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THE MELBOURNE LAW STUDENTS始 SOCIETY PRESENTS

CAREERS GUIDEBOOK

2009


Clayton Utz a sound career choice

seasonal clerk graduate lawyer senior associate partner All Clerkship and Graduate applications should be made online via www.cvmail.com.au

www.claytonutz.com Sydney • Melbourne • Brisbane • Perth • Canberra • Darwin


Acknowledgements PRINCIPAL SPONSOR: Clayton Utz

EDITORS: Shirmaine Koh Fiona Borrelli PRINTED BY: Print Bound Pty Ltd

PREMIER SPONSORS: Allens Arthur Robinson Arnold Bloch Leibler Blake Dawson Corrs Chambers Westgarth Macquarie Capital Mallesons Stephen Jaques SUPPORTING SPONSORS: Deacons College of Law Freehills Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Minter Ellison UBS

Any careers related enquiries in 2009 should be addressed to Rebecca Clarke and Alexis Fong, Vice Presidents (Careers) 2009 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 2008 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 INTRODUCTION Editorial

6

Dean’s Welcome

7

Note from the President

8

Melbourne Law School Careers Service

9

PART I: LEGAL PATHWAYS BEGINNING A LEGAL CAREER Admission Requirements: Victoria

13

Admission Requirements: UK

14

Admission Requirements: Hong Kong

15

LIV Traineeship Guidelines 2009

17

Signatories to the LIV

18

LIV: Careers in Law

22

LIV: Things to Know About Admission

23

The Victorian Bar: Bar Readers Course

25

What to do if you don’t get a traineeship

27

The College of Law: PLT

28

Leo Cussen: PTC

29

APPLICATION PROCESS Developing Your Skills for Employment

33

Preparing a Successful Application

35

Preparing Your CV and Cover Letter

38

Interview Tips

39

How to Handle Behavioural Interviews

41

Online Applications: How to use cvMail

43

LEGAL PERSPECTIVES Working at a Medium-Sized Law Firm

47

Working at a Large Law Firm

48

Working at an International Law Firm

49

Melbourne Law School & Victorian Bar Research Assistants Scheme

50

Working as a Barrister

51

Working as a Research Associate

52

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CONTENTS A Career in Academia

53

A Career in Legal Recruitment

55

AREAS OF PRACTICE Banking and Finance

57

Class Actions

59

Competition Law

60

Construction & Major Projects

64

Corporate and Commercial

65

Criminal Law

66

Dispute Resolution

67

Energy & Resources

69

Family Law

70

Health, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Law

71

Information Technology

73

Insolvency

74

Intellectual Property

75

Medical Negligence

76

Media & Broadcasting Law

77

Mergers and Acquisitions

79

Personal Injury

80

Planning and Environment

81

Private Equity

83

Public Interest Law and Native Title

84

Sports Law

86

Taxation

87

Workplace & Employee Relations

89

LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Victorian Legal Practices Directory International Legal Practices Directory

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CONTENTS PART II: NON-LEGAL PATHWAYS NON-LEGAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Accounting: Working at Pitcher Partners

157

Investment Banking: Credit Suisse

158

Investment Banking: UBS

159

Investment Banking: Macquarie Capital

160

Management Consulting: Bain & Co.

161

NON-LEGAL DIRECTORY

163

PART III: WORKING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR THE EXPERIENCE Victoria Law Foundation Legal Internship

182

Australian Government Solicitor

183

Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office

184

Australian Law Reform Commission

185

Life as a Trainee with Victoria Legal Aid

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Australian Taxation Office

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Department of Treasury

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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PUBLIC SECTOR DIRECTORY

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INTRODUCTION


Editorial INTRODUCTION

SHIRMAINE KOH AND FIONA BORRELLI 2008 CAREERS VICE PRESIDENTS MELBOURNE LAW STUDENTS’ SOCIETY 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 a graduate, 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 Melbourne Law Students’ Society 2009 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 careers options, in particular career opportunities in the public sector.

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, Clayton Utz. We would also like to thank the following Premier Sponsors for their invaluable support: Allens Arthur Robinson, Arnold Bloch Leibler, Blake Dawson, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Macquarie Capital and Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Finally, thank you to the following Supporting Sponsors for their contributions: Deacons, College of Law, Freehills, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Minter Ellison and UBS. We hope that the 2009 Careers Guide proves a valuable resource for all law students. A Melbourne University Law degree will provide you with a solid foundation on which to build a career, spanning whatever field, or niche you choose. 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 2009 edition of the Guide is divided into three parts, a reflection of the range of employment opportunities available to law graduates. The legal section contains important admission information and application advice. It also features an extensive review of some the many areas of practice or legal specialisation that exist. The non-legal section contains articles written by recent graduates on their experiences outside of the legal profession. Finally, the newly included public sector section gives students an insight into the graduate experience at a broad variety of places. These sections are followed by directories of employers offering graduate positions to penultimate and final year law students. Students should note that whilst we encourage reference to these directories, they are by no means exhaustive. As a starting point, students can refer to the full list of LIV signatories for contact information for some smaller firms not listed in the directory. Further, students wishing to find out more about the employers and details listed should contact the firms directly.

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JAMES HATHAWAY PROFESSOR OF LAW DEAN MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL Graduating from law school is an important moment of transition, from a focus on learning to a focus on putting learning into practice. As a Melbourne Law School graduate, you have a world of opportunity awaiting you as you make that transition. Your qualification is highly regarded by the legal profession and in many other industries, both in Australia and internationally. The Law Students' Society's Careers Guide 2009 is a fabulous resource to help you explore these options, as well as providing practical advice about making Traineeship applications, attending interviews and the requirements for admission to legal practice. I encourage you to read it now, and to keep it as a resource as your career develops. The legal profession is dynamic and constantly evolving as international mobility increases, technology challenges boundaries, global problems test our ability to find solutions and new legal challenges present themselves. As you progress through your career you may alter your path more than once – a career in law need not be one of linear progression. You may choose to move from a small firm to a large firm, or vice versa; from private practice to the Bar or to legal academia; from management consulting to a corporate leadership position; or to work internationally at some stage of your career. Your Melbourne Law School degree provides the key to these many and varied choices, and a first-class passage to the exciting and challenging profession of law. There are also many rewarding career opportunities in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Melbourne Law School graduates have successfully pursued careers in both state and commonwealth government departments and regulatory bodies, including the Attorney General's Department, the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Melbourne Law School graduates continue to gain work with leading humanitarian organisations and equal opportunity bodies, both locally and overseas. If a dedicated legal career is not for you, you will find your law degree is highly valued in other sectors. Melbourne Law School graduates are sought by investment banks, management consulting firms, large corporates, government departments and NGOs for positions requiring highly developed skills in communications, strategy, research and negotiation.

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Melbourne Law School is one of only a small number of law schools in Australia to have its own facultybased careers office. I encourage you to use this service – it exists to guide you through the often difficult process of deciding what to do when you graduate. Qualified careers practitioners are available for one-on-one consultations to help you with all aspects of your career planning – from discussing broad career directions to fine-tuning your curriculum vitae. The Careers Office also programs many events during the year to help you explore different career pathways and to begin networking and developing your knowledge of the profession. The Careers website is continually developing, and provides a central resource for your career planning. When you graduate, you will join an extraordinary network of alumni in Australia and in 54 other countries around the world. They include leaders in every part of the legal profession as well as government, non profits, commerce and academia. We are extremely proud of our graduates and encourage you to stay involved in the life of the Law School after you graduate. Our Research Centres and Institutes offer a huge range of public lectures, seminars and conferences throughout the year, which can be useful for your continued professional development. The Melbourne Law School Alumni Office organises many activities to help you keep in touch with your fellow graduates and up to date with developments in the Law School. And, of course, we would love to welcome you back to continue your studies in the Melbourne Law Masters program, which now offers over 140 subjects – one of the largest graduate programs in the world! I wish you every success as you make the exciting transition from law school to the professional world.

INTRODUCTION

Dean’s Welcome


Note from the President INTRODUCTION

PHIL BARKER 2008 PRESIDENT MELBOURNE LAW STUDENTS’ SOCIETY One of the best parts of a double degree involving Melbourne Law is that it lasts at least five years. As such, many students like myself could see the attraction of not having to decide on my career for another five years. Unfortunately, the time eventually comes around when one must make a decision as to what their life will look like after University. This, the Careers Guide 2009, is here to help. While it may not help you answer the more existential questions that some may have when pondering life beyond the grassy lawns and gray walls, we hope it will do almost everything else you need. In recognition that many students are not heading towards a life of corporate law, we have tried to include a great variety of different career opportunities. Further, it includes all that you need to know in terms of the new traineeship system which has been introduced to replace the old articles system. This year's Careers Guide would not have been possible if not for the tireless effort of our Careers Vice-Presidents, Fiona Borrelli and Shirmaine Koh. The two have worked tirelessly to bring to you a world class publication with so much detail at your fingertips. The LSS has contacted and surveyed employers from numerous fields; solicitors, graduate recruiters and others to get a sense of the current legal and non-law related landscape. We interviewed dozens of practitioners to form an in-depth picture of each areas of expertise and what it really means to be a lawyer, a public servant, a consultant, a banker; the list can go on. The 'Law Firm Directory' section is bigger than ever, offering you first-hand details of how the new traineeship schemes will work. We've expanded sections, added detail, checked and double checked the facts – all in an effort to make sure that you have every morsel of relevant information right when you need it. Congratulations again to Fiona and Shirmaine. Best of luck to all students in their applications and future career endeavours.

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Clayton Utz a sound career choice

seasonal clerk graduate lawyer senior associate partner All Clerkship and Graduate applications should be made online via www.cvmail.com.au

www.claytonutz.com Sydney • Melbourne • Brisbane • Perth • Canberra • Darwin


Melbourne Law School Careers Service INTRODUCTION

AMY HARRINGTON MANAGER MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL CAREERS SERVICE The Careers Office at the Melbourne Law School is a unique service for our students. Melbourne Law School is one of only a few law schools in Australia that have their own dedicated careers office. The Careers Office exists to help you work through your career decisions and ultimately to get the job you want. The Careers Office staff work with Program Managers, academic staff, the Office for Teaching and Learning in Law, the Law Students’ Society, and the University’s central Careers & Employment to develop a range of services aimed at broadening your understanding of your options as a law graduate. Most importantly, the Careers Office works with you to develop your career plan and prepare you for work. Working out what you want to do after law school can be a difficult process. A law degree opens up a huge array of opportunities. However you still need to work out what you want to do and what is important to you. Is status very important to you? Money? Helping others? Working in a team or alone? Standing up in court? Some self-awareness during your law degree can help you to narrow down the areas that might interest you for a career. This in turn will help you identify what you need from your degree and will aid you in selecting subjects, developing relevant skills and work experience that will support your career aims. There are many things you can do while at law school which will help you get the job you want. o Research and learn about the profession generally o Self-awareness – think about what is important to you in your working life o Research the variety of careers within and outside the legal profession o Be aware of the skills that you will need to develop to be a great candidate o Network o Develop a first class resume and cover letter o Prepare for interviews o Gain as much legal work experience as you can o Understand the seasonal clerkship and Supervised Workplace Training systems The Careers Office designs services around these broad areas to help you achieve your goal.

Every year many events are programmed. These are designed to develop your knowledge of the profession and the various career pathways open to you. They are also a good way to meet lawyers and learn more about the day- to-day life of a lawyer, and of course to network! Some events, such as the Hong Kong Law Fair and the international firm events are specifically for you to meet with these international firms’ representatives and discuss career and recruitment opportunities with them. The Careers Office recognises that not all law graduates wish to pursue a ‘Collins St’ career. To that end the alternative careers seminars aim to present speakers who have used their law degree in different ways – either within the legal profession or outside of it. Presentations include lawyers working in the notfor-profit sector, in a rural environment, as legal academics, as barristers and as in-house legal counsel. Speakers also include law graduates who have chosen to work in a non-legal environment such as management consulting, banking and general management as well as government departments. Law students at all year levels are welcome to attend these events. Keep an eye on the plasma screens for announcements and see the Law School Careers website for details of these events. Towards the end of the year the Careers Office and the Law Students’ Society run the Traineeship Workshop. This event is designed to provide students with all they need to know to prepare themselves for traineeship and seasonal clerkship applications. Legal work experience is a crucial step to getting the job you want. The more insight you have into the profession, the better you are able to make career decisions. Try to get as much and varied legal work experience as possible. Together with your law studies, work experience is a key way to develop your skills and make yourself a great candidate for employment. The Law School’s Workskills website (http://workskills.law.unimelb.edu.au/) is an invaluable resource for students. Do a skills audit and identify which skills you need to develop to achieve your career aim! The Careers Office works with law firms and other organisations to source employment opportunities for students. These are advertised on the Employment page of the website. The website also has valuable information on preparing for work and gaining admission to practice in Australia and overseas.

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The Careers Office also has a resource area with information about practical legal training courses, firms and other career options as well as publications such as Lawyer 2B. Feel free to come in and browse! I encourage you to utilise the services of the Melbourne Law School Careers Office to maximise your career opportunities. The Careers Office is located on the Mezzanine Level. Please feel free to drop in and browse through the resources and have a one-on-one consultation. Contact details are: Phone: 03 8344 8094 Email: law-careers@unimelb.edu.au www.careers.law.unimelb.edu.au

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INTRODUCTION

Students are able to meet one-on-one with the Manager of the Careers Office who is a qualified Careers Practitioner. These consultations are completely confidential and you are welcome to discuss any aspect of your career. Many students have a number of career consultations to develop selfawareness, to discuss career options and pathways and job searching strategies. A career consultation can be a great way to really refine your curriculum vitae and cover letter for your Traineeship applications!


PART I: LEGAL PATHWAYS


BEGINNING A LEGAL CAREER


Admission Requirements: Victoria In order to be admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria students must complete the following requirements.

BEGINNING A LEGAL CAREER

1. Academic Requirements The Melbourne Law School LLB and JD courses both meet the academic requirements for admission to practice according to the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008 (the Rules). 2. Practical Legal Training As of 1 July 2008 Articles of Clerkship have been replaced by Supervised Workplace Training. In order to be admitted to practice, upon graduation you must complete Practical Legal Training (PLT). To fulfil the requirements of Practical Legal Training you must successfully complete either: (i) (ii)

Supervised Workplace Training (formerly Articles of Clerkship), or An approved PLT course conducted by an approved PLT provider

Law Institute of Victoria 470 Bourke St Melbourne Ph: (03) 9607 9332 Fax: (03) 9607 9465 Email: careers@liv.asn.au www.careers.liv.asn.au Board of Examiners Ground Floor, 451 Little Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Tel: (03) 9604 2451 Fax: (03) 9604 2414 Council of Legal Education Ground Floor, 451 Little Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Tel: (03) 9604 2407 Fax: (03) 9604 2414 Email:colevic@justice.vic.gov.au

The approved PLT providers are: o ANU Legal Workshop o College of Law (Victoria) o Leo Cussen Institute All applicants seeking admission will be required to provide the following to the Board of Examiners: o a Police Record Check; and o an Academic Conduct Report from their University and Practical Legal Training Provider, if a Practical Legal Training course has been completed. Further requirements for admission to practice as a solicitor in Victoria can be found at the Law Institute of Victoria website and students are encouraged to contact with the Law Institute or the Council of Legal Education and Board of Examiners if you have any queries.

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Admission to practice in England and Wales is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) which is the independent regulatory body of the Law Society of England and Wales. Foreign lawyers, who have been admitted to practise law in Australia, must satisfy the SRA that they have at least two years of common law experience within the past five years. This experience must have been undertaken in three areas of common law and covered contentious and non-contentious areas of legal practice. Eligible applicants are also required to successfully complete the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT). The QLTT is a conversion test and covers four heads (subject areas): o Head 1 – Property o Head 2 – Litigation o Head 3 – Professional conduct and accounts o Head 4 – Principles of common law The SRA sets the QLTT specification. The assessment is administered exclusively by SRA-authorised test providers. For details of test programmes and venues, you must contact test providers directly. There are five authorised test providers - Altior Consulting & Training, BPP Professional Education, Central Law Training, The College of Law and Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. Before you arrange to sit the appropriate head(s) with a test provider, you must apply to the SRA for a certificate of eligibility. Solicitors Regulation Authority Ipsley Court, Berrington Close, Redditch B98 0TD United Kingdom Phone: +44 (0)870 606 2555 contactcentre@sra.org.uk www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/qltt.page Altior Consulting & Training Ltd 136 Newport Road Cardiff CF24 1DJ Tel +44 (0) 2920 451000 Fax +44 (0) 2920 459900 info@altior.co.uk www.altior.co.uk

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BPP Professional Education Professional Development The Granary 50 Barton Road Worsley Manchester M28 2EB Tel +44 (0) 845 226 2422 Fax +44 (0) 161 728 3778 qltt@bpp.com www.bpp.com/qltt Central Law Training Wrens Court 52-54 Victoria Road Sutton Coldfield Birmingham B72 1SX Tel +44 (0) 121 362 7733 Fax +44 (0) 121 240 1088 qllt@centlaw.com www.qltt.co.uk The College of Law Customer Contact Centre The College of Law Brabeouf Manor Portsmouth Road St Catherines Guildford Surrey GU3 1HA Tel +44 (0) 1483 216216 Fax +44 (0) 1483 579558 QLTT@lawcol.co.uk www.college-of-law.co.uk Oxford Institute of Legal Practice King Charles House Park End Street Oxford OX1 1JD Tel +44 (0) 1865 260000 Fax +44 (0) 1865 260002 qltt@oxilp.ac.uk www.oxilp.ac.uk

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Admission Requirements: UK


Admission Requirements: Hong Kong 1.

Academic Requirements

BEGINNING A LEGAL CAREER

Students who wish to qualify and be admitted as a solicitor or barrister of Hong Kong must successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate 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 2009. 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):

(For more PCLL details, please refer to http://www.hklaw soc.org.hk/pub_e/news/society updates/20070907.pdf) 2.

Practical Training Requirements

Students must undertake 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 ears standing as a barrister in Hong Kong.

(1) Business Associations (or Company Law)*; (2) Constitutional Law; (3) Contract Law; (4) Criminal Law; (5) Law of Evidence*; (6) Property Law;' (7) Tort Law; (8) Law of Trusts (or Equity or Remedies); (9) Commercial Law (10) Civil Procedure (11) Land Law

Law Society of Hong Kong 3rd Floor, Wing On House

*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.

38 Queensway Admiralty, Hong Kong Website:www.hkba.org Tel: (852) 2869 0210

From 2009 onwards, students must also undertake the following three Top-up subjects: (1) Hong Kong Constitutional Law (2) Hong Kong Legal System (3) Hong Kong Land Law 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.

71 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong Website:www.hklawsoc.org.hk Tel: (852) 2846 0500 Fax: (852) 2845 0387 Hong Kong Bar Association LG2, High Court

Fax: (852) 2869 0189 Email: info@hkba.org PCLL Admission Queries Tel: (852) 2788 9094 Fax: (852) 2788 9086 Email: asadmit@cityu.edu.hk

PCLL Programme Queries Tel: (852) 2788 8008 Fax: (852) 2788 7530 Email: lwpcll@cityu.edu.hk

University of Hong Kong 4th Floor, K.K. Leung Building Pokfulam Road Hong Kong Website:www.pcll.hk Tel: (852) 2859 2951 Fax: (852) 2517 0025 Email: pcll@hku.hk City University of Hong Kong 83 Tat Chee Avenue Kowloon Hong Kong Website: www.cityu.edu.hk Chinese University of HK Mong Man Wai Building Shatin New Territories Hong Kong Website: www.cuhk.edu.hk/law/pcll Tel: (852) 3163 4313 Fax: (852) 2994 2505 Email: law@cuhk.edu.hk

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“A career at Freshfields is not for everyone... ...it requires determination, intelligence and creativity. However, for those with the right qualities, the chance to enjoy excellent prospects working with prestigious clients and transactions awaits.“ Teresa Ko, China Managing Partner, Hong Kong

Interested? Please visit our website at www.freshfields.com/chinarecruiting or contact our Graduate Recruitment team at chinagraduates@freshfields.com

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LIV Traineeship Guidelines 2009 1.

2.

3.

Except as provided in paragraphs two, three, six, seven and eight, law firms will not interview applicants or make offers or arrangements concerning interviews before Monday, 16th of February 2009, 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 2010, such an applicant may also be offered an interview. 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. Interstate law students who commence formal semester classes on or before Monday 16th of February 2009 may be interviewed 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.

7.

As an exception to the principles set out above, law 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 preceding the date of making the offer referred to in paragraph 8, 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; (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 offers’ made under paragraph 7 can be made between 9.00am on Wednesday 11 February 2009 and 5.30pm Thursday 12 February 2009 and must remain open until the earlier of acceptance or 5.30pm on Friday 13 February 2009. Firms should also advise these candidates of the existence of paragraph 8(a) below: (a) An applicant will not hold more than two ‘priority offers’ for longer than a 24 hour period.

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.

4.

Except as provided in paragraphs six and seven, law firms will not make offers or arrangements concerning traineeships before 9.00am, Eastern Standard Time on Monday, 16 March 2009.

10.

5.

An offer of traineeship will remain open for a period of not less than 24 hours from the time the offer was made. Firms should make this known to students at the time of making the offer.

A firm complying with the guidelines has the option 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.

11.

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.

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.

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Updated 1 July 2008


Signatories LIV Traineeship and Seasonal Clerkship Guidelines 2008

FIRM

ADDRESS

TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES

SEASONAL CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES

Allens Arthur Robinson

530 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Anderson Rice

Level 10 555 Lonsdale Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Arnold Bloch Leibler

333 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Baker & McKenzie

Level 39 Rialto 525 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000 563 Little Lonsdale Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

BJT Legal

38 Lydiard Street South BALLARAT 3350

Yes

Yes

Blake Dawson

Level 39, 101 Collins Street MELBOURNE

Yes

Yes

Boothby & Boothby

883 Dandenong Road CAULFIELD EAST

Yes

No

Cary van Rompaey

486 Neerim Road MURRUMBEENA 3163

Yes

No

Choy Lawyers

5/410 Bourke Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Clarendon Lawyers

Level 17 Rialto North Tower 525 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

Yes

No

Clarke Barwood Lawyers

61-65 Gellibrand Street COLAC 3250

Yes

Yes

Clayton Utz

333 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

yes

Clements Hutchins & Co

324 – 328 Little Lonsdale Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Bourke Place 600 Bourke Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Costanzo Lawyers

PO Box 1078 LALOR 3075

Yes

yes

Dawes & Vary

147 Fenaughty Street KYABRAM 3620

Yes

Yes

Best Hooper

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FIRM

ADDRESS

TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES

SEASONAL CLERKSHIP GUIDELINES

Davis Lawyers

15/200 Queen Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Deacons

RACV Tower Level 24, 485 Bourke Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Dibbs Abbott Stillman

4/575 Bourke Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

DLA Phillips Fox

140 William Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Eales & Mackenzie

5/95 Queen Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Eugenie Mitrakis & Co

246 Albert Road SOUTH MELBOURNE 3205

Yes

Yes

Freehills

101 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Frenkel Partners

Level 18, 500 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Galbally & O’Bryan

259 William Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Gullaci & Gullaci

158 Bell Street COBURG 3058

Yes

Yes

Hall & Wilcox

Level 30, 600 Bourke Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Harmers Workplace Lawyers

Level 6, 50 Market Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Harris Lieberman Boyd

7 Thomas Mitchell Drive Wodonga

Yes

No

Hayes & Associates

352 Nepean Highway FRANKSTON 3199

Yes

Yes

Herbert Geer & Rundle

Level 21, 385 Bourke Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Hicks & Oakley

Level 2, Building 1, The Central 1 Ricketts Road MOUNT WAVERLEY 3149

Yes

Yes

Hogg & Reid

Level 7, 555 Lonsdale Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Holding Redlich

350 William Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Holt & McDonald

1 Ringwood Street RINGWOOD 3134

Yes

Yes

HWL Ebsworth

Level 21, 570 Bourke Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Hunt & Hunt

Level 26, 360 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Kenna Teasdale Lawyers

Level 4, 114 William Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Kevin Davine & Sons

52 Albert Street MOE 3825

Yes

Yes

Legal Branch Department of Premier & Cabinet

Level 2, 1 Treasury Place MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Logie-Smith Lanyon

13/575 Bourke Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

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ADDRESS

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Mackinnon Jacobs Horton & Irving

Level 10, 330 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Macpherson & Kelley

40-42 Scott Street DANDENONG 3175

Yes

No

Maddens Lawyers

1A Liebig Street WARRNAMBOOL 3280

Yes

Yes

Maddocks

Level 7, 140 Williams Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Mallesons Stephen Jacques

Level 50, 600 Bourke Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Martin Irwin Richards

61-63 Deakin Avenue MILDURA 3500

Yes

Yes

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

456 Lonsdale Street MELBOURNE 3001

Yes

Yes

Melbourne Juris Doctor

Level 6, Melbourne Law School University of Melbourne Melbourne 3010

Yes

Yes

Middletons

Level 25, 525 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Minter Ellison

525 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Mitrakas Savas & Co

Level 1, 883 High Street ARMADALE 3143

Yes

No

Nevile & Co

11/100 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Nevin Lenne & Gross

57 Clyde Street MYRTLEFORD 3737

Yes

Yes

Norris Coates

Level 10, 99 William Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Norton Gledhill

Level 23, 459 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Nunan & Bloom

343 Little Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

OfďŹ ce of Public Prosecutions

565 Lonsdale Street Melbourne 3000

Yes

No

Pointon Partners

2/640 Bourke Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Robert Wood & Associates

17 Chandler Road BORONIA 3155

Yes

No

Robinson Gill

701 Station Street BOX HILL 3128

Yes

Yes

Russell Kennedy

12/469 LaTrobe Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Ryan Carlisle Thomas

41 Robinson Street DANDENONG

Yes

Yes

Secombs

100 Paisley Street FOOTSCRAY 3011

Yes

Yes

Septimus Jones & Lee

Level 1, 85-87 Charles Street KEW 3101

Yes

Yes

Sharrock Pitman Legal

Suite 2, 40 Montclair Avenue GLEN WAVERLEY 3150

Yes

Yes

Slater & Gordon

533 Little Lonsdale Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Sullivan Braham

104 Raymond Street SALE 3805

Yes

No

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Tanya Circovic & Associates

35/101 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Transport Accident Commission

222 Exhibition Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

Yes

Tresscox

Level 9, 469 La Trobe Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

V G Peters & Co

98 Liebig Street WARRNAMBOOL 3280

Yes

Yes

Victoria Legal Aid

350 Queen Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office

121 Exhibition Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Vincent Verduci & Associates

44 Byron Street FOOTSCRAY 3011

Yes

No

Wainwright Ryan Eid

530 Lonsdale Street Melbourne 3000

Yes

No

Wisewoulds

8/419 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

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LIV: Careers in Law Once you have successfully completed your law degree, many career paths will open up for you. This is an exciting time and it is important that you take the time to explore all the options available when planning your rewarding professional life.

The LIV has many government lawyers who would welcome the opportunity to discuss legal roles within the public sector with you. Similarly, the GLS web pages provide very useful information for government lawyers as well as useful contacts for further resources. https://www.liv.asn.au/members/sections/government/

If you have maintained your LIV student membership throughout your law school years, you will already be aware of the benefits of being connected with the wider legal profession. As the peak professional association for lawyers in Victoria, the LIV provides valuable resources and services to lawyers who practise in a variety of jurisdictions, subject areas and workplaces. By joining the LIV, you have access to library resources, discounted services, dedicated web pages on your areas of interest, and the ability to add your voice to the strategic and effective advocacy that the LIV successfully undertakes on behalf of its members. LIV membership is the first and best investment you can make in establishing your legal career. LIV Young Lawyers’ Section (YLS) Further, the Young Lawyers’ Section of the LIV focuses on the needs of new lawyers, providing regular opportunities to network with colleagues and develop important professional and practical skills as you embark on your career. The YLS produces valuable resources specifically tailored to assist in a successful transition into the legal profession. The ‘careers in law’ website also provides very a lot of very useful information to guide you through the various stages of your Traineeship and admission to practice. https://www.liv.asn.au/members/sections/younglawyers/ http://www.careers.liv.asn.au/

LIV Government Lawyers’ Section (GLS) The LIV recognises that not all legal work is conducted by firms. The Government Lawyers’ Section is made up of lawyers who work in a range of roles at various agencies as well as the wider public sector. The work of government lawyers is as varied as that of private practice and also offers competitive remuneration and a genuine work/life balance. Government work provides opportunities to work in advisory, policy, managerial and advocacy roles and enjoys the many benefits of well-resourced workplaces. Legal traineeships in the public sector provide valuable learning opportunities that include the benefits of established networks for mentoring as well as opportunities for secondments within public sector areas that expand your work experience.

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LIV: Things to Know About Admission DONNA ADAMS YOUNG LAWYERS’ SECTION MANAGER LAW INSTITUTE OF VICTORIA Seeking Admission to practice? need to know….

Some things you

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There have been several different pathways to admission to practice over the last few decades. Firms and law graduates can now choose between two different avenues, each of which will lead ultimately to Admission and a certificate to practice. Here are some quick facts about each avenue: Avenue 1: Supervised Workplace Training (Traineeships) 12 month process Largely this is practical training at the firm (otherwise known as ‘on the job training’) Trainees are paid employees of the firm Trainees are obligated to complete 10 subjects (‘competencies’)

Four Key changes: 1. Within the first month of Articles, the AC would lodge with the Board of Examiners their schedules 4 & 5 together with a full academic record. Now within the first month under the new Traineeships Scheme, the trainee will lodge with the Board of Examiners their schedule 4, together with a full academic record and a ‘Training Plan’, which sets out the agreement between the firm and the trainee as to the subjects (competencies) that the trainee will complete, approximately when this will happen and whether they’ll be taught internally or externally6;

Avenue 2: Practical Legal Training (PLT)1 Is completed with an approved PLT provider2 Can be completed in under 6 months A combination of practical work experience at a firm, the majority is course-work (either on-line or on-site at the education facility) The cost of the course is paid for by the student (usually about $6,000-$7,000 for Australian residents) The first avenue, Supervised Workplace Training (hereafter referred to as “Traineeships”) replaced Articles of Clerkship from 1 July 2008. This means that any Articled Clerk who commenced their Articles prior to 1 July 2008, will still be on the old Articles scheme3, and should still be referred to as an ‘Articled Clerk’4. Any law graduate who commences at a law firm after 1 July 2008 will be referred to as a ‘Trainee’ and will be required to comply with the new admission Rules5. (As of 1 July all applicants will be required to submit to the Board, a police check and academic conduct report from their university and if relevant, from their PLT provider.) There have been a number of changes to the admission process. Four of the key changes are outlined below:

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Under the old Articles Scheme, there was no requirement to complete subjects, all training was able to be conducted in house. Now under the new Traineeships Scheme, 3 of the 10 subjects must be taught externally by an accredited provider7;

3.

Under the old Articles Scheme, a person may have been a ‘principal’ of no more than two articled clerks at a time unless they had sought the prior approval of the Board of Examiners8. Now under the new Traineeships Scheme, a person may be a supervisor of only one trainee at a time unless they have sought the prior approval of the Board of Examiners9;

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Under the old Articles Scheme, a person could only be a ‘principal’ under articles if they had been in private practice for a continuous period of not less than 5 years (during which of least 2 years they had been in practice as an eligible legal practitioner)10. Now under the new Traineeships Scheme, a person may be a ‘supervisor’ of a trainee if they are an Australian lawyer engaged in legal practice (or they are a Government, corporate or commercial or community legal officer ) and they are working principally in Victoria, and they have worked as either (or both of) a practicing solicitor or a practicing barrister for a total of at least 5 years (of which at least 3 of those years were spent working as a solicitor)11;

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The June 2008 edition of the Law Institute Journal contained an information article explaining the two Practical Legal Training options open to people seeking admission to practice (pages 26-27). 2 Approved PLT providers as at the date of writing this article are: College of Law, Leo Cussens and Monash PDLP 3 This is a reference to the now revoked Legal Practice (Admission) Rules 1999 4 Refer to Rule 7.03 of the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008 5 The new Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008 (the Rules) commenced on 1 July 2008

A copy of a training plan is available on the LIV website at: http://www.careers.liv.asn.au/content.asp?contentid=92 7 These three subjects are: each element of Lawyers’ Skills; the Risk Management element of Work Management & Business Skills and Ethics & Professional Responsibility. (see Rule 3.09 of the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008 ) 8 Rule 3.11 of the Legal Practice (Admission) Rules 1999 9 Rule 3.08(3) of the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008 10 Or they had sought approval of the Board – Rule 3.11 of the “old rules’ 11 See Rule 3.05 of the new Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008

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The Board of Examiners are very helpful when it comes to the admission process and trainees are encouraged to seek the Board’s advice and assistance at any time. For further information go to: http://www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au/ Frequently Asked Questions The Law Institute website has an extensive list of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in relation to the new Admission Rules and firms together with trainees are encouraged to read these FAQs at first instance as they may well answer your initial questions. The Young Lawyers’ Section of the LIV continues to be available to members to assist with Articled Clerk and Traineeship telephone enquiry service (9607-9370.) For further information or a copy of the new Rules and a sample training plan, go to the LIV website at: http://www.careers.liv.asn.au/clerkship.asp

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Some advice for new trainees Some Articled Clerks have been caught out in the past by assuming that the onus rests on the firm to tell them what needs to be lodged with the Board of Examiners and when it should be lodged. It is helpful to remember that whilst the human resources departments of your firm may be able to assist, the responsibility rests with you to ensure that all your documents are in order. The old-fashioned requirement to lodge your documents in person with the Board still exists, so it’s beneficial for you to be familiar with the content and significance of those documents in case the Board asks you any questions when you lodge.


The Victorian Bar: Bar Readers Course The Victorian Bar is a voluntary professional association of barristers who practise in Victoria. “Barrister” is defined in the Legal Profession Act 2004 (Vic) as “an Australian legal practitioner who engages in legal practice solely as a barrister”.

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The independent barrister is in the words of Sir Owen Dixon, “the barrister [whose duty it is] to stand between the subject and the Crown, and between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the weak . . . [who is] completely independent and work[s] entirely as an individual . . . owing allegiance to none” is one who chooses to “engage in legal practice solely as a barrister” – one who voluntarily sets him or herself apart from those who practise as solicitors, or as barristers & solicitors, or as legal practitioners generally. There is a single system of licensing and regulation as an Australian or local legal practitioner by the Legal Services Board. There is, however, recognition of barristers, and of the divided profession, by provision for two sets of legal profession rules – rules about legal practice: rules for barristers made by the Victorian Bar, and rules for those not practising as barristers made by the Law Institute of Victoria – in each case, with the approval of the Board. The Victorian Bar contributes to the administration of justice and to the rule of law in a number of important ways, such as in: maintaining the integrity of a strong independent Bar as an integral part of our democracy and its system of law and justice; contributing to public discussion and debate; consultation and dialogue with governments, both State and Commonwealth, and with law reform agencies; working and liaising the Law Institute Victoria, and with the other independent Bars and Law Societies throughout Australia in the Australian Bar Association and the Law Council of Australia; providing and organising pro bono representation and legal assistance; the promotion of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution; continuing professional development and legal education; and the establishment and ongoing provision of advocacy training in the South Pacific region. Focus of the Course The Bar provides specialist training in advocacy and in the ethics of advocacy for practitioners wishing to come to the Bar, and a system of nine-months pupillage, in which, without fee or charge, the pupil is accommodated in the chambers of his or her mentor (a barrister of at least 10 years standing) and receives

instruction, insight into the mentor’s practice and support. The Victorian Bar’s Readers course has led the way in advocacy training generally. In its development, the Course has drawn upon methods used in other countries, as well as modifying such methods and developing its own methods and techniques. The Course has earned an international reputation and has been visited by lawyers from the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States. International and interstate lawyers concerned with advocacy training in their respective jurisdictions have also sought insight from the Readers Course. The first Bar Readers Course began on Monday 3 March 1980. The Bar conducts the Readers' Course twice yearly, at the beginning of March and September and running full-time for 12 weeks. Each Reader’s Course intake has around 46 available places. The course is co-ordinated by Wendy Pollock, Legal Education Officer and overseen by Mark Halse, Manager - Legal Education. Course Objectives The general aims of the course are to facilitate the adjustment by new barristers to their life at the Bar and to develop their understanding and performance of the basic skills required of a barrister, in particular, to: A. develop an understanding of their role and responsibilities as barristers; B. acquire basic skills in drawing pleadings; C. acquire basic skills in preparation of cases for hearing; D. acquire basic skills in settlement negotiation; E. acquire basic skills in the presentation of cases before various courts and tribunals and; F. enhance their understanding of aspects of the social environment which are relevant to their work as barristers. Method of Instruction The course model is one of total participation by the Readers. Advocacy skills are learned through actual performance by the reader of simulated court appearances, followed by detailed assessment and instruction relating to the performance. Lectures are kept to a minimum. Victorian Judges, Masters and Magistrates of every court both State and Commonwealth, and barristers, both senior and junior, participate in the instruction. Members of the Victoria Police participate in criminal moots.

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Eligibility – If you wish to become a member of the practising list of the Victorian Bar, you must first: (a) have graduated in law from an approved university; (b) have satisfactorily completed approved practical legal training requirements or corresponding practical legal training requirements; (c) have been admitted to practice as a lawyer by a Supreme Court of Australia; and (d) be entitled to practise as a barrister in Victoria. You will then need to complete the following steps: (a) Apply in the prescribed application form to sign the Bar roll. You should also read and familiarise yourself with the Constitution of the Victorian Bar, Application Regulations, Application (Amendment) Regulations 2006, Reading Regulations and Exemption Regulations; (b) Unless exempted, agree to read for 9 months (including the Readers' Course) in the chambers of a member of the Bar who is of not less than 10 years' standing at the Bar but who is neither Queen's counsel nor senior counsel; (c) Unless exempted, complete satisfactorily the Readers' Course conducted by the Bar commencing at the beginning of either March or September in each year; (d) Otherwise agree to be bound by the constitution, rules and regulations of the Victorian Bar; and (e) Upon the Bar Council resolving to accept your application, sign the roll. For further information please contact The Victorian Bar Inc, Level 5, 205 William Street, Melbourne 3000. Phone 9225 7111. Website: www.vicbar.com.au.

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Course fees At September 2008, the fee for the Course is $3,771 (including GST), payable $903 on application with the balance payable prior to commencement. The fees are subject to review from time to time by the Bar Council. Please check with Wendy Pollock to confirm current pricing.


What to do if you don’t get a traineeship AMY HARRINGTON MANAGER MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL CAREERS OFFICE

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As you would be aware, getting a Traineeship is a very competitive process and unfortunately not all students will be successful. While this is extremely disappointing for many students it is not the end of the world and it does not mean that you cannot have a successful and fulfilling career in the legal profession.

requirement. The main reason behind this convention is to develop networks and contacts amongst the solicitors who will brief you as a barrister. If, however, you feel that you have a wide net of contacts and are good at networking, it may not be necessary to have the experience in private practice and a move directly to the Bar could be for you.

Traineeships at firms that are signatories to the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Guidelines are offered in February and March – at the beginning of your final year. This means that very early on in the year you know where you stand in relationship to Traineeships and you can assess your options.

Of course there are a myriad of career options for law graduates. The skills that you have developed through out your studies are highly sought after in many sectors. You may find this is an opportunity to explore alternative careers. Many government departments seek law graduates, as do investment banks, management consultancies and corporations. There are also many allied career paths such as legal recruitment, human resources in a law firm, law librarian and legal academic, to name a few.

One well-known option is to complete a Practical Legal Training (PLT) course. There are three providers in Victoria – ANU Legal Workshop, College of Law and Leo Cussen Institute. All three of these institutes are well-established and accredited. The courses differ in structure and delivery mode but all achieve the same end result – admission to practice. A pathway often forgotten is to seek a Traineeship at a smaller firm, either in the city, suburbs or a rural environment. Often these firms are not signatories to the LIV Guidelines and will therefore advertise their Traineeships at different times. These firms have a lot to offer a graduate and the experience at a small firm can be very hands-on and immediate. The thing to bear in mind is that the legal profession is a mobile profession and there is opportunity to change firms throughout your career. If you start at a small firm you are not relegated there for ever – if your wish is to work at a large firm you can still achieve that dream. Like any profession, if you can identify where you want to go, develop the required skills, work effectively and network, you can make the transition.

If you do not get offered a Traineeship and are faced with the dilemma of what to do next, remember that there are many options and you have to find the path that best suits you. The Careers Office has a range of resources to help you explore various careers paths. One-on-one career consultations are available to help you work through the options and develop a plan of action to achieve your goal. Contact the Careers Office on 8344 8094 or via email at law-careers@unimelb.edu.au if you would like to make a consultation.

If you don’t want to do a PLT course and have not secured a Traineeship at a smaller firm you may consider taking a ‘year off’ and applying the following year. If you choose this path, it is advisable that you make strategic employment decisions during your year off and do work that will improve your skills and legal work experience (whether voluntary or paid) so that you are a significantly different and improved candidate when you apply the next year. You may also consider doing a Melbourne Law Masters to upgrade your qualifications during that year. Some students do go straight to the Bar (via a PLT course). While it is generally accepted that it is advantageous to work as a lawyer for a few years before going to the Bar, this is not a mandatory

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As you prepare for admission and the beginning of your legal career, The College of Law can give you the advantage. Course 2, 2009 commences: The College of Law Victoria, in conjunction with the Law Institute of Victoria, offers law graduates two paths to admission in Victoria: Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (practical legal training) Trainee Admission Program (for students undertaking Traineeships) Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice Practical legal training provides you with the vocational, practical and professional skills to help you make the transition from law student to practising lawyer. The Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice incorporates three key components of Coursework, Work Experience and Continuing Legal Education, each designed to develop your knowledge and skills. The program can be completed in as little as 22 weeks as up to 8 weeks of work experience, such as a summer clerkship, during the last 18 months of your LLB can be counted towards the Work Experience component. “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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The Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice program offers students: multiple start dates throughout the year so you can seek admission earlier choice of full and part-time options to fit around family or work commitments detailed “how-to” procedural practice papers no maximum limit on enrolment numbers experienced local practitioners as lecturers and mentors onsite locations in Melbourne CBD online legal job board for work experience and graduate positions access to FEE-HELP student loans Trainee Admission Program Law graduates undertaking Supervised Workplace Training (Traineeships) are now required to complete compulsory external training in addition to a 12 month placement. The College offers this compulsory training, as well as training in other competency areas, through the Trainee Admission Program. For further details, please visit www.collaw.edu.au For further information or full 2009 course dates contact Student Services: Ph: 1300 856 111 enrolments@collaw.edu.au www.collaw.edu.au

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Leo Cussen Institute: PTC Leo Cussen Institute Practical Training Course (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice)

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Leo Cussen Institute has been training law graduates for admission to legal practice since 1974 and is recognised by the legal profession as providing comprehensive and quality practical legal training for prospective entry level lawyers. The Practical Training Course (PTC) is founded on the principle of ‘learning by doing’ and is designed to lead the graduate to reach the required Competencies in an active and practical training environment. Upon successful completion of the course, the graduate becomes eligible to apply for admission to the legal profession as an Australian Lawyer which, in turn, makes them eligible to practise as an Australian Legal Practitioner in any Australian jurisdiction. They also receive a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Leo Cussen offers three options to law graduates wishing to be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian Lawyer. (a) The full-time PTC (onsite or online) paid in full by the graduate or via the FEE-HELP system. (b) The full-time PTC (onsite or online) paid for by an employer on the graduate’s behalf. (c) Training for graduates employed as trainees in a firm/legal practice (paid for by the employer) Practical Training Course Onsite or Online – Your Choice Online delivery offers flexibility to those who have work or family commitments and who enjoy the discipline of distance education. The Onsite course suits those looking for a collaborative training experience with face to face teaching and learning. It also suits those on overseas student visas. Both Online and Onsite courses include the same topic instruction and Current Matter file program. Online students attend for intensive teaching blocks and contact days during the course. Both courses are fulltime. In the Onsite course you attend each business day from 9am to 5pm. In the Online course you will need to commit at least 25 hours a week to your PTC work. Features of the Practical Training Course (Onsite and Online) Building of practical legal skills in a broad range of practice areas Mentoring by in-house legal training staff who guide your skill development Visiting legal practitioners as instructors

Current Matter file program – run simulated client files and experience simulated legal practice Extensive advocacy training across several practice areas Collegial environment with the opportunity to build friendships and professional networks that can last your entire career Clinical Experience with Victoria Legal Aid Professional Placement Employment Register for graduates FEE-HELP available The Practical Training Course was a fantastic training in legal practice. Running my own simulated files in the Current Matter program was a realistic opportunity to experience the demands and pressures of legal practice without the fear of making mistakes. (2007 Leo Cussen graduate) The Learning Experience The training in the Practical Training Course has three core activities: Instruction in each specific skill Practise of the specific skills through exercises corresponding to the work reasonably expected in practice Running simulated files and bringing all the skills together Instruction is by overview lecture and small group activity. All file work is performed individually. Our Current Matter Program You set up your own legal firm in the first week of the Course. During the Course you will run up to 13 files covering a wide range of practice areas and presenting a range of legal and practical problems reflecting those you will encounter in real-world legal practice. We operate an in- house Registry and banking facility to assist the simulation of real practice. Course Reference Materials A detailed set of reference materials provided for each practice topic is a resource during the Course and a handy reference in your first year of legal practice. Mentors You work in a small group with the guidance of one of our staff. All our training staff are lawyers. Their job is to help you develop your practical legal skills and the professionalism that goes with being a lawyer.

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Course Details 2009 24 weeks including three weeks Professional Placement Two courses a year ( Online and Onsite) commencing January and mid-year Course 1, 2009 commences: 27 January 2009 (OnsitePTC#1) 9 February 2009 (Online PTC#1) Course 2, 2009 commences: July 2009 (date TBA) Applications and Enrolment Application form is available on: www.leocussen.vic.edu.au www.leocussenonline.com For further information please contact the Administrator, Practical Training Course, Leo Cussen Institute, 360 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 (GPO Box 853K Melbourne 3001) Phone: (03) 9602 3111 Fax: (03) 9670 3242

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Collegiality Leo Cussen graduates keep in touch with one another. You form friendships during the course and begin to build the personal and professional networks that will support you during your entire career. PTC students usually organise a variety of social activities during the course to make sure the fun doesn’t disappear in the midst of all the hard work.


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Developing Your Skills For Employment JULIE RYAN LAWYER CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH Waiting for the phone to ring with an offer is a tortuous period that is familiar to many lawyers who have gone through the process of applying and interviewing for graduate positions. Competition for places is higher than ever, but those students with the highest marks are not always the ones most sought after. Employers are looking for a broad range of attributes, and focusing on developing these skills early in your degree could be what leads to you getting a phone call.

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Most organisations have their own set of core attributes or objectives that they use to benchmark potential employees – that is why it is important to thoroughly research your potential employer. However, there are fundamental skill requirements that are desirable to all employers and your ability to provide examples of these is the key to an effective interview, and ultimately a successful career. FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS 1.

Teamwork: working well in a team, exhibiting strong listening and collaborative skills. Possible examples: social, sporting, competitive or non-competitive teams. Provide examples of both the objective of the team and your role in the team. You may also find it beneficial to relate any conflict in those teams, and your role in its resolution.

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Communication and Interpersonal Skills: exceptional written and verbal communication with stakeholders of various levels of seniority. Possible examples: evidence of your ability to communicate with people at all levels including customers, mentoring juniors in a work, study or sporting context, and influencing or liaising with senior stakeholders. The key here is effective communication with people at different levels.

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Leadership: leading and taking responsibility for a team or a group. Possible examples: positions of leadership in sporting or social clubs, law society, other student bodies or even informal study groups.

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Possible examples: scenarios where you have used an original or creative approach to solve a problem. Often non-legal examples are the most effective. 5.

Organisation/Project Management: planing and prioritising competing deadlines and large tasks. Possible examples: situations where you have had a number of competing deadlines for concurrent (study or work related) tasks. You must effectively explain how you managed the deadlines. Other examples include major events or competitions, where you managed a number of different tasks and people.

IDENTIFY YOUR GAPS So now that you understand the key attributes, you need to identify where the gaps are in your current skills set. You may already be a member of a team, but have never lead that team. Alternatively, you may have exceptional communications skills but have never applied them in a setting with senior stakeholders. Try and think of situations or roles you can take now in order to develop the skills you need in the future. Remember – what is important is exemplifying the core skills which can be transferred to a legal field. SOME FINAL TIPS Meaningful examples are essential in an interview for memorable and effective communication: WHAT was the situation, WHEN did it happen, WHY is it relevant to the question, WHO was involved and HOW did you deal with it. Organisations want to know that you have a genuine interest in them and their work. Adequately research potential employers and tell them why what they do interests you. Finally, the most important thing, is to be yourself. Employers want to see the real you and the more relaxed you can be in an interview and in the workplace, the more attractive you will be as an employee.

Initiative and Innovation: solving a problem creatively rather than reaching for the obvious solution. Critical thinking and analysis and its application.

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Preparing a Successful Application ALLENS ARTHUR ROBINSON It is difficult to define exactly what a successful graduate application is comprised of, as every applicant brings an individual set of skills, interests and experiences to the table. However, put simply, your goal is to make the reader of your application want to work with you – this is within reach if you can clearly and effectively communicate a sense of your personality, abilities and interests, underscored by a demonstration of your experience and achievement. Planning your application What are you looking for?

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There are many different organisations offering graduate opportunities to law students, with the range including large full-service firms, boutique partnerships or government organisations. The first step in planning your application is to consider where you are applying. If you apply to a criminal law firm, but state your chief interests as banking or taxation, that firm is less likely to consider you a serious candidate because your focus is not aligned with the firm's. As the law offers careers in a varied range of fields, take the time to identify which organisations provide opportunities best matched to your goals and areas of interest. This will give you the best chance of standing out as an applicant with strong prospects for success in that environment. What are employers looking for? Take time to research everywhere you are applying to. Promising applications often demonstrate a genuine interest in, and understanding of, the firm to which the application is made. While many students cursorily skim websites or promotional material, those who go the extra mile to research a firm's strengths, practice areas or direction (for example, by speaking with staff or reviewing industry publications) will appear to a reviewer to be far more engaged with that organisation. Drafting your application Remember the basics In the drafting phase, many students spend their energy crafting perfect phrases, designed to impress reviewers and convey brilliance, diverse talents and lifelong dedication to law. Unfortunately, many of the same applicants forget basics - grammar, spelling or proofreading - and inadvertently compromise the quality of their applications and their likelihood of securing interviews. Additionally, the majority of graduate applicants apply to multiple firms, or even across different industries.

In this era of mail merge, it is common to receive an application addressed to the wrong firm, or to come across passages intended for another application, such as that the applicant is keen to develop his or her interest with "our successful 'law/accounting firm". Your graduate application may be one of the most important documents you have drafted in your working life so far – from a reviewer's perspective, an applicant's lack of attention to detail in a covering letter or resume may indicate that the student is at risk of making similar careless errors in a work context. The lesson is that you should check, double-check and triple-check everything, even it if means asking a friend or family member to proofread with fresh eyes. The goal is to avoid letting down an otherwise great application by forgetting basics, so do take the time to get it right! Connect with your reader While you're spending hours submitting online applications to multiple firms, it is easy to forget that ultimately an individual – perhaps an HR professional or a Senior Associate - will read your application. Draft a reader-friendly covering letter and resume. Maintain simplicity by avoiding pitfalls such as distracting fonts or six page letters, which can detract from the quality of the content. An application should mirror the role it relates to, so keep a law graduate application professional, clear and on point. Simple expression is also often very effective. Many students give in to the temptation to use complicated, old-fashioned language with the intention of sounding impressive. However, your covering letter is a reviewer's first contact with you, so the chances of that letter resonating with the reader are higher if you come across as natural and sincere. Why do you want to work at the type of firm to which you're applying (eg boutique or large commercial)? Why do you want to work at that specific firm? These questions are likely to be central to a recruiter's mind, so try to address them in your covering letter. No matter where you start as a graduate, nobody will expect you to know everything in your first few months, or even years. However, you will go a long way if you are enthusiastic and genuinely interested in what the firm, and ultimately you, will do on a daily basis. Making sure the reviewers know your interest in the firm is sincere, by answering the above questions, is the first step.

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Preparing Your CV & Cover Letter 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. Think of it from the perspective of the person reviewing your curriculum vitae and cover letter. They may have hundreds of others to review and it is important that you stand out from the crowd and make that all important first impression. 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. This will be found in the Firm Profile section of the Careers guide. Don’t make your covering letter too long. The bulk of the information should be contained in your curriculum vitae. One page is sufficient. If you have a particular 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. State what year of study you are in and when you intend on graduating. 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 important to focus on your strengths and achievements that will distinguish you from other candidates. Your curriculum vitae should be clear and concise.

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Present your work experience and education from most current and work backwards. Check and double check it for spelling mistakes. This is most important. 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. Look out for upcoming careers fairs to talk to firm representatives. 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. Don’t forget to smile. The Interview Involve (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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Interview Tips MALLESONS STEPHEN JAQUES For many would be lawyers, the interview process can be both stressful and overwhelming. To help you prepare for your next interview and assist in making the process just a little bit easier, we have set out some tips below. But no matter what anyone tells you, remember this: Relax! Before your interview Be familiar with your CV and do some research

Everyone is different, so we’ll leave it up to you as to how you relax. But we recommend that you know when and where your interview is and allow yourself plenty of time to get there. That way there’s no last minute hiccups to ruin your day. You may also like to find out who will be interviewing you and the correct pronunciation of their name. During the interview

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Before you go into an interview, it is imperative that you know your CV (the strengths as well as the weaknesses). If you’ve been selected for an interview, it means that we’re really interested in getting to know you better. The best way for us to do so is ask you questions about the experiences you have set out in your CV. At a minimum, you should be able to explain the various aspects of your CV and elaborate on your experiences. You might find it useful to prepare some answers to the types of questions you think you may be asked about your CV. Why does the law interest you? What was it like backpacking through Nepal for a year? What did you win that award for? Practice on family and friends. Don’t try and rote learn answers to questions as it may make you sound rehearsed (and in any event the questions we ask may be different to those questions you have prepared an answer for). It’s also a good idea to know some things about the firm with whom you are interviewing. Apart from the careers guide, the firm’s website is a rich source of information

Engage: The interview is a conversation based on your CV. Like all conversations, it’s a two way street. So don’t be afraid to ask questions as you go. Keep eye contact with the interviewers and don’t fidget. Market yourself: Be confident and sell yourself without coming across as overbearing. This is your chance to shine and to let us know just exactly who you are. Interviewing the interviewers?: Firms recognise that the interview is one of the few places in which an interviewee has the chance to learn about the firm. Feel free to ask us questions about what we do, who we are and anything else you want to know. Some things to avoid: Don’t waffle. Focus on the question that is being asked of you. Avoid making negative or derogatory comments about others. One final tip: Remember, RELAX!

Relax Everyone gets nervous before an interview. As best you can, relax and be yourself. An interview is nothing more than a conversation based on your CV. If you know your CV, there really is nothing to be nervous about!

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Take your career to the top Mallesons Stephen Jaques is synonymous with legal excellence. So if you join our team, you’re on track for a great legal career. From an early stage our lawyers have responsibility, autonomy and client contact. You will have the opportunity to be involved in cutting-edge legal work, learn from experts who are at the top of their game and work in a fast-moving environment with top-end technology. Our comprehensive mentoring, training and career development programs are also among the best in the marketplace. And with international offices, there are opportunities to work for Mallesons overseas.

Mergers & acquisitions Banking & financial services Property, construction & environment Competition Dispute resolution Taxation Intellectual property & technology

So when you’re thinking about a challenging and rewarding role, think about us.

Contact us to find out about vacation and graduate positions: T +61 2 9296 2000 www.mallesons.com/careers

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How to Handle a Behavioural Interview JAMES TRAGEAR PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER BLAKE DAWSON Behavioural interviews really aren't that scary; all they require is a little bit of preparation and practice!

To keep on track, break your answers down into the following sequence:

A behavioural interview attempts to draw out examples of your involvement and contribution, working on the philosophy that "past behaviour is the best predictor of future performance". What your interviewers are looking for is a graduate who is enthusiastic and confident, can communicate well, and who has a certain degree of competency in everything they do.

S = Situation – describe a specific situation or task A = Action – what action did you take? Keep the focus on what you did, even if it was a team project/effort R = Result – what was the result of your actions? What did you accomplish and learn?

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Handling a behavioural interview is quite simple. There are many potential competencies but if you develop some examples of your experience in teamwork, leadership, client service and problem solving, you should have a great foundation for a successful behavioural interview.

Remember, always make eye contact with your interviewer/s and give a firm and confident handshake at the beginning and end of your interview. Finally, practice, practice, practice! Find a friend or family member and have them ask you questions and work through your answers.

When people are nervous they tend to "waffle-on" and go around in circles, so remember to prepare and be specific with your examples. Think of past occasions where you have demonstrated these skills and really focus on drawing out your specific involvement. Don't be afraid to use work, high school or university examples.

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How to use cvMail Why should you learn to use cvMail?

Your ‘Personal Profile’ includes: Personal details (name, email address, home address, phone numbers) Languages (where applicable) Changing your password

You can apply to many of the top firms via cvMail, in one convenient place. You have access to the latest information about the firms and application details. The cvMail system emulates the current paper process so the process you know is the same. Also, firms prefer you to apply online because it saves them many hours in manual data entry and internal processes, giving them more time to focus on the important aspects of your application. APPLICATIOJN HINTS

APPLYING – STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS: STEP 1:

Go to www.cvmail.com.au and register as a First Time User

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Complete your Academic Profile by clicking on the ‘Academic Profile’ button on the left side of the page

Your ‘Academic Profile’ includes: Education data (degrees, university, start/finishing dates) Academic results

STEP 2:

Complete your Personal Profile by clicking on the ‘Personal Profile’ button on the left side of the page

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Go to the Application Manager and click ‘Apply Here’ next to the firm you wish to apply to

This includes: Reviewing your personal and academic profile information Paste your CV and cover letter Preview & send

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FINISH:

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Check the buttons carefully to make sure you choose the correct: State/Territory to apply to Process (Seasonal or Graduate)

After sending in your application, you should see the confirmation screen that provides you with a unique receipt number and confirms your application has been sent to the firm.

Complete/check each section of the application form

Tip from cvMail: Draft long answers in MS Word first. The single most frustrating experience for any applicant is to have written an answer only to lose internet connection, battery, etc.

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Other Features – My cvMail Book Exchange: Buy and sell second-hand text books Messenger: Messenger stores all correspondence from firms regarding your applications Interview Scheduler: Once you have been contacted by firms for interviews, you can organise details online Previous Applications: View applications that you have previously submitted to firms APPLICATION HINTS ..

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Working at a Medium-sized Firm SARA SUMMERBELL MASON SIER TURNBULL Everyone has heard stories of articled clerks working predominately in debt collection in a small office or spending a year trawling through boxes of documents in large-scale discoveries. Surely there is a balance between these two alternatives? If you are looking for responsibility at an early stage of your career, the opportunity to work with senior practitioners and a work-life balance, a medium-sized law firm may be ideal for you.

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Reflecting upon my articles of clerkship experience, it has been an overwhelmingly positive year. I commenced articles in October 2006 at Mason Sier Turnbull, a medium-sized law firm specializing in commercial law, workplace relations, intellectual property/technology, property 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. I was taken to my first client meeting by a partner 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.

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 partners 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 important 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 articles with a medium-sized firm.

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 opportunity to hone your skills in this area from the beginning of your career is invaluable. During the year I have undertaken a variety of work in different practice groups including rotations in our corporate and workplace relations teams. I have also been involved in commercial litigation, taxation and franchising 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.

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Working at a Large Law Firm

When I took up a position at Clayton Utz in April 2007 as a paralegal, I realised very quickly what made Clayton Utz unique – the people. You hear horror stories in university about lawyers being snobby and partners not wanting to talk to juniors, but at Clayton Utz this is definitely not the case. I still vividly remember my first week of work, with people who recognised I was a new face around the office stopping to say hello to me in the corridors. It was definitely a first impression that has stayed with me. I am now an articled clerk in the firm's Construction group, one of the biggest teams in the Melbourne office and renowned for being a leader in its field. It has been great to be part of such a large group. I have had the opportunity to work with nearly every member of the team as well as been exposed to a variety of work across many different projects; some of which have featured prominently in the media. These have included the development of the EastLink project, the Monash Freeway widening, the construction of wind farms, and various large-scale projects for the Department of Defence. Every day has brought a different challenge and as my drafting skills have improved I have been given more responsibility. I have found it an invaluable learning experience working alongside lawyers at Clayton Utz who are not only good at what they do, but are excellent mentors. I have also been involved in many pro bono matters as part of Clayton Utz' extensive pro bono program. These have ranged from helping the socially disadvantaged through the Homeless Persons Legal Clinic, to developing a construction and maintenance contract for a moving display for World Vision. Working on pro bono matters are an especially rewarding and educational experience. As a junior lawyer you are given more responsibility in pro bono matters and there is the chance for more face-to-face client contact. Being at a large firm provides a definite advantage when it comes to training and professional education. It is evident that Clayton Utz has invested a lot of time and care in developing its articled clerk program, (soon to be traineeship program), ensuring we are equipped with the skills we need to become leading lawyers. For example, we are currently mid-way through the Junior Litigation Program, which runs for several months and

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takes us through a hypothetical action right from client interview stage through to preparing court documents, participating in mediation and a final result. On a lighter note, Clayton Utz is not all work and no play. There is the opportunity to become involved in many social and community focused committees and programs. These include the Sports Committee, Community Connect (which brings together our Pro Bono program, Community Involvement and the Clayton Utz Foundation), Footprints (focused on reducing Clayton Utz' carbon footprint) and Momentum (a networking group for female lawyers). There are also plenty of extra-curricular activities in which you can get involved in. For example, I have taken part in the Oxfam Trailwalker, played on the touch rugby team, participated in the women's fitness program, baked cookies to raise money for Jeans for Genes Day, and snowboarded at Falls Creek for the Corporate Ski Cup. The monthly firm-wide themed drinks, karaoke nights and our famous tea ladies with plentiful supplies of coffee, fruit and biscuits are also a highlight. If you are looking for a career at a top tier law firm where you will have the chance to work with friendly and inspiring people who are leaders in their field, on challenging and exciting matters for leading Australian and international companies, I would definitely recommend Clayton Utz.

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“Life as an Articled Clerk at Clayton Utz”

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Working at an International Firm: Linklaters CAMERON SIM ARTS/LAW Linklaters: The London Clerkship Experience As a student, it is not everyday that you are flown to the other side of the world to live in central London and be shown an amazing time by one of the leading Magic Circle firms. As anticipated, the clerkship taught me much about life as a commercial lawyer. However, I did not expect to have so much fun in the process – and I’m not just referring to the ‘Community Investment’ day a few of the clerks spent at a charity shop dressed up as Santa Claus! My time at Linklaters was evenly divided between the Corporate and Projects practice groups. Rotating through two areas allowed me to see that continuities can exist within such a large firm. I was impressed by the steady global nature of the work, and the permeating non-hierarchical atmosphere. The work was varied and people always took time to place it in context. I even found myself working on a deal based in the Republic of the Congo. LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

From a cocktail making class to ice skating, Christmas parties to the theatre, the many social events organized were always highlights. When word spread to HR of an informal night out organized between the Australian and UK clerks, we discovered upon arrival at the bar that the firm had placed a tab, even though no representatives were sent. For me, even this small gesture highlighted how Linklaters was dedicated to ensuring we formed friendships that will help us when we eventually settle in London. I found the application process both rigorous and challenging. The added bonus of this is that I did not feel I was constantly being assessed during the clerkship. This made the many group activities, such as a mock client pitch, negotiation, and mediation all the more enjoyable. As an Arts/Law student, I was slightly concerned that I would not possess the required ‘commercial awareness’, but found that my basic knowledge of what was going on in the world, both commercially and politically, was sufficient. Further, do not be dissuaded from applying if you are no in Australia during the application period. I happened to be on exchange in Berlin at the time and the firm flew me to London for the assessment day. The clerkship is a unique experience. Importantly, you will very quickly get an idea of whether you would like to make the move to London to begin your career at Linklaters.

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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 students to develop professional networks at the Bar and indeed to determine if they want to pursue a career at the Bar.

Further details about the Melbourne Law School and Victorian Bar Student Research Assistants Scheme can be found on the Careers Office website at www.law.careers.edu.au. Alternatively you can make an appointment for a consultation to discuss the program and how it fits with your career plan on 03 8344 8094 or law-careers@unimelb.edu.au.

The procedure to participate in the Scheme is as follows: o Students register their interest in working with a barrister via the online registration on the Careers Office website. o Barristers can then search the database for students with the relevant skills and experience for their needs. o The barrister would then contact the student directly and explain the nature of the work available and the time requirements. o The student then has the opportunity to accept or decline the offer of work. o If the student chooses to accept the work, they must ensure that they are registered on the central Careers & Employment’s Careers Online as a Student Work Placement (SWP). This ensures that the student is covered by the university’s insurance policy. To comply with the requirements of the Scheme the 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 the student negotiates the time commitment with the barrister. For example, the barrister may have 20 hours of urgent research for an upcoming case or may need someone 1 or 2 hours a week on an ongoing basis. The Scheme is for voluntary, unpaid work. If however, the barrister, wishes to pay you, that is allowed.

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The Scheme allows barristers to benefit from the highly developed research skills of Melbourne Law School students. The Scheme is supported by the University of Melbourne’s central Careers & Employment service.


Working as a Barrister CRAIG HARRISON BARRISTER AT LAW

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The experience of working as a barrister varies substantially depending upon one’s area of practice. Initially most barristers practice as general practitioners taking whatever work is available. The majority then develop into specialist practitioners in one or a few select areas.

Taxation structures are effectively unavailable, so tax is paid at the published rates. Taxation unpredictability has been improved by the quarterly BAS as opposed to the previous annual assessment. A barrister makes his own arrangements for sick leave, life insurance, superannuation and holidays.

The principal areas of practice are crime, common law/personal injuries, commercial and family law. There are myriad sub sets. Criminal practitioners may appear in Magistrates Courts, County Court, Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal and specialize in, for example .05, murder or appellate work. Common law work encompasses defamation and various exotic torts. Commercial work may include landlord and tenant, revenue law, construction work, insurance, intellectual property, trusts and testators family maintenance, to name a few. Other barristers practice in native title, constitutional work, industrial relations and town planning. The above lists are not exhaustive.

Change is constant. Legislative intervention can destroy or severely cripple areas of practice. An example is the repeated intervention in and curtailment of common law rights. Economic circumstances affect the volume of work in practice areas. For example, the failure of Pyramid and the contemporaneous downturn in property prices led to a rash of litigation in the early 1990’s seeking to enforce mortgages, which enforcement was met by Garcia type claims. Company takeovers come in waves. However these elements of insecurity are endemic to all legal practice, whether as a member of the bar or as a solicitor.

Work also varies depending on level of seniority (time at the bar) whether junior or senior (QC/SC) and gender. The male and female law graduate ratio is not reflected at the bar. Previously women faced from many clerks, an assumption of interest in family law work. Now, the work of the present State Attorney General and, particularly, the Women Barristers Association, has led to greater parity of briefing practices. Nevertheless, as in other professions, equality of opportunity has not yet been achieved. A barrister does not have to satisfy a time sheet or meet a financial target. Expenses can be tailored to likely earnings through sharing chambers and the like. Flexibility of practice enables a woman’s professional development to continue and flourish, albeit with sacrifices and a degree of organization.

Barristers do not bear the administrative burden imposed on solicitors of trust accounts and the management of, in some instances, a large number of partners and employees. Most administrative work is done by a barrister’s clerk for either a fee or a comparatively modest percentage of earnings (5% or less). Success at the bar is variously attributed to contacts, persistence, family lineage and good fortune. The reality is that ability and industry, untrammeled by an organizational hierarchy, normally results in the market working.

Earnings vary depending on seniority, level of practice, area of practice and the degree of paperwork versus appearance work. In general terms, senior juniors earn more than barristers of less than five years call, silk more than juniors and civil barristers more than criminal. Incomes vary from almost nothing to the few, (beloved by the press), who reputedly earn $1m per year.

The Victorian Bar is proud of its open door policy, notwithstanding the length of wait for admission to the reader’s course. This is an excellent course conducted in March and September of each year. To ease the transition each reader (new barrister) is accommodated in the chambers of his or her mentor, rent free for nine months. The mentor is available for assistance and guidance. The first two months of nine are allocated to the course and for the next seven months a new barrister is able to take briefs and begin to develop a practice. The collegiate mentality is alive and well and barristers provide generous assistance to each other in resolving issues.

The one thing that does not vary is work. Barristers with successful practices work hard, in the order of 50 to 60 hours or more per week. Incomes fluctuate depending on the vagaries of payment.

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Working as a Research Associate RICH HEWETT RESEARCH ASSOCIATE TO THE JUSTICES OF APPEAL (2008) Working as a Research Associate to the Justices of Appeal is highly stimulating, innovative and challenging. While getting the opportunity to develop excellent analytical and research skills, the position also exposes you to the processes of judicial reasoning and very high quality advocacy. Associates regularly undertake research for high profile cases involving the most novel and contentious legal issues. This also enables you to develop a real understanding of complex areas of law.

All of this happens in a supportive, flexible and dynamic working environment, located in the heritage listed surrounds of the Supreme Court complex, which is characterised by a real sense of history and tradition.

The Court of Appeal hires three research associates on a yearly basis. Research Associates are often expected to collaborate with each other, but are also expected to work on tasks independently. A Research Associate’s overriding role is to provide the Justices of Appeal with any research assistance that they may require. As a result, Research Associates gain a unique insight into internal court processes and a variety of judicial methodologies.

Research Associate positions at the Court of Appeal commence at the beginning of the year and typically run for a 12 month period. Recruitment for the Research Associates usually occur in first semester of the year prior to the year of commencement.

Secondly, composing summaries and analyses of interlocutory civil applications on a weekly or fortnightly basis. This gives an incredible insight into litigation procedures and the practical applications of diverse fields of law. Thirdly, composing summaries and analyses of applications by those convicted of offences seeking leave to appeal against their sentences. These summaries give a thorough understanding of sentencing principles and the legal principles involved in appeals from discretionary decisions. Finally, Research Judge’s Associate provides a much examination, jury strategies.

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Associates sometimes act as a (in the Trial Division too). This closer look at advocacy, witness trials and general court room

The opportunity to serve as a Research Associate has been thoroughly enjoyable. The position is particularly recommended for anyone interested in court processes at the highest level and enjoy researching novel and challenging areas of law.

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On a day to day basis Research Associates have four main functions. First, responding to judicial requests for research and analysis of legal and policy issues which arise in appeals heard by the Court. The legal issues are many and varied. For example, some of the matters researched this year include the impact of aggravating and mitigating circumstances on sentencing, the Charter of Human Rights and its implications, judicial review of administrative decisions, the scope of the duty of care in negligence and various principles of contract law. It has certainly provided an excellent opportunity to gain a strong understanding of the social and theoretical complexity of contemporary legal issues.

Working hours for Research Associates are varied and depend on the workload as is the norm in law. The position is a unique stepping stone for a future career in the practice of law, at the bar or in academia.


A Career in Academia PROFESSOR IAN MALKIN MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL 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 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.

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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. 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 articles, books, reports; 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 important 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 undertaken 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 legal issues associated with the introduction of supervised heroin injection facilities — has played a role in trying 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 part 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 interviewing 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 part 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. As is the case with undertaking 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. For over 21 years, teaching at the Law School has brought me enormous job satisfaction — trying 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 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.

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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 important 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. 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. 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.

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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 worry 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.


A Career in Legal Recruitment CASEY BYE MAHLAB RECRUITMENT If I had been asked at the beginning of my law degree what alternate career options were available for law graduates I wouldn‘t have been aware of many. While most people who study law eventually go on to practice, being a lawyer is not for everyone. Early on in my degree I was lucky enough to get a job as a researcher at Mahlab Recruitment, a specialised legal recruitment consultancy. Throughout my degree I worked at Mahlab one day per week doing research and data entry. As all of the consultants at Mahlab are legally trained and qualified, working here gave me a great insight into another way that I could potentially use my law degree.

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As the end of my degree drew near and the majority of my peers were thinking about careers as lawyers, I began to think about a career outside of the law. I thoroughly enjoyed studying, but was not completely sure about whether I wanted to go on and practice. My role as a researcher at Mahlab whetted my appetite for legal recruitment and I felt that this was a career path I wanted to pursue.

While I have chosen a career in legal recruitment, there are many other career options available for law graduates. Career options that mean you can make use of all the skills and knowledge obtained while studying law. Examples of alternate career options include working in human resources, in a government department, in a court or tribunal, in law reform and in legal publishing. I would encourage anyone who is considering a career outside of the law to research alternate career options and speak to people who work within any industries of interest. I would also recommend utilising the resources available to you through your university, including talking to career advisors, who will be able to provide you with valuable information about alternate career paths. You may also wish to contact other people who will be able to give you general career advice, including recruitment consultants.

I finished my degree and am now working as a full time legal researcher at Mahlab. My day to day responsibilities include general research and search work, providing CV advice to law students, writing advertisements, conducting searches for specific roles that we have been briefed on and updating and maintaining our database. I also assist with marketing and business development activities. Mahlab specialises in placing qualified lawyers in private practice, in-house and government roles, as well as professionals in HR, marketing and business development roles. I work closely with the consultants in all of these areas, so I have gained fantastic experience in relation to many different aspects of the legal profession. I enjoy working at Mahlab because my role allows me to use all of the knowledge and experience I gained while studying in a different way. I really like researching and working on specific roles and I also enjoy the marketing aspect of recruitment. Working at a specialised legal recruitment consultancy means I am still working within the legal profession and utilising all of the skills I acquired during my degree.

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Banking & Finance AIRLIE FOX LAWYER CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH You probably don’t include “Banking and Finance” in your top 5 areas of law, and neither did I. I did actually study banking at uni, but like many people, my decision to do so was based on my lecture timetable and a perceived need for “commercial” law subjects on my CV, rather than on any particular interest in the subject. After doing surprisingly well on my final exam (despite missing lectures and still having little idea of what the subject entailed), I ended up doing a banking rotation during my graduate year (Corrs’ alternative to the traditional Articles process), surprised myself by having fun and, six months later, came back permanently. Banking at Corrs has a lot to offer a junior lawyer. The group covers three main areas (corporate finance (basically loans), debt capital markets (bonds) and major projects (think toll roads and hospitals)), each of which provides different opportunities. As a more senior lawyer, you will inevitably narrow the focus of the area you work in, but as a junior lawyer you are encouraged to try a bit of everything.

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If you already know the difference between a samurai, a maple bond and a kangaroo, you are probably destined to be either a banker, or a debt capital markets lawyer. The common misconception is that if you don’t know the answer to this or don’t read the Financial Review over your morning coffee, you won’t enjoy (or even understand!) the world of finance. But get involved with reviewing syndicated facilities agreements and advising on bond issues and you will soon be referring to “standard practice” in “the market” as though you have been doing this all your life. Corrs has a strong corporate finance practice and the range of transactions offers an aspiring banking lawyer the perfect opportunity to learn from more senior lawyers on large transactions, as well as get your feet wet running files on smaller transactions.

Banking is an area of law that doesn’t involve a lot of “law” on many transactions. Our clients are far more interested in knowing the commercial application of the law and the risks to their revenue stream or the return on their investment, than in your ability to quote s. 83 or explain Kirby J’s dissenting judgment. The area of banking I am most involved in is projects. When I first started in the group, we were acting for the State on the Melbourne Convention Centre development. Now, each time I cross the bridge on Spencer Street, I see the walls starting to take shape and am secretly impressed that I helped “build” it. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are a method of providing infrastructure such as toll roads, social housing, schools, hospitals, convention centres, prisons, waste processing plants and water desalination plants. The government decides what is needed and starts a tender process. Private consortia bid for the opportunity to finance, design and build infrastructure (such as a toll road) in return for the right to operate it for a period of time (and, for example, earn revenue from tolling over that period). Our projects lawyers advise the government on the implementation of a PPP, or advise the private consortium or the financiers. Projects lawyers often work as part of large teams, with lawyers from other practice groups and interstate, in-house counsel and commercial people from the client. People will be referring to the legal documents for the next 25-35 years, so it is essential that they are clear and provide for changes to the commercial and legal environment. Each new transaction, deal or project brings its own set of challenges and commercial considerations which ensures that life as a banking lawyer is never boring.

Obviously, banking lawyers at Corrs act for a lot of banks. What is perhaps less obvious is the broad range of other clients and industries a banking lawyer will be involved in. You may find yourself becoming an expert on regulation of the pharmacy industry while financing a chain of pharmacies. Or you may open the paper and see the restructure of the PBL gaming and media empire splashed across the headlines, then open your inbox and find an email asking you to assist in restructuring PBL’s debt to make that headline a reality.

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Class Actions KIMI NISHIMURA ARTICLED CLERK MAURICE BLACKBURN LAWYERS MAJOR PROJECTS DEPARTMENT Class actions are an important access to justice mechanism for two main reasons. First, they provide access to remedies where a number of people have been affected by a particular action and the total loss suffered is substantial, but individual actions would not be economically viable. Class actions thus give access to the courts to those people who would otherwise effectively be denied justice because of the high cost of taking action.12 Secondly, class actions enable those who are ignorant of their rights or fearful of embarking on proceedings to access a remedy where group proceedings have been commenced on their behalf.13 Class actions also perform an important regulatory role, encouraging a greater degree of compliance with laws whose purpose is to prevent or discourage activities which cause loss or injury to others by increasing access to legal remedies.14

As an Articled Clerk working in Major Projects I have had the opportunity to work on both shareholder and cartel class actions. The work has been hands-on and fascinating, as class actions are quite unique procedurally and cartel and shareholder actions are both relatively new to Australia. As an emerging area of law, there are plenty of involved legal research tasks for junior lawyers and plenty of difficult legal concepts to grapple with. Unlike working in a commercial law firm, however, because class actions are brought on behalf of numerous group members there is still room for client contact at a relatively junior level. The result: a highly interesting and involved career choice for young lawyers with a social conscience.

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Maurice Blackburn is one of a small handful of law firms in Australia that bring class actions on behalf of those who have suffered loss or injury. Introduced into Australia in the nineties, initial class actions were brought in relation to product liability and personal injury claims. For example, Maurice Blackburn successfully brought the Copper 7 and Dalkon Shield class actions. In recent times, class actions have been brought by Maurice Blackburn on behalf of victims of illegal price-fixing and shareholders who have suffered loss due to corporate misconduct. These include the class action against Multiplex alleging that it breached the continuous disclosure provisions of the ASX Listing Rules and the Corporations Act and or engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and the Air Cargo class action. The action alleges that that surcharges imposed in relation to airfreight services by seven major airlines were used as a mechanism to increase prices by secret arrangements between the various airlines and that they were not connected with increased costs of operations as represented by the airlines.

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See the Second Reading Speech to the bill which introduced the Federal class actions regime. Commonwealth Parliamentary Debates, House of Representatives, 14 November 1991 (Michael Duffy, Attorney-General). 13

ALRC Report No 46, “Grouped Proceedings in the Federal Court”, 34. 14

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Competition Law NICOLE SMITH SOLICITOR, COMPETITION LAW CLAYTON UTZ

These are just some of the questions you may be asked as a competition lawyer. Competition law is a unique blend of law, economics and business strategy. It involves applying the trade practices legislation, particularly the Trade Practices Act ("TPA") and Fair Trading Act, to business situations and devising legal and commercial solutions. I graduated from Melbourne University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts/Law (Honours). My interest in competition law first arose during my seasonal clerkship at Clayton Utz, when I was placed with the competition law group for the first of two rotations. I subsequently completed the undergraduate subject in competition law at Melbourne University. I accepted an offer to complete my Articles of Clerkship at Clayton Utz and returned to the competition law group for one of the three rotations. At the completion of my articles, I commenced my legal career with the competition law group. Clayton Utz is a leader in this area, having acted in some of Australia's most significant transactions and cases. The competition law group provides advice to major corporations and government organisations on issues such as: Restrictive trade practices, including seeking clearances or authorisations for mergers and acquisitions, advising on company policies and practices, negotiating agreed outcomes with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("ACCC") and devising techniques and strategies to structure transactions to avoid concerns under Australian trade practices legislation; Consumer protection, including misleading and deceptive conduct and product safety; Industry codes of conduct;

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Access to essential facilities under Australia’s general third-party access legislation and under industry-specific access schemes; and National Competition Policy issues, including competitive neutrality and legislative reviews. As this list demonstrates, work as a competition lawyer at Clayton Utz can be very diverse. On one day you may find yourself drafting a clearance application for a major merger and appearing with the client at a meeting with the ACCC. The next day you may be advising a client on the application of Part V of the TPA to a proposed marketing campaign. On another day you may be drafting advice and appearing with a client at a parliamentary review into potential reforms of the TPA. Quite simply, Clayton Utz offers fantastic opportunities to junior lawyers. This area demands attention to detail and a strong commercial focus. As a junior lawyer you will be exposed to a wide range of matters and have the opportunity to work on high quality and prominent work. You will research industries, some of which you will never have heard of before! And you will certainly come to love the Millers textbook - the Melways of competition law! Competition law is among the most dynamic and challenging areas of law in Australia. The TPA has undergone significant changes in recent years and it is an exciting time to be involved in the area. If you are looking for a challenging, stimulating and commercially focused area, competition law may be the area for you.

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"Will that merger substantially lessen competition?" "When does 2 people talking become a criminal cartel?" "Does a car advertisement which claims neutral carbon emissions breach trade practices laws?" "Does that bean bag contain the warnings required by the mandatory consumer product safety and information standards?"


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Once I finished my associateship I became a competition lawyer at Allens Arthur Robinson, advising companies on competition/trade practices law and notifying proposed mergers to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for clearance. I then took a leave of absence to work at the Australian Competition Tribunal where I got to work with the various judges, economists and businesspeople who make up the Tribunal and see how the interaction of the various disciplines in informing competition legislation translated into practice in its implementation. After that, I headed to London where I got my bearings working in EU competition law at Linklaters. I then spent two years as an inhouse lawyer at Shell International, advising businesspeople on competition law around the globe. This month I've returned to Allens. I have found that competition law is more interesting than I'd expected, and brings more diverse career opportunities than I’d ever expected too.

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Construction & Major Projects LIZ COUSINS LAWYER CLAYTON UTZ As a graduate straight out of law school, I never imagined that I would need to know what the terms "latent conditions", "wet hire" and " force majeure" meant - let alone use them in everyday practice... More than three years on, as a solicitor in the Construction & Major Projects practice at Clayton Utz in Melbourne, I understand these terms and so much more as I continue to develop my understanding of construction law.

Working in the area of major projects law requires a high level of legal knowledge, attention to detail and a strong commercial outlook. It is an interesting area in which to work and can be very rewarding - particularly when you see the results of your work in everyday life when driving down a toll road or watching your favourite sports team in a recently constructed sporting stadium. For graduates interested in practising in a challenging and rewarding area of law, I'd definitely recommend it.

One day the work might involve providing advice on legal issues in relation to the application of the Security of Payment Act on a design and construction contract for a rail project. The next day you might find yourself assisting in drafting and negotiating agreements for a PPP (Public Private Partnerships) or PFI (Private Financing Initiatives) public infrastructure project such as a hospital, toll road or desalination plant, or preparing for and attending a mediation or interlocutory dispute for a contentious matter in relation to gas pipeline or other infrastructure. You might also have the opportunity to attend site visits, client meetings and take witness statements so as to gain a better understanding of the commercial and practical aspects of each project. A unique aspect of the size and breadth of the Clayton Utz Construction & Major Projects practice is the opportunity to work on a number of projects in interstate and foreign jurisdictions. In the past year I have had opportunities to work on the Airport Link and Northern Busway Project in Brisbane (Australia's largest PPP project to date), mining projects in Laos and Indonesia, as well as projects in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

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"Major Projects" as an area of practice is somewhat of an 'unknown' for many law graduates. Working in the area of Construction & Major Projects means assisting clients with the vast array of legal issues that arise throughout the life of a major project - from investigations into the viability of and likely risks associated with a proposal, to preparation of the project contracts, contract administration and, if necessary, dispute resolution.


Corporate & Commercial ROSE IANNACONE LAWYER MINTER ELLISON If you are nearing the end of your law degree you may have a ‘things to do’ list that looks something like this: Things to do 1. Complete law degree. 2. Get a job. 3. Make lots of money. If you do decide you want to get a job as a lawyer you may need to start thinking about what area of law you would like to practice in. One possible area is corporate law. I am a lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions at Minter Ellison. Working in a corporate practice group encompasses: mergers and acquisitions, involving negotiations and drafting sales and purchases of assets or shares, takeovers, mergers and joint ventures; and corporate advisory and securities law, involving capital raisings, including floats, and general corporate advisory work for both listed and unlisted clients. Generally, junior lawyers will be given exposure to both types of work, with the opportunity to specialise in the future. AREAS OF PRACTICE

Junior lawyers working in the corporate area will find themselves performing a huge variety of work, ranging from providing advice on the structure of transactions to performing due diligence, assisting to negotiate and draft transaction documents and attending to completion of transactions. A key advantage for junior lawyers working in corporate law is the opportunity to work in a team environment. Large transactions are often run by partners who are assisted by senior associates, senior lawyers and junior lawyers. As part of a team, junior lawyers are exposed to a variety of personalities, skills and experience.

As a junior lawyer in a corporate group you will also work closely with clients. Junior lawyers are often required to attend meetings with clients and can become very familiar with clients’ businesses through their due diligence investigations. Junior lawyers often also work closely with lawyers from the regulators, including the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Australian Stock Exchange, the Foreign Investments Review Board and perhaps also the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The first few months of a corporate rotation can be daunting and it can take some time to become familiar with the terminology. However, once past that hurdle it is great fun to be able to read about (and understand) reports on the deals you are working on in the financial press. Time lines which apply to some corporate transactions can also be overwhelming – requiring long days and nights. However, working on transactions, often involving leading Australian and international companies, is challenging and exciting – and there is plenty of time between transactions to regain work/life balance. Apart from establishing and developing technical legal proficiency, working as a corporate lawyer will give you the opportunity to develop strong analytical, negotiation and project management skills. These are skills highly valued and easily transportable, giving you the option of working in-house for clients or working overseas.

Teams usually also comprise of lawyers from other groups in the firm. In a large firm like Minter Ellison, lawyers may be involved from the Tax, Competition, Environment and Planning, Project and Corporate Finance, Real Estate, Intellectual Property and Employment groups. The opportunity to work closely with lawyers from these different practice areas gives corporate lawyers an opportunity to learn about each of the different areas of law and to keep up to date with developments in those areas.

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Criminal Law NADIA DELTONDO SOLICITOR OFFICE OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS

Graduate positions in Criminal Law are not widely available. However, as an articled clerk at the Office of Public Prosecutions, you will obtain a broad experience by rotating through several areas of criminal practice within the office. These areas include Committal Advocacy, General Prosecutions, Sexual Offences, County Court Appeals, and Policy Advising and Court of Appeal. The unique position of the OPP is that the office prosecutes every indictable offence not heard summarily in the State of Victoria on behalf of the Director. As a junior solicitor, you are allocated files including armed robberies, aggravated burglaries, sexual offences, drug offences and affrays. You handle the matter from committal mention stage in the Magistrates’ Court, to County Court pleas or trials and appeals to the Supreme Court. As a prosecutor, the ability to remain objective at all times is imperative. On a daily basis, you consider whether there is sufficient admissible and reliable evidence to support a reasonable prospect of conviction. Once this decision is made, you converse with Victoria Police, Crown Prosecutors and the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider appropriate charges, whether a plea offer by defence is acceptable or whether the matter should proceed at trial. The criminal law offers many opportunities for those who have an interest in advocacy. You discover that there is more to the practice of law than paperwork. As an articled clerk, there is the opportunity to appear in the Magistrates’ Court and as a solicitor to appear in the County Court wearing a wig and gown. In addition to advocacy, another skill you develop as a junior solicitor is the ability to communicate on a regular basis with social workers, civilian witnesses, police members, defence practitioners, colleagues, magistrates and judges.

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If you are considering a career in criminal law, also turn your mind to whether you would like to practise in state or federal law, summary or indictable crime, and whether your career should begin in prosecutions or defence. It is important to think about your reasons for pursuing criminal law and how you might prove your keen interest to a prospective employer by reference to your experiences and study. Read the newspaper, keep up-to-date with current cases and legislative initiatives to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system. At the OPP you will meet those directly affected by crimes whose lives have been changed forever. You are exposed to the intense emotions of family members who have lost their loved ones and are searching for justice. Everyday you read statements from victims of all ages about crimes you could only imagine. In criminal law, it is the intrigue, fascination and emotion which makes it such an interesting area to practice. It is the human side of the law that touches peoples’ lives. Criminal law is an extremely rewarding career as you play a role in seeing justice unfold before your eyes.

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A day in the life of a criminal lawyer is far from an episode of ‘Law and Order’. While the newspapers give an insight into the crime occurring around us, as a solicitor you realise just how much serious crimes goes unnoticed to the public eye. A career in criminal law brings with it an awareness of the social issues which underpin our society, and a greater appreciation of competing policy considerations in the administration of the criminal justice system.


Dispute Resolution MALLESONS STEPHEN JAQUES Trashy American legal dramas have a lot to answer for. Though the plots are the stuff of fantasy, a small part of most of us nonetheless wonders: what would it be like to be that lawyer, armed with a bundle of folders and a devastating legal argument, rushing to court to save the day for their client? Though reality is inevitably more mundane, life as a dispute resolution lawyer comes closest to matching the glamour and excitement of Boston Legal and the like.

As the name suggests, ‘dispute resolution’ encompasses more than merely litigation. Many disputes do not end up in litigation, and even fewer proceed to final judgment. Some disputes are resolved through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, or through arbitration. DR lawyers are often involved before a dispute has even arisen, to help a party determine its rights and potential strategy.

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Reflecting the variety of disputes that arise, the work undertaken by DR lawyers covers a wide spectrum. Research is important for determining the parties’ legal positions, and it is equally important to be able to advise your client of their legal position in concise and understandable terms. Drafting correspondence is another key skill. If a dispute becomes litigious, court documents need to be prepared, and lawyers may appear in Court or instruct counsel. Perhaps above all else, DR lawyers are constantly negotiating, having regard to their clients’ commercial interests, the parties’ relative legal strengths and rules of procedure which govern the progress of the dispute. Disputes often have an emotional aspect, and part of your job as a lawyer is sometimes getting the parties - including your own client - to assess the dispute objectively and find common ground for a sensible resolution. More than any other practice, DR requires an intimate knowledge of the law. In my experience at Mallesons, I have encountered most areas of commercial law, as well of a host of weird and wonderful issues in more obscure areas.

As your career progresses, DR practice opens up a host of opportunities, such as going to the bar or going inhouse. Understanding how agreements break down is, ironically, a great basis for understanding how agreements should be drafted in the first place, such that some DR lawyers become ‘front-end’ lawyers. While many opportunities to work internationally arise for transactional lawyers, there is still considerable demand for Australian litigators overseas. Ultimately, if you are genuinely interested in the law, you should consider a career in dispute resolution. All types of personalities and all sorts of people make good DR lawyers. If you get the chance, give DR a shot - you might surprise yourself!

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As a junior lawyer in Mallesons’ DR team, you will work on a mix of small files which you manage and larger cases in which you are a member of a team. There is plenty of client contact, and junior lawyers are given significant responsibilities from an early stage. Whatever the size of the case, the work tends to be challenging but intellectually stimulating.


Energy & Resources SAM GOLDING SPECIAL COUNSEL BLAKE DAWSON The Kennett era privatisations plunged me, then a junior lawyer, into purchaser due diligences on the electricity industry in Victoria. Large acquisitions like this gave me a great opportunity to develop understanding in that industry and of the regulatory models used. From there the subsequent gas privatisation and generator sales took me into petroleum work and electricity derivatives work. The resources and energy sectors are active as export demand is now high, leading to large takeovers and large projects being developed. For a lawyer this means diverse work, ranging from regulatory advice, buyer and lender due diligences, farm-ins, farm-outs, joint venture operations and issues between joint venturers, tenement and royalty issues, to pipelining, rail haulage, price arbitrations, gas sales, minerals sales, buying or building power stations, mining agreements, procurement contracts (sometimes for very big yellow trucks) fund raisings, safety and corporate reporting issues, supply contracts and government agreements.

Remote locations in the resources industry make for interesting site visits (but not holiday destinations on the whole) and give rise to issues of land tenure, environmental concerns, licencing, native title and cultural heritage and challenges for building infrastructure to support extractive activities. A current feature of my working life at Blake Dawson is understanding and applying the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and emissions profiles, emissions reduction and trading of entitlements in the context of energy industry participants and energy users.

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Family Law CAROLINE COUNSEL ACCREDITED FAMILY LAW SPECIALIST

The interaction with your clients is likely to be the most rewarding aspect of your career and this one aspect is so often missing from other areas of law. As someone who shares the human condition and can empathise with what is happening emotionally with your client, you do not need to have experienced it all in order to be able to help. Being able to show genuine empathy is an essential skill and one which will stand you in good stead throughout your career. There are also opportunities from an early stage in your career to work with clients. Other areas of law often require you to work through the ranks of a law firm until you are at an age and stage whereby you can work with a client and their matter. Family law allows involvement by junior lawyers in some or all aspects of a file usually assisting a more experienced practitioner or under their supervision. The junior Family lawyer is often more likely to be able to instruct and appear at Court on behalf of clients at a much younger age than their counterparts in other areas of law. Junior lawyers often find ideal parts of the court process which naturally lends itself to them appearing in Court. Whilst these appearances are usually done under supervision, the young lawyer who is able to develop a fluency for doing such appearances, are likely to want to move on to more advanced aspects of advocacy in the Family Courts. A day in the life of a young family lawyer therefore tends to offer much diversity. There is client contact work and if the practice has litigation, then the usual tasks associated with conducting a successful litigation practice; court appearances, instructing Counsel, examination of documents, drafting court documents, developing forensic financial skills, negotiating settlements, dealing with Mental Health Care professionals, mediators, counsellors, psychologists, valuers, forensic accountants etc.

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The practice of family law is changing and in my opinion for the better. If you making enquiries of firms you should ensure that they have an ADR focus as the work that family lawyers are doing and will continue to do more of into the future is less about litigation and focussed much more on developing non litigious solutions for clients and their families. The advent of Collaborative Law in Victoria since 2006 has changed the way in which many family lawyers are choosing to work. Whilst Collaborative Law is a presently the domain of the more experienced lawyer, a young lawyer who aspires to develop an ADR practice, should ensure that they join a firm that is interested in growing the skills of their lawyers and aiming to train them in this holistic, client and family focussed settlement technique. This means developing negotiating skills and an understanding of interest based negotiations. Collaborative Law is in many ways the antithesis of litigation because it is a client/interest based negotiation and not a lawyer directed/rights based model. It also requires the lawyers and clients to sign a Collaborative Law Contract in which the lawyers agree never to issue proceedings and work with their clients to develop settlement options. The work is challenging but also rewarding because the real needs of our clients often range outside the realm of what the Court is prepared to entertain due to the constraints of the Family Law Act. Collaborative Professionals Victoria now comprises a number of practitioners both Family Law and Commercial Law, and a number of other professions such as counsellors, mediators, psychologists and financial planners. For the young lawyer who chooses to work with a firm, that actively supports the development of Collaborative Law, he or she will be at the cutting edge of helping to develop this area of practice and build a Collaborative community in Australia. As the Collaborative Law model is gathering momentum around the world, a young lawyer will find their Collaborative skills are readily transportable into jurisdictions in which the technique is practised. It is also not peculiar to Family Law so the skills learned as a Family lawyer can be adapted to other areas of law.

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Family Law is the most engaging areas of law for several simple reasons. You are dealing with real people at possibly the worst time in their lives. You are helping forge real solutions that you hope will see your clients through that worst time towards a better time. Your work will also touch on more areas of law than any other single area of legal practice. In short, it is never dull and ever changing. You may find that whilst practising Family Law, your legal knowledge will of necessity include tax, company, deceased estates, property, trusts, crime, bankruptcy and the list goes on. The reason is again simple; the more complex clients' personal lives, the more complex are the legal ramifications when those personal lives unravel.


Health, Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology Law BERNARD O’SHEA PARTNER DEACONS 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. 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 heart of biotechnology, and an ever evolving and increasingly sophisticated regulatory environment.

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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 part of an industry. 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.

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 industry. 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 participant 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 industry 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 industry 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 industry in other areas of the world, in particular 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. Further because of our very involved position in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, there is enormous opportunity to participate in industry events, the relevant industry bodies, the preparation of submissions and position papers on behalf of clients or industry to the numerous reviews that are undertaken.

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Information Technology Law NICHOLAS BLACKMORE SENIOR ASSOCIATE CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH “So what department do you work in at Corrs?” they ask. “Information technology law” I reply. There is an awkward pause. “Is that, like, something to do with computers?” If you want to be an information technology lawyer, you will need to get used to the fact that none of your friends, not even those who have law degrees, know exactly what it is that you do. After all, there’s no Information Technology Act, and you won’t find “Information Technology Law 101” offered as a subject.

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In fact, practising information technology law involves a wide range of legal work dealing with legal issues which arise from the implementation and use of information technology in our clients’ businesses. The majority of our work is advisory – we draft agreements under which our clients supply or obtain information technology systems and services, we help our clients protect the intellectual property in software and websites they develop, we advise on e-commerce ventures and electronic payment systems and we help our clients comply with information privacy laws. When things become litigious, we work with litigation specialists to advise on disputes arising from information technology transactions and all sorts of Internet-based activities, from intellectual property infringement to defamation to misleading and deceptive conduct. We also work with other practice groups to advise on issues such as employee use of email and acquisitions of information technology companies. And just to make things more confusing for your friends, the definition of information technology law is constantly changing, as the evolution of technology creates new legal problems and solutions. When I started at Corrs, much of our advice related to preparing for the Y2K bug. Then domain name disputes flourished with the development of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Process. More recently, new privacy and anti-spam laws have kept us and our clients busy.

We work for a wide range of clients, both in the information technology industry and in other areas. Software and Internet companies of all sizes are exciting clients to work for: they are always developing new ideas and products, and you never know whether you’re advising on the next big thing. Our clients in “old” technology industries spend massive amounts on continually implementing and upgrading their information technology and communications infrastructure to support their production, inventory, financial and human resources functions and to sell their products electronically. Besides the ability to deal politely with the ignorance of your friends, the main quality necessary to become an information technology lawyer is an interest in computers and the Internet. You certainly don’t need to have done computer science, and you don’t even need to know much about technology, but you need to be keen to learn. If you are the sort of person who reads “Wired”, surfs the Internet on a daily basis or has fond memories of writing BASIC programs on your old Commodore 64, information technology law may be for you. Legally, a decent knowledge of contract and intellectual property law is important. The good news is that information technology law is also growing fast. Twenty years ago, the idea of a specialist information technology lawyer was a new one. Even today, only large firms feature a specialist information technology practice group. In the past few years, however, information technology has consistently been one of the most profitable areas of commercial law. As businesses become increasingly reliant for their success on implementing efficient and innovative information technology and communications infrastructure, information technology law can only become more popular. Perhaps then my friends will understand what I do for a living.

The law involved is a mixture of new laws specifically designed for information technology, such as the Electronic Transactions Act and the Copyright (Digital Agenda) Amendment Act, and applying older laws such as contract, consumer protection and tort to new legal problems. Often, the legal problems we deal with have little or no Australian legal precedent, and so we have to research widely and consider cases from the United States and elsewhere.

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Insolvency PAUL JAMES PARTNER CLAYTON UTZ

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 difficult 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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Further, during the course of many receiverships, liquidations and voluntary administrations, there often arise contractual disputes and disputes with creditors as to who has proper title to certain property 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 regulatory 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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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.


Intellectual Property HARRY EVANS ALLENS ARTHUR ROBINSON Lawyers in the Intellectual Property (IP) group at Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) are involved in protecting "labours of the mind". Now before you start daydreaming about mad scientists and patents for glow-in-the-dark tomatoes consider this: IP assets are the most important assets of many of the world's largest and most powerful companies. As noted by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, intellectual capital forms the foundation of market dominance and continuing profitability for many companies. In fact, a company's success or failure may depend on its ability to effectively exploit intellectual property assets. It is in this context that the IP group at AAR helps develop and protect its clients' IP assets (which incidentally may include glowin-the-dark tomatoes). What are IP assets? IP refers to labours of the mind and includes things such as literary and artistic works, inventions, designs, names, brands, photographs and even processes. IP law is aimed at providing the holder of IP exclusive rights to use and exploit their IP. Without these exclusive rights many companies would have a reduced incentive to invest in developing new products, such as pharmaceuticals, or in building their brand names. It is therefore not surprising that IP laws are credited with assisting economic growth. The main areas of IP law are copyright, patents and trademarks and other areas include designs and confidential information.

This mix of commercial advice and litigious work makes AAR's IP group a fantastic area in which to gain a broad experience of the law. Whilst the work is ultimately focussed on IP assets, every IP lawyer is exposed to the more general issues that arise from commercial transactions (such as tax implications and governing law issues for multi-jurisdictional transactions) and litigation (such as general litigation process and advocacy). More generally, IP law is a challenging and interesting area in which to operate. As technologies advance in areas such as chemistry biotechnology, engineering and computer science, and as companies are becoming more sophisticated with their development and exploitation of IP assets, IP law is constantly being challenged to answer complex and novel questions. Furthermore, the advent of globalisation calls on IP law to develop trans-national mechanisms to protect IP assets which are no longer confined to a single jurisdiction. Through a range of training programs, presentations and contact with leading IP Lawyers from the AAR IP group (with millennia of combined experience), junior lawyers at AAR are able to engage with these issues and gain a wonderful appreciation for IP law. For further information in relation to IP law at AAR visit http://www.aar.com.au/services/ip/index.htm

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At the commercial level, a junior IP lawyer at AAR may be involved in: drafting a wide variety of agreements including research agreements, joint venture agreements and license agreements; and providing advice to clients on how to adopt commercial strategies to develop their IP that comply with a wide range of statutes and regulations, such as the Trade Practices Act, Therapeutic Goods Act and codes such as the Medicines Australia Code and the Food Standards Code. A junior IP lawyer may also be involved in enforcing exclusive IP rights by: helping to conduct litigation for infringement of IP rights; and investigating intellectual property misuse, advising on anti-piracy programs and arranging searches for confiscation of infringing materials through customs and liaising with the Federal Police.

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Medical Negligence MAURICE BLACKBURN

Medical negligence is an interesting and challenging area of the law. One of the reasons why is that you are dealing with an area – medicine – in which you have very little knowledge. A crash course in each case’s specific medical matters, including a variety of illnesses, procedures and specialities, is thus vital before starting the investigation of any claim. Unfortunately, when researching any medical condition, you invariably become convinced that you have it. Hence my panic about meningitis. In addition, medical negligence is still largely governed by the common law and so revolves around good, oldfashioned negligence. It is also continually evolving and every couple of months there is a new decision that changes the way we conduct cases. The people we represent are often injured in varied and numerous ways, only some of which relate to negligent treatment. You find yourself going through occupational therapy reports acting out your client’s relevant injuries to try and work out which are services and items that are claimable and which are not. Does a hand grip used to assist in opening a can relate to the client’s cerebral palsy (not caused by negligent treatment) or the stroke that is the subject of the claim? It is not all about complex medical matters. For instance, a recent client was an elderly woman who fell from an unsecured bed in a hospital and required a hip operation as a result of that fall. The Hospital’s insurer claimed that she had dementia anyway, and so the fall, operation and subsequent lack of mobility made no difference to her quality of life. We showed that despite her age and dementia, the fall had a big impact on her quality of life, including that she was no longer able to catch public transport to visit her family and friends.

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We can also become a point of call for people with medico-legal emergencies. We recently dealt with a young woman whose life-support was about to be switched off, against the wishes of her mother who had no idea that her daughter had been dangerously ill and had only just flown into the country. She wanted more time with her daughter. We were able to speak with her doctors who agreed to postpone life support being switched off. It’s a moments like this you feel you may have wandered onto the set of MDA. And of course this is the sort of work that we do not bill for: one of the best things about working at Maurice Blackburn is that it is accepted that a lot of the work that we do will never be paid for. A stint in the medical negligence department is the best of both worlds: common law and a healthy dose of medicine.

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Do I have meningitis? It’s a question that struck me when I came down with the flu, halfway through my rotation in medical negligence. Not without reason too – I had a headache, stiff neck and temperature – but much more importantly I had just been researching the dreaded infection for one of our clients. I discussed my fear with colleagues and found that while I might not have meningitis, the bout of hypochondria I had picked up was an occupational hazard of working in the area. Just not as lifethreatening.


Media & Broadcasting Law PETER BARTLETT MEDIA, COMMUNICATIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT GROUP MINTER ELLISON LAWYERS The role of a media lawyer at Minter Ellison is demanding, frustrating, but always stimulating. One of the stimulating factors in being a media lawyer at Minter Ellison is that you can never predict what the day will bring. You may hear that a client has published something that is indefensible, that a corporation or well known individual is furious at something published and ‘wants blood’, that a Bill is before Parliament that requires urgent approaches to politicians and many more. The ASIO Terrorism Bill before Federal Parliament, raised concerns for our client, Fairfax. The Bill raised the possibility of journalists being held incommunicado for 48 hours without access to their editor, family and lawyers. In addition, communication between a journalist and a suspected terrorist, their family or lawyer was potentially criminalised. We made submissions on behalf of Fairfax. More recently we made submissions to the Federal and State Attorneys in the lead up to the new uniform defamation laws and also on the media exemption in the Privacy Act.

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We acted for SBS in defence of proceedings brought by the Leader of the Opposition in Zimbabwe, following suggestions he was in a conspiracy to murder President Mugabe. He was facing treason charges over those allegations. We are acting for the Government of Vanuatu in relation to issues arising under its Telecommunications Act. We acted for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and the West Australian when the AFL sought an injunction to prevent the disclosure of the names of football players who have tested positive on two occasions to taking drugs. We also defended the deep vein thrombosis claims, some 500 of them, on behalf of QANTAS. They raise crisis management issues. We were successful in the High Court and in the House of Lords. The issue is likely to go to the US Supreme Court in 2007.

The State and Territory borders are largely irrelevant to the media. We have cases proceeding in most capital cities at any one time. In addition, we presently have contempt of Court challenges in Hobart and Mlldura and recently had a contempt of Parliament issue in Canberra. It is reasonably common for us to be given less than one hour’s notice to appear in Court to oppose a suppression application or other application. We have had many applications for suppression orders arising from the gangland murders in Melbourne. The gangland murders and the large number of police facing charges have meant that in the pre-publication advice area, great care has to be taken in relation to both defamation and contempt. We have recently made submissions to the Federal and Victorian County Courts on behalf of the media, for greater access to Court files and exhibits. There are a large number of legal complaints against publishers and broadcasters, with the threat that the person will sue. It is necessary to treat those complaints very carefully. Often the person complaining is very upset, but at other times, the complaint may have less substance. There is now the added risk that publishers will be sued in various countries around the world for their online publications. We are seeing foreign publishers sued in Australia due to our conservative defamation laws. Defamation cases involve complex areas of law and raise difficult pleading proceeding points. When a Writ is served in defamation, it is necessary to pay careful attention to the preparation of all Court documents and Interrogatories. We spend a lot of time making sure that these documents are correct. We are on call around the clock, seven days a week. Those calls can come as late as 1:00am. Technology – pagers, mobile phones, printers online to publishers, videos, fax machines in homes, mobile faxes, palms, blackberries and laptops – mean that a media lawyer is more contactable than ever. Because of the strict deadlines faced by the various publications, a client’s queries must be answered immediately, no matter what time they come. There is little or not time for research.

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2007 could be an interesting year. We will see the cross media ownership and foreign ownership developments and watch developments with the new Australian Communications and Media Authority and the new uniform defamation laws.

There are a significant number of Acts restraining publication, copyright, broadcasting and television regulation, telecommunications, satellite, privacy, advertising regulations, administrative law, Freedom of Information legislation and many more.

The developments in technology have led to an expanding role for those interested in the wider media areas. For those about to commence practice, there are clearly opportunities available. Some of the expanding areas include telecommunications, pay television and the vast number of issues arising out of the internet and communications law in general. Media lawyers practise in a variety of areas, such as the print media, radio, television, telecommunications, pay television, film, entertainment and advertising. These areas in themselves raise a number of legal issues. They include competition, company law, tax, defamation, contempt, trademarks, patents, passing off, suppression orders, ridicule, insurance, industrial law.

In an era of specialisation, you could not hope to be an expert in more than a few of these areas. The benefit of being in a firm sch as Minter Ellison is that you can call on an in-house expert for almost any problem that arises. The areas of technology and communications (with particular emphasis on media law) is a challenging, but rewarding area.

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Mergers & Acquisitions AGATA BOBER MALLESONS STEPHEN JAQUES MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS GROUP The Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) group at Mallesons Stephen Jaques is a vibrant, energetic and established practice area. It is about the thrill of high profile deals, the team’s buzz nearing completion and the rollercoaster transactional rides, with good doses of advice work around the Corporations Act and Listing Rule issues. And, it’s about witnessing the head honchos of the commercial world operate at their best. There are many myths circulating about the life of M&A lawyers. You might hear about the need to have a finance degree, the late hours, the never ending due diligence, or the windowless data rooms. Don’t believe this hype. Mallesons M&A lawyers come from a range of backgrounds and experiences (Science and Arts, not Finance, degrees are the norm). And yes, while late nights and document reviews do take place at times, these are simply elements of fast-paced transactions. Junior lawyers’ initial concerns are quickly diminished by the excitement that is generated from the calibre and range of work, challenging levels of responsibility, and fantastic colleagues and team spirit. M&A is about working hard on exciting matters … and often partying afterwards!!

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M&A work at Mallesons is diverse, stimulating and never dull. Sure, there is some merging and some acquiring, but that’s not all. Mallesons M&A group work includes takeovers and schemes of arrangement, business and share purchases, equity capital markets and fundraising, corporate restructures, trusts and managed funds, and general corporate and securities law advisory work, such as providing advice on directors’ duties, insider trading, disclosure obligations, corporate governance and general meetings. Unlike other firms, the M&A group at Mallesons is broad and everyone (including the partners) do a wide variety of these different types of work - there is no pigeon-holing and no-one (at any level) does predominantly the same type of work. We work for major Australian and international clients and regularly consult together with our M&A teams throughout Australia, Asia and in London. The work involved is practical and focused on reaching the most commercially appropriate solution for our clients.

The work is also exciting and stimulating, involving complex and ever-changing laws and regulations. M&A work allows junior lawyers to take control of discrete matters, which subsequently play an integral part in the overall project. Having the opportunity to take responsibility for aspects of a transaction builds confidence and allows you to gain experience and develop knowledge at a fast rate. Additionally, Mallesons M&A is a fantastic team environment - you are never alone! It is an unmatchable learning experience for young lawyers striving to understand the fast paced nature of the commercial world. Junior lawyers at Mallesons are not simply there to do the grunt work. We are extensively involved in dealing with clients, other advisers and regulators, managing the progress of deals, and taking on tasks involving responsibility and accountability. Junior lawyers, including Articled Clerks, are regularly assigned project management roles such as undertaking the responsibilities of bidders’ representatives, coordinating questions and answers on online data rooms, and assisting in the preparation of draft transaction documents. The size and pace of Mallesons M&A transactions provides junior lawyers with the opportunity to liaise directly with client representatives and other parties while having the support of an excellent and encouraging team. The nature of M&A work demands a committed and close-knit team environment and means that you are often bunkered down in the trenches with your team mates. This leads to a great camaraderie and allows for an active social environment to flourish, including Friday night drinks, end of financial year parties, completion lunches and dinners and even a tennis tournament or two! And what happens when an M&A deal is finally done and all the documents are signed…It’s party time! If any group knows how to celebrate a job well done it’s M&A. As a member of the Mallesons M&A team, I have been exposed to a variety of fantastic and high-profile work. Whether it’s fundraising in a bull market or selling a distressed company’s assets, M&A is an exciting practice area for any young lawyer. And yes, while M&A may at times bring demanding challenges, the buzz of the deal, the range and depth of legal work and technical challenges, and the follow up celebrations certainly make up for it. Work hard, play hard. Sure.

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Personal Injury KAREN HARTLEY FIRST YEAR SOLICITOR RYAN CARLISLE THOMAS

Offices are situated all over Victoria to provide convenient access for RCT’s widespread clientele. Office locations include Melbourne’s CBD, Dandenong, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Frankston, Bayswater, Narre Warren, Geelong, Werribee, Melton and Ballarat. RCT’s recent merger with another leading Plaintiff law firm, Stringer Clark of Western Victoria, expands office locations to include Warrnambool, Ararat, Colac, Hamilton, Horsham and Portland. RCT’s largest practice area is in plaintiff Personal Injury. This includes WorkCover, Comcare, TAC, Public Liability and Victims of Crime. I practise exclusively in Personal Injury and primarily in our WorkCover department. RCT has one of the largest WorkCover practices in Victoria. Practising in our WorkCover team involves ensuring that injured workers obtain their just entitlements. Under Victoria’s current Workers’ compensation scheme injured workers have potential entitlements to weekly payments of compensation, payment of their reasonable medical and like expenses and lump sum compensation if they have sustained a permanent injury that reaches a certain threshold of impairment. Injured workers may also have an entitlement to common law damages if they have sustained a “Serious Injury” in negligent circumstances. Within its Personal Injury Practice, RCT also currently acts for approximately five hundred former Wards of the State, including forgotten Australians, members of the stolen generation and child migrants, who were abused in Victorian Homes, Orphanages and Institutions. Despite significant legal barriers, including the Statute of Limitations, the firm has been able to negotiate settlements with many religious and philanthropic organizations and with the State of Victoria.

The majority of the work undertaken in the Personal Injury department is on a conditional fee basis. This means that our clients are able to pursue their potential legal entitlements without the deterrent of having to pay costs should their claim be unsuccessful. As a young lawyer practising in the area of Personal Injury, I have been exposed to diverse, challenging and above all enjoyable work. There is a great deal of client contact and interpersonal skills are a must. As the work is litigious a considerable amount of time is spent in the Magistrates’, County and Supreme courts. One of the great aspects of the job is the adrenaline and excitement of attending a hearing or Common Law trial. Compulsory settlement conferences and mediations are provided for under the WorkCover scheme in order to facilitate negotiation and the early resolution of claims. As a Trainee, you will have the opportunity to confer with clients, instruct in court and at conferences and mediations and even run your own files- obviously under strict supervision!! Trainees can expect a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at RCT with opportunity to move within practice groups. Support is provided to young lawyers and there is no pressure from above to work late or complete a certain number of those dreaded “billable hours.” RCT promotes a work life balance and values the interests of young lawyers, recognising the importance of friends, family, sports and travel. There are many social events throughout the course of each year to enable employees to get to know one another outside the work environment. What I have been most impressed about during my time at RCT is the dedication and passion that RCT’s solicitors have for their work. It is extremely satisfying to go to work everyday with the objective of making a difference to someone’s life. Of course, obtaining compensation for those injured or abused does not rectify the harms endured. The ramifications of the injuries that victims suffer are often imponderable and cannot be removed by monetary compensation. However, compensation acts to alleviate some of the hardship that victims and their families suffer as a result of the injuries or abuse. It recognises harms negligently or, in the cases of those abused, intentionally, sustained or inflicted. It is the ability to assist in obtaining just compensation for those who deserve it that makes working in the area of Personal Injuries so rewarding.

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Ryan Carlisle Thomas is one of Victoria’s leading Plaintiff law firms. The firm’s principal practice areas include Personal Injury Law, Family Law, Employment and Industrial Law, Wills and Probate and Conveyancing. RCT currently has 8 Partners, 26 Solicitors and 135 paralegal, clerical and administrative staff spread over 18 offices. Each year RCT takes on approximately 6-8 Seasonal Clerks and employs, on average, between 3-6 Articled Clerks (or Trainees as they are now termed). Most of our Articled Clerks stay on to practise at RCT as Solicitors.


Planning & Environment ZACH TYLER SOLICITOR FREEHILLS 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 multi-faceted, 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. 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 property 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.

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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 Courts. 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.

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. The Planning and Environment Team in the Melbourne office 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 everyone feel part of the Team, regardless of how junior or senior you are. Part of our daily interaction is very 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 solitary, 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 every morning as you face the day ahead of

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 opportunity 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.

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Private Equity ANNIE MOULD SENIOR ASSOCIATE FREEHILLS Recently, private equity has received a lot of media coverage with transactions including the attempted Qantas takeover and the sale of Myer from the Coles Group. And it has also captured the attention of the Federal Government. So, what is it all about, and what does it mean to be a private equity lawyer? Put simply, private equity is as its name suggests – investment in companies (equities) that are not publicly listed – so are private. Clear as mud… well, read on. Freehills’ Private Equity group, as part of our wider Corporate practice group, deals with all aspects in the life cycle of a private equity investment, from fund formation, to investments by the fund and ‘exit’. Typically, a management company will form a fund that will be marketed to investors who will invest money in the fund. Investors in PE funds range from high net worth individuals right through to multibillion dollar superannuation funds – depending on which box you ticked on your superannuation form, your money might even be invested in a private equity fund. The management company then takes the investors’ money and looks for and makes investments in companies, with an intention to sell out within a three to seven year timeframe – hopefully at a significant profit to return to the investors. And that’s the whole point of private equity, the investors have put their money into the fund to make a profit. AREAS OF PRACTICE

What do I do? Within this private equity life cycle, I am often involved in: fund formation: drafting the documents that form the fund and govern how it operates, reviewing the marketing materials and negotiating with investors for the fund. We also act for investors, so take a look at and negotiate the documents from their perspective. investments: drafting and negotiating agreements to buy all or some of a company or business. As with the Qantas example, a private equity fund may attempt to take a public company private. If you have heard of ‘venture capital’, this sits at the opposite end of the spectrum to public company takeovers, and involves a PE fund injecting money into a smaller company that is desperate for money to develop an idea or product. Different funds go for different types of investments, so, a private equity lawyer needs to develop skills to deal with this range of investments. In the investment phase, we also undertake a review of the business to identify legal risks.

exit: pretty much the same as the investment phase, except our client is on the selling end rather than the buying end of the deal. The most important aspect here is helping them get the best possible price so that the investors. One of the reasons why I find being a private equity lawyer enjoyable is the fact that every day is different. Most of the work I do is of a transactional nature, so I can find myself working on a multi-billion dollar international fund raising, an investment in a lingerie company, or perhaps helping a client buy airports in Europe. Sometimes, I will be working on them all at the same time! So organisational skills are a must. A private equity lawyer nearly always finds themselves at the centre of the transaction. Not only do we help negotiate and draft key documents for the deal, we also need to act as a project manager. Most deals involve coordinating input from specialist lawyers (for example employment, tax, property, intellectual property and environmental lawyers), accountants and investment bankers. The advantage of working at Freehills is that you get to work on great transactions with a team of great people. You develop a real sense of camaraderie when everyone works hard to complete the deal and often in a tight time frame. Do I have what it takes to be a corporate lawyer? Many people would think that a commerce degree or at least some understanding of financial matters would be a prerequisite to working in a corporate team. Having studied science/law at uni, I initially had doubts as to whether I would ever be able to walk the walk and talk the talk. What would I know about IRRs, EBITDA, CGT or leveraging? However, I assure you that this foreign language quickly becomes familiar. Sure, a commerce background may be helpful especially in the beginning, but you learn the commercial jargon and knowledge on the job, especially since you deal with it on a daily basis and there are lots of training sessions run by the senior lawyers in the team. A quick Google search is also invaluable! Would I recommend being a private equity lawyer? Silly question really. Absolutely. For me, one of the best things about being a private equity lawyer is the fact that every deal is different, so I am continually learning. I also love the daily interactions with the client, other advisers and other lawyers at Freehills and those on the ‘other side’ to get the deal done.

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Public Interest Law & Native Title PETER SEIDEL PARTNER, PUBLIC INTEREST LAW ARNOLD BLOCH LEIBLER LAWYERS & ADVISORS 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.

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 part 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.

We are particularly proud of our long and continuing association with the Yorta Yorta peoples, both in their ongoing struggle for land justice in the courts, 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 coexistence. Part of our ethos at Arnold Bloch Leibler is to serve the community in which we, as lawyers, occupy a respected position. As a consequence, the firm has always recognised that a significant part 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.

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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 part 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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With a long history 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.


Thinking outside the square At Arnold Bloch Leibler, we understand that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to attracting and retaining the best. So when recruiting seasonal clerks and graduate trainees, we look for people who are seeking something out of the ordinary. We value our people who bring a diverse range of skill, talent and experience to the firm. Because today’s clerks and graduate trainees are our future competitive advantage, we offer them opportunities beyond the usual run-of-the mill experience. At Arnold Bloch Leibler, we are known for doing things a little differently. As one of Australia’s leading commercial law firms, our philosophy is to look for out-of-the-box solutions.

Edward Russell

Catherine Macrae

Daniel Mote

Nancy Collins

“Before commencing articles, “I’ve always had a strong “Now a first year lawyer, “As a mature age student with I had completed a seasonal sense for social justice, my clerkship at ABL was a young family, I wanted a firm clerkship and worked as and from my experience both rewarding and that would recognise my life a paralegal at ABL. I was working in the Children’s representative of the experience, value my skills and drawn to ABL by its size, Court and as a volunteer work I now experience. respect my family responsibilities. its cutting-edge work and at a community legal centre, I work closely with Managing work and family can be the variety of people – I wanted to work for a firm my supervising partner, a challenge, but the culture there is certainly no that contributes to the with real responsibility and at ABL made it much easier ‘typical ABL person’.” broader community.” access to high quality work.” than I anticipated.”

For more information, visit the careers section on our website www.abl.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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Sports Law DARREN BOYD LAWYER LANDER & ROGERS

I have been practising with the Sport 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 “sports law” actually do; not just from the public, but also from other lawyers, and even administrators working in sport. Essentially, we perform 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 property owned by a client throughout a licensing program or enforcement proceedings; or assist the Commonwealth government or a sport by appearing in an anti-doping prosecution or a selection dispute in Court of Arbitration for Sport. The clients I work with include organisations most people have heard of, like the National Basketball League, Surf Life Saving Australia, Cycling Australia, Netball Australia, the Australian Sports 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 everything 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 Sports Business Group at Lander & Rogers began with an application for a summer clerkship in February 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, Property 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.

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In addition to the great range of work I have undertaken, such as that described above, I have had some invaluable experiences since my admission as a lawyer. In particular, I was seconded to the 2007 World Swimming 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! That support 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 sports broadcasting. My work in broadcasting means that there are times when travel or other commitments see me dragged out of the office, often at short 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. AREAS OF PRACTICE

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


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. 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 important attributes required to work in tax. Other necessary 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 partner, Mark Leibler AC, the tax group provides advice in most areas of taxation law. All of the tax partners are generalists, which means that as a young lawyer you are exposed to a wide range of matters.

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

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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 property 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 taxrelated 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 artists with their GST obligations, to applying for tax deductible gift status on behalf of an organisation. Although tax is a very 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 property developer if you understand how the development is going to proceed.

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Thinking outside the square At Arnold Bloch Leibler, we understand that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to attracting and retaining the best. So when recruiting seasonal clerks and graduate trainees, we look for people who are seeking something out of the ordinary. We value our people who bring a diverse range of skill, talent and experience to the firm. Because today’s clerks and graduate trainees are our future competitive advantage, we offer them opportunities beyond the usual run-of-the mill experience. At Arnold Bloch Leibler, we are known for doing things a little differently. As one of Australia’s leading commercial law firms, our philosophy is to look for out-of-the-box solutions.

Edward Russell

Catherine Macrae

Daniel Mote

Nancy Collins

“Before commencing articles, “I’ve always had a strong “Now a first year lawyer, “As a mature age student with I had completed a seasonal sense for social justice, my clerkship at ABL was a young family, I wanted a firm clerkship and worked as and from my experience both rewarding and that would recognise my life a paralegal at ABL. I was working in the Children’s representative of the experience, value my skills and drawn to ABL by its size, Court and as a volunteer work I now experience. respect my family responsibilities. its cutting-edge work and at a community legal centre, I work closely with Managing work and family can be the variety of people – I wanted to work for a firm my supervising partner, a challenge, but the culture there is certainly no that contributes to the with real responsibility and at ABL made it much easier ‘typical ABL person’.” broader community.” access to high quality work.” than I anticipated.”

For more information, visit the careers section on our website www.abl.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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Workplace & Employee Relations KATHLEEN KELLY SOLICITOR WORKPLACE AND EMPLOYEE RELATIONS GROUP MALLESONS STEPHEN JAQUES The Workplace and Employee Relations Group at Mallesons (or, as we are sometimes known, the WERG-sters) is a dedicated national group advising the firm’s blue chip client base on all aspects of workplace law. The team works on really interesting and complex issues involving real people and fantastic clients. Do your eyes glaze over when conversation turns to short-selling, derivatives, insolvency and the like? Well, our area of law is all about everyday people and the things that matter to them. Which means that sometimes our friends and family find us very useful .

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Is it discrimination if an employer requires all employees to be at work for a 7:30am meeting every week? Can I call my union rep in for a chat? Is an employer allowed to monitor an employee’s emails and internet use? An employee is taking sick days and we think he’s going fishing - what can I do? We have a picket line out the front of the premises and they are stopping our trucks from going in and out - can we obtain an injunction to prevent this? Do I have to let my pregnant employee take leave? I’ve just been sacked - can I do anything to get my job back? A large number of our employees from one team all resigned at 5:00pm today and are going to join a competitor, and we think the employees in another team are planning to do the same thing tomorrow - what can we do?

I have flown to Sydney to interview key witnesses for a major piece of litigation in the Federal Magistrates Court. I have visited a number of our clients in their workplaces (including farms, manufacturing sites and offices). I have helped conduct investigations into occupational health and safety incidents, assisted with union negotiations for a new collective agreement, and provided advice to employers on the implications of Facebook in the workplace. I think I have the best of both worlds - access to first rate resources, excellent training and the opportunities of a large firm, as well as the friendly team culture and regular partner and client contact that comes with a dedicated expert group. So, if you like interesting work that is all about real people, a great team environment, and a variety of types of work, I would really encourage you to give workplace law a try.

We work in many areas of law, including employment, industrial relations, contract law, trade practices, discrimination, occupational health and safety, privacy, and much more. It’s also a very political and fast-changing area. Remember WorkChoices? Have you heard of the new Labor government’s Forward with Fairness proposals? We also get involved in a wide variety of different types of legal work. Unlike some other groups, where a junior lawyer might get stuck on one large transaction doing mainly one type of work (such as due diligence or drafting), as a junior WERG-ster I get a wide variety of work - everything from legal research and advice, drafting employment contracts and other documents, involvement in large-scale litigation in superior courts, and even running my own unfair dismissal conciliations before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

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ALLENS ARTHUR ROBINSON WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

PARALEGAL WORK: There are some opportunities for students to undertake paralegal work with AAR, and many of our paralegals are former vacation clerks or future law graduates. Expressions of interest for paralegal work may be submitted via our on-line application system (www.aar.com.au/careers).

www.aar.com.au Bryony McCormack, Graduate Resourcing Consultant Level 27, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne +61 3 9613 8085 +61 3 9614 4661 Bryony.McCormack@aar.com.au

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010:

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: Approximately 198 firm-wide Total Solicitors: Approximately 799 firm-wide OTHER OFFICES: AAR has a strong national and regional presence with fifteen offices throughout the Asia Pacific region. We have four national offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and another 11 international offices in Bangkok, Beijing (two offices), Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Port Moresby, Shanghai and Singapore. All of our Asian offices are staffed by lawyers and partners on secondment from our Australian offices as well as local legal and support staff. AAR also has a 'best friends' relationship with leading UK law firm Slaughter & May enabling lawyers from both firms to work on transactions as an integrated team.

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: As a full service commercial law firm, AAR provides a broad range of corporate and commercial advice. We have fourteen practice groups in total, spread across four departments: Corporate (M&A and Capital Markets; Communications, Media and Technology; Funds Management, Real Estate & Superannuation; Energy & Resources; Competition Law), Litigation & Intellectual Property (Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring; Insurance & Reinsurance; Intellectual Property & PTA), Financial Services & Projects (Tax; Projects; Banking & Financial Services) and 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. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

We recruit approximately 40-45 law graduates per year in Melbourne. No. of Rotations: One year-long rotation, followed by up to two further rotations of twelve months. Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): At AAR the emphasis is on quality advice and work, not 'billable hours'. Our young lawyers are encouraged to take the time to learn and develop the skills needed to analyse legal problems and provide accurate commercial advice. Law graduates spend their first two years rotating through two departments. We believe that a longer rotation provides a comprehensive knowledge of each practice area, giving law graduates an opportunity to develop strong relationships with partners and other lawyers in the practice group. The size of the firm means we are very flexible in making sure our lawyers are able to work in the areas that most interest them. At the end of their second rotation, our lawyers may choose to specialise or complete a third rotation in another practice group. To ensure our graduates meet the requirements for admission under the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008, we offer an accredited and co-operative Practical Legal Training (PLT) program with the College of Law. This program will run for the first time in Melbourne in 2009 (previously an Articled Clerkship). This is not a new program for the firm, with approximately 450 AAR graduates having successfully completed PLT in our Brisbane, Perth and Sydney offices over the last seven years. Our graduate development program provides the foundation skills, experience and knowledge necessary for building a successful legal career at AAR. The program includes information sessions with past graduates, senior lawyers and partners, legal seminars, workshops with expert facilitators, systems training, admission support through PLT and on-thejob training supported by a buddy and mentor. To link with our two 12 month rotations, the program extends over 24 months with a comprehensive induction in the first six weeks.

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae, covering letter and academic transcript. APPLICATION PROCESS: All applications should be made via our on-line application system (www.aar.com.au/careers). Rounds of Interviews: Two rounds PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: AAR values the importance of training and encourages a culture that supports the ongoing learning and development of our people. Undertaking study relevant to your role can strengthen your skills and enhance your career progression. We offer financial assistance and time off as a means of support to those undertaking approved study. FIRM PROFILE: At AAR we pride ourselves on a stimulating environment based on intellectual excellence and individual interests. We value excellence, honesty, integrity and a willingness to work as part of a team where everyone is valued and committed to a common purpose. We also value the importance of training and encourage a culture that supports the ongoing learning and development of our people. OTHER INFORMATION: Please visit our website for application dates (www.aar.com.au/careers).

ARNOLD BLOCH LEIBLER WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.abl.com.au Leanda Nissen Level 21, 333 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9229-9871 (03) 9916-9516 lnissen@abl.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne Office) Total Principals: 30 Total Solicitors: 72 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Property & development, commercial & corporate, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, technology,

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reconstruction & insolvency, banking & finance, workplace 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, Partner. Many of the firm’s lawyers devote time and skill to worthy social causes. In 2007/ 08, 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 TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

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TRAINEESHIPS: Positions 12-14 in 2010: No. of There is no formal rotation process at Rotations: Arnold Bloch Leibler. This is because as a Law graduate 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, supervision and client contact. However, Law Graduates are given the opportunity to move to another area of practice after nine months if they desire. Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): ABL offers a Supervised Workplace Training program, which provides Law Graduates with a balance of internal and external training, and practical legal skills through hands-on experience working closely alongside senior lawyers and the firm's partners. APPLICATIONS DUE:

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APPLICATION PROCESS: Please send a cover letter, resume and copy of academic transcripts to Leanda Nissen, Senior HR Consultant. We prefer to receive applications via cvMail (www.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.

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Rounds of Interviews: One. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview with a HR representative and two partners. Our interview 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. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Arnold Bloch Leibler runs a dedicated professional development program for all Law Graduates, 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 partners, staff and external presenters. In addition, Law Graduates are encouraged to attend regular in-house CLE seminars and external courses. 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 expertise 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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PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.bakernet.com Katie Culpitt Rialto, Level 39 525 Collins St Melbourne 3000 03 9617 4206 03 9614 2103 Katie.culpitt@bakernet.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total 218 Solicitors: OTHER OFFICES: 78 offices in 39 countries with offices in Australia in Melbourne and Sydney MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate, with specialist teams in: Capital Markets Environment and Environmental Markets (including Climate Change) Financial Services Hotels, Resorts and Tourism

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Infrastructure and Major Projects Mergers and Acquisitions Natural Resources and Energy Private Equity Banking and Finance Commercial Real Estate Construction Dispute Resolution Employment Information Technology and Communications Intellectual Property Tax

PRO BONO WORK: Our commitment to pro bono is genuine and participation by Legal Trainees is encouraged.. All pro bono work counts towards our lawyers' billable hours budget and is also relevant in performance assessment. Great emphasis is placed on supervision, support and training. All pro bono matters are supervised by a senior, experienced lawyer, frequent training sessions are held and teaming and mentoring are a key feature of most pro bono matters. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: All candidates successful for a legal traineeship are offered one day per week work as a research clerk in their final year of university. From time to time we have other paralegal vacancies which are advertised on www.cvmail.com.au TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: No. of Rotations:

10-12 4

Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): We are dedicated to supporting our legal trainees as they transition from law school to law firm. Over your first twelve months with the Firm, you will rotate through different practice groups so you can gain practical experience in a number of areas of law. Legal trainees get involved in matters early on, are given real work and get exposure to the Firm's Australian and global clients. We consult with legal trainees to structure your rotations according to your career aspirations and interests. We create a vibrant learning culture for all lawyers and staff at Baker & McKenzie. We consult with groups and individuals to create meaningful and specific development opportunities and training plans. Our professional development program for legal trainees focuses on five (5) key areas; legal expertise,

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APPLICATIONS DUE:

Please see below

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: You should consider what the Firm to which you are applying might be looking for and ensure that your personal talents and aspirations match the expectations and culture of the firm. Make sure your application specifies why you believe the firm is right for you. We believe it takes more than good academic results to succeed at Baker & McKenzie. We look for people with a 'can do' attitude who are willing to take responsibility and seize opportunities, who want to make a difference and who are excited by what our global connectivity can offer. People who succeed here have interests that are global, not just local. They understand and are interested in issues that affect the corporate world like politics, the environment and economics. While our focus is definitely on professional excellence, the culture here is social, relaxed and inclusive. People who like working in teams, contributing to the social glue of their peers and who are confident in expressing their views yet open to new ideas succeed best at Baker & McKenzie. APPLICATION PROCESS: We do not participate in the Legal Traineeship recruitment scheme in Victoria as the majority of our roles are filled by former seasonal clerks as part of the priority offers system. Priority offers will be made to former seasonal clerks for Legal Traineeships on Wednesday 11th February 2009 for commencement from 2010. Should we require additional legal trainees, these will be advertised on our website at www.bakernet.com PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Legal Trainees work closely with partners and associates, quickly becoming a part of the team and receiving direct coaching from some of the best legal minds in the business. You will get involved in a variety of interesting and complex matters and will deal directly with clients early on, learning technical legal skills and client service skills on the job from the

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beginning of your career. Legal trainees also participate in the Firm's Professional Development activities, and will often get involved in designing and running group PD sessions. FIRM PROFILE: Baker & McKenzie is an instinctively global law firm with more than 3,300 lawyers and a total staff of over 8,000 people. We leverage our global network to provide training and secondment opportunities unrivalled in our industry. We are genuinely multicultural and truly global. With more than 220 associates, and over 90 partners, our Australian practice is big enough to navigate large and complex transactions across borders and practices with ease, yet it is still possible to get to know the people you work with, to remain an individual and to make a real difference. For more insights, see our partners and senior associates on video: www.bakernet.com/ourpeople

OTHER INFORMATION: As a legal trainee starting your career with Baker & McKenzie you will quickly become exposed to our global network through involvement in international work and the chance to collaborate with colleagues in overseas offices. We also provide formal mobility programs at every stage of your career which are detailed below. International Clerkships – aimed at Legal Trainee level International Clerkships are offered to several former seasonal clerks each year following their acceptance of a Legal Traineeship with the Firm. Our international clerks have the opportunity to spend up to 4 weeks in any Baker & McKenzie office, anywhere in the world, in the year following their Clerkship. Asia-Pacific Secondment Program (ASP) – aimed at Junior Associate level The ASP is an opportunity to build your regional Baker & McKenzie network, and to gain international experience in your first two to three years as an associate. It is a three month placement in any of our offices within the Asia-Pacific region. Associate Training Program (ATP) – aimed at General and Senior Associate level

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business development, client service, matter management and people management. We plan a range of informal and formal learning opportunities focusing on legal learning and skills development -supporting you to be the best lawyer you can be. Our Legal Traineeship program is structured in accordance to the rules set out by the Law Institute of Victoria(LIV).


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY The ATP is a 12 to 24 month placement in any of our offices around the globe and is offered to our associates after they've been with the Firm for at least two years. The ATP really allows you to experience life as an associate in another jurisdiction.

BJT LEGAL WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

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

(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

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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 TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Article clerk positions are offered on an annual basis. Each clerk is articled to a Partner who is an Accredited Specialist in their field, and who provides the necessary supervision 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.

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: (Male – 6, Female – ) Total Solicitors:

website

BLAKE DAWSON WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.blakedawson.com Jessica Nesbitt Level 39 101 Collins Street Melbourne 61 3 9679 3000 61 3 9679 3111 Jessica.Nesbitt@blakedawson.com

YES FIRM COMPOSITION:

PARALEGAL WORK: The Firm runs a Summer Clerk position for Undergraduates who perform Paralegal work TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: No. of Rotations: APPLICATIONS DUE:

2 in 2009 See website

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: See website APPLICATION PROCESS: Post or email to BJT Legal in careers@bjt.com.au. See

Total Principals: Total Solicitors:

181 Partners nationally 45 in our Melbourne office. Approximately 650 legal staff nationally, over 120 in our Melbourne office.

OTHER OFFICES: Australian Offices: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane International Offices: Shanghai China Practice, Port Moresby Papua New Guinea Practice Associated Office: Jakarta Indonesia Practice MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Our graduates discover their niche amongst our many

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PRO BONO WORK: Blake Dawson has a strong tradition of pro bono work and since 1999 we have maintained a formal, national pro bono program. In 2007, Blake Dawson became a foundation signatory to the National Pro Bono Resource Centre’s target, undertaking to perform an average of at least 35 hours pro bono work per lawyer per year. Our particular focus is on issues affecting: People with intellectual disability or mental illness and their carers People and organisations in rural, regional and remote areas Indigenous Australians SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: We are happy to receive paralegal applications at any time throughout the year. Paralegal applications should be emailed via our website: www.blakedawson.com TRAINEESHIPS: Positions In 2009 we are expecting to recruit in in 2010: excess of 80 graduates nationally, including 20-25 in Melbourne (for 2010). No. of Our Graduate Development Program Rotations: lasts for a 12 month period and consists of three rotations of four months. Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Our graduate program has been specially developed to provide a solid foundation for our graduates' continued learning throughout their careers and to accelerate their transition from the university environment to that of a large commercial law firm. As a graduate you will rotate through practice areas which will help build your expertise and your on-thejob learning is supported by a structured supervisory and training program. This program is focused on the specific skills required for the relevant areas of practice. An emphasis on feedback and appraisal at the end of each rotation provides opportunities for our graduates to review their progress with a view to longer term career objectives. With the recent changes to the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008, we will also be enrolling our Graduates in a Practical Legal Training program which will be largely delivered and assessed online but

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supported by face to face subject reviews and assessed by way of exam. APPLICATIONS DUE:

For 2010 Graduate positions should be made via our website www.blakedawson.com by 30 January 2009.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications are to be made via our website: www.blakedawson.com Rounds of Interviews:

Our Graduate interview process includes 2-stages involving a Partner or Senior Associate and our People Development team.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: By giving us your best we'll help you become a leader in your field. Our Graduate Program is the first step in developing a successful legal career. During the 12 months you'll take part in a tailored orientation, development programs and three supervised rotations of our practice teams. In what will be a full and rewarding year, you'll also complete your admission to practice requirements, participate in our internal seminar series and benefit from a comprehensive Learning & Development program. We also recognise the importance of building your knowledge and capabilities through post graduate study. We support continuing education for legal staff undertaking LLM programs connected with the relevant area of practice. Study leave is also available of up to 5 days per year. FIRM PROFILE: Our focus is getting to the heart of our clients' legal needs and delivering commercially astute and practical solutions. Blake Dawson has a proud history, long standing client relationships and a passion for delivering cutting edge work. A firm with our track record could not deliver results without a diverse, committed and collegiate team. Technical excellence aside, our culture and focus on treating others as we wish to be treated, creates a sustainable workplace where lawyers can be nurtured and inspired to be their best. OTHER INFORMATION: Our Melbourne office will be relocating to the new CBW development at 181 William Street, Melbourne, at the end of January 2009. This will be one of the largest office buildings in Australia to plan a 5 star Green Star rating and 4.5 star Australian Building Green Rating (ABGR).

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service areas. These cover every aspect of commercial law and include traditional areas such as M&A, Banking & Finance, and Commercial Litigation; and fast-growing practices such as Energy & Resources, Infrastructure and Environment.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY APPLICATION PROCESS: Contact Human Resources Manager Era McKeown

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

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Continuing Education: The firm financially supports and encourages further education.

www.bwplegal.com.au Era McKeown Level 11/555 Lonsdale Street Melbourne (03) 9657 3555 (03) 9657 3599 emckeown@bwplegal.com.au

FIRM PROFILE: Brian Ward & Partners 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.

FIRM COMPOSITION: Our firm is based in Melbourne Total Principals: 4 Total Solicitors: 12 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Travel, Tourism & Leisure, Sport, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Media & Advertising, Construction, Manufacturing & Distribution, Consultancy, Government & Public Sector. PRO BONO WORK: Brian Ward & Partners provides pro bono legal services on a director approved basis.

OTHER INFORMATION: Benefits/Opportunities: The firm offers a range of benefits including one on one mentoring from a Director, supported further education and client contact, to name a few. Promotion is on merit and can be rapid. Most importantly, we produce extremely competent, well rounded lawyers.

CLARENDON LAWYERS SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO N/A

PARALEGAL WORK: We sometimes offer paralegal opportunities with the Firm

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TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: No. of Rotations:

Please see below Please see below

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

www.clarendonlawyers.com.au Fiona Tribe General Manager Level 17, Rialto North Tower, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 03 8681 4400 03 8681 4499 traineeships@clarendonlawyers.com.au

Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): On 1 July 2008 Articled Clerkships were replaced by Traineeships. Under the Legal Professional (Admission Rules) 2008, made by the Council of Legal Education on March 11 2008, law graduates can gain admission into practice by completing a Practical Legal Training (PLT) course or by undertaking Supervised Workplace Training with a firm. In light of these new reforms to the Admission process, Brian Ward & Partners is now actively reviewing its Traineeship strategy.

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 6 Total Solicitors: 18

Please refer to our website for new updates regarding Brian Ward & Partners’ forthcoming guidelines for Traineeship applications for 2009 and 2010.

PRO BONO WORK: We have a formal program of acting for selected charitable clients on a pro bono basis.

APPLICATIONS DUE:

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

Please refer to our website

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Clarendon is a corporate and commercial law firm specialising in board and executive advisory services, mergers and acquisitions, strategic tax advice and financial services.

YES YES

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TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in At this stage, we will be offering two 2010: traineeships in 2010. No. of 3 Rotations: Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): The Clarendon trainee will gain exposure to a premier corporate/commercial clientele in a relationshipbased environment. We do not ascribe to a ‘one size fits all’ philosophy and are therefore committed to the experience of our trainees being unique to the individual. Our 2010 traineeship will commence in March and run for a twelve month period. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Please refer to our website

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: We are looking for high achievers that bring something valuable and unique to our organisation. We don’t pretend to be experts in everything; we know where our talents lie and so do our clients. Our people and our clients don’t fit a particular mould so neither should you. APPLICATION PROCESS: Please refer to www.clarendonlawyers.com.au/traineeships for application details. Rounds of Interviews: 2 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: At Clarendon we do not ascribe to a “one size fits all” philosophy and are therefore committed to the experience of our trainees being unique to the individual. Unrestrained by bureaucracy, we have the freedom to work the way that suits us and our clients and value the sharing of knowledge, ideas and experiences. Our structure allows every trainee the opportunity to work closely with senior practitioners on a day-to-day basis and to develop close relationships across all areas of the business.

FIRM PROFILE: At Clarendon we embrace diversity of opinion,

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innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Founded in October 2007, we dogmatically pursue this ethos in our relationships with each other, and our clients. OTHER INFORMATION: Your application and supporting documentation should be a true reflection of who you are and what you aspire to be. Don’t attempt to tell us what you think we want to hear. Focus on providing us with a succinct synopsis of who you are and what you have achieved to capture our attention.

CLAYTON UTZ WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.claytonutz.com Lauren Sharp, Graduates Coordinator Level 18, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne 03 9286 6755 03 9629 8488 lsharp@claytonutz.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 210 Total Solicitors: 800+ OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Darwin MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Industry Groups Banking, Construction, Government Services, IT, Media and Telecommunications, Energy and Resources, SIMI (Superannuation, Insurance, Managed Investments), Transport and Logistics, Utilities Main Practice Areas Competition Law, Commercial Law, Corporate law/Equity Finance, Intellectual Property - 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, Property, Administrative/Public Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Practice & Procedure, Corporate/Tax Litigation, Defamation, IP/IT Litigation, Medico-Legal, Product Liability and Recovery & Insolvency PRO BONO WORK: Clayton Utz has a national pro bono practice led by a

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PARALEGAL WORK: We have various paralegal assignments available throughout the year.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY full-time pro bono partner based in our Sydney office, and part-time co-ordinators in our other offices. We were a Foundation Signatory to the National Aspirational Pro Bono Target of at least 35 hours pro bono work per year, per lawyer, by June 2008. In fact, the Clayton Utz Melbourne office averaged 58 pro bono hours per lawyer last year. Our pro bono practice provides assistance to community organisations which help disadvantaged people, and to individuals who are unable to afford their own lawyer and do not qualify for Legal Aid or other assistance. We also offer staff one Community Leave day per year to volunteer in the wider community through our Community Connect Program. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: Offered to seasonal clerks and confirmed graduates TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: No. of Rotations:

20-25 3

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Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): - Extensive Orientation - Social, Sporting & Community Events - Practical Legal Training (PLT) Program, based on a set of National Competency Standards. - 34 week part time online training (with some units and assessments delivered face to face) - Study undertaken concurrently with full time work (Study leave time incorporated into the program) - Diploma of Legal Practice gained upon completion of the program -Quicker path to admission -Combines the benefit of 'on the job' training facilitated by experienced Partners and Lawyers and quality legal content and skill development APPLICATIONS DUE:

9 January 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Covering Letter and CV to be submitted online at www.cvmail.com.au APPLICATION PROCESS: 2 round interview process. Opportunity to meet with our partners, HR and staff. Rounds of Interviews: 2

Program. It is also a requirement to attend and participate in Clayton Utz's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminars. Our Learning Program Included: -

Skills training Substantive Law Seminars specific to Practice Groups Writing & Drafting Training Risk Management Equal Opportunity & OHS Training Presentation Skills Networking Skills Advocacy Negotiation Skills Client Interviewing

FIRM PROFILE: Clayton Utz is one of Australia’s largest and most successful law firms. We understand that being an outstanding legal adviser means more than the law. It means being a trusted adviser to our clients – understanding their business and working with them to give them the support they need to achieve their business goals. Being a lawyer is also about challenging yourself. Our lawyers advise on some of the most complex and innovative transactions being undertaken in Australia and internationally. As a Clayton Utz Graduate; you’ll have plenty of opportunities to test your legal and commercial skills in a supportive and nurturing environment. Clients are what our business is all about and as a leading commercial law firm, Clayton Utz is proud to have a large and diverse client base that includes some of the country’s leading private and public sector organizations. We also have a strong international focus and client base through our membership of the exclusive legal networks Pacific Rim Advisory Council and Lex Mundi. At Clayton Utz you will have the opportunity to work with both local and international clients on a diverse range of matters, across a broad spectrum of industries. Visit our careers page on the Clayton Utz website to hear what our lawyers say about why they choose to work at Clayton Utz.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: All Graduates participate in our structured Graduate

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OTHER INFORMATION: There is no such thing as an "ideal" Clayton Utz graduate. Our graduates have ranged in age from 21 to 50 years and many have come straight from university or from diverse backgrounds; from musicians and artists to former dentists, physiotherapists, engineers. Many of our Partners have had careers outside the law, so we are open to people who can bring to the firm the benefits of their individual experiences. There is no Clayton Utz "mould" into which we try to make people fit. However as one of Australia's largest and most successful law firms, there are certain attributes we do look for in our people. As a firm that values its client relationships highly, our graduates need to be personable, practical, commercially savvy and flexible. We also do complex and innovative legal work, so our graduates need to be intelligent and motivated individuals who aren't afraid of a challenge. What you do outside of working hours is also important to us, be it sporting, social, creative or community-based activities. Having interests outside the law tell us that you are a well-rounded person who has a balanced approach to life and is interested in the world around you. We also care about your career goals. Clayton Utz encourages and supports individuals in pursuing the career path that is best suited to their skills and aspirations. As a graduate, we will support your ongoing professional development through dedicated learning and development programs at the firm. Most importantly, we value graduates who care about giving back to the community. Over the past decade, our lawyers have undertaken over 200,000 hours of pro bono legal work through our pro bono program, which is run by a dedicated pro bono Partner. Through our Community Connect Program and the Clayton Utz Foundation, all staff and Partners are encouraged to participate in community projects and fundraising activities. One of our more recent firm initiatives, Footprints, has been established to support and promote a variety of environmental conservation strategies. If you are an exceptional individual looking to join a firm that is committed to your professional and personal development - and to the community Clayton Utz would like to hear from you.

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

www.cornwalls.com.au Yvette Jones, Human Resources Manager Level 10, 114 William Street MELBOURNE VIC 3000 (03) 9608 2000 (03) 9608 2222 y.jones@cornwalls.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: MELBOURNE based Total Principals: 17 Total Solicitors: 31 OTHER OFFICES: NIL MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Practice Groups: Commercial Litigation , Commercial Property, Banking and Finance Main Areas of Practice and Industry Groups: Banking and Finance, Business Transactions, Corporate Advisory, Defamation and Media, Insurance, Intellectual Property and Technology, Reconstruction and Insolvency, Sports and Entertainment, Taxation and Revenue, Workplace Relations, Wills and Probate, Workplace Relations, Wills and Probate PRO BONO WORK: Whilst Cornwall Stodart does not have a formal probono 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 TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO YES

PARALEGAL WORK:

YES

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: No. of Rotations:

Up to 6 positions will be made available 5

Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Trainees will spend approximately 11 weeks in 5 rotations throughout the firm. Trainees will be exposed to the firm’s four Practice Groups; Commercial, Litigation, Property and Banking & Finance. In addition to rotations through the Firm’s Practice Groups, Trainees will complete a rotation through the Business Development / Marketing Group, where they will: gain exposure to our industry groups;

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http://www.claytonutz.com/careers/vodcasts/podOp portunitiesatClaytonUtzvideo.html


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CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH WEBSITE: CONTACT:

ADDRESS: As a trainee you will have active involvement with clients and matters. You will be part of regular meetings and work on specific files. In addition, you will have direct access to our Partners and their wealth of experience. APPLICATIONS DUE:

APPLICATION PROCESS: All applications must cvMail.com.au.

Please refer to our website and cvMail.com.au

be

submitted

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.corrs.com.au Niki Sprekos HR Coordinator (Graduates) Bianca Garretto HR Coordinator (Seasonal clerks) Level 36, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne (03) 9672 3000 (03) 9672 3011 niki.sprekos@corrs.com.au bianca.garretto@corrs.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (nationally): Total Principals: 118 Total Lawyers: 441 OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth

through

Interview Process: One round of interviews with the Managing Partner, HR Manager and relevant Partner We look to recruit Trainees with a keen desire to practice in commercial law and who we think are potential long term employees who will progress into becoming our next generation of Partners. Rounds of Interviews: 1

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Apart from the rotations and ongoing job training, you will receive a 3 day induction at the commencement of your Traineeship. You will be able to attend weekly LPD sessions with internal and external presenters on a broad range of topics. FIRM PROFILE: Cornwall Stodart is a client focused medium sized law firm servicing the Commercial legal market. We offer a full range of legal services to small and medium sized 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 area. OTHER INFORMATION: Cornwall Stodart is one of very few medium sized firms that offers full service to clients. Our office is long established, fully integrated and built on the same strong values.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking & Finance, Competition & Trade Practices, Construction, Corporate Advisory, Information Technology, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Planning Environment & Local Government, Property & Infrastructure, Public & International, Revenue, Telecommunications and Workplace Relations. The core industries we serve include: Biotechnology, Energy & Resources, Financial Services, Government, Insolvency & Reconstruction, Insurance, International Arbitration, Major Projects, Manufacturing, Media, Transport & Logistics. 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 serve in leadership roles in community organisations and we support a variety of activities through donation and pro-bono 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 history of supporting local and international charitable and non-government organizations such as the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH). Also at Corrs we also support organisations like the Salvation Army, RSPCA, The Big Issue and Very Special Kids that run programs to help young Australians through tough times and create opportunities for them to participate in their local communities. Corrs have also established a Workplace Giving Program to enable staff to support their nominated

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SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

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 Bianca Garretto and will be contacted as opportunities arise. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: Approximately 20 No. of Rotations: 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. Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): From the day you’ll be on a plane headed for the Corrs Graduate Academy. The Academy is a off-site training program all graduates are required to attend. It provides you with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Corrs and to build relationships with fellow graduates from around Australia. We make sure you are exposed to as many practical experiences as possible. One of the main objectives of the Graduate Development Program is to prepare you to make an impact as soon as possible. We encourage you also to learn first-hand from the lawyers you work with, who include some of the most brilliant and respected practitioners in Australia. Sharing skills, experiences and expertise is a key to our success. APPLICATIONS DUE:

11 January 2009

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications open 13 December 2008 via cvMail website at www.cvmail.com.au. Rounds of Interviews: Two rounds PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Graduates will participate in a 12 month Essential Legal Skills Program which features fortnightly seminars and workshops covering essential elements of legal practice as well as practical skills. Graduates also participate in Continuing Legal Education seminars that are open to all lawyers and focus on more specific issues relating to different practice groups. Once they have completed the Graduate Development Program, they can take advantage of

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Corrs’ generous postgraduate study assistance policy that supports approved study in law and related disciplines. FIRM PROFILE: Corrs Chambers Westgarth 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 and Perth. 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. OTHER INFORMATION: 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 Performance Incentive Scheme that gives all employees the opportunity to earn up to a further 5-15% of their salary depending on their level in the firm and the quality of their contribution. A Corrs Scholarship for Individual Excellence Program where our high performing employees receive the opportunity to attend short training courses at institutions such as Harvard, Oxford and Yale. An International Internship Program which provides an opportunity to travel and work with leading law firms overseas, including Japan, Singapore and the United States. Excellent prospects for career progression and the provision of a clearly defined career path. An opportunity to actively contribute to the broader community through Corrs Pro Bono Program. Corrs is one of Australia’s leading law firm employers, having recently won the following awards: Best Australian law firm 2008 at the Legal Alliance Awards in Paris Number one law firm to work for in Australia in ALB employee survey 2008 EOWA Employer of Choice 2008 2008 Australasian Law Awards: Australian Dealmaker of the Year – Teresa Handicott, Corporate Advisory Partner Managing Partner of the Year – John Denton Australian Deal Team of the Year – Corrs Corporate Advisory Team

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charities through regular payroll deductions.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Australian Deal of the Year – Sydney Cross City Tunnel Sale M&A Deal of the Year – Suncorp / Promina merger Commercial Property & Construction Deal of the Year – Mirvac’s A$1.124 billion acquisition of a substantial part of the Walker property portfolio

DEACONS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

www.deacons.com.au Alicia Dwyer, Graduate Co-ordinator Level 15, RACV Tower, 485 Bourke Street, Melbourne 03 8686 6085 03 8686 6505 alicia.dwyer@deacons.com.au

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010:

No. of Rotations:

We will be recruiting approximately 15-18 graduates for 2010. 4 rotations in different practice areas.

Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): In Melbourne, our graduate program runs for a 12 month period and consists of four rotations. The rotations will provide you with exposure to a variety of practice areas whilst enabling a sufficient period of time to become involved in client matters and the business unit generally.

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During your graduate year, you can expect to experience a wide variety of both litigious and nonlitigious work; the opportunity to work directly with partners and senior lawyers who will guide and instruct you; responsibility for various assignments and matters; and well-rounded practical and formal training.

Total Principals: 136 Total Solicitors: 388 OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, People’s Republic of China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

To assist in developing your legal career, you will receive ongoing feedback during the course of your rotations, as well as participating in a formal feedback review process after each rotation. Our main intention is to develop your knowledge and skills to provide a strong foundation for your future career.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Anti-Money Laundering; Banking & Finance; Business Advisory, Commercial Dispute Resolution; Competition & Consumer; Construction & Engineering; Corporate/M&A; Environment & Planning; Financial & Investment Services; Insolvency & Restructuring; Insurance; Intellectual Property; International; OH&S; Private Equity; Property; Taxation;Technology, Media & Telecommunications; Workplace Relations.

APPLICATIONS DUE:

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

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PRO BONO WORK: Deacons actively encourage all staff to work on pro bono matters. Our policy is co-ordinated by a national Pro Bono Co-ordinator with representatives located in each office. As well as accepting referrals our pro bono activities include secondments to PILCH and other pro bono related organisations. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: Paralegal roles come up from time to time and we often look to future graduates and seasonal clerks to fill these roles.

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications should be made via cvMail (www.cvmail.com.au). Your application should include a covering letter, resume and your academic results. APPLICATION PROCESS: Deacons' recruitment process is structured to enable the firm to gain a good insight and understanding of you, our potential new team member, as well as providing you with the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of Deacons and its people to assist you in determining whether it is the firm for you to commence your career. Our interview process comprises of two rounds of interviews, an information event with Partners and Legal Staff from various practice groups, as well as the opportunity to meet with current graduates during the second round interview stage. Rounds of Interviews: Two PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: In conjunction with learning through involvement in client matters, a comprehensive training program is run both internally and also externally through College

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FIRM PROFILE: At Deacons, we pride ourselves on looking after our people, as our people are our greatest asset. Here you will find an organisation that is flexible to the individual needs of our staff and supportive of their career and life goals into the future. Through rapid, but considered growth, Deacons has over 600 lawyers in Australia. When combined with the lawyers in the Deacons’ firms in Asia this increases to over 900 - a major international legal force. We’ve always had a longer term and more significant penetration within the Asian region than any other law firm. Our strategy is to continue to provide innovative, commercially switched-on advice to a range of corporate and government bodies. Our presence in Asia as well as Australia, our depth of industry expertise, and our progressive approach to continued learning for all our staff, attracts not only the best clients, but also the best people.

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

www.daslaw.com.au Janneke Maisey Level 4, 575 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 03 8080 3546 03 8080 3816 janneke.maisey@daslaw.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 20 (17 Male & 3 Female) (Melbourne) Total Solicitors: 44 (24 Female & 20 Male) (Melbourne) OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra & Perth MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: With a well respected presence in commercial litigation, banking and finance, insurance services, workplace injuries, corporate and commercial, workplace relations and property, Dibbs Abbott Stillman is the place to find your niche and settle into a practice area that challenges you. PRO BONO WORK: We support various community projects which are reviewed on a periodical basis. The firm is currently

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in the process of establishing a coordinated pro bono program. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES NO

PARALEGAL WORK: Positions are available from time to time. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 4-6 No. of Rotations: 4 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): The Dibbs Abbott Stillman 12 month trainee program lets you rotate through each practice area at the firm. Within 12 months, you will have experienced legal work in four different practice areas, so that once you get admitted, you can happily choose where your legal interest lies. To help with your transition from study to work, we provide you with a buddy who will show you the ins and outs of the firm. In addition, the firm will provide Continued Professional structured in-house Development programs supported with external training to maximise your development. At Dibbs Abbott Stillman we truly believe that our trainees will become the best they can be only with proper mentoring and by receiving regular feedback. A key part of this process in your first year with the firm is a performance review at the conclusion of each of your four rotations, helping you to grow and develop as a lawyer and determine your preferred legal practice over time. We are proud of the fact that our partners and legal staff are approachable, and that they are there to help you learn and grow with the firm. APPLICATIONS DUE:

16 January 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Although good marks in a law degree are necessary we look for more in our graduates. We search for people who will fit with the Firm’s culture, people who have good communication, leadership and technical skills. We find people who have interests outside of work bring more to the table. Our trainees generally have some sort of community interest, volunteer experience, scholarship, travelled overseas or other extra-curricular activities. Experience working as a paralegal or summer clerk is also an advantage.

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of Law, providing Deacons' graduates with a wellrounded skill set to embark upon their career as a solicitor.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications are only accepted through CV Mail. Following an initial short-listing interview offers are made. As the interview process is designed to be a two-way process we like to introduce candidates to the firm. In order to enable this all suitable candidates will be invited to the “Meet the Firm” evening.

Your supporting partners and colleagues will ensure the work you are given is interesting and provides you with varied tasks that build your skill base.

We usually start with an assessment of applications, then short-list a group for first round interviews. This is followed by second stage of assessment which includes plenty of opportunities for candidates to ask questions, meet partners and trainees from previous years, and see where we work.

The firm has many exciting social activities during the year along with many health and wellbeing events. So join us at Dibbs Abbott Stillman, get a career and get a life!

Rounds of Interviews:

2

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The firm runs a comprehensive in-house training program for all legal and support staff. This program consists of discussion sessions, case reports and legislation updates presented by experts in their field. The firm also runs a range of modules that are directed towards support staff, law clerks, trainees and lawyers practising for less than two years. These sessions will focus at issues relevant to young professionals. Because we encourage employees to develop themselves, we provide support when people decide to pursue further education and training. We can help with course fees and we provide time off to study and attend exams.

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FIRM PROFILE: With over 500 staff and 75 partners Australia wide, Dibbs Abbott Stillman is large enough to get the best work from the best clients, but is also small enough to ensure that you are not lost in a sea of other lawyers. We are a national mid-tier law firm offering exposure to large, high-profile matters within a supportive environment. As we believe in fostering real relationships with our clients we believe our trainees should have direct client contact. OTHER INFORMATION: If you think working at Dibbs Abbott Stillman is just another desk job, think again. Our lawyers are engaged in the industries in which they work. They have frequent access to clients and often travel offsite to interact with their clients to make sure they truly understand the businesses they advise.

Dibbs Abbott Stillman will always encourage you to combine a client focussed approach, with a balanced lifestyle and plenty of fun.

DLA PHILLIPS FOX WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.dlaphillipsfox.com Camilla Moore 140 William Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 +61 3 9274 5000 +61 3 9274 5111 Camilla.moore@dlaphillipsfox.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Staff : 1431 Nationally: Partners: 159, Fee Earners: 619, Staff: 652 Total Principals: 159 Total Solicitors: 619 OTHER OFFICES: Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Wellington MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking and finance, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, government law, insurance and risk management, intellectual property, planning and environment, real estate and construction, superannuation and funds management, tax, technology and media, and workplace relations and employment. PRO BONO WORK: DLA Phillips Fox has a longstanding commitment to pro bono work. We accept referrals through the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH), the Law Institute scheme and act in an honorary capacity for many charities and non-profit organisations. This year DLA Phillips Fox has undertaken pro bono work with a notional value of $4.4 million. Slightly more than 2% of all of the firm's work during FY08 was for a pro bono client. 64% of partners worked on, or supervised a pro bono matter. 77% of lawyers worked on a pro bono matter.

Whether you work in property or litigation, working at Dibbs Abbott Stillman means everyday is different.

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SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: We invite our future trainees and seasonal clerks to paralegal for us if the need arises. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: No. of Rotations:

Up to 15 3 x 5 Month Rotations

Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): 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, its 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 of 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. APPLICATIONS DUE:

2

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Every graduate's career journey will be different, but we ensure that all our new lawyers get the fundamental training they need in our structured Graduate Development Program. We know there will be areas where each individual may need additional coaching and development and we offer this through both formal training and on-the-job development. The Firm has a CLE Program which runs seminars on a weekly basis, Learning and Development Programs are also run nationally across the firm covering topics such as: Presentation Skills, Business Writing, and Managing and leading to name a few. Clerks and graduates also have access to legal team based in-house training on specific areas of the law. FIRM PROFILE: DLA Phillips Fox is an Australasian law firm with worldwide opportunities. We have an exclusive alliance with the international DLA Piper group - the only alliance of its kind in the region - to enable us to deliver legal services of the highest standard, worldwide. This means better solutions for our clients and better opportunities for our people. We are one of Australasia's largest legal firms, and we advise local, national and international companies across a wide range of sectors, from emerging sectors to some of the region's most established brand names. OTHER INFORMATION: Refer to our website for additional information and links.

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

www.freehills.com Catherine O’Mahony 101 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 03 9288 1905 03 9288 1567 catherine.o’mahony@freehills.com

16 January 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications will only be accepted via the DLA PF website. APPLICATION PROCESS: The interview process for graduate recruitment (non priority offer candidates) involves two rounds of interviews with a Partner and/or Senior Associate or

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HR Representative. Rounds of Interviews:

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 216 Total Solicitors: 914 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, and Singapore Correspondent offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta.

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DLA Phillips Fox also has a proud history of supporting a wide range of community and charitable causes. Partners and staff from across the firm actively participate in our Community Care program comprising pro bono, philanthropic and staff volunteering opportunities.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Freehills’ practice groups include Banking and Projects, Corporate, Employee Relations, Litigation, and Patents and Trademarks. Due to the depth and breadth of experience across most Australia business sectors and industries, we also have specific areas of practice such as intellectual property, equal employment opportunity, mergers and acquisitions, environment, energy and resources, regulatory law, and health. PRO BONO WORK: Freehills has a long and proud history of pro bono work. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: Paralegal work is offered to law students depending on business needs.

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TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 30 - 35 2010: No. of Rotations: 3 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Life as a graduate at Freehills is one of intense learning. Our Graduate Acceleration Program (GAP) fosters this by encouraging the acquisition and sharing of knowledge at all levels of the practice. Should you choose to join Freehills, the GAP would provide you and your fellow graduates a two year nationally coordinated program which includes regularly scheduled training events, seminars, role-playing sessions and practical skill-building sessions. Its aim is to provide graduates with the ability to develop their business skills and legal knowledge across a broad range of areas, training you to become a technically excellent and commercially-aware solicitor. You will get the opportunity to experience rotations in 3 practice areas where you can ‘learn on the job’. During the rotation program our graduates are encouraged to gain experience with both litigious and advisory/transactional matters.

All applications must be via CVMail Rounds of Interviews: 1 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Freehills offers you one of the most comprehensive learning and professional development programs in the legal industry. We work with experts internally and externally to customise and tailor programs to help you build the skills and knowledge you will need on the job and to accelerate in your career. Whether you have just graduated or you are a solicitor with several years' experience, our programs ensure that you continually build your expertise and can access a wide range of learning opportunities. Our Freehills online learning centre helps our people drive and manage their own learning and e-learning, guiding you on the range of programs available at different stages in your career. These programs focus broadly on technical/legal skills and knowledge, people and teams, client relationships and commercial acumen, and management. These areas also form the basis of our performance enhancement program for all our people. FIRM PROFILE: Freehills is a top-tier law firm which provides innovative commercial legal advice with the resources and expertise of around 1000 lawyers across offices in Australia and South-East Asia. We undertake highlevel legal work for Australia's top companies and are involved in many of the largest and most complex commercial transactions in this country. Our ability to provide clients with legal, commercial and strategic solutions is built on experience and the desire to understand the commercial context in which a business operates. Freehills offers a first-class employment experience through exposure to superior resources, development opportunities and the environment to achieve maximum potential. We are proud that feedback from former vacation clerks reflects that Freehills’ friendly yet professional culture, challenging work and client and Partner contact are some of the main features that distinguish Freehills from other firms.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: The majority of our Graduate positions are filled through the Vacation Clerkship program and the priority offer system. However, we are always open to receiving applications from strong candidates. APPLICATION PROCESS: Our 2009/2010 Vacation Clerkship application dates are as follows: Applications open: Monday 2nd March 2009 Applications close: Friday 27 March 2009

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GADENS LAWYERS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: 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

9/1/2009 through CV Mail

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Academic marks are considered but are not the sole criteria of assessment. We are interested in applicants who are well rounded, commercially minded, business orientated individuals with enthusiasm and a desire to learn. Demonstrated commercial acumen and business skills are desirable. APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of Interviews:

2

FIRM COMPOSITION: National

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: We are best known for our work in the property and construction and banking and finance industries. Our national expertise includes corporate advisory and tax, insurance and insolvency, intellectual property and resources, workplace technology, energy and relations, and planning, environment and government. PRO BONO WORK: The firm allows each of its lawyers to undertake a certain amount of pro-bono work. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: No. of Rotations:

YES YES

10 - 15 3

Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): During your traineeship program you will undertake three rotations of four months through the firm’s major areas - preferably Commercial, Litigation and Property. This will allow you to gain as much experience and exposure to the practice areas as possible and assist you to make decisions about the direction of your career in law. It is also an opportunity to meet the people who will be your professional colleagues in years to come. Throughout your traineeship, various in-house presenters will run workshops and sessions designed to give you an understanding of the firm’s culture; file management; client relations; legal writing; drafting; precedents; negotiating; research tools; marketing; our computer systems and a practical understanding of the various Courts and Tribunals.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Supplementary to its unique corporate structure, Gadens lawyers is a commercial firm which encourages its lawyers not only to be high calibre legal technicians but also skilled business people. Gadens lawyers have a Continuing Legal Education program for all its staff with frequent seminar topics. We also support the development of our lawyers through management training, Business Building Master Class, Junior Lawyer programs and individual career development. Within the various practice groups there are also regular meetings to discuss recent cases and developments. FIRM PROFILE: Gadens Lawyers is a top-ten national law firm offering a multi-dimensional approach to providing legal services. We provide individually tailored legal advice focussed on practical business solutions for our clients. Gadens Lawyers Melbourne has the proven expertise, knowledge and experience of over 108 lawyers, including 38 Partners. OTHER INFORMATION: Applications accepted through www.cvmail.com.au

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Total Partners: 38 Total Solicitors: 70 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns and Port Moresby


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HALL AND WILCOX WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

http://www.hallandwilcox.com.au Level 30, Bourke Place 600 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia +61 3 9603 3555 +61 3 9670 9632 hr@hallandwilcox.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: The Partnership of Hall & Wilcox comprises 25 partners. Total Solicitors: The firm has 75 solicitors. OTHER OFFICES: Hall & Wilcox is a Melbourne-based law firm. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Hall & Wilcox is a full-service commercial law firm. Our practice draws on the expertise of our major service areas, including:

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Banking & Finance Corporate & Commercial Competition & Trade Practices Dispute Resolution & Litigation Employment & Workplace Relations Family Business & Wealth Management Financial Services Franchising Insurance IP & Technology Property & Construction Restructuring & Turnaround Superannuation Taxation WorkCover

PRO BONO WORK: We are committed to fostering and encouraging pro bono work and to developing a co-ordinated and meaningful pro bono practice with recognition of time spent by fee earners on pro bono matters. We recognise there is a compelling unmet need for pro bono legal services in our community. We also recognise that having a pro bono practice of substance will be personally and professionally enriching for willing contributors. Hall & Wilcox is a member of PILCH (Public Interest Clearing House) (www.pilch.org.au) which provides us with a steady flow of challenging and compelling pro bono referrals. We also receive a significant volume of

‘legal wishes’ as a result of our partnership with Goodcompany (www.goodcompany.com.au). We also encourage our people who are engaged with worthy causes to utilise the resources of our pro bono practice to support those causes. Lawyers performing pro bono work are given full credit for that work in terms of their contribution to the firm. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: PARALEGAL WORK:

YES YES

NO

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: Approximately 8 No. of Rotations: 5 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): As part of the Traineeship program, Trainees undertake an extensive induction program which provides an understanding of the firm structure, the broad range of work we do, our clients, and training in relation to the operations of the firm. Trainees complete five rotations of 10 weeks duration, and are given the opportunity to gain experience in most of the firm’s practice areas. The benefit of our rotational system is that by the end of the Traineeship, Trainees can make an informed decision about which practice area they might like to practise. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Friday 16 January 2009.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Hall & Wilcox applications will be accepted via cvMail. Candidates are required to submit a cover letter, resume and academic transcript. APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications received will be reviewed and candidates will be shortlisted for interview. Rounds of Shortlisted candidates will be invited to Interviews: a first round interview. From this stage, successful candidates will be invited to a second round interview. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Learning and development comprises different forms, such as attendance at technical seminars and workshops, post-graduate courses and regular inhouse training. Partners and staff are encouraged to share their knowledge by regularly presenting on new developments in their area or cases of interest. We demonstrate our support by providing financial support and study leave for approved courses.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY FIRM PROFILE: Hall & Wilcox is a full-service commercial firm that is widely recognised as a genuine alternative to the top tier firms.

Harmers allocates 5% of its budgeted fees to pro bono and concessional work. In addition, all individual clients earning less than $200,000 annually receive capped rates at $400 per hour.

Our firm's growth over recent years has seen us build a strong practice that meets the key needs of business. We are able to draw on the expertise of our major service areas to provide the best possible advice to our clients. In addition, our approach to legal practice is practical, strategic and commercially focused. We invest in the best possible people and systems to guarantee consistently high standards in everything we do.

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES:

NO

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO

HARMERS WORKPLACE LAWYERS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.harmers.com.au Susan Murphy, National HR Manager Level 10, 224 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9612 2300 (03) 9612 2301 recruitment@harmers.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 3 Total Solicitors: 31 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney and Brisbane MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Workplace relations: Industrial Relations Employment Occupational Health and Safety Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Change Management Legal Risk Management PRO BONO WORK: Harmers considers that the legal profession has a moral and social responsibility to provide what assistance it can to persons otherwise unable to access legal representation. Given the legal expertise and resources which Harmers can utilise, we are in a position to redress many cases of injustice and abuse in the workplace which may be under-serviced by a union or other legal representatives.

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TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: N/A No. of Rotations: Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): We currently have no plans to offer traineeships in 2010 however we ask that students check our website for details as our recruitment needs may change. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Not applicable

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: The Firm encourages students to apply for potential opportunities in relation to paralegal or graduate positions by emailing us direct at recruitment@harmers.com.au. APPLICATION PROCESS: We require applicants to submit a cover letter, CV and academic transcript for consideration. Rounds of Interviews:

2

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: At Harmers we encourage all staff to progress and develop. All staff members are partnered with a team leader who is responsible for nurturing and development. Performance appraisals are carried out twice yearly to benchmark performance against role criteria. FIRM PROFILE: Harmers Workplace Lawyers is the largest national law firm in Australia specialising in employment law. The firm’s culture has principles of openness and consultation at its heart. Staff members are given the opportunity to provide feedback prior to decisions on policies and process being implemented. In addition, staff members are also permitted access to all information relevant to the management of the firm, including all financial information. All permanent staff members also share a nominated amount of the firm’s profits, thereby aligning the best interests of the Firm with its staff.

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Hall & Wilcox was named Melbourne Law Firm of the Year 2007 and a Finalist in 2008 by Australasian Legal Business magazine.

PARALEGAL WORK: Please check our website for opportunities.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY In addition to their participation at Full Firm meetings, staff are encouraged to be involved in a number of committees established within the firm. These committees address issues such as marketing, information technology, the environment, health and safety and social activities. Our firm is built around reasonably low overheads. We made a decision at an early stage to invest in people rather than premises. We do not have opulent receptions and office areas – we do however have a great team of people who profess in staff surveys to possess a high level of commitment to the pursuits of the Firm and its underlying principles. Our recent awards and achievements include winning the Employment Specialist Law Firm of the Year at the ALB Australasian Law Awards in 2006 2007 and 2008. This award recognises our successes with our extensive client base. Over the last six consecutive years the Firm was placed within the top 25 rankings as a Best Practice Organisation within the report on the findings of the Work/Life Initiatives – The Way Ahead Benchmarking Study.

HARWOOD ANDREWS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.harwoodandrews.com.au Stephanie Beard Level 13, 15 William Street Melbourne 03 9620 9399 03 9620 9288 sbeard@harwoodandrews.com.au

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FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 16 Total Solicitors: 45 OTHER OFFICES: 70 Gheringhap Street Geelong Phone (03) 5225 5225 Fax (03) 5225 5222 155 Mercer Street Geelong Phone (03) 5225 5225 Fax (03) 5225 5222 10 Watton Street Werribee Phone: 03 9741 0077 Fax: 03 9742 5483 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Business Property

Litigation Wills and Estates Family Local Government and Public Sector PRO BONO WORK: Harwood Andrews Lawyers provides assistance to charitable organizations through its pro bono program. It also provides assistance to community focused groups in areas such as the arts, sports and education. This commitment is realized by the allocation of a significant internal budget that allows Harwood Andrews Lawyers to deliver legal services at no charge to chosen not for profit organizations. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

No, but guidelines are followed YES.

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions Our yearly intake depends upon the in 2010: firm’s requirements at the time – see website for further details. No. of 2 Rotations: Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): The traineeship program runs for 12 months and the program focuses on two key areas of the firm with a rotation in each of our Business Law and Litigation departments. Under the program you will also gain broader exposure to other areas of the practice which the firm determines at its discretion, in accordance with the proposed areas of the law under the traineeship. You will also undertake practical work experience, including exposure to client and court visits. In addition to in-house training and mentoring our trainees will also participate in the College of Law program to assist in meeting the required competencies for admission to practice. APPLICATIONS DUE:

11 January 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Via email to hr@harwoodandrews.com.au enclosing covering letter, current CV, transcript of results to date and details of your work experience, community involvement and extra curricular activities. APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications open on the 1.12.08 and close on the 11.1.09. Priority offers made on 11.2.09 Interviews commence on 16.2.09 Offers will be made on 16.3.09 Rounds of First initial interview and you may be Interviews: invited back for a second interview.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Each of our departments have ongoing CPD meetings. Our Trainees are encouraged to attend these internal meetings but our practitioners are also encouraged to attend external seminars that are relevant to their areas of practice.

WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

Our firm also maintains a large range of extra curricular activities in which we encourage both our trainees and our lawyers to become involved in.

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FIRM PROFILE: Harwood Andrews Lawyers is one of Victoria’s leading and progressing law firms with a team of over 140 talented principals, special counsel, lawyers, professional service managers and support personnel. They bring their talent together to help the firm be the leading provider of specialised legal services to privately owned businesses and high net wealth individuals in Australia and the organisations that service them.

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 46 Partners Total Solicitors: 95 Solicitors OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane

Harwood Andrews Lawyers has 21 individual principals, special counsel and lawyers who have specialist accreditations with the firm now holding specialisations in 10 distinct practice areas. The benefit of having so many accredited leaders in their field is two fold. Firstly, our clients derive the advantage of being advised by practitioners who are acknowledged by the LIV for their advanced understanding of their filed of law. Secondly, our lawyers, articled clerks, seasonal clerks and professional service personnel are able to work with and draw on the expertise of our large number of specialists. This enriches their own professional development and strengthen our culture of excellence. OTHER INFORMATION: The firm gains national exposure through its strong links with the accounting profession and through their authorship of the Trusts Structures Guide book published by the Taxation Institute of Australia. The book explains the nature and use of trusts in Australia for business and succession planning purposes.

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking and Finance Commercial Dispute Resolution Construction and Infrastructure Corporate Energy and Resources Entertainment Employment and Workplace Relations Environment and Sustainability Family Financial Services Franchising Intellectual Property Leasing Property Telecommunications Taxation Technology Workplace Services PRO BONO WORK: The Firm has ongoing relationships with the Australian Childhood Foundation, Fitzroy Legal Service and PILCH. The firm established a Pro Bono Committee which meets monthly to allocate pro bono work from clients, monitor the pro bono work the firm handles and make recommendations.

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK:

NO

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At the core of our operation are the four “value pillars” of Excellence, Client Dedication, Talent and Community Connection. We are committed to attracting and retaining the best legal talent and challenging and inspiring our people to excel

www.herbertgeer.com.au Véronique Loras Level 20, 385 Bourke Street, Melbourne 1300 730 555 03 96024561 2010traineeship@herbertgeer.com.au


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4-8 approx 2

Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): The Herbert Geer traineeship program will give you the opportunity to: complete two six month rotations of key practice groups, become an integral part of these practice groups while having high quality 'real work' to manage - you'll be in the middle of all the action, have contact with Partners, Barristers, clients and witnesses by attending mediations, court hearings, client functions and meetings, receive on the job supervision, coaching and buddying from Partners and Senior Practitioners to develop your key skills to a deeper level and accelerate your career, and participate in structured, ongoing training in a broad range of legal and non-legal areas APPLICATIONS DUE:

Close of business Wednesday, 11 February 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants need to have the correct working permits to work in a full time capacity in Australia.

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APPLICATION PROCESS: All Applications must be submitted via e-mail to 2010traineeship@herbertgeer.com.au When submitting your resume to Véronique Loras, please ensure you attach a covering letter and a copy of your academic transcript. Rounds of 2 interviews and 1 evening information Interviews: session in a cocktail party setting. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Adding value to our people is a top priority. Our focus is on providing learning and development and career opportunities to enhance our people's skills and talents. CLE Program Herbert Geer's Continuing Legal Education program, organised by the firm's CLE Committee, offers regular opportunities to participate in in-house education sessions on a range of legal issues from specific technical updates to refreshers on changes in the law. Partners, solicitors and external speakers present a wide range of legal topics from different perspectives to ensure that all practitioners and law clerks can update and hone their professional skills. We source external specialist training to provide tailored courses to suit particular professional needs and groups. Active encouragement is also given to

staff who wish to pursue further tertiary study, as outlined below. Support for further study We encourage staff who wish to make an investment in their future and the future of the firm by undertaking relevant post-graduate study. We have a policy of paying fees and providing paid study leave to staff undertaking relevant postgraduate courses. Secondment opportunities Secondment to a client or other organisation associated with our firm can be valuable for your personal career development as well as our relationships with clients. Herbert Geer can provide opportunities for interested staff to be seconded to interstate offices, clients and associated organisations for varying time periods. FIRM PROFILE: Herbert Geer has been growing. Now it’s your turn. From a sole Melbourne practice in 1939, Herbert Geer has grown into a successful Australian law firm with 45 partners and almost 300 staff in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. As we’ve grown, we’ve worked hard to cultivate a culture that is dynamic, open and focussed on delivering smart solutions for our clients - from major corporations and industry specific enterprises to individuals and small business. Our unique approach has helped us to attract exceptional talent, including partners and practitioners that operates on a human scale. You’ll know you’re right for us if you are looking for something more than legal knowledge. We believe hands-on experience is the only way to learn. This means you’ll be doing ‘real work’ for real clients and you’ll have a supervising partner, mentor and buddy to help you along the way. We value individuality. We appreciate that each person brings something different to our business and encourage everyone to continually develop their professional and personal interests. We provide ongoing training and development because we know that building your career helps build our business. We think balance is important - after all, there's more to life than work. You'll have the opportunity to participate in community and sporting events, and if you want to give something back to the community, we make it possible through our pro bono work.

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To find out more about traineeships and career opportunities with Herbert Geer, visit our website at www.herbertgeer.com.au or contact Véronique Loras on 1300 730 555

HOLDING REDLICH

promoting human rights and social justice Support for established and emerging arts organisations with sponsorship or pro bono legal services. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK:

NO

Graduate Program: Positions in 2010: 6 No. of Rotations: 2 x 6 month rotations Details of Graduate Program (for 2010): Our graduates undertake Practical Legal Training with the College of Law. Graduates also undertake a 12 month Graduate Program designed to supplement their PLT training and the practical “on-the-job” training they receive. Our graduates also attend an annual new lawyer briefing day in Sydney, where they get the opportunity to learn more about our firm, and meet and network with other graduates and new lawyers from our 3 offices. APPLICATIONS DUE:

WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: EMAIL:

www.holdingredlich.com.au Helen Ayres 350 William Street (03) 9321 9999 clerkships@holdingredlich.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 50 Total Solicitors: 107 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Administrative Law, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Construction and Infrastructure, Corporate Employment and Industrial Relations, Energy and Resources, Franchising, Information Technology, Insolvency, Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment, Occupational Health and Safety, Planning and Environment, Privacy, Property and Projects, Superannuation and Financial Services, Trade Practices PRO BONO WORK: Consistent with our values, Holding Redlich partners and staff dedicate time and funds to strengthen our community through support for human rights, social justice and the arts. We contribute to the community through: provision of pro bono legal services to individuals and community groups direct financial support to organisations

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APPLICATION PROCESS: Please send cover letter, brief CV and a copy of your academic transcripts to: Helen Ayres National Human Resources Manager clerkships@holdingredlich.com.au Rounds of Interviews:

2

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Graduates have the opportunity to participate in a variety of in-house professional development workshops conducted by members of the firm and by external presenters. These programs are designed to help develop their legal and commercial knowledge and professional skills. We also encourage graduates to pursue additional external training, as their interests develop in specific areas of law. FIRM PROFILE: Holding Redlich: A unique national Australian commercial law firm “Holding Redlich is the only Australian law firm likely to be simultaneously acting for an investment bank in a $200 million corporate acquisition, advising an industry superannuation fund on governance issues and amendments to its trust documents, negotiating gas supply agreements for a major capital city, acting in all aspects of a $500 million commercial property development, representing a refugee in the

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OTHER INFORMATION: Culture and Working Environment The culture and working environment at Herbert Geer is renowned as being open and focussed on individuality and teamwork. Herbert Geer believes each individual staff member has a significant contribution to make. We have an extremely diverse staff with people from all walks of life. There is no Herbert Geer “mould” – we look at what individuals can contribute to the firm and encourage people to develop a niche for themselves. It is the combination of individuality and the sum of these individuals that make up the fabric of the firm and have made the firm the success it is today.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Administrative Appeals Tribunal on a pro bono basis, defending an international accounting firm in a Supreme Court negligence case, and negotiating a television deal for one of Australia’s leading comic performers.” Chris Lovell, National Managing Partner, Holding Redlich. Holding Redlich has a unique personality which distinguishes us from other law firms. It is a personality based on a strong commitment to ethical behaviour, trust, respect for the individual, a strong sense of our obligation to society, excellence in everything we do, and a resolve to work as partners with our clients. Founded over 30 years ago as lawyers for the labour movement and its members, we have developed and grown into a leading national Australian commercial law firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

HWL EBSWORTH WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMIL EMAIL:

www.hwlebsworth.com.au Bianca Miselowski Level 21, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne (03) 8633 7500 1300 365 323 bianca.miselowski@hwlebsworth.com. au

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FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 102 Total Solicitors: 200 OTHER OFFICES: Brisbane, Norwest and Sydney. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial Litigation, Property Law, Commercial Law Insurance PRO BONO WORK: Not applicable SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO YES

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: Four No. of Rotations: Four Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Trainees will undertake a rotation in each of our four areas of practice and will also complete portions of their mandatory Supervised Workplace Training through both accredited Practical Legal Training

providers and the Law Institute of Victoria. APPLICATIONS DUE:

30 January 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: When selecting Trainees, HWL Ebsworth focuses on a combination of academic and personal qualities to ensure that each individual is culturally aligned with the firm. The Application Process requires candidates to complete an internal application form in order to measure a combination of personal and academic qualities. APPLICATION PROCESS: The application process will involve the completion of an internal firm application form. Application forms will be available via the HWL Ebsworth website (www.hwlebsworth.com.au) from 10 November 2008. Further instructions will also be provided on the website including details of the interview process. No applications will be accepted via CV and accompanying cover letter. Rounds of y Online applications Interviews: y Short listed candidates invited to Information & Assessment Centre y Successful candidates to undergo an individual panel interview PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Through our relationships with training providers and educational institutions nationally, we actively encourage our staff to engage in professional development activities. Partners actively work with employees to help identify appropriate professional development opportunities and the best method for ensuring personal development goals are achieved. We also actively support our employees to undertake further study to develop and enhance their expertise and practical knowledge. FIRM PROFILE: HWL Ebsworth evolved in May 2008 from the merger of two like-minded and highly respected law firms: Home Wilkinson Lowry and Ebsworth & Ebsworth. The combined practice represents a solid partnering of strengths and experience, built on a philosophy of open communication and ongoing improvement. More than 500 people, including 100 partners, working from our Melbourne , Sydney, Norwest Business Park and Brisbane offices, make us a preeminent, national commercial practice. HWL Ebsworth Lawyers is a national commercial law firm offering clients expert local and international

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As expert legal practitioners, our professional promise is to deliver premium quality legal service, tailored by client, by industry and by requirement. Our national technical and industry groups comprise individual practitioners from our core service areas of Building & Construction; Commercial; Insurance; Litigation; Planning, Environment & Government, Property and Transport. In our industry groups we build specialist teams which provide a combination of deep industry insight and technical excellence to deliver commercially astute solutions based on clients' needs. Our clients have access to the consolidated expertise and in-depth knowledge of experienced legal practitioners, who provide a national perspective and commercial service delivery with an innate focus on developing intimate client relationships. Whilst our strategic growth has expanded our practice and therefore provided our clients with access to a fully integrated national team, our success as an organisation is based on our approach to client relationship management and our focus on working with clients who align with our values of honesty, accountability, openness, positive relationships and high performance. Our intention is to create a formidable presence in Australia’s mid-tier legal market, providing our clients with the very best and most experienced legal personnel in a full service commercial practice. OTHER INFORMATION: Benefits / Opportunities Further study HWL Ebsworth provides financial support as well as paid study leave to our employees who are undertaking approved further education courses designed to develop their practical technical knowledge. This support extends not only to our lawyers, but also to our staff in support roles. Salary Continuance Following the completion of 12 months continuous employment with the firm, all of our employees are automatically enrolled into a Group Salary Continuance Plan, the premiums for which are paid for by the firm. Our staff also have access to selected finance industry professionals with whom they can discuss their financial objectives, goals and plans. Balance in Life To encourage our employees to achieve a balance

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between work and their personal lives, the firm offers up to date technology to enable access to the HWL Ebsworth computer network from a laptop or home computer. Reward and Recognition Strategy The firm has a formal Reward and Recognition Strategy which actively encourages and supports the recognition of outstanding efforts and achievements, encompassing both immediate and planned recognition. Salary Sacrifice Salary sacrifice arrangements are able to be entered into for the purchase of a laptop computer or superannuation contributions. Career Development Program HWL Ebsworth recognises the importance of each individual’s professional and personal development. HWL Ebsworth offers a unique program to assist all employees with their progression including accessibility to various educational tools and resources.

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

www.hunthunt.com.au Marnie Harper Level 26, 385 Bourke St, Melbourne 03 8602 9200 03 8602 9299 mharper@hunthunt.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: Nationally: 50, Melbourne:11 Total Solicitors: Nationally: 200, Melbourne: 35 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Eastwood, Newcastle, Adelaide & Hobart. Affiliate offices in Brisbane, Darwin, Perth & Shanghai. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Asset & Succession Planning, Banking & Finance, Corporate & Commercial, Customs Trade & Transport, Dust Diseases, Employment & Workplace Relations, Environment & Planning, Infrastructure & Projects, Insolvency & Debt Recovery, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Internet & Digital Technologies, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Migration, Occupational Health & Safety, Property, Taxation. Wills & Estates, Workers Compensation. PRO BONO WORK: Hunt & Hunt has a long history of providing pro-bono assistance to disadvantaged community members and the organisations that support them. We actively encourage our lawyers to engage in pro bono work.

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legal & commercial advice through core practice groups and industry-focused teams across Australia. HWL Ebsworth services business clients from Australia and internationally through offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Norwest Business Park and Sydney.


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SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: Limited but available pending demand. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 3 No. of Rotations: 3 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Our Graduate Program runs for 12 months and graduates will be exposed to each of our core practice areas: Corporate, Property and Insurance. In addition to in-house training, mentoring and matter related work, graduates will participate in the College of Law program to assist in meeting the required competencies for admission to practice. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Please refer to our website for full application details.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Bachelor of Laws is the minimum requirement for admission into our Graduate Program. We are looking for talented people who have a commitment to upholding our firm's values: Honesty, Integrity, Respect and Teamwork. In line with these values, we also desire ambitious people with solid academics who have interests outside of academic life. An emphasis on teamwork and collegiality and contributing to the vitality of our firm are also essential requirements when working at Hunt & Hunt. APPLICATION PROCESS: Please refer to our website for full application details. Rounds of Interviews: 2 VICTORIAN DIRECTORY

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Professional development opportunities are tailored to meet individual needs at Hunt & Hunt. Employees have access to substantial training and education programs offered by the firm internally. The firm is committed to the ongoing development of staff and supporting them through career related study which is beneficial to both the employee and the Firm. Study support can take the form of study leave as well as the reimbursement of tuition and fees. FIRM PROFILE: Hunt & Hunt was established in 1929 and is today a major Australian law firm. As a full service firm, we represent a broad cross section of the Australian and international business community.

of commercial interests, small and large, including insurance companies; health care providers; manufacturers; retailers; property developers; building and construction companies; telecommunications, entertainment and information technology; exporters of Australian goods and services; professional services providers such as accountants and engineers; local, commonwealth and state government entities; research and development syndications; and industrial companies. To meet the current and ongoing commercial needs of our local, national and international clients, the firm offers a comprehensive commercial legal practice aimed at meeting and exceeding clients’ expectations. OTHER INFORMATION: Hunt & Hunt is a founding member of Interlaw, an international association of independent law firms worldwide. This enables us to provide our clients with representation in over 100 major centres throughout the Asia Pacific region, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Through Interlaw, Hunt & Hunt can offer clients legal representation that is worldwide in scope, yet local in culture, outlook, experience and connections. Our association with this worldwide legal network gives you access to the most up-to-date information on any region where you wish to do business, allows you to respond rapidly to your client’s needs when doing business in other countries, and provides you with the shared expertise of other Interlaw members to save you time and minimise legal fees. The firm recognises that the most important asset of the firm is the people responsible for the delivery of high quality, timely, cost-effective legal services. The firm recognises that every person is unique, with the individual needs and responsibilities and to this end does not believe it is appropriate to have complex rules and procedures rather to retain a degree of flexibility balancing the interests of the individual, the firm, its clients and others working with the individual. Hunt & Hunt is committed to providing an open and professional working environment. We also encourage our staff to maintain a healthy balance between work and their private and social lives. Hunt & Hunt consider this an important part of retaining satisfied, productive legal practitioners.

Hunt & Hunt’s diverse client portfolio spans a variety

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Benefits / Opportunities: Collegiate environment with excellent mentoring and coaching from senior lawyers. Opportunities for client contact and an exposure to all levels of the practice.

KLIGER PARTNERS

PHONE: FACSIMILE:

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

Internal & external Professional Development Training/Seminars available, mentoring program and coaching from senior lawyers.

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: Principle Lawyers: Male 11 Total Solicitors: Male 7 / Female 6 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial, commercial litigation, property, trademarks, IP, family law, estate planning and employment. PRO BONO WORK: Yes and a pro-bono policy.

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO

Under consideration

PARALEGAL WORK: No TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 2 in 2009 No. of Rotations: 3 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): 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. Quarterly rotation through the litigation, commercial and property teams. See website

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: CV and current academic transcript

APPLICATION PROCESS: Submissions through website PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Skills / Degree / Year Level of Applicants: High academic standard balanced with achievements in other areas. Well rounded individuals.

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FIRM PROFILE: Mid-tier commercial firm with a client range from small – medium enterprises and high net-worth individuals, including some publicly listed companies. Kliger Partners is committed to providing a full range of legal services to all clients.

LANDER & ROGERS

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES:

APPLICATIONS DUE:

Continuing Education: Generous further education and training opportunities in a medium sized high growth fi rm. A study leave policy supports further education.

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

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

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 42 Total Solicitors: 143 including Partners OTHER OFFICES: Sydney Level 5, Angel Place, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney, 2000 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: The firm’s legal services are multi-disciplinary 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. Everyone in the firm is encouraged to participate in and engage with our pro bono work and in reflection of this our Pro Bono & Community Support Committee is made up of graduates, non-lawyers, and lawyers of every level. Our work in the community is diverse and includes

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY assisting with the establishment of not-for-profit organisations and foundations, providing legal advice for a myriad of organisations from community groups, humanitarian and aid organisations to arts and sporting bodies, both at a national and international level, and participating as a member of PILCH. The firm also offers staff volunteer and secondment opportunities, as well as opportunities to participate in the odd football match or 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: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: YES Opportunities 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. GRADUATE PROGRAM: Positions in 2010: No less than 10 positions are available for 2010. No. of Rotations: Four Lander & Rogers graduate program is built on 4 practice group rotations (we’ll ask you to indicate your preferences), 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.

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In each rotation you’re teamed with a senior 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 performance and progress, and advice on managing your transition into the legal profession. Your practical experiences will be an extension of the research 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. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Applications close 9 January 2009.

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results online via cvMail (www.cvmail.com.au). APPLICATION PROCESS: To apply, send your letter of application, CV and academic results to us online via cvMail (see www.cvmail.com.au). PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Career long learning and professional development is a feature of life at Lander & Rogers. For graduates this kicks off with a tailored learning and development program designed to build on rotation experiences and training with an external practical legal training provider. Your path to growing proficiency and confidence with the core legal technical and non legal skills necessary 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 230 people in its Melbourne office and 40 in Sydney, and has achieved exceptional levels of retention and growth in recent years.

LIGETI PARTNERS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.ligeti.com.au Amanda Ozimek Level 24, 200 Queen Melbourne Vic 3000 03 9947 4500 03 9947 4501 aozimek@ligeti.com.au

Street,

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 6 (1 female, 5 male) Total Solicitors: 8 (5 female, 3 male) 2 Articled Clerks (1 female, 1 male) OTHER OFFICES: N/A

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Send your letter of application, CV and academic

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MACPHERSON & KELLEY

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO NO

PARALEGAL WORK: N/A TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 1 No. of Rotations: 4 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Ligeti Partners offer weekly education sessions for younger lawyers/trainees which is supervised by one of our senior lawyers. Trainees are given hands on experience handling their own file load under the direct supervision and guidance of our principals and senior solicitors. Rotations: Trainees are rotated through the different litigation departments within the firm thereby experiencing a diverse range of litigation. A period of approximately 3 months is spent within each of the 4 teams. APPLICATIONS DUE:

15 December 2008

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Written applications together with results are accepted via email or post. APPLICATION PROCESS: Written applications. Successful applicants are interviewed by principals of the firm. There are 2 rounds in the interview process. All applicants are notified via email if their application has/has not been successful. Rounds of Interviews: 2 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: See ‘Details of Traineeship Program’

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

www.mk.com.au Fiona Li Donni 40-42 Scott Street, Dandenong 03 9794 2665 03 9794 2500 fiona.lidonni@mk.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 21 Total Solicitors: 70 OTHER OFFICES: Level 22, 114 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Level 3, 32 Walker Street, North Sydney NSW 2060 Level 11, 56 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2001 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Business Contracts & Advice, Corporate Law + Mergers and Acquisitions, Employment Law, Family Law, Wills + Estates, Intellectual Property, Litigation/Dispute Resolution, Property, Taxation and Superannuation. PRO BONO WORK:

NO

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK:

NO

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 5 No. of Rotations: 4 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Our Trainees will complete four rotations in differing legal practice areas to allow them the opportunity to gain a broad legal grounding. The majority of Trainees are offered continued employment with M+K. Trainees are offered the opportunity of working in both our Dandenong and Melbourne offices. They are encouraged to give their preferred areas of practice for each rotation and are accommodated where possible.

FIRM PROFILE: Ligeti Partners is a specialist commercial litigation and general insurance practice. It comprises a team of dedicated and experienced litigation and dispute resolution lawyers.

The program is designed to allow for a very hands-on Trainee experience whilst still under the guidance of more experienced lawyers.

Our ethos is to be the best in our areas of specialisation, achieved by delivering a cost effective, personalised service which exceeds our client's expectations.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Each year we aspire to recruit people who are suited to the firm and the firm’s culture and values. We look for down-to-earth people who have sound academic

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APPLICATIONS DUE:

23 January, 2009

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


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY results and are confident, pleasant individuals who communicate easily. We seek people who understand what teamwork is about and have a passion for business and law. We aim to offer all our graduates continued employment at the completion of their traineeship year. APPLICATION PROCESS: Please email a cover letter, C.V. and copy of your academic transcript to fiona.lidonni@mk.com.au Successful applicants will be contacted by phone to arrange an interview. Rounds of Interviews: 2-3 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: M+K conducts a comprehensive internal seminar series tailored towards trainees and junior lawyers. Attendance to external seminars is also encouraged and subsidised by the firm. FIRM PROFILE: M+K Lawyers is different to every major commercial law firm. Unlike other firms M+K does not chase Government tenders, major banking institutions or personal injuries work. Instead, M+K focuses on advising growing corporations around Australia. M+K’s clients are public companies, privately owned business, local subsidiaries of international business and mid-sized public sector organizations. With a long established presence in the industrial and commercial district of eastern Victoria, M+K’s team has grown to 150 people, including 24 Principals and 70 Lawyers and offices in Melbourne CBD, Dandenong (VIC), Sydney CBD and North Sydney. M+K’s strategic affiliation with Multilaw international network also allows M+K to support clients as they embark on exporting and international expansion. VICTORIAN DIRECTORY

OTHER INFORMATION: Highlights of the program: Four rotations throughout the year in diverse practice areas; Mentor system in place to ensure adequate supervision and guidance for all Trainees; Feedback during and after each rotation; High quality of real client work and direct client contact from day one; Direct access to Principals and the opportunity to work with and learn from people who have a high level of knowledge and experience; A true open door policy; The opportunity to work with great people in a friendly and very welcoming atmosphere; Terrific opportunity to step out of the office

and see the full legal process - from client meetings, to mediations, to court proceedings and everything in between.

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

www.maddocks.com.au Sophie Gilbert Level 6, 140 William Street, Melbourne 9288 0625 9288 0666 sophie.gilbert@maddocks.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 52 Total Solicitors: 150 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Disputes, Planning & Environment, Government & Administrative Law, Construction & Major Projects, Property 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 coordinated by a designated committee led by a pro bono partner. Our contributions include direct financial support for community and government initiatives as well as serving 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 TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: Paralegal work is generally available to the following year's Trainees. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 12-14 No. of Rotations: 3 of 4 months each Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Our Trainees have a comprehensive induction training programme including a 2 day retreat with our Sydney

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY graduates. This is followed by four month rotations in three of the firm's practice groups. Our Trainees undertake regular tailored training sessions and meet monthly with their HR contact to discuss any issues. Within the practice groups, each is assigned a partner or senior associate as their co-ordinator, who helps with workflow and acts as a mentor for the duration of the rotation. They are also assigned a first year lawyer as their "buddy". APPLICATIONS DUE:

Applications open on Friday 5 December 2008 and close on Friday 2 January 2009.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Details of how to apply and what to include will be found on our website closer to the application closing date.

stewardship and innovation. We are committed to quality, professionalism and individuality. We also believe Maddocks occupies an enviable position in the market – a mid sized firm with high profile clients – which provides Trainees and junior lawyers the opportunity to work on high quality, complex matters, take real responsibility and have contact with clients at an early stage of their career. OTHER INFORMATION: Our approach to recruitment is based around our commitment to individuality and diversity. We are not looking for a specific stereotype and will consider each application in its entirety to determine whether the applicant has strengths or qualities that are compatible with the firm's core values.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Maddocks is committed to further developing our staff. Comprehensive training sessions are held for our Trainees throughout the graduate year. Trainees are also encouraged to attend firm wide CLEs. 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 private commercial law firm, with approximately 400 staff between our Melbourne and Sydney offices. Maddocks has grown exponentially during the past decade, and continues to do so. Our firm culture is unique - this we know from those people who join us from other firms. When recruiting Trainees, we look for people whose values coincide with ours – integrity, diversity, collaboration,

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

www.mallesons.com Genevieve Ho, Graduate Resourcing Consultant Level 50, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 (03) 9643 5768 (03) 9643 5999 genevieve.ho@mallesons.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 199 Total Solicitors: 1000 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, London and an associated office in Port Moresby. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Mallesons’ lawyers operate as a cohesive team and are recognised for their ability to provide definitive advice across a range of commercial legal disciplines. Internally we have seven legal practice teams grouped as follows: Mergers & Acquisitions Banking & Finance Dispute Resolution Competition Intellectual Property & Technology Taxation Property, Construction & Environment.

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APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications are accepted via cvMail. Applicants will be required to answer a series of questions as part of the process Rounds of Maddocks has a two round interview Interviews: process, the first with a representative of HR and a junior lawyer who completed their Articles of Clerkship at Maddocks, and the second with a representative of HR, and a Partner and/or Senior Associate. Second round candidates are also invited to a cocktail party to meet some of our Partners, Senior Associates, and Lawyers. Approximately 120 applicants are chosen for first round interview and 50 for second interview


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY More information can be found in relation to Mallesons’ legal capability in the ‘Expertise’ content on our website. PRO BONO WORK: Mallesons has a strong pro bono program, and our people are proud of the ongoing contribution they make to the community. They view this contribution as a natural and central part of their professional responsibilities. In addition, each year, over 400 of our partners and staff volunteer in a range of activities through the Mallesons in the Community program which includes the Australian Red Cross Good Start Breakfast Club; the Wishgranters programme for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Australian Red Cross Telecross initiative. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: We have vacancies for paralegal work available from time to time. Any vacancies will be advertised on our website. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: Between 40 - 45 No. of Rotations: 3 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Our Graduates will rotate throughout three different practice groups, with support from a supervising partner and buddy in each practice group. The three rotations will enable Graduates to gain experience in a variety of areas of legal practice, as well as allowing them to become familiar with the firm as a whole and how it operates. VICTORIAN DIRECTORY

Mallesons conducts an extensive training program for its Graduates, which assists them to develop their technical expertise, business and professional focus, and client services skills. Mallesons Graduates will also undertake Practical Legal Training, which is operated as an in-house training program by Mallesons in cooperation with the College of Law. Graduates will be paid a full-time salary, and will be given time during working hours to complete their study, as well as five study days prior to exams. APPLICATIONS DUE:

5 January 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications can be made via our online system at www.mallesons.com/careers. Applications will open on 1 December 2008. APPLICATION PROCESS: Each interview will be conducted by a partner and a

solicitor. Mallesons understands that not all students can complete seasonal clerkships. Therefore, we will continue to recruit from outside of our seasonal clerkship pool. Candidates who have completed a seasonal clerkship will not be required to attend an interview. 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. Rounds of Interviews: One round of interviews. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Mallesons has a complex and comprehensive professional development program for all legal staff, which covers legal, interpersonal and business skills. Our graduates are given the best resources and training to ensure they develop a rewarding legal career. FIRM PROFILE: Mallesons Stephen Jaques is a leading international commercial law firm, which is fully integrated nationally and internationally. We focus on advising major corporations and financial institutions in Australia and Asia, resourced by approximately 2000 employees, including over 1000 legal staff. The firm is recognised for its ability to combine consistently rigorous analysis with astute judgment, giving clients a competitive edge. OTHER INFORMATION: Mallesons recognises the need to look after its staff and acknowledge effort and achievement. The firm provides excellent benefits, such as: gym memberships for all staff and health and wellbeing activities; salary packaging and salary continuance insurance; time in lieu and leave of absence; legal fees discounts; rewards for outstanding performance such as gift vouchers and weekends away. We also have an active social club that organises activities such as Friday night drinks, sports teams and a sensational Christmas party. Mallesons stands apart from its competitors in what it offers to its people because we provide: Exciting and Satisfying Work: Challenging, complex work that is focused on core clients. Career Opportunities: Our working environment is extremely supportive and everyone is given the opportunity to develop

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MASON SIER TURNBULL WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

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: Nationally Total Principals: 9 (Male – 8, Female – 1) Special Counsel and Associates: 12 (Male – 7, Female – 5) Total Solicitors: 22 (Male – 7 , Female – 15) OTHER OFFICES: Singapore

APPLICATION PROCESS: See website 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 Articles 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 articled clerks to attend a variety of seminars run by the Law Institute of Victoria and the Leo Cussen Institute during the year. 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 fi rm employs more than 75 legal professional and support staff.

MAURICE BLACKBURN

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Franchising, Intellectual Property and Technology, Litigation, Property, Wills & Estates

WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

PRO BONO WORK: N/A

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO N/A

PARALEGAL WORK: From time to time TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2 in 2008 2010: Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Articled clerks are located in a home group but are given the opportunity to undertake work in various practices if interest is expressed. APPLICATIONS DUE:

See website

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Academic Transcript, CV

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www.mauriceblackburn.com.au Claire Brown HR Manager Level 10, 456 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 03 9605 2700 03 9258 9620 graduates@mauriceblackburn.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: VIC, NSW, QLD & ACT Nationally Total Principals: 25 (11 female, 14 male) Total Solicitors: 130 OTHER OFFICES: VIC: Melbourne, Dandenong, Ringwood, Reservoir, Sunshine, Geelong NSW: Sydney, Parramatta, Newcastle QLD: Brisbane, Cairns, Rockhampton, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast ACT: Canberra MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Workplace Injury, Medical Negligence, Class Actions, Road Accident Injuries, Asbestos Diseases, Employment & Industrial law, Public Liability, Superannuation & Insurance Claims and Commercial

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and reach their full potential. Financial Rewards: Our people are rewarded well, with various incentives available. Flexible Working Environment: First class support and training in a working environment which is flexible and friendly.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY PRO BONO WORK: Maurice Blackburn is conducting public interest litigation on behalf of refugees, an unlawfully detained Australian resident, and persons with adverse security assessments. Maurice Blackburn seeks to extend the scope of its public interest litigation to include human rights, climate change and the environment. In appropriate cases, Maurice Blackburn will provide legal services to organisations and individuals on a without charge or reduced charge basis. For example we ran, on a pro bono basis, a pay equity case for childcare workers, which resulted in significant pay increases for childcare workers SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: Yes, on a case by case basis only TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 15 No. of Rotations: 2 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Our Trainee Lawyer Program provides broad ranging training designed to familiarise you with all aspects of plaintiff law. The program encourages active participation, and contribution, enabling you to be rewarded with excellent training opportunities, tangible professional development, and provide you with a real sense of accomplishment.

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A Trainee Lawyer position with Maurice Blackburn means an exciting, rewarding beginning to your legal career. APPLICATIONS DUE:

9 January 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: A genuine interest in plaintiff law, including knowledge of our areas of practice Sound academic achievements in law Superior communication skills A demonstrated ability to interact effectively with people at all levels An empathy for diversity and social justice APPLICATION PROCESS: VIC: applications open 1 December and close 9 January 2009. All applications must be made through CV mail at www.cvmail.com.au. Unfortunately, applications received in any manner other than via CV mail will not

be accepted. Rounds of Interviews:

2

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: As a Trainee Lawyer you can expect to have access to our comprehensive professional development program. The development program will incorporate Continuing Legal Education seminars presented by principals or associates on the various practice areas, external legal practice seminars, court visits and personal development sessions. To further develop your range of legal skills, and build your confidence, you will be given hands-on experience, which generally consists of a supervised file load for you to work on. Office systems training will include research, finance and ‘No Win, No Charge’ cases. FIRM PROFILE: At the heart of Maurice Blackburn are our values and our history. Maurice Blackburn acts for people who have been injured or badly treated through the actions or inactions of others. We have expertise in cases involving workplace injuries, medical negligence, road accidents injuries and asbestos. Our experience includes acting for injured people in many high profile and significant matters. We also act in significant cases impacting on the community. We act in class actions for groups, individuals, shareholders and businesses who have suffered loss due to illegal corporate behaviour. As one of Australia’s leading labour law firms we’ve acted in many high profile disputes, including acting for the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) in its 1998 landmark dispute against Patrick Stevedores. Through Maurice Blackburn Commercial, we also provide and act in commercial litigation for a wide range of union and business clients.

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

www.meerkinapel.com.au Kim Jacobi 56 Greville Street Prahran Vic 3181 9510 0366 9510 0399 kj@meerkinapel.com.au

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Informality, friendliness and approachability are key aspects of Middletons' culture. Clients value our down to earth approach and our focus on delivering excellent service. This has seen us develop strong and lasting relationships with industry leaders and major corporates, who we have advised on groundbreaking national and international transactions.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial, Property, Banking & Finance, Litigation, Family Law, Entertainment Law SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: No. of Rotations:

NO

Two 3x4

APPLICATIONS DUE:

20 February 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Curriculum Vitae Results Covering Letter APPLICATION PROCESS: Via mail or email Rounds of Interviews:

2

FIRM PROFILE: See website

MIDDLETONS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

www.middletons.com Aimee Butcher Level 25, 525 Collins Street Melbourne 9205 2000 9205 2055 aimee.butcher@middletons.com

Middletons strives to achieve a flexible and supportive working environment. We have taken notice of the increasing demand of young legal practitioners who are searching for work life balance by providing flexible working initiatives and a range of employee support services to assist our people within and outside of the office. We encourage interaction of our staff through a range of social and corporate wellness activities such as our Vitality Program, sporting events, drinks nights and networking forums including our Young Professionals Network and Women's Information Network. Middletons has an active and structured Corporate Social Responsibility program, with policies and procedures in place to ensure that our business operations not only facilitate growth, but also ensure the long-term sustainability of the communities and environment in which we operate. This includes the provision of pro bono services, the alignment to a number of community based organisations for fundraising, volunteering, workplace giving and the engagement of suppliers having similar CSR policies. At Middletons, we believe in working with you to develop your career from the time you join us. If you would like to start your career with real work and real challenges, you need to talk to us.

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Partners: 59 Total Lawyers: 165 OTHER OFFICES: 52 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Anti-counterfeiting, 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 Property, Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Planning & Environment, Projects & Infrastructure, Property, Construction & Development, Taxation & Revenue, Technology & Telecommunications Transport, Trade & Logistics and Workplace Relations & Safety

FIRM PROFILE: Middletons is a national commercial law firm with an approach to providing legal advice that is refreshingly different. We adopt a simple philosophy – we won't confuse clients with lots of legal speak – we are straight talking lawyers.

PRO BONO WORK: Middletons undertakes pro bono work for both organisations whose work has some charitable, public, environmental or human rights merit and for individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford legal representation. Middletons’ commitment to pro

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FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 8 (Male 7, Female 1) Total Solicitors: 10 (Male 7, Female 3) OTHER OFFICES: 1st Floor, 215 Barkly Street Footscray Vic 3011


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YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: Limited opportunities available. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: No. of Rotations:

Approximately 20 As a graduate with us you will gain diverse legal experience through rotations in three practice areas during your first year. Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): We place a high value on our graduates and invest in them from the outset to ensure they become the best lawyer possible, and importantly 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. Rotations are based on individual preferences where possible and ensure experience in a litigation and transactional based practice group. 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 DUE:

run weekly throughout the graduate program. A supportive 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. OTHER INFORMATION: We employ a diverse range of legal professionals who have unique personalities, educational backgrounds and qualifications. We look for motivated, talented, ambitious and confident individuals with a track record of achievement and the capacity to develop strong commercial insight. Our down to earth approach is reflected in our interview process. We conduct a relaxed interview and encourage you to be yourself. While our culture is informal, approachable and friendly, our firm remains dynamic and progressive and it is an exciting team to be a part of. Partners and staff are enthusiastic and proud of our firm’s achievements and we are looking for people who share this enthusiasm.

MINTER ELLISON WEBSITE: CONTACT:

16 January 2009 ADDRESS:

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APPLICATION PROCESS: All applications are to be made via CVmail, www.cvmail.com.au Rounds of Two rounds of interviews are Interviews: conducted. Please refer to the website for further details 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

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.minterellison.com Victoria Cox, Graduate Resourcing Consultant Rialto Towers 525 Collins Street MELBOURNE VIC 3000 (03) 8608 2619 (03) 8608 1354 victoria.cox@minterellison.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally (as at September 2008) Total Partners: 169 Total Solicitors: 596 OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, the Gold Coast, Darwin, Auckland, Wellington, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai. Associated office: Jakarta MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Our main areas of legal practice nationally include Competition and Regulatory; Construction, Engineering & Infrastructure; Corporate; Dispute Resolution; Environment & Planning; Finance;

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Government; Human Resources & Industrial Relations; Insurance; Intellectual Property; Investment & Financial Services; Mergers & Acquisitions; Real Estate; Resources & Energy; Tax; Technology & Communications; Tourism & Leisure. 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 undertaking pro bono work referred to the firm, secondments to the Public Interest Law Clearing House ('PILCH') and other community organizations, providing in-kind assistance to not-for-profit and community groups, charitable donations/sponsorship and community directorships. In the Melbourne office, we participate 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 community locations to provide legal advice and assistance to homeless people who would otherwise not have access to such services. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

leadership skills or through your work experience. You must also be committed to building a legal career at Minter Ellison. Some of the qualities we look for are: Cultural fit: Integrity and trust, enduring relationships, balance and excellence, capacity to work as part of a team, enthusiasm and flexibility. Interpersonal skills: Sincerity, enthusiasm, confidence, written and oral communication skills. Initiative: Evidence of pre-interview preparation; demonstrated knowledge of Minter Ellison. Commercial focus: Industry compatibility, professional maturity and efficiency, ability to work under pressure and within tight deadlines. APPLICATION PROCESS: All applications must be submitted online via the firm's website. We ask that you include in your application: o Cover Letter o Curriculum Vitae o Transcript(s) of results Rounds of Interviews: Candidates will be required to complete a first and second round interview. Interviews are conducted one-to-one with a member of our recruitment committee, which is made up of Partners, Special Counsel, Senior Associates and People & Development Consultants.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We provide Learning & Development opportunities TRAINEESHIPS: and tools to ensure your career development is Positions in 2010: 25 (approximately) ongoing, personalised and rewarding. Tailored No. of Rotations: Up to 4 rotations programs have been developed to ensure we meet Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): your needs at every stage of your career. In During your Graduate Development Program you will complete conjunction with the National Graduate Development up to 4 rotations of 6 months. You will also undertake a 34 week program, numerous CLEs are run within the firm. Our Practical Legal Training (PLT) Course in order to satisfy theGraduates have full access to the firm's Learning & requirements for admission to practice in Victoria. The PLT isDevelopment calendar. provided by the College of Law and delivered to Minter Ellison Graduates as an in-house program. We cover the cost of this FIRM PROFILE: course and make all necessary arrangements for your enrolmentYou can expect all top tier firms to boast impressive and subsequent application to the Court to be admitted. Weaddresses, use the latest technology and to act for also provide you with additional study leave to assist you inprestigious clients for whom they handle high profile maintaining balance in your life at such a busy time. and complex work. Many have overseas offices and offer local and interstate secondments. All offer a APPLICATIONS DUE: 1 December 2008 – 5 January variety of in-house training, mentoring and career 2009 development programs in addition to a range of social and sporting activities to balance your lifestyle. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Minter Ellison prides itself on its culture as we believe Graduate applications are accepted from students who are, as this a is what differentiates us from other top tier firms. minimum, entering their final year of study in 2009. At Minters we know how important it is to make sure you feel part of the team, recognize the importance of We are looking for well rounded Graduates with potential toindividual achievements and milestones and to foster develop into excellent lawyers. However you show your friendly working relationships with your peers. It is experience to date, we will look for achievements that one of our priorities to ensure you enjoy your working demonstrate you share our values whether through academicenvironment. achievement, involvement in sport, community contribution,

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PARALEGAL WORK: Only as advertised on our website.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY OTHER INFORMATION: We recognise that our most important resource is our people, and put a great deal of care into making sure that they enjoy both their work and their working conditions. The pursuit of Excellence, one of our firm values, can only be achieved in the context of a healthy balanced life and we actively support this goal with programs and benefits. Over the last few years, significant effort has been applied to ensure that our benefits package includes not only competitive top tier market salaries but a range of special financial services, health insurance, social events and recreational activities, such as gym membership, subsidised sporting teams, discounted shopping entertainment and travel. You will get to mingle with the rest of the firm at events such as Friday Night Drinks, the Mid Year Ball and Christmas parties. A range of social activities are also organised, which in the past have included dinners, cocktail parties and sporting events. In addition, we adopt Business Casual Dress on Fridays and the practice groups you will work with are close knit teams that have regular team building activities.

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PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.mrlaw.com.au Cheryl Asquith (Human Resources Manager) Level 31 Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street Melbourne 03 8624 2000 03 8624 2031 casquith@mrlaw.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 11 Total Solicitors: 20 OTHER OFFICES: Nil MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: M+R has developed a strong specialist practice in the areas of professional indemnity insurance, construction, employment, self insurance, transport and shipping law, worker’s compensation, workplace relations, health law, asbestos litigation, commercial law and commercial litigation. PRO BONO WORK: Each partner undertakes individual pro bono work. We do not have a formal policy regarding such work, however, we do support pro bono work.

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

No, however we fully support the guidelines. NO

PARALEGAL WORK: These opportunities exist throughout the year and are advertised on our website. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: Three No. of Rotations: No formal rotations Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): M+R offer a non formal rotation system. Throughout the term of the traineeship, the trainee is available to work throughout the firm, wherever help is needed, with the intention being that at the end of the traineeship, the trainee has experienced each individual practice area. This is carefully monitored throughout the traineeship year. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Dates are yet to be confirmed but will be available on our website shortly.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications can be made either by post or email. Each application should contain a covering letter, resume and academic transcript. We are looking for a well rounded individual, one who has a life outside study! APPLICATION PROCESS: Every application is read! Interviews are offered and are conducted by Human Resources and individual partners. Rounds of Interviews: Two PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: M+R fully support all staff to continue to study. We offer an in-house learning and development program and fully support study through the Leo Cussen Institute and the Law Institute of Victoria. We can all continue to learn! FIRM PROFILE: M+R is a mid sized law firm based at the Rialto. M+R has 30 lawyers and a large number of support and administrative staff. The firm’s clients include leading insurers and underwriters, both local and internationally and many significant corporations and organizations. The firm’s emphasis on leading the field in certain specialties, its attention to clients and their requirements and its focus on innovative outcomes to complex problems has seen the firm dubbed as “The Thinking Client’s Law Firm”.

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OTHER INFORMATION: M+R is quite social, with end of month drinks, footy tipping competitions, regular lunches and social events and participation in Oxfam and other community based projects. The firm has a unique culture which is of absolute importance.

values of teamwork, expertise, integrity, service, community and sustainability. We are looking for graduates with solid academic results, a strategic approach to problem solving, superior communication skills, a passion for service and who actively engage in community activities. APPLICATIONS DUE:

MOORES LEGAL

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applications must include a covering letter, academic transcript and resume detailing work experience, leadership roles and community activities and affiliations (e.g. sport, church, service club, etc.).

www.mooreslegal.com.au Joelle Blackburn 9 Prospect Street Box Hill 3128 03 9898 0000 03 9898 0333 jblackburn@mooreslegal.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Moores Legal is a leading law firm in the eastern region of Melbourne employing approximately 90 staff in total. Most of the firms 13 principals hold positions on Boards of commercial, professional and community organizations. Total Principals: 13 Total Solicitors: 42 OTHER OFFICES: Branch Offices in Melbourne CBD and Mornington MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial, Personal Injury, Workplace Relations, Estate Planning & Structuring, Taxation, Property, Family PRO BONO WORK: Moores Legal undertakes pro bono work for private clients as well as for charitable, church and community organizations. In addition to court matters, the type of pro bono work undertaken includes general legal advice, transactional work, organizational structuring and advocating legislative reform. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO NO

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: Approximately 5 No. of Rotations: 4 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): The 12 month Traineeship Program incorporates all the necessary aspects of the new traineeship system by combining hands-on experience with formal training. Four 3-month placements are undertaken in different practice areas where graduates work under the guidance of a supervisor (Principal) together with senior and junior lawyers. Our aim is to recruit talented graduates who share our

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APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications should be forwarded via our website www.mooreslegal.com.au by 9 January 2009. Rounds of Interviews: 2-3 rounds PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Moores Legal is committed to continuous education and professional development. From commencement our trainees can expect development in legal technical skills, business knowledge and systems training to enable immediate productivity. Personal and professional development at Moores is based on a supportive environment, a practical focus and continuous feedback. As such development needs are continually assessed and addressed accordingly. FIRM PROFILE: Moores Legal was established over 35 years ago by a founder concerned about values and care for the individual. That ethos endures. Moores Legal works with private clients, small to large businesses, the aged care and not-for-profit sectors. The firm’s differentiation lies in its strategic locations, the diversity of its clients reflecting its areas of practice, expertise, and its commitment to community.

NEVETT FORD WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

PHONE: FACSIMILE:

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

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

Applications open 1 December 2008 and close 9 January 2009


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ballarat@nevettford.com.au

NORTON GLEDHILL

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 17; Male 16, Female 1 Total Solicitors: 44; Male 30, Female 14

WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Conveyancing, Common Law, Family Law, Mediation, Estate Planning, Industrial Relations, Workplace Relations, Corporate and Business Law, Probate, Commercial, Migration, Financial Planning PRO BONO WORK: N/A

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 9 Total Solicitors: 12 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property and Corporate and Commercial Law (including energy law).

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO NO

PARALEGAL WORK: N/A TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: No. of Rotations:

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

PRO BONO WORK: The firm does pro bono work, but there is no formal program. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

1 or 2 in each intake 4 x 3 months

APPLICATIONS DUE:

See website

YES NO

PARALEGAL WORK: No TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 3 in 2009 2010:

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APPLICATION PROCESS: See website

APPLICATIONS DUE:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Yes

APPLICATION PROCESS: See website

FIRM PROFILE: Nevett Ford is a long established legal firm with offices in Melbourne, Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh. We trace our history from the 1850’s when first established on the goldfields of Ballarat.

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

Today we provide a range of professional services. Our company’s philosophy is based on providing personalised, friendly and prompt delivery of high quality professional services at reasonable fees by its directors and staff.

See website

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.

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

www.rk.com.au Damian Zahra 12/469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne 03 9609 1555 03 9609 1600 humanresources@rk.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 26 Total Solicitors: 57 OTHER OFFICES: Member of the Kennedy Strang Legal Group - affiliated firms practising separately in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: We offer our clients a wide range of expertise, with access to specialist practitioners in every department. Areas of expertise include: - Banking and Finance - Building and Construction - Commercial Litigation - Corporate and commercial Law - Employment and Workplace Relations - Equal Opportunity and Discrimination - Government and Administrative Law - Health and Aged Care - Immigration Law - Information Technology - Insolvency - Insurance - Intellectual Property - International Trade - Leasing - Planning, Environment and Local Government - Privacy - Private Client Services - Property and Development - Taxation, Duties and Grants - Telecommunications - Transport and Logistics - Water Law - Wills and Estate Planning PRO BONO WORK: Russell Kennedy is committed to the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), reflected through our Pro Bono program, our involvement in many community initiatives, and our pursuit of sustainability in the way we do things. We recognise that there are individuals and organisations that work for the public good who

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SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: Paralegal opportunities available in 2009. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 6 - 7 No. of Rotations: 5 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Russell Kennedy’s traineeship intake consists of six or seven trainees each year. We have a strong record for retaining our trainees, with many having gone on to become principals in the firm. The twelve month program is designed to ensure that trainees are exposed to the firm’s wide range of practice areas. Trainees will work under the direction and supervision of a principal, however other principals and senior solicitors will also assist in professional development. APPLICATIONS DUE:

11 January 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: At Russell Kennedy we are very proud of our culture and we work hard to recruit people that we believe will flourish in our environment. Naturally a sound academic record is an important starting point, but we also look for other attributes, such as extracurricular interests and life experiences outside your studies. These may be previous work experience, volunteer work, travel, sporting or cultural interests. We look for personable, insightful, intelligent people with energy and enthusiasm. You need to be confident, skilful and enjoy working as part of a team. APPLICATION PROCESS: How to apply: Applicants MUST apply online via our website www.rk.com.au Advice for applicants: Applications MUST be made electronically via the careers section of the firm’s website www.rk.com.au To complete your online application, please ensure you have the following: An email address A brief and concise covering letter

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cannot afford the services of a professional lawyer. Pro Bono work provides a practical means by which Russell Kennedy engages with and contributes to the community, and advances access to justice. Pro Bono work has been a hallmark of Russell Kennedy’s culture and ethos. Principals, Senior Associates and Solicitors are encouraged to provide pro bono legal services to a range of organisations.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY A complete curriculum vitae A copy of your most recent academic record Details of work experience, sporting activities, travel, club memberships and other interests. Rounds of Interviews:

One stage interview process commencing 16 February 2009.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We are committed to helping our people achieve their full potential. Everyone is given an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge through working in a stimulating environment and learning from practitioners who are leaders in their fields. We encourage our lawyers and staff to attend inhouse and external training programs to enhance their professional and personal development. Our regular performance and development reviews also provide an opportunity to identify strengths and to work on those skills that are not yet fully developed. People are promoted on merit. If you're committed, talented and enthusiastic you will be promoted. FIRM PROFILE: Russell Kennedy is a prominent and highly respected Melbourne mid-tier commercial law firm with over 180 employees. The firm proudly counts among its clients some of Australia’s leading corporations, government bodies, statutory authorities and local government organisations.

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Being a mid-tier firm allows Russell Kennedy to have the best of both worlds. Our client list is impressive and talented lawyers are attracted to our firm because they can practice in a specialised area of their choice. On the other hand, the size of our firm means that all staff have a large amount of contact with each other and with our clients. OTHER INFORMATION: Consider Russell Kennedy - where you’re not just a number!

RYAN CARLISLE THOMAS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE:

www.rct-law.com.au (see also www.stringerclark.com.au) Allison Fox 41 Robinson Street, Dandenong VIC 3175 (03) 9238 7878 (03) 9238 7888

EMAIL:

dandenong@rct-law.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 8 Total Solicitors: 28 OTHER OFFICES: CBD Melbourne (Collins St and Elizabeth St), Ararat, Ballarat, Bayswater, Castlemaine, Colac, Cranbourne, Frankston, Geelong, Hamilton, Horsham, Melton, Pakenham, Portland, Warrnambool, Werribee. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Personal injuries (WorkCover, TAC), Institutional abuse claims, Employment, industrial & anti-discrimination law, Family Law, Migration Law, Wills and Probate, Superannuation PRO BONO WORK: Yes, however we do not have a formal policy. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: Priority offers will not be considered until early 2009. PARALEGAL WORK:

YES

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 1-3 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Supervised Workplace Trainees complete their Traineeship through a combination of in-house structured training sessions, on the job training provided by Supervisors in the day to day practice of the firm and external courses conducted by approved training providers. APPLICATIONS DUE:

23 January, 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Highly developed customer service and communication skills, professional presentation and commitment to client service. APPLICATION PROCESS: Email: dandenong@rct-law.com.au Usual CV protocols apply PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Ryan Carlisle Thomas places a strong emphasis on developing both legal technical and business development skills of our supervised workplace trainees. Exposure to at least three practice areas is offered. In addition, on-the-job guidance and support is readily available from supervisors and our senior lawyers and partners. Ryan Carlisle Thomas also

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FIRM PROFILE: Ryan Carlisle Thomas was established over 30 years ago to protect the rights and entitlements of working families. A groundbreaker in industrial and personal injury law, the firm has won landmark claims against companies and organisations that have hurt our clients. The practice includes expert family law services and legal support for people abused as children in state or church care. Our service philosophy, “clients, not cases”, has driven our growth from a single office in Dandenong to a network of 18 offices throughout Victoria. We have a wholly-owned regional business, Stringer Clark, which allows us to offer the best plaintiff law coverage in the state.

SECOMBS SOLICITORS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

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 PROFILE: Secombs Solicitors has now merged with Slater & Gordon, and all recruitment is done through Slater& Gordon’s program.

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

www.slatergordon.com.au 533 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9602 6888 (03) 9600 0290 hr@slatergordon.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total The structure of Slater & Gordon sets us Principals: apart from other law firms. We don’t follow the partnership model instead Slater & Gordon’s senior leadership team is made up of leaders of the largest National Practices, State Practice

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Groups, and senior functional managers. In May 2007 Slater & Gordon became the world’s first publicly listed law firm when its shares were quoted on the Australian Stock Exchange. As such, we offer an unrivalled opportunity for fast career progression and an innovative reward structure. 180

Total Solicitors: OTHER OFFICES: NSW, QLD, WA, SA, ACT

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Overview of the Personal Injury Practice areas. Asbestos Law Medical Negligence Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Public Liability Claim Workers Compensation Comcare Claim Overview of the Non-Personal Injury Practice areas. Commercial Litigation Family Law Superannuation & Insurance Industrial, Employment & Public Interest - Union services Wills, Probate & Estate Litigation Class Actions PRO BONO WORK: The Slater & Gordon Foundation is a non-profit organisation which supports philanthropic activities that enable individuals or groups to pursue community activities they would not otherwise be able to. Established by the management team and staff, the foundation supports community and social welfare activities that are consistent with the values, interests and principles of Slater & Gordon. A particular focus are people who find themselves marginalised or vulnerable as a result of the catastrophic financial effects of injury. The foundation supports both short and long-term activities within Australia which embrace social justice, including: Issues involving the disabled and disenfranchised Research into occupational diseases Issues of access to justice Legal education amongst minority groups Advocacy services for the disabled Voluntary involvement in communityorientated activities. The foundation, which was launched by the Victorian Attorney-General in October 2001, is externally

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encourages staff to attend relevant external training sessions in addition to those required to meet Supervised Workplace Training requirements.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY administered as a sub-trust by the Melbourne Community Foundation, an organisation committed to the advancement of philanthropic activities in the community. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES YES

PARALEGAL WORK: We have a number of casual and permanent part time opportunities across the company, ranging from New Client Services (internal call centre) to our Class Action discovery team.

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TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 10 Traineeships No. of Rotations: No rotation Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): As a Trainee you will be exposed to a wide range of experiences in the field of litigation. You will actively participate in all aspects of the litigation process, including the preparation of documentation, meeting with clients to obtain instructions, instructing at court, drafting correspondence and attending mediations/conciliations. From an early stage, you will acquire files under the direct supervision of an experienced lawyer. Our lawyers are very willing to discuss each step that must be taken in relation to a file including client management, legal issues that arise and basic time management concerns. You will also observe client interviews to learn appropriate interview techniques. At other times you will complete tasks on more advanced files. This involves reading the file and trying to assess and understand basic issues and difficulties of the case, learning to evaluate what stage a claim is at and how to complete tasks in question, for example, prepare and file an affidavit. We encourage our more junior practitioners to "have a go" in the first instance. There is an emphasis on ensuring that trainees understand each step of the file in order to completely understand file management. There is always the opportunity to thoroughly discuss the essential issues with your supervising senior lawyer. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Application Open : December 2008

Applications Open: December 2008 Applications Close: 9 January 2009 Priority Offers made: 11 February 2009 Interviews commence: Mid-February 2009 Offers made: 16 March 2009 Rounds of Interviews: 2 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: At Slater & Gordon our employees are at the heart of our company. Their dedication, creativity, innovation, energy and motivation represent the driving force of our success. Slater & Gordon is committed to helping employees reach their full potential through continuous training and development. This empowerment leads to innovative ideas and the confidence to make them happen. We offer our employees the opportunity to move ahead more rapidly than is possible at most other firms. At Slater & Gordon you will experience a lifetime of opportunity, to dream, build and realise your professional aspirations. This is often achieved via internal opportunities, relocation, practice growth and promotions. We have a compassionate culture that extends to both our clients and employees. FIRM PROFILE: Innovative and progressive, Slater & Gordon is one of Australia’s leading litigation law firms, with 600 staff in 27 offices nationwide and a strong reputation for fighting for and delivering results for its clients. In May 2007, Slater & Gordon became the world’s first publicly listed law firm when its shares were quoted on the Australian Stock Exchange. As such we offer an unrivalled opportunity for fast career progression and an innovative reward structure. Our collegiate environment, coupled with a genuine commitment to work/life balance represents an enticing incentive for individuals looking for a new challenge. Our key practice areas are: asbestos litigation; personal injuries litigation; commercial litigation; wills, probate & estate litigation; industrial & employment law, family law and advisory services.

Application Close : Friday 9 January 2009 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Cover letter, Resume & Academic transcript APPLICATION PROCESS: Graduate Program:

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

www.sparke.com.au Tanya Hughes Level 40, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne 03 9291 2333 03 9291 2399 tanya.hughes@sparke.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 57 Total Solicitors: 315 (including Partners) OTHER OFFICES: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney, Upper Hunter MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Industrial Relations/OH&S, Workers Compensation (State and Commonwealth), General Insurance Litigation, Government Services, Property PRO BONO WORK: Sparke Helmore has embraced a creative approach to making a difference in the communities in which it operates through a national scheme called SHARE Sparke Helmore's Assistance, Responsibility and Encouragement Scheme. SHARE is part of Sparke Helmore's comprehensive approach to corporate social responsibility, which encompasses all aspects of the firm's operations. Since its launch in 2004, SHARE has assisted a range of charities and non-profit groups, as well as the disadvantaged and marginalised in our community. SHARE allows our staff to make a difference in our communities through probono work, mentoring, and fundraising. Our work was recognised with the Community Support Award at the 2006 Australian Law Awards. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO YES

PARALEGAL WORK: Any available paralegal positions are offered to our seasonal clerks. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 4 No. of Rotations: 3 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010):

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Winter Clerkships The Winter Clerkship program is designed to give you an insight into working at Sparke Helmore. Learn more about our culture, our practice groups and what it's like working as a lawyer with us. You will be working with a practice group for the duration of the clerkship and will be assigned a supervisor to shadow during your time with the firm. Graduate Program We look for Graduates who are intelligent, personable, committed and demonstrate leadership qualities. Our Graduate Program goes for 18 months and includes exposure to a minimum of two practice areas. Being an Graduate at Sparke Helmore gives you the opportunity to: Try different areas of law before specialising; Get real exposure to matters; Learn skills from different lawyers and practice groups; Develop and learn with manageable billing targets; Build networks and contacts; and Develop a broad understanding of our firm. Within each practice area, you are allocated a dedicated mentor to oversee your training and development. We also offer formal development training in the program covering all areas necessary to become an effective practitioner. Your practical on-the-job training is also supported by formal guidance. You'll spend your first week in orientation sessions at our Sydney office, which includes everything from how to leverage our career management tools to accessing the Firm's resources and support infrastructure. Of course, that's only the start. Throughout the program and your career at Sparke Helmore, you'll have regular opportunities to participate in formal learning and knowledge sharing forums. APPLICATIONS DUE:

To be confirmed – please keep an eye on our website.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Take the time to prepare your written application and create the right impression. Maximise the opportunity you have in your covering letter and application to create a "snapshot" of yourself. You should include: Your reasons for applying to the Firm Why you are "right" for the Firm

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Your personal and academic achievements Your relevant work experience This is an opportunity for you demonstrate your writing skills. Keep your application concise, check your spelling and grammar, be engaging and use plain English. Remember to revisit your application prior to your interview as you may be asked to discuss it in more detail. APPLICATION PROCESS: Once applications open, please apply online using www.cvmail.com.au. You'll be taken through a step by step process to fill in an application form and attach your CV and covering letter. It shouldn't take more than 10 minutes. For both our Winter Clerk program and Graduate program the recruitment process involves 2 interviews. We will also contact at least 2 professional or employment referees. The first interview is held with two members of the Human Resources team. The second round interviews are conducted by a panel consisting of a HR representative, a Partner and a Senior Solicitor or Senior Associate. Rounds of Interviews: 2 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Mentoring and career planning

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As a Graduate, you'll have a mentor to support you for the entire program and specialist supervisors. You'll be involved in challenging and varied assignments and be given regular feedback, completing a formal performance review and development plan biannually. The trust we place in our graduate lawyers will ensure that you won't get stuck doing repetitive tasks. Practical involvement means that you can make an informed decision about a path of specialisation. Learning and development Your practical on-the-job training is also supported by formal workshops. Your first week in Graduate "O Week" will involve practical and soft skills training. There's also lots of time to get to know your graduate colleagues and build a strong network before you start your role.

formal learning and knowledge sharing forums. Our ongoing CLE curriculum includes: Core modules compulsory for graduate and junior lawyers (up to two years post admission experience); Legal technical modules on specific legal topics relevant to a variety of practice groups and levels Client seminars including presentations from clients Practice group and industry focussed seminars; and General business or commercial seminars of interest, including issues such as tendering, budget implications for business and current business topics such as triple bottom line reporting. In additional to technical training, throughout your career you will have access to "soft skills" training to assist with progression. FIRM PROFILE: Sparke Helmore is an integrated, national law firm chosen by corporate and government leaders for good reason - the insight, energy and collaboration we bring to legal services delivery. While retaining our insurance sector dominance, Sparke Helmore is now a highly diversified business with a growing corporate and commercial presence and a well established government practice chosen by private and public sector leaders. The Sparkes difference Sparke Helmore is not a typical national law firm. Forget about hierarchy and internal competition; we prefer our people to rise to the challenge through collaboration and trust. That means colleagues who support each other and partners who value contributions from all team members. OTHER INFORMATION: For more information please visit our website at www.sparke.com.au/careers. Our careers page includes helpful interview tips, lawyer profiles and important dates.

Of course, that's only the start. Throughout the program and your career at Sparkes, you'll have regular opportunities to participate in

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY throughout your time with the firm. Each trainee is allocated a 'mentor' and ‘buddy’ during their trainee year. Trainees work closely alongside our lawyers to gain practical and valuable insight into legal practice.

TRESSCOX

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.tresscox.com.au Sofie Filippone Level 9, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 03 9602 9444 03 9642 0382 hrmel@tresscox.com.au

We recognise the integral contribution that our trainees make to our firm’s current and future success.

APPLICATIONS DUE:

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Covering Letter Curriculum Vitae Academic Transcript

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of Interviews:

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: The firm has established itself as a leader in the Australian Market in the areas of corporate and commercial law, litigation and dispute resolution, insurance, health, government, media, entertainment, building & construction, energy & resources infrastructure and intellectual property. PRO BONO WORK: Yes SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES:

YES

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

YES

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 4 No. of Rotations: 2 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Our Traineeship program offers a six month rotation within each of our Corporate/Commercial and Litigation divisions. Trainees are exposed to the various work groups within each division. This provides an insight into the different areas of our practice and gives a comprehensive exposure to the legal industry while focusing on the development of business skills and legal knowledge. We offer a ‘hands on’ approach. We induct our trainees into our culture from the outset and give them a range of ‘real experiences’. We are a professional group of diverse fun people who give trainees an honest overview of entry into a dynamic law firm. You can be assured that you will not be sitting in a room undertaking discovery during your time with the firm! As a trainee you will have direct access to Partners and continuous assistance from members of our legal team to ensure that you receive advice and support

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: TressCox offers a National CPD (Continued Professional Development) Program coordinated by our People Development department. Seminars are conducted on a fortnightly basis. Presenters range from either members of our legal team or external speakers who have knowledge or skills in specialist areas of interest to the firm. Our legal team gain a number of benefits by delivering seminars in-house, including the opportunity to market their expertise; gain experience and confidence in presenting. It is recognised that in order to maintain knowledge and skills attendance at some external seminars is essential. Relevant external course are offered to the legal team to develop and strengthen existing skills and knowledge within their area of practice. Don’t miss out on sending your application to TressCox. If you are successful in securing a Traineeship at TressCox, the experience will be invaluable.

FIRM PROFILE: TressCox Lawyers is an innovative Australian law firm focused on providing professional legal services to the public and private sectors. In Australia, TressCox has a very strong presence, currently operating offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Internationally, the firm is also well known and operates in partnership with other law firms via the ALFA alliance.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY OTHER INFORMATION: ‘Connected Talent’ reflects the TressCox culture. We are a team of talented and experienced individuals who are committed to connecting with each other and, most importantly, our clients. TressCox is great place to work!!

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

ambitious lawyers. We provide countless opportunities 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.

WHITE CLELAND

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

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

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

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

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 5 (Male – 3, Female – 2) Total Solicitors: (Male – 10 , Female – 5) OTHER OFFICES: Level 3, 454 Nepean Highway, Frankston

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Trade Practices, Intellectual Proper ty, Building & Construction Law, Conveyancing & Employment Law, Franchising, Litigation, Will & Estate

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, Property Law, Residential Conveyancing, Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning

PRO BONO WORK: Yes. Through referrals from Law Institute and to personal clients SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES:

YES

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO

PRO BONO WORK: No formal structured program but various pro bono projects including opportunity for close involvement with Peninsula Community Legal Centre

PARALEGAL WORK: No TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010:

PARALEGAL WORK: None 1 in 2009

APPLICATIONS DUE:

See website

APPLICATION PROCESS: See website Rounds of Interviews: 1 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We are constantly looking for successful and

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in TBA 2010: Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Articled 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. APPLICATIONS DUE:

See website

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY 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 interviews with possibility of second interviews if necessary. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: White Cleland encourages its Articled 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.

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: No. of Rotations:

1 or 2 As required to fulfill the LP Admission Rules (2008) Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Per the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008 combining in house training and external training where required, with a focus on mentoring by the principals of the firm. A Program outline will be provided to trainees prior to the commencement of articles. APPLICATIONS DUE:

31st March 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should apply in writing

WILLIAMS WINTER WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

FIRM COMPOSITION: Nationally Total Principals: 4 Total Solicitors: 9 OTHER OFFICES: N/A MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial, Litigation, Wills, Estates and Probate PRO BONO WORK: The firm does not have formal pro bono arrangements

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: One on one training provided by partners and senior legal staff. In addition, formal continuing legal education as per the Legal Education Rules and under advisement from supervising principals. FIRM PROFILE: Williams Winter has been providing practical legal advice and professional business solutions for over a century. The firm provides comprehensive services across all major areas of legal practice. Williams Winter principals and employees have a passion for practicing law and to providing timely and practical advice to our valued client base. In addition, principals take particular pride in remaining accessible to clients. The firm is committed to maintain a work/life balance

www.williamswinter.com Angela Wagstaff 7/451 Little Bourke St Melbourne 0386018888 0396701509 ajwagstafff@williamswinter.com

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications should include a covering letter, resume and academic transcript of results Rounds of Interviews: 2 The first interview will be a preliminary interview with the practice manager. A second interview will be offered to short listed applicants and will be conducted by two principals.

NO NO

OTHER INFORMATION: Our comprehensive program allows graduates to work closely with both principals and solicitors, thus ensuring that they receive broad, general experience. The firm’s size and approach ensures that graduates receive a breadth of experience, not readily available at larger firms. The firm’s diversity assists graduates in developing theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Guidance, support and responsibility are given to graduates thus enabling them to reach their full potential

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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 heart of the legal precinct and our Frankston offices offer commanding views of the Bay. Our workmix provides general experience plus the opportunity for specialisation over time. We offer a pleasant working environment with real opportunities for career advancement.


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INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: 10 trainees Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Application for summer vacation placement: We recruit 2 years in advance. We give priority to applicants who have participated in our summer vacation placements. Applications can be made online from September to February each year (about 6 months).

WEBSITE: CONTACT:

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE:

www.allenovery.com Julia Sheng Graduate Recruitment Manager Human Resources Department 9th Floor, Three Exchange Square Central, Hong Kong +852 2974 7000 (Infoline: +852 2974 6926) +852 2973 6999

FIRM COMPOSITION: Hong Kong/London Offices Total Principals: 28 Partners Total Solicitors: 150 Solicitors and Trainees OTHER OFFICES: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bangkok, Beijing, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest (associated office), Budapest, Dubai, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Mannheim, Milan, Moscow, New York, Paris, Prague, Riyadh (associated office), Rome, Saudi Arabia, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Warsaw MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Asset finance, insurance, banking & finance, intellectual property, business restructuring & insolvency, corporate, acquisitions & leverage finance, investment funds, REITS, global loans, mergers & acquisitions, distressed debt, international capital markets, securitisation, communications, media & technology, litigation and dispute resolution, corporate finance, project finance, structured finance, derivatives, real estate (acquisition/leasing and financing), debt trading, regulatory and investment products, employment. We also have crossdisciplinary teams who provide specialist jurisdictional advice to clients investing into particular Asian jurisdictions - including Korea Group, China Group, Taiwan Group and US Law Group PRO BONO WORK: - Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year - Asian Community Social Responsibility Award - Awarded status of Caring Company - Home for the Aged - Helper for Domestic Helpers - Crossroads - Society for the Abandoned Animals - Guangdong Orphanage SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

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Application Closing Date: Check our website for Summer Placement 2009 applications – reopen in September 2008 Training Contract application – reopen in August-Sept 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 20-24 students join us on the Summer Placement Schemes. Scholarship and stipend for taking the PCLL course in Hong Kong for our student trainee: Up to HK$100,000. Duration and rotations: 4 weeks with 2 rotations/2 weeks in 2 departments for HK Financial subsidy for summer student: HK$10,000 For more information, please visit our website. APPLICATIONS DUE:

See our website.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: 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 Chinese (Cantonese and/or Putonghua) and/or Korean.

NO NO

APPLICATION PROCESS: All Applications should be made online. Rounds of Interviews: As part of the selection process for 2011 trainees, the students are interviewed by two partners and the graduate recruitment manager at the end of the Summer Placement Scheme.

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ALLEN & OVERY


INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY FIRM PROFILE: Allen & Overy is an international legal practice comprising Allen & Overy LLP and its affiliated undertakings. With approximately 5,500 staff, including some 500 partners, 2,880 lawyers working in 29 major centres worldwide we are able to provide effective, co-ordinated and decisive legal advice across three continents. 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. OTHER INFORMATION: Some helpful information for student to note the new entry requirement of the PCLL scheme in HK: Attention: All interested students must visit the websites of: • The Law Society of Hong Kong • City University of Hong Kong • The University of Hong Kong and • The Chinese University of Hong Kong to ensure the new entry requirements for the PCLL courses can be satisfied (particularly the overseas law students). There are strict conversion exemptions and examinations that you need to comply with before you can study the PCLL in Hong Kong.

BAKER & MCKENZIE WEBSITE: CONTACT:

ADDRESS:

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PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.bakernet.com Lucy Lee Senior Human Resources Officer Graduate Recruitment 14th Floor, Hutchison House 10 Harcourt Road Hong Kong SAR +852 2846 2198 +852 2845 0476 lucy.lee@bakernet.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Hong Kong Office Total Staff: 680 OTHER OFFICES: 3,900 lawyers in 70+ offices in 38 countries 1,000 lawyers in the Asia Pacific Region MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: China Practice, Commercial & Securities, Employment, Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance, Intellectual

Property, Property, Taxation PRO BONO WORK: Participation in pro bono and community service is one of Baker & McKenzie’s core values. More examples of activities in our Asia Pacific region can be retrieved from here: http://www.bakernet.com/BakerNet/Locations/Asia+ Pacific/ProBono/default.htm PARALEGAL WORK: The firm is rarely able to offer regular paralegal work. From time to time, casual paralegal work is available in the Hong Kong/China office. Our requirements for this work are hard to predict as they are driven by matter requirements. Please visit www.bakernet.com and check regularly for any vacancies under CAREERS section if you are interested in paralegal work. VACATION PROGRAMME: Positions in 2009: 30-35 No. of Rotations: 2 rotations of 2 weeks each Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): See website for details. APPLICATIONS DUE: 31 March 2009 APPLICATION PROCESS: Send your online applications to:: http://fsr.cvmail.com.au/bakerandmckenziehk/ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The firm offers internal Practice Group legal training and Professional Development Sessions. In –house seminars, continuing professional development courses, practice group meetings, client management skills, soft skills and technical skills training sessions are all available for vacation clerks, trainee solicitors and young lawyers to sign up on our intranet. The Professional Development team comes up with a ‘Development Framework’ which is a unique model that clarifies ‘what’, ‘who’ and ‘how’ of career growth. It defines key performance areas that comprise ‘what’ you have to master in order to be successful at various need to develop to fully realize your potential in the Firm. The framework also consists of performance review tools to provide high quality feedback on your performance. FIRM PROFILE: Baker & McKenzie is unique among law firms in the Asia Pacific Region. Today, with a market presence of over 30 years with over 200 lawyers practising in the Hong Kong/China region, we are a premium firm doing quality work for quality clients. In 2008, we are awarded the China Client Choice Award 2008 by the International Law Office (ILO). This is the FOURTH

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CLIFFORD CHANCE WEBSITE: CONTACT:

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www.cliffordchance.com/gradshk Ina Odak Recruitment & Development Executive 29/F Jardine House One Connaught Place Central, Hong Kong +852 2826 2402 +852 2825 8800 ina.odak@cliffordchance.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Hong Kong Office Total Partners: 25 Total Lawyers: 114 OTHER OFFICES: 30 offices in 21 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 a number of corporate responsibility and charitable projects throughout Asia. A recent example, Clifford Chance's Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo offices raised over US$90,000 for the Red Cross' Sichuan earthquake relief fund in just over two weeks. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: 6-8 No. of Rotations: 4 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2011): Over two years, you'll complete four six-month placements, which you'll come to know as 'seats'. Each seat will bring you into contact with new colleagues and clients. The experiences you gain from each seat will provide you with the core knowledge and skills you need to qualify as a lawyer. You'll also have the opportunity to spend one of your seats on an international secondment to one of our overseas offices. Prior to taking up a training contract you must complete the one-year compulsory pre-qualifying

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course (the Postgraduate Certificate of Laws) and we'll pay the course fees and offer financial assistance. We will also pay for any conversion exams that are a prerequisite to your PCLL studies. For trainee solicitor applications, there is a two-stage interview process and any offers made are subject to academic and personal references. APPLICATIONS DUE:

31 July 2009

WHAT WE LOOK FOR: We are looking for intelligent, articulate applicants capable of contributing and communicating their own ideas and opinions. We need enthusiastic people who understand that working at the forefront of legal services often requires hard work, applied intellect, and a collaborative approach to working in a team. Applicants should also possess outstanding academic abilities and Chinese language skills are also an asset. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Our success depends entirely on the quality of our people. You are our next generation of associates and partners in the making. That's why we're committed to investing in the training and development of our lawyers, and why we also believe in rewarding our people in a manner befitting their high value to the firm. VACATION PROGRAMME: Our vacation schemes are an ideal opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Clifford Chance and life in a commercial law firm. Providing an invaluable insight into what working here is really like, it will also help you develop new skills, meet new people and decide whether Clifford Chance is the right place for you. The application deadline for our 2009 summer vacation scheme (June, July, August) is 27 February 2009 and for our 2010 winter vacation scheme (January and February) is 31 August 2009. We do not interview students for vacation schemes, candidates are chosen on the merit of their written application. FIRM PROFILE: Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the key markets of the Middle East, Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Clifford Chance has 30 offices in 21

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consecutive year that we have won this award. We are also awarded the Asia Pacific and Hong Kong IP Firm of the year, ALB Hong Kong Law Firm of the year on Tax & Trusts.


INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY countries and 3,800 legal advisers. Clifford Chance operates across Asia, with offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. With over 350 lawyers in Asia alone, it is one of the largest international firms in the region, enjoying a market leading reputation across a number of practices. With over 28 years' experience in Asia, and lawyers qualified in English, US, Singaporean, Australian, Hong Kong, PRC, Japanese and Thai law, our clients trust us to advise on the region's largest and most complex cross-border transactions, and offer solutions that work locally and globally.

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

http://www.deacons.com.hk Ava Lam (Graduate Recruitment & Professional Development Manager) 5/F Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong +852 2825 9791 +852 2522 8069 ava.lam@deacons.com.hk

FIRM COMPOSITION: Hong Kong Total Principals: 44 Total Solicitors: 162 OTHER OFFICES: China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou)

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Our principal service areas include Banking & Finance, China Trade & Investment, Communications & Technology, Company Formation & Corporate Services, Compliance Services, Construction & Arbitration, Corporate Finance & Capital Markets, Entertainment & Media, Financial Services, Human Resources & Pensions, Insolvency & Restructuring, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Japan Services, Litigation, M&A and Commercial, Private Equity & Venture Capital and Property. PRO BONO WORK: We provide pro bono services to various not-forprofit, health research, arts and community organizations such as the Hong Kong Society of Aging Research, ORBIS, SPCA, Hong Kong Ballet and Hong Kong Conservation Photography Foundation. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO NO

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 10 No. of Rotations: 4 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): We have a highly diversified range of practice areas in a global legal atmosphere. The two-year training contract will usually consist of four six-month placements in different practice groups. During the two-year training contract, trainees can expect to: - receive a remuneration package generally in line with comparable law firms in Hong Kong, including: a competitive salary reimbursement of full-time PCLL course tuition fees 20 days of annual leave Medical insurance benefits under the firm’s Group Medical Insurance Policy covering hospitalization, surgical and clinical treatments Participation in the firm’s Mandatory Provident Fund scheme for professional staff work with senior associates and partners and receive valuable hands-on training benefit from our mentoring program so their training and career progress is overseen by a nominated partner develop their professional and social skills be involved in challenging and rewarding work receive encouragement and support participate in a training program designed to develop the core skills required for legal practice participate in firmwide social events such as cocktails, junk trips, the annual dinner, the all trainees bowling tournament, Dragon Boat racing, sports events for charity and many other events APPLICATIONS DUE: N/A APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Australian graduates should have at least a distinction average in their combined law degree. All candidates must complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws course in Hong Kong. Excellent English is a prerequisite. Other language skills, including written and spoken Chinese, are preferred. APPLICATION PROCESS: If applicants whose grades and language skills meet our recruitment criteria please apply online (http://www.deacons.com.hk) and specify in the application when you would be available to start. Successful applicants will meet with us in two interviews. In addition, we require all candidates to take a Chinese proficiency test and a Comprehension test. Rounds of Interviews: 2

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In addition, we provide individual desk-top access to the internet and, via the firm’s intranet, to our comprehensive knowledge database. Each user has a personalized ID and email address and we encourage full use of our online resources. VACATION PROGRAMME: We recruit approximately ten students from Australia and New Zealand for the January intake. Students are taken on for four weeks. As places are limited, applicants are encouraged to apply online before the deadline – 1 October. Offers are made on a rolling basis upon receipt of good applications. Successful applicants will be contacted for a telephone interview. FIRM PROFILE: Deacons is a leading business law firm based in Hong Kong with a network of affiliated firms across Asia. We provide an extensive range of legal and commercial services to local and international corporations with business interests throughout this region. With over 155 years of experience in providing legal services, our clients are assured of the intergrity and stability of one of the region’s oldest and most respected law firms. Beyond the firm’s headquarters in Hong Kong and three representative offices in the People’s Republic of China, Deacons has established offices or affiliates in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, ensuring we are conveniently located to provide market-sensitive legal advice. There is also an associated firm in Australia.

EMAIL:

chinagraduates@freshfields.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Hong Kong/London Offices Total Principals: 450 Partners Total Solicitors: Approximately 2500 lawyers worldwide OTHER OFFICES: Abu-Dhabi; Amsterdam; Bahrain; Barcelona; Beijing; Berlin; Bratislava; Brussels; Cologne; Dubai; Dusseldorf; Frankfurt; Hamburg; Hanoi; Ho Chi Minh City; Hong Kong; London; Madrid; Milan; Moscow; Munich; New York; Paris; Rome; Shanghai; Tokyo; Vienna; Washington Please refer to the graduate recruitment section of our website for more details of training opportunities with each individual office. http://www.freshfields.com/careers/ MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Antitrust, competition and trade; Corporate; Dispute Resolution; Finance; Intellectual property / Information technology. PRO BONO WORK: Corporate Social Responsibility: We take seriously our commitment to being a socially and environmentally responsible business, and have a network of partners across our firm who are responsible for managing and developing these commitments. Please visit our website http://www.freshfields.com/csr/ for more details. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: 8-10 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): See our website for details. APPLICATIONS DUE:

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER (HONG KONG) WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE:

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http://www.freshfields.com/chinarecr uiting/ Yulanda Wong 11/F, Two Exchange Square, Hong Kong +852 2846 3400 +852 2810 6192

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31 July 2009 (for training contract starting in August 2011)

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications for training contracts in Hong Kong should be made at least two years before the entry date you are seeking. Please refer to the graduate recruitment section of our website for more details of the applications process for the respective offices.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The Hong Kong Law Society has accredited Deacons as a continuing professional development (“CPD”) course provider, and we schedule more than 100 in-house CPD seminars each year. Our seminars cover substantive legal issues as well as “soft-skills” training in public speaking and presentations, time and file management, drafting of documents, client relationship management, and business writing.


INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY http://www.freshfields.com/chinarecruiting/ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Your training will be unique to you. Watching and learning from partners and associates in action, as well as participating in off-the-job. Training (technical and core skills training), provide for wide-ranging experience. As Trainees you will move seats every 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. VACATION PROGRAMME: Hong Kong Program: Winter program positions: 6 Duration: 4 weeks Rotation: Seat rotation in 2 practice areas Summer program positions: 16 – 18 Duration: 4 weeks Rotation: Seat rotation in 2 practice areas Closing date for 2009: 28 February 2009 for Summer Program 30 September 2009 for Winter Program

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FIRM PROFILE: With more than 2,500 lawyers working in 28 offices across 16 countries, we are among the world’s largest law firms. In China, our clients know that we possess unrivalled expertise among any international law firm of our kind. This reputation comes thanks to the excellence of our lawyers. Individually, each delivers expert advice to multinational companies and financial institutions the world over. Together, everyone works as a team to provide clients with the finest advice and services. Our firm embraces a wide range of disciplines. These include private and public mergers and acquisitions; overseas public listings of Chinese businesses; private equity; corporate advisory; dispute resolution; securitisation; asset and project finance; intellectual property and information technology; antitrust competition and trade; financial services; and regulatory. Apart, each practice has the capacity and expertise to help overcome our clients’ challenges. Together, every team works to deliver the practical solutions they seek. Our work spans projects in China, Asia, and across the globe. From advising multinational companies and financial institutions on their China operations to helping organisations raise capital, our teams work with lawyers worldwide to deliver astute and reliable

advice. Our knowledge of international legislation and local laws also ensures clients benefits from commercially focused services. Today, China is offering talented individuals the chance to fulfil their potential in a dynamic environment and participate in an era of exciting change. Working at Freshfields, the opportunities are there for the taking.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER (LONDON) WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

Freshfields.com UK Trainee Recruitment 65 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HS +44 20 7936 4000 +44 20 7832 7001 uktrainees@freshfields.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bahrain, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Cologne, Dubai, Dűsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Tokyo, Vienna, Washington DC. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: The main practice areas are Corporate, Finance, Dispute Resolution, Antitrust, Competition and Trade, Tax, IP/IT, Employment, Pensions and Benefits, Environmental, Planning and Regulatory, Real Estate. PRO BONO WORK: Our firm-wide community and pro bono programme is shaped by the belief that we have a responsibility to use our personal and professional skills to help people in need and to make a positive difference. As a law firm, we believe we have a responsibility to promote human rights and improve access to justice for people in need. As an employer, we believe we have a responsibility to invest in the next generation, to improve the skills and develop the potential of young people in schools and colleges, and to encourage a wider range of people from different backgrounds to consider going into commercial law firms like ours. For us, this is part of our approach to sustainability. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: Some availability – please check No. of Rotations: Up to 8 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Training contracts – 2 years, August and February start dates. Up to 8 seats can be taken during training,

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APPLICATIONS DUE:

01 Nov 08-31 July 09

HERBERT SMITH WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

www.herbertsmithgraduates.com Graduate Recruitment Exchange House, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2HS 020 7374 8000 020 7374 0888 Graduate.recruitment@herbertsmith.c om

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be in their penultimate year of undergraduate study or beyond.

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APPLICATION PROCESS: Online application form www.freshfields.com/uktrainees Rounds of Written exercise followed Interviews: analytical interview and interview.

FIRM COMPOSITION: Hong Kong/London Offices Total Principals: 245 Total Solicitors: Over 1,300 OTHER OFFICES: Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo. Associated offices: Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Dammam, Frankfurt, Jakarta, Jeddah, Munich, New York, Prague, Riyadh, Stuttgart, Warsaw

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: In addition to our induction programme, you’ll complete the Professional Skills Course and have regular “off the job” training in practice-specific and ‘soft’ skills areas. Training continues up to and beyond partnership and most of it is designed in-house to ensure it meets your needs and the requirements of the business. VACATION PROGRAMME: Vacation schemes – 3 weeks long. The salary for a vacation scheme is £825 (net). 2009 dates: 23rd March – 9th April 22nd June – 10th July 13th July – 31st July 3rd August – 21st August FIRM PROFILE: We are a leading international law firm. With more than 2,500 lawyers working across 28 offices in 16 different countries, we provide first-rate legal services to corporations, financial institutions and governments around the world. Our lawyers work on high profile, interesting and often ground-breaking work for a range of high profile clients around the world. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer combines a depth of local knowledge with an unrivalled breadth of expertise across practice areas and borders. There is no such thing as a 'typical' Freshfields lawyer. Our international focus, wide array of practice areas and varied clients demand individuals with differing skills and interests. To work with us, you will need strong academic ability (usually distinction or high distinction marks for each year at university), a broad range of skills and a good record of achievement in other areas.

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Herbert Smith’s blue-chip client base includes FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, major investment banks and governments. Its strengths span the width of commercial law and its reputation for innovative legal work crosses most sectors of industry and commerce. The firm is well known for advising on mergers, acquisitions and take-overs, and most forms of financing. Their specialist services include energy, competition, insurance and intellectual property practices. Their reputation for domestic and international litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution is unsurpassed in the UK and Asia. PRO BONO WORK: Herbert Smith have a long tradition of providing pro bono assistance because they believe everyone should be able to get legal advice and assistance regardless of their personal circumstances. They also recognise that their lawyers find it personally rewarding as well as professionally broadening and stimulating. In 2007, Herbert Smith lawyers contributed over 8,000 hours to free legal advice and the value of the probono legal work they carry out is £1.67 million. Pro bono opportunities include The Whitechapel Legal Advice Centre, Caribbean death row cases and 'Advocates for International Development'. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions Up to 105 for training contracts starting in 2010: in September 2011 or March 2012

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usually including Corporate, Finance and Dispute Resolution. Trainees currently receive £39,000 per annum for their first year, and £44,000 per annum for their second year.


INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY No. of 4 'seats' of six months Rotations: Details of Traineeship Program (for September 2011): The training process at Herbert Smith is carefully balanced between contentious and non-contentious work; early responsibility and close support. Great emphasis is placed on professional and personal development, with the firm running a mentoring scheme as well as its own legal development programme. Herbert Smith also has a strong reputation for the training it provides its trainees. As a trainee at Herbert Smith you will rotate around four seats of six months each. You can also apply for a seat in a specialist area such as IP, tax, trusts, EU/ competition, employment, pensions and incentives or our advocacy unit. Alternatively you can apply to go on secondment to a client or to one of their international offices. APPLICATIONS DUE:

31 July 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.1 or equivalent at university from any degree discipline APPLICATION PROCESS: Herbert Smith considers law students in their penultimate year, final year non-law students or anyone looking to begin a training contract in two years' time. They recruit from a broad range of universities and academic disciplines. Herbert Smith recruits up to 105 students from all academic disciplines to begin training contracts in September 2011 or March 2012. The deadline for applications is 31 July 2009. For further details and to apply online, please visit www.herbertsmithgraduates.com Rounds of Interviews: One case study exercise and one panel interview

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Throughout your training contract, Herbert Smith will help you evaluate your strengths and development needs, through formal reviews and informal feedback and coaching. You will also be allocated a partner as a mentor, who you can talk to whenever you need advice and support. VACATION PROGRAMME: Applications for 2009 will open on 1 February 2009. If your application is successful, you’ll be interviewed by two partners in Australia during April/May 2009. You will be asked to review a short business case study and the interview will be based around both your analysis of this exercise and key competencies we feel

make successful solicitors. The internship The internship will run from Monday 23 November to Friday 18 December 2009. During the programme you will undertake two rotations within different departments in the London office. Once you have been offered a place, you can let us know your preference as to where you would like to spend your time. We will fund your flights to and from the UK, organise your working visa and accommodation, covering all costs, and also pay you £350 at the end of each week of your internship. During the programme you will sit in the same room as a partner or senior associate and be given real work for real clients, In addition, you will be involved in workshops and presentations that provide an insight into the breadth and depth of practice areas in the firm. Formal and informal social events are arranged for you to meet others on the programme, partners, associates and trainees and also help you to get to know London. By the end of the four weeks you should have a good idea whether law is the career for you – and whether that career might be at Herbert Smith. FIRM PROFILE: Herbert Smith LLP is an international legal practice with 1,300-lawyers across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In addition, its Alliance with Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe, as well as a network of relationship firms across the rest of the world, enables Herbert Smith to provide a seamless, first class cross-border service. A friendly, collaborative culture prevails at Herbert Smith and the firm has a powerful worldwide reputation.

JONES DAY WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

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www.jonesday.com Ms. Ada Tam Recruitment Coordinator 29/F Edinburgh Tower The Landmark 15 Queen’s Road Central Hong Kong +852 2526 6895 +852 2868 5871 graduaterecruitment.hk@jonesday.com

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PRO BONO WORK: Please refer to website TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 6-8 2010: No. of Rotations: Non-rotational system Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Please refer to website APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit cover letter, CV and transcripts to email listed. VACATION PROGRAMME: Summer & Winter schemes FIRM PROFILE: Please refer to website

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

www.linklaters.com/ukgrads Charlotte Hart One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ, UK +44 (0)20 7456 2000 +44 (0)20 7456 2222 graduate.recruitment@linklaters.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Hong Kong/London Offices Total Principals: not available Total Solicitors: Over 2,400 worldwide OTHER OFFICES: We have 30 offices in 23 countries, covering all the major jurisdictions and financial centres around the world. Please see our website for further details. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking; Capital Markets; Competition/Antitrust; Corporate/M&A; Employee Incentives; Employment; Environment & Planning; Equity; Financial Markets; Insurance; Intellectual Property; Investment Management; Litigation & Arbitration; Pensions; Private Equity; Projects; Real Estate & Construction; Tax; Technology, Media & Telecommunications. PRO BONO WORK: Our volunteering work at Linklaters concentrates on causes that are local to the firm because we believe we should be a positive influence in our local communities – wherever in the world we happen to

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be. Examples of our varied programmes in London include providing literacy support in local schools, mentoring students or disadvantaged people starting business ventures, advising at law centres, and representing pro bono clients before courts and tribunals. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO NO

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010:

We are recruiting for our Australian Clerkship in London in November 2009. No. of Our clerkship students experience 2 practice areas for 2 weeks each. Rotations: Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): We are recruiting for our Australian Clerkship in London in November 2009. As a truly global law firm, Linklaters is committed to hiring and training the best graduates from around the world. For the last 7 years we have been running a clerkship in London specifically for Australian students, for 4 weeks before Christmas. The clerkship is aimed at students in their penultimate year of university. It’s an exceptional opportunity to experience firsthand our work, our people and our culture: there’s no better way to discover whether Linklaters is right for you. You’ll be treated just like a trainee, involved in real deals which are usually multi-jurisdictional and challenging. You will experience two of our practice areas for 2 weeks each, giving you a rounded view of our work. The clerkship also includes many other varied activities, such as a mediation exercise and mock client pitch, which are all designed to further develop your skills. As well as working hard you will also enjoy an active social life in the heart of London! At the end of the clerkship you will be offered an interview for a training contract. If all goes well, you can then return to Australia to finish your degree, with the security of a training contract in your pocket. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Early April 2009. Please see our website for exact dates www.linklaters.com/ukgrads

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: We are looking for penultimate year students in 2009 who are motivated, have a strong academic record and analytical skills, well-developed people skills and an ability to apply commercial awareness and thinking. Applications are accepted online only.

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Please refer to website


INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY APPLICATION PROCESS: We will review all online applications in April and invite selected candidates for interviews which will take place in Australia in May 2009. Rounds of 2 interviews and a critical reasoning test, all completed in the same day. Interviews:

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Finance, Banking Restructuring and Insolvency, Projects Engineering and Construction, Intellectual Property Media and Telecommunications, International Arbitration, Real Estate, Employment.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: After you have finished your degree, we will support you through the College of Law/PLT in Australia before you relocate to London. During your 2-year training contract, you will complete 4 ‘seats’ of 6 months each, including (if you choose) secondments to our international offices and clients. You will also complete the QLTT in order to become qualified in the UK. After qualification, we offer a market-leading structured framework of further learning and career development provided by the Linklaters Law & Business School.

PRO BONO WORK: Lovells give pro bono legal advice this year to among others the Make-a-wish Foundation and the Hong Kong Paralympic Team. As part of our international Corporate social responsibility programme (Touch) we raise funds for a variety of charities (Touch 2008 focused on aid for the physically impaired ).

VACATION PROGRAMME: Our clerkship programme in London is described above. FIRM PROFILE: Linklaters is a global law firm that advises the world’s leading companies, financial institutions and governments on their most important and challenging transactions and assignments. As an ambitious and innovative firm, our aim is to become the leading premium global law firm.

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PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.lovells.com Tracy Williams 11th Floor, One Pacific Place 88 Queensway Admiralty Hong Kong +852 2219 0888 +852 2219 0222 Tracy.williams@lovells.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Hong Kong/London Offices Total Principals: 10/350 Total Solicitors: 1700/80 OTHER OFFICES: Alicante, Amsterdam, Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Prague, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Warsaw

Lovells is proud to have been awarded the Caring Company Award in the years 2004-2008. We are delighted that we have again been nominated this year. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

N/A NO

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 8 No. of Rotations: 4 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2012): All trainees spend four rotations experiencing different departments including one six month period in our London office. In each department they will receive on the job training under the guidance of a supervisor. They are also assigned to a mentor who will see to their personal development and wellbeing as they transition from an academic to a professional environment. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Applications open now. No deadline

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates should be in the penultimate year of their law degree or final year of non law subject and eligible to commence the PCLL in Hong Kong in September 2011. Degree should be of 2:1 Honours standard Excellent Spoken and written English are a must. Chinese language skills (written and spoken) are a strong advantage APPLICATION PROCESS: Apply online via the Hong Kong Careers pages of our website: www.Lovells.com PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Lovells provides a comprehensive training scheme covering legal and technical skills as well as a

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All trainees spend four rotations experiencing different departments including one six month period in our London office. In each department they will receive on the job training under the guidance of a supervisor. They are also assigned to a mentor who will see to their personal development and wellbeing as they transition from an academic to a professional environment. This year Lovells was able to offer all of its qualifying trainees a full contract as an associate with Lovells. In previous years our retention rate has been around 90%. Our commitment to training continues beyond the initial two years with a structured programme catering to the development needs of our more senior lawyers. VACATION PROGRAMME: Lovells has two winter programmes each year - one in December and one in January. Each lasts three weeks. The first few days are allocated to training on legal and desktop systems which will allow the intern to integrate into the office environment. They will then be allocated to a training supervisor who allocate them work for their first rotation. They will also be allocated a buddy or mentor to see to their personal wellbeing while they are with Lovells. Their final week will be spent in a different department so that they are able to experience a balance of transactional and contentious work. Interns will share in the workload of the departments they are assigned to and will be engaged in tasks like drafting, document management, attending client meetings and court hearings. There is also a full programme of social and pro bono activities arranged so that the interns are able to experience what it is like to be a lawyer at Lovells in Hong Kong.

offices in Asia, Europe and the United States, Lovells is one of a small number of truly international law firms. We advise many of the world’s largest corporations, financial institutions and governmental organisations. We regularly act on complex, multijurisdictional transactions as well as some of the most high-profile commercial disputes. Following five years of dramatic growth, the firm now has a strong presence in every major European jurisdiction. In 2004, the opening of our Madrid office completed the jigsaw – offering a wide range of legal advisory expertise to our clients. In the United States our thriving New York and Chicago offices have built on our market-leading expertise in insurance and reinsurance and now include significant capability in a broad range of dispute resolution, banking, capital markets and restructuring work. We have a substantial US litigation capability of the highest quality with a team specialising in handling the domestic and international aspects of complex commercial disputes. We are experienced at presenting cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States as well as arbitration tribunals. In Asia, the firm has rapidly expanding offices in Beijing and Shanghai, complementing our existing Pacific Rim capabilities in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City. The firm has a deeply rooted culture of innovation. It leads the sector for its training and development initiatives – such as with TransAct, its real-time transaction role-playing module. Mexican-Wave, our award-winning tool for managing the procurement of legal services, is helping to change the way that clients obtain and manage their legal advice cost-effectively.

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Applications open 1 April 2009 and close 30 September 2009. Applications should be made online via the Hong Kong Careers pages of Lovells website: www.Lovells.com FIRM PROFILE: With over three thousand people operating from 26

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www.simmons-simmons.com Angela Manandhar Graduate Recruitment Manager 35/F., Cheung Kong Center, 2 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong +852 2583 8276 +852 2810 5040 angela.manandhar@simmonssimmons.com

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programme of soft skills development (eg public speaking, negotiation, drafting).


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experience or extra-curricular activities. We consider both law and non-law graduates and expect candidates to have a strong and consistent achieve at least a 2.1 or equivalent in their degree. Applicants must be fluent in English, and ideally Cantonese and Mandarin, with the ability to read and write Chinese.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: We are well know for our expertise in corporate, financial markets, litigation and dispute resolution, employment and intellectual property (IP). We focus on four principal industry sectors, namely Financial Institutions, Energy & Infrastructure, Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) and Life Sciences.

APPLICATION PROCESS: All applications must be made through the Hong Kong careers page on our website at www.simmons-simmons.com/traineelawyers The application period is between 01 January to 31 August 2009. Rounds of Interviews: 2

PRO BONO WORK: Simmons & Simmons believes that it has a responsibility as a law firm to play an active role within the community and in society as a whole. We do this by providing pro bono services to the local communities in which we operate and by encouraging all our staff to participate, through the provision of both legal and non-legal services. The important aspect of Simmons & Simmons' pro bono activity is that it involves the time and talents of the people participating, not their money.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Our training scheme turns out the best lawyers by encouraging your individual development with handson experience and responsibility in a dynamic and supportive environment. Your career will involve you in ground breaking and challenging assignments across a wide range of services and industries. We want to ensure you have the necessary legal qualifications and experience in your chosen field and place great emphasis on developing your business skills to help us realize your full potential.

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TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: 6-8 No. of Rotations: 4 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2011): Your trainee solicitor contract will last for two years. We operate a four seat training system which will enable you to gain six months experience in four different practice areas. The main practice areas we have are corporate (which includes projects, commercial, ICT and employment), financial markets, dispute resolution and IP. You will be assigned to a partner or senior lawyer for each seat to oversee your work and help plan your training. As well as working with other lawyers and gaining knowledge in our different service areas, you will be dealing with our allimportant clients right from the start. APPLICATIONS DUE:

31 August 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: We are a world class law firm and only recruit the best to grow our practice. We are looking for candidates with drive, enthusiasm and an outgoing personality who can demonstrate responsibility and team skills, either through work

We believe that fluent communication is key so we offer comprehensive Mandarin language training that enables you to enhance your existing knowledge of the language and also provide training in any other language if there is a business requirement. Our trainees are our future and from the minute you join, we will help steer and support you on the road to qualification and a long and successful career as a lawyer at Simmons & Simmons. VACATION PROGRAMME: Our summer 2009 vacation scheme runs in June, July and August, and the winter 2010 scheme runs in January and February. Candidates for each scheme must be eligible to undertake a training contract in September 2011. All applications must be made through the Hong Kong careers page on our website at www.simmons-simmons.com/traineelawyers The application periods are: Summer 2009: 01 January to 31 March 2009 Winter 2010: 01 June to 30 September 2009 Interviews can be conducted by telephone where personal meetings are not possible.

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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 part of the international face of the firm. We have 20 offices and employ approximately 2,000 people, including more than 1,000 legal staff, based throughout Asia, Europe and Middle East. Our Hong Kong office practices both English and Hong Kong law and works closely with our other offices, especially those in Shanghai, London and Tokyo. We advise clients on transactions, not only in Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China, but throughout the AsiaPacific region. We offer a full range of legal services to major multinational companies, international investment banks and financial institutions, government agencies and local companies. OTHER INFORMATION: International opportunities You will have the opportunity to go on secondment to one of our international offices. We currently second trainee solicitors to our London, Shanghai and/or Tokyo offices every six months. This is an excellent opportunity not only to enhance your legal development, but also to assist with the firm’s business development and further globalisation. All trainee solicitors are eligible to apply for a secondment.

Law School We will reimburse the costs of your PCLL conversion courses (where necessary) as well as your PCLL fees and provide a stipend of HK$50,000 to help you during the PCLL year. We believe that staying in touch is important and want you to feel part of the team as early as possible. We therefore arrange a dinner at the start of the PCLL year for your trainee intake to allow you to meet with us (again) and, more importantly, each other. We also hope you will join in various other firm events, such as charity events, open days, law fairs and dragon boating, where your academic schedule allows.

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Salary and benefits Our salary and benefits package is extremely competitive. Our current trainee solicitor salaries are HK$43,000 per month in the first year rising to HK$45,000 per month in the second year. Trainee solicitors are also provided with private medical cover, travel insurance cover, use of our junk and speedboat, 22 days annual leave and Mandarin language training.


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Accounting: Working at Pitcher Partners NON-LEGAL OPPORTUNITIES

MILANA MONIN GRADUATE TAX CONSULTANT PITCHER PARTNERS 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-off 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 opportunities to work across a range of these specialisations.

The firm overall is flexible and responsive, and everyone, including the Partners, 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 opportunity to socialise with people from throughout the firm, creating useful networks and making many new friends.

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. 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.

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Investment Banking: A Law Graduate’s Perspective ANDREW FRAME ANALYST, INVESTMENT BANKING DIVISION CREDIT SUISSE 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. Everyone’s first question is, “What exactly is investment banking?” After eighteen 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 staffed on a takeover defence, on Wednesday you may be participating 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 curve. 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 seven 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.

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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!


Investment Banking: UBS NON-LEGAL OPPORTUNITIES

JOEL AITKEN ANALYST, UBS BCOM / LLB (HONS), UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE Investment banking is an industry outside the traditional career path of a law graduate, but offers an opportunity to utilise your legal skills acquired at university with a more commercial focus. Indeed, having a combined law degree, particularly with commerce, is looked upon favourably by investment banks due to the inevitable interaction between investment banking and the law.

Why investment banking? As an investment banker, you have the opportunity to work with executive management and the boards of the world’s largest and most innovative companies to solve challenging problems. Whilst the job sometimes brings with it long hours, this is far outweighed by the opportunities it provides, including contact with clients, transaction experience and travel.

What is an investment bank? At UBS, the investment bank includes three departments: Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities (FICC), Equities and Investment Banking. The Investment Banking Department is responsible for advising on mergers, acquisitions, debt and equity capital raisings and strategy. It includes both sector (ie. Resources, Financials, Consumer, etc) and product (mergers and acquisitions, debt capital markets, equity capital markets) teams, who work together to serve primarily listed companies and private equity firms.

Which bank? UBS is one of approximately a dozen global investment banks that provide a complete suite of services and compete with local investment banks, often referred to as ‘boutiques’. Finding the right bank for you depends on what you are looking for out of a career in investment banking, which may include one of the following: Career progression Volume and size of transactions Professional development Firm culture Opportunities to travel and work overseas Work-life balance

What does an investment banker do? Investment Banking transactions can be broadly broken into three roles: client service, process and valuation. Expertise in the second two roles is generally acquired through experience, hence as an analyst you spend the majority of your time on valuation. Since joining UBS as a Summer Intern, I have worked within both the Resources and Consumer sector teams. As an analyst, you are required to research the industries that your sector covers, research the companies within these industries, analyse broker research on these companies and ultimately prepare financial models and alternative valuations for the purposes of completing transactions, whether they be mergers, acquisitions or capital raisings.

Interview tips 1. Be yourself – it will calm the inevitable nerves 2. Answer the question asked – bankers typically like short answers that get to the point 3. Follow the business media – you may need to discuss a significant issue 4. Understand what analysts do – you may be asked what attracted you to banking 5. Ask questions – it will help you determine which bank is the right fit for you

What qualities are needed to be an investment banker? You do not need to be a budding Warren Buffet to be an investment banker. Indeed, often those applicants with a keen interest in the share market find themselves more at home within FICC or Equities, rather than within Investment Banking, which is more transaction focused. Furthermore, UBS provides a sixweek training program for graduates in London in each year, which enables non-Commerce students to acquire the skills necessary to succeed as an investment banker. Broadly, the key skills that banks would look for in applicants include a strong work ethic, the ability to solve problems and solid interpersonal skills.

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Investment Banking: Macquarie Capital MACQUARIE CAPITAL Charlotte, Bachelor of Geography Johan, Bachelor of Engineering. James, Bachelor of Medical Science/Surgery Karthi, Bachelor of Laws What do all these people have in common? They are all members of the current Macquarie Capital graduate intake. There is a common misconception that to work in banking you must have studied finance – at Macquarie Capital, this is not the case. We seek candidates who satisfy a broad range of criteria in terms of their ability to make a positive, ongoing contribution to Macquarie and Macquarie Capital. Specifically, we look for graduates who display drive, entrepreneurial spirit, a sense of commercial acumen and most importantly, a genuine interest in the financial markets industry. We offer structured training programs to give you the extra skills you need. While the content of your degree is highly valuable, the skills that you develop throughout the completion of a quality degree are also highly prized. Law graduates in particular are often a good fit in our teams, because of the strong training in research, writing and drafting which is gained from a typical law course. These skills are critical in investment banking given the need to articulate financial information and concepts both concisely and accurately to clients and colleagues. Typical compulsory law school subjects such as Contract Law and Corporations Law teach you to think in terms of risk versus reward - this mindset is excellent preparation for a position in corporate advisory, where it is paramount to be aware of consequences to the client or investor of adopting any particular transaction structure. Law graduates will be qualified to do just about anything at the boundary between law and investment banking, i.e. corporate advisory; capital raising, private equity; - all of which are Macquarie's specialty areas. All graduates are offered the opportunity to undertake a range of professional development activities – from our Graduate Foundation Program on commencement, to relevant qualifications such as the CA and our bespoke Master of Finance degree through INSEAD. In addition to these initiatives, our graduates work day by day with the best in the business. Bring with you initiative, tenacity, an interest in the markets and strong team spirit and we’ll give you the tools you need for a successful career in investment banking.

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“To be successful as an analyst at Macquarie, you need an inquisitive mind, willingness to learn and the ability to work in a team. A good law course will prepare you for most of these requirements - everything else can be quickly learned on the job if you put in the time, effort and ask questions” – Karthi, Macquarie Capital 2008 Graduate “Quantitative ability is important but most of the specific skills I use have been learnt on the job through my own research, and from the fantastic people I work with. And the opportunity to undertake the INSEAD Master of Finance has allowed my financial skills to easily reach the level of my finance-educated peers” – Michael, Macquarie Capital Graduate 2008


Management Consulting: Bain & Company NON-LEGAL OPPORTUNITIES

MICHAEL BASTER ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT BAIN & COMPANY A law degree opens up a wide variety of career choices – and not only in a top tier law firm. Many students don’t realise that the critical and logical way of thinking developed during a law degree is applicable across a wide variety of industries and careers. Management consulting is a perfect example. Studying for your law degree has equipped you with the skills to deconstruct a complex business problem, synthesise the facts and structure a rational, logical and concise solution. In the field of consulting, these skills are highly valued and sought after. Bain recruits graduates from a wide variety of disciplines (law, medicine, engineering, economics, psychology, mathematics), however all recruits have one thing in common – the ability to think critically about a problem. All the other practical skills you need to be a management consultant can be learnt on the job (and you do, quickly!).

in professional development (including numerous local and international training sessions), while ensuring everybody is working sustainable hours and having fun – the regular social, sporting and case team events, such as yacht racing on Sydney Harbour or Italian cooking classes, make fun an everyday part of the job! It is no surprise to me that Bain is consistently rated among the “best employers” in Australia and internationally.

I studied Commerce/Law and Chinese at Melbourne University and enjoyed the wide-ranging content the course offered because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next. While studying, I worked as a paralegal at a top tier law firm, volunteered at a community legal centre, did clerkships at both top and mid-tier law firms, and also completed an internship in M&A at an investment bank. I was unaware of management consulting until application time when I read about it in the careers guide. What attracted me to management consulting was the experience offered across numerous industries, such as telecommunications, financial services, consumer products and the non-profit sector. With Bain, you can be working in one industry in Australia one month and a different industry overseas the next. Even in your first year you get direct exposure to senior business people at major corporations and your roles can vary greatly from performing operational efficiency analysis to providing strategic advice on a major M&A deal. Ultimately, I chose Bain because of the people. It provides an amazing opportunity to work with driven and brilliant-minded people from diverse backgrounds. Bain realises its people are its most important asset and makes an incredible investment

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

ANZ

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

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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

ADDRESS: PHONE: EMAIL:

www.anz.com/graduates Sarah Dare, Graduate Recruitment Manager 100 Queen St, Melbourne, Vic, 3000 1800 000 075 anzgrad@anz.com

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking and Finance GRADUATE RECRUITMENT Graduate positions commence in January 2010. Applications open February 2009 and can be submitted online via the Graduate Website. To be eligible to apply you must have completed/be completing your degree in 2007, 2008 or 2009.

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT Positions in 2008: Over 200 Positions in 2007: Over 300 APPLICATIONS DUE:

WEBSITE: CONTACT:

See website

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Refer to website Rounds of Interviews: 3 VACATION PROGRAMMES: Internships: six-month or year-long (penultimate year students) internship programs commencing at the beginning of each Semester. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Accenture offers a comprehensive orientation, including core analyst school in Kuala Lumpur, classroom and online training, mentoring and careers counselor. Job Description for a Law Graduate 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-performance businesses and governments. With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance. 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.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Online application form Online Testing Assessment Centres (including group activities and interviews) VACATION PROGRAMMES: Summer Internship Program Industry Based Learning (One Year) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The training and development offered to our graduates include: o an orientation program (in Melbourne) o a nominated ‘buddy’ when you join o an appointed coach to provide support/advice o development program, which includes learning development days and workshops o technical training and job-specific skill development (within your division) o graduate project within a team with an ANZ stakeholder Job Description for a Law Graduate There are a number of roles for students with a Law degree, however the roles are not legal in nature. Please refer to our 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. We employ more than 34,000 people

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NON-LEGAL FIRM DIRECTORY across 30 countries. ANZ has assets of AUD$392.6 billion and we operate in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Pacific, the UK, Europe and the USA, including our technology and operations centre in Bangalore, India.

AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY

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See website Level 26, 400 George St, Sydney NSW 2000 02 9210 3000 02 9210 3409 recruitment@apra.gov.au

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Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: 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. Graduate positions are also available within our specialized teams, providing advice and consulting services to front-line supervisors in areas such as litigation and enforcement and policy development.

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT APRA offers graduate positions to approximately 20 graduates within our Sydney Offi ce 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 .

APPLICATIONS DUE:

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Careers with APRA are diverse and progression is up to you. That doesn’t mean you won’t be supported. 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. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Program you can expect to be promoted to the role of Analyst. High performers can than expect further promotion within the next one to two years.

Job Description for a Law Graduate APRA people are front-line supervisors of regulated financial institutions – from small superannuation funds to large financial conglomerates.

FIRM PROFILE: APRA is the prudential regulator of the Australian financial services industry and oversees banks, credit unions, building societies, life and general insurance companies and reinsurance companies, friendly societies and most of the superannuation industry. We currently supervise 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.

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 support 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.

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NON-LEGAL FIRM DIRECTORY through each milestone of your Bain career. The continuous training also provides an opportunity to strengthen friendships with your colleagues from different offices.

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www.bain.com Melissa Robertson L52, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne 03 8614 8000 03 8614 8011 melissa.robertson@bain.com

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Management consulting. Advising and working with clients: on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, organisational effectiveness, operations, technology, corporate change. GRADUATE RECRUITMENT We look for intelligent, well-rounded individuals who possess strong problem solving skills, a history of leadership and teaming, a track record of success and above all, the passion to make a difference in everything they do. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Mid-March 2009 (early law application round available in January 2009)

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: We require the following information when submitting your application via our online system: * Resume/CV and cover letter * Educational background information * Work experience * Office preference * University results/transcript The interview process at Bain is an opportunity for you to learn more about us and for us to learn more about you. All candidates are strongly encouraged to prepare for our interview process. See our website for more information. Rounds of Interviews: 3 VACATION PROGRAMMES: Not available. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Formal training at Bain equips you with the tools that you need to excel in a demanding job. The breadth of training is wide—from understanding a company's financial statements to learning how to effectively present insights to clients. Bain's training programs are designed to support you from your first day and

Global training Training is core to who we are and what we do at Bain. You'll attend annual global training sessions, which are great opportunities to build strong relationships with your global peers and interact with Bain's best and brightest senior management. Job Description for a Law Graduate If you're an undergraduate or have a master's degree, you'll likely apply for our associate consultant (AC) role. As a Bain AC, you get the chance to make an impact right away. You're the one who finds the critical information, develops high-quality analysis and assesses the most pressing issues our clients face. You also share your insights and recommendations with your team and the client. In short, we expect and need you to make a difference. Throughout your time as an AC, you'll learn, be stretched and grow at an incredible pace. In addition to hands-on experience during client engagements, regular, worldwide, formal training programs will teach you the broad skill set you need to succeed as a business leader. But perhaps the most profound learning experiences come simply from interacting with your colleagues. Bain people represent the best and the brightest of the consulting industry. Working closely alongside your team and benefiting from informal mentoring, you'll quickly fill any gaps in your industry knowledge. You, in turn, will be surprised at how fast you start mentoring others. FIRM PROFILE: Bain & Company is a global business consulting firm with offices in all major cities. We help management make the big decisions: on strategy, operations, mergers & acquisitions, technology and organization. Bain was founded in 1973 on the principle that consultants must measure their success in terms of their clients' financial results. Companies that outperform the market like to work with us; we are as passionate about their results as they are.

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www.bostonconsulting.com.au Mary Katergaris Level 52 101 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 9656 2100 9656 2111 Katergaris.mary@bcg.com Over 66 offices worldwide

FIRM PROFILE: The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is an international strategy and general management consulting firm. Its mission is to help leading corporations create and sustain competitive advantage. BCG works with the senior management of major companies worldwide to achieve superior performance for their shareholders through creative approaches to business management, analytical rigour and the ability to translate insights into practical, bottom-line results. BCG Australia and New Zealand won the BRW Client Choice Award for “Best Consulting Firm” in 2006 and 2008, and for “Most Innovative Firm” in 2007. Job Description for a Law Graduate New graduates join BCG as ‘Associates’. Associates work in project teams and are expected to have a real impact on working out ‘the answer’ to the client’s problem and formulating the recommendations. An Associate’s work varies by project but it typically involves responsibility for a stream of work designed to test a hypothesis developed by the team. The Associate might, for example, have to analyse industry trends, work out competitors’ cost structures or gather information from overseas markets, using published sources, interviews, and BCG’s knowledge management system. The Associate is also responsible for packaging his or her findings to communicate them to the team and the client. As an Associate you face tough intellectual challenges, are given a great deal of responsibility and have high client contact from day one. You are also given many opportunities to travel, including project work in other parts of Australia and New Zealand, project work in, or a transfer to, one of BCG’s 66 plus offices around the world, overseas secondments, or postgraduate studies at a leading international institution. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: BCG provides Associates with comprehensive training in all aspects of their role. The induction to BCG

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consists of two weeks of Regional training in Sydney, Bangkok or Singapore. BCG also provides ongoing training in areas including financial analysis software, communication, presentation and leadership skills. Other training sessions are designed to share insights from client project work. As well as formal training, BCG uses an ‘apprenticeship’ model of professional development, with Associates given structured guidance and support in their on-the-job learning. Where areas for development are identified, formal and informal training is tailored to close the gaps. In addition, every Associate has a mentor allocated from BCG’s most experienced senior staff. After two to three years, successful Associates are offered sponsorship for a postgraduate degree, typically an MBA at one of the leading business schools in Europe or the USA. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Associates are not expected to align themselves with a particular industry sector or business function. Most will work in a diverse range of projects across many different industries. However, after gaining some project experience, most Associates elect to join one or more of BCG‘s global network of industry practice areas, including financial services, consumer goods, healthcare, industrial goods and energy and utilities, or a functional practice area such as strategy, corporate development, information technology or organisation. Practice areas hold regular conferences and training days (locally and worldwide) to share learning from client experience, introduce new tools and methodologies, and network with colleagues from around the region and the world. BCG also works with clients in government and the not-for-profit and community sectors. The global public sector practice (which is led from Australia) has clients in areas including police, judges, prisons, welfare, education, universities, sport, roads and transport, rail services, airports, energy, environment, economic development, finance and defence. BCG’s Social Impact Practice has clients including global humanitarian agencies, charities, community groups, and some public sector agencies. Our Social Impact work is generally pro bono or part paid. In Australia, BCG has worked for over five years in partnership with several Indigenous organisations on Cape York, with BCG staff, including Associates, working onsite on critical social and economic

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The Boston Consulting Group conducts three rounds of interviews, with two interviews in each round. In each interview, part of the time is spent understanding the candidate’s CV and motivation for applying to BCG. The remainder of the time is spent working through a business case exercise. BCG selects Associates with excellent academic results, outstanding analytical ability, creativity, maturity and superior communication skills.

Investment Banking Department, Equities and Fixed Income), Asset Management, Shared Services, Information Technology, Operations

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT We welcome applications from undergraduates, postgraduates and international students. Take a closer look at www.credit-suisse.com/careers APPLICATIONS DUE:

Asia Offices (non-Japan) October 17th 2008 (Full Time) December 7th 2008 (Summer Internship) Australia Offices March 2009 (Full Time) April 2009 (Summer Internship) * For Law students in Australia: February 2009 (Full Time) April 2009 (Summer Internship)

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Application/further information: www.credit-suisse.com/careers Please specify in your cover letter the location you would like to work in

VACATION PROGRAMMES: BCG does not offer internship or vacation employment to non-MBA students. OTHER INFORMATION: For additional information, please refer to the local BCG web site: www.bostonconsulting.com.au or global website: www.bcg.com

CREDIT SUISSE WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: EMAIL:

www.credit-suisse.com/careers campus.recruitment-ap@creditsuisse.com 5/F Three Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong campus.recruitment-ap@creditsuisse.com

OFFICES: Our main recruiting hubs are in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney & Melbourne, but we also recruit into smaller regional offices MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Private Banking, Investment

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VACATION PROGRAMMES: Our Summer Internship Program is designed to offer a real insight into our business. The program typically lasts 10 weeks and from day one you’ll be part of the team. You’ll face real challenges, enjoy real achievements and have your talents recognized every step of the way. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Our graduate programs require innovative, intellectual individuals who welcome new challenges and have the desire to move our business forward. That’s why we look to attract the best talent and give them every opportunity they need to grow and progress. We have an award winning internal training function, The Business School that encourages learning and growth throughout one’s career. FIRM PROFILE: Credit Suisse provides private banking, investment banking and asset management services to clients across the world. Active in over 50 countries and employing more than 48,500 people, we are one of the world’s premier banks. We offer intellectual challenges, high rewards and global development potential for individuals who

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Most people who join us do so because of ‘the people’. We appeal to intelligent and outgoing personalities who want to work together in an atmosphere of co-operation and respect. It’s a different perspective on how a big bank should go about its business, but it works for Credit Suisse. Our integrated bank strategy is helping drive us towards our goals – and it works as well for the business itself as it does for our clients. The opportunities we offer across the region are for Analysts, Associates and Interns and primarily focus on Investment Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management, Shared Services and Information Technology.

DELOITTE WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL: OFFICES:

www.graduates.deloitte.com.au Kerry Marshall 180 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 9208 6036 9691 8458 kermarshall@deloitte.com.au Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Parramatta, Perth, Sydney

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Assurance & Advisory Consulting Corporate Finance Corporate Reorganisation Forensic Growth Solutions Risk Services Tax Services Actuarial & Consultants Deloitte Digital GRADUATE RECRUITMENT On a global scale, our firm has hundreds of exciting opportunities for bright, motivated individuals with a passion for ongoing learning and career development.

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In addition to recruiting over 500 graduates annually, Deloitte offers a number of programs to undergraduate students including: Deloitte Development Program (1st year students) Summer Vacation Program (Penultimate year) Graduate Program

APPLICATIONS DUE:

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APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: We are seeking applications from penultimate students who are completing a degree (single, double or honours) in: Accounting Commerce/Business Economics Information systems/business systems IT/Computer science(or equivalent) Multimedia/design Human resources Actuarial and/or Law In assessing your application, we review your academic results, work experience, evidence of leadership and team experiences and your level of involvement in university, social or community life Applications need to be submitted online at www.graduates.deloitte.com.au Rounds of We have a 3 stage process; Online application Interviews: Group Assessment Partner Interview PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Deloitte’s Graduate Development Program provides you with the WEBSITE: www.graduates.deloitte.com.au CONTACT: Kerry Marshall ADDRESS: 180 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne PHONE: 9208 6036 FACSIMILE: 9691 8458 EMAIL: kermarshall@deloitte.com.au OFFICES:

Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Parramatta, Perth, Sydney

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Assurance & Advisory Consulting Corporate Finance

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GRADUATE RECRUITMENT On a global scale, our firm has hundreds of exciting opportunities for bright, motivated individuals with a passion for ongoing learning and career development. In addition to recruiting over 500 graduates annually, Deloitte offers a number of programs to undergraduate students including: Deloitte Development Program (1st year students) Summer Vacation Program (Penultimate year) Graduate Program APPLICATIONS DUE:

Check our website for dates

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: We are seeking applications from penultimate students who are completing a degree (single, double or honours) in: Accounting Commerce/Business Economics Information systems/business systems IT/Computer science(or equivalent) Multimedia/design Human resources Actuarial and/or Law In assessing your application, we review your academic results, work experience, evidence of leadership and team experiences and your level of involvement in university, social or community life Applications need to be submitted online at www.graduates.deloitte.com.au Rounds of We have a 3 stage process; Online application Interviews: Group Assessment Partner Interview PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Deloitte’s Graduate Development Program provides you with the tools and skills to successfully progress your career and consists of a number of elements including: D.Academy takes a blended learning approach including:

Business skills training– covering topics such as professionalism and etiquette, teamwork, business development and communication and presentation skills Breakfast briefings with inspirational speakers A mentoring program A peer support program, and An e-learning program Fly on the Wall program Peer support program E-learning (Over 9,000 online course, including Harvard University) In addition to D.Academy Graduates will be supported in completing their postgraduate studies in courses such as; Masters of Tax/Laws College of Law CA – Chartered Accountant Program And many other postgraduate degrees supported by Deloitte Job Description for a Law Graduate Deloitte’s Tax and Law Graduate Program delivers opportunities for students with a commerce and/or law background. The technical demand behind tax law provides Deloitte graduates with continual challenges and involvement in a broad range of services from day one. There are two types of tax work; compliance and consulting. Compliance work consists of ensuring that a client is accurately complying with the Australian Tax Office requirements such as assisting with dispute resolutions with tax authorities. Consulting work involves providing advice on tax legislation and the application of tax laws to clients to minimise their tax liability whilst achieving their business goals. Both areas involve a large research component – particularly legal research in respect of legislation, commentary and rulings. Our Tax group provides advice in the following areas: Research & Development, Corporate , Pricing & Economics Group (Transfer Pricing), Indirect , International, Global Employer Services, Reward Services, Mergers and Acquisitions, National Technical , Growth Solutions (Middle Market) and Deloitte Lawyers. FIRM PROFILE: Deloitte is the largest fully integrated business consulting and advisory service. We provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk

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D.Academy takes a blended learning approach including: Business skills training– covering topics such as professionalism and etiquette, teamwork, business development and communication and presentation skills Breakfast briefings with inspirational speakers A mentoring program A peer support program, and An e-learning program Fly on the Wall program Peer support program E-learning (Over 9,000 online course, including Harvard University)

particularly legal research in respect of legislation, commentary and rulings. Our Tax group provides advice in the following areas: Research & Development, Corporate , Pricing & Economics Group (Transfer Pricing), Indirect , International, Global Employer Services, Reward Services, Mergers and Acquisitions, National Technical , Growth Solutions (Middle Market) and Deloitte Lawyers. FIRM PROFILE: Deloitte is the largest fully integrated business consulting and advisory service. We advisory, risk provide audit, consulting, financial management, and tax services to top tier clients including 90 of 100 Australia's largest publicly-owned companies, as well as family/private businesses and government. Our vision is to become the most inspirational professional firm to work with in Australia, by giving you the opportunity to design your own career. Globally, we are the biggest professional services firm, with over 165,000 people generating revenue of more than $US21 billion in nearly 150 countries

ERNST & YOUNG In addition to D.Academy Graduates will be supported in completing their postgraduate studies in courses such as; Masters of Tax/Laws College of Law CA – Chartered Accountant Program And many other postgraduate degrees supported by Deloitte Job Description for a Law Graduate Deloitte’s Tax and Law Graduate Program delivers opportunities for students with a commerce and/or law background. The technical demand behind tax law provides Deloitte graduates with continual challenges and involvement in a broad range of services from day one. There are two types of tax work; compliance and consulting. Compliance work consists of ensuring that a client is accurately complying with the Australian Tax Office requirements such as assisting with dispute resolutions with tax authorities. Consulting work involves providing advice on tax legislation and the application of tax laws to clients to minimise their tax liability whilst achieving their business goals. Both areas involve a large research component –

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WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: EMAIL:

www.ey.com/au/careers Kristy Danaher 8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne kristy.danaher@au.ey.com

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Tax: Modern tax regulations are highly complex. As a Tax professional at Ernst & Young, you’ll help clients navigate these complexities and manage their tax liabilities effectively. Assurance: Assurance gives companies and their investors confidence that the financial results they report give a true and fair picture of their business. You’ll have the opportunity to work in multidisciplinary teams to handle complex issues and resolve challenges. Advisory: Advisory helps clients better manage all kinds of risk – including strategic, financial, operational, technological, environmental and security – and improve the way they run their business. Transactions: The right transaction can enhance an organisation’s growth, competitiveness and profitability. As a Transaction Advisory Services professional at Ernst & Young, you’ll help clients evaluate structure and execute their most important deals.

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NON-LEGAL FIRM DIRECTORY the industry’s most talented professionals. GRADUATE RECRUITMENT Our programs for graduates: Our Tax Graduate program is an opportunity to align your career with your skills and ambitions. With our wide-ranging, international client base, diverse service lines and outstanding support services, the possibilities are limited only by your ambition. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Regardless of how you decide to work with us, day one is when our investment in your development begins: with a ‘buddy’ who’ll help you settle in, a counsellor who’ll help you set your goals and manage your performance, plus formal learning, on-the-job experiences and coaching. And that investment never stops.

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APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: What we’re looking for: Students who stand out from the crowd Students with a range of interests outside work Students who can demonstrate to us that they’re hungry to achieve their potential Throughout the Recruitment process you’ll discover more about our programs, where you might fit into our business and whether we’re the type of organisation you’d like to work for. We’ll get a chance to assess your skills and see if you’re the kind of person we’re looking for. You’ll find that we run a fair and well-planned recruitment process and it starts from the moment you apply. VACATION PROGRAMMES: Our Vacationer program is a great way for penultimate year students to experience the working world during your summer university holidays. You’ll undertake induction, be trained on our systems and have an opportunity to work across a number of Ernst & Young service lines with clients from various industries. Many Vacationers are offered full time positions with us once they’ve finished their studies. We also have one other program that might suit your skills and aspirations if you’re a 3rd year Commerce/Law student: the Tax Scholarship Program. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: At Ernst & Young, we take a well-rounded view of ‘development.’ For us it means combining formal learning with on-the-job experiences and tailored coaching. We’ll help you manage every step of your career: We offer ongoing training to help you develop your skills. You may have the opportunity to work on varied and challenging projects for some of the world’s top companies and smaller, fastgrowing ones. You’ll be mentored and supported by some of

Job Description for a Law Graduate Our Tax and Transaction Advisory Services service lines offer great opportunities for Law students. Graduates within the Tax division undertake a rotation program in their first 12 months where they will rotate across different Tax service lines. Rotations are available across some areas of Transaction Advisory Services. FIRM PROFILE: Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 130,000 people are united by shared values and a commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential. Right from day one, your contribution will matter. We want you to share your experiences and offer your unique point of view. You’ll be given responsibilities early on, as well as the chance to own projects, deal with new situations and take on challenges. We’ll match your talent, drive and skill to opportunities that will really stretch you. Here, the pace is fast. Your colleagues will be bright, diverse and motivated. It may sound daunting, but rest assured – you’ll receive the training you need, and you’ll have the help and support of your team

GM HOLDEN WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL: OFFICES:

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 (Melbourne Offi ce) Port Melbourne, Victoria OTHER OFFICES: SA, QLD, WA, NSW

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate Affairs, Human Resources, Information Systems & Services, Global Purchasing & Supply Chain, Sales & Marketing, Engineering, Design, Manufacturing, Finance, Quality, Planning & Program Management, Global Rear-Wheel Drive.

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT Yes – Number of positions yet to be confirmed Positions in 2008: Engineering – 12 Sales & Marketing – 4 Finance – 4 Human Resources – 2 APPLICATIONS DUE:

See website

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Applications can be submitted online at www. holden. com.au/careers. Special requirements may vary 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. Rounds of 2 rounds of behavioural interviews Interviews: VACATION PROGRAMMES: Summer: Yes. Applications open in August each year (Finance & Engineering only). 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.

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 participant. 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.

GOLDMAN SACHS JBWERE WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL: OFFICES:

www.gsjbw.com Graduate Recruiting co-ordinator Level 16, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000 (03) 9924 0726 Graduatecareers@gsjbw.com OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra (internships are only offered in Melbourne and Sydney)

GRANT THORNTON WEBSITE: CONTACT:

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

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Students who take part in any of the student employment opportunities 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.

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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 & Services,

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Business Relationship Advisory and Taxation Services, Investment Management and Superannuation

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Global – Across 112 countries Australia – Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth

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APPLICATION 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 form (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. Rounds of 2 rounds, including an aptitude test Interviews: VACATION PROGRAMMES: Summer: Two separate summer vacation placements are offered; November/December (5 weeks) and January/February (6 weeks); we look to offer approximately 25 positions over the summer months.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Grant Thornton prides itself on offering one of the most comprehensive technical and professional development programs in the industry. We actively support 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: FIRM COMPOSITION: (Melbourne office) Total Partners: 20 Total Solicitors: 100 Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organizations 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…”

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

kpmg.com.au Nicole Frankel 147 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000 1800 000 479 9288 6666 gradmelb@kpmg.com.au

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In Australia, we operate nationally across 13 offices with around 400 partners and over 5,500 people.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Audit, Tax and Advisory GRADUATE RECRUITMENT KPMG offers graduate, vacation, cadetship and cooperative recruitment programs to students and university graduates. Nationally, KPMG recruits approximately 550 graduates, cadets and co-ops annually across all programs and our 13 offices. For closing dates and vacancies in your preferred office and to apply online, please visit the Careers section of our website kpmg.com.au APPLICATIONS DUE: Our recruitment process starts as applications are submitted and will continue until we have recruited for all available positions. For this reason you should apply to us as early as possible to ensure the best chances of success through our program. Applications for a 2010 graduate position will open in March 2009. APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Applications are to be submitted online, via the careers section of our website. Your application will be reviewed by our graduate recruitment team and divisional managers. If your application is successful you will be invited to attend our assessment centre which involves an interview, a written exercise and a group exercise. If you are successful at the assessment centre stage, you’ll be invited back into our offices to meet with a Partner from your preferred division. Rounds of 2 Interviews: VACATION PROGRAMMES: KPMG’s vacation program is an 8 week program from December through to February. It is a great opportunity to gain practical experience and obtain an inside view of potential career options with one of the

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Vacationer opportunities are open to penultimate year students who are permanent residents.

In 26 countries across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Americas, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East

FIRM PROFILE: KPMG is part of the global network of professional services firms of KPMG International. With over 120,000 people worldwide, KPMG member firms provide audit, tax and advisory services in around 140 countries. Joining KPMG will provide you with the opportunity to work with leading organisations ranging from the large ASX 100s, government enterprises and not-for-profits, to some of the most innovative Australian businesses. Our professionals offer a personal service specifically tailored to a wide range of industry groups including Consumer Markets, Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Services, Government, Industrial Markets and Information, Communications & Entertainment. KPMG opens the door to students and graduates for a challenging and rewarding career in professional services. Our open and friendly culture encourages you to explore and share new ideas, and build a successful and individual career at your own pace. OTHER INFORMATION: At KPMG we’re open to all bright minds. Regardless of your academic background, or the range of skills you have we are interested in you! To become part of the team you need to be a good team player and have the ability to lead. We want people who can build strong relationships with all manners of people, and you should always be looking for the next challenge but ensuring the work in front of you is of the highest quality.

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www.macquarie.com/careers Tracey Byrne 1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000 +612 8237 5910 maccaprecruit@macquarie.com

Macquarie Capital (formerly known as the Investment Banking Group) is one of the Macquarie Group’s 6 operating divisions. Macquarie Capital includes the Group's wholesale structuring, underwriting, corporate advisory and specialised funds management (including infrastructure) sectors. With offices across the globe, Macquarie Capital provides a depth of service including specialist capabilities in: ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ

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GRADUATE RECRUITMENT Macquarie Capital offers graduates a dynamic working environment, international opportunities and the freedom to make a real contribution driving multimillion-dollar, high-profile transactions. In addition to working with the best people in the industry, you will be provided with comprehensive training, an informal work environment geared to learning and gaining REAL experience, and exciting career opportunities.

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APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Macquarie Capital is looking for candidates who possess the following qualities: A genuine interest in the financial markets industry Strong team player Initiative Drive and tenacity Entrepreneurial spirit Commercial acumen Ability to think outside the box Strong numeric, analytic and communication skills Excellent academic results A record of outstanding achievement. Graduate Program applicants should be in their final year of studies. Summer Vacation Program applicants should be in their penultimate year of university. Application Process: Macquarie Capital undertakes an extremely thorough and comprehensive recruitment process. We seek candidates who satisfy a broad range of criteria in terms of their ability to make a positive, ongoing contribution to Macquarie and Macquarie Capital. The Graduate and Summer Intern recruitment process includes: an online application interviews a psychometric assessment and pre-employment screening with graduates also undergoing reference checks. Rounds of 2 Interviews: VACATION PROGRAMMES: The Summer Vacation Program runs for 10 weeks from early December to mid-February. You will be exposed to an exciting working environment, senior leaders, and will have the opportunity to be involved in and contribute to high-profile transactions while working within the Macquarie Capital Advisers teams. Interns will spend the majority of the program on the

job, however, they will also be provided with extensive training and information sessions throughout the 10 weeks. At the conclusion of the program, Macquarie Capital looks to offer graduate positions to students based on performance. This is a great chance to get a foot in the door at Australia’s leading investment and advisory firms and gain valuable work experience. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Macquarie Capital is committed to providing training opportunities that help you develop your potential from day one. As a graduate you will attend the Macquarie Capital Graduate Foundation Program with graduates from around the world. Graduate Foundation Program The program includes technical presentations, financial modelling, communications skills training and the opportunity to use the skills you have developed to produce and present a pitch to senior members of Macquarie Capital. The program is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues from around the world and meet many of our senior managers. Buddy/Mentoring Program The learning doesn’t stop there - once you begin work in your team, you will be assigned a buddy who will assist you day to day, and a mentor who will help guide you through your transition from university to the corporate world. INSEAD Master of Finance In addition, as a member of Macquarie Capital you will receive an exclusive offer to study for a Master of Finance (Investment Banking) degree from INSEAD, 'the business school for the world’. This degree is the first exclusive and customised post graduate degree program from a top ten business school for any corporate organisation in the world. Participants will have the opportunity to study in the US, Singapore, France and Australia across curriculum that includes accounting; advanced finance; leadership, management and strategic analysis; and investment banking management. The degree is fully funded by Macquarie and is considered an integral professional development opportunity for our people. http://executive.education.insead.edu/csp/master_of _finance.cfm Job Description for a Law Graduate As a member of the Macquarie Capital team you will have the opportunity to work within one of our industry or product groups. You will gain exposure to the range of activities the group is involved in

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FIRM PROFILE: The Macquarie Group is a diversified international provider of specialist investment, advisory and financial services, with more than 13,000 employees in 26 countries across Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia. At Macquarie, we offer exceptional opportunities to accelerate your career in a forward-thinking, fast growing organisation. For more than a decade, Macquarie has achieved record profits and consistent growth with international activities, in particular, experiencing significant growth. Macquarie’s success is driven by entrepreneurial energy, our people and a robust risk management framework. We structure our business into six operating groups with a non-hierarchical management style. This provides individual businesses with operating freedom within risk limits - this strategy is known as ‘freedom within boundaries’.

PITCHER PARTNERS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: EMAIL: OFFICES:

www.pitcher.com.au Hayley Warne 19/15 William Street, Melbourne 03 8610 5097 hayley.warne@pitcher.com.au Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Tax Consulting & Compliance, Corporate Transactions, Superannuation, Investment Advice & Wealth Management, IT Consulting, Forensic Valuation, Business Recovery & Insolvency, Business Advisory & Assurance

committed to developing and nurturing your career. But we also appreciate that life is not all work, so we encourage you to pursue your other interests. Our graduate program is all about choice – as a graduate you are encouraged to develop your general skills, before choosing to specialize, or to continue to build on your general expertise. We realize that you want to have contact with clients early in your career, and gain exposure to a variety of business environments. We also understand that it is important for you to feel part of a team. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Around March 2009

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Apply online via www.pitcher.com.au/careers Rounds of Interviews: 2 VACATION PROGRAMMES: Our Vacation program is an excellent way to gain 4weeks paid work experience over the Summer. Vacationers are given a buddy and a manager and are given real work. Vacationers take part in the normal day to day events of the firm, including group training, client visits and firm social events. The best Vacationers are often invited to join our Graduate program upon completion of their degree. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Your introduction to Pitcher Partners as a Graduate starts with a week on the Gold Coast participating in our National Graduate Training Program. This program is a great way to start your career, and an exciting way to meet and build relationships with local and interstate colleagues. Back in the office, you will be given the chance to develop your skills by being provided with regular technical training, a range of interesting client and work opportunities as well as soft skills training sessions. Job Description for a Law Graduate Commerce/Law degree and desire to complete the ICAA CA Program is desired.

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT Looking for a firm that can give you numerous career opportunities and the freedom to develop your own interests?

FIRM PROFILE: In 1991, a group of like-minded people decided they wanted to be different. They wanted to become the leading accounting and business advisory firm servicing the middle market, and they wanted to build a reputation based on a culture of caring for their clients and their staff.

At Pitcher Partners, we recognize that our people are our most valuable resource, which is why we are

From this small group of dedicated individuals, Pitcher Partners was born.

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including principal investment, corporate advisory, project finance, funds management and capital raisings. Working with some of the best in the business, you will be involved in all facets of transactions that will be both challenging and rewarding.


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In seventeen years, the firm has grown to 41 partners and over 500 staff in Melbourne. In addition, Pitcher Partners is a member of Baker Tilly International, an Australia wide and global network of independent firms, and the eighth largest network in the world, with over 138 firms in 104 countries.

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Despite the firm’s outstanding growth and success, its mission hasn’t changed. Pitcher Partners Melbourne is now the leading firm servicing the middle market in Melbourne.

PRICEWATERHOUSE COOPERS WEBSITE: PHONE: EMAIL:

www.pwc.com/au/careers 1800 17 55 99 ssc@au.pwc.com

OFFICES:

Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney, Townsville

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Assurance, Tax and Legal, Advisory and Internal Firm Services GRADUATE RECRUITMENT PricewaterhouseCoopers is looking for inspired students and graduates ready to make their mark on the world. Is that you? If so, you can join us and enjoy and diverse range of careers with a real focus on developing, motivating and inspiring our employees. Our unbeatable reputation as one of the world’s top professional services firm means you’ll have exposure to challenging and interesting work with some great clients, growing companies and entrepreneurial individuals. Many of the career options available include international, domestic and client secondments, flexible working hours and involvement in community projects. Most importantly, we’ll let you be who you want to be. APPLICATIONS DUE:

www.pwc.com/au/careers

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Please refer to our website for more information, www.pwc.com/au/careers VACATION PROGRAMMES: Vacation work at PwC offers you an exciting range of

opportunities across our three key divisions – Assurance, Advisory and Tax & Legal. You’ll be exposed to real client work, training programs, social and sporting activities and, most importantly, our people. In addition to having made many great new friends, you’ll gain a sound understanding of the work that we do and our working environment. And, if you’re one of the many vacationers that received an offer of graduate employment, you’ll be well placed to make an informed decision about your graduate career. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Every practice area has a development model aligned to the business goals. The process for performance evaluation and career development is an ongoing process. You will be allocated a coach or development manager who will work with you to provide direction for career development. PwC develops the whole person, rather than just creating technical experts. Depending on the path you choose, the firm will invest up to $25,000 in your professional development in your first few years. The firm will provide relevant technical and professional training, as well as ensure that you are developing skills in teamwork, presentation, time management, networking and understanding the business of PwC. Job Description for a Law Graduate PricewaterhouseCoopers accept any degree type and all disciplines. We are looking for intelligent, talented individuals with great communication skills and the ability to work well in a team. In order to build meaningful relationships with clients and your PwC colleagues, strong interpersonal skills are important. Team work is one of our core values and we place great emphasis on our people, sharing and expanding their knowledge together. We will equip you with the practical and technical skills you need for a successful and dynamic career. Our global structure and diversity of practice areas offer you exceptional professional and personal career opportunities. FIRM PROFILE: PricewaterhouseCoopers provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services for public and private clients. More than 146,000 people in 150 countries connect their thinking, experience and solutions to build public trust and enhance value for clients and their stakeholders. We help our clients solve complex business problems, measurably enhance their ability to build value, manage risk and improve performance. We work with some of the

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UBS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: EMAIL: OFFICES:

www.ubs.com/graduates Laura Archer L16, Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square, Sydney, NSW 2000 02 9324 2000 SH-Campus-ANZ@ubs.com Global. In Australasia: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Auckland.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Investment Bank Wealth Management Asset Management GRADUATE RECRUITMENT Investment Banking Department Equities Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities Information Technology Operations Finance Human Resources Risk Control APPLICATIONS DUE:

Melbourne: Tuesday 4 February 2009 (5pm) Sydney: Tuesday 24 March 2009 (5pm)

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Competency based online application, competencybased interviews, psychometric testing and assessment exercises. Applications encouraged from all degree disciplines. Academic credentials are important, but equally important are demonstrable skills such as problem analysis, judgement and decision making, planning and organizing, communication, drive and commitment, teamwork and innovation Rounds of 1 + Assessment Centre Interviews: VACATION PROGRAMMES: We offer a nine week structured summer internship program, which is a vital tool in our graduate hiring process. You will work alongside some of the brightest and best, learning about our organization, a specific

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business area, our clients and the products and services we offer. A variety of events and workshops ensure your experience is packed with learning, training and networking opportunities. Evaluation is a serious element of the program and successful interns will be offered a graduate position for the following year. Our summer internship program runs from December until February each year. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: UBS graduates enter intensive, industry-leading training programs at the start of their careers with the firm. These programs provide various cross-divisional and specialist perspectives. A combination of demanding practical work experience and top education and training, they focus on specific business skills as well as personal development. You will also learn about our organization, core values and the professional standards we aspire to.

FIRM PROFILE: UBS is one of the world's leading financial firms, serving a discerning international client base. UBS is a leading global wealth manager, a top tier investment banking and securities firm, and one of the largest global asset managers. UBS is also the market leader in Swiss retail and commercial banking. In Australasia, UBS has operated in the financial market for over 70 years, having grown from a private stock-broking business to a leading financial services firm with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and recently Perth. Today, UBS is a market leader and employs around 1500 staff in Australia and New Zealand.

OTHER INFORMATION: For further details and to apply for a position, please refer to our website www.ubs.com/graduates.

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best clients, the best people and have the best opportunities for you to kick start your career.


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TERRI ABEYSEKERA VICTORIA LAW FOUNDATION Deciding on a career path can be a difficult exercise for law graduates. Knowledge is essential to making the right choice, and while many students consider undertaking corporate clerkships to gain experience, for those with a public-minded approach, Victoria Law Foundation’s Legal Policy Internship Program is an excellent alternative option. Victoria Law Foundation is an independent, community benefit organisation promoting greater understanding of the law . Each year, the Foundation coordinates a Legal Policy Internship Program for law students with a career interest in legal research, policy development and community legal education. The Foundation aims to match the interests of students who apply for the Program with the needs of various public sector organisations. Host agencies include the Department of Justice, the Victorian Bar as well as the Victorian Law Reform Commission among others. The internships are four weeks in duration, and are undertaken either full time in a four week block over the summer or winter break or on a part time basis over the semester. As an intern at Victoria Law Foundation this year, I have had the opportunity to work on a number of varied and interesting tasks which have allowed me to develop my writing, communication, research and project management skills. In particular, my major project with the Marketing team has been organising and promoting Law Week; a national program designed to educate, inspire and engage diverse sectors of the community with the law. The project has given me invaluable ‘hands-on’ experience with many aspects of marketing including promotional writing, event organisation and sponsorship. It has also enabled me to learn about the breadth of organisations which provide free legal advice and support to many people in need throughout the community. During the internship, the Foundation runs training workshops, featuring noted professionals in the legal policy arena. 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 opportunity to meet other interns and discuss different internship projects.

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Some recent internship projects have included research and policy development for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission; giving telephone advice about neighbourhood disputes on the Disputes Infoline at the Dispute Settlement Centre; as well as work for the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal Registry in relation to urgent and important cases. Working in legal research, policy, development or education can be challenging, rewarding and inspiring all at once. If you think you might want to work outside traditional legal practice in the public sector, then participating in Victoria Law Foundation’s Legal Policy Internship Program will help you make an informed choice – and might even provide that often elusive “foot in the door”. Further information can be found at www.victorialaw.org.au * Terri Abeysekera is a Melbourne University law student and past intern with the Victoria Law Foundation, who now works for the Foundation as a Media Officer.

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Working with the AGS PUBLIC SECTOR EXPERIENCES

Do you love the idea of practicing in public law? Doing legal work for the government? Developing with a firm that engages young lawyers? If you are sitting there saying yes, yes, YES then AGS is the place for you. What is AGS? What is AGS you ask? Good question we answer. AGS is the affectionate acronym given to the Australian Government Solicitor. As the name aptly suggests, AGS is a fully commercial and competitive law firm owned by the Australian Government. We act for departments and agencies, and for entities in which the Australian Government has an interest, domestically and internationally. What can I expect as a Trainee at AGS? Perhaps this is best answered by first highlighting what you can not expect. Don’t expect to spend your hours stuck behind a photocopier, or lost in a senior partner's filing cabinet. Don’t expect to be only peripherally involved in matters, hidden from clients and a stranger to senior lawyers. You can expect to be heavily involved in a range of interesting, dynamic, challenging and ultimately rewarding legal work. That includes working on high profile and landmark cases which could even include a trip to the High Court! Some of the matters we have recently been involved in include constitutional challenges, national security matters, environmental disputes and large business tax cases. You will be actively involved in matters from initial stages of client meeting and obtaining instructions through to writing advices, drafting agreements, liaising with counsel and attending court.

AGS also has an established Lawyer Development Program which involves not only Trainees but other young lawyers. It covers major areas of practice as well as topics relevant to the work you will be doing for the Federal Government. Sessions are hosted by senior lawyers who provide you with both legal principles and useful practical examples and advice. So that all sounds great, but what’s the boss like? At AGS senior staff are actively involved in developing young lawyers. There is a strong team environment which guarantees that the extensive expertise of Senior Lawyers, Team Leaders and Senior Executive Lawyers (that's AGS speak for 'Partner') are always available to you through their support, supervision and guidance. Will I ever get to leave my desk? AGS encourages lawyers to be involved with activities outside of work. You will have the opportunity to join the Environment Group which promotes sustainability at work and the Reconciliation Working Group just to name a couple. AGS also has a vibrant social atmosphere kept alive by a busy social club not to mention a previously ill fated, but improving mixed netball team!

As a Trainee you may also have the opportunity to go on secondment to government departments and agencies. Previous Trainee secondments have included the Workplace Authority and the Australian Federal Police. A current trainee even spent a few weeks on an air force base in Sydney providing advice to the Department of Defence. Give me the low down, the nitty gritty? AGS offers its Trainees 3 rotations over their twelve month period. In the Melbourne office the major areas of practice through which you will be rotated include Tax, Trade Practices and Enforcement, Employment and Compensation, Administrative Law, Property and Commercial. This means that during your Traineeship you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of matters including Government, Commercial and Litigation work.

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ZOE JACKSON ARTICLED CLERK ADMINISTRATIVE LAW BRANCH I chose to do my Articles at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (VGSO) because of a strong personal interest in government and a desire to avoid the meaningless quasi-administrative tasks and excessive working hours experienced by friends in commercial law firms. I am nearly six months into my Articles and my experience has validated my decision. The VGSO is the primary provider of legal services to the State Government and the exclusive provider of services relating to constitutional law, the new Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities and native title. This gives VGSO employees unique exposure to the workings of government and access to work which is varied, stimulating, topical and high-profile. Articled Clerks become meaningfully involved in this work from day one. During my time here, I have enjoyed extensive client contact and have been involved in researching and writing high-level legal advice for government departments, drafting court submissions and even instructing on a matter in the Supreme Court. I have helped clients to manage important public infrastructure, determine native title claims and clarify their obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic). In my next rotations, I can look forward to providing legal advice to the Victorian Police, working on coronial inquests and possibly even doing a brief stint at the Office of Public Prosecutions. Formal training, a mentoring system for ACs and the friendly, caring culture has ensured that I have always felt supported in undertaking these new tasks. Solicitors, even principals, have an open-door policy, genuinely welcome questions and take a keen interest in ACs’ training and development. The traditional apprenticeship model – in which experienced lawyers take pride in training the new generation - still finds a home at VGSO. In addition, the generally deceptive rhetoric regarding work/life balance is actually implemented here. I normally leave the office at 5.30pm and have never been asked to work on weekends. This reflects the VGSO’s policy that every employee should be able to have a full life outside of the law, which is sadly rare but a refreshing attitude in legal circles.

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I highly recommend VGSO as a stimulating and supportive environment in which to learn the essentials of legal practice.

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Working at the ALRC PUBLIC SECTOR EXPERIENCES

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 customary law, court 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 parties around Australia. Some inquiries also involve conducting open public meetings or conferences.

Through practical experience, interns have the opportunity 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 postgraduate students and recent graduates seeking unpaid work experience. The ALRC internship program is highly competitive, especially for the summer placements. Applicants should highlight their s kills and experience in research and writing, whether obtained through academic, volunteer or work experiences. Students whose nonlegal studies are related to a current inquiry 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; Fax: 02 8238 6363 Website: www.alrc.gov.au; Email: info@alrc.gov.au

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 advertised 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 officers must have the capacity to contribute creatively to the development of policy proposals. The ALRC does not offer graduate employment opportunities. However, the ALRC does have a voluntary internship program that gives law students and recent graduates the opportunity to work at the ALRC office in Sydney on a current inquiry. Interns serve on a voluntary basis for a day a week for one semester or for four weeks full time during semester or over the summer break (December or January– February).

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As the rural-regional based articled clerk at Victoria Legal Aid in 2008, I am spending the majority of my articles year in our Bendigo office, with 3-4 weeks in each of the divisions of the Melbourne head office: Criminal Law Division, Civil and Human Rights Law, Family and Youth.

Researching the law applying to a client’s matter Participating in pre-mediation conferences and mediations concerning children’s issues with family law clients. Preparing divorce applications and affidavits in family law matters.

It is very difficult to describe a typical day in the life of articled clerk at Victoria Legal Aid, as our program is structured to ensure that articled clerks are not only exposed to, but involved in, a very broad range of activities across the different practice divisions. Some of the highlights of my year so far have been instructing Counsel in a murder trial in the Supreme Court, preparing submissions to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on behalf of a client facing visa cancellation and deportation (and successfully arguing that this should not occur!) and appearing for clients in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court for guilty pleas. I have also had the opportunity of participating in a trial where Victoria Legal Aid had been appointed as the independent children’s lawyer, to advise the court of the best interests of a child in a custody dispute.

I have also taken part in the outreach activities of the Bendigo office, which include advice clinics in various surrounding towns, as well as advice services at Loddon Prison, Tarrengower Prison and the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre.

Having spent most of my time in a regional office, my typical day has often started with assisting the duty lawyer at the local Magistrates’ Court. At court, the duty lawyer will speak to anyone who has a matter listed that day and does not already have a lawyer appearing for them. We will also visit the police cells to speak to anyone who has been taken into custody. As an articled clerk, I will assist the duty lawyer in taking instructions from the client and providing advice. In some cases, the duty lawyer (or articled clerk in suitable matters!) will then represent the client in court immediately – for example for bail applications, a plea of guilty to a criminal charge, or where we have been able to negotiate a suitable outcome between the parties in an intervention order matter. In other cases, we will seek an adjournment – such as where the client is facing particularly serious charges, has been advised to plead not guilty or where we need to undertake further research. Back at the office in the afternoon, I will work on the files I have been allocated and assist other lawyers in the office with their files. This includes tasks such as: Interviewing clients to take their instructions on a police brief of evidence Providing advice to clients under supervision Preparing briefs for Counsel to represent clients for pleas and contest mentions Negotiating with the prosecution to enable firsttime offenders to participate in the Diversion or Ropes Program, so that they can avoid a criminal record; or to request the withdrawal of charges on the basis of the client’s instructions or where there is insufficient evidence

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This practical, hands-on learning has been supplemented with structured training and development activities, including advocacy seminars, divisional conferences and safe and effective client interaction training. Each articled clerk is also allocated a mentor and a buddy for the duration of the program, to provide support and guidance and to assist with our career development. I applied to work at Victoria Legal Aid because I wanted to work with disadvantaged clients at a grassroots level, promote human rights and advocate for social justice. All of the tasks I have undertaken in my limited time in this role have enabled me to pursue these goals. My work is challenging and at times confronting, but it is also extremely rewarding and fulfilling, and I would highly recommend Victoria Legal Aid to anyone aspiring towards a truly communitybased legal career.

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Life as a Trainee with Victorian Legal Aid


Working at the ATO PUBLIC SECTOR EXPERIENCES

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 opportunity 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.

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 Services 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 opportunities 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 opportunities 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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KATE, 2008 GRADUATE THE TREASURY LLB (HONS)/B.ARTS (POLITICS) As a Law student, what interested you about working at Treasury? Coming to the end of my studies, I was not sure exactly where I wanted to take my degree in the longterm, and thought Treasury would give me unrivalled exposure for starting a career in either the public or private sector. Although I knew working in a law firm would give me excellent exposure to experienced legal minds, I wanted to work with people with strengths across law, finance, commerce and economics, to broaden the way I think about and approach issues. Similarly, I believe Treasury’s work is more varied than the work of a commercial law firm, and as such I think Treasury offers a broader experience (and subsequently more opportunities in the first few years of your career). Furthermore, from speaking to senior people in the private sector, a stint at the Treasury is seen as an invaluable asset in terms of exposure, training, experience and understanding, should you decide to return to the private sector (legal or otherwise) at a later stage. As a law graduate, instead of just working in the provision of professional services, I wanted to apply my knowledge and skills to one of the most challenging areas of government. Treasury provides graduates with an opportunity to become involved in important public policy issues, such as macroeconomic analysis, competition regulation, climate change, financial market regulation and trade and investment. Law firms by their nature, are only required to address these issues from a narrower perspective, and may require you to specialise at an earlier stage in your career. What is it like to work at Treasury? Treasury is considered one of Australia’s premier government departments, and I am confident that the experience and insights I am acquiring at Treasury will be invaluable to my career. The particular challenge working at Treasury is that your role from day one is not just about interpreting the law and finding gaps in the law, but finding policy and legislative solutions to problems with the law. Your role will require you to provide advice and recommendations to Treasury portfolio Ministers that have considered the outcomes for all Australians, including both individuals and many government bodies and private sector stakeholders (as opposed to perhaps just one client’s objectives in the private sector).

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Graduates are expected to liaise with senior people on both broad policy issues and areas of complex detail you could find yourself dealing with senior members of many other government departments and coordinating their input for your advice to government or policy development. As you progress through Treasury there are many internal opportunities to develop new skills. Treasury also offers secondments to other departments or agencies (e.g. the Cape York Institute, the RBA, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet), as well as some international placements (particularly in the Pacific region). As a department, the Treasury values its employees and will provide as much support as possible to accommodate the changing needs or interests of its staff. What are your main tasks? Legal knowledge and experience makes law graduates well placed to help in the development of legislation, consumer policy, treaties and many other areas. As such, most law graduates initially get placed in Revenue or Markets Group. At first I thought this might be limiting, however, I have found that for most law graduates, starting in these areas offers the opportunity to make substantial contributions at any early stage, and gives them time to find their economic and policy feet. Working in the International Tax and Treaties Division, I have had a chance to be involved in a wide variety of issues in my first six months, including: preparing advice to both the Treasurer and the Assistant Treasurer on current policies on tax evasion and other international tax issues; drafting media releases; research on tax and industry issues both in Australia and internationally (for briefings and Parliamentary inquiries); researching and preparing advice on amendments to domestic tax laws; assisting with the many steps required for legislative amendments; and, liaising with senior members of the Australian Taxation Office, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Attorney-General’s Department.

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How has your Law degree helped you in your work at Treasury? Skills acquired through legal studies, such as thorough critical analysis and research, attention to detail, creative and lateral thinking to facilitate problem solving, and excellent written and oral communication are all essential skills for creating good public policy. Being a graduate at Treasury has been challenging, requiring critical thinking from legal, social and economic perspectives, as well as learning about a broad range of issues with significant economic implications, including taxation, infrastructure, and corporate structures.

Treasury is supportive of its staff, particularly graduates, and invest heavily in their professional development. There are regular seminars (open to all staff) from leading academics and professionals on a broad array of economic issues, as well as regular Divisional seminars for developing staff knowledge and skills. Treasury also encourage (and pay for) noneconomics students to study an Introduction to Economics course run by the ANU. The calibre of training we receive is outstanding.

Furthermore, the solid grounding in commercial law and political and legislative structures that law students possess is useful for economic policy making at the Treasury. One law graduate (working in Commonwealth-State Relations) has found her knowledge of the power interactions between the Commonwealth and the States under the Constitution and other arrangements, as well as a good understanding of procedural fairness, has provided her with useful background to her work. What do you like most about working at Treasury? A stand out feature of Treasury is that most people I speak to (at all levels) love their jobs and are very happy working at Treasury. Staff enjoy the variety of tasks and subject matter they deal with on a day-today basis, the people, and being genuinely valued and respected as a staff member. I’ve found the people at Treasury to be helpful and friendly, and management (at all levels) to be approachable and easily accessible. In particular, I have felt valued and respected as a member of staff generally, and for my contributions, irrespective of the short time I have been here. I find it easy to respect my workplace and my colleagues, and feel I am surrounded by informed and intelligent people. Treasury has a culture of excellence, with dedication to providing accurate and timely advice. Despite this, there’s no ’doing your time’ before you get given interesting and substantial work- the workload of the Treasury requires every staff member to be fully utilised, and my legal skills are valued within my team and by the Department as a whole. Furthermore, you are trusted by management to work hard and get your job done whatever it takes. Sometimes working at Treasury does require working long hours, but never just for appearances’ sake.

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GILLIAN KENNY BA (HONS) LLB (HONS) UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY DESK OFFICER, INTERNATIONAL LAW SECTION INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS LEGAL DIVISION

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE. I entered DFAT as a policy graduate in the 2006 graduate recruitment round, without a clear idea of what a career in DFAT would entail (apart from the obvious opportunity to work overseas). After two and a half years I’m still not sure I can produce a pithy description of what working at DFAT involves, but that’s due to the diversity of experiences that are available. In a very broad nutshell, you are given the opportunity to contribute to interesting and often high profile foreign policy issues, and the chance to challenge yourself across a wide range of issues and working environments. As a graduate trainee I have experienced work in four rotations across different areas of the Department bilateral (New Zealand section), trade (FTA Commitments and Implementation section), corporate (Budget Development section) and multilateral (Climate Change section). My work has included: drafting and contributing to briefings for Ministers and senior officials, corresponding with overseas missions, preparing media releases, reporting on Senate committee hearings, researching and drafting reports on policy issues, preparing the Portfolio Budget Statement, extensive liaison with other government agencies, representing DFAT at interdepartmental meetings, and being a liaison officer for visiting officials and dignitaries. Only my trade rotation drew explicitly on my legal training, although since completing the graduate program I have been working as a lawyer in the international law section. DFAT looks for a range of qualifications and skills but law degrees are quite common amongst policy graduates – probably because strong analytical and communication skills are very relevant to policy development. Having a legal background has allowed me to work on interesting legal issues, particularly in my current placement, but I also have the option to pursue policy work within other areas of the Department in the future . The graduate program has also provided me with solid training opportunities, with professional courses such as management and presentation skills, along with intensive academic courses on international relations and economics. Other experiences as a graduate trainee included travel within regional Australia, working in the emergency call centre during the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, and working as a liaison officer to the Viet Nam delegation during several APEC 2007 meetings, including for the Viet Nam Foreign Minister during Leaders Week in Sydney.

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DFAT is a big organisation with a diverse agenda and many interesting career opportunities, not least the opportunity to represent Australia overseas. If you are looking at career opportunities beyond practising law and have an interest in foreign affairs, living overseas and ‘big picture’ policy issues, DFAT is an option worth considering.

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WEBSITE: www.ag.gov.au CONTACT: Graduate Program Coordinator PHONE: 02 6250 6145 FACSIMILE: 02 6250 5958 EMAIL: graduatecoordinator@ag.gov.au OFFICE: Canberra PROFILE: The principal objective of the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) is to provide essential support and expert advice to the Commonwealth Government on a wide range of legal and policy issues to achieve a just and secure society. If you are interested in assisting to shape Australia’s legal and justice system, AGD is the workplace for you! AGD has a challenging and exciting policy and program agenda in which our graduates are actively involved.

Australian undergraduate degree prior to commencement. Health, security and character clearances, and evidence of qualifications must also be met. Degree disciplines required: Law, public administration, political science, arts, accounting/ business, humanities/ social sciences, commerce, information technology. APPLICATION PROCESS: Apply online at www.ag.gov.au and follow the Graduate link. Please visit the website for details on application dates for the 2009 Program.

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GRADUATE WORK: AGD is seeking graduates who are interested in working at the forefront of program delivery, policy and legal development. The exciting work graduates are involved in includes international prisoner exchange, Indigenous law and justice, counter-terrorism, telecommunications and surveillance law, identity security, money laundering, intercountry adoption, family law, illicit drugs, international assistance and treaties, and national security. AGD also offers the chance to work in our finance, IT and corporate areas on projects such as procurement, IT security and workforce planning. AGD’s graduates need to be motivated, enthusiastic, possess integrity, and have strong communication, interpersonal, analytical and research skills. AGD offers graduates: - Work rotations offering practical experience -Graduate input into rotation placements -A comprehensive induction program plus training and development activities throughout the year -A competitive starting salary - Mentoring from highly experienced AGD officers - A buddy from the previous year’s graduate program to assist with the transition into the Department and Canberra - Relocation assistance from interstate to Canberra - Study assistance for the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice - Flexible working conditions

WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be Australian Citizens and hold, as a minimum, a qualification equivalent to a three-year

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: No. of Rotations:

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PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.ags.gov.au Raelene McPherson Level 21, 200 Queen Street Melb 3000 03 9242 1222 03 9242 1333 vicjobs@ags.gov.au

Melbourne Office: OTHER OFFICES:

65 420 Nationally

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Administration law, Contracts and Commercial, Customs, Debt Recovery & Insolvency, Law Enforcement and Subpoenas, Migration, Commonwealth Regulatory Functions, Trade Practices and Competition, Employment & Industrial Relations, Workers’ Compensation & Personal Injuries, Negligence and other Civil Claims, Property and Planning, and Taxation. PRO BONO WORK: No set program at this stage, however AGS encourages its lawyers to undertake Pro Bono work. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO NO

PARALEGAL WORK: On an as needs basis, and refer to our employment register - applications welcome at any time.

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You will be encouraged to become involved in a range of tasks including preparing briefs to counsel, liaising with clients, drafting advices and court documents, assisting with trial preparation, instructing in court and preparing deals and commercial documentation. As a graduate with AGS, you will work collaboratively with clients to help them achieve important policy objectives. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Monday 12 January 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications should include cover letter, CV with relevant work experience and up-to-date Transcript of Results. APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications should be sent to vicjobs@ags.gov.au or via post to the attention of Raelene MacPherson, HR Manager. Rounds of Interviews: 2 rounds PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The Melbourne Developing Lawyers Program, specifically for our graduates and junior lawyers, includes weekly sessions covering presentation and advocacy skills as well as core legal and practice skills. You may also attend external training on a variety of topics. Your client care and practice management skills will also be developed through the Book Club, a series of informal and interactive sessions with a focus on sharing information and experience between senior and junior lawyers. Most importantly, graduates are actively involved in high-quality work for interesting clients. AGS is committed to ensuring that you work on challenging, meaningful legal work from which you will gain valuable practical knowledge and experience. PROFILE: 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. 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 offer 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 state-of-the-art technology and computer applications, and comprehensive research and library facilities. Our Melbourne office is a friendly and collegiate place to work, where senior lawyers take pride in actively mentoring junior lawyers. With reasonable billing expectations and an emphasis on obtaining a rounded graduate experience, AGS encourages a genuine work/life balance. OTHER INFORMATION: Important qualities we are looking for in a graduate employee are a keen interest in government sector law, excellent academic results and good interpersonal skills.

AUSTRALIAN LAW REFORM COMMISSION WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.alrc.gov.au Research Manager GPO Box 2708 Sydney NSW 2001 02 8238 6333 02 8238 6363 internship@alrc.gov.au

Melbourne Office: OTHER OFFICES:

N/A Sydney

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: The ALRC usually works on two inquiries at any particular time, ranging from technical aspects of the law to questions of broad legal and social policy. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO NO

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An internship at the ALRC provides you with ‘hands on’ experience in law reform at a professional level and the opportunity to contribute to the ALRC’s process. Interns become a member of the team for one of the ALRC’s current inquiries and are supervised by a legal officer. ALRC interns have gone on to work as Associates to High Court justices, for the United Nations, and as lawyers for private law firms and government agencies in Australia and overseas. The ALRC strongly prefers 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 will consider applications from post-graduate students in law or any discipline related to a current inquiry, and recent graduates seeking unpaid work experience. APPLICATIONS DUE:

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: As there is strong demand for internships at the ALRC, there is a formal selection process. The selection criteria, closing dates for applications, and information about the selection process are available on the ALRC website. APPLICATION PROCESS: If you are interested in applying for an internship, please forward a covering letter addressing the selection criteria, your CV and a transcript of university results to the Research Manager. Rounds of Interviews: 1 PROFILE: The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) is an independent federal statutory authority that reviews Australia’s laws to ensure that they are equitable, modern, fair and efficient. Recent examples of ALRC’s inquiries include secrecy, privacy, sedition, evidence, sentencing, and genetic discrimination. The ALRC conducts extensive consultations with the

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legal profession, interested organisations and the community to inform its research. ALRC recommendations provide advice to government but do not automatically become law. However, the ALRC has a very strong record of implementation.

AUSTRALIAN TAX OFFICE WEBSITE: CONTACT:

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

OTHER OFFICES:

http://www.ato.gov.au Jane Woodhead, Steven Miridakis or Nicole Richards (Graduate & Cadet Managers ) Casselden Place, Level 36 2 Lonsdale St Melbourne 3000 03 9285 1718 or 9285 1802 or 9285 1714 03 9285 1988 jane.woodhead@ato.gov.au; or steven.miridakis@ato.gov.au nicole.richards@ato.gov.au Australia-wide

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Provide National Graduate opportunities primarily in law, accounting, economics, finance, ecommerce. Offer IT Graduate opportunities in Canberra & Brisbane. Offer Design & Communication Graduate opportunities in Canberra only. Offer People Management Graduate Opportunities in Canberra, Brisbane & Melbourne APPLICATIONS DUE:

Refer to Website

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Must be an Australian Citizen at commencement of Graduate Program. Must have finished a relevant degree (Late-2009) APPLICATION PROCESS: Positions in 2009: Later Year Intake likely Selection Process : 1. Electronic applications 2. Assessment Centre 3. Interview 4. Relevant checks conducted 5. Offers made Rotations: 2 to 3 rotations Rounds of Interviews: 1

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Positions in 2010: Approx 10 No. of Rotations: N/A Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): The ALRC provides opportunities for interns to work alongside Commissioners and legal staff. Internships at the ALRC are flexible to suit the needs of the intern and the ALRC— it is possible to serve on a voluntary basis for one day a week for one semester, or for four weeks full-time during a semester, or during winter or summer breaks. The ALRC accepts around two to three interns at any one time.


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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The Tax Office provides you with a dynamic and rewarding career in a high profile national organisation, and offers you excellent professional development opportunities. For you, as a graduate, we have an extensive corporate and technical development program which will build on your existing discipline and position you for an exciting career as a Tax Office professional. Join our team and help us shape and manage revenue systems which support and fund services for all Australians.

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 25-40 No. of Rotations: 4 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): The graduate trainee (GT) program is for applicants from all academic backgrounds who are interested in becoming general policy officers. GTs work in a broad range of areas – from international security and international law, to trade negotiations. Many law graduates have been successful in the GT recruitment process APPLICATIONS DUE:

PROFILE: The Australian Taxation Office is the Government’s principal revenue collection agency, and is part of the Treasurer’s portfolio. Our role is to manage and shape tax, excise and superannuation systems that fund services for Australians. OTHER INFORMATION: The Tax Office has developed a framework for the lifelong learning of its staff by offering continuing professional development and further study opportunities.

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.dfat.gov.au/recruit/graduates Graduate Recruitment Unit RG Casey Building, John McEwen Cres, Barton ACT 0221 (02) 6261 2736 (02) 6261 2458 gradrec@dfat.gov.au

Melbourne Office: OTHER OFFICES:

Approx. number of lawyers N/A 50-60

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Public international Law (including sanctions related work and law of the sea) International Trade Law Administrative Law Domestic Law (contracts, employment law) Privileges and Immunities SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: PARALEGAL WORK: Limited full time paralegal work available

NO NO

April 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Australian citizenship, willing to relocate to Canberra APPLICATION PROCESS: Online applications March-early April Approximately 350 candidates are invited to sit a written test and psychometric assessment in May Approximately 85-100 candidates are invited to attend an interview (group exercise and individual interview) in July-August Job offers are made in early September Rounds of Interviews: 1

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The two-year professional development program for our diplomats-in-training includes varied job rotations, intensive training and academic “gap-filling” courses (eg international law, international relations, economics) and regional travel PROFILE: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) aims to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. The Department’s work is carried out by staff in Canberra, in State and Territory offices and in our network of overseas posts. We operate in a complex environment shaped by globalization, a challenging security environment, the internationalisation of the Australian economy and increasing numbers of Australians traveling internationally. The Department needs highly talented, flexible and resourceful graduates to help develop and implement policies to advance Australia’s national interests both in Australia and overseas. OTHER INFORMATION: DFAT regularly holds generalist and specialist recruitment rounds. Generalist positions are recruited to a level, rather than for a specific position and successful applicants can find themselves working in a broad range of areas within the department.

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DFAT also recruits Indigenous Cadets. Indigenous students who are studying full time can apply for a cadetship which provides summer vacation work and assistance with university costs. Information about the department’s recruitment activities and advertisements for current vacancies can be found at www.dfat.gov.au/jobs/index.html

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PARLIAMENTARY COUNSEL WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

http://www.ocpc.vic.gov.au Terry Evans Manager, Business Administration Level 2, 1 Macarthur Street Melbourne Vic. 3002 (03) 9651 2103 (03) 9651 2107 terry.evans@dpc.vic.gov.au

Melbourne Office: OTHER OFFICES:

20 Nil

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: All areas of law. PARALEGAL WORK:

PUBLIC INTEREST LAW CLEARING HOUSE (PILCH) WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.pilch.org.au Rachel Brown 1/550 Lonsdale St, Melbourne 03 9225 6680 03 9225 6686 Rachel.brown@pilch.org.au

Melbourne Office: OTHER OFFICES:

20 Nil

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: PILCH coordinates pro bono legal assistance for eligible individuals and organisations in all areas of law. It does this through a number of referral schemes: the Public Interest Scheme, the Law Institute of Victoria Legal Assistance Scheme (LIVLAS) and the Victorian Bar Legal Assistance Scheme (VBLAS). PILCH also operates the Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic, the Seniors Rights Victoria pro bono program, and PilchConnect, a specialist legal service for not-forprofit community organisations. PRO BONO WORK: PILCH acts as a facilitator of pro bono work. See above. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO NO

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NO

NO

VACATION WORK: 2 Summer Clerkships (6-8 weeks duration) APPLICATIONS DUE:

FIRM PROFILE: OCPC is an administrative office of the Victorian Government. We draft all Bills and draft or settle all regulations for the Victorian Government.

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Application letter and CV APPLICATION PROCESS: Write or email to Terry Evans. Interviews will be held in May 2009.

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions Up to 30 ongoing positions during the in 2010: semester, 10 during the winter break and 20 during the summer break Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Ongoing volunteering: one full day per week or fortnight during the university semester Winter Internships: two week block during the winter break (June to August) Summer Internships: two week block during the summer break (November to February) APPLICATIONS DUE:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Not applicable for summer clerks.

See www.pilch.org.au deadlines

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Specialist recruitment rounds seek to recruit staff with particular expertise, including legal specialists. Applicants who are successful in these rounds can expect to work in their specific field for at least three years after joining the department before being eligible to move to a different work area or apply for an overseas posting.


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FIRM PROFILE: The Public Interest Law Clearing House (VIC) Inc. (PILCH) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which is committed to furthering the public interest, improving access to justice and protecting human rights. PILCH does this by facilitating pro bono legal services to Victorian individuals and organisations in need and undertaking law reform, policy work and legal education.

THE TREASURY WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.graduates.treasury.gov.au Madeleine Kaye, Graduate Coordinator The Treasury Langton Crescent PARKES ACT 2600 (02) 6263 3298 (02) 6263 3275 Graduate.recruitment@treasury.gov.au

Melbourne Office: OTHER OFFICES:

N/A Canberra

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: N/A PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: N/A TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: 40-50 No. of Rotations: 1 Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): Commonwealth Department of Treasury offers graduates a challenging and rewarding career with the potential to shape Australia’s future through policy analysis and advice. Treasury offers a single placement graduate program, which allows you to take ownership of issues, see issues through to completion and gain a wealth of experience. Treasury seeks graduates with a strong interest in public policy and high academic standing in one or more of the following: • Economics and Econometrics

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Law Mathematics Public Policy Commerce Taxation and other related disciplines.

APPLICATIONS DUE:

Open between March and May 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Australian Citizenship APPLICATION PROCESS: Online applications can be submitted from March 2009 (www.graduates.treasury.gov.au) Rounds of Interviews: Single interview process PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: For the first 12 months of your career at Treasury, you will be enrolled in our Graduate Development Program. The Program will support you through onthe-job, in-house and external training, as well as familiarisation tours and participation in key events, such as the Budget lock-up. This will enable you to continue to develop your skills, demonstrate your abilities and become a valuable asset for Treasury.

FIRM PROFILE: Do you want to make a difference? The Department of the Treasury was established at Federation in 1901, with a mere five bookkeepers looking after the nation’s finances. Today, Treasury and its 900 staff are at the forefront of Australian economic analysis and policy development. By providing advice to the Treasurer and the Australian Government, Treasury’s work has a direct impact on the lives of all Australians. No matter the issue of the day, Treasury 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, from developing and implementing legislative amendments, to designing tax legislation or helping to develop a range of economic and social policies to improve the wellbeing of all Australians. Whatever you do, you will have a challenging and interesting role, where you can use your current skills, as well as learning many new ones. OTHER INFORMATION:

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

www.vgso.vic.gov.au Katherine Jeffery 25/121 Exhibition St, Melbourne 3000 03 8684 0458 03 8684 0449 humanresources@vgso.vic.gov.au

Melbourne Office:

We have approximately 80 lawyers across our three Melbourne Offices: 25/121 Exhibition St, Melbourne 3000 33/80 Collins St, Melbourne 3000 Level 8, Building C, 637 Flinders St, Melbourne 3005

OTHER OFFICES:

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: We specialize in the following areas of law: Administrative law, Commercial law, Constitutional law, Coronial inquests, Crown land, Freedom of Information & Privacy, Governance, Human Rights & public interest, IP & Technology, Litigation, Native Title, Planning & environment, Tendering & contracting, Property, Resources law, and VCAT. PRO BONO WORK: The VGSO offers pro bono opportunities for secondments at the North Melbourne Legal Centre, providing lawyers with the chance to give back to the community. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: PARALEGAL WORK:

YES NO

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TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: Up to 7 positions No. of Rotations: 3 – 5 rotations Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): The role of a trainee with the VGSO is wonderfully diverse, constantly challenging and extremely interesting. As a trainee you will gain exposure to various facets of the legal system with rotations through all main areas of the practice, and opportunities for intra-government placement. You will also receive training through the College of Law to successfully complete the Values and Skills

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components of the Traineeship program. Highlights of the program include: Hands on Experience: High level involvement with files as you work with senior lawyers and clients, and get exposure to fundamental government legal issues. Challenges: If you join the VGSO, you will work on interesting, high-profile matters, with a great deal of autonomy and responsibility. Our articled clerks often comment on the high degree of client contact they obtain from day one, unlike many private law firms. You will get 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. Work/Life Balance: The VGSO understands the importance of work/life balance and walks the talk. Supportive Environment: We offer mentor and employee assistance programs. You can also expect to get regular feedback to assist you in the development of your skills, confidence and ability. APPLICATIONS DUE:

5 pm, 12 January 2009

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Your application should include: a cover letter that details why you want to work at the VGSO and why you think you would be suited to being a government lawyer; a complete curriculum vitae, including details of your relevant work experience, sporting activities, memberships and other interests; and a photocopy of your most recent academic transcript. APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copy of your academic transcript through www.vgso.vic.gov.au. Rounds of An initial panel interview, followed by Interviews: an interview with the Victorian Government Solicitor if applicable. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We encourage all our legal practitioners to participate in learning and development activities that will further enhance their skills and expertise. The VGSO’s Learning & Development program is tailor-made for individual careers and allows for “learning on the job”, as well as the opportunity to take professional development courses provided in-

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Please see article written by a current graduate about her experience as a law graduate working in Treasury.


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FIRM PROFILE: The Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office reports to the Attorney-General and is the primary source of legal services to the Victorian State Government and its statutory authorities. We have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of government law and provide both strategic advice and practical, commercial legal solutions. Our vision is to be the legal provider of choice to the State Government and our values are determined by acting both ethically and professionally. The VGSO is a friendly place to work. Our goal of pursuing excellence in client service and outcomes takes place in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual co-operation. OTHER INFORMATION: For further information about the VGSO and to read about what our past and current articled clerks have to say, please visit www.vgso.vic.gov.au.

PRO BONO WORK: VLA is an independent statutory 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 TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

NO NO

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TRAINEESHIPS: Positions Seven positions will be offered to first in 2010: and second year lawyers, consisting of: four positions based in our Melbourne office one position based in a rural regional office two positions for applicants from an indigenous background

VICTORIAN LEGAL AID WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL: Melbourne Office: OTHER OFFICES:

www.legalaid.vic.gov.au Louise Kiley 350 Queen Street, Melbourne 03 9269 0537 03 9269 0143 louisek@vla.vic.gov.au 350 Queen Street Regional offices: Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Broadmeadows, Dandenong, Frankston, Geelong, Horsham, Morwell, Preston, Ringwood, Shepparton, Sunshine, Warrnambool

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) offers legal assistance in four main areas: legal casework, advice, duty lawyer services and education and information. The organisation has the largest criminal law, youth law, family law and human rights practices in Victoria. At the Melbourne office lawyers work in either of the two practice divisions. Criminal Law Division staff practice in the areas of summary and indictable crime, and prison advice. The Family, Youth & Civil Law Division operates in the diverse areas of family law, child representation, child support, human rights, refugee and immigration law, mental health, guardianship and administration and social security. Our lawyers also participate in community legal education and law reform projects.

You can apply for both Melbourne based and regional based positions. If you are an Indigenous applicant you may apply for all three of the above categories. No. of Rotations:

Rotating placements to five key areas including; criminal law, family, youth and civil and a regional office. Details of Traineeship Program (for 2010): In 2010 Victoria Legal Aid will not offer a Traineeship Program instead we will launch a two-year New Lawyers Program for first and second year lawyers. The aim of this program is to provide you with comprehensive training and development within the areas of law most relevant to VLA. In your first year you will undertake rotating placements throughout the practice divisions of VLA, including at least one placement in a regional office. In your second year you will nominate a practice area where you will gain further development and specialisation. Start Date: The New Lawyers Program will commence late August early September 2010, please refer to our website for further information. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Applications for the 2010 New Lawyers Program will open early 2010.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: The New Lawyer Program is designed specifically for

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APPLICATION PROCESS: Students apply via our website www.legalaid.vic.gov.au after the application opening date. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The New Lawyers Program requires lawyers to participate in the comprehensive Professional Legal Education program offered by VLA. This includes weekly legal practice briefings on a variety of topics and a number of ‘VLA Conferences’ throughout the year. The New Lawyers Program also includes specific workshops and seminars tailored to developing your professional skills and knowledge. FIRM PROFILE: VLA’s mandate is to protect legal rights, with an emphasis on the rights of the marginalised and economically 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: • serving our clients and community professionally and ethically • acting with integrity, fairness and transparency at all times • respecting and valuing diversity • pursuing continuous improvement across the organisation. Further information about our New Lawyers Program at VLA can be obtained from the website at www.legalaid.vic.gov.au

VICTORIA LAW FOUNDATION WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.victorialaw.org.au Tabitha Lovett 5/43 Hardware Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 9604 8115 9602 2449 internship@victorialaw.org.au

Melbourne Office: OTHER OFFICES:

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Approx 14 members of staff N/A

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Grants, Publications and Community Legal Education PRO BONO WORK: N/A SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES:

N/A

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:

N/A

PARALEGAL WORK: N/A TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2009/2010: Approximately 50 No. of Rotations: N/A Details of Internship Program (for 2009/2010): The Victoria Law Foundation coordinates a Legal Policy Internship Program, for law students with a career interest in: legal research policy development community legal education (including legal publishing) legal and community sector capacity-building and development Interns will have the opportunity to work with public sector agencies, community groups, industry, government, the judiciary and other legal institutions. The Foundation aims to match the interests of students who apply for the program, with the needs of the various organisations. The internship is normally undertaken over 20 days during University winter or summer holidays. Special arrangements can be made for some of the 20 days to be done part-time during the semester. The Foundation provides general supervision and coordination, including a series of introductory seminars and workshops. Individual agencies provide specific project supervision. The internship is a pro bono commitment with a small honorarium and it is not intended to form part of a university subject. APPLICATIONS DUE:

Applications are accepted from January until the closing date in March. Refer to our website for further details.

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first and second year lawyers. At the time of commencing the program you will need to have successfully completed the practical legal training requirements for admission in accordance with the Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008.


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Selection criteria Successful applicants will be enrolled in a Victorian law course and possess: strong research skills, especially in the use of electronic databases; strong interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication skills; initiative to be a self-starter; capacity to work as part of a team; strong organizational and administrative skills; a commitment to community building and public sector development. How to apply The internship program is open to law students of all year levels. Penultimate and final year students are encouraged to apply. Applications should include the following: covering letter of no more than two pages, outlining relevant experience and interests indication of the agencies/organisations with which you are interested in being placed; curriculum vitae and the names of two referees; summary of academic results (official transcript is not required). Applications should be forwarded to: Tabitha Lovett Grants Manager Victoria Law Foundation Level 5, 43 Hardware Lane Melbourne VIC 3000 Telephone: (03) 9604 8100 Email: internship@victorialaw.org.au

in cash grants. The Foundation not only funds, but also undertakes innovative projects, alone and in partnership with others organisations. These include Law Week (annual event), Law Talks, management of the Legal Policy Internship Program for law students, and the development of Rural Law Online, a web resource for rural and regional Victorians. The Foundation also produces low cost and free publications. We have 25 current titles on a diverse range of legal topics. OTHER INFORMATION: For further details, refer to our website at www.victorialaw.org.au

APPLICATION PROCESS: Interviews will be conducted early May 2009. A decision will be made in early June 2009 for both midyear and summer placements. Unsuccessful applicants are eligible to reapply in a later year. Rounds of 1 Interviews: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: N/A FIRM PROFILE: The Victorian Law Foundation is an independent, community benefit organisation which endeavours to make the law accessible. The Foundation links the community and legal sectors with leadership in innovative projects over three program areas – Grants, Publications, and Community Education. Each year the Foundation awards more than $500,000

MELBOURNE LAW STUDENTS’ SOCIETY


CAREERS GUIDE 2009


PRINCIPAL SPONSORS

PREMIER SPONSORS

The Melbourne Law Students’ Society c/o Law School, The University of Melbourne Tel: (03) 8344 6179 Fax: (03) 8344 6179 Email: lss-careers@unimelb.edu.au Web: www.mulss.com

Careers Guidebook 2009  

Melbourne University Law Students' Society, Careers Guidebook 2009

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