULTANT (LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL) MAHLAB RECRUITMENT

In terms of administrative responsibilities, I fear that the more I say, the greater the likelihood that you might give this career option a miss. As I noted earlier, the administrative demands imposed upon academics have increased enormously in recent years. However, having said that, it should be noted that one’s administrative responsibilities and committee work can be fulfilling and rewarding. For example, I had been a member of the Targeted Access Program Selection Committee (then Access Committee) for many years, chairing it several times. This is one of the most impor tant programs at the Law School (and University), as it is designed to increase diversity in the Law School by making it increasingly accessible to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Like the LLB, the new JD program will have an access program, specifically designed for graduate students.

In a sense, I came to the University after having trodden down a fairly crooked (that’s right, not straight) path: I worked for two years as a criminal law defence lawyer (think, ‘The Practice’ or ‘Boston Legal’!); the Canadian Human Rights Commission; Manitoba Law Reform Commission. I undertook a Masters Degree at the University of London. Without much planning and foresight, I seem to have, quite oddly upon reflection, landed on my feet, in a place far far from home. None of this was expected. All of it … just happened. If nothing else, keep this in mind – there are many diverse pathways that will take you to your career destinations; and some of them will be quite unplanned. Don’t worr y about following the perceived wisdom that you have to do all the ‘right things’ to get where you think you want to do; relax; and, to a degree, go with the flow. Most importantly, engage with what you’re doing – now. Live the moment. Enjoy your studies, and Uni life. In many respects, the future will take care of itself.

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For several years, I was the Law School’s Director of Teaching, and have often participated on the Undergraduate Studies and Equal Opportunity Committees. My role as a Queer (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) Liaison Officer also has, on many occasions, been both challenging and satisfying. Most recently, I was Associate Dean Undergraduate, which, to be honest, was allconsuming, with so many wide-ranging issues that can come across one’s desk – or email! I learnt quickly that while one can plan how a week should unfold (in theory), all it takes is one email query to turn that week upside down. Overall, the experience was a worthwhile one, as I tried to contribute to creating as good a learning environment as possible, despite having to work within certain limitations and sometimes extraordinary demands. Academics come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some begin academic life as sessional teachers; some come from government or public sector backgrounds; others come from law firms; some have, for many years known that this is what they want to do; other discover academia later in their legal careers. Most have a Masters degree in Law; these days, recently hired academics often have doctorates or are enrolled in doctorates while working at the University.

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The decision to move from legal practice wasn’t easy and ultimately revealed itself after months of searching the internet for something better. Knowing that I was never going to be lucky enough to work at a law firm which is equally as good or better, with such fabulous colleagues, clients and opportunities, I knew the practice of law was no longer for me.

• In practice you need to know the law (or get up to speed on it quickly!) and get it right the first time. In recruitment you need to be able to match the exact skills/knowledge/personality of the lawyer to the right firm. Again, this is where my practising experience has been really helpful.

Is it a waste of 6 years of study and 3 in legal practice?

Why Legal Recruitment? Staying within the legal industr y was an easy decision, it was just a question of which job. My years of involvement with graduate recruitment at university and my firm, careers fairs and the like soon solidified my decision that I wanted to help lawyers take the next step in their careers.

What do I do? On a daily basis I’m liaising with lawyers and firms, reviewing resumés, giving advice about firms, practice areas & teams, as well as assisting in the negotiation of employment contracts and best of all, securing the perfect role for you, the lawyer, in either Australia or overseas. I’m learning about great new areas of law (I didn’t think the Trade Practices Act could be so interesting!), different countries/firms – not to mention learning from the best in the industry. I work closely with firms (HR and Partners) to recruit lawyers. I assist lawyers in brainstorming in relation to their next step and aim to be there to guide them through their future career moves. Ultimately I really enjoy helping lawyers take a great step in their career – this help may even come in the form of a casual meeting to discuss their own career crisis.

The short answer – absolutely not. We pride ourselves on not only being able to “talk the talk” – a professional outfit with the ethics, morals and professionalism we expect of our clients and lawyers, coupled with the knowledge and skills acquired during practice. The impor tant factor in making the transition was to ensure I moved to a highly reputable legal recruiter. I knew I was at the right place after my first inter view – instant impressions were friendly, professional, down to earth and efficient. I highly recommend obtaining admission and at least 2 years post admission experience to ensure you have the confidence and experience to be a strong recruiter.

Did I make the right decision? After three months in my new role, my housemate observed that I was getting home later than usual and must be enjoying myself at work. Until that moment I hadn’t had an opportunity to sit back and reflect. It alerted me to the fact that this is what it actually feels like to enjoy my job – a unique feeling, but very refreshing! When the time at work zooms by and you look forward to going to work each day, you know you made the right decision.

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as the Undergraduate Studies Committee and Office for Teaching and Learning in Law), in efforts to enhance and improve students’ experiences at the Law School.

What do I really enjoy? • Everyday there’s a new challenge or scenario. • You must be able to think outside the square. • High level service required for clients. • Importance of knowing your lawyers and clients in depth (similar to knowing your clients and files in detail). Here I can utilise my knowledge and experience as a lawyer. • Although a recruitment can take anywhere between 2 weeks to 10 months, things move faster than your average proper ty file. Firms and lawyers are generally grateful for your assistance! • No “too-hard basket” – I remember those advices that I just didn’t want to do. In comparison, if you can’t assist a lawyer obtain a new position you tell them, but send them off with some helpful tip or information regarding their resumé or likely next career move.

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WORKING AS A TRIAL DIVISION ASSOCIATE AT THE SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA >> CHRISTINE MELIS TRIAL DIVISION ASSOCIATE ASSOCIATE TO THE HON. JUSTICE CAVANOUGH SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA

>>KIMI NISHIMURA, ELEANOR THOMAS AND NILOSHAN VIJAYALINGAM RESEARCH ASSOCIATES 2007

We have found the work of a research associate to be highly stimulating, innovative and challenging. It has exposed us to judicial reasoning processes and high quality advocacy whilst giving us an opportunity to improve our analytical and research skills. Dealing with high profile cases involving the most novel and contentious legal issues has also enabled us to refine and develop a real and practical understanding of complex law. The Court of Appeal hires three research associates on a yearly basis. Researchers are often expected to collaborate with each other, but are also expected to work on a number of tasks independently. The researchers’ overriding function is to provide Cour t of Appeal judges with any assistance that they may require. As a result, researchers gain unusual insight into internal court processes and a variety of judicial methodologies.

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Research associates perform four main functions on a day to day basis. First, researchers respond to judicial requests for research and analysis of legal and policy issues which arise in appeals heard by the Cour t. So far this year, we have worked on a vast number of legal issues, such as those concerning the duties owed by corporate officers, the impact of aggravating and mitigating circumstances on sentencing, human rights law, judicial review of administrative decisions, the scope of the duty of care in torts and various principles of contract law. Upon receiving focused instructions from judges, we familiarise ourselves with issues that arise in appeals through a variety of ways, such as sitting in when cour t is in session to hear submissions from counsel, and looking over the materials submitted in suppor t of an appeal. As a consequence, researchers have an excellent oppor tunity to cultivate a strong understanding of complex and contemporar y legal issues.

similar to our second function, is composing summaries and analyses of applications by prisoners seeking leave to appeal against their sentences. Preparing these summaries has given us an understanding of sentencing principles and the legal principles involved in appeals from discretionary decisions. Finally, researchers are sometimes asked to act as personal associates to appellate and trial judges. This is particularly useful for those wanting to have a closer look at advocacy, witness examination, jury trials and court room strategies in general. Acting as a judge’s associate from time to time has enabled us to contribute to case management processes and to develop exceptional administrative skills by juggling busy judicial schedules. All of this happens in a suppor tive, flexible and dynamic working environment, located in the heritage listed surrounds of the Supreme Court complex, which is infused with a real sense of histor y and tradition. Working hours for research associates are quite variable and depend on the workload. The position is a fantastic stepping stone for a future career in the practice of law, at the bar, or in academia. Research associate positions at the Cour t of Appeal commence at the beginning of the year and typically run for a twelve-month period. Intakes for the research associate position usually occur in first semester of the year prior to the year of commencement. If you are interested in finding out more about these positions, or applying for a research associateship, feel free to contact the Judicial Services Coordinator. The position would suit applicants with a strong academic record and excellent research and analytical skills. We have thoroughly enjoyed working as research associates and would strongly recommend the position. Best of luck with your careers.

The second major function that researchers per form is composing summaries and analyses of interlocutor y civil applications on a weekly or for tnightly basis. This has enabled us to obtain a real feel for cour t documents, litigation procedures and practical applications of complex and diverse fields of law. Our third function, which is

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Within the first month of my associateship with the Supreme Court of Victoria I had developed bruised knuckles on my right hand from “knocking” the Judge into Court every morning at 10.30am and every afternoon at 2.15pm. “Two knocks for crime, three knocks for civil”, so the old saying goes. Our chambers’ tipstaff quickly rectified the problem by equipping me with my own gavel. For me, this story encapsulates what it means to work in our State’s highest court. Whilst we work in a grand heritage building complete with ink pots at the associate’s bench and we observe traditional court rituals, etiquette and attire, our work in and out of court is fast-paced and we are often dealing with complex law and scenarios which have not previously been dealt with by another court. We see and hear law being made and developed within our four walls every day. The working relationship between a judge and his or her associate is unique. Occasionally the associate gets to “fill in” with another judge. The job offers me an insight into the process and application of the law at the highest level. As a trial judge’s associate I have worked in all three divisions of the Court – the common law, commercial and equity and criminal divisions. Trial judges are also given the opportunity to be acting judges of the appeal court during a term in the legal year which means as the associate you too get a glimpse into the appeal process. An associate enjoys the rare opportunity to work closely with the judge by sitting in on proceedings, preparing documentation, empanelling and swearing-in juries, arraigning prisoners, recording orders made by the judge, maintaining a record of and securing all exhibits, helping in the preparation and deliver y of judgment and sentence and taking the jur y’s verdict. I also accompany my judge when he is on circuit. Sitting in a countr y court enhances your judicial year and gives you another court perspective. Above all the duties of an associate, I think that the most impor tant and privileged duty I have is acting as a “sounding board” for my judge when he is considering proceedings which have come before his court. I also have

the honour of speaking with other judges and listening to their viewpoints on the law and policy. Access to persons with so much experience in their field is something I certainly do not take for granted. As a representative of the judge and of the Cour t, the associate is the first port of call for a practitioner, counsel and journalists who may have an interest in the case being heard before the associate’s judge. The development of these relationships and relationships with other officers of the Cour t is impor tant in ensuring the judge’s chambers are appropriately accessible. Needless to say, an associate must have excellent inter-personal and communication skills to deal with the many queries which come through the judge’s chambers. I consider my work as an associate both intellectually and administratively rigorous. Legal research skills I developed during my studies at university and later in practice, have been called upon when assisting the judge to examine legal precedent and principle in the drafting of judgments and sentences. I have developed a working knowledge of the Supreme Court Rules as a direct consequence of dealing with interlocutory applications and managing court lists. I consider this an invaluable skill which I will carr y with me into any future direction my legal career may take me. As an associate you can expect to work ver y closely with either a second associate or tipstaff and secretar y. You will have the oppor tunity to interact with members of the profession and build relationships with other judges and their associates. I have made many friends at the Cour t and I know that they will remain close friends after I leave because I see, on a regular basis, how the relationships of past associates have remained strong through social gatherings, at the Bar and in the profession in general.

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A stint as an associate is not only a great lead-in to the Bar, if that is the direction you want to take, but it also gives you the opportunity to re-connect with the law if you feel at all disillusioned about where you want to go with your career. The mentoring and the one-on-one education you will receive from your judge is next to none!

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GETTING ADMITTED IN HONG KONG >>DLA PIPER

Hong Kong is a place where the world does business. With its dynamic role as Asia’s financial centre, investment gateway to China and as an international base for Chinese and local companies expanding overseas, Hong Kong is the vibrant base for an ever growing array of internationally focused companies. WORKING AS A HONG KONG LAWYER

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Working as a lawyer is the application of the law rather than the academic understanding. The lawyers in Hong Kong working in a solicitors firm give legal advice to their clients about legal matters. For instance, advise them as to disputes that arise in the course of their clients’ business and how business deals and investments can be structured to avoid disputes in the future. This makes the work of a lawyer very stimulating and often intellectually challenging. Lawyers in Hong Kong may sometimes be dealing with high profile work which may on occasions be repor ted in the press. Marketing is impor tant for lawyers and this often involves social events which can be fun and glamorous. Hong Kong solicitors firms tend to charge high fees and consequently clients expect a consistently high standard of ser vice from their lawyers. It is impor tant to deal with their enquiries promptly but quality of service must not be compromised and clients’ expectations must sometimes be managed.

ROUTES TO QUALIFY AS A LAWYER IN HONG KONG 1.“Trainee Solicitor” Route

City University of Hong Kong offer PCLL programme. The Chinese University of Hong Kong will commence its PCLL programme in 2008. After finished the PCLL programme, graduates are required to complete a 2-year training contract with a solicitor qualified to employ trainee solicitors in order to be eligible for admission to practice in Hong Kong as a solicitor. After completed the training requirements in accordance with the Trainee Solicitors’ Rules, the trainee solicitor will be eligible to apply for admission as a solicitor in Hong Kong.

2. “OVERSEAS QUALIFIED LAWYER” ROUTE For Australian students who opt to take the overseas qualified lawyer route, they must be entitled to practise the law of an Australian jurisdiction (for e.g. Victoria), in good standing of that jurisdiction and have at least two years of post admission experience in the practice of law including any period of articles. After fulfilling these requirements, they have to pass all the Heads of the Overseas Lawyer Qualified Examinations they are required to sit in order to be eligible to apply for admission as a solicitor in Hong Kong.

Point to note Most of the international law firms recruit trainee solicitors two years before commencement of their training contract. If you are interested in becoming a lawyer in Hong Kong through the trainee solicitor route, please apply for the training contract at least two years before you want to start work as a trainee solicitor.

Students who possess an LLB or JD from Universities in Australia and wish to become a solicitor in Hong Kong must pass all the courses in the Post-graduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) programme before commencing a training contract with any solicitors firm. For the September 2008 PCLL intake, overseas students without a Hong Kong LLB or JD are required to pass the Hong Kong Conversion Examination for PCLL Admission before taking the PCLL programme. The examination dates in 2008 are in January and June. Please contact the Conversion Examination Board for more details. The PCLL programme is where you will learn about the day-to-day aspects of being a practising lawyer in Hong Kong. Currently, the University of Hong Kong and the

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LIFE AS A TRAINEE IN CLIFFORD CHANCE >>SELINA TSANG CLIFFORD CHANCE

From the beginning, ever yone was ver y approachable. Though you’re working within a global firm, the groups are small and ver y manageable, so you quickly get to know ever yone involved. There is also a good mix of people throughout from different jurisdictions, from the par tner level to the trainees.

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My first seat was in the Capital Markets groups, where I assisted with numerous high profile note of fering transactions and assisted in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In at the deep end, it was a good introduction to a career in law and covers a wide range of topics. To name but a few of my tasks, I assisted in the drafting of the Offering Circular, led and attended due diligence meetings in Beijing, drafted various transaction documents, attended negotiation conference calls and arranged for signing and closing of various transactions. A big factor in my decision to join Clifford Chance was that they offered more international trainee opportunities than other firms. I spent my second seat in the Corporate group in London and was involved in several large acquisition transactions. My work ranged from drafting various transaction documents to under taking the disclosure process, from liaising with clients to instructing local counsel.

One of the headline deals I was working on was the share sale of a DIY chain to an American private equity group for approximately HK$3.3 billion. It was very rewarding to be heavily involved in a highly complex equity restructuring transaction. I saw the processes of a refinancing and restructuring transaction from star t to finish, and whilst gaining an understanding of new legal concepts in UK, I have been introduced to the commercial concerns underpinning the practical consequences of the legal work undertaken, especially during multi-party conference calls, which gave me an insight as to the value of corporate legal work. I like the fact that the firm also puts a lot of emphasis on professional development. We have monthly group meetings and periodic seminars covering topics relevant to the practice. Lectures from the London office are also available on the intranet and we have an extensive know how database. Life in Clifford Chance is more than just work. We have various drinks nights (and a drinks trolley ever y for tnight in London!), charitable dinner functions, an annual firm wide Spring dinner to celebrate Chinese New Year and the Christmas parties to name a few. In addition, each practice area also organises an annual retreat held off-site, which has taken the trainees in my intake to Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi and Seoul to date.

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In September 2006, I joined Clifford Chance as a trainee solicitor, after graduating from the Masters in Laws at the University of Cambridge and having completed the Bachelor of Laws and a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) course in the University of Hong Kong.

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A SEASONAL CLERKSHIP IN HONG KONG

THE ADVANTAGES OF WORKING IN A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM

My experience with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer began with my interview in Melbourne with the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer HR graduate recruitment team. The HR graduate recruitment team annually visit Melbourne to take part in the Melbourne Law School’s Hong Kong Law Fair. I have found interviews to be daunting and intimidating, so I was pleasantly surprised by the relaxed approach they took during the interview. Shortly after the interview, I found out that I was fortunate enough to have secured a winter clerkship with the Hong Kong office, along with three other Melbourne University students. I was on my way to Hong Kong!

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Freshfields has an exciting blend of people and cultures. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed but professional. There will be work to be done, but also plenty of people (including the people who set the work in the first place) who are most happy to assist you in your tasks. Seasonal clerks will benefit from the wisdom and experience of the current trainees. You will also be assigned to a supervising associate who will guide you, and generally act as your mentor. Aside from Hong Kong, UK and US lawyers, there is a sizeable Australian ‘community’ within the firm. In fact, quite a few of them proudly display their Australian law degrees on the walls of their offices. The work under taken at a global firm like Freshfields is truly international; no doubt, this is due to the fact that the firm attracts the highest quality work. I was placed in the Corporate group which is the largest in the firm. This is no surprise when you consider the fact that Freshfields have been responsible for some of the largest Hong Kong IPOs in the past few years. Everyone in the firm speaks English, although some documents are prepared in both English and Chinese. So if you have skills in Chinese, you will be asked to use them from time to time. The exposure I received as a seasonal clerk was over whelming: I contributed in the compilation of an IPO bible for a major Chinese entity;

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assisted in ensuring that a company complied with a particular section of the Hong Kong stock exchange rules prior to lodging their listing application; I under took due diligence exercises at another Hong Kong firm and I even helped to prepare and draft a company prospectus in both English and Chinese. As a clerk, you will receive one or two research tasks but there is always a sense of familiarity when you refer to Hong Kong legislation and statutes thanks to our shared English Law heritage. It is times like this that you realise that as Australian law students, we are in a great position to export our knowledge and skills. In terms of social or leisure activities, Freshfields has a great variety on offer. There is always the Christmas par ty, or if you are in the Januar y intake, the oppor tunity to take par t in the proud tradition of the annual bowling championship. There’s the firm lunches, weekly Friday night drinks and also junk trips that you may tag along to, or even better, organize yourself with your fellow clerks. Hong Kong itself is a dynamic city and there are vir tually unlimited sources of enter tainment and leisure activities at your disposal. You might like to tr y an exhilarating ride at one of the theme parks or embark on a spiritual journey whilst visiting the many temples or the giant Buddha, or perhaps spend your weekend at a traditional fishing village or island hopping. Learning some basic Cantonese or Mandarin before you go definitely helps especially when it comes to asking for directions or bartering with local merchants; but generally, the majority of people have a basic understanding of English. If you would like the oppor tunity to work on high-profile transactions that are invariably cross-border in nature and if you enjoy a culturally diverse working environment; Freshfields in Hong Kong truly is an exciting and rewarding place to be a winter clerk.

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After spending my Australian summer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hong Kong, I truly felt that working in a top international law firm is a unique experience. The rewards are immense. The working experience overlays the usual skill development that one receives in a local law firm with additional international focus, greater responsibility, higher exposure to client work, and an association with an internationally known brand in legal practice. On top of this, it provides an excellent opportunity to hone one’s multilingual abilities in a professional context. DEVELOPING A UNIQUE SKILL SET At the beginning of a legal career, skills development is a crucial factor when it comes to determining the firm you wish to work for. In an international law firm such as Freshfields, you will find yourself developing not only the technical legal skills and interpersonal skills, but also language skills and knowledge of different cultures. Working in Freshfields Hong Kong, I found myself involved in reading and reviewing Chinese documents and dealing with Chinese government agencies over the phone (in Chinese). These experiences saw a sharp improvement in my Chinese reading and speaking skills.

intentions at these negotiations. This client exposure brings with it a degree of responsibility – you are acutely aware that your actions will not only affect the image of your law firm, but will also have a noticeable impact on your client’s success in the transaction. The opportunity to learn how to successfully serve and build rapport with a client, together with the personal network that you can potentially build, can put you miles ahead of most other graduate lawyers.

AN INTERNATIONAL FOCUS It goes without saying that an international law firm will provide you with more oppor tunities to work on transactions that involve par ties from other countries. But more impor tantly, what is often overlooked is that the experience will open your eyes to the varied legal and business structures around the world. In my case, our Hong Kong-based client was setting up a joint venture in China with a US company. The Chinese laws are such that the transaction needed to be structured with several special purpose companies in place in order to comply with local regulator y regimes. Working on this transaction therefore provided me with a glimpse of the tools foreign companies frequently use to enter the Chinese market.

INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE

Aside from developing language skills and cultural understanding on the job, top international firms such as Freshfields will strongly support you to improve these skills in formal education institutions. These generic skills, unlike anything else, will stay with you wherever you go, giving you a unique advantage over others.

Being associated with a law firm that has an international reputation can accelerate your careers and give you greater career choice and flexibility. The strong brand name will stand behind you wherever you go. Further, there is much scope for secondment oppor tunities should you wish to work in London, Shanghai, or any other one of the firm’s global offices.

RESPONSIBILITY & EXPOSURE

SO WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

For a junior member of a law firm, it is often difficult to gain significant exposure to external clients. However, having spent four weeks at Freshfields Hong Kong, I found that international law firms tend to be more willing to provide you with such exposure. From the ver y second day, I was introduced to our Hong Kong-based client as a Freshfields employee and became heavily involved in setting up a joint venture for them. Much of my time was spent on attending negotiation sessions, speaking to our client, drafting clauses, and reviewing documents to reflect par ties’

Just like ever ything else in law, there is no right answer when it comes to choosing a law firm. However, I hope the above provides some useful information about the additional challenges and rewards of working for an international law firm. For me, I believe developing the right skills and gaining broad experiences are impor tant considerations for someone commencing a legal career. One of the best places to develop such skills and gain broad exposures is no doubt an international law firm.

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>>ZHEN GUAN WINTER CLERK 07’ FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER, HONG KONG

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A giant leap Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a leading international law firm. With over 2,500 lawyers and a total of 27 offices in 16 countries we handle a wide variety of interesting, innovative matters for high-profile clients in the world’s major economies. Our friendly and relaxed atmosphere comes from having a diverse range of individuals who share a strong set of values. Our Hong Kong and London offices are interested in hearing from graduates of Australian law schools interested in pursuing an international career. For information about vacation placements and training contracts, please visit the graduate recruitment section of our website. You can also contact Yulanda Wong, graduate recruitment specialist, in Hong Kong, at hkgraduaterecruitment@freshfields.com or Clare Beesley in London, at uktrainees@freshfields.com. www.freshfields.com

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY WEBSITE: CONTACT:

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.aar.com.au Phuong (Fern) Vuong People & Performance Coordinator (Graduate Resourcing) Level 27, 530 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9613 8572 (03) 9614 4661 Phuong.Vuong@aar.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Partners: (59) (Melbourne office) Total Solicitors: (246) OTHER OFFICES: Australia – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Asia Pacific – Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Port Moresby, Shanghai and Singapore. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Competition Law; Energy & Resources; Funds Management, Real Estate & Superannuation; Communications, Media & Technology; M&A and Capital Markets; Banking & Financial Ser vices; Tax; Projects; Commercial Litigation; Insolvency & Restructuring; Insurance & Reinsurance; Intellectual Property & Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys; Greater China; South East Asia. PRO BONO WORK: You’ll find we’re as committed to the community as we are to corporations. We support a diverse range of charities and undertake a broad variety of pro bono work for individuals and not for profit organisations. We take this professional obligation very seriously and encourage our lawyers to be involved.

ARNOLD BLOCH LEIBLER apply via our careers page (www.aar.com.au/careers) under the job headed ‘Expression of Interest - Casual Paralegals, Melbourne’.

WEBSITE:

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: Approx 40

ADDRESS:

APPLICATIONS DUE: 11 January 2008 APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Please apply through our careers website (www.aar.com.au/careers) when applications open on 10 December 2007. ROTATIONS: 12 Months PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: One of our strengths is the commitment of our par tners and senior lawyers to providing ‘hands on’ training. This is crucial to developing the skills young lawyers need to manage clients’ legal af fairs and for their own career development. There are also many opportunities to attend various internal and external training courses. We encourage the continuing development of all AAR staff. We offer financial assistance and time off as a means of support to those undertaking approved study. Many of our lawyers enrol in a Master of Laws degree at one of the major universities, or in other industry-specific courses. FIRM PROFILE: We are a full ser vice international commercial law firm providing a broad range of corporate and commercial advice. We have fourteen practice groups in total spread across four departments.

CONTACT:

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.abl.com.au and www.ablheadstart.com.au Melanie Carlsen Human Resources Adviser Level 21, 333 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9229 9871 (03) 9916 9386 mcarlsen@abl.com.au

We have found that the people who are successful in law and at Arnold Bloch Leibler are those who, in addition to holding a sound academic record, also present themselves in a confident manner and demonstrate an ability to relate well to others. We look for people who know how to use initiative and accept shared responsibility for their career development. The other personal qualities we consider are willingness to learn, a sense of humour, and preparedness to assume responsibility.

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: 28 (Male – 22, Female – 6) Total Lawyers: 80 (Male – 46, Female – 34) OTHER OFFICES: Sydney

ROUND OF INTERVIEWS: One. Shor tlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview with an HR representative and two partners. Our inter view style is relaxed and informal. We believe this is the best way to get to know you and to give you the opportunity to find out about us.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Property & development, commercial & corporate, litigation & dispute resolution, taxation, technology, reconstruction & insolvency, banking & finance, employment & industrial relations, wealth management, native title, and public interest law. PRO BONO WORK: The firm has a strong public interest law practice, coordinated by Peter Seidel, Par tner. Many of the firm’s lawyers devote time and skill to wor thy social causes. In 2004/05, on average, each Arnold Bloch Leibler legal professional devoted in excess of one working week to public interest (or pro bono) work. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY

PARALEGAL WORK: Yes, casual paralegal positions do arise from time to time. To register your interest for casual paralegal work, please

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Arnold Bloch Leibler runs a dedicated professional development program for all Articled Clerks, typically once a week over lunch. The Program includes both technical and business skills training and is facilitated by a mix of Arnold Bloch Leibler par tners, staf f and external presenters. In addition, Articled Clerks are encouraged to attend regular in-house CLE seminars and external courses.

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

ROTATIONS: There is no formal rotation process at Arnold Bloch Leibler. This is because as an Articled Clerk at Arnold Bloch Leibler you will experience a broad range of work and by not rotating, it is our experience that you will receive a better quality of work, super vision and client contact. However, Articled Clerks are given the opportunity to move to another area of practice after nine months if they desire.

PARALEGAL WORK: Yes ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: APPLICATIONS DUE: By Friday 11 January 2008 (for Articles in 2009) APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Please send a cover letter, resume and copy of academic transcripts to Melanie Carlsen, HR Adviser. We prefer to receive applications via cvMail (www.cvmail.com.au).

FIRM PROFILE: Arnold Bloch Leibler is a leading commercial law firm with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. The firm represents a wide range of individuals and corporate clients and has a dedicated pro bono practice providing advice on social and environmental issues. Arnold Bloch Leibler is particularly known for its exper tise in commercial law, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation and property. In these areas, the firm has been involved in many landmark matters and transactions.

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for internships can be sent by email, fax or post. Fur ther details about the program, including due dates for applications, can be found on the ALRC website.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SOLICITOR WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

www.ags.gov.au Raelene McPherson, HR Manager Street: Level 21, 200 Queen Street Melbourne 3000 POSTAL: GPO Box 2853, Melbourne 3001 PHONE: (03) 9242 1222 FACSIMILE: (03) 9242 1333 EMAIL: vicjobs@ags.gov.au

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: (or Graduate Positions) Positions in 2009: 4

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Approx Total Lawyers: (Male: 30, Female: 30) OTHER OFFICES: Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart

Applications may be sent to vicjobs@ags.gov.au or via post to the attention of Raelene McPherson, HR Manager. Applications should include a cover letter, CV with relevant work experience, as well as Transcript of Results. Generally there will only be one round of interviews. Further information can be found at www.ags.gov.au under “Careers @ AGS”.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Administration law, Contracts and Commercial, Customs, Debt Recover y & Insolvency, Law Enforcement and Subpoenas, Migration, Commonwealth Regulator y Functions, Trade Practices and Competition, Employment & Industrial Relations, Workers’ Compensation & Personal Injuries, Negligence and other Civil Claims, Proper ty and Planning, and Taxation. PRO BONO WORK: No set program, however AGS encourages its lawyers to undertake Pro Bono work SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: No, however AGS complies

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No PARALEGAL WORK: Yes

APPLICATIONS DUE: COB Friday, 11 January 2008

ROTATIONS: 3 – 4 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Comprehensive induction including computer training, librar y and computer based legal research, accounts/ billing, relevant regulations, practice standards, directions, determinations, familiarisation of daily operations. National Practice Orientation Program (three days of Orientation to the Practice, Plain Language and Early Career Lawyer Networking) run twice yearly. Substantive, targeted training on a wide variety of topics, including issues affecting AGS and its clients as par t of the National Professional Development Program.

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WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.alrc.gov.au Research Manager GPO Box 3708 Sydney NSW 2001 (02) 8238 6333 (02) 8238 6363 internship@alrc.gov.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) No Melbourne Office OTHER OFFICES: Sydney: 3 full-time Commissioners, approx 12 legal staff MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Law Reform: topics of inquiry vary, ranging from technical aspects of the law (such as reviews of the Marine Insurance Act 1909 and the Archives Act 1983) to questions of broad social policy (such as the ethics of gene patenting). PRO BONO WORK: The ALRC does not undertake client work.

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SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: No PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No PARALEGAL WORK: Voluntary Internship Program (see below) ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: (or Graduate Positions) The ALRC does not offer ar ticles of clerkship or graduate positions. Positions for legal officers are advertised on the ALRC website and in national newspapers. Legal officers are expected to have a number of years experience in a legal field prior to appointment. If you are interested in working in law reform, an internship is a good way to get an idea of what working at the ALRC is like. The ALRC’s voluntary Internship Program in Sydney runs during university semesters for one-day per week, or for four weeks full-time during Summer. Applications

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Interns and legal of ficers receive in-house training in research and writing. Legal officers are encouraged to attend seminars and conferences related to ALRC inquiry work.

to it by the Attorney-General of Australia. While the government of the day poses the questions, the ALRC’s final recommendations are not dictated by government but are developed through independent research and analysis and through consultation with interested par ties and the public. Most ALRC inquiries take between 18 months and three or four years to complete.

FIRM PROFILE: The ALRC is an independent statutor y authority based in Sydney that inquires into and reports on matters referred

BAKER & MCKENZIE WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

www.bakemet.com Katie Culpitt, Human Resources Co-ordinator Level 39 Rialto, 525 Collins Street Melbourne 3000 (03) 9617 4200 (03) 9614 2103 Katie.culpitt@bakernet.com

Please send your CV to our HR Co-ordinator if you are interested in paralegal work.

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: 17 (Male – 15, Female –2) Total Solicitors: 71 (Male – 31 , Female – 40) OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, plus 70 offices in 38 locations internationally 76 partners (Male – 61, Female – 15)

APPLICATION PROCESS: Send applications to Katie Culpitt via CV Mail www.cvmail. com.au

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking & Finance; Commercial Real Estate; Construction; Litigation; Corporate; Employment; Information Technology & Communications; Intellectual Property; Tax PRO BONO WORK: Our Pro Bono program ser ves disadvantaged and marginalised individuals as well as wor thy charities including Fred Hollows Foundation, Alola Foundation, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Asylum Seekers Centre, Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, Benevolent Society, National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglet, Ronald McDonald House and the Salvation Army. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes PARALEGAL WORK: The firm is rarely able to of fer regular paralegal work. From time to time, casual paralegal work is available in the Melbourne Office. Our requirements for this work are hard to predict as they are driven by matter requirements.

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: Approx 10 APPLICATIONS DUE: 11 January 2007

ROTATIONS: 4 rotations of 3 months each PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The firm offers internal Practice Group legal training and Professional Development Sessions, and our Professional Development team have recently unveiled a new program called ‘Cornerstone’, offering monthly learning sessions for our 0-2 year lawyers. This program will arm our lawyers with a basic understanding about the areas of law that they will come across in their practice, and an understanding of what issues they may encounter. FIRM PROFILE: Baker & McKenzie is unique among law firms in Australia. Today, with a market presence of 40 years and with 80 partners and over 200 lawyers who practice Australian law we are a premium firm doing quality work for quality clients. We are unique because we offer our clients something no other Australian firm can offer – access to a global network of Baker & McKenzie offices around the world. We have been part of the Australian landscape since 1964 and have established ourselves as one of Australia’s major law firms, providing clients with an unequalled combination of local legal expertise and global knowledge and capabilities.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

BLAKE DAWSON WALDRON

www.bjt.com.au Stephen Drummond Chief Executive Officer 38 Lydiard Street South Ballarat VIC 3350 (03) 5333 8888 (03) 5333 2901 careers@bjt.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Partners: (Male – 6, Female – ) Total Solicitors: (Male – 7, Female – 2) OTHER OFFICES: Ballarat (Head office), Melbourne, Benalla MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Family Law, Wills & Probate, Commercial, Litigation, Mortgage/Finance, Taxation/ Corporate Planning PRO BONO WORK: The Firm supplies solicitors on roster to the Central Highlands Community Legal Centre and also the Ballarat Duty Lawyers Scheme. The Firm is heavily involved in Pro Bono work for various Religious Orders, Schools and charities on a needs basis. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PARALEGAL WORK: The Firm runs a Summer Clerk position for Undergraduates who perform Paralegal work.

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: 2

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APPLICATIONS DUE: 31/03/08 APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Applications by post or email to careers@bjt.com.au Additional information can be found on our website. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Ar ticle clerk positions are of fered on an annual basis. Each clerk is ar ticled to a Par tner who is an Accredited Specialist in their field, and who provides the necessar y super vision and guidance required. A broad range of tuition is provided including training both on and off the job together with significant client contact which assists a smooth transition from graduate to legal practitioner. Depending upon staffing requirements a rotational system of articles through various departments may be available. FIRM PROFILE: Our people are dedicated to their clients and strive to work with them rather than for them. By establishing a close, professional relationship with their clients, solutions to problems can often be found more efficiently. Our people maintain a high degree of technical excellence. All of our partners are Accredited Specialists in their field of law. This ensures clients receive the best possible legal advice that is also commercially focused.

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

bdw.com Lisa Eskander – People Development Consultant, Graduate Programs Jessica Nesbitt – People Development Assistant, Graduate Programs Level 39, 101 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9679 3000 (03) 9679 3111 lisa.eskander@bdw.com; jessica.nesbitt@bdw.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) 183 Partners Nationally 400 Lawyers and Support in Melbourne OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Per th, Por t Moresby, Shanghai and an associated office in Jakarta MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate including Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services, Insolvency & Tax, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment, Property Projects & Government, Competition & Consumer Protection, Environment, Intellectual property IT, Communications and Media

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PRO BONO WORK: Blake Dawson Waldron has a strong and recognised commitment to providing legal ser vices to disadvantaged people and organisations. In conjunction with the Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres and Nor th Melbourne Community Legal Centre, we established Youthlaw, Victoria’s first specialist legal ser vice for young people. The firm provides substantial support to Youthlaw in its impor tant work and we send junior lawyers on secondment to the organisation. The firm also has a National Pro Bono Par tner who manages the pro bono program. We offer all our people the opportunity to use their legal skills and experience to contribute to our society through an active and meaningful pro-bono and support program.

APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Applications should be made via cvmail.com.au. Two rounds of inter views with par tners and People Development. ROTATIONS: 3 rotations of 4 months duration. PRIORITY OFFERS: Wednesday 6 February 2008 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The BDW Graduate Development Program has been developed to provide a solid foundation for your continued learning throughout your career. It will also assist to accelerate your transition from the university environment to that of a large commercial law firm. Our induction program is an introduction to the firm’s practice, our resources and legal skills training. After induction in the Melbourne office, Articled Clerks participate in our intensive Practical Legal Training skills module off-site. This is then reinforced throughout the year by various learning and development oppor tunities including our Law in Practice series and Market Edge program. On-the-job learning is supported by a structured supervisory and training program focused on the specific skills required for the relevant area of practice. An emphasis on feedback and appraisal at the end of your rotation provides opportunities for you to review your progress with a view to longer term career objectives. All training and development is suppor ted by our Melbourne Learning & Development team. FIRM PROFILE: ‘Australian Law Firm of the Year’ (Chambers Global 2006), Blake Dawson Waldron is one of Australia’s leading law firms with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Shanghai, Port Moresby and an associated office in Jakarta. The firm provides legal services to many large Australian and international corporations, government and public sector organisations. With our recognised knowledge, technical expertise and ability to deliver superior results, our clients are assured of the highest standard of legal advice and services.

SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes PARALEGAL WORK: Yes

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ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: 24 – 26 External Market Applications Due: Friday 11 January 2008 External Market Offers: Monday 3 March 2008

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BRIAN WARD & PARTNERS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.bwplegal.com.au Renee Hardman, Human Resources Co-ordinator Level 11, 555 Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9657 3555 (03) 9657 3599 rhardman@bwplegal.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: (Male 3, Female 1) Total Solicitors: (Male 5, Female 5) MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Travel, Tourism & Leisure, Sport, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Media & Adver tising, Construction, Manufacturing & Distribution, Financial & Management Consultancy, Government and Public Sector PRO BONO WORK: As par t of the firms Government legal panel contract we have a commitment to providing pro-bono ser vices. Community service is core culture at Brian Ward & Partners. Our directors have ongoing commitments to organisations such University of Melbourne and Cabrini Hospital. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Brian Ward & Par tners are not a signator y to the LIV guidelines.

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ROTATIONS: The professional environment has been described as a “loose-tight” structure. We work in teams. Teams form around client demands and are not an end in themselves. Graduates receive exposure to the full range of problems within a work group, including business advisor y and dispute resolution. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Articled Clerks are encouraged to attend a wide variety of external training programs throughout the year. The firm supports and encourages further education. FIRM PROFILE: Brian Ward & Par tners is an incorporated mid-tier legal practice based in Melbourne with trans-national and international clients. The practice provides strategic legal services to commercial clients in a disciplined but creative environment. The firm aims to deliver bankable, timely and user-friendly advice around the key risks to which commercial undertakings are exposed. The firm has par ticular experience in travel, tourism, telecommunications, spor t, information technology, construction and government ser vices. It is a member of the Victorian Government Legal Service Panel.

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2008: 1 – 2 APPLICATIONS DUE: Please refer to our website

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.claytonutz.com Lauren Sharp, Human Resources Coordinator – Graduates Level 18,333 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9286 6755 (03) 9629 8488 graduates.melbourne@claytonutz.com

SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes PARALEGAL WORK: Yes – to incoming or former seasonal clerks and incoming articled clerks ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: APPLICATIONS DUE: Monday 1 January 2007 5.00 pm

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: 43 Total Solicitors: 165 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin & Canberra.

APPLICATIONS PROCESS: www.cvmail.com.au (only) Two interviews. ROTATIONS: three

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Competition Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Law/Equity Finance, Intellectual Proper ty, Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Native Title, Privatisation and Corporatisation, Taxation Law, Workplace Relations and Employment Law, Environment and Planning Law, Debt Finance, Derivatives, E-commerce, Insurance, Major Projects, Managed Investments, Project Finance, Securitisation, Stamp Duty, Structured Finance, Superannuation, Construction, Planning & Environment, Proper ty, Administrative/Public Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Practice & Procedure, Corporate/Tax Litigation, IP/IT Litigation, Medico-Legal, Product Liability and Recovery and Insolvency. PRO BONO WORK: Our pro bono culture is probably the strongest of any law firm in Australia. All lawyers, from ar ticled clerks to partners are expected to complete a minimum of 30 hours pro bono work a year. We seek to provide access to advice and representation for all, believing that this is crucial to the integrity of our legal system. Most of our clients are those who would otherwise slip through the cracks of our legal system.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Our Ar ticled Clerk learning and development program is based around our values. It consists of an intensive orientation program (including retreat) and Junior Corporate, Litigation and Drafting Programs. We have an extensive in-house continuing legal education program, based upon identified competencies and linked to our performance management programs. Where relevant, employees are encouraged to attend external learning programs including the completion of relevant post-graduate courses. Financial suppor t and study leave are available for approved courses.

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APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Applications will be accepted by either post or email. Applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, academic transcript and references.

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CORNWALL STODART WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.cornwalls.com.au Rachael Boxshall, Human Resources Manager Level 10, 114 William Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9608 2000 (03) 9608 2222 enquiry@cornwalls.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: 12 (Male – 8, Female – 4) Total Solicitors: 31 (Male – 11, Female – 20) MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking & Finance, Business Transactions, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Proper ty, Defamation & Media, Insurance, Intellectual Proper ty and Technology, Reconstruction & Insolvency, Spor ts & Enter tainment, Taxation & Revenue, Workplace Relations, Wills & Probate. PRO BONO WORK: While Cornwall Stodar t does not have a formal pro-bono policy, our assistance is determined on a case by case basis. In addition, the firm undertakes significant work for various not for profit organisations. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: No PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes PARALEGAL WORK: Yes TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2009: Up to six graduate positions will be available

APPLICATIONS DUE: 18 January 2008 APPLICATIONS PROCESS: To apply, send your letter of application, CV and academic results to Rachael Boxshall, Human Resources Manager via cvMail.com.au ROTATIONS: Our graduates spend 3 months in each of our practice groups – Commercial, Commercial Litigation and Property – to gain exposure in a variety of areas of law. An opportunity to spend time in our client development program and to work with our CEO on various business initiatives is also offered. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Apart from on the job learning, you will also be encouraged to attend weekly Legal Professional Development seminars. These are in house seminars conducted by our senior associates and partners, on various topics of law. We also have the occasional external speaker join us and conduct a seminar. FIRM PROFILE: Cornwall Stodar t is a client focused medium sized law firm servicing the Commercial legal market. We offer a full range of legal ser vices to small and medium enterprises as well as delivering strategic advice to help our clients achieve their business goals. We also offer large Australian companies a cost effective alternative to the large law firms within our specialist areas of expertise. Cornwall Stodart is one of very few medium sized law firms that offer a full service to clients. Our office is long stablished, fully integrated and built on the same strong values.

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www.corrs.com.au Niki Georgantis, Human Resources Co-ordinator Level 36, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne (03) 9672 3339 (03) 9672 3011 niki.georgantis@corrs.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: 38 Total Solicitors: 142 OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Per th & Gold Coast

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Practice Areas that cover the full spectrum of corporate law. Each of our Practice Areas comprises a number of specific legal ser vices. Through our diversified practice, expert knowledge and collaborative approach we are able to provide clients with the tailored, commercial legal advice they need to succeed in an increasingly complex business environment.

Corrs has a recruitment team consisting of a group of par tners, senior associates, senior solicitors and human resources managers who work together to select candidates for inter view on the basis of their written applications. All candidates are interviewed by a partner or senior associate. Candidates attend two interviews prior to offers being made.

Our areas include Banking & Finance, Competition & Trade Practices, Construction, Corporate Advisor y, Information Technology, Insurance, Intellectual Proper ty, Litigation, Planning Environment & Local Government, Property & Infrastructure, Public & International, Revenue, Telecommunications and Workplace Relations. The core industries we ser ve include: Biotechnology, Energy & Resources, Financial Ser vices, Government, Insolvency & Reconstruction, Insurance, International Arbitration, Major Projects, Manufacturing, Media, Transport & Logistics.

The Graduate Development Program consists of three six month rotations – two of which will be in a litigation and transaction based practice area, followed by a third in another practice group. We believe this structure will allow you to develop fundamental skills and experience in core areas as well as provide you with an opportunity to explore your own areas of interest.

PRO BONO WORK: At Corrs we believe strongly in our social responsibilities and we are committed to contributing to the communities in which we live and work. Many of our lawyers ser ve in leadership roles in community organisations and we suppor t a variety of activities through donation and probono programs. We consider pro bono work to be an important part of our practice and provide legal services to a number of community and charity organizations. We have a histor y of suppor ting local and international charitable and non-government organizations such as the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH). Also at Corrs we also suppor t organisations like the Salvation Army, RSPCA, The Big Issue and Ver y Special Kids that run programs to help young Australians through tough times and create oppor tunities for them to par ticipate in their local communities. Corrs have also established a Workplace Giving Program to enable staff to support their nominated charities through regular payroll deductions.

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FIRM PROFILE: Corrs Chambers Westgar th is one of Australia’s most progressive law firms. We act for a wide range of corporate, commercial and government clients. A fully integrated national law firm, we have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and the Gold Coast. We have a clear vision for our business. It is about growth, innovation and excellence. Now, we’d like the opportunity to discuss your vision for the future. If you have the attitude and ability we’re looking for, then we’d like you to help us create new history. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corrs provides legal advice for clients through a range of

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SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Throughout your time at Corrs, you will receive regular per formance reviews, conducted in consultation with your super vising par tner. One of the great advantages of working at Corrs is our progressive structure and per formance culture. At all times, you will know what is required to take your career to the next stage. Armed with that knowledge, we encourage you to take control of your career development – to set your goals and then go about achieving them. OTHER: Corrs have introduced a range of innovative initiatives designed to support and promote our people professionally and personally. Some of our people initiatives include:

• A remuneration structure which sees Corrs staff paid very competitively.

• A High Per formance Incentive Scheme that gives all employees the oppor tunity to earn up to a fur ther 5-15% of their salar y depending on their level in the firm and the quality of their contribution.

• A Corrs Scholarship for Individual Excellence Program where our high per forming employees receive the oppor tunity to attend shor t training courses at institutions such as Harvard, Oxford and Yale.

• An International Internship Program which provides an

PARALEGAL WORK: Paralegal roles are generally filled by former clerks, however additional vacancies do arise from time to time. Students can register their interest by submitting an application to Niki Sprekos and will be contacted as opportunities arise.

oppor tunity to travel and work with leading law firms overseas,including Japan, Singapore and the United States.

• Excellent prospects for career progression and the

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provision of a clearly defined career path.

• An oppor tunity to actively contribute to the broader GRADUATE PROGRAM: Positions in 2009: Around 20 Applications Due: Friday 4 January 2008. Applications are accepted via the cvMail website at www.cvmail.com.au

community through Corrs’ Pro Bono Program.

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DEACONS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.deacons.com.au www.deaconsrecruitment.com.au Berengere Hannedouche Human Resources Co-ordinator Level 15, RACV Tower, 485 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 8686 6085 (03) 8686 6505 berengere.hannedouche@deacons.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Deacons has over 1000 staff in Australia. Over 600 are lawyers, graduates/ar ticled clerks or other fee earning staff. OTHER OFFICES: Australia: Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth Asia: Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, People’s Republic of China, Singapore, Taipei MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: We have a significant depth of experience across key areas of business, commerce, industr y and government and specific niche areas that have been created to ser ve the needs of our clients such as e-security, private equity, funds management, energy and water reform. Our reach into Asia also means that we have the cross border knowledge and contacts to ensure our clients are well placed to meet the complex challenges and opportunities of an increasingly globalised market place. OUR SERVICES INCLUDE: Banking & Finance, Business Advisory, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Competition & Consumer, Construction & Engineering, Corporate / M & A, Insolvency & Restructuring, I n s u r a n c e , I n t e l l e c t u a l P r o p e r t y, I n t e r n a t i o n a l , Financial and Investment Ser vices, Media, Technology, Telecommunications, OH&S, Proper ty, Environment & Planning, Taxation, Workplace Relations. LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY

PRO BONO WORK: The firm actively par ticipates in Pro Bono work. It is coordinated by a national Pro Bono Co-ordinator with representatives based in each of fice. In addition to accepting referrals our pro bono activities include secondments to PILCH and other pro bono related organisations. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

PARALEGAL WORK: Predominantly sourced through future Articled Clerks in the first instance. However enquiries from other law students with an interest in Deacons are welcome. ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: 14 – 17 APPLICATIONS DUE: Approx. 3 Januar y 2008 (applications open: approx 3 December 2007). Please refer to CVMail and/or Deacons website for exact dates. APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Please apply through CVMail (if you are unable to apply through CVMail please apply via the above contact details). Please include a covering letter, resume and your academic results. We hold two rounds of inter views in addition to a roundtable discussion with Par tners followed by a cocktail function for those attending a second round interview. Your career starts here! At Deacons we know that our people are our greatest asset, which is why we continually seek to attract and retain talented people to our firm. We are delighted with the contribution they all make to our future and to our reputation for delivering a high standard of legal advice. Not only do we look for staff and graduates with: superior academic skills, ef fective communication skills, the ability to work closely in teams, leadership potential, a commitment to excellence in client ser vice, and initiative and drive. But just as importantly, we seek those who can truly think outside the square and can quickly grasp commercial issues and key drivers of business. We employ people who can see things differently, that have the ability to think laterally as well as logically, so we can compete as an organisation of truly innovative thinkers in a truly international marketplace. The program consists of 4 rotations, each of 3 months’ duration. This provides Ar ticled Clerks the oppor tunity to sample a broad range of business groups whilst enabling them to spend a reasonable period of time to become familiar with each business group.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Deacons’ Ar ticled Clerk program consists of a strong combination of training, support networks and quality and variety of work. All Ar ticled Clerks par ticipate in the Core Skills program specifically tailored for Deacons’ Ar ticled Clerks. This comprises a number of workshops that are run externally throughout the year and focus on the key skills required of a lawyer. Articled Clerks have a broad support network within the firm including their Principal (partner sponsoring their Articles), the Articled Clerk Co-ordinators within each business group and a 1st or 2nd year lawyer as a mentor and buddy. Feedback is vital to an Ar ticled Clerk’s development. In addition to regular feedback throughout rotations per formance reviews are under taken at the conclusion of each rotation in order to assist the Ar ticled Clerk with further developing their skills. Deacons has a philosophy that Ar ticled Clerks should experience as much client related work as possible. We have a copy centre to do the photocopying and a courier ser vice to make deliveries! Whilst the urgency or importance of a matter may require doing these tasks from time to time the focus is upon client related work such as research, drafting, client meetings and attending Court and mediations. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Promotion Opportunities We have an integrated per formance management system that encompasses both formal and informal per formance feedback processes as well as career planning. Promotion is performance based and would normally occur following the formal per formance appraisal process that takes place in April/May of each year. However where circumstances suppor t promotion this can happen at anytime of the year. Detailed per formance criteria have been developed to guide promotion to senior associate or partner and are made available to staff members. Postgraduate Study The firm encourages people to study further in their chosen field of exper tise. People who under take relevant postgraduate studies are suppor ted financially as the firm contributes to all or some of the tuition costs. In addition paid study leave is provided for. Legal Training We see training and development as essential to a successful career. It is critical to keep up to date with current and future developments in the various specialty areas of the law.

In addition to the training provided to graduates and articled clerks, regular Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars are held in-house for all staf f. Business units conduct additional CLE’s focused on their specialty areas. These could var y from a presentation on current legal issues in a particular field or industry, an expert guest speaker from outside the firm or a less formal round table discussion within smaller groups. External seminar attendance is actively encouraged throughout the firm. This may include legal technical seminars, management training programs and networking oppor tunities. As previously mentioned, business related postgraduate studies are also encouraged and supported. FIRM PROFILE: Deacons’ origins date back to 1868 when Dr George Sly commenced practice in Sydney, the firm that was founded, is now the Sydney office of Deacons. Deacons positioning statement, The Intelligent Alternative, reflects the core firmwide attributes which our clients value in us, including the strong relationships we build with our clients, our hands on industry experience, a clear understanding of our clients’ business, direct par tner access and responsiveness, innovation and proactivity, our reach both nationally and internationally and our own core values. Deacons today is a major international law firm with a strong presence across Australia and Asia. Our network consists of Deacons owned and af filiated offices in 16 cities in 9 countries and regions throughout Asia - Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, People’s Republic of China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. We provide international-class legal services combined with local know-how to a wide range of successful corporations, governments and public authorities, as well as to private businesses, financial institutions and individuals. Our strategy is to continue to provide innovative, commercially relevant advice to a range of corporates and government bodies. Our presence in Asia as well as Australia, our depth of industr y exper tise, and our progressive approach to continued learning for all our staff, attracts not only the best clients, but also the best people. OUR VISION Deacons has become a ver y dynamic firm thanks to the vision and dedication of its partners. The partnership has grown through a combination of internal partner promotions and key strategic lateral appointments. This has created a rich culture of skills and experience that is reflected in the level and quality of services we provide to our clients.

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It is an exciting time to be at Deacons. Over the past six years our business has grown significantly, and our accessibility, cost consciousness and ‘easy to do business

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with’ approach have also earned us the respect of our clients and of the wider business community. Our entire ser vice culture is centred on building strong client relationships and keeping in step with our clients’ needs in a way that enables us to function as valuable “long haul” business advisors. We are proud of our track record of careful planning, actively managing costs and adding value.

Our fully integrated national infrastructure, ensures there is no duplication of roles, systems or services and, together with our highly efficient internal processes, also ensures our service delivery is cost-effective. It is these attributes that we believe differentiate us from other law firms… and makes us the Intelligent Alternative.

DIBBS ABBOTT STILLMAN WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.daslaw.com.au Kimberley Thickins, HR Coordinator Level 4 575 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000 (03) 8080 3542 (03) 8080 3878 kimberley.thickins@daslaw.com.au

SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No PARALEGAL WORK: Considered on an as needed basis GRADUATE POSITIONS: Please refer to website.

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Partners: 17; Male 16, Female 1 (Melbourne Office) Total Solicitors: 44; Male 30 , Female 14 (Melbourne Office) OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth

APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Applicants are required to send their application via Cvmail, www.cvmail.com.au. ROTATIONS: Generally, the articled clerk rotates through the four divisions, with three months cycles.

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Proper ty, workplace injuries, dispute resolution and litigation, commercial advise with an industr y focus on information technology and telecommunications, franchising and retail, banking and finance, education and workplace relations.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Dibbs Abbott Stillman believes it is essential to expose its Articled Clerks to the Compulsory Professional Development (CPD) programs its lawyers participate in. We facilitate in house training as well as encourage the Articled Clerks to attend external training programs.

PRO BONO WORK: We have a strong commitment to the provision of pro bono legal and business ser vices to community groups and organisations.

FIRM PROFILE: The Dibbs Abbott Stillman Group is a leading national network of local law firms with 74 par tners and more than 450 staff and lawyers dedicated to meeting diverse client needs from our five of fice throughout Australia. Client demand for strong local, national and international representation has driven our growth and geographical focus. So, too, has recognition that the best and brightest lawyers thrive on challenging client work.

Our people are encouraged to choose organisations that they personally feel passionate about. We provide grass roots support to a wide range of community services in the health, disability services, arts, sporting and other areas

VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY DLA PHILLIPS FOX WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.dlaphillipsfox.com Sally Connor – HR Consultant 140 William Street Melbourne 3000 (03) 9274 5491 (03) 9274 5111 sally.connor@dlaphillipsfox.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Total Partners: 44 Total Solicitors: 102 OTHER OFFICES: Per th, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Auckland and Wellington In June 2006 Phillips Fox entered into an exclusive alliance with DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Car y (‘DLA Piper’), one of the largest legal services organisations in the world. This marked the first exclusive alliance of an established law firm in Australia and New Zealand with a global law firm. Operating across Asia, Europe and the US, they offer you more than 3,400 lawyers in 63 offices in 25 countries. A full list of DLA Piper offices can be found at www.dlapiper. com MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Insurance Claims & Risk Management, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Government, Property, Infrastructure, Planning & Environment, Workplace Relations & Employment, Competition & Regulation, Corporate, Banking, Finance, Funds Management & Superannuation, Technology Media & Commercial. PRO BONO WORK: DLA Phillips Fox’s Community Care program receives strong support from people throughout the firm. An example of a pro bono project is the participation in the PILCH Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic at Hanover in South Melbourne. DLA Phillips Fox operates a Legal Clinic for clients on a weekly basis. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes PARALEGAL WORK: We invite our future articled and summer clerks to paralegal for us if the need arises. ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: Up to 15

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APPLICATIONS DUE: Please see our website for further information APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications are only accepted via our website. Go to Clerkship/Graduate section for more information. Round of Interviews: 2 interview process ROTATIONS: 3 x 5 month rotations. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: By joining DLA Phillips Fox Graduate Development Program you will be inducted into the Firm through our structured Best People Orientation Program (BPOP). Here you will learn about the firm’s values, it’s business plan, our policies and the benefits to you as well as receiving extensive training on our systems to ensure a smooth transition from student to lawyer. Participate in our rotation program. This will enable you to gain a wider knowledge of the firm and to establish where you will be best suited for a thriving career within DLA Phillips Fox. Receive plenty on-the-job training and practical experience from peers and senior lawyers. Automatically enter the graduate buddy and mentor program. Your buddy will be someone who has 1 – 2 years more experience than you and your mentor will be a senior lawyer. Both of these will help support you during your first few years with the firm. Have access to a wide range of core legal and business skills courses such as Plain English Drafting, Risk Management, Presentation Skills, Ethics in Practice and Time Management. Receive regular feedback to help you to grow and develop so that you can advance your career. FIRM PROFILE: DLA Phillips Fox is one of the largest legal firms in Australasia and a member of DLA Piper Group, an alliance of independent legal practices. It is a separate and distinct legal entity.

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All law firms are not the same. At DLA Phillips Fox, we celebrate the difference. It’s a difference in the way we think, the way we work and the way we respond. Most of all, in the way we commit.

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ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Number of articled clerks in 2007: 12 Number of articled clerks in 2008: 15

FREEHILLS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.freehills.com Nick Grant National Resourcing Manager 101 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Nick Grant – (03) 9288 1987 (03) 9288 1567 nick.grant@freehills.com Catherine O’Mahony Graduate Recruitment Consultant As above Catherine O’Mahony – (03) 9288 1905 As above catherine.o’mahony@freehills.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Partners: 216 (M: 177 & F: 39) Melbourne office: 71 (M: 59 & F: 12) OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Singapore. We also have correspondent offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Kuala Lumpar and Jakarta. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Our practice groups include Banking and Finance, Corporate, Employee Relations, Litigation, Projects and Patents and Trademarks. Within each practice group there are specific areas of practice such as intellectual property, equal employment opportunity, mergers and acquisitions, environment and many more. PRO BONO WORK: Freehills has a long and proud pro bono history.

SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes PARALEGAL WORK: Positions do become available from time to time ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: approximately 25-30

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PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.gadens.com.au Kelly Chapman Legal Resources Manager Level 25, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9252 2555 (03) 9252 2500 careers@vic.gadens.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Number of partners: (Male – 35, Female – 8) Number of solicitors: 130 (inc Partners) OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Cairns.

INTERVIEW PROCESS: First round inter view with Legal Resources Manager, second round interview for shortlisted candidates with the Managing Director.

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APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Candidates are required to submit an application through CV mail. There are two rounds of interviews with one Partner for each.

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ROTATIONS: 3 x 8 months PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The Graduate Development Program (GDP) aims to build our graduates’ capabilities in four key skill areas: technical; people, teams and culture; clients and markets; and management. It includes core and specialist legal learning topics delivered by our par tners and senior lawyers, interactive skills training seminars and a 2-day national offsite workshop. At Freehills, the GDP is only the beginning of professional development at the firm. Our ongoing technical and skills development programs will support you throughout your career.

ROTATIONS: 3 Rotations. Each rotation is 4 months in duration.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: Please refer to our website: www.gadens.com.au Send applications to: cvmail.com.au

APPLICATIONS DUE: Early January

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.hallandwilcox.com.au Katie McKenzie Human Resources Manager Level 30, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9603 3555 (03) 9670 9632 hr@hallandwilcox.com.au

ROTATIONS: 5 x 10 week rotations PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Hall & Wilcox is suppor tive of continued education and provides a number of inhouse training sessions to facilitate this continued education. The firm is also suppor tive of staff attending external seminars/ workshops/ conferences and provides fee support and study leave to those wishing to pursue post graduate study.

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: 21 (Male 17, Female 4) Total Solicitors: 55 (Male 23, Female 32) OTHER OFFICES: N/A

FIRM PROFILE: See firm website.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Proper ty & Construction, Banking & Finance, Insolvency, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Workplace Relations, Commercial (M&A, Capital Markets, Intellectual Proper ty, Tax, Trade Practices, Franchising, General Commercial)

PRO BONO WORK: Hall & Wilcox is committed to fostering and encouraging pro bono work. The firm has a formal pro bono policy and a pro bono committee and recognises pro bono contributions of its solicitors.

PRO BONO WORK: Unstructured. The Firm allows each of its lawyers to undertake a certain amount of pro-bono work. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Gadens Lawyers encourages its lawyers not only to be high calibre legal technicians but also skilled business people. This is manifested through our continuing legal education which encompasses legal and business training and through the Firm’s annual Business Practice Development program and our new Junior Lawyer Program. Progression through the Firm is on merit rather than years of admission to practise, so each individual’s full contribution and achievements can be recognised.

APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Hall and Wilcox’s inter views process commences in Januar y 2008. Following the shor t listing process there will be two rounds of inter views conducted by the Human Resources Manager, partners and lawyers.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking & Finance, Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Litigation, Employment & Workplace Relations, Family Business & Wealth Management, Financial Services, Insurance, Intellectual Property & IT, Property & Construction, Superannuation, Taxation, WorkCover.

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SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

FIRM PROFILE: Hall & Wilcox is a full-service commercial firm that is widely recognised as a genuine alternative to large firms. The firm was recently named ALB Melbourne Law Firm of the Year 2007. Our clients appreciate our cost competitiveness, our greater emphasis on truly valuing and servicing them and, importantly, our technical expertise. Our approach to legal practice is practical, strategic and commercially focused. We strive to consistently exceed our clients’ expectations and ensure par tner and senior lawyer involvement at all times. While Melbourne-based, our technical abilities traverse state boundaries. Nationally, Hall & Wilcox has strong links with highly respected interstate firms and a long histor y of working with these firms on interstate matters and transactions. We also have strong global links, through the State Capital Global Law Firm Group (www.statecapitallaw. org), an invitation-only network of law firms which enables us to align our advice with international ‘best practice’.

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: N/A (as we do not have seasonal clerks) PARALEGAL WORK: Not generally ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2008: 6

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PARALEGAL WORK: Available on a project basis. APPLICATIONS DUE: Wednesday 16th January, 2008

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.harwoodandrews.com.au Stephanie Beard Human Resources Manager PO Box 101, Geelong 3220 (03) 5225 5225 (03) 5225 5222 geel@harwoodandrews.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Partners: 18 Total Solicitors: 37 OFFICES: Melbourne and Werribee MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: B u s i n e s s L a w ; G e n e r a l C o m m e r c i a l ; Ta x a t i o n ; Superannuation; Litigation; Proper ty; Wills & Estates; Succession Planning; Family Law; Environment, Planning & Local Government; Leasing PRO BONO WORK: Har wood Andrews under takes pro bono legal work for a number of charitable and benevolent organizations. All staff are encouraged to involve themselves in honorar y capacities within the community including community legal centres. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLE OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: No – but follow guidelines PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No PARALEGAL WORK: Yes

– 2 x 6 month rotation between Litigation/Family Law and Business Law groups including Proper ty and Wills & Estates.

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APPLICATIONS PROCESS: – Covering letter – Curriculum Vitae – Transcript of results to date – By email or regular post – One round of interviews with Articled Clerk Committee (2 Principals) and the Human Resources Manager.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We encourage our staf f to develop personally and professionally. This includes the oppor tunity for fur ther education, professional memberships and affiliations and participation in local business and community activities. We provide a Mentor program for all Articled Clerks, support for further education and study leave particularly with the LIV accredited specialisation program, oppor tunities for attending seminars, departmental meetings and external retreats. FIRM PROFILE: Har wood Andrews Lawyers is recognised as a leading Victorian law firm with of fices located in Geelong, Melbourne and Werribee. Har wood Andrews Lawyers has 18 principals, 7 special counsel and 30 lawyers. Harwood Andrews Lawyers and its predecessors has been providing legal ser vices for over 150 years. We continue to evolve the practice consistently reviewing methods of operation and skills so that we remain a progressive and dynamic law firm. Har wood Andrews Lawyers places a high value on the traditional, age old business principles of providing quality personal ser vice, commitment, confidentiality and integrity.

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Har wood Andrews Lawyers is committed to suppor ting the community and provides significant sponsorships and donations to organisations such as United Way with many of our Principals sitting on community committees and Boards.

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PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.hgr.com.au Ms Emma Doran Human Resources Assistant Level 21, 385 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9670 6123 03 9641 8777 info@hgr.com.au

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2008: TBA APPLICATIONS DUE: TBA APPLICATIONS PROCESS: TBA ROTATIONS: TBA

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: (Male – 21, Female – 9) Total Solicitors: 57 in total OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Brisbane

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The firm has a strong focus on learning and development with a commitment to CLE including weekly information/ training sessions for Ar ticled Clerks and monthly CLE sessions for all practitioners. Attendance at external seminars is also strongly encouraged.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Insurance Litigation, Property, Corporate Advisory, Banking & Finance, Tax, Intellectual Proper ty, Enter tainment & Media, Information Technology, Workplace Ser vices, Industrial Relations & Employment, Professional Indemnity Insurance, Construction Insurance, Commercial Dispute Resolution. PRO BONO WORK: Herber t Geer & Rundle is a member of PILCH, the Public Interest Law Clearing House, which is a referral source for pro bono work. In addition, the firm has close associations with the Footscray, Springvale-Monash, Fitzroy and St. Kilda legal Services. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

FIRM PROFILE: Herbert Geer & Rundle is a strong niche law firm working at the forefront of its selected areas of practice. The firm has offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane although we operate in ever y geographical region where the needs of our clients take us. We are committed to achieving intelligent and commercial solutions for clients through an application of specialist knowledge, technology and legal skills. Our firm consists of 30 Par tners, and our total staf f comprises over 240 people. We have a positive reputation for the commerciality of our work, the accessibility of our Par tners to clients, and for possessing the newest information technology systems of any law firm in Australia.

PARALEGAL WORK: Yes

HOLDING REDLICH WEBSITE: CONTACT:

www.holdingredlich.com.au Helen Ayres National Human Resources Manager INITIAL ENQUIRIES TO BE DIRECTED TO: Nicole McCleery Human Resources Assistant ADDRESS: 350 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 PHONE: (03) 9321 9999 FACSIMILE: (03) 9321 9900 EMAIL: clerkships@holdingredlich.com.au FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Total Partners: (Male – 14, Female – 7)

Total Solicitors: (Male – 15, Female – 15) OTHER OFFICES: Sydney and Brisbane MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commer cial Dispute Resolution, Constr uction & Infrastructure, Corporate, Corporate Social Responsibility, Employment & Industrial Relations, Family Law, Media, Enter tainment & Technology, Personal Injur y, Proper ty & Projects, Superannuation & Financial Services.

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values. Holding Redlich is prepared to take on issues which might be controversial or which challenge established interests – whether public or private. Our pro bono work focuses on matters involving refugees, Indigenous people, environmental issues and the Ar ts. Significant cases include the Stolen Generations and the asylum seekers on the Tampa.

ROTATIONS: 2 x 6 months

SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

FIRM PROFILE: Holding Redlich has 44 partners and over 300 staff located in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane, who act for clients of all sizes. We focus on specific areas of commercial, public and private practice to provide first quality ser vices for clients across a broad range of industries, including some of Australia’s largest companies.

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes – The firm’s policy is that summer clerks are given preference in respect to interviews for articles.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Our ar ticled clerks participate in a structured program consisting of inhouse and external training courses. Our lawyers are also encouraged to attend CLE courses such as LIV, Leo Cussen and industry seminars.

PARALEGAL WORK: No ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2008: up to 5 APPLICATIONS DUE: Check Website

Holding Redlich has strong ethical values and a commitment to social justice. Due to our belief that Australia must nurture its identity we are supporters of many artistic and community organisations.

APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Mail, fax or email application letter with CV and academic results. Interview process consists of 1 or 2 interviews with Peter Redlich, Chairman and Helen Ayres, National Human Resources Manager

We respect our staf f and encourage them to pursue interests outside the law. We believe that only well-rounded and motivated professionals can deliver the level of service our clients expect. Holding Redlich won the award for Employer of Choice at the 2005 Australian Law Awards.

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.hwl.com.au Bianca Miselowski National Human Resources Manager Level 21, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000 (03) 8637 7411 1300 365 323 bianca.miselowski@hwl.com.au

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FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: 11 Total Solicitors: 16 (330 employees nationally) OTHER OFFICES: Brisbane, Sydney and Nor west Business Park MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial Litigation, Property Law, Commercial Law. PRO BONO WORK: No SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No

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FIRM PROFILE: Home Wilkinson Lowr y (HWL), is a national legal firm practising in all major areas of Australian commercial and corporate law. We are committed to developing, enhancing and protecting our clients commercial interests. Our commitment to building intimate working relationships with clients, enables us to understand their business and the subtleties of the industries in which they operate. HWL ser vices business clients from all over Australia, through of fices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Norwest Business Park. As expert legal practitioners, our professional promise is to deliver premium quality legal service, tailored by client, by sector and by requirement. Our national technical and industry groups comprise individual practitioners from our national commercial, property and litigation practice areas with expertise in particular industries and technical areas.

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: 3 APPLICATIONS DUE: 25 January 2008. The application process will involve the completion of an internal firm application form. Application forms will be available via the HWL website (www.hwl.com.au) from 19 November 2007. Further instructions will also be provided on the website including details of the inter view process. No applications will be accepted via CV and accompanying cover letter. The Ar ticles of Clerkship Program will encompass 3 four month rotations in each area of practice; Commercial Law, Commercial Litigation and Property Law. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Through our relationships with training providers and educational institutions nationally, we actively encourage our staff to engage in professional development activities. Par tners actively work with employees to help identify appropriate professional development oppor tunities and the best method for ensuring personal development goals are achieved. We also actively suppor t our employees to under take fur ther study to develop and enhance their expertise and practical knowledge.

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Our ever-expanding expert groups practice in the areas of: Banking & Finance Building & Construction Corporate Finance Employment & Industrial Law Environmental Planning & Local Government Franchising & Licensing Industry Superannuation & Investments Intellectual Property & Technology Insolvency & Forensic Services Property Development Securities Enforcement Taxation

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In a challenging and ever-changing business world, HWL remains one of the most respected law firms in Australia, with a reputation for providing the security and skills demanded by shrewd commercial enterprise.

HUNT & HUNT WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

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LIV TRAINEESHIP/ ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: Please refer to our website for updated information.

www.hunthunt.com.au Kim Tuck Level 26, 385 Bourke Street Melbourne Vic 3000 (03) 8602 9200 (03) 8602 9299 ktuck@hunthunt.com.au

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 31 January 2008 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Yes

FIRM COMPOSITION: Number of Partners: Total 110 OFFICES: Sydney, Eastwood, Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Brisbane, Perth, Auckland, Shanghai MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Insurance Litigation, Corporate, Employment, Property PRO BONO WORK: Yes

FIRM PROFILE: Established in 1929, Hunt & Hunt is a leading Australian law firm, with of fices in Sydney (City and Nor th West), Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Per th, Hobar t, Dar win, Auckland, Shanghai and Newcastle. Based on both revenue and headcount, we are one of the most significant commercial law firms in the region. As such, we have the breadth and depth of resources to ser vice the diverse needs of our business, government and private clients.

SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

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PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Refer to website PARALEGAL WORK: Yes

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APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Submission through website: answers@kligers.com.au or articles@kligers.com.au

JERRARD & STUK WEBSITE: CONTACT:

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.js.com.au Tiffany Smith Human Resources and Administration Manager Level 7, 474 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 (03) 9278 4111 (03) 9629 5507 info@js.com.au

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2008: TBA

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Tax, Commercial Litigation, Proper ty, Corporate & Commercial, Wills & Probate SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: CPD and a suppor tive environment FIRM PROFILE: Our ultimate vision is to be, and be recognised as, the leading medium-sized law firm in our specialist fields of practice, in Australia. This vision is underpinned by our primary goal, which is to offer our clients total commitment and to understand the issues which drive our clients’ industries.

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FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Principle Lawyers: Male 11 Solicitors: Male 7 / Female 6 Article Clerk: Male 2 OFFICES: As above.

POSITIONS IN 2009: Two Skills / Degree / Year Level of Applicants High academic standard balanced with achievements in other areas. Well rounded individuals.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial, commercial litigation, proper ty, trademarks, IP, family law, estate planning and employment. PRO BONO WORK: Yes and a pro-bono policy. Signatory to LIV Articles of Clerkship Guidelines: No PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Under consideration PARALEGAL WORK: No

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ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Description of Program, Rotation Structure, Benefits The focus of the program is hands on with the ability to work on your own files in a range of practice areas according to your interests and firm requirements. Quar terly rotation through the litigation, commercial and property teams.

Benefits / Opportunities Collegiate environment with excellent mentoring and coaching from senior lawyers. Oppor tunities for client contact and an exposure to all levels of the practice. Continuing Education Generous fur ther education and training oppor tunities in a medium sized high growth firm. A study leave policy supports further education. APPLICATIONS DUE: Refer to website

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Internal & external Professional Development Training/ Seminars available, mentoring program and coaching from senior lawyers. FIRM PROFILE: Mid-tier commercial firm with a client range from small – medium enterprises and high net-wor th individuals, including some publicly listed companies. Kliger Partners is committed to providing a full range of legal ser vices to all clients.

Panel of 3 for the interview process. APPLICATIONS PROCESS: applications to consist of cover letter, CV, university marks. They are to be submitted by either post or email.

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No

www.kligers.com.au Shirley Errey – HR Manager 280 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 8600 8888 (03) 8600 8899 answers@kligers.com.au

TO BE INCLUDED IN APPLICATION: CV and current academic transcript

APPLICATIONS DUE: TBA

ROTATIONS: 2 x 6 months FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: (Male – 4, Female – 1) Total Solicitors: (Male – 6, Female – 5)

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ROTATIONS: Three

LANDER & ROGERS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.landers.com.au Jorja Hicks, HR Advisor Level 12, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 (03) 9672 9333 (03) 9670 2723 jhicks@landers.com.au

other team event for charity! Lander & Rogers values the commitment and enthusiasm of our people for our pro bono work. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: 31 (Male – 23, Female – 8) Total Solicitors: 60 (Male – 26, Female – 34) OTHER OFFICES: Lander & Rogers have of fices in Melbourne and Sydney. We also have strong relationships with a number of firms throughout the globe through our association with Mackrell International.

PARALEGAL WORK: Oppor tunities for paralegal work become available from time to time. These positions are advertised on the careers section of our website and students are welcome to apply. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2009: No less than 7 APPLICATIONS DUE: 18 January 2008

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: The firm’s legal ser vices are multi-disciplinar y in nature and cover Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Litigation, Family Law, Insurance Law & Litigation, Property Planning & Environment, WorkCover, and Workplace Relations & Safety. PRO BONO WORK: Lander & Rogers has a strong desire to contribute to the betterment of the community. As a firm we seek to build and sustain relationships with the world and community of which we form a part. Ever yone in the firm is encouraged to par ticipate in and engage with our pro bono work and in reflection of this our Pro Bono & Community Suppor t Committee is made up of articled clerks, non-lawyers, and lawyers of every level. Our work in the community is diverse and includes assisting with the establishment of not-forprofit organisations and foundations, providing legal advice for a myriad of organisations from community groups, humanitarian and aid organisations to ar ts and spor ting bodies, both at a national and international level, and par ticipating as a member of PILCH. The firm also offers staff volunteer and secondment opportunities, as well as oppor tunities to par ticipate in the odd football match or

APPLICATIONS PROCESS: To apply, send your letter of application, CV and academic results to us online via cvMail (see www.cvmail.com.au). We invite around 50 candidates to attend an inter view at our offices with a par tner or senior associate and a member of our HR team. ROTATIONS: Lander & Rogers traineeship program is built on 4 practice group rotations (we’ll ask you to indicate your preferences), each of 3 months duration, and covering commercial and litigious areas of practice. The objective of the rotations is to foster the development of broad skills in the law, and to set the solid base of experiences you’ll need to gauge your preferred area of practice following qualification. In each rotation you’re teamed with an experienced lawyer who ensures you experience the best variety and volume of challenging work, involvement with clients to accelerate your learning, coaching on skill development, regular feedback on per formance and progress, and advice on managing your transition into the legal profession. Your practical experiences will be an extension of the research

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and writing activities tackled at the seasonal clerkship level, and will gradually increase in complexity to reflect the advancement of your skills and confidence with each rotation. At the end of each rotation, you’ll debrief with your head of group to discuss your experiences and progress, and to set objectives for the next rotation. On completion of the last rotation, we’ll ask you to indicate your preferred area of practice for placement in one of the firm’s 7 practice groups as a qualified lawyer. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Career long learning and professional development is a feature of life at Lander & Rogers. For trainees this kicks off with a tailored learning and development program designed to build on rotation experiences. Your path to growing proficiency and confidence with the core legal technical and non legal skills necessar y for practice as a lawyer is carefully structured in your first year, with training in plain English letter and document drafting, and workshops to build skills in negotiation and mediation, presentation, time management, and communication. You’ll also participate in sessions offered in our Firm Wide Learning & Development Program, such as legislation and case law updates, in addition to external training seminars and industry events. If you’re keen for more after that, we’ll pay your course fees for post graduate study. FIRM PROFILE: Lander & Rogers is a successful, forward thinking, growing law firm, with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. The firm has 200 people in its Melbourne office and 40 in Sydney, and has achieved exceptional levels of retention and growth in recent years.

The firm’s legal ser vices are multi-disciplinar y in nature, and its clients diverse in scope, including a range of medium and large sized public and private companies and government bodies, covering a range of industries including financial services, insurance, construction, property, retail, sport and leisure. Each year Lander & Rogers offers oppor tunities for law students to join the firm as par t of its annual intakes of seasonal clerks and trainees. The firm invests a huge amount of time in ensuring those students and graduates experience a first rate introduction to the law through a combination of practical work experiences, structured learning and development activities, involvement with broader firm activities like business development and networking, and day to day support through the sharing of knowledge, feedback, encouragement and recognition. The firm also invests in mapping out initiatives to balance and enhance the diverse and changing professional and personal aspirations of its people. As part of this we ensure oppor tunities for physical activity are easily accessible, such as by offering weekly in-house yoga sessions, that people have time to connect on social and not just work levels, such as through our weekly staff drinks events, and that our people the have the tools they need to maximise their broader professional and personal needs, such as by offering financial assistance for post graduate study and paid parental leave.

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lawyers/ar ticled clerks which is super vised by one of our senior lawyers. Ar ticled Clerks are given hands on experience handling their own file load under the direct super vision and guidance of our principals and senior solicitors. ROTATIONS: Articled Clerks are rotated through the different litigation departments within the firm thereby experiencing a diverse range of litigation. A period of approximately 4 months is spent within each of the 3 teams.

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www.mk.com.au Fiona Li Donni Human Resources Manager 40-42 Scott Street, Dandenong Vic 3175 (03) 9794 2600 (03) 9794 2500 fiona.lidonni@mk.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Principals: 19 (15 Male, 4 Female) Total Solicitors: 35 (11 Male, 24 Female) OTHER OFFICES: Level 22, 114 William Street. Melbourne Vic 3000

PRO BONO WORK: None

www.ligeti.com.au Lorraine Anderson, Practice Manager Level 24/200 Queen Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9947 4500 (03) 9947 4501 info@ligeti.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Total Partners: 6 (Male – 5, Female – 1) Total Solicitors: 9 (including 1 articled clerk) (Male – 4 Female – 5) OFFICES: No MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Insurance & Commercial Litigation.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: As required FIRM PROFILE: Ligeti Par tners is a specialist commercial litigation and general insurance practice. It comprises a team of dedicated and experienced litigation and dispute resolution lawyers. Our ethos is to be the best in our areas of specialisation, achieved by delivering a cost ef fective, personalised service which exceeds our client’s expectations.

MACPHERSON + KELLEY

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Business Contracts & Advice, Corporate Law + Mergers and Acquisitions, Employment Law, Family Law, Wills + Estates, Intellectual Proper ty, Litigation/Dispute Resolution, Property, Taxation and Superannuation

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PRO BONO WORK: The firm has made a commitment to doing pro bono work.

SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: No

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No PARALEGAL WORK: None

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: Six APPLICATIONS DUE: 18 January, 2008 1st round interviews with Human Resources Manager and a Senior Lawyer 2nd round interviews with Managing Director APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Hard copy and e-mail applications are accepted. ROTATIONS: Four PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We have a comprehensive in-house training program and encourage attendance at external seminars. FIRM PROFILE: Macpherson + Kelley is proud of its open, friendly culture. An open door policy is upheld throughout the firm and the working environment is a pleasant one, with a strong focus on client service. Staff functions are regularly organised by the company, and they are successful in upholding positive relations amongst staff. As we want our Ar ticled Clerks to continue their legal career with M+K, we endeavour to ensure they receive the best Articles experience possible to set a solid foundation for future progressions and specialisations. Most of our current Principals began with the company as Articled Clerks.

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No PARALEGAL WORK: N/A ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2008: 1 APPLICATIONS DUE: 31 March 2008

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www.maddocks.com.au Sophie Gilbert Human Resources Consultant Level 6, 140 William Street Melbourne (03) 9288 0625 (03) 9288 0666 sophie.gilbert@maddocks.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION Total Partners: 48 (Male – 39 , Female – 9) Total Solicitors: 132 (Male – 48, Female – 84 ) Melbourne Office Total Partners: 37 (Male – 29 , Female – 8) Total Solicitors: 106 (Male – 40, Female – 66) Sydney Office Total Partners: 11 (Male – 10 , Female – 1) Total Solicitors: 26 (Male – 8, Female – 18) MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Disputes, Planning & Environment, Government & Administrative Law, Construction & Major Projects, Proper ty and Workplace Services. PRO BONO WORK: Pro bono work is carried out across the firm, from partners to solicitors to administrative staff. Participation is respected and encouraged. It is co-ordinated by a designated committee led by a pro bono partner. Our contributions include direct financial suppor t for community and government initiatives as well as ser ving on Boards and committees of government, business and community bodies. We are a member of PILCH, the Law Institute Legal Assistance Scheme and the Victorian State Government’s Pro Bono Secondment Scheme. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes PARALEGAL WORK: Usually offered to the following year’s articled clerks

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: (or Graduate Positions) Positions in 2009: 12 – 14

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APPLICATIONS DUE: Friday 4 January 2008 APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Applications are accepted via cvMail and applicants will be required to answer a series of questions as par t of the process. Approximately 100 applicants are chosen for first round inter view and 40 for second inter view. Shor tlisted candidates also attend drinks with some of our par tners and staff. Offers are made after second round interviews are completed. ROTATIONS: Three rotations of four months duration. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Maddocks has a comprehensive professional development program for all legal staff. Articled clerk training includes an intensive induction, followed by a week long legal skills course conducted by ANU. Weekly tailored in-house seminars are offered throughout the year, as well as firmwide CLE sessions. A number of our lawyers are undertaking further study at various institutions. We provide financial assistance to staff undertaking study that is relevant to their practice, as well as study leave. FIRM PROFILE: Maddocks is a long-established Melbourne firm, which has grown exponentially during the past decade, including opening a Sydney office in 2002. Our firm culture is unique – this we know from those people who join us from other firms. When recruiting ar ticled clerks, we look for people whose values coincide with ours – hard work, friendliness, a genuine focus on the needs of our clients, approachability and integrity. We are committed to quality, professionalism and individuality.

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www.mallesons.com Louise Shinners, Acting Graduate Manager Level 50, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9643 5548 (03) 9643 5999 louise.shinners@mallesons.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Partners: 49 Solicitors: 148 Articled Clerks: 40 OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Per th, Brisbane, Canberra, Hong Kong, Beijing, London, Port Moresby MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Mallesons Stephen Jaques’ lawyers work at the cutting edge of legal developments, operate as a cohesive team and are recognised for their ability to provide definitive advice across a range of commercial legal disciplines. Internally our legal teams are organised into the following main groupings: Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Ser vices, Dispute Resolution, Competition, Intellectual Proper ty and Technology, Tax and Proper ty, Construction and Environment. To view the full breadth of Mallesons’ legal capability, see the “Exper tise” content on our website – www.mallesons.com.

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Mallesons will be participating in the Priority pick system and therefore candidates who have completed a seasonal clerkship will be eligible for a priority pick offer. Feedback and assessment will be gathered during the clerkship and candidates will be made offers on the basis of their application and their clerkship performance. No interviews will be required for ex-seasonals. Priority pick offers will be extended on Wednesday 6 February 2008. Mallesons understands that not all students can complete clerkships. Therefore we will continue to recruit outside of our seasonal clerkship pool. Please see below key dates. APPLICATION DATE: 3 December 2007 – 4 January 2008

METHOD OF APPLICATION SUBMISSION: via our website www.mallesons.com/careers

PRO BONO WORK: Mallesons’ Pro Bono program builds on its long-standing commitment to community ser vice. That strategy has enabled the firm to consolidate its community activities, and to provide its people with more oppor tunities to participate and to make a real difference.

ROTATIONS: 4 x 3 months Candidates who have not completed a clerkship are required to attend an interview.

Mallesons’ people provide direct assistance by: • Giving pro bono legal and other professional assistance to individuals and charities through our program.

ROTATIONS: Articled clerks complete four rotations during a 12 month period. The four rotation system allows you to experience a number of practice groups and ensures that you are in the position to make an informed decision about the area of law in which you would like to specialise

• Volunteering through the firm’s program, which provides volunteering oppor tunities with Community Par tners and suppor ts the firm’s people with volunteer leave entitlements

• Supporting charitable programs and donating to charity

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PARALEGAL WORK: We recruit paralegals on demand in line with the needs of the business. These positions are adver tised on our website and candidates are encouraged to apply via our website by submitting a covering letter, CV and academic transcript.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE: 40 – 50

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The inter views are conducted by a partner and a solicitor from the Recruitment Committee.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Mallesons has a complex and comprehensive professional development program for all legal staff. We make sure that our ar ticled clerks through to our par tners are given the best resources and training to ensure they develop a rewarding legal career.

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FIRM PROFILE: Mallesons Stephen Jaques is a leading commercial law firm with a focus on Australia and Asia. It has offices in Australia’s main business centres, Hong Kong, Beijing and London and an associated office in Port Moresby. Mallesons’ prime focus is to assist major corporations and financial institutions with their complex legal work in Australia and Asia.

The firm is recognised for its ability to combine consistently rigorous analysis with astute judgment, giving clients a competitive edge. Mallesons Stephen Jaques is a single partnership which is fully integrated nationally and internationally.

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www.mst.com.au Sarah Brooks Human Resources Manager 315 Ferntree Gully Rd Mount Waverley VIC 3149 (03) 8540 0200 (03) 8540 0202 sarah.brooks@mst.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office): Total Partners: 9 (Male – 8, Female – 1) Total Special Counsel and Associates: 12 (Male – 7, Female – 5) Total Solicitors: 22 (Male – 7 , Female – 15) OTHER OFFICES: Singapore MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Franchising, Intellectual Proper ty and Technology, Litigation, Proper ty, Wills & Estates

INTERVIEW PROCESS: All applicants complete our standard recruitment process, including two rounds of interviews. ROTATIONS: Articled clerks are located in a home group but are given the oppor tunity to under take work in various practices if interest is expressed. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Articled clerks are involved in interesting and challenging work for clients ranging from individuals to national franchises and international corporations. Hands on experience is provided from the beginning of the Ar ticles year. Articled clerks gain experience in drafting, communication skills, file management and interacting with clients. Mentoring and professional development is provided to allow for a smooth transition from articled clerk to lawyer. MST encourages ar ticled clerks to attend a variety of seminars run by the Law Institute of Victoria and the Leo Cussen Institute during the year.

PRO BONO WORK: N/A SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: No PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: N/A PARALEGAL WORK: From time to time.

FIRM PROFILE: MST is a dynamic, growing commercial and private client law firm situated in the Monash region of Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs. In 2007 the firm employs more than 75 legal professional and support staff.

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ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: (or Graduate Positions) Positions in 2008: 2 Positions in 07: 4 The number of positions is dependent on the needs of the business. APPLICATIONS DUE: Friday 1 February 2008 Applications can be made in writing to Sarah Brooks, Human Resources Manager. Please enclose a copy of your academic transcript and CV.

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www.mauriceblackburn.com.au Claire Brown HR Manager – Victoria Level 10, 456 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3006 (03) 96052700 (03) 9258 9620 graduates2007@mbc.aus.net

APPLICATIONS DUE: 11 January 2008 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications must be submitted via CV Mail. A link to CV Mail is available on our website. Applications submitted in any other format will not be considered.

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 25 (11 Female, 14 Male) Total Solicitors: 90 OTHER OFFICES: Victoria: Dandenong, Ringwood, Reservoir, Sunshine, Geelong NSW: Newcastle, Sydney ACT: Canberra Queensland: Cairns, Brisbane, Rockhampton, Southport MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Work Related Injur y, Road Accident Injur y, Asbestos, Commercial, Employment and Industrial, Medical Negligence, Class Actions/Major Projects, Superannuation and Insurance, Public Liability PRO BONO WORK: Maurice Blackburn has a dedicated Public Interest Litigation Practice which runs cases that benefit people who would other wise be unable to access legal representation. Maurice Blackburn is also committed to its Corporate Social Responsibility program, which provides an opportunity for Maurice Blackburn staff to become involved in events to benefit worthy community organisations. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

INDUCTION: Ar ticled Clerks under take a comprehensive induction program designed to introduce them to all practice areas of the firm and also to develop as a team. Articled Clerks are also provided with a Mentor, usually a Senior Associate or Associate outside of their practice area, and a Buddy, usually a First or Second Year Solicitor within their practice area, to, along with their Supervisor, provide guidance and support. ROTATIONS: During our Ar ticles program you will under take two sixmonth rotations giving you the oppor tunity to develop a thorough understanding of those practice areas. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We provide a comprehensive professional development program which includes regular Continuing Legal Education sessions run by the principals or associates on different practice areas, external legal practice seminars, cour t visits and personal development sessions designed to further develop your legal skills. FIRM PROFILE: Since Maurice Blackburn established our firm in 1921 we have built our reputation on defending the rights of ordinary Australians. We now have a network of offices down Australia’s eastern seaboard and a strengthened practice in all major aspects of plaintiff law.

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes PARALEGAL WORK: Yes ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Maurice Blackburn’s Ar ticles Program provides you with invaluable hands-on experience and broad ranging training to familiarise you with all aspects of plaintiff law. Articles at Maurice Blackburn means an exciting beginning to your legal career in a friendly and supportive environment.

We offer a broad legal practice, with a strong industrial relations and personal injur y focus. Our major projects team is at the forefront of consumer class action and we have achieved civil compensation for victims of medical negligence. We have also established Maurice Blackburn Commercial to extend our expertise into new markets and further strengthen our ability to serve the needs of unions and their members.

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MEERKIN & APEL WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.meerkinapel.com.au Kim Jacobi Business Manager 46 Caroline Street South Yarra (03) 9867 4911 (03) 9867 2307 kj@meerkinapel.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Total Partners: (Male 7, Female 1) Total Solicitors: (Male 8, Female 6)

ARTICLE OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2008: Two

VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY ROTATIONS: Ar ticled Clerks will experience 3 Rotations over 13 months. Rotations are based on individual preferences where possible and ensure experience in a litigation and transactional based practice group.

APPLICATIONS DUE: 15 February 2008. APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Curriculum Vitae; results; covering letter. Apply via email or mail. ROTATIONS: 3 x 4 FIRM PROFILE: See website.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial – Property – Banking & Finance – Litigation Family Law – Entertainment Law

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Middletons’ commitment to continuous education is demonstrated through our holistic Learning & Development Program. We believe face-to-face learning is essential for participants to ask questions, receive coaching and learn alongside their peers, therefore a suite of customised workshops have been developed for each career level. They are designed to develop your skills and experience to meet the demands of working in a commercial law firm. Our program delivers formal development in legal technical skills, business knowledge, client skills and personal effectiveness. Graduate training workshops run weekly throughout the graduate program.

MIDDLETONS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.middletons.com Min Henderson, Human Resources Co-ordinator Level 25 (South Tower), 525 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 03 9205 2000 03 9205 2055 recruitment@middletons.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Nationally we have 60 partners with a further 150 lawyers and more than 440 people in total. Our Melbourne office consists of 280 partners and staff. OTHER OFFICES: 52 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Middletons is a leading Australian commercial law firm servicing clients nationally and internationally. Main areas of practice are: Anti-counter feiting, Banking & Financial Services, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Capital Markets, Commercial Litigation, Competition & Regulatory, Corporate & Commercial Advisory, Corporate Recovery & Insolvency, Dispute Resolution, Energy & Resources, Family, Funds Management & Superannuation, Innovations & Intellectual Proper ty, Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Planning & Environment, Projects & Infrastructure, Proper ty, Construction & Development, Taxation & Revenue, Technology & Telecommunications Transpor t, Trade & Logistics and Workplace Relations & Safety PRO BONO WORK: Middletons under takes pr o bono work for both organisations whose work has some charitable, public,

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environmental or human rights merit and for individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford legal representation. Middletons’ commitment to pro bono is demonstrated by its membership of and active par ticipation in the Public Interest Law Clearing House (“PILCH”).

A suppor tive setting and a practical focus on feedback is what makes our Learning & Development Program effective and enjoyable. Our people gain valuable skills and knowledge from partners, lawyers, external presenters and our Learning & Development team.

SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

FIRM PROFILE: Middletons is a national commercial law firm that prides itself on a straight talking approach in the delivery of legal

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes

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PARALEGAL WORK: Limited opportunities available.

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ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: We place a high value on our graduates and invest in them from the outset to ensure they become the best lawyer possible, and impor tantly one who understands the commercial world. As a graduate with us you will gain diverse legal experience through rotations in three practice areas during your first year.

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Commencing with an extensive national graduate induction program, your on the job development will follow through your work placements, giving you the practical exposure to challenge you. APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Two rounds of inter views are conducted. Please refer to the website for further details. APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 4 January 2008 All applications are to be made via CVmail, www.cvmail.com.au

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services. We have 60 partners with a further 150 lawyers and more than 440 people in total. We have extensive experience acting for industr y leaders and major corporations on ground breaking legal transactions. Our commercial expertise and knowledge in specific industries ensures we add value to our clients’ businesses. Informality, friendliness and approachability are key aspects of our culture, yet our commitment to professionalism, ethical conduct and dedication to providing the best imaginable client service experience is absolute and nonnegotiable. Middletons of fers ongoing learning and development including an extensive national graduate program tailored for continual legal education, skills-based training and a range of information sessions designed to fur ther develop your legal skills. In addition we offer our lawyers secondments to clients, pro-bono opportunities, a corporate wellbeing program, an employee assistance program, team sports activities and events coordinated by our social and sporting committees. You’ll find our staff are approachable and friendly. You’ll get the support and understanding you need to begin your career.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Our main areas of legal practice nationally include Competition and Regulator y, Construction, Engineering & Infrastructure, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Environment & Planning, Finance, Government, Human Resources & Industrial Relations, Insurance, Intellectual Proper ty, Investment & Financial Services, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate, Resources & Energy, Tax, Technology & Communications, Tourism & Leisure.

www.minterellison.com Camilla Moore, Graduate Resourcing Consultant Rialto Towers 525 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 8608 2000 (03) 8608 1000 camilla.moore@minterellison.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Number of Partners (as at October 2007): 56 (48 Male, 8 Female) Number of legal staff (as at October 2007): 196 (85 Male, 111 Female) OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Per th, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, Dar win, Auckland, Wellington, London, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Associated office: Jakarta

PRO BONO WORK: Minter Ellison has a long tradition of being involved in pro bono and community investment activities. We have a number of well established projects in each of our offices including under taking pro bono work referred to the firm, secondments to the Public Interest Law Clearing House (‘PILCH’) and other community organisations, providing in-kind assistance to not-for-profit and community groups, charitable donations/sponsorship and community directorships. In the Melbourne of fice, we par ticipate in the Homeless Persons Legal Clinic which is a project run in conjunction with PILCH and a number of other law firms. Each week our lawyers attend legal clinics at two

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generally complete a third six month rotation with an optional fourth rotation.

PARALEGAL WORK: Yes, as required. Please refer to our website for paralegal opportunities

as supporting study through the Leo Cussens Institute and the Law Institute of Victoria. We can all continue to learn!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We provide learning and development strategies and tools to ensure your career development is ongoing, personalised and rewarding.

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: 2 to 4

FIRM PROFILE: The firm’s story begins in 1986!

APPLICATIONS DUE: Januar y 2008 – please refer to our website

As the firm evolved, many changes have occurred. In 2004, the firm renamed itself as Monahan + Rowell. From modest beginnings, Monahan + Rowell today has 30 lawyers and 28 suppor t and administration staff. Our clients include leading insurers and under writers both local and abroad and many significant corporations and organizations. The firm has developed a strong specialist practice in the areas of insurance, transport and commercial litigation.

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes PARALEGAL WORK: Only as advertised on our website. ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Articled Clerk positions in 2009: Approximately 30

Tailored programs have been developed to ensure we meet your needs at every stage of your career. In conjunction with the National Graduate Development program numerous CLEs are run within the firm. For further professional development opportunities please refer to our web-site.

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Monday, 7 January 2008 METHOD OF APPLYING: Please refer to our website for detailed information on how to lodge your application. We do ask that you include in your application a: • Cover Letter • Curriculum Vitae • Transcript/s of results ROUND OF INTERVIEWS: The articled clerk recruitment drive consists of a first and second round interview. The interviews are conducted oneon-one with a member of our recruitment committee which is made up of Partners, Special Counsel, Senior Associates and Human Resources Consultants. NUMBER OF ROTATIONS AND LENGTH: During your ar ticled clerkship year you will par ticipate in two rotations of a six month duration. Ar ticled clerks will

FIRM PROFILE: You can expect all top tier firms to boast impressive addresses, use the latest technology and to act for prestigious clients for whom they handle high profile and complex work. Many have overseas offices and offer local and interstate secondments. All offer a variety of in-house training, mentoring and career development programs in addition to a range of social and spor ting activities to balance your lifestyle. Minter Ellison prides itself on it’s culture as we believe this is what differentiates us from other top tier firms. At Minters we know how important it is to make sure you feel par t of the team, recognise the impor tance of individual achievements and milestones and to foster friendly working relationships with your peers. It is one of our priorities to ensure you enjoy your working environment.

APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Applications may be made either via post or email. Each application must be accompanied by a covering letter, CV and official academic transcript. M+R offer a two round interview process. Each interview is conducted by the Human Resources Manager together with partners from M+R. ROTATIONS: We do not offer a formal rotation system

M+R = The thinking client’s law firm. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: M+R fully support all staff to continue to study. We offer a formal in-house learning and development program as well

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www.mrlaw.com.au Cheryl Asquith (Human Resources Manager) Level 31, Rialto South Tower, 525 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 8624 2000 (reception) (03) 8624 2056 (direct line) (03) 8624 2031 casquith@mrlaw.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Total Partners: 9 (Male – 8 , Female – 1) Total Solicitors: 17 (Male – 6 , Female – 11) OTHER OFFICES: We have a formal association with Colin Biggers & Paisley – Sydney

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Professional Indemnity Insurance, Insurance Law, Building and Construction Law, Transpor t and Shipping Law, Employment and Workplace Relations, Self Insurance, Workers Compensation, Commercial Law and Commercial Litigation PRO BONO WORK: We do offer pro bono work, however we do not have a formal policy with regard to pro bono work SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: No, but M+R fully suppor t the principles set down by the Guidelines

Our emphasis on leading the field in cer tain specialties, our attention to our clients and their requirements, and our focus on innovative outcomes to complex problems has seen us dubbed as the “thinking client’s law firm”.

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GRADUATE POSITIONS: No. of Articled Clerks in Each Intake: 1 or 2

www.nevettford.com.au Leanne Commons (Business Manager) 40 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat, VIC 3350 42/525 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 PO Box 564, Ballarat, VIC 3353 (03) 5331 4444 (03) 9614 7111 (03) 5333 2694 (03) 9614 3192 ballarat@nevettford.com.au

PROPOSED NEXT ARTICLED CLERK INTAKE: TBA CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: TBA APPLICATION ITEMS REQUIRED: Completion of Application/ Exam NO. OF ROTATIONS AND LENGTH: 4 x 3 Months PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Yes

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Partners: 17; Male 16, Female 1 (Melbourne Office) Total Solicitors: 44; Male 30, Female 14 (Melbourne Office) OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Conveyancing, Common Law, Family Law, Probate, Commercial, Migration, Financial Planning

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community locations to provide legal advice and assistance to homeless people who would otherwise not have access to such services.

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NORTON GLEDHILL WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.nortongledhill.com.au Darren Marx Partner Level 23, 459 Collins Street, Melbourne (03) 9614 8933 (03) 9629 1415 darren.marx@norgled.com.au

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No PARALEGAL WORK: No ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: Expected to be 3 APPLICATIONS DUE: Accepted from December 2007 and close 18 January 2008

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Total Partners: 9 Total Solicitors: 12 OTHER OFFICES: N/A

APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Inter views will commence in Februar y 2008 with offers made in March 2008 in accordance with LIV Guidelines.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property and Corporate and Commercial Law (including energy law).

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Internal and external seminars and Leo Cussen Basics course are encouraged and supported financially.

PRO BONO WORK: The firm does pro bono work, but there is no formal program.

FIRM PROFILE: Small boutique firm focusing on big matters for big clients. Highly experienced practitioners working on legal work often found in larger firms. We are all about doing great work, for great clients. Completing work of the highest quality and enjoying that work is very important to us.

SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

RIGBY COOKE LAWYERS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.rigbycooke.com.au Philip Gleed (Managing Partner) Level 13, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 GPO Box 4767 UU, Melbourne VIC 3001 (03) 9321 7888 (03) 9321 7900 lawyers@rigbycooke.com.au

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FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Partners: 11 (Male – 10; Female – 1) Total Solicitors: 27 (Male – 18; Female – 9) MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial Law; Commercial Proper ty and Planning; Infrastr uctur e and Major Pr ojects; Building and Construction; Taxation and Financial Services; Intellectual Property; Litigation; Property; Resorts and Tourism PRO BONO WORK: Rigby Cooke lawyers contribute pro bono work to a spread of community and not-for-profit organisations, including Community Legal Centres, medical organisations, sporting organisations, World Vision and Law Aid.

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SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: No PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No PARALEGAL WORK: Yes Graduate Positions: Positions in 2009: To be decided Positions in 2007 = 3 Positions in 2006 = 2 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Covering Letter, Curriculum Vitae and cer tified copy of academic transcript to be sent by post. Email applications will not be accepted.

VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY FIRM PROFILE: Rigby Cooke is one of Melbourne’s leading proper ty law, commercial and litigation firms. Our highly qualified lawyers work closely with clients to understand their needs. Our services are strengthened by astute commercial

ROTATIONS: 3 rotations, each of 4 months duration

We are committed to building enduring client relationships. We have extensive knowledge of industr y coupled with practical experience in supplying legal services.

RUSSELL KENNEDY WEBSITE: CONTACT:

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.rk.com.au Toula Padoa (Human Resources Manager) Damian Zahra (Human Resources Officer) Levels 10-12, 469 La Trobe Street Melbourne VIC 3001 (03) 9609 1555 (03) 9609 1600 humanresources@rk.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Total Partners: 23 Total Solicitors: 80 OTHER OFFICES: N/A MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking & Finance, Building & Construction, Commercial Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, E-commerce, Employment & Industrial Relations, Equal Oppor tunity & Discrimination, Estates & Estate Planning, Family Law, Government, Health & Aged Care, Information Technology, Insolvency, Insurance, Intellectual Proper ty, International Trade, Leasing, Migration Law, Planning, Environment & Local Government, Privacy, Private Client Ser vices – Wills & Estate Planning, Proper ty & Development, Spor t Law, Taxation, Duties & Grants, Telecommunications, Water Law PRO BONO WORK: Russell Kennedy has a comprehensive policy with guidelines. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

Interviews will be held in February 2008 after short-listing of applicants

understanding and industr y knowledge. This allows us focus on providing quality legal ser vices and value for money.

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes

TRAINEESHIP: Positions in 2009: 5 APPLICATIONS DUE: 1 December 2007 – 13 January 2008 APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Via website – www.rk.com.au – Careers Page ROTATIONS: Five rotations, encompassing all practice areas. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Our Par tners and staf f have an open door policy and our environment encourages personal and professional development. Trainees need an environment where they feel free to ask questions and can learn how to successfully practice as a lawyer. We conduct regular feedback sessions, following each rotation, to discuss progress. Our Trainees are not just research assistants but become actively involved in files from the time they commence articles. We provide ongoing legal education through a combination of in-house seminars and external seminars/courses conducted by the Leo Cussens Institute and Law Institute of Victoria. FIRM PROFILE: Russell Kennedy is a mid-tier firm with approximately 180 people. We are ver y proud of our culture and work hard to recruit people that will suit our relaxed, friendly and sociable atmosphere. We encourage a professional and committed work ethic, while recognising the importance of an enjoyable working environment and balanced lifestyle.

PARALEGAL WORK: No

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY RYAN CARLISLE THOMAS

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.rct-law.com.au Valmai Trudgen 41 Robinson Street, Dandenong VIC 3175 PO BOX 913, Dandenong VIC 3175 (03) 9238 7878 (03) 9238 7888 vtrudgen@rct-law.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Partners: 8 Solicitors: 23 OTHER OFFICES: 11, including Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Cranbourne And Pakenham MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Personal Injuries, Employment, Industrial And AntiDiscrimination Law, Family Law, Migration, Wills And Probate PRO BONO WORK: Rigby Cooke lawyers contribute pro bono work to a spread of community and not-for-profit organisations, including Community Legal Centres, medical organisations, sporting organisations, World Vision and Law Aid.

SECOMBS SOLICITORS SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No PARALEGAL WORK: Yes GRADUATE POSITIONS: Number of Articled Clerkships: 1 – 2

www.rmalaw.com.au Graeme Martin (Practice Manager) PO Box 5041, Mildura, Victoria 3502 (03) 5023 0571 (03) 5021 6299 gmartin@rmalaw.com.au

www.secombs.com.au Rod Jones (Managing Partner) 100 Paisley Street, Footscray VIC 3011 (03) 9689 7000 (03) 9689 3717 lawyers@secombs.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Partners: 5 (Male – 5 ) Total Solicitors: 4 (Male – 1 , Female – 3)

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: To be advised (please refer to our website). PARALEGAL WORK: Yes GRADUATE POSITIONS: Applications Due: See website APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Cover Letter, CV and Academic Transcript

CLOSING DATE FOR ARTICLED CLERKSHIPS: January 2008 METHOD OF APPLYING: applications toMr Ron Pearce Managing Partner Ryan Carlisle Thomas PO Box 913 Dandenong VIC 3175 Usual CV protocols apply. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Articled clerks participate in a comprehensive CLE program offered to all legal staff. The program provides a range of training oppor tunities including in-house seminars and external courses and conferences.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Business Law, Personal Injuries, Family Law, Conveyancing, Local Government, Litigation.

SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: No PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No PARALEGAL WORK: Yes

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FIRM COMPOSITION: (Mildura Office) Total Partners: 4 (Male – 4, Female – 0) Total Solicitors: 9 (Male – 6, Female – 3) Articled Clerk: 1 (Female – 1) OTHER OFFICES: N/A

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2008: No set number Positions in 2007: No set number

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Personal Injur y, Commercial, Family Law, Proper ty and Conveyancing, Commercial Litigation, Employment, Estate Planning and Probate

ROUND OF INTERVIEWS: n/a

APPLICATIONS DUE: No set date APPLICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: CV – Link to country living

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Yes FIRM PROFILE: See website www.rmalaw.com.au

ROUND OF INTERVIEWS: 2 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Yes

PRO BONO WORK: No SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

SLATER & GORDON WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

RYAN MALONEY ANDERSON LAWYERS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.slatergordon.com.au Rachael Parker Human Resources Co-ordinator 23/F Cheung Kong Center, 2 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong (03) 9602 6888 (03) 96024423 ac-hr@slatergordon.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Directors: 7 (6 Male & 1 Female) Lawyers: 116 (66 Male & 50 Female) OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Footscray, Dandenong, Geelong, Ballarat, Morwell, Canberra, Sydney, Parramatta (NSW), Penrith (NSW), Newcastle (NSW), Wollongong (NSW), Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Personal Injuries (Workers Compensation, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Public Liability, Medical Negligence and Asbestos). Other areas of practice are General & Commercial Litigation, Probate & Estate, Industrial, Employment Law & Public Interest, Family Law, Project Litigation, Conveyancing (NSW only) and Criminal (NSW & WA only). PRO BONO WORK: Yes

SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: To be advised (please refer to our website). PARALEGAL WORK: From time to time we have opportunities for Law Students to work on a casual or part time basis. The most common areas are in our Project Litigation and New Client Services departments. In Project Litigation you would be assisting on one of our large class actions which can involve database entr y, document discovery, taking client calls, research, assisting with mail outs. Our New Client Ser vices Depar tment is our first point of contact for potential clients. You will need to have an interest in our areas or practice and be able to speak to clients and assist them with referrals to our solicitors or other legal bodies better able to offer them assistance. GRADUATE POSITIONS: Positions in 2008 (Graduate Positions): 8 – 10 APPLICATIONS DUE: To be advised (please refer to our website).

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APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Covering letter, resume and academic transcript must be sent altogether. ROUND OF INTERVIEWS: Two rounds. ROTATIONS: Our Articled Clerks participate in a short rotation program during their initial induction period. This enables them to gain an understanding of the Firm, as well as meet the staff in the difference practice areas.

FIRM PROFILE: Our founder, William Slater created our vision by providing legal representation for the first time in Australia’s history for workers, their trade unions and the underprivileged. It is this long standing commitment to the delivery of social justice and law reform that drives us to take the calculated risks necessary to challenge the law, and enable ordinary people to face the future.

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.sparke.com.au Jill Gates, Office Manager Level 33, 140 Williams Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9291 2333 (03) 9291 2399 jill.gates@sparke.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Mildura Office) Total Partners: 6 ( Female – 1; Male – 5) Total Solicitors: 29 (Female – 15, Male – 14) OTHER OFFICES: Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, and the Upper Hunder Region. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Melbourne Of fice: Compensation (State and Federal), Government Business and Technology, Construction Engineering and Projects, Proper ty Development and Infrastructure, Workplace Relations Safety and Environment, and Corporate Insurance and Risk Management

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PRO BONO WORK: Sparke Helmore has a long tradition of pro bono and charitable work. Recently we have expanded the scope of our pro bono practice through our national scheme “SHARE”, (Sparke Helmore’s Assistance, Responsibility & Encouragement Scheme) we aim to: increase our pro bono effor ts and charitable activities; offer our resources to assist not-for-profit groups; give our people oppor tunities to volunteer in community assistance schemes; and start a mentoring program to assist law students and potential law students. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT SOLICITOR’S OFFICE WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

http://www.vgso.vic.gov.au Katherine Jeffery, HR Consultant Level 25, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne (03) 8684 0444 (03) 8684 0449 humanresources@vgso.vic.gov.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Approximately 100 staff members OTHER OFFICES: VGSO, Victoria Police Centre, World Trade Centre

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increasing as we continue to grow, but at the moment it’s quite limited and any opportunities would probably be on a casual basis. ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in ‘08: No set number Positions in ’07: No set number APPLICATIONS DUE: No set date Applications Requirements: CV – Link to country living Round of Interviews: n/a PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Your practical on-the-job training is also suppor ted by formal guidance. Together with the other Graduates and Articled Clerks who start with the Firm each February, you will spend a week in orientation sessions in our Sydney office, which includes everything from how to leverage our career management tools to how to access the Firm’s resources and support infrastructure. Having year on year growth of nearly 20% for the last decade and with strong continued growth projected, you can be assured that Sparke Helmore has the capacity to meet the career expectations of those committed to developing the right skills. The development of our people centres around bi-annual career and development discussions and is supported by: • Extensive in house “soft-skills” training programs on topics as broad ranging as Networking and Leadership • A Continuing Professional Development Program for support staff • Co-ordinated CLE program where professionals have the oppor tunity to learn from each-other and share insights • Client information sessions • Mentoring

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No FIRM PROFILE: See website www.rmalaw.com.au

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: We are the primar y source of legal ser vices to Victorian State Government and its statutor y authorities, providing strategic advice and practical legal solutions. Our unique government exper tise, commercial know-how and shared values mean we know and understand government law. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Benefits/Opportunities: With the VSGO’s impor tant role in providing authoritative advice and legal services to government, our Articled Clerk program offers you a foundation for a rewarding career in both government and private practice. You’ll experience diverse and challenging work that is frequently topical and often has public interest overlay. Hands on Experience: High level involvement with files as you work with senior lawyers and clients, and get exposure to fundamental government legal issues. Challenging: Unique and thought-provoking work. Work/Life Balance: The VGSO is committed to providing work/life balance. Supportive Environment: Mentor and employee assistance programs. You can also expect to get regular feedback to assist you develop your skills, confidence and ability.

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Up to 5 positions are available commencing March each year. The role of an articled clerk with the VGSO is wonder fully diverse, constantly challenging and extremely interesting. As an articled clerk you will gain exposure to various facets of the legal system with rotations through all main areas of the practice, and oppor tunities for intra-government placement. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, 11 January 2008. HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copy of your academic transcript through www.vgso.vic.gov.au. Skills/Degree/Qualities: The VGSO is looking for ar ticled clerks who have varied interests, are motivated, show initiative and good interpersonal skills, lead balanced lives and have strong academic results in a legal qualification. INTERVIEW PROCESS: An initial panel interview, followed by an interview with the Victorian Government Solicitor (VGS), if applicable.

Continuing Education: We encourage all our legal practitioners to par ticipate in learning and development activities that will fur ther enhance their skills and expertise. Deferment: We are accommodating to ar ticled clerks deferring their commencement with the Office. However, this is reviewed on a case by case basis. Highlights of the program: Exposure to a broad range of practical experiences, including the opportunity to attend court and/or tribunals, draft complex advices, hone research skills and become involved in major commercial agreements. Exposure to specialised areas of law including constitutional law and native title. Other highlights include our mentor program, in-house and external learning and development, and opportunity for intra-government placement. FIRM PROFILE: For over 160 years the VGSO has been the main provider of civil legal services to the Victorian Government. We are structured as an administrative unit within Department of Justice and headed by the VGS. The present holder of this office is John Cain.

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VICTORIA LEGAL AID WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.legalaid.vic.gov.au Louise Kiley, Program Coordinator, Human Resources Melbourne Office: 350 Queens Street, Melbourne 3000 GPO Box 4380 Melbourne 3001 DX 210646 Melbourne (03) 9269 0537 (03) 9269 0143 louisek@vla.vic.gov.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Total Partners: 1 Managing Director (Male – 1, Female – 0) Total Solicitors: 214 (Male – 75, Female – 139) OTHER OFFICES: Regional of fices: Ballarat, Bendigo, Broadmeadows, Dandenong, Frankston, Geelong, Horsham, Mor well, Bairnsdale, Preston, Ringwood, Sheppar ton, Sunshine MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) of fers legal assistance in four main areas: legal casework, advice, duty lawyer ser vices and education and information. The organisation has the largest criminal law, family law and human rights practices in Victoria. At the Melbourne of fice lawyers work in either of the two practice divisions. Criminal Law Division staff practice in the areas of summar y and indictable crime, and prison advice. The Family, Youth & Civil Law Division operates in the diverse areas of family law, child representation, child support, Children’s Court, human rights, refugee and immigration law, mental health, guardianship and administration and social security. Lawyers employed in VLA’s 13 regional offices practice across a wide range of legal areas. Legal staff members also par ticipate in VLA’s community legal education and law reform projects.

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PRO BONO WORK: VLA is an independent statutor y body that facilitates the provision of legal aid to people of limited financial means. As a consequence, what would generally be considered to be pro bono work is VLA’s core business. SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

is broken down to: • Four articled clerk positions based at VLA’s Melbourne office • Two positions for indigenous law graduates • One ar ticled clerk position based at a rural regional office APPLICATIONS DUE: Applications for 2009 ar ticles of clerkship program will open in December 2007. Please refer to our website in October 2007 for specific dates. Positions will be adver tised on VLA’s web site, ‘SEEK. COM’, university websites and in ‘The Age’. Applications will be accepted at that time. APPLICATION PROCESS: Once applications have opened you will be invited to submit your application via the website. The application form will require you to:

• address the selection criteria • attach a resume including details of three referees • attach a copy of your academic transcript VLA will be using a number of different methods to shortlist potential candidates, some of these methods may include and assessment centre or panel interview. Short-listing of successful applicants is under taken strictly according to the selection criteria. For a detailed copy of the selection criteria please refer to our website. ROTATIONS: The Ar ticled Clerk program involves rotating placements throughout the practice divisions of VLA, including at least one placement at a regional office. The Regional Office Clerk spends the majority of their time at the regional office and takes par t in rotations to the specialist practice divisions at Melbourne office. As • • • • •

an Articled Clerk at VLA you will expect to experience: significant time in court, frequent contact with clients direct involvement in casework extensive internal and external training support through a structured mentoring program

VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY lawyers, and are given increasing responsibility as their understanding and competency develops. On completing their Ar ticles year, Clerks are fully versed in the range of legal practice areas dealt with by VLA, have considerable casework experience and with consent, have under taken appearance work in courts and tribunals.

disadvantaged. We provide high quality and cost effective legal representation, advice and information, and adhere to strict public standards of financial accountability and responsibility. VLA is committed to:

• ser ving our clients and community professionally and PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Ar ticled Clerks par ticipate in the comprehensive Professional Legal Education program offered by VLA to its legal staff, which includes weekly legal practice briefings on a variety of topics and a number of ‘VLA Conferences’ throughout the year. Ar ticled Clerks also attend shor t courses appropriate to their learning needs with Leo Cussen Institute, the Law Institute of Victoria and other external training providers.

ethically

• acting with integrity, fairness and transparency at all times

• respecting and valuing diversity • pursuing continuous impr ovement acr oss the organisation. Further information about Articled Clerkships at VLA can be obtained from the website at www.legalaid.vic.gov.au

FIRM PROFILE: VLA’s mandate is to protect legal rights, with an emphasis on the rights of the marginalised and economically

WAINWRIGHT RYAN EID LAWYERS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No PARALEGAL WORK: No

www.wrelawyers.com.au Jeannette Eid Principal Level 4, 530 Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9009 5800 (03) 9009 5899 wre@wrelawyers.com.au

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: 1 APPLICATIONS DUE: 25 January 2008

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Total Partners: (Male – 2 Female – 1) Total Solicitors: (Male – 3 Female – 2) OTHER OFFICES: 574 Whitehorse Road Mitcham 3132

APPLICATIONS PROCESS: CV, Academic Transcript, Written References ROUND OF INTERVIEWS: 1 ROTATIONS: N/A

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Trade Practices, Intellectual Proper ty, Building & Construction Law, Conveyancing & Employment Law, Franchising, Litigation, Will & Estate PRO BONO WORK: Yes. Through referrals from Law Institute and to personal clients SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We are constantly looking for successful and ambitious lawyers. We provide countless oppor tunities to develop and expand their knowledge and ability FIRM PROFILE: The firm was established forty years ago and has an envied reputation for the relentless protection of our clients’ interests. See our website

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PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No They also assist with law reform and community legal education activities, and learn about VLA’s role in administering grants of legal assistance.

PARALEGAL WORK: No ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: VLA offer a total of seven positions for articled clerks, this

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY WHITE CLELAND WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY WILLIAMS WINTER

www.whitecleland.com.au Chris Galagher Partner Level 8, 256 Queen Street, Melbourne (03) 9783 2323 (03) 9781 2898 careers@whitecleland.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Partners: 5 (Male – 3, Female – 2) Total Solicitors: (Male – 10 , Female – 5) OTHER OFFICES: Level 3, 454 Nepean Highway, Frankston MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Administrative Law, Bankruptcy& Insolvency, Commercial Law, Commercial Litigation, Countertrade & Offsets, Debt Recovery, Defence Industry, Employment Law, Family Law, General Litigation and Police Matters, Intellectual Property, Local Government, Probate & Administration of Deceased Estates, Proper ty Law, Residential Conveyancing, Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning PRO BONO WORK: No formal structured program but various pro bono projects including opportunity for close involvement with Peninsula Community Legal Centre SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: Yes PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No PARALEGAL WORK: None

APPLICATIONS DUE: In accordance with LIV guidelines APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications should preferably be sent by e-mail and include a covering letter with a Resume and details of all University results. Applicants are then short listed on basis of their applications followed by one round of inter views with possibility of second interviews if necessary ROTATIONS: Ar ticled Clerks are expected to spend time in both our Melbourne and Frankston offices. Details of rotations will be arranged in consultation with successful applicant/s PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT White Cleland encourages its Ar ticled Clerks to gain experience in most if not all areas of work in which the firm practices. We also enable Clerks to attend relevant seminars and workshops throughout the period of their Articles. FIRM PROFILE White Cleland is a long-established but dynamic and progressive law firm offering both city-based and suburban/ regional experience with a broad-base of domestic, corporate and institutional clients. Our Melbourne offices are in the hear t of the legal precinct and our Frankston of fices of fer commanding views of the Bay. Our workmix provides general experience plus the oppor tunity for specialisation over time. We of fer a pleasant working environment with real oppor tunities for career advancement

WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: TELEPHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.williamswinter.com Angela Wagstaff, Office Manager 7/451 Little Bourke St., Melbourne (03) 8601-8888 (03) 9670-1509 ajwagstaff@williamswinter.com

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: 2 APPLICATIONS DUE: 31 March 2008

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Total Principals: 4 (Male – 3 , Female – 1) Total Solicitors: 3 (Male – 5 , Female – 2) Articled Clerks 2007: 2 (1 Male; 1 Female)

APPLICATIONS PROCESS: We request applications by mail with covering letter, CV and tertiary academic results. We anticipate that there will be one inter view for shor t listed applicants which will be conducted with 2 principals.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commer cial , General Litigation, Administrative, Employment, Proper ty, Estate Planning & Deceased Estates PRO BONO WORK: No formal arrangement SIGNATORY TO LIV ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES: No

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The articled clerks will work one on one with and under the direct supervision of a partner. The partners are committed to undertaking a mentoring role with the articled clerks. FIRM PROFILE: The firm has been in existence for over 100 years. We are committed to providing clients with timely and practical advice and with direct access to partners.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Yes

DURATION AND ROTATIONS: 4 weeks with 2 rotations/2 weeks in 2 depar tments for Hong Kong. There is no summer internship currently running in the Bangkok office.

ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2009: 8 – 10 trainees

Financial subsidy: HK$10,000 For more information, please visit our website.

FIRM PROFILE: Allen & Overy is an international legal practice comprising Allen & Over y LLP and its affiliated under takings. With approximately 4,800 staff, including some 430 partners, working in 25 major centres worldwide we are able to provide effective, co-ordinated and decisive legal advice across three continents.

APPLICATION FOR SUMMER VACATION PLACEMENT: We recruit 2 years in advance. We are currently considering applications for training contract 2009. We give priority to applicants who have participated in our summer vacation placements.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: In Hong Kong, all trainee solicitors and practising solicitors are required to comply with attaining 15 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points each year running from 1 November to 31 October.

Our clients include some of the world’s leading businesses, financial institutions, governments and private individuals. Our aim is to understand our clients’ businesses objectives and to be considered a critical arm for their organization; our clients’ success is a measure of our success.

Application window for Australian students: Applications can be made online from October to Januar y each year (about 3 months). APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: Check Website

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ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.allenovery.com Ruth Dineen, Graduate Recruitment Manager Human Resources Department 9/F., Three Exchange Square, Central, Hong Kong +852 2974 7000 +852 2974 6999 Julia.sheng@allenovery.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: 20 Total Solicitors: 100 OTHER OFFICES: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bangkok, Beijing, Bratislava, Budapest, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris, Prague, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Turin, Warsaw and 1 associate office in Manila. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Practice Areas: Asset finance, aviation, insurance, banking & finance, intellectual proper ty, business restructuring & insolvency, corporate, international capital markets, securitisation, communications, media & technology, litigation and dispute resolution, corporate finance, project finance, derivatives, real estate (acquisition/leasing and financing), debt trading, regulator y and investment products, employment. We also have cross-disciplinar y teams who provide specialist jurisdictional advice to clients investing into particular Asian jurisdictions - including Korea Group, China Group, Taiwan Group and US Law Group.

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PRO BONO WORK: • David Mackie, pro Bono Par tner of the Year (Legal Business Awards 2004) • Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year (Asian Legal Business Award 2004) • 2004 Asian Community Social Responsibility Award • 2003-2005 awarded status of Caring Company by HK Council of Social Services • Home for the Aged • Helper for Domestic Helpers • Crossroads • Society for the Abandoned Animals • Guangdong Orphanage

Summer Placement 2007 applications – reopen in October 2009 Training Contract applications – reopen in May to July each year SUMMER PLACEMENT SCHEMES (FOUR WEEKS): The June scheme is predominantly for Hong Kong and United Kingdom students. The July scheme is for United Kingdom and Australian students. We do not have any Winter Placement Scheme. Number of Positions for the Summer Placement Scheme: A total of 20 students join us on the Summer Placement Schemes. All Applications should be made online. PREFERRED YEAR LEVEL: Penultimate or final year (LLB/combined degrees) law students with a record of high academic achievement. We especially value bilingual or trilingual candidates with fluent oral, reading and writing skills in Cantonese, Putonghua and/or Korean. ROUND OF INTERVIEWS: As par t of the selection process for 2009 trainees, the students are interviewed by two partners and the graduate recruitment manager at the end of the Summer Placement Scheme. Scholarship and stipend for taking the PCLL course in Hong Kong: Up to HK$100,000.

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ADDRESS:

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.cliffordchance.com Rosie Lynn-Jones, Regional Head of Lawyer Development & Recruitment, Asia 29/F Jardine House One Connaught Place Central, Hong Kong +852 2825 8939 +852 2825 8800 Rosie.Lynn-Jones@cliffordchance.com

OTHER OFFICES: 29 offices in 20 countries MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Asset Finance, Capital Markets, China-related work, Corporate Securities and Financial Markets, Commercial, Communications and Competition, Finance, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Real Estate PRO BONO WORK: As a firm we are committed to making a positive contribution to society, improving access to justice, and managing our impact on the environment. Our community af fairs programme helps turn good intentions into practical results. We focus on three key areas: pro bono legal work; community education and charity initiatives; and suppor t for the arts.

academic and personal references. The application form for vacation placements and training contract can be downloaded from our website. VACATION PROGRAMME: For deadlines to the vacation scheme, please refer to website. No interviews will be conducted for the vacation placement programme. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Clif ford Chance has The Academy, which incorporates training activities and career development. We are fully committed to our lawyers’ development. We provide a learning environment to enhance their abilities, with extensive training programmes in legal, business, managerial and interpersonal skills. FIRM PROFILE: Clifford Chance is the world’s largest global integrated law firm with 28 offices in 19 countries, including six in Asia located in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. The Hong Kong office is the lynchpin of our Asian network with over 130 lawyers. The office has been operating for 25 years and our lawyers are an international mix, many of whom have been admitted in Hong Kong together with a substantial number in England & Wales, the PRC, New York, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

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FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER WEBSITE: www.freshfields.com FIRM PROFILE: With more than 2,400 lawyers working across 27 offices in 16 different countries, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer combines a depth of local knowledge with an unrivalled breadth of exper tise across practice areas and borders. We’re a collegial firm - we work, learn and socialize together as one team. We’re also truly international in both outlook and opportunity. Our emphasis is on providing integrated, proactive legal advice of the highest quality, no matter where in the world our clients are based. We recruit lawyers with many different talents and value individuality highly. Our ability to offer diverse skills locally and across international borders ensures we provide our clients with the ver y best advice possible. We invest in developing our specialist industr y knowledge, allowing us to combine our legal skills with a genuine understanding of our clients’ markets. As a result, governments and corporations around the globe bring us their most demanding work. This is why our lawyers find themselves doing some of the most challenging, complex and stimulating legal work in the world. In our firm, everyone’s contribution counts. We believe that our lawyers can handle the intense pace and pressures of work more ef fectively if they are par t of a friendly, supportive team that values experience but welcomes new ideas and opinions from everyone. We trust our people - we rely on their expertise, energy and enthusiasm, no matter whether they’re working with us as a summer associate or a partner. We also value loyalty and enthusiasm because clients expect us to be more than just first-rate lawyers. They want to work with people who are good company and possess the rounded capacity to understand their needs and objectives. LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY

OFFICES: Amsterdam; Barcelona; Beijing; Berlin; Bratislava; Brussels; Budapest; Cologne; Dubai; Düsseldorf; Frankfurt am Main; Hamburg; Hanoi; Ho Chi Minh City; Hong Kong; London; Madrid; Milan; Moscow; Munich; New York; Paris; Rome; Shanghai; Tokyo; Vienna; Washington DC Number of Partners: 471 Number of Solicitors: 2490

antitrust, competition and trade; Employment, Pensions and Benefits; telecommunications, media and technology; real estate; tax; energy and natural resources; automotive; consumer products and retail; financial institutions; private equity and pharmaceuticals. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: We take seriously our commitment to being a socially and environmentally responsible business, and have a network of par tners across our firm who are responsible for managing and developing these commitments.

LONDON PROGRAM: Easter program positions: 20 Duration: 2 weeks during March/April Rotation: none

We received the award for CSR Firm of the Year at the 2007 Legal Business Awards: “Freshfields led the way in the legal sector by being the first law firm to produce a CSR repor t under the Global Repor ting Initiative guidelines in January 2006. The firm has also been a strong supporter of human rights group Reprieve.” http://www.freshfields.com/csr/index.shtml

APPLICATION PROCESS: Apply via online application form PREFERRED YEAR LEVEL: Penultimate year at university. Students accelerating their degree should pay special consideration to ensure their application is submitted well in advance. Students applying to Hong Kong for the 2007/8 winter programs will be students that are subsequently interested in applying for 2010 training contract. WHAT WE LOOK FOR: We aim to recruit the best quality graduates available with strong academic qualifications. We’re also looking for people who have a broader range of skills, a good record of achievement in other areas, common sense, and the ability to think creatively as well the ability to work in teams. Language skills are highly regarded with our international reach; in this region besides fluency in English we are par ticularly interested in students with strong proficiency in Mandarin. ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP (TRAINEE/GRADUATE POSITIONS)

Summer program positions: 18 – 20 Duration: 4 weeks during June, July & August Rotation: None

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Please refer to the graduate recruitment section of our website for more details of the applications process for the respective offices.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Your training will be unique to you. Watching and learning from par tners and associates in action, as well as participating in off-the-job

Summer program positions: 80 Duration: 2 weeks during June, July and August Rotation: none

SEASONAL CLERKSHIP: Hong Kong Program Winter program positions: 4 – 6 Duration: 4 weeks during December & January Rotation: None

CLOSING DATE FOR 2008: 30 September 2008 for Winter Program 29 February 2008 for Summer Program

should be made at least two years before the entr y date you are seeking.

http://www.freshfields.com/careers/graduate/en.asp

CLOSING DATE FOR 2008: 18 January 2008 We have our own Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the Community group, which organises community activities involving our staf f as volunteers. Our philosophy is to promote active employee participation, rather than simply fundraising. Our community affairs programme is rapidly developing across our international network of offices. The programme is based around pro bono, homelessness, education and one off team challenges. We are working to minimise our impact on the environment and are off-setting our carbon emissions where we are unable to reduce them. Currently, we are gathering the data for our second corporate responsibility repor t, which will be externally audited.

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APPLICATION PROCESS: Can be submitted by mail or e-mail, complete relevant application form, Chinese proficiency form and attach current degree transcripts & CV

Training (technical and core skills training), provide for wide-ranging experience. As Trainees you will move seats ever y three or six months. You’ll be working with and learning from one of the most talented peer groups in the legal world, and will get the blend of support and freedom you need to evolve your career and take advantage of the opportunities our international network offers. PARALEGAL WORK: Paralegals are employed in London. HONG KONG CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

Yulanda Wong 11/F, Two Exchange Square, Hong Kong +852 2846 3400 +852 2537 0065 hkgraduaterecruitment@freshfields.com

LONDON CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

Clare Beesley 65 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HS +44 20 7936 4000 +44 20 7832 7001 uktrainees@freshfields.com

LOVELLS, HONG KONG WEBSITE: www.lovells.com CONTACT: Sheila Wells, Legal Development Manager – Asia ADDRESS: 23/F Cheung Kong Center, 2 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong PHONE: +852 2219 0888 FACSIMILE: +852 2219 0222 EMAIL: gradrecruit@lovells.com

HONG KONG TRAINING CONTRACT: 2010 Trainee position: 8 – 10

LONDON TRAINING CONTRACT: 2010 Trainee positions: 100 CLOSING DATE: 31 July 2008 (for training contract starting in August 2010 and February 2011) APPLICATIONS PROCESS: Applications for training contracts in Hong Kong and London

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FIRM COMPOSITION: Lovells is an international business law firm with 26 offices in 17 countries. We have offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh City, London and throughout Europe and North America.

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking and Finance, Business Restr ucturing and Insolvency, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Corporate, Commercial and M&A, Intellectual Proper ty, Projects (Engineering and Construction), Real Estate, Information Technology, Telecommunication and Media, and China related work across all practice areas. PRO BONO WORK: Lovells suppor ts a number of charitable activities and in 2006 launched a global fundraising programme called Touch 2006 to assist in eliminating child poverty worldwide. We are also involved with the annual Operation Santa fundraising activities. Many of our offices including that in Hong Kong are very proactive in providing pro bono services for those in need. GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: Application Requirements: Apply online from the Careers - Hong Kong (Graduate Recruitment) pages of our website (www.lovells.com).

ROUND OF INTERVIEWS: 1 including a Chinese language assessment. ROTATIONS: The 2 year training contract comprises four 6 month “seats” in different practice areas including one seat in our London office. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Lovells offers comprehensive legal and skills training to all its staff. The lawyers therefore have no difficulty securing the 15 CPD points which they need every year to continue to practise in Hong Kong. FIRM PROFILE: Since its establishment in 1982, the Hong Kong office has provided an integrated legal ser vice to clients doing business in North Asia, throughout the Asia Pacific region and internationally. More than 60 fee-earners provide dedicated and comprehensive business law services in all major practice areas. Lovells reputation as a caring, nur turing and suppor tive employer was endorsed when the Hong Kong office won the Employer of Choice award at the 2004 Asian Legal Business Awards in Hong Kong.

SIMMONS & SIMMONS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.simmons-simmons.com Angela Manandhar, HR Assistant 35/F Cheung Kong Center, 2 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong + 852 2583 8276 + 852 2810 5040 graduate.recruitmenthk@ simmons-simmons.com

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OTHER OFFICES: Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfust, Lisbon, London, Maderia, Madrid, Milan, New York Oporto, Padua, Paris, Qatar, Rome, Rotterdam, Shanghai, Tokyo MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Asset Finance, Capital Markets, China-related work, Corporate Securities and Financial Markets, Commercial, Communications and Competition, Finance, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Real Estate PRO BONO WORK: As a firm we are committed to making a positive contribution to society, improving access to justice, and managing our impact on the environment.

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SUMMER SCHEME 2008 Application deadline: 31 March 2008 July and August, 3 week placement, 4 per rotation WINTER SCHEME 2009 Application deadline: 30 September 2008 January and February, 3 week placement, 4 per rotation PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: For your two years training contract, we operate a four seat training system which will enable you to gain six months experience in four of our different practice areas. One of these seats may also be spent on secondment at one of our international offices, currently London or Shanghai. We have a comprehensive appraisal system and you will receive feedback on your performance on a formal basis every 3 months. Our dedicated Training Manager provides comprehensive sessions on a regular basis specifically targeted to the needs of our trainee solicitors as well as a weekly Continuing Professional Development programme to develop both your technical and practical skills. LANGUAGE TRAINING: We offer Mandarin language training to those who need to enhance their skills.

of the firm. We have 20 offices and employ approximately 2,000 people, including more than 1,000 legal staff, based throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. Our Hong Kong office practices both English and Hong Kong law and works closely with the other offices in our network, especially those in Shanghai, London and Tokyo. We advise clients on transactions, not only in Hong Kong and the PRC, but throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Each year we look to recruit 8 trainee solicitors and up to 16 vacation students. We are looking for candidates with drive, enthusiasm and an outgoing personality who can demonstrate responsibility and team skills, either through work experience or extra-curricular activities. We consider both law and non-law students and expect candidates to have a strong and consistent educational track record and to have achieved or be on track to achieve at least a distinction average or equivalent in their degree. Applicants must be fluent in English and Cantonese and ideally Mandarin, with the ability to read and write Chinese. For more information on our recruitment and selection procedures and to obtain the necessary application forms, please visit the Hong Kong Graduate Recruitment pages on our website at www.simmons-simmons.com. Alternatively, you may email us at graduate.recruitmenthk@simmonssimmons.com if you would like any further information.

FIRM PROFILE: Simmons & Simmons is one of the leading international law firms in Asia, as well as one of the largest law firms in Hong Kong, and we form a vital par t of the international face

We focus on three key areas: pro bono legal work; community education and charity initiatives; and suppor t for the arts. GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: September 2010 Application deadline: 31 August 2008 September 2011 Application deadline: 31 August 2009

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Applications must be made using our application form (available from our website) and accompanied by copies of degree transcripts (where available). We currently have two rounds of interviews for our trainee solicitor applicants. VACATION PROGRAMME: Penultimate year students eligible to commence trainee solicitor contracts at requisite recruiting periods. WINTER SCHEME 2008 Application deadline: 30 September 2007 January and February, 3 week placement, 3 per rotation

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>>CHRIS REICHL GRADUATE, 2006 AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE

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The Tax Office can offer law graduates many opportunities for challenging – and surprisingly interesting – work in a constantly changing area of the law, within an organisation of great importance to society. I entered the Tax Office through its graduate development program, which runs for 12 months and consists of technical and corporate skilling, and three rotations through different areas of the office. These rotations provided me with exposure to a broad range of direct and indirect taxes as they apply to a variety of industries, as well as practical and legal aspects of the administration of the revenue system. During my rotation at the Tax Counsel Network (the highest point of escalation for precedential questions of law in the Tax Office) I had the oppor tunity to contribute to legislative and policy reform projects, and worked on test cases which went before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court. At the end of the program I was placed in a permanent position within the Large Business and International business line, writing public and private rulings for the banking and finance industry. In all three rotations, and in my current position, one of the most enjoyable aspects of working in the Tax Office, and tax in general, has been the need for me to develop a sound understanding of not only the tax laws, but principles from many fields of law such as superannuation, corporations, contract, property, equity and international law.

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As a law graduate in the Tax Office, there is a wide variety of roles requiring a strong legal background. My current position consists of legal research and analysis in the provision of advice. In the Legal Ser vices Branch a law graduate could expect to be involved in litigation and objections work. Within the Office of Chief Tax Counsel, current and past graduates work on precedential questions of law in relation to both provision of advice and audit activities. In various areas there are oppor tunities to contribute to legislative projects, for example the Taxation of Financial Arrangements (TOFA) legislation. I have found working at the Tax Office to be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. As an organisation it provides many oppor tunities for me to improve my skills and knowledge through both the variety of work a law graduate can be involved in, and through the support from the organisation for further study and professional qualifications. I have also found the Tax Office has a realistic approach to work/life balance, and provides me with the opportunity to develop valuable social and professional networks both inside and outside the organisation.

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Like many Melbourne University students approaching graduation, I was faced with the difficult question of “where to next?” On the verge of finishing my arts-law degree, I knew for certain that I didn’t want to practice law. I wanted to build on the knowledge I’d acquired through my international law subjects and arts major in political science.

If your online application is successful you will be asked to sit a test involving a written exam and cognitive and psychometric testing. The final stage of the process involves an inter view in Canberra, which also gives you a taste of the DFAT working environment. Of fers are then made subject to security and medical clearance for commencement in February the following year.

After attending a career information session about the Graduate Trainee (GT) program at the Depar tment of Foreign Af fairs and Trade (DFAT), I realised that DFAT offered fantastic training opportunities, work that appealed to my academic interests, and experiences that channeled my passion for travelling.

My only reservation before accepting the position at DFAT was that I had to leave glorious Melbourne and move to Canberra. However, I’ve found Canberra’s reputation as a bureaucratic black hole to be completely unwarranted. Star ting at DFAT with an instant social network of 3040 of your fellow DFAT graduates, most newly arrived in Canberra, makes for a colourful and exciting social scene. As a parochial Melbournite, I was surprised to learn that Canberra has more restaurants per capita than any other major city in Australia. Its proximity to Sydney, Melbourne, the ski-fields and the New South Wales south coast provides endless options for weekend getaways.

One piece of advice I would offer to university students considering a professional graduate program is not only to consider the job description and the salar y, but also how that company or organisation will train, nur ture and prepare you for your future career. In this regard, the DFAT GT program has surpassed my every expectation. DFAT hires graduates from wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. In my intake of 31 graduates the age ranged from 20-40, including journalists, accountants, teachers and engineers. The key prerequisites are that you are an Australian citizen and have a university degree under your belt by the time the job starts the following February. The application process has several phases, which can appear a little daunting. Applications open online from March to April 2008 each year (see www.dfat.gov.au/recruit/ graduates/ for more details).

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>>LISA SOKOLSKI GRADUATE TRAINEE, 2005 DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

The structure of the graduate program includes several work placements interspersed with training blocks such as management and negotiation skills, public speaking workshops and short courses in economics, human rights, international trade policy and international relations. The training program also includes a regional visit within Australia to learn how to promote Australian business and cultural interests while overseas. Graduates are also called on from time to time to assist in the department’s Crisis Centre during consular emergencies.

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DFAT endeavours to provide graduates with broad experience in its wide-ranging policy, legal, trade and corporate areas. My work placements included:

• the Western Europe Section - where I managed

Australia’s bilateral relationship with Ireland and the Holy See at a tumultuous time marked by the death of Pope John Paul II and the inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI; the Counter-Terrorism Branch - where policies are developed to help strengthen Australia’s defences against the threat of terrorism, including through capacity building initiatives with our regional partners; the ASEAN, Burma and Cambodia Section - where I helped shape Australia’s policy approach to participating in the inaugural East Asia Summit; the Protocol Branch – a highlight of which was escorting foreign dignitaries at the Commonwealth Games, and organising the annual diplomatic corps familiarisation visit to Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula; and the United Nations and Commonwealth Section - where I provided negotiation and voting advice for the UN General Assembly and promoted various Australian candidatures.

Towards the end of my second year in the depar tment I was informed that my application for a posting to Paris had been successful. I am currently spending a year in full-time French language training before I take up my position as a diplomat in Paris next year. The oppor tunity to be paid to learn a language full time is one of the many unique training opportunities offered at DFAT. Overseas diplomatic postings are a natural progression from the DFAT graduate program. Graduates are eligible to apply for postings towards the end of their first year in the department. For me, it is the variety of work that makes the DFAT graduate experience so unique and enjoyable. Among my university friends, I am one of the few that has felt that I was given sufficient work and responsibility during my onthe-job training. You are given fantastic hands-on experience at DFAT and also guidance and training that prepares you for a fulfilling and adventurous career.

One question I regularly get is ‘why the Treasury?’ Having studied law at university, I knew I wanted to put my legal training into practise. Instead of starting in a private law firm, I wanted to understand how laws are made and how the commercial sectors are regulated. Since Treasury has responsibility for competition laws, corporations and financial services regulation, and foreign investments, it was an easy choice. I am placed in the Financial System Division in Markets Group; we look after prudential regulation of institutions within the financial sector. While it was initially a bit daunting for an Ar ts graduate, my knowledge of finance, financial systems, corporations and financial activities, and current issues like private equity and international financial market has grown by leaps and bounds. All policy officers in my area, and in Markets Group generally, keep in touch with domestic and international developments in competition and regulation, corporate activities, new financial products and investment strategies, and I have benefited from their knowledge. I have been involved in a major package reviewing our prudential legislations. This involves consulting with financial industr y associations and major stakeholders, liaising with APRA and ASIC, turning policy into drafting instructions, reviewing legislation and writing explanator y memorandum. I have actually changed our financial legislations and will see it introduced into Parliament. While on this project, I have had the chance to instruct a Parliamentar y Counsel (who writes our legislation) and seek advice from senior AGS lawyers on novel questions of law. I have liaised with the Attorney-General’s Department, the Commonwealth DPP, and have gained an insight into the workings of the Cabinet and top-level government mechanisms. One of the best par t of our job is the ability to analyse issues from a whole-of-economy point of view – our legislation and policies impact the individual consumers as well as the big players in the financial sector, and it’s exciting to know that our work is (hopefully) protecting consumers, fostering more transparent and ef ficient domestic markets, as well as making Australia more competitive in the international arena.

Other law graduates (it’s not just economists!) are also enjoying their work, and not ever yone is working on the Budget. Most of us have used our legal training to interpret and apply the law, so as to brief the Ministers. Many of us are working on projects that wouldn’t exist in the private sector. For example, a graduate in the international tax unit has taken par t in negotiating tax treaties with other countries, which has drawn on her knowledge of international law, conflict of laws, admin and contracts law. Another graduate is implementing these treaties into domestic legislation. Others are working on competition policy, consumer protection policy (the TPA), assisting with OECD and free trade negotiations, another graduate has seen foreign investment applications at first hand, while another has helped to brief the Treasurer on constitutional law and corporations law issues.

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>>RHONDA, 2007 GRADUATE LLB / B.ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

The graduate programme at Treasury differs from all other government depar tments. We don’t have ‘rotations’, but stay in one placement for 12 months. As a result, we are treated like a member of the team from day one, and can get into challenging long-term projects. We work in small teams, so I was super vised by senior policy officers from day one. In the future, we can apply for secondments to the World Bank, IMF, OECD, apply postings to Asia, Europe, America, and provide specialist assistance to countries including Solomon Islands and PNG. Treasur y also has a great staf f development programme, which includes sponsoring employees to under take fur ther studies in Australia and overseas. A big bonus of moving to Canberra has been the graduate network. There are 40-60 graduates in Treasury each year, as well as another 500 graduates across government depar tments. We meet lots of people from Melbourne, Sydney, Brissie, Per th, Dar win, Hobar t, and overseas expatriates. The Social Network of Graduates hosts many events and drinks where we can meet new Canberrans and old locals. I am sure other graduates would agree the support within Treasury and within the wider public service is one of Canberra’s best-kept secrets. And, thanks to the work-life balance in the public service, we can and do enjoy the graduate life to the full.

In short, I have had a ball.

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>>ANDREW FRAME GRADUATE ANALYST, INVESTMENT BANKING DIVISION CREDIT SUISSE

Ever yone’s first question is, “What exactly is investment banking?” After six months in the job I still find this difficult to answer. How do you explain to someone in one or two sentences what you do on a daily basis when it is ever changing? At Credit Suisse, we operate in small teams on multiple deals. Consequently, as analysts, we are given a lot of responsibility and client exposure at a junior level. The variability of our daily tasks is one of the most enjoyable and exciting aspects of being an investment banker. On Monday you are comparing valuations of multiple companies, on Tuesday you are staf fed on a takeover defence, on Wednesday you may be par ticipating in a strategy discussion with a CEO of a top S&P/ASX100 company, on Thursday you are researching possible acquisitions in Eastern Europe and on Friday you read about a transaction that you have been working on in the financial press. Your senior bankers are creating the financial news on a daily basis and you are contributing. As an investment banker you really need to be a “jack of all trades”. I believe there is no other job that exposes graduates to so much responsibility at such an early stage and challenges you to sprint up the learning cur ve. The

range of activities that investment banking encompasses requires you to continually evolve and adapt to the tasks assigned to you. The training program in which all graduates participate in their first year is intended to provide you with the base skills to achieve this. At Credit Suisse, graduates train for one week in Sydney upon commencement and then head to New York in July for five weeks to train with other Credit Suisse analysts from around the world. Here analysts receive detailed training in accounting, corporate finance and financial modelling, and have the opportunity to form strong networks with global peers. Following on from this, Credit Suisse analysts receive continuous on the job training as well as significant training from internal and external experts on a range of topics. Investment banks value the skills developed through a law degree. The time spent analysing judgments and dissecting and solving problems ensure strong analytical reasoning and an ability to persuasively convey a point. Add to this an ability to understand the law relating to financial transactions and it should be easy to see the skills a law graduate can bring to investment banking. If this short article has instilled in you a spark to consider a career outside of law, then head to the video store and hire “Wall Street”, or to the book store to buy a copy of “Barbarians at the Gate” or “Liar’s Poker”. Admittedly times have moved on but these will still give you a glimpse of what awaits you in Investment Banking and the “thrill of a deal”. Take the leap across to the other side of the deal table and you’ll never look back. I know I haven’t!

When I recently came to the end of my degree, it didn’t initially seem a logical step to move into investment banking after spending the last 5 years studying law. Yet with only 6 months hindsight, the level of corporate exposure I have had including the commercial skills I have developed, and the excitement and gravity of the deals I have been involved in, proves that it’s a career path that all law students would be amiss not to consider. Investment banking is the provision of direct corporate advice to clients on large scale corporate issues and transactions. As an analyst, you generally per form a support function to the more senior bankers. This involves generating analysis of the situation in question which often includes company modelling, valuation, analysis of similar precedents situations, and organising the logistics of a transaction. I personally enjoy investment banking because of the high level of exposure and the intellectual stimulation. It’s not unusual for a grad to deal directly with the board of an ASX100 company; no other job straight out of uni can offer that level of exposure. Goldman Sachs JB Were encourages the development of its graduate analysts by instilling confidence in them from the early stages of their career. The context of the work in investment banking generally surrounds a crucial event in a firm’s life, such as an acquisition or a company float. The impor tance of the work involved is motivating and rewarding and keeps you focussed through the long hours that are required. A law degree develops many of the skills required in investment banking. The job is often about sizing up a situation quickly, understanding the financial implications

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and making the right decision based on your assumptions. In a sense this is similar to tackling a hypothetical in an exam, banking is an application of the skills you acquired during your law degree. Yet more directly, by having an understanding of corporate and takeovers law you are better placed to understand the bigger picture of transactions which is generally only dealt with at a senior level. Having this background means that as an analyst, you can take much more out of the junior experience by understanding the senior decision making process and asking meaningful questions.

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So it’s time to choose a career. You’re so close to the end of your degree and the choice is easy…a great career in law. Or is there something else out there that will take you, your analytical skills and your potential to a whole new level? The answer may be Investment Banking.

>> WILLIAM BROUGHTON FIRST YEAR ANALYST, INVESTMENT BANKING DIVISION GOLDMAN SACHS JBWERE

Nonetheless, becoming a banker can be quite a contrast to becoming a lawyer. As an analyst you are instantly in direct contact with clients in a proactive rather than reactive sense. Fur ther, working in banking offers a much more global experience in two senses. Many of the transactions will involve international companies offering you a deeper insight into Australian industr y relative to the rest of the world. But fur ther, it offers you access to global offices and the opportunity of working as a banker anywhere in the world. In contrast with a career as a lawyer you will be more exposed at an earlier stage. This will allow you to much more quickly develop people management skills and an understanding of the operational side of businesses. The training received in your first year in banking far exceeds that as a lawyer. GSJBW graduates receive 2 weeks of analyst training in Sydney when they star t, and 6 weeks training later in the year overseas. This year we spent 2 weeks in New York and 4 weeks in London. Come along to an information session and ask questions, or better yet open the AFR and see what banking is all about.

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TAX AND LEGAL: PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS

WORKING AT PITCHER PARTNERS

>>MATTHEW MISSAGHI CONSULTANT – TAX AND LEGAL PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS

PricewaterhouseCoopers is the number one professional services firm in Australia and actively recruits law students, and it is easy to see why. The role of a PwC Graduate requires someone who possesses strong research and analytical skills, and an ability to communicate clearly. Most law students have these skills in abundance. And if you’ve combined your law degree with studies in accounting, finance or economics, you’ll have further options.

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES The Graduate Program offers a comprehensive training and development program, covering core skills. The firm strongly encourages post graduate studies and formal qualifications such as: • College of Law; • Chartered Accountants qualification (CA); • Graduate Cer tificate of Char tered Accounting Foundations; • Master of Tax ; and • Master of Law.

WORK CULTURE I started my career in PwC’s Graduate Program in January 2006 in the Tax and Legal Depar tment after graduating. I chose a career in tax because I found it would provide a good balance to utilize both my accounting and law degrees. The main reason I choose PwC was because I found the culture to be young, energetic and motivating with an emphasis on continual improvement and development. In your first year at PwC, we naturally focus on developing your technical and professional skills needed to per form your new role; however the firm will also concentrate on building your business skills like teamwork, presentation skills, time management, networking and understanding the commercial environment. The core program in the first year is a program called I-Challenge which is a foundational business skills program. I-Challenge brings all the graduates together in one forum and builds a culture of networking, mutual support, core development and lasting friendships. Working at PwC offers many advantages. Here are a couple of things I have picked up from my experience at PwC and its Graduate Program.

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You have the oppor tunity to work with incredibly talented people who are the leading authorities in the countr y in their disciplines. There is a strong focus on mentoring, and PwC offers a formal mentoring program to assist in fur thering career development. The firm’s most senior people have made a commitment to develop mastery in the skills and behaviours required to foster a high performance culture and lead the rest of the firm in ensuring its ongoing success.

TAX AND LEGAL GRADUATE ROTATIONS As part of PwC’s Tax and Legal Graduate Program, graduates are able to undertake three four month rotations to various areas in the Tax and Legal Depar tment. This gives you a broader view of how Tax and Legal department works and allows you to find out what type of work interests you.

There are several discrete divisions within Pitcher Partners, each specialising in its own area. As a Tax Consultant, you will belong to a moderately sized, very friendly group without strict internal demarcations. We work in a loose team structure, where everyone gets a chance to work with everyone else within the group. This means that you are exposed to a large variety of clients, types of work and personalities. The tax group has a broad spectrum of clients, from large family groups to charitable institutions, corporate groups, individuals and more than a few familiar names. The work we do ranges from small, once-of f pieces of advice to ongoing consulting arrangements. Other than direct taxes, we also have sub groups that specialise in state taxes, employment taxes and GST. As a graduate, there are always plenty of oppor tunities to work across a range of these specialisations. As a whole, the firm provides ample training and study support. This year, graduates went up to the Gold Coast for a few days of national induction. This was a great chance to meet and socialise with the other graduates from across the country before diving into work. Back at the office, there is regular training across all divisions, as well as a buddy system, study leave, and financial support to do the CA or CPA and other post-graduate programs including Masters of tax. Within the tax group, there are weekly two hour training

sessions on current issues, and encouragement to attend seminars and conferences held by other professional bodies. As a graduate, the firm seeks to expose you to as much direct client contact as possible. This means that it is quite easy for you to see the importance and relevance of your work, how that work affects the client, as well as providing you with a good level of responsibility. If you express an interest in working within a specific area of tax, such as land taxes or stamp duty, you will be accommodated where practicable and brought in to work on clients where those issues are raised.

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A law degree opens up a host of employment prospects and a career at PricewaterhouseCoopers is an exciting and rewarding career path.

>> MILANA MONIN GRADUATE TAX CONSULTANT PITCHER PARTNERS

Within the tax arena, the sheer volume of legislation and case law, as well as the ingenuity of taxpayers and advisors mean that there is hardly ever a dull moment and plenty of new issues to think about – or old issues to reconsider in a new light. The firm overall is flexible and responsive, and ever yone, including the Par tners, has an approachable open-door policy. There are regular social events, and tax graduates spend two months of their first year seconded to the Private Clients division to broaden their practical experience in tax compliance and accounts preparation. This means that there is ample oppor tunity to socialise with people from throughout the firm, creating useful networks and making many new friends.

If you are interested in exploring alternate career options or a role with PricewaterhouseCoopers, why not consider applying for the Graduate Program or even a summer Vacation placement? To find out more, visit www.pwc.com/ au/careers, or you can email ssc@au.pwc.com.

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http://www.accenture.com/talent Refer to Website 360 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000 03 9838 8264 03 9838 7581 Refer to Website

OFFICES:

Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Our Consulting Workforce is aligned with one of the following workgroups: • Management Consulting & Integrated Markets • Business and System Integration Consulting • Technology Consulting GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: Positions in 2008: Over 200 Positions in 2007: Over 300 APPLICATIONS DUE: 2009 Program: See Website APPLICATIONS PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Refer to Website ROUND OF INTERVIEWS: 3

AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY VACATION PROGRAMMES: Internships: six-month or year-long (penultimate year students) internship programs commencing at the beginning of each Semester. Job Description for a Law Graduate: Strong communication skills with superior academic achievement within your discipline. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Accenture offers a comprehensive orientation, including core analyst school in Kuala Lumpur, classroom and online training, mentoring and careers counselor FIRM PROFILE: Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-per formance businesses and governments. With deep industr y and business process exper tise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their per formance. With more than 158,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$16.65 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2006. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

ANZ WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: EMAIL:

www.anz.com/graduates Linnea Reddie, Project Manager – Graduate Recruitment 100 Queen Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 1800 000 075 anzgrad@anz.com

• an appointed coach to provide support/advice • 12 month development program, which includes learning development days, as workshops

• technical training and job-specific skill development (within your business)

• graduate pr oject within a team with an ANZ

www.apra.gov.au Sheree Brodie (HR Advisor) Level 26, 400 George St, Sydney NSW 2000 02 9210 3000 02 9210 3409 recruitment@apra.gov.au

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Careers with APRA are diverse and progression is up to you. That doesn’t mean you won’t be suppor ted. APRA’s Graduate Program is among the most rigorous and diverse in the financial services industry. Professional training and development is ongoing throughout your career with us.

OFFICES: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Per th, Adelaide, Canberra

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Program you can expect to be promoted to the role of Analyst. High per formers can than expect fur ther promotion within the next one to two years.

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GRADUATE RECRUITMENT APRA of fers graduate positions to approximately 20 graduates within our Sydney Office and 3 in our Melbourne Office. Offers are made during May and June each year and the Graduate Program commences in February of the following year. For fur ther information regarding APRA’s Graduate Program and the recruitment process please visit our website http://www.apra.gov.au/Careers/GraduateProgram.cfm . JOB DESCRIPTION FOR LAW GRADUATES: APRA people are front-line supervisors of regulated financial institutions – from small superannuation funds to large financial conglomerates. WE: • license new financial institutions • assess the safety implications of mergers, acquisitions and major changes to financial institutions’ business operations • monitor institutions’ financial position and outlook • assess risks in financial institutions and their control systems • manage problem situations and at risk institutions • enforce directions to protect policyholders, depositors and superannuation fund members.

stakeholder MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking & Finance GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: Graduate positions commence in Januar y 2009. Applications open in February 2008 and can be submitted on-line via the Graduate website. To be eligible to apply you must have the right to work permanently in Australia and you must have completed/be completing your degree between 2006, 2007 or 2008. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT The training and development offered to our graduates include: • a one-week residential orientation • a nominated ‘buddy’ when you join

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JOB DESCRIPTION FOR LAW GRADUATES: There are a number of roles for students with a Law degree, however the roles are not legal in nature.

Graduate positions are also available within our specialised teams, providing advice and consulting services to front-line super visors in areas such as litigation and enforcement and policy development.

FIRM PROFILE: APRA is the prudential regulator of the Australian financial ser vices industr y and oversees banks, credit unions, building societies, life and general insurance companies and reinsurance companies, friendly societies and most of the superannuation industr y. We currently super vise institutions holding around $2.5 trillion in assets for 21 million Australian depositors, policyholders and superannuation fund members. As an integrated financial regulator, our regulator y model is among the most comprehensive and advanced, placing APRA at the forefront of global regulation.

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OTHER INFORMATION: What does APRA offer graduates?

• Accountability • Ongoing training and development – arguably the most rigorous in the financial services industry

• Work diversity • Unmatched exposure to the Australian financial services industry

• Excellent suppor t for both post-graduate studies and technical training

• Work/life balance – recognised as one of the top 20 most flexible work/life balance workplaces in Australia • An enviable career with an organisation at the forefront internationally of financial regulators.

Please refer to “Match maker” (via graduate website) to review roles available for a Law Graduate. EMPLOYER PROFILE: As one of the largest and most successful companies in Australia, our values help build a sustainable future for our business, shareholders, staff, customers and communities. Our business ser ves more than 6 million customers and our assets are worth $293 billion. We employ more than 33,000 people and are represented in our primary markets of Australia and New Zealand, as well as Asia, the Pacific, the UK, Europe and the United States

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE WEBSITE: CONTACT:

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http://www.ato.gov.au Jane Woodhead or Karina LiDonni or Maria Martin (Graduate & Cadet Managers ) ADDRESS: Casselden Place, Level 36 2 Lonsdale St Melbourne VIC 3000 PHONE: (03) 928 51714 or (03) 928 51249 or 928 51718 FACSIMILE: 03 928 51988 EMAIL: jane.woodhead@ato.gov.au or karina.lidonni@ ato.gov.au or marial.martin@ato.gov.au OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne Region

APPLICATIONS DUE: Refer to Website

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Provide National Graduate oppor tunities primarily in law, accounting, economics, finance, ecommerce. Offer IT Graduate opportunities in Canberra & Brisbane. Offer Design & Communication Graduate opportunities in Canberra only.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The Tax Office has developed a framework for the lifelong learning of its staff by offering continuing professional development and further study opportunities.

Of fer People Management Graduate Oppor tunities in Canberra, Brisbane & Melbourne GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: Scheduled Adver tising for an Undergraduate Program September 13th 2007 for a 2008 start date Graduate Positions in 2008: Mid Year Intake highly likely

SELECTION PROCESS : 1. Electronic applications 2. Assessment Centre 3. Interview 4. Relevant checks conducted 5. Offers made Must be an Australian Citizen at commencement of Graduate Program (Mid Year 2008) ROTATIONS: 2 to 3 rotations

EMPLOYER PROFILE: The Australian Taxation Office is the Government’s principal revenue collection agency, and is par t of the Treasurer’s por tfolio. Our role is to manage and shape tax, excise and superannuation systems that fund ser vices for Australians. OTHER INFORMATION: To find out more go to www.ato.gov.au/jobs

BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.bostonconsulting.com.au Mary Katergaris (Senior Recruiting Assistant) Level 52 101 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 613 9656 2100 613 9656 2111 katergaris.mary@bcg.com

OTHER OFFICES: BCG has 61 offices around the world. These offices are located throughout Asia, the sub-continent, Europe and the Americas. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Unlike other organisations, BCG’s employees are not organised into divisions. Instead each employee can work across a broad range of projects covering many different industries. However, to ensure that knowledge and experience within cer tain industries or practices are captured and shared between

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BCG staff worldwide, a ‘practice area’ network has been established. Some of these practice areas are industr y based, eg financial services, consumer goods, while some are functionally based, eg operational ef fectiveness, infor mation technology, corporate development, organisation. Consulting staff can join in these practice areas, which hold conferences and training days – locally and on a worldwide basis – to ensure that all staff are aware of leading edge activities and shifts in thinking in the practice group area. GRADUATE POSITIONS: APPLICATIONS DUE: BCG accepts applications throughout the year and will inter view candidates accordingly at the appropriate time. However, BCG’s main graduate recruiting drive takes place early in the University year. APPLICATIONS PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Applications are to be submitted online via our website www.bostonconsulting.com.au Applications must include a cover letter, resume and photocopy of academic transcripts.

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NON LEGAL DIRECTORY ROUND OF INTERVIEWS: Typically, the BCG selection process involves three rounds of interviews. Each interview round consists of one-on-one inter views and all are based around a case study as well as more general discussion between the inter viewer and candidate. VACATION PROGRAMMES: Due to the way BCG’s work is structured, we do not currently offer vacation employment for undergraduates. JOB DESCRIPTION FOR A LAW GRADUATE: Graduates are usually employed as Associates. They play a pivotal and valued role in BCG, which is reflected in the investment we make in training and developing their business skills. From their ver y first day, our Associates contribute to every aspect of our work with clients, including data gathering, analysis, working with client teams and communicating findings and recommendations. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Career progression at BCG is determined by each individual’s performance and readiness to move on to the challenges and rewards of the next level. After two to three years at BCG, Associates who are keen to continue their careers in management consulting have several options.

Some choose a temporary transfer to another BCG office, or secondment to a business or a not-for-profit organisation. Others go to top international universities, typically for an MBA, before returning to BCG as consultants. EMPLOYER PROFILE: BCG provides strategic advice to the senior management of the world’s leading companies. BCG employs graduates from a range of disciplines (including engineering, ar ts, science, commerce and law) as Associates. BCG works with the senior management of major companies around the world to achieve superior per formance for their shareholders. Although our work with each client is different, we are invariably involved in the implementation and management of major change, often in response to shifts in the competitive landscape. OTHER INFORMATION: Management Consulting is a career well suited to lawyers. It draws on the skills of argument and reasoning. It also depends on the ability to extract and analyse relevant facts from a chaotic mess of reality. It offers real intellectual challenges as well as significant career opportunities, and the skills learned from consulting can be used readily in business.

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www.credit-suisse.com/careers Amie Wiseman 5/F Three Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Pace, Central, Hong Kong 00852 2101 6884 00852 2284 6884 amie.wiseman@credit-suisse.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) The Melbourne office comprises the following departments: Investment Banking, Equity Research, Asset Management and Private Banking. Credit Suisse was the first US investment bank to open in Australia in 1972 and currently has over 550 professionals in Melbourne and Sydney. Within Investment Banking junior analysts have the opportunity to work on large, high profile transactions across all industries and products. This provides analysts with a fantastic opportunity to obtain first hand transaction experience early in their career. OTHER OFFICES: In Australia we have two offices, Sydney and Melbourne. Credit Suisse has over 45,000 employees located in 69 of fices in over 50 countries. CS has a par ticularly strong presence in New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: In its Investment Banking business, Credit Suisse offers securities products and financial advisory services to users and suppliers of capital around the world. Credit Suisse is active across the full spectrum of financial ser vices products including debt and equity underwriting, sales and trading, mergers and acquisitions, investment research, and correspondent and prime brokerage services. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Graduate programs are run out of New York and London, with Australian graduates alternating yearly between attending the London or New York program. The programs run for 7 weeks and are an excellent opportunity to build networks with peers from around the world, develop technical skills and learn about other parts of the business. All bankers are also given extensive ongoing training using both internal and external resources, as well as the oppor tunity to receive funding for additional postgraduate studies. FIRM PROFILE: As one of the world’s leading banks, Credit Suisse provides its clients with investment banking, private banking and asset management ser vices worldwide. Credit Suisse offers advisor y ser vices, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients

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and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is active in over 50 countries and employs approximately 45,000 people. Credit Suisse’s parent company, Credit Suisse Group, is a leading global financial services company headquartered in Zurich. Credit Suisse Group’s registered shares (CSGN)

are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York.

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Fur ther information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.

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www.dfat.gov.au Sophia McIntyre (Manager, Graduate Recruitment) Graduate Recruitment Unit, Corporate Management Division Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade RG Casey Building John McEwen Crescent Barton ACT 0221 (02) 6261 2736 (02) 6261 2458 gradrec@dfat.gov.au

OTHER OFFICES: Offices in all state and territor y capitals, and over 85 embassies, high commissions, consulates and offices worldwide MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Law students and graduates are encouraged to apply for our two graduate streams: the Graduate Trainee program (for generalists); and the Corporate and Financial Management Trainee program (for graduates with accounting and financial management skills). GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: Positions in 2009: approx 30 APPLICATIONS DUE: mid-March to mid-April 2008 APPLICATIONS PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS First stage: submission of on-line applications Second stage: written exam, psychometric and cognitive tests Third stage: Interview and group exercise MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: • be an Australian citizen, or have been granted Australian citizenship by May 2008; • completion of a three-year Bachelor degree by the end of December 2008; • be willing to under go and maintain a security clearance; • be willing to undergo a health check by a Commonwealth Medical Officer; and • be willing to re-locate to the ACT.

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ROTATIONS: Four rotations interspersed with training throughout a two year period. DFAT is the premier employer in Australia of graduates wanting to develop a career in international af fairs. Graduate recruits in the depar tment can expect to help develop and implement policies on political, economic, trade, legal, consular, management or security issues. The department offers an exciting and broad range of work, and employees need to be flexible enough to master new areas of responsibility ever y two to four years. Employees are also required to demonstrate the highest levels of conduct and ethics, both when working in Australia and overseas. Cadetships: Indigenous students are encouraged to apply for cadetships, involving summer work placements, under the National Indigenous Cadetship Program, which is administered by the Department of Workplace Relations (for fur ther information, see www.dfat.gov.au/recruit/ cadetship/index.html or www.nicp.dewr.gov.au). PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The depar tment’s graduate recr uits under take a comprehensive two-year professional development program in Canberra, which combines work placements with training modules and projects. On successful completion of the training program, graduates are eligible for their first overseas posting, to one of 89 diplomatic posts around the world. EMPLOYER PROFILE: DFAT operates in a complex environment shaped by globalisation, a challenging security environment, the internationalisation of the Australian economy, and increasing numbers of Australians travelling internationally. The depar tment needs highly talented, flexible and resourceful graduates, to help develop and implement policies to advance Australia’s national interests, both in Australia and overseas. The department provides Australian diplomatic representation in 89 locations around the world. Fur ther information on the depar tment and employment oppor tunities can be found at www.dfat.gov.au/recruit/ graduates.

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www.graduates.treasury.gov.au.au Madeleine Kaye, Graduate Coordinator The Treasury, Langton Crescent, Parkes ACT 2600 (02) 6263 3298 (02) 6263 3275 graduate.recruitment@treasury.gov.au

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: Graduate Recruitment Positions in 2009: 60 - 65 APPLICATIONS DATES: Open between late Februar y and May 2008 APPLICATIONS PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Applications forms will be available online from late February 2008 (www.gradautes.treasury.gov.au). Applicants must be Australian citizens. Round of interviews: Single interview process Who are we looking for? Treasury is interested in graduates seeking careers as advisers on public policy, economic policy and taxation policy. Applicants are expected to have gained (or be completing) a high quality degree in one or more of: • Economics and Econometrics • Law • Mathematics • Public policy • Commerce • Taxation and other related disciplines PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: You will be enrolled in our 12-month Graduate Development Programme, which will provide you with a solid base for your career in Treasury. The programme combines on-thejob training with formal in-house and external courses as well as familiarisation tours and participation in key events, such as Budget lock-up.

valuable asset for Treasury. And the learning opportunities will continue throughout your career in Treasury. Other benefits: Studies assistance EMPLOYER PROFILE: Who are we? Treasury – not just economics and numbers. Treasur y is one of the few depar tments that can claim a mention in the constitution. While in 1901 the Australian Treasur y’s role was one of book keeping, they found themselves dealing with issues of policy in all sor ts of fields almost immediately. Ever ything from public ser vice pay and conditions to the development of the then new tax system soon become included in Treasury’s scope. Still today Treasur y and its people are at the forefront of Australian economic analysis and policy development. By continuing to provide advice to the Treasurer and the Australian Government, Treasury’s activities impact directly on the lives of Australians.

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No matter the issue of the day, Treasur y is involved. From climate change to corporate governance, macro policy settings to microeconomic reform, tax policy to trade agreements, we play a key role. The diversity of our business is one of our greatest strengths. As a graduate, you could find yourself working in a number of roles in Treasury from economic forecasting, promoting stable financial systems and markets in Australia to designing tax legislation or helping to shape environmental policy. Whatever you do, you will be using your current skills and learning new ones! OTHER INFORMATION: See ar ticle written by a recent graduate about her experience as a law graduate working in Treasury.

Treasur y offers a single placement Graduate Programme, which allows you to take ownership of issues, see issues through to completion and gain a wealth of experience. The graduate programme will enable you to continue to develop your skills, demonstrate your abilities and become a

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http://www.holden.com.au/careers Tami Cottrell, Recruitment Associate 191 Salmon St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207 (03) 9647 2419 (03) 9647 2538 tami.cottrell@gm.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Port Melbourne, Victoria OTHER OFFICES: SA, QLD, WA, NSW

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate Affairs, Human Resources, Information Systems & Ser vices, Global Purchasing & Supply Chain, Sales & Marketing, Engineering, Design, Manufacturing, Finance, Quality, Planning & Program Management, Global Rear-Wheel Drive. GRADUATE RECRUITMENT APPLICATIONS DUE: For 2009 intake – March 2008 (see website) Positions in 2009: Yes – Number of positions yet to be confirmed Positions in 2008: Engineering – 12 Sales & Marketing – 4 Finance – 4 Human Resources – 2 APPLICATIONS PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Applications can be submitted online at www. holden. com.au/careers. Special requirements may var y between student programs, i.e. co-operative, vacation or graduate program, see website for details. Recruitment processes for each student employment program can also be found on our website.

VACATION PROGRAMMES: Winter: No Summer: Yes. Applications open in August each year (Finance & Engineering only). PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Students who take part in any of the student employment oppor tunities at GM Holden are taken under the wing of their manager and provided relevant, hands-on training. In addition, professional development programs are selected by the employee and manager to facilitate a structured training and development program. A mentoring program compliments the practical and formal training offered to all students. FIRM PROFILE: The Holden world extends across all facets of business. Not just through the design, engineering and manufacturing of vehicles and engines, but also via specialist areas like Finance, Sales and Marketing, Global Purchasing & Supply Chain, Human Resources, Corporate Affairs, Information Systems & Ser vices, Planning & Program Management, Quality & Global Rear-Wheel Drive. GM Holden employs more than 120 undergraduate students and graduates each year in various areas of the business. Students are encouraged and supported whilst developing their skills and making a genuine contribution to the organisation. Ask around campus, you should be able to locate a past par ticipant. If you’re looking for a career that provides opportunities to work at the cutting edge of business and automotive technology, a career with Holden could be just what you’re after.

ROUND OF INTERVIEWS: Two rounds of behavioural interviews. There are currently no student employment opportunities available to students studying Law. However, with our recruitment database now in place, GM Holden can now accept general applications which can be drawn upon through a database search when new roles become available.

WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.gsjbw.com Graduate Recruiting co-ordinator Level 16, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000 (03) 9924 0726 Graduatecareers@gsjbw.com

OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Per th, Brisbane, Canberra (internships are only offered in Melbourne and Sydney) FIRM PROFILE: Investment Bank

GRANT THORNTON WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.grantthornton.com.au Rob Moreton, Human Resources Officer Level 35 South, Rialto Towers 525 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9611 6622 (03) 9611 6666 careers@gtvic.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: 20 Total Solicitors: 100

ROTATIONS: On an as needs basis, graduates have the chance to participate in our Internal secondment program ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Summer: Two separate summer vacation placements are offered; November/December (5 weeks) and Januar y/Februar y (6 weeks); we look to offer approximately 25 positions over the summer months. Applications forms may be downloaded from our website.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Grant Thornton prides itself on offering one of the most comprehensive technical and professional development programs in the industry.

OTHER OFFICES: Global – Across 112 countries Australia – Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Business Relationship Advisor y and Taxation Ser vices, Investment Management and Superannuation GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: Positions in 2008: Please refer to website APPLICATIONS DUE: please check our website closer to the time APPLICATIONS PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Completing final year of a business or combined business degree (including Com / Law), with an accounting or finance major. Complete the application for m (available at www. grantthornton.com.au), attach your resume, cover letter and a copy of your academic transcript and send to our offices at the address listed above.

We actively suppor t the CA program run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants and our cumulative pass rate of well above 94% is testimony to the significant investment made. FIRM PROFILE: Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of accountants, advisors and investment managers to entrepreneurial businesses and their owners. We operate in 112 countries, bringing together over 21,000 personnel in 519 offices worldwide and are responsible for a combined turnover of US$2.45 billion. At Grant Thornton Melbourne, we help Business owners achieve success and realise their ambitions. When you join Grant Thornton, you will be joining a group of professionals with a common vision: “Have fun… Make money… Be respected…”

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PITCHER PARTNERS WEBSITE: CONTACT:

www.pitcher.com.au Hayley Warne, Human Resources Officer

ADDRESS:

Level 19, 15 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 PHONE: (03) 8610 5097 FACSIMILE: (03) 8610 5999 EMAIL: Hayley.Warne@pitcher.com.au OTHER OFFICES: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Tax Consulting and Compliance; Audit and Assurance; Business Advisor y; Corporate Transactions; Investment Advisor y; Superannuation; IT Consulting; Business Recovery and Insolvency; Private Clients GRADUATE RECRUITMENT Positions in 2009: Approximately 40 APPLICATIONS DUE: Wednesday 2 April (for 2008 positions) APPLICATIONS PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: online application via website.

ROUND OF INTERVIEWS: 2 VACATION PROGRAMMES: Preferred Year – Penultimate APPLICATIONS DUE: Wednesday 3 September (for Summer 2008/2009 positions) APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: online via website Summer: Positions in 2008: Approximately 30-40. Duration: 4 weeks FIRM PROFILE: Pitcher Partners is an accounting firm with a long standing commitment to providing personal ser vice and quality advice to privately owned and middle market businesses. For Graduates, it’s a much more interesting prospect than working for huge clients because you’re exposed to a greater diversity of interesting situations, many of which revolve around growth and change. OTHER INFORMATION: Graduate and Vacation positions are available for combined Commerce/Law students with a major in accounting. Applicants must have Australian Permanent Residency.

PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

www.pwc.com/au/careers PwC Human Resources Service Centre N/A All applications are received via our website. PHONE: 1800 1 75599 FACSIMILE: N/A All applications are received via our website. EMAIL: ssc@au.pwc.com OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Are you looking for an organisation that allows you to grow...an organisation which offers you flexible hours, the chance to work overseas, the opportunity to develop your skills across different businesses, clients and industries and the option to become involved in the community? PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industr y-focused assurance, tax and advisory services for public and private clients. More than 130,000 people in 148 countries connect their thinking, experience and solutions to build public trust and enhance value for clients and their stakeholders.

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We employ enthusiastic and motivated individuals to work with some of the worlds biggest and best companies across a wide variety of industries. We look to these individuals to help us achieve success on a global, national and local scale. Graduates and vacation students can apply for positions in our key lines of service including • Assurance • Advisory • Tax and Legal (T&L)

NON LEGAL DIRECTORY HOW TO APPLY: Apply on line through our website: www.pwc.com/au/careers CONTACT: Donna McDevitt or Barry Martin POSITION: Campus Recruitment EMAIL: ssc@au.pwc.com or 1800 175 599 VACATION PROGRAMMES: Winter: N/A Summer: 6 – 8 weeks in December and January

• A formal Graduate Development Program tailored specifically for our Graduates

• Continuing Legal Education seminars to meet your Practicing Certificate Requirements • Internal training sessions on personal development and management skills • A study policy which includes financial reimbursement and study/ exam leave in addition to annual leave entitlements

JOB DESCRIPTION FOR LAW GRADUATES: PricewaterhouseCoopers employs many students who graduate with a combined Commerce/Law degree or even straight Law who would like to experience a career different to those of fered by a law firm. Par ticular areas of our practice that target this specific degree or combination of degrees are in our Tax and Legal practice.

OTHER INFORMATION: Our benefits structure is designed to be competitive within the markets we compete.

As a Graduate with Tax & Legal, you will work in closeknit Ser vice Teams to develop and implement solutions for clients such as global investment banks, telcos, multinational manufacturers, high net worth individuals and mining conglomerates.

The benefits we offer emphasise individual flexibility and choice, targeted at a broad spectrum of needs. Some of our key benefits include: • Work life quality • Professional subscriptions • Gym benefit • Social club

You will gain exposure to diverse practice areas including Corporate Tax, Personal and Indirect Taxes, Mergers & Acquisitions and International Tax Planning, to name just a few. You will develop technical brilliance, practical knowledge of the global marketplace and leading edge business consulting skills.

It is geared to attract, retain and motivate high performing people – people who make a strong contribution to the firm’s ongoing success.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We are serious about helping you reach your full potential. We do this through: • Suppor t for your Practical Legal Training (College of Law)

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: We run a Graduate recruitment process in about March each year. We collect on-line applications from students in their final year of university on our website www.pwc.com/ au/careers. For both Graduate and Vacation recruitment there is a 1st round interview followed by an all day assessment centre consisting of various activities and a 2nd interview. GRADUATE APPLICATIONS: March 2008 (Please see website for exact date) VACATION WORK APPLICATIONS: August 2008 (Please see website for exact date)

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UBS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

http://www.ubs.com/graduates Head of Recruiting, ANZ Level 16, Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000 +612 9324 3352 +612 9324 2049 Emilie.Everett@ubs.com

OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland + offices in over 50 countries worldwide MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Finance NON–LEGAL DIRECTORY

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: POSITIONS IN 2009: Graduate & Summer Internships APPLICATIONS DUE: Applications for 2009 Graduate positions in Melbourne IBD will open on 1 November 2007 and will close on 4 January 2008. Applications for Graduate positions in Sydney will open on 2 January 2008 and close in Mid March 2008 (TBC, please refer to the website) APPLICATION PROCESS: Complete an application on the website (http://www.ubs. com/graduates) attaching a cover letter, CV and academic transcripts. RECRUITMENT PROCESS: Includes inter views, psychometric testing and an assessment centre. VACATION PROGRAMME: Melbourne Summer: Our summer internship programme offers an insight into our culture and working environment, as well as the chance to work alongside some of the best people in the industry. For those with initiative, drive and commitment, this is an oppor tunity to get hands-on experience and develop your professional skills in one of the most prestigious companies in the world. Our internship program commences in early December each year and runs for 9 weeks. Positions are available to students in their penultimate year of study. Summer positions to start in early December 2008: 8 – 10 APPLICATIONS CLOSE: late March 2008 (TBC, please refer to the website). Program duration: 9 weeks

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Sydney Summer positions to start in early December 2008: 40 to 50 APPLICATIONS CLOSE: mid 2008 (date to be confirmed, please refer to the website) Program duration: 9 weeks APPLICATION PROCESS: Complete an application on the website (http://www.ubs. com/graduates) attaching a cover letter, CV and academic transcripts. RECRUITMENT PROCESS: Two rounds of interviews and psychometric testing. PREFERRED YEAR FOR VACATION PROGRAMS: Penultimate year PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Our graduate training program is designed to create a bridge between your academic life and the competitive world of business and industry. The prime objective is to introduce you to the business culture, fundamental financial tools, and methods of UBS as swiftly as possible. The training, held in London or New York, is delivered by a combination of in-house experts and external instructors. Using a mix of lectures, team assignments, case studies, guest speakers and interactive, experiential learning techniques the team delivers an outstanding educational experience. FIRM PROFILE: UBS is a leading global financial ser vices firm. It is the world’s largest wealth manager, a premier investment banking and securities firm, and one of the largest global asset managers. UBS employs over 75,000 employees and is present in all major financial centres worldwide, with offices in 50 countries. In Australia, where it is a market leader, UBS is a financial intermediary divided into three business groups: Investment Banking (corporate, government and institutional clients), Wealth Management (private clients) and Global Asset Management (institutional funds management). The Bank employs more than 1,500 staf f in Australia and New Zealand.

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