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CAREERS GUIDEBOOK 2010 Acknowledgements Editors: Cover Design: Printed by:

Rebecca Clarke and Alexis Fong Frankie Barbour On Demand

Platinum Sponsors:

Clayton Utz

Premier Sponsors:

Allens Arthur Robinson Arnold Bloch Leibler Corrs Chambers Westgarth Mallesons Stephen Jaques

Supporting Sponsors:

Deacons College of Law Freehills

Any careers related enquiries in 2010 should be addressed to Anita Das and Frankie Barbour, Careers Directors 2010 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 28 September 2009 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.

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CONTENTS INTRODUCTION Editorial Dean’s Welcome Melbourne Law School Careers Service

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PART A: LEGAL PATHWAYS BEGINNING A LEGAL CAREER Admission Requirements: Victoria Admission Requirements: UK Admission Requirements: Hong Kong LIV Traineeship Guidelines 2010 Signatories to the LIV LIV: Careers in Law LIV: Admission to Legal Practice The Victorian Bar: Bar Readers Course What to do if you don’t get a traineeship The College of Law: PLT PLT: Graduate’s Perspective Leo Cussen: Practical Training Course

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THE APPLICATION PROCESS Developing Your Skills for Employment CV Preparation Preparing your CV and Cover Letter How to Write a Stand-out Cover Letter and CV Interview Techniques How to Ace a Behavioural Interview Online Applications: How to use cvMail

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LEGAL PERSPECTIVES Law School in Retrospect Completing PLT at a Top-Tier Firm Working at a Medium-Sized Law Firm Associateships: the way of the future A Career in Legal Recruitment

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CONTENTS Life as an Academic Working at an International Law Firm Melbourne Law School and Victorian Bar Student Research Assistants Scheme

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PRACTICE GROUPS 60 61 64 65 66 67 68 70 72 74 76 78 79 80 81 82 84 86 87 89 90 91 93 94 95 96 98 100 101 102

Administrative law Banking and Finance Class Actions Commercial Leasing Communications, Media and Technology Competition Law Construction Law Corporate and Commercial Law Dispute Resolution Energy and Resources Environment and Planning Law Family Law Funds Management, Real Estate and Superannuation Health Law Hotels, Resorts and Tourism Law Information Technology Law Insolvency Law Insurance Law and Litigation International Law Intellectual Property Life as a Litigator Marketing Law Medical Negligence Mergers and Acquisitions Occupational Health and Safety Personal Injury Law Private Equity Taxation Law Transport and Shipping Law Workplace Advisory

LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Victorian Legal Practices Directory International Legal Practices Directory

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CONTENTS PART B: NON-LEGAL PATHWAYS NON-LEGAL CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Accounting: Working at Pitcher Partners Accounting: Working at a Big Four Management Consulting: Bain & Co Investment Banking: UBS Investment Banking: Credit Suisse

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NON LEGAL DIRECTORY

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PART C: WORKING IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR PUBLIC SECTOR EXPERIENCES Working at the ACCC Working at the ALRC Working at the Treasury Working at the VGSO Working at Victoria Legal Aid Victoria Law Foundation

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introduction


INTRODUCTION

EDITORIAL Rebecca Clarke and Alexis Fong Careers Vice Presidents Melbourne University Law Students’ Society Graduating with a law degree presents a wide range of career opportunities. Students face numerous choices including whether to practice in the legal profession, whether to work locally or overseas as well as deciding on the area of law in which to specialise. Ranging from private practice to the public sector, from local community organisations to international corporations, the possibilities are endless. However, in light of the recent global financial crisis, 2009 has proven to be a relatively difficult year for graduates entering the workforce. We have thus sought to uncover a broader range of career opportunities available and are proud to present the Melbourne University Law Students’ Society Careers Guide 2010. To help you consider what your life may look like after university, the Careers Guide includes information on the diverse opportunities available to law students, both nationally and internationally, and provides voices of experience from those who have found success in their careers. Students can therefore gain insight into what it is like working in a particular firm, practice area or government department. The 2010 edition of the Guide is divided into three parts: 

Part A contains important admission information and application advice featuring a review of some of the many existing areas of practice in the legal profession. It also provides a source of legal perspectives on differing careers in law.

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Part B explores non-legal career opportunities available and graduate experiences outside the legal profession.



Part C provides students with insight into the experiences of working in the public sector.

These sections are each followed by directories which list prospective employers. Students should note that whilst we encourage reference to these directories, they are by no means exhaustive. For example, students can refer to the full list of LIV signatories for contact information for 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. Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to all those who contributed to the Guide. In particular, we would like to thank our sponsors, whom without their continual support, the publication of this Guide would not be possible. We thank our Platinum sponsor, Clayton Utz, our Premier sponsors, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Arnold Bloch Leibler and Allens Arthur Robinson and our Supporting sponsors, Freehills, Deacons and the College of Law. We hope that during these unprecedented economic times, the 2010 Careers Guide proves a valuable resource in assisting law students in the transition from their law degree to their desired career paths. We wish you all the best with your future careers and hope you find satisfaction and success in whichever direction you choose to take!

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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 2010 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. The Melbourne Law School Careers Office is the most developed law school careers service in Australia. It now employs four permanent members of staff. 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. I am also delighted to announce the appointment of three Faculty Advisers for International Careers, Judicial Associateships and Academic Careers. Through the Careers Office, these faculty members are available to pass on their expertise and knowledge to students seeking to follow these particular career paths. Launched in 2009, our new Mentor Program gives first year students the opportunity to develop a relationship with a successful member of the profession. Also new in 2009, the Internship Program enhances Melbourne Law School students’ “beyond the classroom” experience by giving you the opportunity to gain real life professional experience within the broad range of private, public and community organisations with which we now have partnerships.

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DEAN’S WELCOME


INTRODUCTION

The Careers Office 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,

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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.

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Angela Edwards Manager Careers Office The Melbourne Law School Careers Office is a unique service for our students and is the most well established law school careers service in Australia. The office is tailored specifically to the needs of Law students and, since its inception in 2005, has grown to now employ four permanent members of staff. We are all legally qualified, studying law or have substantial experience working in the legal environment. Two of us also have qualifications in careers education. What does the Careers Office offer? Individual career consultations – students can book in to see a consultant. We actively assist you to draft effective CVs and cover letters, offer mock interviews and help you with your career decisions generally. Career Pathways seminars – where we invite in speakers to educate students on the myriad of options available to law graduates, both practising and non-practising, in the private, public and community sectors, in business and overseas.

member of the profession and by gaining an insight into their working life, it will help you to develop your own career goals. Internship program – also new in 2009, this program enhances Melbourne Law School students’ “beyond the classroom” experience and prepares you for work. Partnerships have been arranged across the private, public and community sectors - across all specialisations. Guest Lecture Series - Melbourne Law School is committed to giving our students access to the best and brightest legal minds, ensuring you are in touch with cutting edge legal issues. Our high profile visitors cover a huge range of law and legal practice issues. Law School Careers Website - includes a jobs notice board which advertises seasonal clerkships, traineeships, internships, part-time and voluntary opportunities. Three Faculty Advisers – these are members of academic staff specifically chosen by the Dean to advise you on international careers, academic careers and working as a judge’s associate.

Preparing for Work seminars – guest speakers come to the Law School to teach students how to prepare a first class job application, reach your potential during interview, network effectively and use different job seeking strategies.

Weekly careers e-bulletin – reminding students of upcoming careers events and informing you about exciting new jobs listed on the website.

Employer Visits - 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. A number of these firms interview students right here at the Law School. The first Melbourne Law School Public Interest Law Fair is also being planned.

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? A high salary? Making a difference to individuals? Standing up in court? Working on high profile transactions? Having lots of responsibility from the outset? Fighting on behalf of the underdog? Having lots of client contact? Working in a team or alone?

Mentor Program - launched in 2009, the mentor program gives first year students the opportunity to develop a relationship with a successful

Some self-awareness during your law degree can help you to narrow down the areas that might

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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:  Research and learn about the profession generally  Self-awareness - think about what is important to you in your working life  Research the variety of careers within and outside the legal profession  Be aware of the skills that you will need to develop to be a great candidate  Network  Develop a first class resume and cover letter  Prepare for interviews  Gain as much legal and professional work experience as you can  Understand the seasonal clerkship and Supervised Workplace Training application process.

The Careers Office’s programs outlined above have been designed around these broad areas to help you achieve your goal. 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, Lawyers Weekly and the Australian Financial Review. 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. Contact details are: Phone: 03 8344 8094 Email: law-careers@unimelb.edu.au www.careers.law.unimelb.edu.au Bookings for individual consultations may be made at the Student Centre Front Counter. Phone: 03 8344 4475

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part A: legal pathways


part A: legal pathways beginning a legal career

the application process legal perspectives

practice groups

victorian legal practices directory international practices directory


In order to be admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria students must complete the following requirements. 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 (Traineeship). In order to be admitted to practice, upon graduation you must complete Practical Legal Training (PLT). To fulfill 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

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 the Law Institute or the Council of Legal Education and Board of Examiners for any queries. Law Institute of Victoria 470 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000 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

The approved PLT providers are:  ANU Legal Workshop  College of Law (Victoria)  Leo Cussen Institute All applicants seeking admission will be required to provide the following to the Board of Examiners;  



A Police Record Check; and An Academic Conduct Report from their University and Practical Legal Training Provider, If a Practical Legal Training course has been completed.

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: VICTORIA


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: UK

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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):    

Head 1 – Property Head 2 – Litigation Head 3 – Professional conduct and accounts 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

Test Providers 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 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: HONG KONG

1.

Trainee Solicitor Route

In order to follow this path you must first complete Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) offered by the University of Hong Kong, the City University of Hong Kong or the Chinese University of Hong Kong. After successful completion of the PCLL a further 2 years of employment as a trainee solicitor with a law firm in Hong Kong or 12 months pupilage with a practicing barrister of not less than 5 ears standing in Hong Kong, is required in order to be eligible for admission to practise as a solicitor or a barrister respectively in Hong Kong. Academic Requirements 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 of qualification must be in common law and include passes in the following core legal subjects (or subjects recognised as their equivalents): (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 *Summer intensive courses are offered by the School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE) at the University of Hong Kong to students who did not take Business Associations or Law of Evidence in their LLB or CPE studies. From 2009 onwards, students must also 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. 2.

Overseas Qualified Route

Foreign lawyers who have been admitted to practise law in a common law jurisdiction other than Hong Kong and who have at least 2 years of post-admission experience may be eligible to apply for admission to practise law in Hong Kong after successful completion of the Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination. Law Society of Hong Kong 3rd Floor, Wing On House 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 38 Queensway Admiralty, Hong Kong Website: www.hkba.org Tel: (852) 2869 0210 Fax: (852) 2869 0189 Email: info@hkba.org PCLL Admission Queries Tel: (852) 2788 9094 Fax: (852) 2788 9086 Email: as admit@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

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There are two routes to becoming admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong - the 'Trainee Solicitor Route' and the 'Overseas Qualified Lawyer Route'.


BEGINNING A LEGAL CAREER

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 Hong Kong Conversion Examination Board c/o PCLL Conversion Examination and Administration Limited 34/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong Tel: 3761 1123 Fax: 2861 2404 Email: enquiry@pcea.com.hk http://www.pcea.com.hk/

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2010

LIV Traineeship Guidelines 1

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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, 15 March 2010, 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 2011, 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, 15 March 2010 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.

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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, 12 April 2010.

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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.

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

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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.

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The ‘priority offers’ made under paragraph 7 can only be made to students who will commence their final semester in 2010 or students who a firm is satisfied will complete their law degree in the first semester of the year 2011.

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The ‘priority offers’ made under paragraph 7 can be made between 9.00am on Wednesday, 17 February 2010 and 5.30pm on Thursday, 18 February 2010 and must remain open until the earlier of acceptance or 5.30pm on Friday, 19 February 2010. 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.

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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.

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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.

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A firm will not withdraw from the guidelines without first giving written notice of its intention to the Law Institute of Victoria, the law faculties and law student societies at all Victorian law schools and the other firms represented on the working group. UPDATED 1 JULY 2009


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 Collins Street MELBOURNE 3000

Yes

No

Clarendon Lawyers

Level 17 Rialto North Tower 525 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

Yes

Yes

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


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 10, 224 Queen Street MELBOURNE 3000

No

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


Firm

Address

Traineeship guidelines

Seasonal Clerkship guidelines

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

Office 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


Firm

Address

Traineeship guidelines

Seasonal Clerkship guidelines

Tanya Circovic & Associates

19 Lansdowne Street MELBOURNE EAST 3002

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. Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) – keep connected 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 practice 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)

The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) is a dynamic group established to enhance the legal skills, knowledge and professional networks of members in the early stages of career development. Membership of the Young Lawyers Section is free to all eligible LIV members. The objectives of the YLS include: • Providing practical guidance to new solicitors on how to build a successful legal career • Providing networking opportunities for Young Lawyers to meet their peers • Continued Professional Development tailored specifically for new solicitors • Stimulating interest amongst Young Lawyers to become involved in the activities of the LIV and the wider community

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Providing a voice for Young Lawyers when commenting on the application of law Creating a forum for Young Lawyers to participate in law reform Helping Young Lawyers strike a balance between their career and social activities

Website: https://www.liv.asn.au/members/sections/yo unglawyers/ LIV Government Lawyers’ Section (GLS) Originally launched as the Government Lawyers' Group and serving as a Committee of the LIV Council, this new Section provides practical support and networking opportunities for legally qualified public sector employees in all levels of Government, such as government lawyers and legal and policy officers. The objectives of the Government Lawyers’ Section are to: • Provide a forum to meet and address issues of interest to legally qualified public sector employees • Raise the profile of legally qualified public sector lawyers generally • Provide CPD opportunities for legally qualified public sector employees • Advocate for changes to the Legal Profession Act for the benefit of public sector lawyers • Represent the interests of Victorian public sector lawyers in the move towards creating a national association of public sector lawyers. The Government Lawyers’ Section encourages new members to join. To qualify prospective members must be: • Legally qualified public sector employees and • LIV Members. Website: https://www.liv.asn.au/members/sections/gove rnment/

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LIV: ADMISSION TO LEGAL PRACTICE

The Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008 (the 'Rules') came into effect on 1 July 2008. These Rules replace Articles of Clerkship with Supervised Workplace Training (SWT) and makes changes to the process of Admission to Practice. Under the new Rules an individual who has completed an approved training course and obtained their Bachelor of Laws and wishes to be admitted to practice, needs to complete either:

Law graduates may complete a 12 month ‘Traineeship’ with a legal firm or office, working under the supervision of a practitioner (in effect Articles by another name) but at the same time must complete training in the Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers developed by the Law Admissions Consultative Committee and the Australasian Professional Legal Education Council.

12 months of Supervised Workplace Training (SWT/Traineeship); or A Practical Legal Training Course.

Competency Standards for Entry-Level Lawyers During their 12 month traineeship law graduates must acquire appropriate understanding and competence in each of the compulsory ‘Skills’, ‘Practice Areas’ and ‘Values’. Trainees are also expected to complete training in two optional practice areas.

 

SUPERVISED WORKPLACE TRAINING What is Supervised Workplace Training (Traineeship)?  Minimum 12 month duration  Predominantly 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’)  Compulsory external training required

At the point of admission, each applicant for admission is required to provide evidence to the Board of Examiners (the ‘Board’), as specified in the Rules, that the applicant has achieved the requisite competence in each element of the Skills, Practice Areas and Values.

Compulsory skills, practice areas and values:

SKILLS Lawyers Skills Problem Solving Work Management & Business Skills Trust & Office Accounting

PRACTICE AREAS

VALUES

Civil Litigation Practice Commercial & Corporate Practice Property Law Practice

Ethics and Professional Responsibility

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Optional practice areas:

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CLUSTER ONE:

CLUSTER TWO:

One of:

And one of:

Administrative Law Practice Criminal Law Practice Family Law Practice

Consumer Law Practice Employment & Industrial Relations Practice

At the end of the 12 month traineeship each trainee is expected to be competent in the skills, practice areas and values as well as two optional practice areas. The competency standard to be obtained is detailed in Schedule 3 of the Rules and is broken down into a series of Elements with relevant Performance Criteria. The majority of the training required can be completed either in-house with their workplace (on the job), externally with an accredited Practical Legal Training (PLT) provider, or through a combination of both.

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. For further information, FAQs, a copy of the new Rules and a sample training plan, go to the LIV website at: http://www.careers.liv.asn.au

PRACTICAL LEGAL TRAINING What is Practical Legal Training (PLT)?  Is completed with an approved PLT provider  Can be completed in under 6 months  Majority course work (either on-line or on-site at the education facility) with a combination of practical work experience completed at a firm  The cost of the course is paid for by the student (usually about $6,000-$7,000 for Australian residents) The following organisations are currently approved Practical Legal Training (PLT) providers: 1. The College of Law; and 2. The Leo Cussen Institute. Training provided by the approved PLT providers complies with the relevant Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers as set out in the Rules.

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Planning & Environmental Law Practice Wills and Estates Practice

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About The Bar The Victorian Bar is an association of independent barristers based in Victoria providing legal representation and assistance to the community. Each member has undertaken by signing the Roll of Counsel to practise exclusively as a barrister. The association is incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 as "The Victorian Bar Inc". It is a constituent member of the Law Council of Australia and is affiliated with the Australian Bar Association. Purposes of The Bar The purposes of the Victorian Bar are set out in full in its Constitution and include:  To promote, foster and develop within the executive and legislative arms of the Government of Victoria and within the general community, an understanding and appreciation that a strong and independent Bar is indispensable to the rule of law and to the continuation of a democratic society;  To achieve better public understanding and appreciation of the role of the Victorian Bar and its members in the administration of justice;  To promote, maintain and improve the quality of the Victorian Bar;  To seek to ensure that access to the courts is open to all members of the community;  To arrange training for readers in the skills and practices of advocates and to arrange and promote continuing legal education;  To arrange training and instruction in mediation and other methods of alternative dispute resolution and to maintain a system of accreditation for practitioners who provide alternative dispute settling services; Coming to The Bar: 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. The Bar conducts the Readers' Course twice each year starting at the beginning of March and September and running full-time for 12 weeks. Generally, each Readers' Course intake has a maximum of 46 available places. The Bar Readers Course The course is co-ordinated by Wendy Pollock Co-ordinator, Professional Development, and overseen by Mark Halse - Manager, Professional Development. Full attendance and participation is compulsory and a pre-requisite for signing the Roll of Counsel at the completion of the Course.

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Focus of the Course Principally, the Course focuses upon the teaching of advocacy skills by actual performance by the reader of simulated court performances or partial performances, followed by assessment and instruction relating to the performance. Instruction by lectures is kept to a minimum.

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

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 Victorian Bar's course is regarded as the most advanced and developed in Australia and has led the way in advocacy training generally. In addition, the Course has earned an international reputation and has been visited by lawyers from the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States. The Readers' Course Committee and Manager Legal Education have been consulted by both international and interstate lawyers concerned with advocacy training in their respective jurisdictions.

The course is practical in nature, with emphasis on experiential learning. Although learning experiences must occur in the context of particular cases, the skills which it is sought to develop will be transferable from one jurisdiction to another. The aim is to avoid providing readers with recipe-type information and to encourage a more analytical, individual and creative approach to their work.

A more recent initiative of the course has been the conduct of teacher training programs, aimed at establishing consistency in teaching techniques, rather than relying upon idiosyncratic lecture type instruction, as was once the case.

The method of instruction minimizes lecturing. The "workshop" method with emphasis on analysis and performance of set exercises, followed by constructive critique and instruction, is preferred. The use of exercises and instructors from a variety of jurisdictions helps readers develop their skills in the context in which they will use them in practice.

Course objectives

Course fees

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:

As at March 2009, the fees for the Course are $3,771 (including GST). A deposit of $903 is required when submitting an application to attend a course. The balance of $2,868.00 is payable prior to commencement of the course. The fees are subject to review from time to time by the Bar Council. Please check with Wendy Pollock on 9225 7924 to confirm current pricing.

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;

For further information, please contact The Victorian Bar Inc, Level 5, 205 William Street, Melbourne 3000. Phone: 9225 7111. Website: www.vicbar.com.au

D. acquire basic skills in settlement negotiation;

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU DON’T GET A TRAINEESHIP

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. Although the majority of traineeships are offered at firms that are signatories to the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Guidelines, it is important to realise that these are not the only firms which offer them. 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 do not need to remain there forever – 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. Another 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. Moreover, these courses are so well regarded, that these days many of the top tier firms are effectively outsourcing the training of their graduates to the above mentioned providers.

You could also explore the possibility of sourcing and negotiating your own arrangements for employment in a law firm, company in-house legal department or within government. This may take many forms, for example, you may initially work as a paralegal. Once you have your foot in the door and have proven yourself to be flexible and willing, you may be able to persuade the organisation to fund (or part-fund) your PLT. Once you are admitted you would move onto work as first year solicitor with them. 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 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. 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 other career options. Many government departments seek law graduates, as do investment banks, management consultancies and corporations. There are also

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many allied career paths such as legal recruitment, human resources in a law firm, law librarian and legal academic, to name a few. 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.

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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 Student Centre in person or on 8344 4475 if you would like to book a careers consultation.

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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. 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)  Victoria Trainee Admission Course 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)

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 Course Law graduates undertaking the Trainee Admission Course 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 Course. For further details, please visit www.collaw.edu.au For further information or full 2010 course dates contact Student Services: Ph: 1300 856 111 enrolments@collaw.edu.au www.collaw.edu.au

GIVING YOU THE ADVANTAGE Make the transition from law degree to legal career with practical legal training at The College of Law The Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice offers you: ◗ start dates throughout the year ◗ choice of full-time and part-time study modes ◗ onsite skills sessions in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and London ◗ no limit on enrolment numbers ◗ experienced local practitioners as lecturers and mentors ◗ indispensable “how-to” practice papers and online resources ◗ online legal job noticeboard ◗ FEE-HELP student loans For more information contact Student Services: Ph: 1300 856 111 or visit www.collaw.edu.au

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PLT: GRADUATE’S PERSPECTIVE

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Elizabeth Wood Minter Ellison The system for getting admitted into legal practice changed from 1 July 2008. Elizabeth Wood, one of Minter Ellison's Melbourne graduates gives you the lowdown on practical legal training… I've just appeared in an application to vary an order for payment of a judgment debt in instalments. My client was happy with the judge's order, but before it was made his Honour insisted I give a detailed explanation of the differences between registered and unregistered mortgages. Luckily for my (imaginary) client, this was part of the College of Law's Practical Legal Training program. At Minter Ellison graduates participate in the program which is now a requirement for admission as a legal practitioner in Victoria. The program consists of three components:  work experience  coursework, and  continuing professional education. The work experience component requires every graduate to complete 75 days of supervised work experience. My supervisor is a senior associate in the Commercial Disputes practice group and I have been working on many of the insolvency and contract dispute matters in our group. While I am assigned a supervisor within the group, I am still free to seek work from other lawyers within Commercial Disputes. The coursework component involves a series of seminars, workshops, online learning, assignments and dare I say it, exams. The seminars and workshops are held at Minter Ellison and conducted by a College of Law lecturer. All graduates look forward to the workshops which are very interactive, fully catered and provide us with a great

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opportunity to mingle! You will be able to refine your cross-examining skills in the mock trials and find out how ruthless your peers are when negotiating settlements. Now to what we all thought would be a thing of the past when we started at Minter Ellison – the exams. Honestly, I have found that in preparing for the exams, given the practical emphasis of the course it is not necessary to revise lengthy High Court decisions! Rather, most of us spend our study leave reading the College of Law's unit summaries or completing the online tutorials. The continuing professional education component requires graduates to complete a reflective, self-assessed workbook relating to our work experience, and 10 CPE points. Once you are admitted as a lawyer you will be required to obtain 10 CPD (continuing professional development) points every year, so practical legal training gets you started early! All graduates agree that the benefits of the program are numerous. Minter Ellison fully subsidises the course and allows each graduate seven study leave days which can be taken as needed throughout the course. The firm also permits us to set aside three hours on a Thursday to work on our weekly tasks, which limits the amount of time we need to spend on study outside work. In addition many graduates have found that by completing the assignments, they gain useful skills and knowledge which are directly relevant to their real life matters. It helps your confidence and develops your ability to self learn, which is an invaluable skill for a lawyer. At first we all had many questions and thought the program would be difficult, time consuming and an added stress. But it's really turned out to be an opportunity to get to know your fellow graduates, learn some nifty skills and it is a worthwhile distraction from practice group work.

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LEO CUSSEN: PRACTICAL TRAINING COURSE

Leo Cussen Institute has been training law graduates and practising lawyers since 1972 and is recognised by the legal profession as providing comprehensive and quality practical legal training for prospective entry level lawyers. We offer two options to law graduates wishing to be admitted to the legal profession as an Australian Lawyer. (a)

The Practical Training Course (PTC) (onsite or online)

(b)

The Traineeship Program for graduates employed as trainees in a firm/legal practice (paid for by the employer)

Graduates wishing to do the PTC may be sponsored by an employer. Successful completion of the PTC entitles you to apply for admission to the legal profession as an Australian Lawyer which, in turn, entitles you to practise as an Australian Legal Practitioner in any Australian jurisdiction. You also receive a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. 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. Online students attend for intensive teaching blocks and contact days during the course. 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 professional development

Visiting legal practitioners as instructors

Current Matter file program – run simulated client files within your own PTC ‘law firm’

Extensive advocacy training

Collegial environment with the opportunity to build friendships and professional networks that can last your entire career

Clinical Experience Program with Victoria Legal Aid

Professional Placement

Employment Register for graduates

FEE-HELP available

The best thing about the PTC was the breadth of topics we were taught and the extensive materials provided on each of those topics which were of great assistance in the 'real world'. There was also a great opportunity to build a network of contacts and friends in this industry. (2000 Leo Cussen graduate) The Learning Experience The Practical Training Course (PTC) is founded on the principle of ‘learning by doing’ and is designed to lead you to reach the required Competencies in an active and practical training environment. The training in the Practical Training Course has three core activities:

Instruction in each specific skill

Practise of the specific skills through exercises such as advocacy, drafting, negotiating, interviewing

Running simulated files to demonstrate competency

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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)


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Current Matter Program After setting up your own law firm you run up to 10 simulated files covering a wide range of practice areas and presenting a range of legal and practical problems reflecting those you 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 experienced lawyers. Their job is to help you develop your practical legal skills, professional values and confidence to work as an entry level lawyer. Collegiality You form friendships during the course and begin to build the personal and professional networks that support you during your entire career. PTC trainees 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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Course Details and Applications for 2010 24 weeks including three weeks Professional Placement Two intakes a year (Online and Onsite) commencing late January and mid July 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 Email: ptcadmin@leocussen.vic.edu.au Learning theory and philosophy is one thing, but having the knowledge and power to use that in real life situations is nothing short of incredible. From managing our own simulated legal practices, running cases against counterparts and making appearances before actual judges, Leo’s has given me the confidence to represent clients in court and manage cases with ease. Starting a new job after Leo’s, I was amazed at the respect that my legal peers had for the course. They had the faith and confidence to ‘throw me in the deep end’, and I had gained the experience to wade through it. The practical advice that I received from our instructors and mentors has been invaluable, as have the contact network and lifelong friendships that I have built. (Tejpal Jholl, Leo Cussen PTC 2009, first year lawyer at Erskine Roden Lawyers)

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part A: legal pathways beginning a legal career

the application process legal perspectives

practice groups

victorian legal practices directory international practices directory


DEVELOPING YOUR SKILLS FOR EMPLOYMENT

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Angela Edwards Manager, Careers Office Melbourne Law School In addition to their knowledge of the law itself, students studying a law degree develop a myriad of skills which are highly sought after by legal and non-legal employers alike. Law students are renowned for having strong writing skills, the ability to analyse large volumes of information and for their discipline and strong work ethic – essential for getting through your degree in the first place. You must further cultivate your “employability skills” throughout your time at university and also in all the other facets of your life, ie your part-time job, voluntary work, legal work, involvement in student societies, involvement in your community and your hobbies and interests. All these avenues provide excellent opportunities for skills development. So aside from your knowledge of contract law(!), what skills do employers look for. The list below will not come as a big surprise. These skills are as relevant to working in a legal environment as they are to working in many other areas. Skills you should aim to develop •

Your ability to work as an effective team member Your interpersonal skills – your ability to relate well to clients/customers/other stakeholders and everyone else in the office

Your written communication skills – your ability to write clearly, logically and succinctly

Your problem solving skills – your ability to use your initiative and think outside the square

Your organisational skills – your ability to plan and prioritise your work and meet deadlines

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How can I develop these skills? As already stated, opportunities for skills development present themselves in many ways. You can hone your teamwork skills by being a member of committee which organises a charity quiz night. You can build your written communication skills by offering to write an article for a student society publication. You can use your problem solving skills by suggesting a way to improve a process at the community legal centre where you volunteer. Demonstrate your skills When applying for jobs, be it part-time employment during study, a graduate position or a role overseas, employers are looking for you to clearly demonstrate your skills. Your skills must be clearly set out with examples in your application and you must be prepared to further demonstrate them at interview. The important thing to remember is that even if you are applying for jobs in the legal profession, the examples you use to demonstrate your skills do not have to be legally related. The emphasis is on skills that can be transferred. Demonstrate an interest in the organisation you are applying to Employers need to know that you genuinely want to work for them. It is not enough just to say it is because they are a blue-chip organisation with international clients. If you are applying to work in a commercial law firm it is essential that you demonstrate an interest in the work that they do. Impress them with your knowledge of their clients, provide evidence of customer service roles you have undertaken in the past, show an awareness of what is happening in the business world (read the Australian Financial Review) or talk about part-time roles where you had to meet sales targets. These are just some examples of ways you can demonstrate that vital commercial acumen.

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If you are applying to a plaintiff law firm which acts for individuals, a proven track record of working in the community and a demonstrable commitment to social justice issues will certainly strengthen your case for employment.

Make a Careers Appointment If you would like to discuss how best to identify your skills and effectively market yourself to employers, make an appointment to see a Careers Consultant at the Law School Careers Office. Bookings can be made at the Student Centre Front Counter. The Student Centre is open: Monday - Thursday: 8.45am - 6.00pm Friday: 8.45am - 5pm Telephone: 8344 4475

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Similarly, if you are keen to pursue a career at the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, your desire to do so will not be proven by you simply stating that you love travelling and have been to Europe and the U.S. DFAT graduates are expected to have knowledge of and an interest in foreign and trade policy issues and international affairs. An understanding of the goals of the Department is also very important.


CV PREPARATION

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Megan Drysdale Senior Consultant Mahlab Recruitment You’re about to finish your degree and want to secure that perfect role! The first thing you must ensure is that your CV is up to date and promotes your experience accurately and in the best light. We’ve set out some basic tips below that will set you on the right track. Format The best CV is concise and logically arranged. In the case of a CV, there’s no fixed rule on length, but anything over 4-5 pages should be carefully reviewed. Don’t distract the reader with detail about your long jump award from primary school or lengthy descriptions of non-legal jobs that don’t communicate transitionary skills – a quick summary is sufficient. Detail You need to ensure that the information about your qualifications and experiences are set out close to the front of the document and in reverse chronological order (the most current at the front!). Important details that you should incorporate into your CV include: Personal Details including your Name, Postal Address, Email Address (a non-work but professional sounding email address) and a contact number (a mobile number is usually the best). Education/Qualifications in reverse chronological order including month and year of admission to practice (if you have done a practical legal training course during university), course/s studied, University and years of attendance (or anticipated completion). Include your awards and achievements related to your studies in this section. Do not re-type your academic results as employers will request a copy of your official academic transcript. Employment History, again, in reverse chronological order you should detail the

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firm/organisation/company, your title, and the month/year you started and/or ended in each role. See below from more information with regard to details of your work experience. Interests are not essential, but if you would like to share three or four of your key interests feel free – but be discerning and remember your target audience. Referees do not necessarily have to be set out in your CV – this is particularly important if you anticipate your referees to be from your current role. An easy approach is to say “Provided upon request”. Firms will generally not contact your referees without your consent – this is usually done when a job offer is imminent. A review of your CV should give any reader the details of your experience and the specific types of work you have undertaken in for each role ie if you are a conveyancing clerk/paralegal you should set out the areas you have developed expertise or experience. For example: Mahlab & Associates Lawyers Conveyancing Clerk/Paralegal March 2005 to Current Following a seasonal clerkship with Mahlab & Associates Lawyers (a suburban commercial firm) I was offered a role as a part time Conveyancing Clerk/Paralegal. I have gained experience in the following areas: - Conveyancing - Compulsory Acquisition - Adverse Possession - Commercial Leasing - Subdivisions - Commercial & Retail Sales/Acquisitions Under each of these dot points you should summarise the skills you have under each area for example:

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Commercial Leasing – experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating leases under the Retail Leases Act 2003, drafting special conditions/clauses relating to “make good”, GST, termination of lease provisions and drafting, reviewing & negotiating transfers of lease etc.

maintenance, equipment reservation, site agreements and fuel oil power facilities. - Oil & Gas eg acting for oil companies in relation to development and operation of oil and gas projects. This approach can also be utilised for non-legal roles ie Safeworlds Supermarket Manager September 2005 to Current

Include examples of your work ie represented vendor in sale of CBD office building (put in more detail if possible, keeping in mind confidentiality obligations) or if you have assisted in a litigation matter, Smith v Jones (1989) 23 VCL 452 and summarise the case.

Initially working in the frozen section stacking shelves and auditing stock, I was promoted to Manager of the area in December 2005. I currently manage 5 junior staff and my responsibilities include:

Similarly, if your experience has been in the commercial/corporate area you should highlight main areas initially ie:

Here you can list your major skills and responsibilities acquired in this role (particularly those that would be helpful in the legal industry).

- Mergers & Acquisitions - Project Finance - Corporations Act - Corporate Re-structuring - Securities

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Again, summarise your particular experience and/or list the transactions you have been involved in: Project Finance – experience in PPP, power, oil, gas, telecommunications and transport sectors including:

Your CV is the tool that you use to sell yourself to prospective employers (in the case of a CV). The people reading your CV will read possibly hundreds each week – you need to ensure that you have used a clear font (arial is usually good), lots of headings, dot points and white space. If you would like your CV reviewed by a consultant at Mahlab Recruitment please send your CV to melb@mahlab.com.au or visit our Graduate section (www.mahlab.com.au) for an example cv and covering letter.

- Power eg acting for a vendor and a purchaser, drafting and advising on fuel and water supply,

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Conveyancing – managing files from inception, liaising with clients and solicitors for the other side, drafting contracts (standard), attending settlement.


PREPARING YOUR CV & COVER LETTER

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Clayton Utz 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.

Read and re-read your covering letter. Attention to detail is critical and gives us the first impression of you. Using another firms name in the covering letter is a huge mistake. This can all be avoided if you prepare and don’t lodge all of your

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applications on CVMail 30 minutes before the deadline. 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. • Really think about the role you are applying for and the skills firms are looking for. Prepare your cover letter and CV in a way that shows the reader you have the skills or experience they are looking for. • 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. • Present your work experience and education from most current and work backwards. • • It is also a good idea to indicate how many hours per week you work in your part time/casual job. This helps paint a picture of your time commitments outside of University studies. • 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.

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HOW TO WRITE A STAND-OUT COVER LETTER AND CV

Preparing your application It is difficult to define exactly what makes a successful clerkship application because 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. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you succeed when preparing your cover letter and CV. Your cover letter Your cover letter is your first chance to sell yourself. A good cover letter is well structured and succinct and entices the reader to review your CV. While you are spending hours preparing applications to multiple firms, it is easy to forget that ultimately an individual will read your application. Try to draft a reader-friendly cover letter. Maintain simplicity by avoiding pitfalls such as distracting fonts or six page letters, which can detract from the quality of the content. Simple expression is often very effective. Many students give in to the temptation to use complicated, old-fashioned language with the intention of sounding impressive. However, your cover 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. When planning your cover letter, consider why you are applying to a particular firm and what you want to highlight about yourself in your cover letter. Promising applications demonstrate a genuine interest in, and understanding of, the firm to which the application is made. While many students 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. You should highlight your key skills, attributes, experiences and achievements in your cover letter to encourage the reader to learn more about you in your CV. Some of the key skills firms look for include communication, leadership, teamwork, management and technical skills. Think about your everyday experiences, your part time work, your university involvement and outside interests which may demonstrate these qualities. Finally, before submitting your cover letter in an online application, make sure to double check the basics such as spelling, grammar, the firm name and the name of the key contact at the firm Your CV Here are a few tips to keep in mind when preparing your CV. • Keep your fonts (size and style) consistent and use a consistent layout in your resume and cover letter. •

Keep your personal details simple and relevant. We want to know your name, address, email and phone number but we don't need details of your drivers licence, health, or marital status.

Include details of your university education, including the name of your university, course, overall result (GPA), anticipated completion date and academic results.

When providing information about your employment history, list all your work experience including both legal and non-legal work experience. Include details of your employment status, the number of hours worked per week, the period of employment, location, responsibilities and any notable achievements.

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Bryony McCormack Lawyer and Graduate Resourcing and Development Consultant Allens Arthur Robinson


We like to read about your achievements, awards and extra-curricular involvement. These could include leadership roles, legal competitions, law student society commitments, academic awards, sports, music or debating. Explain awards received by reference to the criteria for the award and how it was assessed.

honest – if invited to an interview you will often be asked about your stated interests, so be prepared! •

List referees on your CV but do not attach written references unless specifically requested.

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We want to know what you do for fun! We want to read about your interests because they demonstrate that you can balance your life with your academic and work commitments. Your interests can help the reader relate to you as a person. Be

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Don’t be afraid to sell yourself! No one else will do it for you and this might be your only chance. Feel confident to highlight your achievements, demonstrate your research and put yourself forward.

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INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES

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Clayton Utz Prior to the Interview



A firm, not crushing handshake.



Read the firm’s brochure or visit their homepage on the internet.



Small talk which warm/friendly.



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.



Be yourself, don’t role play someone else. Be enthusiastic thoughtful and confident.



Be energetic, interesting and impressive. Avoid known distracting mannerisms.



Attend firm information nights



Don’t forget to smile



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.

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

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HOW TO ACE A BEHAVIOURAL INTERVIEW Luke Pellegrini Blake Dawson Graduate Consultant

A behavioural interview aims 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 engaging, can communicate well, has a range of experiences to draw from and inspires confidence. Handling a behavioural interview is quite simple. There are many potential competencies but if you prepare some examples of your experience in teamwork, leadership, client service and problem solving, you should have a great foundation for a successful behavioural interview. When people are nervous they tend to "waffle-on" and go around in circles, so remember to 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, sporting, cultural or university examples and avoid using the same examples for each question.

To keep on track, break your answers down into the following sequence: 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? Remember to always make eye contact with your interviewer/s and give a firm and confident handshake at the beginning and end of your interview. Try to develop some rapport with your interviewer early on as they attempt to break the ice and calm your nerves with some light conversation. Your interviewers are most likely asking the same or similar questions to a number of candidates, so avoid "cookie-cutter" answers. That means no "my weakness is that I'm a perfectionist!". Surprisingly, what you think is the "right answer" will often be the wrong answer. Honesty and originality is infinitely preferable to predictability. Finally, practice, practice, practice! Find a friend or family member and have them ask you questions and work through your answers.

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Behavioural interviews really aren't that scary; all they require is a little bit of preparation and practice.


ONLINE APPLICATIONS: HOW TO USE CVMAIL What is cvMail?

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cvMail is an online application system for law firms around the world. Through the service, you can apply for vacation and graduate positions for many of the top law firms in one convenient place electronically and instantly. It also contains application tips and a list of application closing dates for numerous firms.

STEP 3: Complete your ‘Academic Profile’ by clicking on the ‘Academic Profile’ button on the left hand side of the page.

Step-by-step instructions: STEP 1: Go to www.cvmail.com.au and click on ‘First Time Users’ to register as a first time user. Your ‘Academic Profile’ includes:  Education data (degrees, start/finishing dates)  Academic results

STEP 2: Complete your ‘Personal Profile’ by filling out all relevant details in ‘Personal Details’ section. Your ‘Personal Profile’ includes:  Personal details (name, email address, home address and phone numbers)  Languages (where applicable)  Changing your password

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STEP 4: Apply for firms by clicking on the ‘Application Manager’ and click ‘Apply Here’ next to the firm you wish to apply to.

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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. Tip: Draft long answers in MS Word first. The single most frustrating experience for any applicant is to have written answer only to lose internet connection, battery etc. OTHER FEATURES – My cvMail:    (a) Check the buttons carefully to make sure you choose the correct:  State/Territory to apply to  Process (Seasonal or Graduate)



Book Exchange: Buy and sell second-hand text books 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.



(b) Complete and check each section of the application form. This includes:  Reviewing your personal and academic profile information  Paste your CV and cover leter  Preview & send

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part A: legal pathways beginning a legal career

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LAW SCHOOL IN RETROSPECT

Now that I am ensconced in a Collins Street high-rise, entering the final stages of articles at a corporate firm, Law School seems quite distant. Lazy afternoons lounging on the South Lawn have been replaced with power lunches, and heated discussions on the significance of Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the cultural canon have given way to heated discussions on the applicable billing code for 6 minutes of time. When I began my university career at the then spanking new Law Building, it was with some trepidation. I was aware that my peers were some of the most impressive students in the State and I worried that my work wouldn't measure up. I slowly built confidence by participating in the competitions organised by the Law Students’ Society and made it my goal to always, always, do the required reading before class. This goal sadly remained unachieved for most of my degree. Despite this I did pick up a few things. I learned when to use "ibid", a smattering of other Latin phrases to bewilder my enemies (or at least, myself) and a quaint little tale of a snail in a bottle. Most importantly, I learned to bring extra clothing for summer lectures when the air-conditioning in the Law Building provided relief from scorching days by enthusiastically cooling us to near-Arctic temperatures. One of the most rewarding activities I did during Law School, on both the personal and professional level, was to join the Melbourne Journal of International Law (MJIL). MJIL allowed me to sink my teeth into fascinating international law issues, and connected me with a dynamic group of people, many of whom have become close friends. Experience on MJIL brilliantly prepared me for many tasks I now do regularly as an articled clerk. I urge everyone to apply for either MJIL or the Melbourne University Law Review and hope that you will enjoy the experience as I did. Although it can be difficult to find the time and money for them, internships offer so many benefits.

I would therefore suggest that all law students would be wise to consider squeezing one in. I was an intern at the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, UN-affiliated NGO tackling housing and water issues, based in Geneva. It was a big thrill to be part of the action in the hub of international diplomacy and to work with inspiring people. In stark contrast to the cobbled streets of Geneva was the red dirt of Alice Springs, where I undertook another internship, this time at the Central Land Council. I worked in the Native Title unit, and was able to take a few trips "on country" to put my hands in the earth that was being contested. This fantastic opportunity is available to law students each year and is organised by the Aurora Project. In addition, I managed to snag some clerkships at a couple of quite different law firms. To find out whether you actually like legal work, or what kind of legal work you prefer, there really is no substitute for being in a workplace day to day. I ended up being quite surprised by what I found. As for me, when my head was finally full to the brim of ratio and obiter, of double jeopardy and duty of care, of WTO, WHO, UNESCO and Mabo, my degree was done. Somehow I had managed to acquire an offer of articles from Clayton Utz, where I had been a winter clerk. Before embarking on this next phase, I deferred and spent almost a year making the obligatory backpacker pilgrimage across four continents. I arrived home refreshed and ready for the new rhythm of corporate life. Law School gives you challenges and opportunities that can be enriching and career-defining. Standards are high, it is true, but set yourself up by making the most of the great facilities, extensive research tools and by mining the knowledge of some of the greatest minds in Australia. Of course, in retrospect, it is very easy to say these things, including how important it is to always, always, do the reading before class! But, at least one thing I learned in Law School sure has stuck — I am never short of a cardi for those over air-conditioned summer days in the office.

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COMPLETING PLT AT A TOP-TIER FIRM

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Ryan Saundry Law Graduate Allens Arthur Robinson Beginning work in a graduate role can be difficult at the best of times, particularly after an extended break from work and university over summer. You're used to late waking times, excessive amounts of sunlight and, if you're like me, you probably also burnt one or two of your old books in a cleansing ritual at the end of your course. Further study, let alone assessable study, is the last thing on your mind as you begin a graduate role. It certainly was for me as I began as a Law Graduate with Allens Arthur Robinson in 2009. Practical Legal Training essentially replaces the old system of Articles that existed in Victoria. It was a bit of an unknown for my colleagues and I, given that we were the first class to go through PLT in Victoria at Allens. Having now studied through PLT for 6 months, I believe that your graduate year can be split into two main parts: 1.

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your full-time employment with your chosen firm. This component hasn't changed from previous years. your PLT study, which is completed concurrently with your employment. Think of it as part-time study.

What is involved in the part-time study aspect? Here are the CliffsNotes. •

Ongoing study throughout the year. Go ahead, groan, because I certainly did when I first heard this. On the upside, the required level of study is pretty manageable – between 5 – 7 hours a week is more than enough to keep up to date, and the firm you work at will be very understanding of the time requirements (and, hopefully, time is allocated to it during your working week). The areas of study simply cover topics you will have already learnt during the course of your LLB, so there aren't any surprises. Exams. Yep, that dreaded word. They go for 2 hours each and are open-book. More importantly, they are much easier than anything you faced at university. They aren't

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intended to scare you like the epic Corporations or Equity & Trusts exams you've already completed, so don't get too worried about them. •

Individual assessments. These vary from technical assessments like letters of advice and memorandums, all the way to more practical things such as mock hearings and interviewing. On the whole they're pretty straightforward.

That's basically it. At the end of it all you'll likely be admitted in November/December of the year you begin, which is 4 months earlier than the admission date you would have had under the old system (in other words, you're an admitted lawyer much earlier). Completing PLT at a top tier firm (in my case, Allens) has been very easy. The firm has gone out of its way to accommodate the new system – partners and lawyers are aware of the study requirements and generally allow time for you to study, and we all received 6 days study leave to assist with exam study (being weaned off the university life is a slow process, so any day off is a good day off). Perhaps more importantly, the People & Development department of the firm, combined with the allocated lecturer from the College, provide more than enough support during the year. We were always kept informed about upcoming requirements and I never once felt swamped by study or other PLT requirements. Ultimately, PLT isn't something to be afraid of. It brings Victoria in line with the rest of the country in terms of graduate year requirements, and we are all admitted much earlier as a result. The study commitments aren’t all that heavy, regardless of the war stories that you might hear. And really, further study post-graduation isn't something that you should be afraid of – you need to do it indirectly as a result of your continuing legal education obligations, and many of you will think seriously about other post-graduate studies. As cliché as it sounds, PLT is just one step in a line of your continued education.

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Good luck for the rest of your studies, and I encourage you to approach PLT with an open-mind – it certainly isn't something to be afraid of, and helps to soften the transition from university to full-time work.

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WORKING AT A MEDIUM-SIZED LAW FIRM

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Regina Kennedy Business Development Consultant Russell Kennedy What is it you are looking for as a law graduate at your first law firm … • To be a valued and contributing member of the team? • Gain practical and varied legal experience? • In-house training – working on real files with solicitors? • Rotating through all areas of law within the firm? • Ready access to the senior solicitors for guidance and direction? • Contributing to a vibrant and meaningful pro bono program? … then a mid-sized law firm is the place for you. Let’s hear it direct from lawyers at Russell Kennedy who have lived the trainee experience at a mid-tier firm. Accepting the responsibility of managing files, drafting correspondence, and attending court and client meetings as a trainee is one of the many benefits of training at a mid-sized law firm. This allows trainees to make a successful and smooth transition to being a solicitor. At Russell Kennedy we develop our trainees by challenging them daily whilst providing them with as much support, supervision and training as required. Libby Pallot, Principal Rotating through all the firm’s practice areas is invaluable in providing trainees with the opportunity to fully integrate with the legal team, their clients and files. The perspective gained in the rotation program enables trainees to experience the diverse range of work undertaken by the firm. Now, as a senior associate, I can observe the trainee rotation system from a different perspective and mentor the trainee solicitors within our group. Anthony Massaro, Senior Associate The accessibility of principals and senior staff for trainee solicitors is a strength of the firm’s trainee program. In-house graduate training and

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managing matters directly with senior solicitors aids understanding of the client, the matter, the history and ultimately, the resolution. For trainee solicitors at mid-tier firms, access to principals and senior solicitors allows fast-tracking for careers and ultimately produces proficient and confident lawyers. Vera Lee, Solicitor The opportunity to gain feedback from principals at the completion of each practice group rotation is a first-rate feature of mid-tier firm training. Graduates remain engaged, challenged and informed as they progress through the firm, improve their legal skills and move towards admission. Nicola Taylor, Solicitor Mid-tier firm trainees benefit from opportunities to represent the firm at external conferences and seminars and on law association committees. At some firms these chances are often reserved for senior staff. The firm’s pro bono program has also given us, as junior solicitors, opportunities to extend our legal abilities and provide us with a link to community organisations. Sarah Manly, Solicitor Achieving a work/life balance is more likely at a mid-tier firm than at the larger law firms. The firm believes that staff who are able to maintain their family, social life and interests will be more industrious than those that find the balance skewed towards work. The firm supports internal and external social and networking events. Clients join staff participating in a range of corporate competitions across netball, soccer, running, triathlon and cycling. Russell Kennedy maintains policies and utilises the technology to enable staff to work from home or adopt flexible working arrangements. This is particularly appealing to workers who have family commitments or who are returning to work after extended leave for study, family or personal reasons. Darren Seidl, Solicitor

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ASSOCIATESHIPS: THE WAY OF THE FUTURE Julienne Hortle Research Associate Supreme Court of Victoria

This is a rewarding moment in the life of a research associate at the Court of Appeal. Many of you will not have heard of the position of research associate at the Court of Appeal. For most of my life, neither had I. My aim in this article is to give you some information to help you decide if you could see yourself working here and, if indeed you could, to give you some tips on how to get here. Associateships But first, a point of clarification. There are two types of associateships: personal and research. The difference is simple: personal associates are assigned to one judge, they are ‘personal’ associates, and research associates, well, undertake research for various judges. At the Supreme Court of Victoria, there are more personal associate positions than research associate positions, because every judge either has one or two personal associates. Research associates are a rarer species; in the Supreme Court there are six researchers: 3 in the Trial Division, and 3 in the Court of appeal. While an associateship is invaluable experience for anyone who is interested in becoming a barrister, it is really an ideal job for anyone who is interested in the law and in learning more about how the legal system operates. My experience as a research associate For the past year, I have been working as a research associate at the Court of Appeal. I’d heard about the position through a few friends,

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kept a watchful eye on the Supreme Court website, applied and got the job! So far, it has been an amazing experience, my aim in this article is not to wax lyrical about how great this job is, but it really is. The work is interesting and challenging. As a research associate, you answer to the 9 Justices of Appeal, who are some of the most brilliant legal minds in the State, and such kind people. The people who work at the Court are lovely, the building is absolutely beautiful, I could go on and on… What do research associates do? Research. Well, actually, it is a little bit more complicated than that. Research associates at the Court of Appeal are given the responsibility of preparing ‘civil application summaries.’ A civil application is a step in a civil appeal, and includes applications for leave to appeal and security for costs applications. By preparing summaries, the research associates save the judges time before the hearing of the applications. Research associates also undertake research on any area of law, to assist the judges in the preparation of their judgments or speeches. For example, thus far, I have prepared memoranda of advice on personal injury law, property law, constitutional law, human rights law, corporations law, bankruptcy law, and anti-terrorism law. This is one of the perks of the job – you are constantly learning. As a research associate, there is also an opportunity to clerk (i.e. help the Judge) in Court, which is a fantastic opportunity to see how a court case is run from start to finish. In particular, it is a great way to expose yourself to the many varieties of advocacy styles that exist. Personal associates spend more time in Court than research associates, but less time undertaking research. Their role is more akin to that of a personal secretary to a judge and they are charged with the responsibility of keeping the judge’s affairs in order, down to ordering taxis for them and preparing their morning tea or coffee.

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As I write this article, a colleague of mine is sitting next to me reading a judgment and shrieking delightedly, ‘the Judge referred to that quote from that case we relied on in that research memorandum!’1


How to apply

http://www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au/wps/wcm/ connect/Supreme+Court/Utility/Employment/ When I was at uni I had met people who were associates at the Supreme Court, but the pathway of becoming one was somewhat shrouded in mystery. My advice is to keep an eye on the Supreme Court website and on university careers information boards, bulletins and emails.

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A CAREER IN LEGAL RECRUITMENT

The decision to move from legal practice wasn’t easy and ultimately revealed itself after months of searching the internet for something better. Knowing that I was never going to be lucky enough to work at a law firm which is equally as good or better, with such fabulous colleagues, clients and opportunities, I knew the practice of law was no longer for me. Why Legal Recruitment? Staying within the legal industry was an easy decision, it was just a question of which job. My years of involvement with graduate recruitment at university and my firm, careers fairs and the like soon solidified my decision that I wanted to help lawyers take the next step in their careers. What do I do? On a daily basis I’m liaising with lawyers and firms, reviewing resumés, giving advice about firms, practice areas & teams, as well as assisting in the negotiation of employment contracts and best of all, securing the perfect role for you, the lawyer, in either Australia or overseas. I’m learning about great new areas of law (I didn’t think the Trade Practices Act could be so interesting!), different countries/firms – not to mention learning from the best in the industry. I work closely with firms (HR and Partners) to recruit lawyers. I assist lawyers in brainstorming in relation to their next step and aim to be there to guide them through their future career moves. Ultimately I really enjoy helping lawyers take a great step in their career this help may even come in the form of a casual meeting to discuss their own career crisis. What do I really enjoy? • Everyday there’s a new challenge or scenario. • You must be able to think outside the square. • High level service required for clients. • Importance of knowing your lawyers and clients in depth (similar to knowing your clients and files in detail). Here I can utilise my knowledge and experience as a lawyer.

Although a recruitment can take anywhere between 2 weeks to 10 months, things move faster than your average property file. Firms and lawyers are generally grateful for your assistance! No “too-hard basket” – I remember those advices that I just didn’t want to do. In comparison, if you can’t assist a lawyer obtain a new position you tell them, but send them off with some helpful tip or information regarding their resumé or likely next career move. In practice you need to know the law (or get up to speed on it quickly!) and get it right the first time. In recruitment you need to be able to match the exact skills/knowledge/personality of the lawyer to the right firm. Again, this is where my practising experience has been really helpful.

Is it a waste of 6 years of study & 3 in legal practice? The short answer – absolutely not. We pride ourselves on not only being able to “talk the talk”- a professional outfit with the ethics, morals and professionalism we expect of our clients and lawyers, coupled with the knowledge and skills acquired during practice. The important factor in making the transition was to ensure I moved to a highly reputable legal recruiter. I knew I was at the right place after my first interview – instant impressions were friendly, professional, down to earth and efficient. I highly recommend obtaining admission and at least 2 years post admission experience to ensure you have the confidence and experience to be a strong recruiter. Did I make the right decision? After three months in my new role, my housemate observed that I was getting home later than usual and must be enjoying myself at work. Until that moment I hadn’t had an opportunity to sit back and reflect. It alerted me to the fact that this is what it actually feels like to enjoy my job – a unique feeling, but very refreshing! When the time at work zooms by and you look forward to going to work each day, you know you made the right decision

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Megan Drysdale Senior Consultant Mahlab Recruitment


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Arlen Duke Senior Lecturer University of Melbourne A career in academia is both incredibly demanding but also incredibly enjoyable and rewarding. From the outset, let me say that in order to be a successful academic, it is important to have an incredible amount of self-discipline. Nobody checks up on you to make sure that your research is progressing or that you have prepared your classes for the following week. However, if you need advice or assistance, most colleagues are more than willing to help and are incredibly generous with their time. I believe I have the best of both worlds. I have the freedom to set my own work agenda in a supportive and collaborative environment. So, what do academics do? Much of the work engaged in by academics is not visible to students. An academic’s responsibilities extend far beyond teaching and also include research and administration. Teaching responsibilities involve much more than presenting lectures or seminars. A considerable amount of time is spent designing and updating courses, preparing for class, consulting with students throughout the semester as well as setting and marking assessment tasks and examinations. I personally find teaching to be one of the most rewarding parts of the job. I remember all too well how daunting the study of law can be and really enjoy demystifying the law (to the extent that it is possible to do so) and helping my students develop their legal skills. I definitely see my responsibilities extending far beyond the teaching of legal content. I hope that what I teach my students will assist them throughout their law degree and their professional lives. Academics at universities like the University of Melbourne are particularly fortunate to work with a student body that is, for the most part, interested, engaged and incredibly bright. The enjoyment that comes from interacting with such a talented group of students cannot be underestimated.

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A key part of an academic’s job also involves the advancement of the discipline by engaging in research and publishing the results of that research in journals and books. To be sure, research is a key part of many other legal jobs (as those of you who choose to do articles of clerkship will learn all too quickly). However, one of the great plusses of academic life is the opportunity it presents to pursue one’s interests. Academics, not their University employer, are responsible for determining their research agenda. Having the freedom to research and write about issues that you are passionate about is one of the most important and rewarding aspects of an academic career. It means that for most of your working life you are actively engaged and committed to the job at hand. Periods of intense work and extended working hours are an inevitable part of most jobs in the legal profession. However when you are learning and writing about something close to your heart, long hours are much easier to deal with. Researching is both challenging and rewarding. I am one of those strange individuals (as are most of my colleagues) who derive pleasure from trying to answer difficult questions per se. However, it is also incredibly satisfying to think that research is making a contribution to public debate and policy development. Universities do not run themselves and academics are required to perform administrative duties. For example, I am responsible for overseeing the Law School’s outgoing exchange programme and am on a policy-developing committee that considers issues related to the design and implementation of Melbourne’s newly introduced JD programme. Such duties allow me to make a contribution to the development of the Law School and its various programmes. Having outlined the day-to-day tasks engaged in by an academic, I would like to briefly tell you what I like most about the job. First, academics

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funds attendance at international events and conferences. I have more opportunities to travel internationally than most of my friends working in other fields of law. There are many diverse pathways to academia and some of them will be quite unplanned. I personally practiced in a commercial law firm for several years before being given the opportunity to do sessional (casual) teaching work. Once I got a taste for University life, I knew that an academic career was for me. I joined the Law School in 2005 and have not looked back. To those of you who think you might be interested in joining the academy, I cannot encourage you do so enough.

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have an incredible degree of freedom. As noted above, academics are responsible for devising and developing their own research agenda. They are also granted considerable discretion as to how to best design and teach subjects. I also enjoy wearing jeans and a t-shirt to work! Secondly, for the most part a University is not a competitive environment. I view my colleagues as sources of advice, support and inspiration, rather than people I must beat in the race for that one elusive partnership position. Universities are not overly hierarchical institutions and I have always been treated with courtesy and respect by my more senior colleagues. Thirdly, working as an academic is an increasingly international endeavour. The University encourages and

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WORKING AT AN INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM: ALLEN & OVERY Wonhyo Kim 5th year Arts/Law University of Melbourne Undertaking a summer clerkship at Allen & Overy in Hong Kong was an invaluable experience as it provided an insight into the inner workings of a leading international law firm. The legal training has an international focus and there is opportunity to work on high-profile cross-border transactions. In addition, you work in a culturally diverse environment where you can hone your multilingual skills in a professional context.

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My Experience during the Summer Clerkship I undertook a Hong Kong summer placement scheme in July 2009. My four weeks at Allen & Overy was split equally between the International Capital Markets group and the Banking and Finance group. In each rotation, I was assigned a mentor and a trainee who provided me with guidance on the practical and technical aspects of the deals they were working on.

multitude of presentations by the various practice groups. In addition, we had the opportunity to sit in on lunch time seminars delivered by expert lawyers in their fields and embarked on tours of the High Court and the Hong Kong stock exchange. The work hours vary depending on your project, but summer clerks are generally not expected to stay late. One of the advantages of working in an international law firm is the diversity of your colleagues. They come from a variety of backgrounds including China, US, South Korea, Hong Kong, as well as a large contingent of Australian lawyers. Everyone at the firm speaks English, however language skills are highly valued. Documents are prepared in English and Chinese so if you have skills in Chinese, you may be asked to use them from time to time. Why Hong Kong?

With a non-commerce background, it was initially a steep learning curve getting used to all the jargon but by the end of the first rotation I had become intimately familiar with terms such as ‘medium term notes’,’ euro-commercial paper programme’ and ‘convertible bond buybacks.’ The work I was exposed to was varied and although there were some mundane tasks such as proofreading and cross-referencing, I was fortunate enough to assist some of the banking lawyers as they spent the final few sleepless nights closing a multibillion dollar syndicated loan agreement for a Hong Kong-listed PRC company. When working on a transaction where billions of dollars are at stake, you become acutely aware of how important attention to detail and critical analysis skills are. Some of the other summer clerks had the opportunity to sit in on court hearings, take part in teleconference calls with lawyers in other countries and even serve documents to somewhat uncooperative defendants. The clerkship was a great way to be introduced to the firm and Hong Kong’s legal world in general. We received training in the firm’s impressive global know-how system and were given a

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While you frantically finish off writing that last sentence of a research memorandum, you look out the window to see ferries and junks crisscrossing Victoria Harbour set against the imposing metropolis. Hong Kong is a place where a young corporate lawyer can have lots of fun. If your firm hasn’t organised some social event on your weekend, there is plenty to do in Hong Kong. You can visit The Peak or float across the harbour in a junk, but just exploring the city can be a great adventure. The city is famous for its food and shopping and it won’t be long before you realise why after passing your third Rolex shop as you walk to the best yum cha you will ever taste. Hong Kong is one of those cities that never sleep. Walking out of the office late at night, you are greeted by the sounds of a city that is bustling and alive, with shops and restaurants open till late. Whether you are mingling with all the other ex-pats in Lan Kwai Fong on a Friday night or getting lost on the lively streets of Kowloon, there is always a multitude of things that one can do at all times of the day.

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are applying for, such as sitting the PCLL Conversion exams in Hong Kong.

What should you do?

The clerkship provided an excellent opportunity to experience firsthand the nature of work as a lawyer working at a leading international law firm. I met a lot of interesting people and it helped to clarify my long-term goals and objectives. Even if you do not end up with a training contract at the end of the clerkship, it will give you an idea of what to expect should you chose to work abroad in the future. It is an experience that I would recommend to anyone who is considering the option of working at an international law firm.

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With seasonal clerkships looming on the horizon and you sit down trying to figure out where you want to apply, don’t forget that there are opportunities outside of Australia. Be wary though that the application dates are not aligned with Australia’s clerkship application period and are often closed even before our application period opens. Also remember that the clerkship provides an opportunity to compete for a training contract, so you should become familiar with the admission requirements of the jurisdiction you

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MELBOURNE LAW SCHOOL AND VICTORIAN BAR STUDENT RESEARCH ASSISTANTS SCHEME 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.

The Melbourne Law School and Victorian Bar Student Research Assistants Scheme is a joint initiative between the Melbourne Law School and Victorian Bar.

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The aim of the Scheme is to enable students to develop practical experience in the legal profession to complement their studies. It will also help them to develop professional networks at the Bar. The Scheme will allow barristers to benefit from the highly developed research skills of Melbourne Law School students. The Scheme is also supported by the University of Melbourne's central Careers and Employment service and registered on their database, Careers Online. The procedure to participate in the Scheme is as follows: •

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Students register their interest in working with a barrister via the online registration on the Careers Office website. Ensure that you select “YES” to the question “Allow Victorian Bar access.” You will then be registered as an applicant for the Scheme and may be contacted by a barrister or clerk and invited to undertake work experience at the Bar. The barrister would then contact the student directly and explain the nature of the work available and the time requirements. The student then has the opportunity to accept or decline the offer of work. If the student chooses to accept the work, they must ensure that they are registered on

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Once the barrister/clerk arranges for you to undertake work for them, he/she must notify Careers Online by filling in a simple on-line form. It is important that you follow up with the barrister to ensure that this is done. You will then receive an email from Careers Online, outlining the steps you must take to finalise the arrangement.

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

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part A: legal pathways beginning a legal career

the application process legal perspectives

practice groups

victorian legal practices directory international practices directory


ADMINISTRATIVE LAW Phillipa Davey Special Counsel Russell Kennedy

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Anyone who wants to work within a set of clear, black-and-white propositions that can be simply learned and applied, should not work in administrative law. It is an area of law that is evolving as its political and socio-economic context changes. Administrative law regulates the basic rights of individuals, the public and businesses against the government by ensuring that those individuals and bodies exercising administrative power, do so within the law. Because of this, working in administrative law exposes lawyers to a rich variety of individuals and bodies who exercise administrative power and whose lives and livelihoods are affected by the exercise of that power. Public servants, Ministers of the Crown, statutory authorities, regulatory agencies, commissions, local councils and some non-government organisations such as social or sporting bodies, all exercise public powers. Principles of administrative law, particularly procedural fairness have even been extended to private bodies, such as trade unions. This means that lives are touched by administrative law in more everyday and local matters such as paying tax, claiming social security or appealing a council planning decision as well as matters of the most personal, national and political importance. Anyone who does not comprehend the significance or implications of concepts such as the separation of powers, the classification of powers, parliamentary sovereignty, ministerial accountability, natural justice and habeas corpus and other prerogative writs should not think about working in administrative law. Administrative law is dependent on an understanding of these concepts. It is bound up in the way governments operate, the nature of the administrative power and process, the function of those who participate in it and the practices, procedures, and internal policies which dictate the way they work.

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Representative of the administrative law issues tackled by Russell Kennedy in the last few months have been: •

an appeal against the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport to ban an elite athlete from competition

an appeal against the decision of DIAC to cancel the visa of a refugee with a tragic history

resisting an application to VCAT by a health professional to overturn a decision to cancel her registration

an appeal to AAT by an aged care operator disputing the revocation of licences worth many hundreds of thousands of dollars by the federal Department of Health and Ageing

These matters and many of those that administrative lawyers are involved in, are political and controversial. Despite its importance, administrative law is often approached with apprehension, even by experienced lawyers. It is full of technicalities and arcane distinctions. Administrative law is said to be one of the most dense and difficult areas of law to understand but it is satisfying to know that an Australian athlete competed at the world championships because of Russell Kennedy’s expertise and hard work and that a young man with a tortured history now has chance to become a responsible citizen. It is equally rewarding to take those arcane distinctions and technicalities, put them together with an understanding of the political landscape and shifting policies and obtain satisfying outcomes for clients, some with millions of dollars at stake, others with their liberty at stake.

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BANKING AND FINANCE Stephanie Chu & Kristian Imbesi Solicitors Mallesons Stephen Jaques

It all probably started when we realised there might actually be more to banking and finance law than the finance wrap-up on the late news seemed to suggest. That realisation was proven true within the first few weeks of our experience in the financial ranks. Not only was the field more detailed and intricate than we could imagine, the variety of work varied greatly too. As a junior banking and finance lawyer the work you do varies significantly from day-to-day and week-to-week. At Mallesons, the banking and finance practice group is made up of several co-ordinated teams that each specialise in different areas of banking and finance work. These include: •

Corporate finance, whereby a financier lends money to a company (note: usually this means a LOT of money). The loan is either supported by a guarantee given by the company, or by some form of security. The terms and details of the loan are typically complex and that’s where the legal involvement comes in. The company might be borrowing money to develop or expand its business, to refinance some of its existing debt or just for general corporate purposes (like paying its employees and suppliers). Project finance, which involves financing the development or acquisition of a specific project like the building of gas pipeline infrastructure or the development of a wind farm. These projects can be either public

(ie those that involve the government and therefore tend to attract more publicity) or private (these are not quite as well-publicised, but are still numerous). •

Financial services regulation, which deals with the complex range of rules and regulations that affect how money is stored, saved, invested, valued, exchanged, distributed, transferred and received. These regulations include the licensing of financial services and markets under the Corporations Act, the Consumer Credit Code, unfair contract terms legislation, the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act, the Code of Banking Practice, the Privacy Act and the rules which govern the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), the Australian Clearing House (ACH) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Debt capital markets, which help companies borrow money from investors in Australia and overseas. These companies (called “issuers”) raise money they need by issuing “debt securities” (called notes, debentures and bonds) to investors. The issuer is usually a large corporation like Telstra or NAB

Structured finance, which is a regular form of finance that has been “structured” to achieve particular tax, regulatory or accounting outcomes. There are many types of structured finance transactions, including securitisations, hybrid security issues, or the using of finance and operating leases to finance an aircraft (“asset financing”). hybrid security issues, or the using of finance and operating leases to finance an aircraft (“asset financing”).

Derivatives and futures, which are contracts under which two parties agree to make (or agree that they might make) payments or

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Back in the uni days, the phrase “banking and finance law” was nowhere near something that sounded interesting to us. Without knowing anything more than that it might involve banks, some money, and a few late nights, we wrote it off as a far too dry, far too complicated field to get into. Yet here we are, only a few years and (ok maybe more than) a few memos later, and the field was the number one choice for both us by a considerable margin. How on earth did that happen?!


deliveries of commodities to each other at some future time.

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As a junior lawyer in any of these teams, you may be asked to prepare a case note on a recent court decision on an important area of banking and finance law, prepare the initial draft of a loan agreement, write a memo of legal advice, attend meetings with a Treasury working group on developing new legislation, or assist in a signing ceremony for a transaction. And these are just a few examples. Apart from the enormous breadth of subject matter and work variety involved, banking and finance, and the stability and effectiveness of the laws that regulate it, underpin a crucial part of both the national and world economy. Particularly in recent years, the balance between encouraging liquidity and business activity and preserving stability and the protection of consumers is a line that is drawn in more intricate detail than ever before. It is always rewarding to be involved in that front line. Put that together with challenging and cutting-edge work and a highly professional but always supportive and down-to-earth environment, and there didn’t seem to be any other choice. Without a background in commerce or finance, our learning curve was initially steep. It’s all to our benefit though, and we are now unbelievably well placed to carve out a fertile and strong career path — and we’re enjoying every coffee along the way!

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CLASS ACTIONS Andrew Watson Principal Maurice Blackburn

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I practice law because I am interested in justice. As a class actions lawyer at Maurice Blackburn I get the opportunity to promote access to justice for victims of serious corporate misconduct and to promote a more transparent and efficient sharemarket and fairer outcomes for consumers. Because the class action regime is relatively new our cases are “cutting edge”. It is an exciting area of practice, intellectually challenging and making a positive contribution to just outcomes. For 15 years I acted on behalf of unions and employees endeavouring to ensure fairness in the workplace. The most rewarding aspect of this part of my career was 4 years at the ACTU running its National Wage Case on behalf of approximately 2 million of Australia’s lowest paid workers. In that time, as a result of the efforts of the ACTU the Federal Minimum Wage increased from $400.40 per week to $467.40 – an outcome that I am sure made a real and positive difference to the lives of some of Australia’s most disadvantaged. Whilst my current work in class actions is very different – the overarching goal of promoting justice remains very much at the forefront of my work. Class actions promote access to justice by providing a mechanism by which the claims of victims of mass civil wrongs can be heard efficiently and in circumstances where individual claims often would not just as a matter of sheer practicality be able to be litigated. The GIO shareholder class action, which was ultimately settled for $97million, provides a good example – in a claim that cost tens of millions of dollars to litigate many smaller retail investors had lost sums less than $5,000. Those losses were nonetheless of immense importance to those investors but would simply not have been recovered without a functioning class action regime. Maurice Blackburn’s class action practice primarily focuses on class actions on behalf of: • shareholders and other investors who have been the victims of misleading or deceptive conduct;

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businesses and consumers who have been the victims of illegal cartel activity.

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

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COMMERCIAL LEASING

Are you interested in an area of law that offers you the opportunity to apply technical expertise whilst developing a broad range of skills and dealing with a wide variety of clients? If so, commercial leasing could be for you.

Commercial leasing has given me the opportunity to practise in a number of jurisdictions. Whilst at Russell Kennedy, I have been involved in leasing matters in all Australian states and the Northern Territory.

Commercial leasing is one facet of commercial property practice. It raises challenging legal and commercial issues for clients and, as a result, for commercial leasing lawyers. The types of leases that a commercial leasing lawyer will deal with can be broadly classified into two categories – retail and commercial leases. Retail leases are subject to retail tenancies legislation which varies from state to state. Commercial leases may be leases of factories, warehouses, distribution centres or other non-retail premises. Each type of lease raises different issues for the commercial leasing lawyer to consider and advise on.

A developing aspect of commercial leasing work is “green leasing” which is being driven by a trend for energy efficient buildings. This involves drafting provisions in the lease that will impose obligations on the parties with respect to minimising the environmental impact of the building operation.

I enjoy practising in commercial leasing because it has provided me with opportunities to develop a broad range of skills, including drafting, negotiation and dispute resolution skills. The type of work that I will be involved in on any given day might include drafting a lease, advising a client on an issue of compliance with retail tenancies legislation, negotiating lease terms, preparing notices of default and re-entry, attending mediations and briefing counsel. Commercial leasing has provided me with an opportunity to be involved in some high profile deals particularly in undertaking due diligence when a client is purchasing a large business or, considering purchasing a multi-tenanted building.

As a leasing lawyer I have enjoyed working with a variety of clients with different needs and interests – all types of organisations and individuals lease property. In my time in practice, I have been involved in leasing matters for local government, state government, small business, publicly listed companies, large and small not-for-profit organisations and individuals. Commercial leasing lawyers require a high level of attention to detail and a commercial focus. Ultimately what is at stake in commercial leasing, is a landlord or a tenant’s livelihood. This is because a landlord’s income is generated from the rent and other money paid under the lease. The tenant’s livelihood is affected because the lease terms can impact on the operation and profitability of the tenant’s business. Leasing is a key aspect of many businesses – most businesses occupy their premises under a lease and as a commercial leasing lawyer, I am directly involved in a key aspect of my clients’ businesses every day.

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COMMUNICATIONS, MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY Oliver Evans 1st year lawyer Allens Arthur Robinson

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If you think that only the technology savvy or those who love acronyms need read on, then you are much mistaken. The Communications, Media and Technology group at Allens is an exciting and challenging area ideal for developing strong commercial and legal skills, coupled with specialised knowledge in some existing and quickly evolving industries. Allens' CMT group engages in work across a broad spectrum of areas, including media and broadcasting, film and entertainment, telecommunications, information technology, outsourcing, franchising, licensing, advertising, marketing and privacy. One day you might be dealing with a small inventor wishing to commercialise their latest invention, on another you may be assisting a large multinational organisation or a government procure, sell or licence various IT systems, and on yet another day you could be advising a client on the impact of social networking, cyber squatting or e-commerce on their business. These types of transactions require, and will help you develop, skills in commercial negotiations, structuring of transactions, drafting contracts, licences and other legal documents, advising clients on the interpretation and application of legislation, regulations and caselaw, dealing with various industry bodies and research. In addition to this the CMT group works closely with other practice areas in the firm, including mergers

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and acquisitions, tax, intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution and banking and finance. Now whilst a background in IT, science or engineering is helpful, these are by no means prerequisites to becoming a successful CMT lawyer. Most of the CMT lawyers have gained strong expertise in a particular area or industry by working on numerous transactions related to that area or industry. You will also be encouraged to develop your own expertise in areas that you are personally interested in and which are related to the group's activities. In next to no time your vocabulary will include a list of TLAs (three letter acronyms) that can be used to impress any industry specialist. Not only are many of the industries in which the CMT group is involved rapidly evolving, new technologies and innovations regularly open the door for any CMT lawyer to expand their horizons. This ensures that CMT lawyers experience few dull moments and are constantly being faced with new issues and scenarios to grapple with. Some exciting new areas currently include carbon trading systems, the proposed National Broadband Network and flow on impact this will have on the media and many forms of communication, and the meteoric rise of social networking and other online sites and their regulation. For further information in relation to CMT law at Allens, visit: http://www.aar.com.au/services/cmt/index.htm

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COMPETITION LAW Mallesons Stephen Jaques

Fundamentally, competition law diffuses economic theory into a legal framework. In Australia, the framework is the Trade Practices Act, which intends to “enhance the welfare of Australians” by “promoting competition”. It has incredibly broad scope: it covers anti-competitive and unfair market practices including cartels, consumer protection, mergers and acquisitions, product safety/liability and third party access to facilities. The Mallesons Competition and Regulatory team advises on all these issues. Practically, this means we advise our clients on questions like: • We’re planning to launch an ad campaign for our new Mind Reading Goggles (which may or may not read minds). Are the ads misleading and deceptive? •

We sold a bunch of faulty calculators that explode when you try to calculate 1+1. What should we do?

We own the only port in the Northern Territory. Do we have to give our competitors access to the port? On what terms and conditions?

We own a multinational chain of fight clubs, and we’re planning to take over Australia’s biggest chain, Tyler Durden Ltd. Can the ACCC stop (or unwind) the takeover?

Every one of my milk suppliers is charging the same price for chocolate flavoured milk, and the prices are killing my business! I think there’s a milk cartel. What can I do to stop them?

Although you need to understand the underlying economic values to become a good competition practitioner, you don’t need an economics or commerce background to get there - Mallesons provides all the necessary training. All you need is a thirst for learning. As well as the obvious “advisory” areas of our practice, our lawyers also act in regulatory investigations and other contentious (sometimes litigious) matters. We regularly appear before the ACCC, the Australian Competition Tribunal and state and federal superior courts. Perhaps the best thing about the Mallesons Competition and Regulatory practice is that it doesn’t stop with pure competition law: many of Mallesons’ core clients operate in highly regulated markets including telecommunications, electricity, gas and pharmaceutical industries. We advise them on the regulatory aspects of doing businesses in Australia. This gives our lawyers a chance to dabble in areas of law like privacy, spam, food labelling, adult services and network regulation! And, of course, we also advise on general commercial legal issues (including contract law). Our team never knows what quite what’s going to walk through the door next: we might start the day drafting a supply contract for a telecommunications client, return from lunch to prepare a client presentation on cartel criminalisation, and end the day researching the Australian market for vitamin C supplements. Variety is the spice of life. I’d definitely recommend life as a competition lawyer at Mallesons: it’s a continuously evolving and challenging area of practice.

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When I first heard about “cartel busting” and “dawn raids”, I had images of heavily armed Federal Police officers bursting into smoke filled boardrooms to capture unsuspecting corporate villains. I wasn’t sure where a Mallesons Stephen Jaques lawyer would fit into the picture, but it sounded pretty interesting. Whilst competition law is a little less Hollywood in reality, it’s a constantly changing and (I think) fascinating area of law.


CONSTRUCTION LAW Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Working in the Construction & Infrastructure group at Corrs provides a unique view of the construction industry…literally. From our office windows we are able to watch while the fruits of our labour build up around us. From this vantage point, keeping an eye on our client’s progress and being in tune with our client’s business needs takes on a whole new dimension! As a graduate in the Construction and Infrastructure group at Corrs you can expect an interesting, rewarding and varied experience. At Corrs, we are fortunate to be involved in a number of high profile projects (the “front end”) and disputes (the “back end”) throughout Australia. This means that you have the opportunity to be involved in some very large matters that often have a high degree of confidentiality involved, and which can be very exciting Working in the Construction and Infrastructure group is also rewarding in another sense: what you are doing is actually contributing to society. The Construction & Infrastructure sector underpins a substantial component of the Australian economy, and the physical outcomes of the construction process have significant practical, economic, social and aesthetic impacts on the community. To illustrate, some of the recent matters we have been involved in include: •

advising the Victorian Government on its implementation of the seawater desalination plant project; advising the Federal Government on its implementation of the National Broadband Network Project;

acting for Melbourne Airport in relation to a number of disputes arising out of its terminal expansion and runway upgrade projects;

acting for Clough Engineering in an arbitration with Origin Energy, know as “the BassGas Project” which

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involved claims in excess of $100m; and

advising AJ Lucas Group in Supreme Court and Appeal Court proceedings concerning BHPB’s Minerva natural gas field project at Port Campbell.

The Corrs’ Construction & Infrastructure group has a strong and diverse client base which means that the work is always new and interesting – one day you might be advising the government on a highly confidential tender process for a major piece of public infrastructure and the next day you might be representing a major corporation in a mediation relating to natural resource exploration and harvest. You will also have the opportunity to traverse a range of work types and legal disciplines. The work types range from drafting, negotiating and advising on contracts, to negotiating and advising on complex public private partnership projects, to advising and representing clients in dispute resolution. As a result, lawyers in the Construction & Infrastructure group are exposed to a dynamic variety of legal disciplines, including contract, tort, competition, financing, dispute resolution and intellectual property. Because of this, working in the Construction & Infrastructure group at Corrs provides an excellent opportunity to develop inter-disciplinary legal skills. There is also the opportunity to work in collaboration with different practice groups. It is not uncommon for Construction and Infrastructure lawyers to work closely with Banking and Finance lawyers, Planning and Environment lawyers, Tax lawyers and Litigation lawyers. If you’re interested in working in an area where you will have a dynamic mix of work, develop a broad range of legal skills and work with some amazing people (both lawyers and clients), then the Construction and Infrastructure group at Corrs is for you …and the view’s pretty good too!

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if you’re the driven type, corrs can really help accelerate your career.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is one of the country’s most dynamic firms. For young lawyers that means one thing. Opportunity. At Corrs you’ll have the opportunity to learn the skills demanded of a great lawyer. You’ll get formal training through a national graduate development program and continuous, practical learning alongside outstanding legal practitioners. You’ll gain responsibility at a pace that will keep you constantly challenged and stimulated. We want you to reach your full potential and to give you every opportunity to do so. If you’re prepared to do what it takes to be the very best, then we have a place for you. For more information on clerk and graduate opportunities, visit:

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CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL LAW Ben Podbury Law Graduate Arnold Bloch Leibler

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A relatively smooth transition into commercial and corporate legal practice may have been thought to be the norm for someone who has completed commerce and law degrees. However, almost six months into my traineeship, one finds that although the legal and analytical skills developed at university are important, they are almost secondary to your ability to pick up and understand commercial concerns, concepts, lingo and documents. Although this can be daunting for the regular law graduate - and you are tested at times - it is a challenge worth embracing. At Arnold Bloch Leibler you are presented with a unique opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s finest legal minds, see the biggest stories in corporate Australia in action, and have access to the country’s brightest businessmen and women while gaining hands on experience and a real insight into very different areas of legal practice.

lawyers on various matters and been involved in matters stretching from Jerusalem to Chicago. My initial scepticism as to how engaging the practice of commercial law would be has been replaced by a level of interest and enjoyment that I never anticipated while sitting through corps lectures at law school. In many ways, commercial laws and regulations shape the way in which our economy operates. As a consequence, practicing in the corporate and commercial law field presents you with the opportunity to witness the cogs of Australian business turning, and an understanding of how our economy’s engine really operates. I have enjoyed the first six months of my traineeship in commercial and corporate practice. Although I am that only halfway through my graduate year, I know the skills that I have already developed are invaluable to my future development as a practitioner and as a commercial professional in general.

Commercial and corporate law is dynamic and diverse. It requires a variety of skills, including a good understanding of black letter law, an understanding of business operations and commercial priorities, and an ability to communicate clearly with both your clients and other lawyers. It also provides you with the opportunity to develop a highly transferable skill set in a challenging and rewarding environment. In my first six months, I have had experience in areas as diverse as insolvency, debt refinancing, sale of business transactions, intellectual property, leases, and general commercial advice. I have completed work for listed and unlisted companies, families, and pro bono clients. I have drafted agreements, numerous emails, perused files, made calls, met clients, researched and written memos, briefed senior

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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.

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“Before commencing articles, I had completed a seasonal clerkship and worked as a paralegal at ABL. I was drawn to ABL by its size, its cutting-edge work and the variety of people – there is certainly no ‘typical ABL person’.”

“I’ve always had a strong sense for social justice, and from my experience working in the Children’s Court and as a volunteer at a community legal centre, I wanted to work for a firm that contributes to the broader community.”

“My clerkship at ABL was both rewarding and representative of the work I now experience. I work closely with my supervising partner, with real responsibility and access to high quality work.”

“As a mature age student with a young family, I wanted a firm that would recognise my life experience, value my skills and respect my family responsibilities. Managing work and family can be a challenge, but the culture at ABL made it much easier 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


DISPUTE RESOLUTION Natasha Sung Lawyer Deacons

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Ask any junior lawyer about their experience in dispute resolution ... Their eyes will light up as they recount tales about navigating the finer points of the Supreme Court Rules or running down William Street at 3:55pm to seek an urgent injunction. Whatever stories they do tell, they are likely to reveal the many rewards and challenges of being a dispute resolution lawyer. As the name suggests, “dispute resolution” is about resolving conflict. Dispute resolution is the overarching term given to litigation and the many other mechanisms for the resolution of disputes such as arbitration, expert determination and mediation. It is an accurate reflection of what dispute resolution lawyers do because, in reality, most disputes are resolved before proceedings are issued. Even where the parties litigate a dispute, more often than not, the dispute is resolved before trial. Dispute resolution is also about pre-empting conflict. Commercial advisory is an important part of a dispute resolution lawyer’s practice. By undertaking thorough due diligence, dispute resolution lawyers can advise on effective measures to address potential pressure points in order to minimise the likelihood of conflict. At Deacons, the commercial dispute resolution group covers virtually all areas of commerce and industry. Our clients come from diverse backgrounds including banking and finance, health, energy, telecommunications and transport. One of the most interesting aspects of being a dispute resolution lawyer is the opportunity to become immersed in your client’s business. In fact, this is probably true of all areas of the law. For example, you could be researching the French pharmaceutical industry (in French!); in another moment, you could be procuring car seats as part of a negligence claim. The variety makes each day challenging and unexpected. As a junior lawyer at Deacons, you can expect to work on a variety of matters

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including contractual disputes, negligence and trade practices. You will manage smaller files on your own and work on large matters as part of a team. Where a matter does proceed to trial, there are many opportunities for a junior lawyer to become involved. Typically, a matter will begin with the initial client conference which gives your client the opportunity to tell their own story. You might then be asked to advise on your client’s prospects of success. If you decide to retain counsel, junior lawyers are often responsible for instructing counsel through the preparation of counsel’s brief. You may be able to attend conferences with the client and/or counsel. This is where the strengths and weaknesses of the parties’ cases are analysed and a strategy is formulated. Often, with counsel’s assistance, you may also draft the pleadings which define the issues in dispute. You are likely to play a critical role in discovery, the process by which a party learns what documents the other party has that are relevant to the issues in dispute, which is one of the most important pre-trial tasks. You may be required to attend court-ordered mediation. If mediation is unsuccessful, you will then be immersed in the final tasks of trial preparation. You may even find yourself instructing at the bar table. You can probably guess from the sheer variety of tasks that a junior dispute resolution lawyer acquires many invaluable skills. For example, you will learn how to translate complex legal research into a client-friendly form. You will draft correspondence to a variety of stakeholders including the solicitors for the other side. As a dispute resolution lawyer, you will learn how to successfully negotiate commercial outcomes. You will also become intimately acquainted with the rules of civil procedure and all the little things that you did not learn at law school, like what to say when you are tasked with effecting personal service on a reluctant witness.

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If you enjoy hands on exposure and challenging and stimulating legal work, then you should consider a career in dispute resolution. It is an exciting area of law that you will find rewarding

and challenging. Soon, you too will be telling your own weird and wonderful stories about the joys of resolving disputes.

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As a law graduate you’ve earned the right to have a stimulating and evolving career. If you’re looking for a people-focused, performance-driven law firm that will give you genuine opportunities quickly, then apply for a position at Deacons.

For more information and a look at how your career options will really open up go to: www.deacons.com.au/graduate

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ENERGY AND RESOURCES

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Ryan Morgan Senior Associate Clayton Utz It is a challenging and rewarding time to be an energy and resources lawyer in Australia. Our energy and resources sector has seen strong and sustained growth for many years, and has generally bucked the trend of the recent global downturn. Developments over the last decade have ranged from the privatisation and deregulation of retail energy markets in most states to the major structural change we are facing now with responses to the perceived threat of climate change. These developments have meant that energy and resources lawyers continue to be kept busy with a diverse and interesting pipeline of work.

joint ventures, which are common in the sector;

commercial contracts, including for the sale and marketing of energy and resources products;

trade practices and competition law;

carbon mitigation and emissions trading schemes, specifically in relation to the impact of the Federal Government's proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme; and

Energy and resources lawyers advise clients participating in the energy and resources sector on a range of legal and commercial issues. The energy and resources sector broadly encompasses minerals (such as gold or uranium), oil and gas, renewable and sustainable energy sources (such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal) and water.

carbon mitigation projects (e.g. carbon capture and storage/geosequestration projects).

The clients we advise are diverse and include private and public Australian companies, foreign companies and government and semi-governmental bodies. Our clients often require advice on: •

government regulation of the exploitation, sale and use of energy and resources (including that specific to the sector but also in relation to environment and native title and cultural heritage);

selling or purchasing energy and resources assets, businesses or shares in energy and resources sector participants in Australia and overseas;

construction and installation of new energy and resources projects (e.g. the installation of an offshore gas platform);

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This is by no means an exclusive list; energy and resources sector clients require advice that may call on expertise from many other areas of law. As an energy and resources lawyer, you are likely to find yourself specialising in one or more areas of energy and resources law; for example, mergers and acquisitions, electricity industry regulation, or climate change. Even so, it is likely that you will be working closely with lawyers specialising in other areas. This is because energy and resources projects are often immense undertakings, from the planning stage through to commercial operation, involving many millions or even billions of dollars, and dozens if not hundreds of contracts. Therefore, alongside your specialist knowledge you also need to maintain a strong commercial focus and an understanding of the big picture. It would be fair to say that climate change is currently the hot topic that has captured the attention of the community, business and government. Advising clients on the legal and commercial impacts of climate change, and the government response to it, is a fast developing and challenging area of specialisation.

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The major Federal Government response to climate change is the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS), scheduled to commence on 1 July 2011 with the ultimate aim of reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. At a simple level, the CPRS is designed as a market-driven solution, by putting a price on emissions. It will also impose a minimum renewable energy target of 20 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and set a range of other incentives. The CPRS is a major and controversial package of legislation and, as could be expected, there has been a moveable feast of changes that are keeping lawyers on their toes. The CPRS package has currently stalled in the Senate and we are likely to see further changes as the Federal Government and the Opposition negotiate a resolution.

themselves to adapt to the challenges of climate change. We are increasingly being called upon to advise on emerging legislation such as the greenhouse gas storage legislation recently passed by the Federal Parliament and in Victoria and Queensland. Practicing in the area of energy and resources law, you can be assured that the work will be challenging, diverse and cutting-edge.

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The next major event looming on the calendar for climate change experts is the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (CoP15) in Copenhagen in December. At CoP15, participants will be considering whether a proposal to stabilise levels of CO2 equivalent in the atmosphere at 450 parts per million should be adopted. This will be watched closely and may have implications for the CPRS. As well as advising clients in relation to the proposed CPRS, energy and resources lawyers are being kept busy advising on emission-mitigation projects involving clean technology, renewable energy and carbon storage. Existing energy industry participants and also new players have been investing in such projects for some time to position

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ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING LAW Hayley Jones Lawyer Clayton Utz

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Environment and planning is a diverse and dynamic area of the law, involving advice on issues ranging from development controls and cultural heritage to contaminated land and threatened species, to name just a few. Environment law in particular has moved into the spotlight in recent times as the result of the domestic and global political attention on the issue of climate change. High-profile environment law cases in Australia such as the Blue Wedges challenge to the Commonwealth Environment Minister's approval of the Port Phillip Bay Channel deepening and the challenge to the Wonthaggi desalination plant highlight the strong public interest in environment and planning law decisions. The attachment of local communities to their surroundings also means that environment and planning law issues are often passionately disputed - which means that practising in this area of the law is rarely dull or unexciting! One of the most exciting aspects of being an environment and planning lawyer is that you can see the results of your work in the tangible projects and developments taking place around you. It is satisfying to know that your advice has been considered in the construction of a new tram line or the refurbishment of an iconic building, for example. The type of work an environment and planning lawyer can expect to do will vary depending on the particular project and client's needs. The client base of an environment and planning department in a large law firm can range from all levels of government to property developers, mining companies, natural gas producers and manufacturers. Each has different objectives and therefore, different legal needs. There is both an advisory and litigious side to the practice of environment and planning law. As an example of the advisory side, we may provide advice to a manufacturing company concerning compliance with Environment

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Protection Authority licences and environmental laws generally. We may also provide strategic advice on the ways to minimise the risk of liability in the event of an incident. In recent years, issues of climate change and sustainability have moved to the fore, and so it is important for us to keep on top of policy and legislative changes to be able to provide practical and strategic advice on these issues.. On the litigation side, environment and planning lawyers can be found at VCAT representing clients in relation to appeals lodged against their projects by other companies or environmental groups. Alternatively, environment and planning lawyers may instigate proceedings before VCAT on behalf of a client for review of a local council's decision on a planning permit application, or to challenge the imposition of inappropriate permit conditions. Environment and planning lawyers also assist with panel hearings regarding planning scheme amendments or as part of the environmental assessment process. Within a large firm, environment and planning lawyers often work closely with their colleagues in the corporate and banking and finance departments. In particular, environment and planning lawyers have a strong relationship with lawyers in the construction department who are working on major projects such as the construction of a new freeway, or hospital. Environment and planning lawyers advise on the relevant approvals required for the project and how those approvals can be most efficiently gained to ensure commencement of the project is streamlined as much as possible. If a project has a significant impact on the environment, a statutory environmental assessment is likely to be required. This assessment may involve public hearings and consultation, and an environment and planning lawyer will guide the client through the process.

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A distinguishing feature of being an environment and planning lawyer is the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team stretching beyond the glassy towers of Collins Street. Because environment and planning law covers such a broad range of issues, often experts will be required to prepare reports and advise on key issues. A major project may need specialist reports from experts on noise, flora and fauna, odour, traffic, cultural heritage and groundwater, to name a few. The chance to meet and engage with experts from outside the legal profession provides you with a new and different perspective, and adds another dimension to your working life.

But it's not all glamour. Practising in the area of environment and planning law draws heavily on statutory interpretation skills and requires you to have a high level of attention to detail as well as the ability to think laterally. If you are the sort of person who likes a new challenge almost every day, and the idea of working at the cutting-edge of an emerging area of law, then environment and planning law may be for you.

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Working as an environment and planning lawyer at a large law firm will also take you to places you don't expect. You may become a quasi-expert on the question of what impact a project will have on a critter that you never

knew existed — such as a bird which incubates its eggs in a pile of compost (the Malleefowl) or a turtle that breathes through its backside (Elseya irwini). You may journey by light plane to a regional town for hearings about whether a large mining project should proceed. You may spend a winter's morning on a site visit of a waste treatment facility finding out just where it all goes when you flush!

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FAMILY LAW Rachell Davey Senior Associate Landers & Rogers

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After my graduation from university and prior to commencing my articles year, I was determined to be a commercial lawyer. I was certain that the required completion of a rotation in family law would be just a temporary obstacle towards achieving my goal. However, one week into my rotation, I became hooked on family law, and much to the surprise of my family and friends, I have practised exclusively in this area ever since. How did this happen? My love for family law developed when I realised that no two family law clients would ever present with the same issues and problems. The attraction for me lies in the fact that all human relationships, and especially family and other intimate relationships, are infinitely complex and varied. As a practitioner in the area, I am required to address and advise as to all manner of legal issues arising as a result of family relationships. Given the ever changing nature of society, and our ideas as to families, the practice of family law is certainly an evolving one. I joined the family law group at Lander & Rogers in May 2000 and was appointed as a Senior Associate in July 2005. My practice is wide ranging and varies from simple property matters to the more complex and substantial settlements involving corporate interests and structures and third parties. I also handle children's matters such as residence, contact and other discrete issues. Although as a family lawyer my first aim is to attempt to resolve matters by negotiation, and without recourse to litigation, in some matters this is inevitable and indeed necessary, and I frequently operate

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matters both in the Family Court and the Federal Magistrates Court. I've also recently concluded a lengthy de facto property trial in the Supreme Court. I have gained experience in probate, will and estate planning matters, as well as property disputes involving siblings and parents. Recently, I have also been involved in a number of complex child support matters, including the vexed area of DNA parentage testing. Family law is undeniably challenging and can be highly emotionally charged. At times, my role is to not only act as a legal representative, but also as part social worker, part psychologist and part "best friend." Dealing with clients when they are at their most emotionally vulnerable presents particular challenges to the family lawyer. Issues concerning my clients don’t always arise during business hours, and it is a pre-requisite of being a good family lawyer that you are available and accessible to your clients after hours and on weekends. However, the cons of a family law practice are more than outweighed by the personal and professional rewards and the immense satisfaction derived from resolving the most personal of disputes for my clients; and providing them with legal and moral assistance in order to move past the emotional trauma and look forward to the next stage of their lives. For anyone not considering a career in family law, I would encourage you to at least contemplate a rotation during your articles year. The experience may just surprise you!

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FUNDS MANAGEMENT, REAL ESTATE & SUPERNNUATION Allens Arthur Robinson

The training guide we received at the beginning of the rotation helpfully explained that 'Funds Management' means 'managing other people's money'. At Allens Arthur Robinson, the FMRES practice group provides a full suite of legal services for funds management institutions and superannuation entities in relation to all aspects of their funds management activities. These activities vary from asset management and investment activities (that is, managing the investments they make) and custodial arrangements (holding the investments) to administration (the paperwork and 'back office' aspects of the industry) and distribution (making financial services available, and marketing them, in accordance with the law). This work includes drafting and advising on investment documents, reviewing and negotiating investment management agreements, assisting our clients in understanding and meeting their obligations under financial services, licensing, superannuation and general corporate laws, undertaking legal due diligence, untangling the complexities of Australia's superannuation law and assisting with the structuring and establishment of investment funds and trusts. A typical day in FMRES will involve any or all of the above. The FMRES group also works closely with the broader Mergers and Acquisitions/Capital Markets (MAC) group, as well as in any team where specialist funds management or superannuation experience

is needed. In addition to Allens' funds management practices in Australia, Allens also has active funds management lawyers in our offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Vietnam. The work we do is typically transaction-based, complex and urgent. As a junior lawyer in the group, investment reviews and the ensuing negotiations provide both the most challenging, but also the most satisfying, source of work. Unlike many areas of commercial legal practice, FMRES provides plentiful opportunities for junior lawyers to take on small matters, providing you with a great sense of ownership and control of your work, and the opportunity for a much greater level of client contact. Negotiating directly with senior local and foreign lawyers on behalf of clients may sound a terrifying prospect, but actually provides an unexpected sense of engagement with your clients and your work, and a great sense of satisfaction at the end. FMRES might not be the practice group with the smallest acronym you've come across, but it certainly provides an unusual, hands on and exciting experience!

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Hmmm. Funds Management, Real Estate and Superannuation (FMRES). The first thought that crosses many junior lawyers' minds when considering a rotation through this practice group at Allens Arthur Robinson is 'what on earth is Funds Management and what does an FMRES lawyer do?'


HEALTH LAW Anjali Parbhoo Solicitor Tresscox Lawyers The subject Health and Medical Law at Melbourne University provides you with a snapshot of the fundamental legal concepts of health law, such as the duty of medical practitioners, informed consent, privacy and access to medical records.

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In practice, health law expands well beyond these concepts to assist medical practitioners in many areas of their profession. As a health law solicitor, I am involved in: •

defending harassment and discrimination claims at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal;

providing advice to Hospitals on their policies and procedures;

providing advice on the sale of medical practices;

defending criminal offences brought by the Department of Human Services in relation to the prescription of drugs of dependence;

representing medical practitioners in the Coroner’s Court;

providing employment advice to medical practitioners in relation to their rights and responsibilities as employees or employers; and

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representing medical practitioners at the Medical Practitioner’s Board of Victoria in relation to their professional conduct. My day to day work involves meeting with clients, obtaining instructions, providing advice, obtaining expert reports from other medical practitioners, attending directions hearings and briefing and liaising with barristers.

Health law gives you access to and experience in not only the law of negligence, but also administrative, employment and contracts law. Given the diversity of health law, practising in this area is both challenging and rewarding. No two cases are ever alike. The health industry is a very stressful profession, whereby a medical practitioner’s actions or omissions can have varying consequences. One matter may begin at the Coroner’s Court, flow into civil litigation and conclude at the Medical Practitioner’s Board of Victoria. The health law team at TressCox not only provide practical legal advice to medical practitioners, but we also support each doctor to manage legal issues while continuing to deliver services to the community.

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HOTEL, RESORTS AND TOURISM LAW Yi-Jun Ding Baker & McKenzie

HRT lawyers advise on hotel management contracts, acquisition and development of hotels and resorts, compliance with government regulation, and gaming and liquor licensing laws. Our clients include hotel management companies, real estate investment trusts, asset managers and private equity firms. Our international presence and global network enable us to have recognised expertise in this field. For example, we advised on the management agreement for the Sheraton Grand Shanghai Tai Ping Yang Hotel by liaising with our local offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai. We also advised on the award-winning West Sands Outrigger Resort located in Phuket, Thailand, which includes a new hotel, 98 villas, 336 condominiums and a water park. We often draw upon the expertise of other practice areas of the firm. There is also an increasing emphasis for hotels to "go green" in terms of energy use and water consumption. Baker & McKenzie is probably best known for its climate change practice, and we work with lawyers in that practice to assist hotel acquirers and developers achieve this objective.

During my rotation in this practice, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in two major transactions involving HRT law. I was a part of a team which acted on behalf of a large American company in relation to the acquisition of one of Australia's premier hotel and resort portfolios, including various island resorts in Queensland, and outback resorts in Western Australia and Northern Territory. As a junior, I took control of discrete matters in the due diligence process, which is a common procedure in all hotel or resort acquisitions projects. My contribution played an integral part in the overall project. I also assisted in undertaking due diligence for the acquisition of a four star hotel in Melbourne as well as negotiating a management agreement for the hotel. Working directly alongside Bruce Webb, a Partner in CREG who has had 20 years' experience in the hotel and tourism industry, I have been given a significant amount of responsibility as a junior by playing a pivotal role in preparing the due diligence report and assisting in the negotiation of the commercial terms of the management agreement. I attended meetings with Bruce to meet with key players in the purchaser investment company and liaised directly with clients via email and telephone correspondence. For any graduates like me who would like to take on responsibility at an early stage of their career whilst being able to dream about their next holiday destination, I would definitely recommend giving this a stint.

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I am a Graduate at Law currently rotating in Baker & McKenzie's Commercial Real Estate Group (CREG), which has a specialisation in Hotels, Resorts and Tourism (HRT) law. My choice to do a rotation in this practice was simple – it sounded vibrant, imagination-capturing and is certainly the next best thing to taking annual leave and escaping to your ideal holiday destination!


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAW Nicholas Blackmore Senior Associate Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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“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. 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 e-mail 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

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Corrs, we did a lot of work helping our clients avoid the Y2K bug. As business sought to tame the wild frontier of the Internet in the early 2000s, we assisted our clients with domain name and other intellectual property disputes. We helped our clients comply with the new privacy and anti-spam laws introduced in the middle of the decade. Today our clients are grappling with legal issues raised by the convergence of the media and communications industries. The law involved is a mixture of new laws specifically designed for information technology, such as the Electronic Transactions Act and the Spam 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. 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

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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 Slashdot, always has to have the latest smartphone 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.

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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.

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Paul James Partner Clayton Utz 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. 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). 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

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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. 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 downturns 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. If

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Insolvency solicitors often work hand in hand with corporate restructuring solicitors in their attempts to assist clients avoid corporate destruction by rehabilitating otherwise viable businesses suffering financial stress as a result of poor management, the economic climate (or a combination of both) as well as other factors. Where possible, informal restructuring outside of the external administration regime often results in improved returns while at the same time avoiding the costs and time associated with an external administration. Given the question of solvency is always relevant in the restructuring of a financial distressed

borrower, it is important to be cognisant of the relevant insolvency issues, obligations and potential liabilities so that clients can be armed with a fall-back insolvency plan should restructuring negotiations fail. 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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this is not able to be achieved, 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.

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INSURANCE LAW AND LITIGATION Josh Clutterbuck Senior Associate Lander & Rogers

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Being a law student and choosing an area of law in which to practice is, and probably should be a daunting task. It is most likely that you have spent at least five years at university studying a variety of subjects without applying them in practice, while amassing a HECS debt comparable to the GDP of a small European country. Leaving university and entering the workforce into your chosen profession is an exhilarating time, and it will be difficult to determine the most enjoyable and productive way to apply your legal skills and repay your debt to the government. So what does insurance law offer? Insurance law is essentially about risk management. Just about everything is insurable, which means that our work involves a healthy range of legal issues and factual circumstances. Front end work requires contemplation of insurable risks and contract drafting, although often this part will be taken care of by the client. The bulk of insurance work is back end work, (when disaster strikes!) applying the terms of an insurance contract and relevant legislation to circumstances where something has gone wrong. In a large commercial firm a junior lawyer will usually be assisting with the back end work on files the firm receives from insurer clients. Most claims will require a good knowledge of civil procedure and on-your-feet thinking during the litigation process. Junior lawyers will draft a lot of court documents in their first few years and accumulate quite a bit of court appearance experience too. The substance of claims is determined by whatever policies of insurance the firm’s clients underwrite. Lander & Rogers has a reputation as a leader in the insurance field that is well-established throughout Australia and the UK. We advise and act for a number of insurers, underwriters and brokers in all aspects of insurance law.

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Our practice includes claims in respect of property coverage, ranging from house fires, to arson, to overseas mine collapses. Financial and commercial risks require us to provide advice and litigation management in areas including business interruption and consequential loss claims, fidelity policies and industrial special risk policies. Our clients also underwrite risks for public and product liability. Directors’ and Officers’ cover, usually with associated company reimbursement policies, increasingly present a range of complicated cases and considerations. The growing area of reinsurance has required special expertise in the complex relationships between insurers, captives and often other reinsurers. We act for life and general insurers, superannuation trusts and industry funds providing policy advice and managing litigation arising out of income protection, life, critical conditions and personal accident covers. For many years Lander & Rogers has also acted for solicitors, accountants, medical practitioners and other professionals in a full range of actions in all jurisdictions. On any given day a young lawyer in an insurance practice may be required to attend a directions hearing at Court, interview an insured to prepare a statement of relevant circumstances, visit the site of an adverse incident, arrange surveillance with loss adjusters, meet with counsel to prepare for trial, conduct a mediation or meticulously draft mountains of court documents for filing! Not many students have an insatiable fascination with just one particular area of law such as tax or property. Insurance law all but guarantees you will never be bored with your work. It will expose you to unimaginable combinations of factual circumstances and legal problems, along with the rigours of the litigation process, all of which will sharpen and expand your legal and business skills.

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INTERNATIONAL LAW Georgette Leader and Marianne Saba Deacons

For lawyers at Deacons, this is particularly relevant for those practising within its China practice. China is one of Australia’s largest trade partners and Deacons is widely regarded as the premier law firm for providing advice to Chinese enterprises, banks and government bodies looking to invest into Australia as well as providing advice to companies from all over the world in connection with their investments, management activities and trade transactions in China.. When working on an international transaction, it is important that you understand the legal and regulatory framework governing the transaction. However, it is equally important that you also have a working knowledge of other country specific factors which may influence how the transaction is to be structured and managed. Whilst it is common practice for lawyers in Australia to provide clients with high volume legal opinions, this is not always appropriate when dealing with clients in other jurisdictions. For example, clients in China are often more concerned with the end result and achieving their commercial objectives rather than getting caught up in all the legalities. In cases such as this, it is important that you provide them with an executive summary of the legal and regulatory issues involved rather than setting out all the details in a full blown letter of advice. Language barriers are also an important issue to be addressed when dealing with overseas clients. It is vital that both legal and commercial advice is not ‘lost in translation’. Deacons’ China practice has best managed this by engaging lawyers who are dually

qualified in Australia and China. Since they are lawyers, not just interpreters, they can explain foreign legal concepts in terms that the client can easily understand. For lawyers working in an international firm, understanding the legal systems and cultural differences of other countries is as equally important as understanding the law itself. University graduates interested in practising international law should strive to be placed in a law firm that is well resourced and positioned well internationally. Not only should the firm have a physical presence overseas but communication between offices should be seamless. Deacons’ involvement in Sinosteel Corporation’s $1.48 billion takeover of Midwest Corporation (the first successful hostile takeover by a Chinese Government enterprise anywhere in the world) is a good example of this. The cross-border team implemented by Deacons was just part of the winning ingredients which led to this deal being named the M&A Deal of the Year 2009 by the International Financial Law Review – Asia Awards. Deacons is set to merge with global law firm Norton Rose on 1 January 2010. The merger is the first of its kind for an Australian law firm. Whereas many law firms have affiliations with foreign law firms, the Deacons/Norton Rose merger will truly position the firm as one of the leading law firms in the world. The new international legal practice will be called the Norton Rose Group and will consist of 29 offices worldwide. Some of the new offices include London, Paris, Rome, Dubai and India. For Deacons’ clients, this will mean immediate access to an international strength of legal expertise across the Norton Rose Group. For Deacons’ lawyers, it will provide them with the opportunity to be involved in truly global transactions with the possibility of being seconded overseas.

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Practicing in a commercial law firm today is often regarded as being synonymous with a business operating in an international market. As a lawyer, you need to be aware of the cultural, language and of course, legal settings in which your clients operate.


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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Jonathan Kelp Lawyer Mallesons Stephen Jaques

I’ve been working in the group for almost five years, after doing my articles at Mallesons in 2004, but it didn’t take me long to realise that IP is a challenging, vibrant and fun area of law. We frequently advise our clients on groundbreaking pieces of technology, help our clients protect their brands and latest products, and consider emerging IP issues relating to music and movie downloads, P2P file sharing programs, games and mobile phone content. In the course of applying and adapting relatively established legal concepts to the most cutting-edge technology, we’re often exploring unchartered territory and making law along the way. One of the best aspects of working in the IP team is the wide variety of work. On any given day, lawyers in the team could be involved in advising clients on issues relating to copyright, patents, trade marks, trade practices, marketing and advertising, media, designs, confidential information, therapeutic goods, privacy, anti-counterfeiting, IT dispute resolution, outsourcing and procurement deals, or domain name disputes. You can find yourself involved in Court cases regarding anything from chocolate to chewing gum, and from mobile phones to mining equipment! As a junior lawyer I was given the freedom to work across any of these areas, but lawyers in the group are also able to being to specialise at a relatively early stage.

many groups in the firm advise, and IP-specific clients, for whom Mallesons just does IP work. The clients range from large multinational corporations with substantial patent and trade mark portfolios, to small film-makers, fashion designers, publishers, and individual inventors seeking protection for their work. Given the international nature of IP law, we represent a large number of international clients, including many who do not have an established presence in Australia. Our clients cross a wide variety of sectors, such as pharmaceuticals, media, food and beverages, software, telecommunications, health, financial services and insurance (to name just a few). We also provide specialised support to many other groups within the firm, such as our colleagues in banking and finance. As a junior lawyer in the IP team I was given my own files to run, and have had a lot of contact with these amazing clients, right from the word go. I have also always been given plenty of support by the wider team and the partners, and have been encouraged to take an active role in the running of matters from the day I was admitted! Working in the IP team has given me the opportunity to travel interstate numerous times, including for court hearings in the Federal Court in Sydney and the ACT Supreme Court in Canberra. I’ve acted for a wide range of clients and across a broad range of areas – all while working with a great team and in a dynamic area of the law. Above all, working in the IP team at Mallesons is heaps of fun, and I know that I will continue to thrive on the opportunity I get to use my legal skills to help clients deal with this ever-changing area of the law.

Working in the IP team has given me exposure to both the firm’s big clients, whom

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The Intellectual Property team at Mallesons is a specialised group which works across a range of industries, for a large variety of very diverse clients. Members of the team sit in both the DR and M&A groups, depending upon whether they do mostly IP litigation or transactional IP work.


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Carmel McInerney Lawyer Corrs Chambers Westgarth Practising as a litigator is challenging, diverse and dynamic.

tort law, freedom of information, defamation or contempt of court.

That is why, after doing three 6 month rotations as a graduate, I chose to return to the litigation group at Corrs. It was a great choice to make. In the Corrs litigation group I am exposed to a wide variety of work and have the opportunity to work with different partners with different practices and work styles. The diverse work load and client group are the aspects of being a litigator I enjoy the most.

The types of tasks that fill my days are drafting witness statements, settlement deeds, court documents and advices, corresponding with opposing solicitors, preparing briefs for counsel and preparing for court hearings.

My practice over the last four and half years has predominantly been in media law and general commercial litigation. I have worked for clients including The Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd (publisher of the Herald Sun newspaper), Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd, the Victorian WorkCover Authority, Linfox Australia Pty Ltd and more recently, the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

In my practice, I find preparing for court hearings one of the most demanding but enjoyable aspects of my job. It often involves working with other lawyers and barristers which I also enjoy. The dynamics of the Court room are often fascinating. Having helped prepare a case, instructing counsel is a great experience, as is watching barristers argue the legal principles and seeing the traditions of the legal profession play out.

This diverse client group means I work with a varied group of people, all of whom have varied legal issues. When helping these clients with the litigious legal issues they face, inevitably I learn to understand the industry in which each of my clients work. Also, in my experience each different litigation matter I work on concerns different areas of the law, from contract law, trade practices,

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MARKETING LAW Sharon Segal Senior Associate Clayton Utz Almost all marketing decisions are impacted by an escalating number of legal issues and risks associated with marketing activity. Working in the area of marketing law essentially involves assisting clients with whatever legal issues may arise in the context of their marketing activities.

The specific legal issues which need to be addressed for any particular matter will depend on the nature of the client's marketing activities. For example, the requirements of the various State and Territory trade promotions regulations will need to be addressed if the client is proposing to conduct a trade promotion; privacy issues will need to be appropriately dealt with if the client is proposing to conduct a campaign which will involve the collection of personal information from individuals; trade practices, intellectual property and defamation issues will need to be identified for proposed advertisements and promotional material.

Work as a marketing lawyer at Clayton Utz can be very diverse depending on the nature of your clients' marketing activities. On one day you may find yourself drafting and negotiating a significant marketing-related contract (such as a sponsorship agreement, signage and hospitality agreement, advertising agency agreement, event management agreement or licensing and merchandise agreement), representing a client in a marketing-related dispute (for example, seeking an urgent injunction to prevent the display of a misleading advertisement by a client's competitor) and providing advice in relation to the legality of a proposed marketing campaign or specific advertisements (for example, advising on the risks associated with a client's "green" marketing campaign). The next day you may be advising a client on the application of Part V of the Trade Practices Act or privacy legislation to a proposed marketing campaign, and advising another client in relation to brand and trade mark selection, protection and maintenance. You may need to provide advice on anti "ambush marketing" strategies for a client which is sponsoring a high profile sports event, or even manage an approval process for a client for print, television, radio and internet advertisements, website content, product packaging and other corporate communications.

While a particular marketing activity could potentially call on expertise from any area of legal practice, as a marketing lawyer you need to be a specialist in at least the areas of law most relevant to marketing activity. These include: • trade practices (in particular the misleading and deceptive conduct provisions in Part V of the Trace Practices Act); • intellectual property (in particular copyright and trade mark law) - for example to advise in relation to brand protection and copyright issues relating to promotional materials;

Whatever the work may be, practising in the area of marketing law requires a high level of legal knowledge, attention to detail and a strong commercial outlook. It is an interesting area to work in and can be very rewarding - particularly when you see the results of your clients' marketing activities in the market place!

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In some cases the industry in which the marketing activities are being conducted is also relevant. For example, a marketing activity which concerns the labelling content for a particular product may be subject to industry-specific labelling requirements.

general contract law - to advise on all sorts of marketing-related agreements; and privacy - to advise on compliance with the various privacy, SPAM and Do Not Call Register legislation.


MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE Challenging, Varied, Rewarding… A Reflection on Working in Medical Negligence Maurice Blackburn

It is within this emotive context that the medical negligence lawyer works. From birth injuries to surgical mistakes; from issues surrounding a delay in diagnosis, to a failure to report correctly on test results – the medical negligence lawyer is confronted with a plethora of medico-legal issues on a daily basis. So, what does it take to work successfully in this area of law? First and foremost, the area requires highly developed research and analytical skills, and close attention to detail. Medical negligence cases by their very nature involve complex medical issues and therefore require extensive research, a thorough investigation into a client’s medical history and the obtaining of expert reports. Because most lawyers have not completed a medical degree, this means some time will be spent on trying to understand the medical condition and treatment involved in a particular case before applying the law. Sometimes the issues will be straightforward. At other times, the medical negligence lawyer may find themselves caught in a kind of intellectual maze, intertwining the intricacies of law and contemporary medical practice. But it is this very overlapping of the medical and legal disciplines and need for critical analysis that makes medical negligence one of the most challenging and fascinating areas in which to

work. Cases are wide ranging: no one set of facts will ever be the same and every client will have a different story to tell, a different condition or injury to investigate. The work itself is also exceptionally varied. Not only will you be required to undertake research, but you will also liaise with expert medical specialists, instruct barristers, attend mediations and court hearings and develop litigation and advocacy skills. You will also often assist clients in making a complaint to the Health Services Commissioner, in order to obtain information, an apology or acknowledgement, prevent the same mistake from happening again and sometimes compensation. The second most important skill a lawyer working in medical negligence should develop is a capacity for understanding and effective communication skills. This is because you are typically dealing with clients who are undergoing a traumatic time in their lives, and sometimes cannot understand how or why their medical treatment went wrong. Being able to listen to your client’s concerns and deal with them in a sensitive manner is extremely important. A client’s ability to convey all potentially relevant information to you is contingent on them feeling comfortable enough to be open with you about all matters. Medical negligence work is also one of the most rewarding areas in which to work. There is perhaps nothing more satisfying than knowing that you have made a positive difference to a client’s life, securing the just and proper compensation entitlements for their losses. So, if you are looking to gain experience in an area of law that is not only challenging and diverse, but is also extremely rewarding, then medical negligence may well be the area for you.

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From time to time, everyone makes mistakes, including health care professionals. Sometimes these mistakes are inconsequential, resulting in little to no harm. At other times, mistakes will be unavoidable. But beyond the inconsequential and the unavoidable lie those unfortunate incidents where mistakes are made because of a failure to meet an acceptable standard of care, resulting in physical and/or emotional injury to patients.


MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS Andrew Rodger, Jono Mitchell and Xanthe Ranger Mallesons Stephen Jaques

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Pick up the business section of The Age or a copy of the Financial Review and you are likely to come across the work of an M&A lawyer, emblazoned across the front page. A diverse and exciting practice area, M&A work can be fast paced, complex, challenging and high-profile. Advising the board of a publicly listed company on corporate governance issues, drafting a commercial agreement for an international humanitarian aid organisation, or helping negotiate a joint venture between two mining giants are just some of the matters you could come across in this field. And working in M&A at a large law firm like Mallesons means you are often involved in deals that are critical to the corporate strategy of some of Australia’s biggest companies. While this may sound like the domain of finance degrees, number crunchers and business consultants, M&A lawyers tend to have diverse academic and working backgrounds. Many lawyers in this area have previously studied arts, science or engineering, and the majority do not hold a commerce degree. Building on a diverse background, as a junior in M&A you will develop your own commercial acumen and understanding of the corporate world, learn how businesses interact with each other and how elite senior executives of large companies make decisions. It’s interesting stuff, if this is the type of thing that floats your boat, M&A provides an unrivalled vantage point. M&A lawyers at Mallesons can find themselves working across an diverse range of industries from oil and gas to fashion and retail. Although we have experts in areas such as energy and resources, financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, media, manufacturing, transport and infrastructure, and commercial property, lawyers are encourage to work across a range of matters with different clients. We work for major Australian and international clients and regularly consult together with our M&A teams throughout Australia, Asia and London. In a single day you might research carbon emission issues for a client considering the purchase of a gas pipeline before joining an international tele-conference to discuss

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progress on the sale of a mortgage brokering business. You could find yourself in the midst of a defence force joint venture, a wind farm project, involved in negotiations of a public transport franchise, or on secondment to the head office of a large corporation. You really never know what might come up next. So what are you likely to actually do as a junior lawyer in M&A? A typical day might begin with a conference call to discuss a transaction strategy between a partner, senior associate and junior lawyers from our firm, three or four senior managers from the client, and a couple of corporate advisors from a bank or accounting firm. There is likely to be follow-up research flowing from this call, followed by being charged with the first draft of a critical document, like a supply or share sale agreement. The level of responsibility I have been given has often come as a surprise and can be challenging. For example, I was responsible for a piece of advice advising on all the regulatory aspects of a new communications product for a large client. As the advice involved competition law, telecommunications regulations and IT expertise, my task was to liaise between senior lawyers and partners across three different practice groups to ensure a coherent and practical piece of advice was produced for the senior management of our client, on a (unfortunately not uncommon) short deadline. A big part of working in this group is pulling together advice from many parts of the firm, a task that involves interacting with a broad range of lawyers, and can involve “delegating” work to partners! There is no doubt that the work in M&A sometimes demands long hours in order to meet tight deadlines. However, the nature of such transactional work means that we are able to work closely with our peers and share the intensive periods as a team. Invariably there is great camaraderie and there are always opportunities to celebrate the hard work. Drinks on a Friday night are always well attended and closing lunches or dinners are a good way to mark the end of a deal. If any group knows how to celebrate a job well done, it’s M&A.

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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY Costa Brehas Senior Associate Hunt & Hunt

Currently, each state and territory in Australia has its own OH&S legislation. Furthermore, Federal OH&S legislation may apply to certain businesses. In practice, therefore, most practitioners in this area specialise in the OH&S laws in their specific state and will refer clients who seek advice in relation to OH&S laws in other states to practitioners in those states. The Rudd government, however, is seeking to harmonise OH&S laws throughout Australia and has indicated its intention to do so by December 2011. It has begun this process by passing the Safe Work Australia Bill [No. 2] which establishes Safe Work Australia ("SWA") as a statutory body with power to make recommendations directly to the Workplace Relations Minister's Council in relation to OH&S outcomes and workers' compensations arrangements. This body which actually started operating on 3 April 2009 is an independent body having representatives from Commonwealth, State and Territory governments as well as employers and unions and will replace the Australian Safety & Compensation Council. The difficulty in seeking to achieve a national OH&S law is that unions in some states are

concerned that it will not provide adequate protection and erode existing rights and obligations. Because of the high risk faced by employers and senior managers in failing to comply with OH&S laws (ie pecuniary penalties and/or imprisonment in some jurisdictions) professional advice in this area is highly sought after. Some larger businesses in high risk industries engage their own in-house specialists in this area. As a legal practitioner, common scenarios that clients often seek assistance with include the following: • • • • • • •

advice regarding OH&S obligations; preparation of OH&S policies and procedures; assistance with strategies in reducing OH&S risks; providing advice re OH&S incidents; defending clients who face prosecution for failing to comply with their obligations; advising clients on union right of entry under OH&S laws; and assisting with employment disputes relating to OH&S matters including discrimination claims.

The constantly changing OH&S landscape and the importance of this area to businesses on a practical level is likely to ensure that entrants to this area have a challenging and rewarding career.

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It is essential for anyone who intends to practice as an Employment/IR lawyer to have a reasonable understanding of OH&S law. This is because it forms 1 of the 4 pillars of practice in employment and workplace relations (the other 3 being employment/dismissal law, industrial relations and discrimination/harassment) and because there is often an overlap between OH&S law and these other practice areas.


PERSONAL INJURY LAW Jonathan Katsanos Nowicki Carbone To practise in personal injury law you cannot be afraid of a challenge. Every day you can be guaranteed to face at least one and that is why it would be difficult to find an area of law that is more rewarding in the end. Personal Injury law is a unique area of legal practice that gives a young lawyer a great level of experience from the get go. It is very hands on with clients, managing files, and even supervised court work.

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Nowicki Carbone Lawyers are experts in personal injury law firm dealing in WorkCover, TAC, Medical Negligence, Public Liability, Comcare and Superannuation and Insurance claims. I have had the benefit of working across WorkCover, Comcare and TAC matters in my litigation team; however I have dealt primarily with WorkCover matters.

damages for negligence; namely a requirement being that they have sustained a ‘serious injury’. Most litigation in this field of law surrounds this question, and in particular deals with s 134AB of the Accident Compensation Act and s 93 of the Transport Accident Act. One of the benefits of litigation in personal injury law, in comparison to commercial litigation, is that it does not last for years on end. Working on a personal injury file you will generally see them run from beginning to end, which is an invaluable experience, particularly for those interested in litigation, and for any young practitioner to get a good handle of the law. A high level of involvement both in the preparation of trials and the running of trials gives young lawyers meaningful interaction with barristers and the day to day running of the courts.

Generally speaking, compensation law in Victoria operates through an interaction of statute and Common Law. There are also many themes in common between the Victorian compensation schemes, and the relationship between the statutory benefits conferred by the Accident Compensation Act, Transport Accident Act and Safety and Rehabilitation and Compensation Act and an injured person’s right to recovering damages at Common Law.

It is not all about trials however, and a majority of my work is obtaining a beneficial outcome without going through the rigmarole, and often uncertainty of a trial.

An injured worker, or transport accident victim is entitled under law to medical expenses and weekly payments of compensation, if they have sustained injuries as a result of their accident. They are also entitled to lump sum payments under the relevant acts, although their injuries must be ongoing to qualify for these payments. Outside the statute there is also scope for damages within the tort of negligence. It is in these matters that a majority of litigation takes place, primarily in the County Court.

Acting for clients on a no win no charge basis has the benefit of providing access to justice for those who would ordinarily be unable to afford any representation. It also allows us to invest in a claim right along side the client so they work with us every step of the way.

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Working with clients to help them navigate a complex and often convoluted system is a big part of the job, and it puts into perspective what it must be like to be trapped in a system that is often tough to crack.

It is really the clients that make personal injury law so interesting and rewarding. For instance, speaking with people every day, and seeing a face behind every file, adds a new dimension to the work you are doing and you can actually see the beneficial impact that you can make on someone’s life.

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find that it is the tough cases that you put your heart and soul into that provides you with the most satisfaction.

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Personal injury law is an area of law with a lot of rewards. Being able to make a real difference to someone’s life following traumatic accidents makes all the hard work worthwhile. Often you

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PRIVATE EQUITY Annie Mould Senior Associate Freehills What is Private Equity?

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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 multi-billion 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. • 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

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‘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,

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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!

So, 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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TAXATION LAW Shaun Cartoon Third year lawyer Arnold Bloch Leibler

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“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 an Australian Idol contestants debut single through the earphones of another commuter. If this is what you are 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. The high turnover rate of work is one of 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. In the last 3 years I have been involved in GST property disputes and tax litigation, and have advised on a wide range of areas, including employee share schemes, tax audits, complex CGT issues, the taxation of trusts, superannuation issues, fringe benefits tax, land tax and stamp duty.

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. 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 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, sensible and technically sound legal advice. In summary, those of us who work in tax enjoy the 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!

In addition to the wide range of commercial tax-related matters, tax lawyers at Arnold Bloch Leibler are generally exposed to more pro bono work than at other law firms. Our pro bono tax advice ranges from assisting Indigenous artists with their GST obligations, to applying for tax-deductible gift status on behalf of a not-for-profit organisation.

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TRANSPORT AND SHIPPING Robert Tuck (Partner) and Suzi Craig (Lawyer) Monahan + Rowell Lawyers

Monahan + Rowell has carried on a transport and shipping practice since its establishment in 1987. Andrew Probert is the Partner in charge of this practice area. Andrew Probert is assisted by Robert Tuck a Consultant, Carolyn Wait a Senior Associate and Suzi Craig a lawyer.

Practitioners in this area develop a wide ranging knowledge of different aspects of transport (from packing right through to delivery), alternative dispute resolution and litigation.

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Monahan + Rowell acts for various participants in the transport sector. Its clients in this area include Protection & Indemnity Clubs (who effectively insure the liabilities of shipowners and others involved in the transport sector), Stevedores, Freight Forwarders, Port Authorities, Hull Insurers, Cargo Insurers, Train Operators and their insurers, and dredging contractors. The work that is done by persons in the transport practice area is varied and interesting. It can entail, amongst other things:

(a) the consideration of International Law – we consider various International Conventions, some of which have been incorporated into the law of Australia and some of which have not; and (b) the occasional arrest of ships (which can lead to academically interesting points of law having to be considered).

Typically, matters in this area are litigating in the Federal Court of Australia. Shipping law matters can involve actions brought against the ship itself or, against the shipowners and involve of law unique to this area. We are involved in a great variety of cases, ranging from damage to goods sustained during transport, mishaps suffered whilst at sea (wherein ships may collide or cause damage to ports or harbour infrastructure), train derailments and all manner of transport related incidents.

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WORKPLACE ADVISORY Jai Shepherdson Lawyer Arnold Bloch Leibler At Arnold Bloch Leibler, the workplace advisory team encompasses all things employment and workplace relations. The area of law we work in is fast paced, constantly evolving and highly politicised. This is reflected in our team which is youthful, dynamic and has experience in a broad range of disciplines.

employment law, including employment contracts, termination of employment and related litigation;

workplace compliance and governance, including the development of policies and procedures, and training;

occupational health and safety, discrimination and equal opportunity; and

There is no standard day for a workplace relations lawyer, which is what sets this area of law apart from other practice areas. In the morning I might be preparing an employment contract for a CEO or drafting an enterprise agreement for a large infrastructure project. In the afternoon instructions come in for an urgent application at Fair Work Australia to be heard the next morning. The work we undertake is not only engaging but requires strategic thinking, creativity, political awareness, commercial savvy, immediate attention and prompt turnover.

responding to the new Fair Work legislation.

The ability to deal with people is an essential characteristic of a successful workplace relations lawyer. People skills are as important in this field as a sound understanding of the law. When dealing with workplace disputes, we interact with a diverse group of people, including clients, employers and employees, regulators and inspectors, union advocates and other lawyers.

Arnold Bloch Leibler recognises the value of its lawyers having strong business understanding and client relationships.

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There are two key factors that attracted me to this area of law. The first is the variety of work. The second is the level of interaction we have with people.

Working in the workplace advisory team at Arnold Bloch Leibler I have had an opportunity to work on a full range of employment and workplace relations law matters, including: •

workplace strategy, such as the implementation of change in the workplace that maintains flexibility, restructuring and enterprise bargaining;

workplace relations litigation, including industrial action and dispute resolution;

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With offices in Melbourne and Sydney our team operates nationally, advising public and private companies, business owners, government and employer groups. The client’s we work with include some of Australia’s largest private and public companies, as well as the public sector. In my work, I have been exposed to a variety of industries including retail, manufacturing, banking and finance, power generation, mining and building and construction.

We are encouraged to think outside the square to find solutions for our clients, through an understanding of the challenges confronting employers in a tightening labour market and an ever-changing environment of complex regulation. If you are attracted to a fast-paced environment, enjoy working with people and want a broad range of experiences in your career, then employment and workplace relations law may be for you. Should you get the opportunity to experience working in an employment and workplace advisory practice during your seasonal clerkships, I highly recommend you accept the challenge.

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victorian legal practices directory international practices directory


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY ALLENS ARTHUR ROBINSON WEBSITE: CONTACT:

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

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

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally): Total Principals:

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For many years, our firm has built close relationships with many charities and has supported them through personal engagement, direct financial support and the provision of pro bono legal assistance. Through our extensive pro bono practice, we are able to use your talent and experience, not only for organisations and people in need, but also to advance the public interest and to assist in the resolution of important legal issues. We acknowledge that, as a law firm, we have the capacity to redress disadvantage and injustice. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES

Firm wide: approx. 200 Melbourne office: approx. 60 Firm wide: approx. 720 Melbourne office: approx 240

OTHER OFFICES: Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Perth, Phnom Penh, Port Moresby, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: Expressions of interest for paralegal work maybe submitted through our careers website (www.aar.com.au/careers). Preference is given to previous vacation clerks and future law graduates. TRAINEESHIPS:

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: As a full service commercial law firm, Allens provides a broad range of corporate and commercial advice. We have fourteen practice groups in total, spread across four departments: Corporate (Competition Law; Energy & Resources; Communications, Media and Technology; Funds Management, Real Estate & Superannuation; M&A and Capital Markets), Litigation & Intellectual Property (Commercial Litigation; Insolvency; Insurance; IP and Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys), Financial Services & Projects (Tax; Projects; Banking & Financial Services) and Asia (Greater China; South East Asia) PRO BONO WORK: If you are interested in contributing not only professionally but socially and ethically to the world in which you live, you'll fit right in at Allens. Our charity, pro bono and environment programs are our way of responding to these aspirations.

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Positions in 2011: Approx. 35 – 40 No. of rotations: 2 – 3 x 12 month rotations Details of traineeship program (for 2011): At Allens 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. Our law graduates undertake Practical Legal Training (PLT) through the College of Law. In addition to the training provided through PLT, all Law Graduates attend our National Fundamentals Program which involves weekly legal training sessions. 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

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APPLICATIONS DUE: Applications for priority offer candidates close on 15 January 2010.

want to excel and to fulfill their potential. The three key things we look for are: •

Imagination: we are a firm of multi-dimensional individuals and teams. We celebrate diverse perspectives and aim to attract individuals who will add to the unique fabric of our firm.

Interests: imaginative people often have varied interests outside of the law and exciting opportunities available to them. Our policies support employees who seek high-quality work, along with time for outside interests.

Intelligence: we value excellence in all that we do. We want people who strive to do their best. We look to recruit people who are not only technically excellent, but also capable of building strong relationships with colleagues and clients to deliver a commercial and solution-driven approach. We look for people who are innovative and creative, and will thrive in our environment.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications should be submitted through our careers website (www.aar.com.au/careers). APPLICATION PROCESS: We will not be conducting interviews for priority offers. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We are committed to the ongoing learning and development of all our people. We encourage the ongoing development of our people through world-class formal internal and external training programs, as well as regular meaningful feedback. FIRM PROFILE: At Allens, you will find yourself working alongside colleagues from varied backgrounds.

OTHER INFORMATION: Detailed information about career opportunities at Allens may be found on our careers website – www.aar.com.au/careers.

Although our teams are made up of people with countless individual differences and life experiences, common to each of them is the ability to distil simplicity from complexity and to provide clear solutions to our clients. We want people who

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

www.abl.com.au Leanda Nissen, Senior HR Consultant Level 21, 333 Collins Street Melbourne (03) 9229 9871 (03) 9916 9516 lnissen@abl.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally): Total Principals: 29 Total Solicitors: 72 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking & Finance, Commercial & Corporate, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Native Title & Public Interest Law, Property & Development, Public companies, Reconstruction & Insolvency,

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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.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Taxation, Technology & IP, Trade practices, Wealth management, Workplace advisory PRO BONO WORK: Giving back to the community has been a core value at Arnold Bloch Leibler for over half a century. We represent in the public interest and on a pro bono basis, a diverse group of charitable and not-for-profit organisations that are active in the cultural, health, religious, Indigenous and environmental sectors. The practice is coordinated by Peter Seidel, Partner. Many of the firm’s lawyers devote time and skill to worthy social causes. In 2008/09, on average, each Arnold Bloch Leibler legal professional devoted, on average, 70 hours of public interest (or pro-bono) work. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES

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PARALEGAL WORK: Yes, but usually only to students that have clerked with us and will be returning as law graduates TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: 10-14 (Available to applicants who have undertaken a seasonal clerkship with Arnold Bloch Leibler only) No. of rotations: There is no formal rotation process at 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 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 (or before) nine months if they desire. Details of traineeship program (for 2011): APPLICATIONS DUE: Sunday 7 February 2010 APPLICATION PROCESS: No interviews as applicants have undertaken a clerkship with the firm. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Arnold Bloch Leibler runs a dedicated professional development program for all Law Graduates. 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 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 well 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. OTHER INFORMATION: For further information on Arnold Bloch Leibler please visit our website at www.abl.com.au

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www.bakernet.com Amanda James Level 19, CBW, 181 Williams Street Melbourne (03) 9617 4325 (03) 9614 2103 Amanda.james@bakernet.com

FIRM COMPOSITION Total Principals: 89 (nationally), 21 (locally) Total Solicitors: 207 (nationally), 75 (locally) OTHER OFFICES: 67 offices in 39 countries. In Australia, Melbourne and Sydney

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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: YES PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: 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 our web site. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: 8-10 No. of rotations: 4 Details of traineeship program (for 2011): 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

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, 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). APPLICATIONS DUE: 31 January 2010 for priority offers and 7 March 2010 for general offers 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

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate (with specialist teams in: Capital Markets; Environment and Environmental Markets (including Climate Change); Financial Services; Hotels, Resorts and Tourism; 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

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.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY open to new ideas succeed best at Baker & McKenzie. APPLICATION PROCESS: Priority offers for 2011 graduate positions will be made to eligible candidates on 31 January 2010. General applications will open through www.cvmail.com.au if positions are not filled through the priority offer system. Rounds of interviews: 1 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 beginning of your career.

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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 3,900 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 200 associates, and almost 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.

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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 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.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY BJT LEGAL

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.bjt.com.au Stephen Drummond, CEO 38 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat 3350 (03) 5333 8888 (03) 5333 2901 careers@bjt.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally and locally): Total Principals: 2 Total Solicitors: 6 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Family Law, Wills & Probate, Commercial, Litigation, Mortgage/Finance, Taxation/Corporate Planning PRO BONO WORK: The Firm supplies solicitors on roster to the Central Highlands Community Legal Centre and also the Ballarat Duty Lawyers Scheme. The Firm is heavily involved in Pro Bono work for various Religious Orders, Schools and charities on a needs basis. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: NO PARALEGAL WORK: The Firm runs a Summer Clerk position for Undergraduates who perform Paralegal work. TRAINEESHIPS:

Positions in 2011: 1 No. of rotations: 1-2 Details of traineeship program (for 2011): Positions are offered on an annual basis. Each trainee is articled to a Director who is an accredited Specialist in their field and who provides the necessary supervision and guidance required. APPLICATIONS DUE: 31 March 2010 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Covering Letter, Resume, Results. APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews: 1 round of interviews for approximately 10 applicants PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: 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 form graduate to legal practitioner. 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.

BLAKE DAWSON WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE:

www.blakedawson.com Luke Pellegrini, Graduate Consultant Level 26, 181 Williams Street Melbourne (03) 9679 3289

FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

(03) 9679 3111 luke.pellegrini@blakedawson.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 175 (Nationally), 43 (Melbourne)

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WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Total Solicitors:

502 (exec partners Nationally), 135 (exec partners in Melbourne)

OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, Shanghai, Singapore, Port Moresby, Jakarta (associated office)

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: All commercial areas of practice broken into practice groups known as: Competition & Consumer Protection, Corporate – Asia, Employment, Energy & Resources, Environment, Financial Services, Financial Markets, Information Technology, Insolvency, Intellectual Property, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Property & Tourism, Projects & Construction and Taxation. 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. We are pleased that each year since, our lawyers have exceeded that average. 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

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SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: Our paralegal team is drawn from our incoming graduates and past seasonal clerks. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: 20 – 25 Graduates selected from our seasonal clerkship program via the priority offer system

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No. of rotations: 3 x 4 months Details of traineeship program (for 2011): 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 a large commercial law firm. As a graduate you will rotate through practice areas to help build your expertise and identify which area of the law you wish to practice. Your on-the-job learning is supported by a structured supervisory and training program, which is focused on the specific skills required for the relevant areas of practice. We are proud of our emphasis on feedback throughout your rotation and formalised by an appraisal at the end of each rotation provides opportunities for our graduates to review their progress with a view to longer-term career objectives. In addition, as part of the Practical Legal Training requirements, our graduates are enrolled in a specifically tailored College of Law program, which is largely delivered online but supported by face to face subject reviews and assessments. APPLICATIONS DUE: Priority Offer candidates will be asked to apply online in mid-January 2010. Any additional graduate opportunities (post priority offers) will be advised on our careers website at www.careers.blakedawson.com in mid-February 2010 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All Priority Offer candidates must have completed a seasonal clerkship with us in the preceding 24 months. APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews: In line with the LIV Guidelines, we will not be interviewing Priority Offer candidates. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: By giving us your best we'll help you become a leader in your field. Our Graduate Program is the

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY 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, complete your tailored College of Law program, participate in our internal seminar series and

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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.

BRIAN WARD & PARTNERS

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

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

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 5 Total Solicitors: 13 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Construction, Sport, Finance & Management, Information Technology, Telecommunications & Media, Health, Commodities & Resources, Utilities PRO BONO WORK: Brian Ward & Partners provides pro bono legal services on a director approved basis.

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: Refer to website APPLICATIONS DUE: Refer to website APPLICATION PROCESS: Refer to website PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The firm financially supports and encourages further education. 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 key risks to which commercial undertakings are exposed. OTHER INFORMATION:

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: NO PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: N/A PARALEGAL WORK: Refer to website.

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.

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

www.claytonutz.com Lauren Sharp, Graduates Co-ordinator Level 18, 333 Collins Street Melbourne (03) 9286 6755 (03) 9629 8488 lsharp@claytonutz.com

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: Paralegal work offered to Seasonal Clerks TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: 15-20 No. of rotations: 2 (6 months each)

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 223 Total Solicitors: 860+ OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, Shanghai, Singapore, Port Moresby, Jakarta (associated office)

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Competition Law, Commercial Law, Corporate law/Equity Finance, Intellectual Property Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, 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

Details of traineeship program (for 2011): All of our Graduates participate in our structured Graduate Program. It is also a requirement to attend and participate in Clayton Utz's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminars. Our Graduate Program starts in March and includes:        

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 Face to face skills training Diploma of Legal Practice – which is gained upon completion of the program Admission within same year as commencement The benefit of 'on the job' training facilitated by experienced partners and lawyers and quality legal content and skill development

APPLICATIONS DUE: To be confirmed. APPLICATION PROCESS: To be confirmed

PRO BONO WORK: Clayton Utz has a national pro bono practice led by a full-time pro bono partner and part-time co-ordinators in all of our offices. Last financial year we provided 34,127 hours of pro bono legal assistance, the most pro bono work ever completed by Clayton Utz. Those hours were equivalent to 2.64 percent of the billable work performed at Clayton Utz.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY CORNWALL STODART

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.cornwalls.com.au Yvette Jones, HR Manager Level 10, 114 Williams Street Melbourne (03) 9608 2000 (03) 9608 2222 y.jones@cornwalls.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Melbourne): Total Principals: 17 Total Solicitors: 34 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS:  Banking & Finance  Business Transactions  Commercial Litigation   Commercial Property  Corporate Advisory  Defamation and Media  Employment & Industrial Relations  Estate Planning & Asset Protection  Insurance  Intellectual Property &Technology  Reconstruction & Insolvency  Sport & Entertainment  Taxation & Revenue  Wills & Probate In addition to specialist legal expertise, Cornwall Stodart has also developed strong industry experience in the following sectors:          

Banking & Finance Commercial Property Construction Employment & Industrial Relations Extractive Healthcare Insurance Not for Profit Transport & Logistics Reconstruction & Insolvency

PRO BONO WORK: The firm has a long tradition of undertaking pro bono work, including carrying out legal work on either a no fee, or reduced fee basis for a range of not for profit organisations. As a result of a number of factors including our Firm’s focus of enhancing success and an increasing demand for community involvement by younger lawyers, the Firm has decided to formalise its existing involvement in pro bono legal services. The Firm also has a specific industry team focused on the not for profit sector and as such has considerable experience in this area. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: NO PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: Periodically, the firm may have limited paralegal opportunities, depending on operational needs. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: 6 No. of rotations: 5 Details of traineeship program (for 2011): Trainees will spend 12 months rotating through 5 areas within the firm. Trainees will be exposed to the firm’s 4 practice groups; Commercial, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property, Banking & Finance as well as Employment and Industrial Relations (within the Commercial Practice Group). In line with the Traineeship Rules, trainees will complete all compulsory externally taught elements through an accredited provider (Leo Cussen) and will undertake all other elements internally within their rotations. As part of their Traineeship, trainees will also be exposed to aspects of our business development initiatives. They will partake in monthly industry group meetings and produce client updates for the

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY firm as well as being involved in other aspects crucial to the firm’s business development function.

Rounds of interviews: One stage interview process where you will meet with the Managing Partner, and another Partner or the HR Manager.

Trainees will attend monthly trainee meetings where they will liaise with the Information and Development Manager, the Human Resources Manager as well as fellow trainees. These meetings are practical knowledge sharing forums in which trainees are able to discuss their challenges and successes of the month and share their knowledge and feedback with their peers.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Apart from rotations and ongoing job training, you will receive a 3 day induction at the commencement of your Traineeship. Our lawyers are encouraged to attend our weekly Enhancing Success Program (ESP) seminars. These are in house seminars, of a technical nature, conducted by our senior associates and partners on various topics of law and relevant legislative changes. From time to time we invite an external speaker to join us to conduct our seminars.

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At the end of each rotation, trainees will be provided with feedback from the respective authors they undertook work for. In addition, trainees will undergo a 6 month review with the HR Manager and their respective Supervisor. This review is aimed at further evaluating the performance of the trainee and ascertaining areas to develop and expand upon over the remaining 6 months. Our aim is to equip our trainees with the skills and experience to start their legal careers. Your Traineeship will allow you to meet clients, work with Partners and senior practitioners, have hands on experience with matters and most importantly be part of the team. APPLICATIONS DUE: Applications Open: 13 January 2010 Applications Close: 12 February 2010

www.cvmail.com.au APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: We look to recruit and retain people that share our values. We seek graduates who are enthusiastic, commercially savvy and able to communicate to a cross section of people. We look for graduates who enjoy working in a friendly, team orientated environment and who are client focused and keen to deliver high quality, commercially astute legal services to our clients.

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FIRM PROFILE: It is our clear focus on enabling and facilitating success of: Our Clients, Our People and Our Community that drives and underlies the goals we have for each of these areas and everything that we do to achieve these. Please refer to our website for details about these three areas of focus. OTHER INFORMATION:

All applications are to be submitted via cvMail

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We also have a comprehensive Leadership and Development strategy in place that encourages and enables all of our employees to develop their skills and attributes in the areas required and that are also of interest to them. Some of the examples of these include a mentoring program for all lawyers and a leadership program for Senior Associates and other lawyers.

Benefits/Opportunities: As a trainee you will have direct contact with Partners and Senior Lawyers. We have an open door policy at Cornwall Stodart and we all have an equal voice. We also like to enjoy ourselves. We have monthly firm social functions which see everyone from the Managing Partner to the Support Staff attending. This is a great way to get to know people more socially. In addition to the monthly events, we have various other social events, including weekly Commando Training, our annual Carnival and End of Financial Year Function.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Highlights of the program: 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.

CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.corrs.com.au Bianca Garretto, Human Resources Coordinator Level 36, 600 Bourke Street Melbourne (03) 9672 3000 (03) 9672 3010 bianca.garretto@corrs.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally): Total Principals: 112 Total Solicitors: 525

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 organisations. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corrs provides legal advice for clients through a broad range of practice areas covering the full spectrum of corporate law. Each practice area comprises a number of specific legal services. Our practice groups are:         

Corporate Advisory Taxation Banking & Finance Intellectual Property, Technology & Competition Litigation Workplace Relations Property & Infrastructure Planning, Environment & Local Government and Construction.

PARALEGAL WORK: Paralegal roles are generally filled by former clerks and future graduates of the firm. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: Approx 15-20 No. of rotations: 3 rotations of 5 months, 4 months and 4 months Three rotations of five months, four months and four months make up the Graduate Development Program. Graduates will need to complete a rotation of both litigation and a transaction based practice area, followed by the third rotation in another practice area. We believe this structure will allow graduates to develop fundamental skills and experience in core areas as well as provide an opportunity to explore their own areas of interest. Details of traineeship program (for 2011): From the day you join Corrs, your feet will hardly have time to touch the ground. Prior to your local office orientation, you’ll be on a plane headed for the Corrs National Graduate Academy. The Academy is a four day off-site training program focused on core skills training, such as problem

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PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES OTHER OFFICES: We are a fully integrated national law firm with offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney. We have a strong focus in the Asia Pacific Region and are in an ideal position to support clients whose businesses extend nationally and internationally.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY solving, plain legal drafting, effective teaming and excellent client service. It will provide you with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Corrs and to build relationships with fellow graduates from around Australia. Support and feedback are part of the Corrs way of life. To ensure you have all the help you need during the Graduate Development Program, you will be allocated a Supervising Partner, Graduate Manager and a Buddy. Your Supervising Partner will be responsible for your workload, skills training and practical experience. A Graduate Manager is a Senior Associate who provides you with day to day guidance, including clarifying what is expected of you as well as helping you with skills building and career development. APPLICATIONS DUE:

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Priority offer applications, for eligible seasonal clerks, open on 19 December 2009 and close on 17 January 2010. Market offer applications, pending priority recruitment process, may open on 26 February 2010. Please check Corrs website in February 2010 for confirmation. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications should be submitted via the Corrs Chambers Westgarth website. Applications forms should be completed and a cover letter, resume and transcript of results should be attached. APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews: Market applications will have two rounds of interviews.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: All graduates will undertake Practical Legal Training conducted in-house in conjunction with the College of Law in each office. Consistent with the national focus of Corrs, this ensures all graduates receive the same training in key practical legal skills and are admitted at the same time. As a graduate you will participate in a practice group induction program at the start of each rotation to ensure that you are equipped with the knowledge and tools you need to perform effectively in that practice group. The sessions will introduce you to team members, give you an overview of the practice group and performance expectations (including knowledge, skills, transactions, documents and tasks relevant to that practice group) and provide training in core legal knowledge and skills. Once you have completed your graduate rotations and settled as a lawyer, you will attend practice group seminars for lawyers that will enable you to learn more about the legal areas that you did not rotate through. These sessions will introduce you to the types of issues that should be referred to each practice group (and what can go wrong if they are not referred appropriately). You will also be able to take advantage of Corrs’ generous study assistance program that supports approved postgraduate study in law and related disciplines. FIRM PROFILE: Corrs Chambers Westgarth is one of Australia's leading law firms. We advise leading corporate, commercial, financial institution and government clients across a range of practice areas. Our clients come to us because they know we provide them with legal advice that makes business sense. Legal advice that combines technical expertise with business insight to create commercial results.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY DEACONS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

www.deacons.com.au Jane Edgar, Graduate Coordinator RACV Tower 585 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: 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. TRAINEESHIPS:

+61 (0)3 8686 6085 +61 (0)3 8686 6505 jane.edgar@deacons.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally): Total principals: 143 Total Solicitors: 301 OTHER OFFICES:

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Anti-money Laundering, Banking and Finance, Business Advisory, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Competition & Consumer, Construction & Engineering, Corporate/M&A, Environment & Planning, Insolvency & Restructuring, insurance, Intellectual Property, International, Finance & Investment Services, OH&S, Private Equity, Property, Taxation, Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Workplace Relations. PRO BONO WORK: Deacons has made a long-term commitment to providing pro bono assistance to a range of national and local organisations in need of legal services. We also second lawyers into organisations who provide pro bono services, and are members of pro bono associations. Our Pro bono policy formalises the approach we take, and provides a structure as well as the processes for providing our services free of charge or at a substantially reduced rate. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES

Positions in 2011: No. of rotations: 3 APPLICATIONS DUE: 20 January 2010 APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications should be made via cvMail (www.cvmail.com.au). Your application should include a covering letter, resume and your academic results. The interview process comprises of two rounds of interviews, an information event/cocktail function with Partners and Legal Staff from various practice groups, as well as the opportunity to meet with current graduates. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Deacons prides itself on providing an environment where you can pursue and realise your career ambitions. We encourage you to take ownership for driving your professional and personal development by making use of the various opportunities and tools that we have developed to assist you:  Customised in-house learning and development programs 

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)



Education assistance for post-graduate study



External seminars and conferences



Career development tools and resources

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY improve your knowledge and professional expertise. 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 Deacons’ affiliate firms in Asia this increases to over 900 - a major international legal force. We have always had a longer term and more significant penetration within the 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. OTHER INFORMATION: From 1 January 2010 Deacons Australia will become the newest member of the Norton Rose Group. This will create one of the best resourced legal practices in Asia Pacific. For further information please to our website www.deacons.com.au or visit Norton Rose’s website www.nortonrose.com.

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

www.dlaphillipsfox.com.au Camilla Moore, Graduate Recruitment Advisor 150 William Street, Melbourne +61 3 9274 5000 +61 3 9274 5111 camilla.moore@dlaphillipsfox.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Number of partners: Number of fee earners:

160 (Nationally), 41 (Melbourne) 565 (Nationally), 143 (Melbourne)

OTHER OFFICES: Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney , Wellington MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: We help companies succeed by offering corporate and commercial legal expertise across more than 40 legal service areas and industries including banking and finance, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, government law, insurance and risk management, intellectual property, planning and environment, real estate

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and construction, superannuation and funds management, tax, technology and media, and workplace relations and employment. PRO BONO WORK: DLA Phillips Fox maintains a best practice commitment to pro bono. We employ a full-time pro bono team, which includes a dedicated Pro Bono Partner and several full-time pro bono lawyers, including seasonal clerks and graduates who are able to undertake a rotation in the pro bono team as part of the graduate and clerkship programs. Every lawyer in the firm also has the opportunity to undertake pro bono work, and pro bono work is treated the same as billable work for the purpose of lawyers’ reviews. We ensure that pro bono counts towards our lawyers’ budgets, because we think that pro bono is just as important as fee generating work. During the past year: -The firm has acted on a pro bono basis for hundreds of charities and individuals who were unable to afford a lawyer.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY -About 80% of our lawyers have worked on a pro bono matter or project. -On average each lawyer in the firm has performed about 47 hours of pro bono work. -About 10 lawyers have been seconded to community legal centers or non-profit organizations. -More than 3% of all work performed by the firm was for a pro bono client. We also support the community through non-legal volunteering and philanthropic giving programs, through our Community Care initiatives. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: We invite our future graduates and seasonal clerks to apply for paralegal positions if the need arises. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: Up to 15 per year No. of rotations: 3 x 5 month rotations (before settling into permanent team) Graduates are recruited through our Seasonal Clerkship Program. Applications may also open to the market, after priority offers close. Please see website for details.

Details of traineeship program (for 2011): APPLICATION METHOD AND PROCESS: Please refer to DLA Phillips Fox Website PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Every graduate's career journey will be different, but we ensure that all our new lawyers get the fundamental training they need. Each graduate is enrolled in the College of Law, Practical Legal Training 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 name

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

www.freehills.com Catherine O’Mahony, Graduate Recruitment Consultant 101 Collins Street, Melbourne (03) 9288 1905 (03) 9288 1567 catherine.o’mahony@freehills.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Number of partners: Number of fee earners:

207 861

OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Singapore. We also have correspondent offices in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Jakarta

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-We have undertaken pro bono work with a notional value of more than $7million.


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: The Freehills Foundation brings together the Firm’s longstanding Pro Bono and Community Programs. There are opportunities for all members of staff to become involved in making a difference to the lives of individuals and community groups across a wide range of sectors.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: We focus on attracting penultimate-year students who have the ability, ambition and enthusiasm to excel. These attributes are assessed through academic results, extra-curricular activities and life experience outside of studies. Successful candidates are those who demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team, think laterally and apply a practical approach to problem solving.

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES

APPLICATION DUE: Please refer to website

PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES

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.

PARALEGAL WORK: We invite our future graduates and seasonal clerks to apply for paralegal positions if the need arises.

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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.

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: 30-35 in Melbourne Office The majority of our graduate positions are filled through the Vacation Clerkship program and the priority offer system. If additional positions are available we will advertise them on our website.

Our Freehills online learning centre helps our people drive and manage their own learning and No. of rotations: 3 e-learning, guiding you on the range of programs available at different stages in your career. These Details of traineeship program (for 2011): Life as a graduate at Freehills is one of intense programs focus broadly on technical/legal skills learning. Our Graduate Acceleration Program (GAP) and knowledge, people and teams, client fosters this by encouraging the acquisition and relationships and commercial acumen, and sharing of knowledge at all levels of the management. These areas also form the basis of practice. Should you choose to join Freehills, the our performance enhancement program for all our GAP would provide you and your fellow graduates people. a two year nationally coordinated program which includes regularly scheduled training events, FIRM PROFILE: seminars, role-playing and practical skill-building Freehills is a top-tier law firm which provides sessions. Its aim is to provide graduates with the innovative commercial legal advice with the ability to develop their business skills and legal resources and expertise of around 1000 lawyers knowledge across a broad range of areas, training across offices in Australia and South-East Asia. We you to become a technically excellent and undertake high-level legal work for Australia's top

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY 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.

OTHER INFORMATION: For information about applying for the Graduate intakes in our Sydney, Perth and Brisbane offices, visit our website www.freehills.com

GADENS LAWYERS

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

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

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 112 (Nationally), 38 (Locally) Total Solicitors: 222 (Nationally), 112 (Locally) OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns and Port Moresby MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: We are best known for our work in the property & construction and banking & finance industries. In addition to this, our Melbourne office also practices in intellectual property & technology, corporate advisory & tax, litigation, corporate risk & insurance, planning environment & government, energy & resources, private equity, family law, franchising, sports, arts & entertainment, infrastructure development, superannuation, insolvency, trade practices and workplace relations. PRO BONO WORK: The firm allows each of its lawyers to undertake a certain amount of pro-bono work. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: NO PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES

PARALEGAL WORK: From time to time paralegal work is offered on an as needs basis. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: 8-10 No. of rotations: 4 Details of traineeship program (for 2011): 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 will 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. APPLICATIONS DUE: Date to be confirmed, please visit Gadens website for further information. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: We are looking for people who have the ability to work hard in a team environment to provide practical business solutions to our clients. We look to candidate’s ability to think laterally and come up with innovative and creative solutions, to meet our clients’ needs.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY We are interested in applicants who have diverse interests and are commercially minded, business orientated individuals. This may be in the form of studies in commercial disciplines or broad commercial work experience (some examples include internships with accounting and tax firms, business consulting, engineering, marketing, banking, insolvency or having started your own business). APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews:

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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. With 112 partners, 953 staff and offices in every mainland state and PNG, gadens lawyers’ first dimension provides individually tailored legal advice focussed on practical business solutions for our clients. OTHER INFORMATION: Whilst it’s important to take the process of finding graduate employment seriously, don't take yourself too seriously. Be yourself and pursue an avenue that is right for you.

HALL & WILCOX WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.hallandwilcox.com.au Miranda Cawse, HR Advisor Level 30, 600 Bourke Street Melbourne +61 3 9603 3555 +61 3 9670 9632 hr@hallandwilcox.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally and locally): Total Principals: 28 partners Total Solicitors: 80 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Hall & Wilcox is a full-service commercial firm that is widely recognised as one of Melbourne's leading law firms. The firm was named joint Best Law Firm (revenue under $50 million), nationally, at the BRW Client Choice Awards 2009, as well as Melbourne Law Firm of the Year at ALB Australasian Law Awards 2009. Hall & Wilcox’s growth over recent years has seen the firm build a practice that meets

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the key needs of business. Our practice draws on the expertise of our major service areas, including:                

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

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its support to the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) which is a partnership of committed national business leaders and companies working on mentoring and coaching programs. Hall & Wilcox officially joined ABCN in 2009 and our employees are involved in mentoring, reading and partnering programs which assist students in locations of high need; its support of goodcompany (www.goodcompany.com.au), including providing office space and corporate services assistance. Hall & Wilcox Managing Partner, Tony Macvean, is the immediate past chairman of the goodcompany national board; the provision of pro bono legal services through PIL CH, of which we are a member (www.pilch.org.au).

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: YES TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: Approx. 8 No. of rotations: Trainee Lawyers 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, Trainee Lawyers can make an informed decision about which practice area they might like to practise. Details of traineeship program (for 2011): Hall & Wilcox is committed to the Traineeship Program because it recognises that today’s Trainee Lawyers are tomorrow’s leaders of the firm. We invest considerable time into our recruitment

process to ensure that we recruit the right people for the firm. Over the years, it has been proven that our Traineeship program is highly successful, with approximately 50% of our Partners having completed their Traineeship (Articles) with the firm. Trainee Lawyers at Hall & Wilcox undertake Supervised Workplace Training (SWT) as opposed to Practical Legal Training (PLT). This is one of the ways we differentiate ourselves from other mid and top-tier firms. We strongly believe that offering our Trainee Lawyers extensive on-the-job training through the completion of Supervised Workplace Training will equip them with the necessary skills, firm knowledge and practical experience to succeed in their legal career. As part of the Traineeship program, Trainee Lawyers 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. In addition, Trainee Lawyers are allocated a ‘buddy’ to assist them in their transition from university to full-time employment. Within each rotation, Trainee Lawyers are also allocated a mentor and this provides a genuine opportunity to work alongside and benefit from the experience of senior lawyers. Trainee Lawyers are given the opportunity to work with people across the firm at all levels, and this provides them with a solid foundation for their legal career. As well as on-the-job learning, Trainee Lawyers will also benefit from weekly lunchtime training sessions which provide an opportunity to meet senior lawyers of the firm and hear about their area of law and how they progressed to a senior role within the firm. Trainee Lawyers are also provided with the opportunity to attend various Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions to further enhance their skills. These personal and professional development initiatives are designed to help Trainee Lawyers progress quickly and make a smooth transition into their legal career. As part of a Trainee Lawyer’s development, it is essential to receive regular and ongoing feedback and at Hall & Wilcox, Trainee Lawyers receive

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PRO BONO WORK: Hall & Wilcox has a commitment to the community and has made contributions at state and national levels through:


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY ongoing feedback as well as formal feedback at the end of each rotation. APPLICATIONS DUE: To be confirmed. Please refer to cvMail for additional information regarding application due dates.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Hall & Wilcox applications will only be accepted via cvMail. Candidates are required to submit a cover letter, resume and academic transcript. APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews: We conduct two rounds of interviews. Our interview process provides applicants with the opportunity to meet representatives from different areas of the firm including Partners, Lawyers and Human Resources.

FIRM PROFILE: Hall & Wilcox is recognised as a great place to work. We are proud of our culture and working environment and we continue to focus on improving the way we do things. With over 200 employees, including 28 partners, staff turnover continues to be well below the industry average. The key reasons the firm continues to attract and retain high quality lawyers is due to the work we do, the clients we have and the positive environment and atmosphere of the firm. According to staff, Hall & Wilcox is “a fantastic firm to work in” which provides “opportunity for development” and “access to good work”. Our working environment is very professional and our people are expected to maintain high standards to ensure our reputation is preserved and enhanced. Our focus on teamwork ensures clients only receive the best possible service. The firm also offersa ‘family atmosphere’ and embraces genuine respect amongst our people.

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

www.harmers.com.au Level 10, 224 Queen Street Melbourne (03) 9612 2300 (03) 9612 2301 recruitment@harmers.com.au

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Harmers allocates 5% of its budgeted fees to pro bono and concessional work. In addition, we provide capped rates to some individual clients based on their remuneration. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: NO PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: NO

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Industrial Relations, Employment, Occupational Health and Safety, Human Rights and Equal Opportunities, Change Management and 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

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TRAINEESHIPS: Currently, we do not anticipate operating a traineeship program in 2011. FIRM PROFILE: Our continuing success and strategy for continued growth relies to a great extent on our culture of teamwork, shared responsibility and rewards for business performance. The firm’s culture has principles of openness, consultation and information sharing at its heart. All permanent staff members also share in the firm’s profits, thereby aligning the best interests of the Firm with its staff. In recognition of our successes, Harmers

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FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 18 Total Solicitors: 41 OTHER OFFICES: Geelong and Werribee MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Business, Property, Dispute Resolution, Wills and Estates, Family Law and Local Government and Public sector. PRO BONO WORK: Harwood Andrews Lawyers provides assistance to charitable organisations 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 realised 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 organisations. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: Operate in the spirit of the guidelines but we are not signatories. PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: NO TRAINEESHIPS:

Positions in 2011: Our yearly intake depends upon the firm’s requirements at the time – see website for further details. No. of rotations: 2 Details of traineeship program (for 2011): 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 and Dispute Resolution 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: The date will be posted on our website. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Via email to hr@harwoodandrews.com.au enclosing covering letter, current CV, transcript of results to date and details of work experience, community involvement and extra curricular activities. APPLICATION PROCESS: First initial interview and you may be invited back for a second interview. 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. Our firm also maintains a large range of extra curricular activities in which we encourage both

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WEBSITE: www.harwoodandrewslawyers.com.au CONTACT: Stephanie Beard, Human Resources Manager ADDRESS: Level 13, 15 Williams Street Melbourne 70 Gheringhap Street, Geelong 10 Watton Street, Werribee PHONE: (03) 5226 8523 FACSIMILE: (03) 5221 8282 EMAIL: sbeard@harwoodandrews.com.au


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY our trainees and our lawyers to become involved in. FIRM PROFILE: Harwood Andrews Lawyers is one of Victoria's leading and progressing law firms with a team of over 135 talented personnel which include principals, special counsel, senior associates, associates, lawyers, professional service managers and support staff. They bring their talent together to help the firm to 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. 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.

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 field of law. Secondly, our lawyers, trainees, 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 strengthens our culture of excellence.

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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

HERBERT GEER WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.herbertgeer.com.au Véronique Loras, HR Recruitment Consultant Level 20, 385 Bourke Street Melbourne 1300 730 555 03 9602 4561 careers@herbertgeer.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally and locally): Total Principals: 50 partners Total Solicitors: 160 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Brisbane MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Melbourne office: Banking & Finance, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Construction & Infrastructure, Corporate, Employment & Workplace Relations, IP, Technology & Entertainment, Major Projects, Property Services, Tax, Workplace Services

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PRO BONO WORK: Herbert Geer is committed to supporting and promoting social justice and the application of the law for the benefit of the disadvantaged. We actively encourage our staff to take part in community legal centres and undertake pro bono work during and outside working hours. As an incentive, legal staff receive credit for pro bono work in the same way they are credited for normal client work. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: Casual Law Clerk positions are available. We recruit these positions through our Seasonal and Graduate recruitment. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

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Become an integral part of two Practices (ideally commercial and litigation); Be aligned with a Principal, Mentor and Buddy who will welcome and guide you through your first legal experience; Receive on the job development through supervision and coaching from Partners and Senior Practitioners; Be given a significant degree of responsibility and autonomy on high quality, "real work" while been in the middle of all the action; Develop your key skills to a deeper level and accelerate your career by dealing directly with Barristers, clients and witnesses when you attend mediations, court hearings, client functions and meetings; Participate in a combination of structured, ongoing internal and external workshops / training sessions in a broad range of legal and non-legal areas; and Attend Leo Cussen’s workshops (during business hours) to qualify for the PLT element.

APPLICATIONS DUE: Applications open Monday, 22 February 2010 and close Wednesday, 10 March 2010. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applications need to have a cover letter, resume and academic transcript

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: At Herbert Geer, we focus on providing learning and development and career opportunities that enhance your skills and talents. We offer, Continuing Learning and education (CLE) through our established program and committee we provides regular in-house sessions on emerging areas of law, new legal developments and technical updates, as well as refresher courses in key areas of practice. Secondment opportunities to clients or organisations associated with our firm. We supports staff who are interested in in-house secondments, as well as those interested in moving interstate to another Herbert Geer office. Grow your career with continual career development programs to develop your interpersonal, technical, computer, business development and legal skills. FIRM PROFILE: Herbert Geer was quoted by the Australian Legal Business magazine as one of Australia’s largest top 30 Law firms. With a strong east coast law firm working at the forefront of its selected areas of practice, the firm has offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. We are committed to achieving intelligent and commercial solutions for clients through an application of specialist knowledge, technology and legal skills

APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews: Cocktail Party - meet the firm 1st Round Interview - Member of HR & Solicitor 2nd Round Interview - Partner & Snr Associate/ Special Counsel PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

HOLDING REDLICH WEBSITE: CONTACT:

www.holdingredlich.com.au Nicole Hutcheson, Human Resources Officer

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE:

350 William Street, Melbourne 9321 9999 9321 9900

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clerkships@holdingredlich.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 51 Total Solicitors: 125 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Brisbane

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Administrative law, construction & infrastructure, employment & industrial relation – for employers, energy & resources, family law, information technology, intellectual property, occupational health & safety, planning & environment, property & projects, public interest, trade practices, commercial dispute resolution, corporate law, employment & industrial relations – for employees, estate planning, franchising, insolvency, media & entertainment, personal injury, privacy, property finance, superannuation & financial services PRO BONO WORK: Our commitment to pro bono work sets us apart from other firms. Consistent with our values, Holding Redlich partners and staff from all practice areas dedicate significant 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 supporting matters which raises significant issues of public interest supporting community and not-for-profit organisations working for human rights and social justice, or the arts

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: NO TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011:

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Details of traineeship program (for 2011): Graduates are offered 2 x 6 month rotations and gain exposure to a variety of interesting work, with hands-on experience working with senior lawyers and partners. We offer a supportive environment in which to develop and learn. Our graduates undertake an extensive Graduate Program designed to supplement the practical “on-the-job” training they receive. Graduates undertake Practical Legal Training with the College of Law and participate in a highly practical induction program. Our law graduates are also assigned a buddy who will help support them into our firm, assist them in meeting colleagues and provide valuable guidance as they begin their new career. APPLICATIONS DUE: 26 February 2010 APPLICATION PROCESS: Please send covering letter, brief CV and a copy of your academic transcripts to: Nicole Hutcheson Human Resources Officer 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 is a leading national commercial law firm with offices in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The firm consists of over 360 staff nationally, including 51 partners. Founded over 30 years ago, 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

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This industry focus gives us the unique ability to provide our clients with every type of service they require. Our commitment is to add value to our clients’ businesses by providing advice and services that are practical, perceptive and cost-effective.

HUNT & HUNT

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

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

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 55 Total Solicitors: 400 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Eastwood, Newcastle, Adelaide and and Shanghai. Affiliate offices in Hobart, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth.

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. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: YES

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Details of traineeship program (for 2011): Our Graduate Program runs for 12 months and graduates will be exposed to each of our core practice areas. 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. Highlights of the program: You will be supervised and mentored by some of Melbourne's most experienced practitioners and 'buddied' with a junior lawyer who has just been through all the same things you will experience. As a valued member of the team you will quickly become involved in matters and client facing opportunities. Deferment: We understand that you may want to have some life experiences before commencing full time employment. If you wish to defer your commencement you should discuss this with our Office Manager. APPLICATIONS DUE: Please refer to our website for application dates 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.

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WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY 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. Keep your application honest and make sure the cover letter reveals your personality and attributes. Tell us why you think you would fit in at Hunt & Hunt. Make sure you proof read your application, this is our first opportunity to assess your communication skills, make it count. APPLICATION PROCESS: Via email to mharper@hunthunt.com.au Please refer to our website for full details of the interview process.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Continuing Education: Hunt & Hunt 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. Hunt & Hunt’s diverse client portfolio spans a variety 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.

HWL EBSWORTH WEBSITE: CONTACT:

www.hwlebsworth.com.au Bianca Miselowski, National Human Resources Manager ADDRESS: Level 41, 600 Bourke Street Melbourne PHONE: (03) 8633 7500 FACSIMILE: 1300 365 323 EMAIL: Bianca.miselowski@hwlebsworth.com.au

Insurance, Transport, Building & Construction and Planning, Environment & Government PRO BONO WORK: YES SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: NO PARALEGAL WORK: NO

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 103 (Nationally), 23 (Locally) Total Solicitors: 166 (Nationally), 29 (Locally) OTHER OFFICES: Brisbane, Norwest, Sydney MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate Commercial, Commercial Property, Commercial Litigation,

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Details of traineeship program (for 2011): Trainees will undertake rotations in different practice areas and will complete components of their mandatory Supervised Workplace Training

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Throughout the program, Trainees will receive both formal and informal constructive feedback from Partners and Solicitors. At the completion of each rotation they will be provided with feedback in relation to the work undertaken whilst working in the aligned Practice Group. APPLICATIONS DUE: 5 February 2010 APPLICATION PROCESS: The application process will involve the completion of an online Application Form. Application forms will be available via the HWL Ebsworth website (www.hwlebsworth.com.au) from late November 2009. No applications will be accepted via CV and accompanying cover letter. Short listed candidates will then be invited to attend an Information & Assessment Centre. If successful, candidates will then partake in a panel interview. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We strongly recognise the importance of early career experiences as the foundation of a future legal career. To assist in development, we offer continuous professional development to enhance the Trainees’ skills and knowledge.

personal development goals are achieved. We also support our employees in undertaking further study to develop and enhance their expertise and practical knowledge. FIRM PROFILE: HWL Ebsworth Lawyers is a national mid-tier commercial law firm offering clients expert local and international 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. 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; Corporate Commercial; Insurance; Commercial Litigation; Planning, Environment & Government, Commercial 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. OTHER INFORMATION: Highlights of the Program:      

Rotations through multiple Practice Groups Client interaction File management Professional relationships and access to Partners Court appearances Professional development

Through our relationships with training providers and educational institutions nationally, we encourage staff to engage in professional development activities. Partners actively work with employees to help identify appropriate professional development opportunities and the best methods for ensuring

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through both accredited Practical Legal Training providers and the Law Institute of Victoria. At the commencement of the Supervised Workplace Traineeship, Trainees will receive a comprehensive induction and are aligned to a ‘Supervisor’ who is a Partner of the firm. They will act as a mentor throughout the program, offering advice and coaching, identifying potential areas of development and facilitating professional growth. Trainees will also have the opportunity to interact directly with clients under the supervision of their Partners and begin to establish their professional network.


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

www.kligers.com.au Rosemary Ralph, General Manager Level 2/280 Queen Street, Melbourne 8600 8888 8600 8899 articles@kligers.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally and locally): Total Principals: 10 Total Solicitors: 26

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Commercial and Corporate Law Construction Law Dispute Resolution Employment and Workplace Relations Entertainment Law Estate Planning Family Law Franchise Law Intellectual Property Law Migration Property Law

PRO BONO WORK: YES SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES

Positions in 2011: 1-2 No. of rotations: Three rotations of four months each. Rotations will include: Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Commercial and Corporate, Property. 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 APPLICATIONS DUE: 31 January 2010 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Self-starter with a high academic standard, balanced with achievements in other areas. APPLICATION PROCESS: Details on www.kligers.com.au Email/mail: transcript

Covering letter, CV and academic

Rounds of interviews: 2 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Internal and external seminars; mentoring; study leave policy FIRM PROFILE: Collegiate environment with excellent mentoring and coaching from senior lawyers. Generous further education and training opportunities in a medium sized high growth firm.

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

www.landers.com.au Jorja Hicks, Senior HR Advisor Level 12, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne (03) 9672 9111 (03) 9670 2723 jhicks@landers.com.au

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Total Principals: 44 (36 in Melbourne, 8 in Sydney) Total Solicitors: 84 (70 in Melbourne, 14 in Sydney) OTHER OFFICES: Sydney MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: The firm’s legal services are multi-disciplinary in nature and cover Corporate Advisory, Commercial Litigation, Family Law, Insurance Law & Litigation, Property Planning

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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 assisting with the establishment of not-for-profit organisations and foundations, providing legal advice for a myriad of organisations from community groups, humanitarian or 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: YES PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: Opportunities for paralegal work become available from time to time. These positions are advertised on the careers pages of our website and students are welcome to apply. GRADUATE POSITIONS: Positions in 2011: 8-10 No. of rotations: 4 APPLICATIONS DUE: 22 January 2010 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Send your letter of application, CV and academic transcript online via cvMail (www.cvmail.com.au) APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews: 2

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Career long learning and professional development is a feature of life at Lander & Rogers. Graduates participate in a range of learning activities, including practical training in 4 practice group rotations covering commercial and litigious areas of practice, practical legal training with the College of Law, and other in-house learning and development activities. Rotations are designed to foster the development of broad skills in the law, and to set the solid base of experiences graduates need to gauge a preferred area of practice following qualification. Other training with the College of Law and our in-house Graduate Learning & Development Program is designed to build on rotation experiences, and includes training across core legal technical and non legal skill areas, such as plain English letter and document drafting, and workshops to build skills in negotiation and mediation, presentation, time management, and communication. Graduates are also invited to participate in sessions offered in the firm's Firm Wide Learning & Development Program, such as legislation and case law updates, in addition to external training seminars and industry events of interest. FIRM PROFILE: Lander & Rogers is a successful, forward thinking, growing law firm, with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. The firm has 240 people in its Melbourne office and 45 in Sydney, and has achieved exceptional levels of retention and growth in recent years. Those who work with the firm describe the workplace as welcoming, friendly, people-oriented, caring and supportive. As individuals, we are honest, open, empathetic, tolerant, down to earth, genuinely interested in people, helpful, accessible, approachable, thorough and professional. Our work style reflects our passion about the essence of the firm, our innovation, teamwork, commitment to excellence, our acceptance of differences and diversity, our belief in development and support, and our aspiration to be market leaders. We see these cultural features as the cornerstone of the firm’s success. OTHER INFORMATION:

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& Environment, WorkCover, Relations & Safety.


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why they chose to join Lander & Rogers, and why they choose to stay with us. www.landers.com.au

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

www.ligeti.com.au Amanda Ozimek, Practice Manager 24/200 Queen Street, Melbourne 03 9947 4500 03 9947 4501 info@ligeti.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally and locally): Total Principals: 6 Total Solicitors: 15 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Insurance & Commercial Litigation PRO BONO WORK: The firm has made a commitment to doing pro bono work.

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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: 28 February 2010 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Written applications together with results are accepted via email or post APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews: 2 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.

PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: NO PARALEGAL WORK: N/A TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

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.

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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.

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www.maddocks.com.au Sophie Gilbert, Consultant – People & Culture Level 6, 140 William Street, Melbourne 9288 0555 9288 0666 people.culture@maddocks.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally and locally): Total Principals: 54 Total Solicitors: 169 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney MAIN PRACTICE AREAS:

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PRO BONO WORK: Staff are encouraged to engage in pro bono work. The firm undertakes a significant amount of pro bono work for a range of clients. A significant project in recent years involved members of the construction team assisting reconstruction efforts in post-tsunami Sri Lanka. Staff are also encouraged to participate in firm committees including the CSR Committee, Environment Committee and the Maddocks Foundation (a trust established to enable the firm to donate money to charities nominated by staff). SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: YES TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

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Details of traineeship program (for 2011): All our Graduates complete Practical Legal training through the College of Law. In addition to this we have designed a comprehensive internal training program. Our Graduates complete four month rotations in three of the firm's practice groups. Graduates also meet monthly with their People & Culture Consultant to discuss any issues. Within the practice groups each Graduate 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. Graduates at Maddocks have the opportunity to work on high quality, complex matters, take real responsibility and have contact with clients at an

early stage of their career. and supported.

This is encouraged

APPLICATIONS DUE: Applications open on Friday 4 December 2009 and close on Friday 15 January 2010 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: 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 and qualities that are compatible with the firm's core values. Applications are accepted via cvMail. Applicants will be required to answer a series of questions as part of the process. APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews: Maddocks has a two round interview process, the first with a representative of People & Culture and a junior lawyer who completed their Graduate year at Maddocks, and the second with a representative of People & Culture 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 80 applicants are chosen for first round interview and 40 for second interview PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Training for Graduates includes ongoing regular sessions both internal and external for all areas of practice as well as specialised training and basic practice management issues such as time management, communication skills and dealing with the office environment. The firm actively encourages further study and provides financial support as well as study leave for post-Graduate qualifications. 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 Graduates, we look

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Maddocks provides astute, commercial legal services to our clients across the public and private sectors. We provide legal services in the following areas: commercial (including banking and finance, superannuation, insolvency, intellectual property, IT, private client services and tax and revenue), commercial disputes, construction & major projects, employment, safety & people, property, public law, and planning & environment.


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OTHER INFORMATION: We actively encourage a work life balance by providing a supportive and flexible environment for all staff. We were recently the only professional

services firm to be awarded the Fair and Flexible Employer Award by the Department of Innovation, Industry & Regional Development. We have developed the ASPIRE program to nurture our future leaders from the word go, by providing networking and development opportunities in an informal environment specifically for our lawyers up to Senior Associate level. We also offer significant secondment opportunities to clients for lawyers at all levels. We encourage our people to relax and get to know each other in a variety of ways, from regular Friday night drinks to taking part in a range of social and sporting groups.

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ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.mallesons.com/careers Genevieve French, Graduate Resourcing Consultant Level 50, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne (03) 9643 5768 (03) 9643 5999 genevieve.french@mallesons.com

OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and London

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Our lawyers work across a range of commercial legal disciplines. Mergers & Acquisitions Banking & Finance Dispute Resolution Competition Intellectual Property & Technology Property, Construction & Environment Tax

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The firm’s preferred charitable targets are to:  

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally): Total Principals: 190 Total Solicitors: 900

      

PRO BONO WORK: Mallesons people are proud of the ongoing contribution they make to the community and they view this contribution as a natural and central part of their professional responsibilities.

Help alleviate poverty and improve community welfare, and Help children and young people at risk.

Over 600 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: YES PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: No current vacancies TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

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The program will enable graduates to complete rotations of six months duration across three different practice groups. Graduates will have the opportunity to apply to complete a rotation in one of our interstate or overseas offices. Our international graduate program promotes and supports the mobility of our staff across our offices by providing an integrated, firmwide program. Each graduate is allocated a supervising partner and a buddy who is there to provide support, advice and guidance where needed. As part of the International Graduate Program, we also offer Practical Legal Training (PLT) for our Australian law graduates. PLT ensures that you meet the practical requirements for admission to legal practice. Delivered online, it’s a customised, in-house program conducted in association with the College of Law. APPLICATIONS DUE: 18 January 2010 for applications for ‘priority offers’. We are yet to confirm whether we will be accepting other applications for Graduate positions. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We train our new lawyers not only to be technically excellent, but also to have an understanding of broader legal issues and commercial concepts. Our "New Lawyer" program for our 0-2 year lawyers sets the business foundations for our junior lawyers. Run in conjunction with PLT, new lawyers attend sessions over a 1-2 year period that assist them to build commercial and regulatory knowledge, fundamental knowledge of the firm's business through the practice team series, as well as skills workshops to assist new lawyers to transition to practice as a "person acting" on client matters.

FIRM PROFILE: Mallesons Stephen Jaques is Australia's most successful commercial law firm, with a strong focus on major corporations and financial institutions in Australia and Asia. We have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and London – and about 2000 partners and staff, including more than 1000 lawyers. Our main hub in Asia is Hong Kong. Today, Mallesons is one of Hong Kong's 10 largest commercial law firms, and frequently used by Chinese companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. With our increased presence and commitment to Hong Kong and mainland China, our reputation and credentials have grown. In the region, we have a strong base of local and international clients, and we are increasingly servicing our Australian clients offshore. In addition, we regularly complete transactions in other jurisdictions in Asia such as Korea, Singapore, India and Malaysia. This allows our lawyers to develop a breadth and depth of expertise across these jurisdictions. We have advised on some of the most significant and innovative transactions of recent times. Additionally, our Australia and Asia practice areas provide challenging opportunities for our lawyers to be involved in cross-border work in all our office locations. OTHER INFORMATION: 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 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.

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Details of traineeship program (for 2011): All graduates will be involved in our new International Graduate Program. The overarching goal of the program is to help you become a successful lawyer in an international market.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY MASON SIER TURNBULL WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.mst.com.au Human Resources Manager 315 Ferntree Gully Road, Mount Waverley, VIC 3149 (03) 8540 0200 (03) 8540 0202 careers@mst.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 10 Total Solicitors: 25 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS:

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Corporate Advisory and Franchising Business and Commercial Property IP, Technology and Media Workplace Relations Dispute Resolution & Litigation Family Law Private Client Services

PRO BONO WORK: MST conducts a number of Pro Bono matters to assist individuals and organisations who may be disadvantaged if they are unable to afford legal advice. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: NO PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: NO PARALEGAL WORK: YES

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APPLICATIONS DUE: October 2010 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications can be made in writing to our Human Resource Manager and should include your Curriculum Vitae, covering letter and copy of your academic transcripts. Applicants will be required to attend two interviews. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: MST focuses on providing mentoring and professional development opportunities to allow for a smooth transition from being a graduate to lawyer. MST encourages graduates to attend a variety of seminars during the year. We work with all employees to identify their training needs and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth. MST also places a strong emphasis on assisting young practitioners to develop their professional skills in particular networking. FIRM PROFILE: Mason Sier Turnbull (MST) is a mid-tier law firm based in Melbourne, Australia. MST offers specialist legal advice in distinct practice groups and we pride ourselves on delivering great service and sensible solutions to our clients. MST is located in the Monash business and technological precinct of Melbourne, a major business centre that is home to many Australian and International corporations.

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

given the opportunity to undertake interesting and challenging work for clients ranging from individuals to national franchises and international corporations.

Our clients include local individuals and businesses, national and international corporations, many of whom are household names throughout Australia and the world. Every person is part of our success and teams are led by at least one Partner in a specific discipline of legal practice. All of MST's lawyers have a sound

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY knowledge base in general commercial work. Clients have the confidence that when dealing with their lawyer, whether it be on a family law matter or a large transactional matter, their lawyer is not only legally minded but will always consider the commercial aspects of the matter at hand.

We are proud that The Law Institute of Victoria has seen fit to accredit many of our lawyers as specialists in their personal field of practice. These include Business Law, Wills and Estates, Commercial Litigation, Family Law and Property Law.

MAURICE BLACKBURN LAWYERS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

www.mauriceblackburn.com.au Alice Dwyer, HR Consultant Level 10, 456 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne PHONE: (03) 9605 2700 FACSIMILE: (03) 9258 9620 EMAIL: recruitment@mauriceblackburn.com.au

legal services to such organisations and individuals on a without charge or reduced charge basis. Cases are selected on the basis that they seek to further a particular public good; correct a perceived injustice, or otherwise address issues that are of broad community concern. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 24 Total Solicitors: 114

PARALEGAL WORK: Paralegal work is available, however we generally recruit these roles from our trainee lawyer and seasonal clerk candidates.

OTHER OFFICES: VIC: Melbourne, Dandenong, Geelong, Reservoir, Ringwood, Sunshine NSW/ACT: Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Parramatta Queensland: Brisbane, Browns Plains, Cairns, Maroochydore, Rockhampton, Southport, Strathpine, Townsville MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Asbestos Diseases, Class Actions & Major Cases, MB Commercial, Employment & Industrial Law, Medical Negligence, Road Accident Injuries, Public Liablity, Superannuation & Insurance Claims, Wills & Probate, Work Related Injuries PRO BONO WORK: Maurice Blackburn recognises that there are individuals and organisations that work for the public good in our community that cannot afford the professional services of a lawyer. In appropriate cases, Maurice Blackburn will provide

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

12 - 15 2 x 6 month

Details of traineeship program (for 2011): The Maurice Blackburn Traineeship includes a mix of internal and external workshops aimed to meet the necessary requirements for admission as well as provide our trainees with a broad range of skills and development opportunities. Trainees can expect to experience rotations both within our city office and in our suburban practices to further broaden your skill set. APPLICATIONS DUE: Monday 22 February 2010 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications are to be made via cvMail and should include a covering letter, resume and academic results.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews: 2 rounds of interviews – first round with an Associate and HR and second round with a Principal and HR. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Maurice Blackburn is committed to providing further development opportunities for all employees. We have a diverse internal CLE program aimed at all levels within the firm and a study support policy aimed to provide support to those seeking post graduate qualifications. We also support employees in attending external seminars and workshops.

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FIRM PROFILE: 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 injury, medical negligence,

road accidents injuries and asbestos. 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 advice and act in commercial litigation for a wide range of union and business clients. At Maurice Blackburn we are honest, fair and committed to social justice and the rights of ordinary working people. Our experience, empathetic team understands the complex issues faced by people who are injured or who suffer losses due to the illegal or unethical behaviour of others. We are committed to achieving just results

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

www.middeltons.com Frances Ielo, Human Resources Coordinator Level 25, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne 9205 2000 9205 2055 frances.ielo@middletons.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 65 (Nationally), 34 (Melbourne) Total Solicitors: 183 (Nationally), 97 (Melbourne) OTHER OFFICES: Sydney and Perth MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Anti-counterfeiting, Banking & Financial Services, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Capital Markets, Commercial Litigation, Competition & Regulatory, Corporate & Commercial Advisory, Corporate

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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 PRO BONO WORK: 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 with similar CSR policies.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY 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 bono is demonstrated by its membership of and active participation in the Public Interest Law Clearing House (“PILCH”).

knowledge from partners and our Learning and Development team.

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES

Rounds of interviews: The Middletons recruitment team conducts two rounds of interviews, inviting successful candidates to hear about opportunities within the firm as well as hearing from you about your experiences and career aspirations. Our down to earth approach is reflected in our interview process. We conduct a relaxed interview and encourage you to be yourself.

PARALEGAL WORK: Limited opportunities available. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011:

Approx 15-20

No. of rotations: As a graduate with us you will gain diverse legal experience through rotations in three practice areas during your first year. Graduate rotations are based in litigation and transaction based groups. Details of traineeship program (for 2011): 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. Commencing with an extensive graduate induction program, your on the job development will follow through your work placements, giving you the practical exposure to challenge you. Graduate rotations are complemented by our in-house training program and Practical Legal Training which is delivered in-house by the College of Law. Our program delivers formal development in legal technical skills, business knowledge, client skills and personal effectiveness. Graduate training workshops run weekly throughout the graduate program. We believe face-to-face learning is essential for participants to ask questions, receive coaching and learn alongside their peers. A supportive setting, a practical focus and feedback is what makes our Learning and Development Program effective and enjoyable. Our graduates gain valuable skills and

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Refer to our website APPLICATION PROCESS:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Middletons' commitment to continuous education is demonstrated through our holistic Learning and Development Program. We believe face-to-face learning is essential for our people to ask questions, receive coaching and learn alongside their peers. A suite of customised workshops have been developed for each career level with this philosophy in mind. 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. A supportive setting and a practical focus on feedback is what makes our Learning and Development Program effective and enjoyable. Our people gain valuable skills and knowledge from partners, lawyers, external presenters and our Learning and Development team. FIRM PROFILE: Middletons is a national commercial law firm whose lawyers pride themselves on their straight talking approach in delivering legal advice. We provide practical, easy to understand solutions, rather than confusing technical, legal jargon. Our people are a diverse range of passionate professionals who are committed to practicing commercial law for some of the nation’s leading

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PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: YES

APPLICATIONS DUE: Refer to our website.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY organisations. We look to recruit well-rounded talented people, then provide the opportunities and support for them to achieve their best. Informality, friendliness and approachability are key aspects of our culture, yet our commitment to professionalism, ethical conduct and dedication to providing the best imaginable client service experience is absolute. It sounds simple, and to us it is, we don’t sit on the fence, we provide timely advice that is easily understood. This is what straight talking means to us, and this philosophy is equally as important when it comes to our people. We are committed to our mission ‘to match t with the best in the markets in which we choose to compete’ and to upholding the firm’s values of ‘people, client and practice’.

OTHER INFORMATION: Investment in your future is important to us. We want to challenge you straight away, and provide you with the right support systems. Partners and senior lawyers will support and guide the development of your legal knowledge and commercial acumen. You will also have a buddy to sit down with at other times to help you transition from student to lawyer. Our graduate and undergraduate programs are supported with buddy and mentor programs that are designed to assist you to start your career with us in the most positive way. 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.

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

www.minterellison.com Victoria Cox, Graduate Resourcing Consultant Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne +61 3 8608 2619 +61 3 8608 1354 victoria.cox@minterellison.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 171 Total Solicitors: 600 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; Government; Human Resources & Industrial Relations; Insurance; Intellectual Property;

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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. In addition to our pro bono program Minter Ellison is committed to investing in the community. Our Community Investment Program is designed to enable us to support a wide range of charities in

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Our 'Match ME' initiative also allows staff to donate directly from their pre-tax pay to a charity. Minter Ellison will match dollar for dollar every contribution made (up to $120,000 annually). SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: YES. We recruit all of our graduates through the priority offer system. PARALEGAL WORK: Limited opportunities available. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

Up to 20 positions. Up to 3 rotations of 6 months

Details of traineeship program (for 2011): Your graduate experience will be informed by a strong learning culture. Upon joining you will attend a comprehensive one week induction. The induction will enable you to form relationships with your fellow graduates, familiarise yourself with office procedures and IT systems and learn about the resources available to you. You will also have full access to the firm's Learning and Development calendar which boasts a range of courses, workshops and seminars designed to enhance your professional development in areas such as time management, negotiation and presentation skills. During your Graduate Development Program you will be asked to nominate a practice group preference for each of your rotations. Although we cannot guarantee it, we will make every effort to build your preferences into your program to help you design your career. Graduates complete three six-month rotations in three different practice areas. As part of your Graduate Development Program you will complete a 34 week Practical Legal Training program which is delivered in-house and combines face to face sessions with online learning. You will attend various workshops to gain the practical skills necessary for working as a lawyer

such as interviewing skills; legal writing and drafting; negotiation and advocacy skills. We cover the cost of the PLT course and make all necessary arrangements for your admission to legal practice. Study leave is also granted during this period. Finally, you will be assigned a partner who will be your mentor. You will meet your mentor at least once per rotation to talk about your experiences, seek guidance on any concerns or issues, or discuss decisions you need to make. Your mentor will provide objective advice, and support. APPLICATIONS DUE: Refer to our website. APPLICATION PROCESS: We recruit all of our graduates through our Vacation Clerkship Program which is a three week placement at the firm. Please visit our website for full details about our Vacation Clerkship Program. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: You've completed your law degree - now the real life legal learning begins. Minter Ellison is committed to a strong and sustainable learning culture. Our aim is to take your learning to the next level, providing a structured approach but allowing for flexibility to meet your individual needs. We want our lawyers to have every opportunity to achieve their potential, personally and professionally, starting at graduate level with our Graduate Development Program. We designed the Graduate Development Program to cover technical legal skills and the core commercial skills - such as people management, client interaction and practice development – that you'll need to build a successful long-term legal career. The Graduate Development Program includes: Graduate orientation program. Before you join your practice group you will take part in our comprehensive orientation program where you'll gain a deeper understanding of the firm and its operations. It is also an excellent opportunity for you to get to know your fellow graduates.

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the following priority areas: disadvantaged youth, homelessness, alleviation of poverty and access to justice.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Practice group rotations. We understand that you may not yet have decided which area of law you ultimately want to practice in. Our practice group rotation program provides you with the opportunity to learn about and experience our various areas of legal practice before deciding on your area of interest. Practical Legal Training. Our in-house Practical Legal Training program is tailored specifically for entry-level graduates. Mentoring & coaching. To give you the best start possible to your legal career, the Graduate Development Program will provide you with the opportunity to be mentored and coached by senior lawyers.

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As a graduate in a practice team, you are joining a terrific learning environment. You will be surrounded by smart, experienced lawyers, excellent technical resources and interesting client case work. With our Graduate Development Program and the support and feedback from your peers and senior lawyers, you can begin to design your own career. FIRM PROFILE: In addition to being recognised as a market leader in the Asia Pacific and a key adviser to leading multinationals and Fortune 500 companies, our people have been independently recognised among the world's pre-eminent lawyers. Our success is based on sticking to what we are good at – cross-border deals, big employment-related assignments, major infrastructure projects, capital markets/IPO

transactions, energy and resources, and telecommunications and technology – and the values that drive our behaviour: integrity and trust; enduring relationships; balance; and excellence. OTHER INFORMATION:

Prior to joining the firm, we keep you in the loop via our Buddy Program. You will be assigned a Buddy, who is a current graduate, who will keep you up-to-date with developments at the firm and generally act as an informal contact. You can catch up with your Buddy three times during the year at our regular Friday night drinks. Twice annually, you will be sent the Buddy Update, a newsletter written by our current graduates for incoming graduates. You can expect all top tier firms to boast impressive addresses, use the latest technology and to act for prestigious clients for whom they handle high profile and complex work. Many have overseas offices and offer local and interstate secondments. All offer a variety of in-house training, mentoring and career development programs in addition to a range of social and sporting activities to balance your lifestyle. Minter Ellison prides itself on its culture as we believe this is what differentiates us from other top tier firms. At Minter Ellison we know how important it is to make sure you feel part of the team, recognise the importance of individual achievements and milestones and to foster friendly working relationships with your peers. It is one of our priorities to ensure you enjoy your working environment

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www.mrlaw.com.au Cheryl Asquith, HR and Marketing Manager Level 31 Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne +61 3 8624 2000 +61 3 8624 2031

EMAIL:

casquith@mrlaw.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 10 Total Solicitors: 22

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY OTHER OFFICES: Our offices are located in Melbourne. We have a strong affiliation with Colin Biggers & Paisley in Sydney. 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 and medical law, asbestos litigation, commercial law and commercial litigation.

APPLICATIONS DUE: These dates will be advertised 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:

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: NO but we fully support the guidelines PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: NO. PARALEGAL WORK: Such opportunities become available from time to time and are advertised on our website. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011:

Approx. 3 positions.

No. of rotations: M+R offer a non formal rotation system. Throughout the term of the traineeship, each trainee is available to work throughout the firm, wherever help is needed, with the intention being that at the end of the traineeship, each trainee has experience in each of our individual practice areas. This is carefully monitored throughout the traineeship year.

Rounds of interviews: We conduct a two step interview process. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: M+R offer an in-house learning and development program and fully support study through the Leo Cussens Institute and the Law Institute of Victoria. Apart from the CPD requirements, we fully support all staff to continue to study. FIRM PROFILE: M+R is a mid sized law firm based at the Rialto. The firm’s clients include leading insurers and underwriters, both local and internationally, as well as many significant corporations and organisations. 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”. OTHER INFORMATION: M+R offers a social program including casual clothes each Friday, end of months drinks, the annual footy tipping competition and regular lunches. We also offer participation in Oxfam and other community based projects. The firm has a unique culture which is of absolute importance.

MOORES LEGAL WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE:

www.mooreslegal.com.au Joelle Blackburn, HR Manager 9 Prospect Street, Box Hill VIC 3128 (03) 9898 0000

FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

(03) 9898 0000 jblackburn@mooreslegal.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 12

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PRO BONO WORK: Yes, but no formal policy. We also support many charities and organisations.


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communication skills, a passion for service and who actively engage in community activities.

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OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne CBD, Mornington MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial Law, Personal Injury, Workplace Relations, Estate Planning & Structuring, Elder Law, Property Law and Family Law 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: NO PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: YES

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PARALEGAL WORK: YES TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

Between 3 and 5 4

Details of traineeship program (for 2011): 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 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

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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, charity, church, service club, etc) APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews:

2-3 rounds

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.

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www.nevettford.com.au Katrina Dean, Human Resources Manager 40 Armstrong Street, North Ballarat VIC 3350

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

(03) 5331 4444 (03) 5333 2694 jblackburn@mooreslegal.com.au

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OTHER OFFICES: Ballarat, Melbourne & Bacchus Marsh MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: • Corporate and Business Law • Dispute Resolution • Family Law • Mediation • Migration • Property and Conveyancing • Wills, Estate Planning & Probate • Employment & Workplace Relations • Financial Planning

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: NO PARALEGAL WORK: For seasonal clerks TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011:

Undecided

APPLICATIONS DUE: Please refer to website. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please refer to website APPLICATION PROCESS: Please refer to website. FIRM PROFILE: http://www.nevettford.com.au/index.html

NORTON GLEDHILL

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

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

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 10 Total Solicitors: 13

Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

1-3 3

Details of traineeship program (for 2011): Trainees rotate on 3 x four month rotations throughout the major areas of practice. We also provide internal and external seminars including Leo Cussen and College of Law Courses in order to comply with new traineeship requirements. APPLICATIONS DUE: 1 March 2010 (please check website)

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: All areas of commercial and corporate law, including energy law, litigation and property. PRO BONO WORK: Pro bono work is completed on a case by case basis, including work administered by the LIV and Community Legal Centres.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants are expected to have solid academic results and a broad range of life experience. Attention to detail, desire to develop and work as a team are a must. APPLICATION PROCESS: Interviews will commence in May 2010 with offers made shortly after.

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: NO PARALEGAL WORK: NO

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Both internal and external professional development is encouraged and supported financially.

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WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY FIRM PROFILE: Small commercial firm focusing on big matters for big clients. Highly experienced practitioners working on legal work often found in larger firms. OTHER INFORMATION: Salary bonus program and income protection insurance provided to all lawyers. Post graduate study supported. Working with partners (not for them) on high level work. The program ensures that our Trainees are exposed to all areas of

practice including client meetings. Work/life balance is a culture, not a theory. Although Norton Gledhill seeks to hire candidates of the highest calibre, the nature of our firm makes other qualities equally important. We want candidates who are well rounded and will respond well to us and our clients. At Norton Gledhill, 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.piperalderman.com.au Emily Mortimer, HR Advisor 24/385 Bourke Street, Melbourne (03) 8665 5555 (03) 8665 5500 emortimer@piperalderman.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 57 (Nationally), 12 (Melbourne) Total Solicitors: 91 (Nationally), 14 (Melbourne)

SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: NO PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: NO PARALEGAL WORK: On an as needs basis the firm will recruit casual Paralegals to assist with particular matters. These positions are advertised directly with the University Careers units. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

2-6 1-2

Details of traineeship program (for 2011): OTHER OFFICES: Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide MAIN PRACTICE AREAS:  Dispute Resolution  Corporate  Employment Relations  IPT  Property and Projects  Banking and Finance

Please visit website for further details in 2010 APPLICATIONS DUE: March 2010 (TBC please refer to website in 2010) APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Students must be either penultimate or final year students. APPLICATION PROCESS: cvMail

PRO BONO WORK: Piper Alderman is committed to providing pro bono services to a range of organisations including schools and educational institutions, charities and those individuals with limited access to legal services. Our approach is an integral part of our culture and a commitment to pro bono services is taken seriously at all levels of the firm.

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Rounds of interviews: 1-2 The interview processes is conducted with 3 panel members – generally 2 Partners/Senior Associates and the HR Advisor. Generally the panel represents a broad range of services areas to provide students the opportunity to learn about each of the practice groups.

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File Management Risk Management Communication Skills Time Management Health and Wellbeing

The program is developed in-house and delivered by Partners / Special Counsel in the firm. This program is complimentary to the National CLE program. FIRM PROFILE: Piper Alderman is a full-service, commercial law firm with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. We have 55 partners, over 150 lawyers and more than 300 staff in total. Our firm is committed to continual excellence in the practice of law, having been leading advisers to commercial interests across Australia for over 160 years. We have achieved our impressive growth by

listening to our clients, responding to their needs and creating practical legal solutions. Piper Alderman is a single, united partnership committed to performing as a team and working together with our clients to achieve their business goals. Piper Alderman's success has seen us consistently ranked as one of Australia's leading law firms and independently recognised as an outstanding legal provider. Small commercial firm focusing on big matters for big clients. Highly experienced practitioners working on legal work often found in larger firms. OTHER INFORMATION: Piper Alderman also offers a unique clerkship opportunity in its Melbourne office. Penultimate and final year students are offered the opportunity to work in casual positions on a part-time basis throughout the year around your university commitments. This provides you with the opportunity to work across a number practice groups on a regular basis and be more exposed to matters on a regular basis.

RUSSELL KENNEDY WEBSITE: CONTACT:

ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.rk.com.au Goli Nazeran, Graduate Recruitment/Learning & Development Officer 12/469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne (03) 9609 1555 (03) 9609 1600 humanresources@rk.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally and locally): Total Principals: 28 Total Solicitors: 52 OTHER OFFICES: Russell Kennedy is located in Melbourne’s CBD. Russell Kennedy is the founding member of the Kennedy Strang Legal

Group, an affiliation of independent state-based firms formed to service the needs of our national and local clients. Other members of the Kennedy Strang Legal Group include:   

Kemp Strang – Sydney Thynne Macartney – Brisbane Lynch Meyer – Adelaide

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, E-commerce, Employment and Workplace Relations, Equal

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: In 2009 the firm launched its Professional Learning and Development Program and is mandatory for all practitioners under 2 years post admission experience. This L&D program provides the opportunity to learn soft skills and practice management including –:


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY 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.

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We recognise that there are individuals and organisations that work for the public good who 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. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: Occasionally TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

TBC (approx 4-8 Trainees) 4

Details of traineeship program (for 2011): As part of Russell Kennedy’s Traineeship program, Trainees undertake a brief induction program which provides an overview of the firm structure, the range of work undertaken, our clients and training that the firm provides.

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Trainees rotate through each division of the firm, completing four rotations of 12 week durations. This ensures that Trainees are given the opportunity to gain exposure and experience in each of the firm’s practice areas by the end of their Traineeship year. The benefits of the rotational system is that Trainees have hands on exposure to client files in each area and ideally, by the end of the Traineeship, Trainees can make an informed decision on which practice area they might like to practice in. Trainees are also given the opportunity to work with practitioners at all levels during their rotations, as well as contact with barristers, clients and witnesses. Upon commencement with the firm, Trainees are allocated a buddy to assist with the transition from university to full-time employment. Trainees are also allocated an ‘Assistant Supervisor/Senior Associate’ as a point of contact during each rotation and a Principal Supervisor. As part of the Trainee’s Supervised Workplace Training, Russell Kennedy’s Trainees also document the work that they undertake during their Traineeship year in a Supervised Workplace Training Workbook. This workbook captures the work undertaken in regards to the compulsory values (such as Ethics and Professional Responsibility), Skills and Compulsory and Elective Practice Areas. Russell Kennedy Trainees meet with their Assistant Supervisors on a weekly/fortnightly basis which ensures regular and ongoing feedback and this meeting also provides them with the opportunity to sign off the tasks in their workbook. The Trainees meet with their Principal Supervisors on a monthly basis to ensure they are up to date with their workbook and have reached the appropriate level of competence and understanding of the tasks they are signing off on. Trainees are also provided with the opportunity to attend the firm’s in-house CPD sessions, as well as client functions in order to further enhance their

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On a social level, Trainees are also involved with the co-ordination of numerous social events that the firm hosts and are invited to participate in the event co-ordination involved with the Russell Kennedy Social Committee. APPLICATIONS DUE: To be confirmed, however applications open in December 2009 on the firm’s website APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications must be made electronically via the careers section of the firm’s website www.rk.com.au once applications open in December 2009 / “Careers – Traineeships” To complete your online application, please ensure you have the following:    

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: As part of professional development, ongoing on the job feedback is provided during each rotation, as well as detailed feedback sessions which are held at the end of each rotation, with one of the Partners. During these sessions, Trainees also have the opportunity to give feedback on the rotation and are assessed on their practice management skills, legal skills and personal skills. Trainees are also provided with the opportunity to attend the firm’s in-house CPD sessions, as well as client functions in order to further enhance their skills. Trainees can also attend external CLE sessions that are organised with Leo Cussen or the LIV. FIRM PROFILE: Refer to website under “About Us” OTHER INFORMATION: Approachable Principals and staff: We have an open door policy and our environment encourages personal and professional development. Our Principals and other staff are both accessible and approachable and are open to fresh views. Practical file work: Our Trainees receive practical hands on file work during their Traineeship.

An email address; A brief and concise covering letter; A complete curriculum vitae; A copy of your most recent academic record; and Details of work experience, sporting activities, travel, club memberships and other interests.

A sense of balance: We recognise that a balance between work and other interests is in the best long term interests of our staff and our firm. We strongly encourage the achievement of that balance.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews: Single stage interview process

A relaxed and social working environment: Russell Kennedy is a relaxed friendly and sociable firm. The firm organises a variety of activities such as Friday night drinks and special events such as mid-year and end of year functions



RYAN CARLISLE THOMAS WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE:

www.rct-law.com.au Allison Fox, HR Admninistrator 41 Robinson Street, Dandenong VIC 3175 (03) 9238 7878

FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

(03) 9238 7888 dandenong@rct-law.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally and locally): Total Principals: 7

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skills. Trainees can also attend external CLE sessions that are organised with Leo Cussen or the LIV. The small number of Trainees taken on each year ensures Trainees have access to real, hands on file work. Historically, Russell Kennedy has absorbed all Trainees into the business as first year solicitors upon completion of the ‘articled clerk’ year.


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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 Wills and Probate Superannuation

PRO BONO WORK: Yes, however we do not have a formal policy. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: Priority offers will not be considered until early 2010.

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TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011:

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Details of traineeship program (for 2011): 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.

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

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www.slatergordon.com.au Rachael Caruso 485 La Trobe Street, Melbourne 3000 (03) 9602 6888 (03) 9600 0290 hr@slatergordon.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally and locally): Total Principals: The structure of Slater & Gordon sets us 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

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OTHER OFFICES: VIC, NSW, QLD, WA, SA, ACT, TAS MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Slater & Gordon has specialist legal teams across many different practice areas:     



Commercial & Project Litigation Business & Private Clients (Wills & Estate Planning, Conveyancing Civil Liability (Public Liability, Superannuation/TPD, Asbestos, Medical Law) Motor Vehicle Accidents Workplace Accidents & Relations (Workers Compensation, Comcare, Military Compensation, Union Services, Industrial Relations) Family Law

PRO BONO WORK: Throughout its history, Slater & Gordon has been recognised for its performance of Pro Bono and Public Interest legal work in Australia. At Slater & Gordon we have an ongoing commitment to fulfill and exceed our moral and professional duties by providing members of our community with access to justice and the opportunity to have the law applied fairly in the determination of their rights. Pro Bono and Public Interest work defines the character of Slater & Gordon and its staff. As we grow and become more diverse in region and professional expertise our continued commitment to Pro Bono and Public Interest work is increasingly important. It is important not only in and of itself, but because of the role it plays in shaping the culture and attitudes of our staff towards the law and the constituency the company represents. The quality and nature of our Pro Bono and Public Interest practice also serves to further represent Slater & Gordon’s values and commitment to justice in the community at large. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES

PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: 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 paralegal teams. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

10 Graduate positions No rotations

Details of traineeship program (for 2011): As a graduate 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 opens December 2009 (please refer to website for due date)

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Practices, State Practice Groups, and senior functional managers. As a publically listed law firm we offer an unrivalled opportunity for fast career progression and an innovative reward structure.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Cover letter, Resume & Academic transcript APPLICATION PROCESS: Graduate Program: Applications open: December 2009 Priority offers made: 17 February 2010 Offers made: 12 April 2010

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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. • We have a compassionate culture that extends to both our clients and employees.

FIRM PROFILE: Slater & Gordon has built a powerful reputation fighting for the rights of its clients, typically against much bigger opponents. The profile established from the many landmark cases the Company has conducted on behalf of its clients has made Slater & Gordon one of the most recognisable names in the Australian legal landscape William Slater and Hugh Gordon established the firm in Melbourne in 1935 to service the needs of unions and their members, particularly in workers compensation matters. Today Slater & Gordon operates in most states and territories across a broad range of practice areas. The Company employs over 650 staff across its key practices of asbestos litigation, personal injuries litigation, commercial litigation, wills, probate and estate litigation, industrial and employment law, family law and commercial advisory services. With its long history in Victoria, Slater & Gordon enjoys a strong position in the personal injuries litigation market in that state. Over the past several years the Company has also broadened its business base, both geographically and in the areas of law it practises.

SPARKE HELMORE WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.sparke.com.au Tanya Hughes, Office Manager Level 40, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne (03) 9291 2333 (03) 9291 2399 hrservices@sparke.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally and locally): Total Principals: 57 (5 in Melbourne) Total Solicitors: 291 (28 in Melbourne) OTHER OFFICES: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney, Upper Hunter

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: • • • • • •

Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Compensation Government & Administrative Law Insurance & Risk Property Workplace Relations & Safety

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.

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY 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 pro bono work, mentoring, and fundraising. Our work was recognised with the Community Support Award at the 2006 Australian Law Awards. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: NO PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: Dependent needs. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations: needs)

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Details of traineeship program (for 2011): We look for Graduates who are intelligent, personable, committed and demonstrate leadership qualities.

Our Graduate Program goes for includes exposure to a minimum areas (dependent upon business Graduate at Sparke Helmore opportunity to:      

12 months and of two practice needs). Being a gives you the

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 second week in orientation sessions in 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: Refer to cVMail for up to date information. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: 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. APPLICATION PROCESS: The recruitment process involves two interviews. We will also contact at least two 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 HR representative and a Partner, Special Counsel or Senior Associate. Rounds of interviews: 2 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Mentoring and career planning 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 bi-annually. 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

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SHARE is part of Sparke Helmore's comprehensive approach to corporate social responsibility, which encompasses all aspects of the firm's operations.


VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY 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. Of course, that's only the start. Throughout the program and your career at Sparkes, you'll have regular opportunities to participate in formal learning and knowledge sharing forums. Our ongoing CLE curriculum includes: 



 

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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 s 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. 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.

THOMSON PLAYFORD CUTLERS WEBSITE: www.thomsonplayfordcutlers.com.au CONTACT: Zereh Gates, HR Advisor ADDRESS: Level 4/575 Bourke Street, Melbourne PHONE: (03) 8080 3734 FACSIMILE: (03) 8080 3599 EMAIL: hr@thomsonplayfordcutlers.com.au FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 47 (Nationally), 12 (Melbourne) Total Solicitors: 150 (Nationally), 50 (Melbourne)

PRO BONO WORK: We have a strong commitment to the provision of pro bono legal and business services to community groups and organisations. Our people are encouraged to choose organisations that they personally feel passionate about. We provide grass roots support to a wide range of community services in the health, disability services, arts, sporting and other areas SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: NO PARALEGAL WORK: YES

OTHER OFFICES: Sydney and Adelaide MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate and Commercial; Dispute Resolution; Property and Development; and Banking and Finance

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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 structured in-house Continued Professional Development programs supported with external training to maximise your development. At Thomson Playford Cutlers 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. APPLICATIONS DUE: Applications open 10 January 2010 – 5 February 2010 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. 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. 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. Rounds of interviews: 2 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Learning and development is critical to the success of our trainees. This includes both formal and informal learning opportunities. In addition to our Graduate Development Program, trainees will participate in the firm’s Continuing Legal Education Program and Club TPC group as well as having the opportunity to attend external professional development seminars and courses. Graduates are supported in meeting the requirements to gain admission as a lawyer, including completion of studies and practical legal training. The support available includes on-the-job learning and access to experienced practitioners, payment of fees and study and exam leave. FIRM PROFILE: Thomson Playford Cutlers is a modern and progressive, full service, commercial law firm. Our national presence has grown rapidly in the past 12 months, and we now have around 360 people (including 47 Partners) in offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Our people are recognised as leaders in their fields, commercially astute, technically outstanding and at the forefront of industry developments. Our work environment is friendly, fun, inclusive and professionally stimulating. Our wellbeing@work program supports our people achieve a balance between their work and personal lives. Our Club TPC junior practitioner network provides our lawyers with opportunities to develop networks, friendships and learn from others.

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Details of traineeship program (for 2011): The Thomson Playford Cutlers 12 month trainee program lets you rotate through each practice area at the firm.


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

www.tresscox.com.au Sofie Filippone, HR Manager Level 9, 469 La Trobe Street, Melbourne (03) 9602 9433 (03) 9642 0382 sofie_filippone@tresscox.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 32 (Nationally), 9 (Melbourne) Total Solicitors: 80 (Nationally), 16 (Melbourne) OTHER OFFICES: Sydney and Brisbane

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Building & Construction Corporate, Commercial, M&A Employment & Industrial Relations Energy Entertainment, Communications & Media Estate Planning, Trusts & Estate Litigation Government Health Infrastructure Insurance Intellectual Property Litigation & Dispute Resolution Property & Planning

divisions. Trainees are exposed to the various practice groups within each division. The program provides the trainee with an insight into the different areas of our practice and 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'. Working amongst a group of diverse, professional, fun people you will be provided with an honest overview of entry into a dynamic medium sized law firm. As a trainee you will have direct access to Partners and continuous assistance from members of our legal team. Each trainee is allocated a 'mentor' and 'buddy' during their trainee year. Your buddy will assist you in your transition from university to full-time employment and support you in your daily life at TressCox. Trainees will work closely alongside our experienced lawyers to gain practical and valuable insight into legal practice. We believe that the experiences you will have at TressCox are both rewarding and critical for your future career as a lawyer and we recognise the integral contribution that our trainees make to our firm’s current and future success. APPLICATIONS DUE: Applications open: 28 December 2009 Applications close: 7 February 2010 Priority offers made: 17 February 2010

PRO BONO WORK: YES SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Submit cover letter, CV and current academic transcript to HR Manager hrmel@tresscox.com.au

PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: YES APPLICATION PROCESS:

PARALEGAL WORK: YES TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

Rounds of interviews: 2 Interviews start: 15 March 2010 Offers made: 12 April 2010

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Details of traineeship program (for 2011): Our traineeship program offers 2 rotations within each of our Corporate/Commercial and Litigation

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VICTORIAN LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Development department. Seminars are conducted on a monthly 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 gains 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.

commercial law, litigation and dispute resolution, insurance, health, government, media& entertainment, building & construction, energy & resources, infrastructure and intellectual property.

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 from 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.

At TressCox, maintaining a successful client relationship is paramount and we ensure that all of our clients are provided with the service they require in a timely and enthusiastic fashion.

Since inception over a century ago, the Firm’s client base has ranged from individuals to large multinational companies and government departments. Our Partners, Speical Counsels, Consultants and Senior Associates are recognised leaders in their respective fields and are well supported by a dynamic team of solicitors, paralegals, managers and administrative staff.

Our positioning statement, ‘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, with our clients.

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

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

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Partners: 1 (Female) Total Solicitors: 3 (Female), 2 (Male) OTHER OFFICES: 544 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham 3132 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Trade Practices, Intellectual Property, Building & Construction Law, Conveyancing & Employment Law, Franchising, Litigation, Will & Estate.

PRO BONO WORK: YES. Through referrals from Law Institute SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: NO PARALEGAL WORK: NO TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

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APPLICATIONS DUE: 15 March 2010 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Submit cover letter, CV and current academic transcript to HR Manager hrmel@tresscox.com.au APPLICATION PROCESS: CV, Academic Transcript, Written References

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District, with a branch office in Mitcham.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We are constantly looking for successful and ambitious lawyers. We provide our practitioners continuous opportunities to develop and expand their knowledge and abilities.

It is a boutique firm that advises/acts on behalf of municipal bodies, building industry associations and institutions and/or their members, substantial private and public corporations and a large number of loyal private clients. We have developed a reputation of providing highly personalised and exceedingly professional services and we are proud of our established client base.

FIRM PROFILE: Wainwright Ryan Eid was established in Melbourne's eastern suburbs over 40 years ago. Today, it is located in Melbourne's Central Business

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www.williamswinter.com Angela Wagstaff, Practice Manager 7/451 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne (03) 8601 8888 (03) 9670 15609 reception@williamswinter.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total Principals: 4 Total Solicitors: 9

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Commercial; Litigation – personal injury, commercial, defamation; Wills & Estate & Probate; Property – commercial and residential and Employment law. PRO BONO WORK: No formal arrangements. Case by case determination SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: NO PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: Not yet determined PARALEGAL WORK: At present, 2 conveyancing clerks and 1 paralegal employed by the firm on a permanent basis.

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OTHER OFFICES: 544 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham 3132

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011:

No. of rotations: As required by the new traineeship rules to cover the specifics of the trainee ship program

APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews: 2 – the first round will be a preliminary interview with the practice manager. Candidates will be short listed for a second interview to be held with 2 principals of the firm 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

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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

WISEWOULD MAHONY WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.wisewouldmahony.com.au Jane Cull, HR Manager 8/419 Collins Street, Melbourne (03) 9629 8333 (03) 9629 4035 applications@wisemah.com.au

APPLICATION PROCESS: Provide a covering letter, resume and academic transcript. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: YES FIRM PROFILE:

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate & Commercial; Commercial Litigation; Insolvency Law & Litigation; Insurance Law & Litigation; Property Law and Mortgage Services; Credit Unions; Banking and Finance; Gaming, Licensing and Hospitality; WorkCover; Employment & Workplace Relations; Family Law; Criminal Law PRO BONO WORK: YES SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: YES PRIORTY OFFER SYSTEM: YES PARALEGAL WORK: NO TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: No. of rotations:

to be advised (4 in 09’ & 10’) to be advised in 2009

Wisewould Mahony is a Melbourne law firm which has chosen to do things differently. We run a modern, progressive and diverse law firm from historic Collins Street premises. We're old but new. Wisewoulds has been practising law in Melbourne since 1853, and Mahonys since 1885. Although we're proud of this heritage we are dedicated to modern work practices, flexible costing and the use of the most up to date technology in the practice of law. We don't pretend to be what we're not. We're a leading medium sized Melbourne law firm. This is what we want to be. This means we're big enough to offer a broad spectrum of legal services whilst small enough to provide personal and affordable service. Our aim is to know our clients, know our market, know our staff and use this knowledge to break down the age old barrier between lawyer and client. We like to be in tune.

APPLICATIONS DUE: 28 February 2010 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Letter of application including resume and most recent academic transcript.

We believe in straight talking, with our clients and with each other. We work hard to provide practical and affordable legal solutions of the highest quality. Your success is our success.

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FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally and locally): Total Principals: 14 Total Solicitors: 51


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ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.allenovery.com/careers Julia Sheng, Graduate Recruitment Manager 9th Floor, Three Exchange Square Central, Hong Kong (03) 9629 8333 (03) 9629 4035 applications@wisemah.com.au

FIRM COMPOSITION (HK Office): Total Partners: 25 Total Solicitor & Trainees: 130 OTHER OFFICES: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bangkok, Beijing, Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest (associated office), Budapest, Dubai, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Mannheim, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Prague, Riyadh (associated office), Rome, Sao Paulo, 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, securitization, communications, media & technology, litigation and dispute resolution, corporate finance, project finance, structured finance, derivatives, real estate (acquisition/leasing and finance), debt trading, regulatory and investment products, employment. We also have cross-disciplinary teams who provide specialist jurisdictional advice to clients investing into particular Asian jurisdictions – including Korea Group, China Group, Taiwan Group and US Law Group.

  

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ARTICLES OF CLERKSHIP: Positions in 2012: 10 trainees Positions in 2013: 10 trainees 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) APPLICATIONS DUE: Check our website for Summer Placement 2010 applications – reopen in September 2009. Training Contract application reopens in September each year. Summer Placement Schemes (4 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: 20-24 students Preferred year level: Penultimate or final year (LLB/combined degrees) law students with a record of high academic achievement. We especially value bilingual/trilingual candidates with fluent oral, reading and writing skills in Chinese (Cantonese, Putonghua) and/or Korean. Duration and rotations: 4 weeks with 2 rotations (2 weeks in 2 departments for HK)

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Rounds of interviews: As part of the selection process for trainees, the students are interviewed by 2 partners and the graduate recruitment manager at the end of the Summer Placement Scheme.

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

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INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Scholarship and stipend for taking the PCLL course in HK: Up to HK$110,000 (including $10,000 covering for the PCLL conversion examination and exemption fees) FIRM PROFILE: Allen & Overy is an international legal practice comprising Allen & Overy LLP and its affiliated undertakings. With approximately 5000 staff, including over 450 partners, 2700 lawyers working in 31 major centres worldwide we are able to provide effective, coordinated and decisive legal advice across three continenets. We also operate in regions where we do not have an office via our network of International Desks. We have active practices in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, The Americas and The Middle East..

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 organisation; our clients’ success is a measure of our success.

BAKER & MCKENZIE – HONG KONG WEBSITE: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.bakernet.com 14th Florr, Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Road Hong Kong SAR +852 2846 2198 +852 2845 0476

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FIRM COMPOSITION (HK Office): Total Staff: 680

PARALEGAL WORK: The firm is rarely able to offer regular paralegal work. From time to time, casual paralegal work is available in our Hong Kong/China office. Our requirements for this work are hard to predict as they are driven by matter requirements. Please check our website regularly for any vacancies under CAREERS section if you are interested in paralegal work.

OTHER OFFICES: 3900 lawyers in 70+ offices in 38 countries 1000 lawyers in the Asia Pacific region

VACATION PROGRAMME: Please refer to website.

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: China Practice, Commercial & Securities, Employment, Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance, Intellectual Property, Property, Taxation

APPLICATION DUE: Please refer to website

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/Asi a+Pacific/ProBono/default.htm

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APPLICATION PROCESS: Send your online applications to http://fsr.cvmail.com.au/bakerandmckenziehk/ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The firms 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.

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INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY 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 and help you to develop and realise your potential in the firm. The framework also consists of performance review tools to provide high quality feedback on your performance. FIRM PROFILE: As one of the first international law firms to recognize the importance of the Asia Pacific region,

Baker & McKenzie has been assisting clients operating throughout the region for more than 40 years. We are one of the largest law firms in Asia, with more than 1,000 lawyers spanning 14 offices. As a part of Baker & McKenzie’s vast global network of resources and talents, each office and member firm provides a full spectrum of legal services to a range of clients. We are able to bring the right team of lawyers to best serve clients’ needs combining local knowledge and experience with international know-how and best practices.

CLIFFORD CHANCE – HONG KONG www.cliffordchance.com/gradshk Louise Mitchell, Graduate Recruitment & Development Executive ADDRESS: 28th Floor, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Hong Kong PHONE: +852 2825 8861 FACSIMILE: +852 2825 8800 EMAIL: Louise.Mitchell@cliffordchance.com FIRM COMPOSITION Total Principals: HK office: 27 partners Total Solicitors: 130 OTHER OFFICES: 30 offices in 20 countries (includes a co-operation agreement with Al-Jadaan and Partners Law Firm) MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Litigation and Dispute Resolutions, Corporate Securities & Financial Markets, Real Estate, Asset Finance, Capital Markets, China-related work, Corporate Securities and Financial Markets, Commercial, Communications and Competition, Finance, Litigate 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. An example of such a project is the 'Compassion for Migrant Children' (CMC) in Beijing, a non-profit organization which helps China’s urban migrant children, who flock from one city to another as their parents follow work opportunities, leading to an unstable life for many of these children. CMC bring care, love as well as life vocational skills training to migrant children primarily through offering social and educational programs. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2012: 6-8 positions No. of rotations: 4 Details of traineeship program (for 2011): Our training programme is designed to give trainee solicitors the opportunities to acquire excellent business and professional skills through education, development and continuous experience. The two-year training contract is structured around four six-month placements, known as 'seats', in different practice areas. Each seat brings you into contract with new clients and colleagues, as well as different areas of law. You will work with a number

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INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY of experienced lawyers on a variety of transactions and matters to develop your expertise, exposure and experience. You will also have the opportunity to spend one of their seats on an international secondment to one of our overseas offices. APPLICATIONS DUE: July 2010 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: We are looking for intelligent, articulate applicants, capable of contributing and communicating their own idea 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 possess outstanding academic abilities and Chinese language skills are also an asset. In order to become a trainee solicitor in Hong Kong, you must complete the one-year compulsory pre-qualifying course PCLL (Post Graduate Certificate in Laws). In addition, as a prerequisite to the PCLL studies, you are required to complete conversion exams, if you are undertaking or have undertaken your undergraduate studies outside of Hong Kong. APPLICATION PROCESS:

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supervising lawyers and trainees are strongly encouraged as a means of ensuring the structured development of each trainee. FIRM PROFILE: Clifford Chance – the world's largest globally integrated law firm. 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 three key markets of the 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 lawyers advise internationally and domestically; under common law and civil law systems; in local and cross-border transactions; on day-to-day operations and the most challenging deals. Clifford Chance operates across Asia, with offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo). With over 270 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 29 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.

As well as the two year training contract, and to ensure compliance with the Law Society of Hong Kong's requirements, in-house and external seminars and courses focusing on legal and non-legal skills are provided. In addition and following each seat, there is a full written appraisal (with an oral interim appraisal after three months). Open exchanges between

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INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY DEACONS – HONG KONG

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www.deacons.com.hk Maria Yik, Head of Human Resources & Administration and Ava Lam, Graduate Recruitment & Professional Development Manager 5/F Alexandra House, 18 Charter Road, Central, Hong Kong +852 2825 9211 +852 2810 0431

PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL: General enquiry: Trainee solicitor: Vacation students:

hongkong@deacons.com.hk trainees@deacons.com.hk students@deacons.com.hk

FIRM COMPOSITION Total Principals: HK office: 48 partners Total Solicitors: HK office: 204 Legal Professionals China office: 18 Legal Professionals OTHER OFFICES: Beyond the firm's headquarters in Hong Kong and three representative offices in the People's Republic of China (Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai), Deacons has affiliates in Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Banking & Finance, Human Resources & Pensions, China Trade & Investment Insolvency & Restructuring, Communications & Technology Insurance, Company Formation & Corporate Services Intellectual Property, Compliance Services Japan Services, Construction & Arbitration Litigation, Corporate Finance & Capital Markets M&A and Commercial, Entertainment & Media, Financial Services, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Property PRO BONO WORK: Deacons has long recognised its social obligation to the community and has been actively involved in the Hong Kong community since 1851. That involvement includes our partners, lawyers and staff: making significant annual donations to the

Hong Kong Community Chest and other deserving charities; providing pro bono services to various not-for-profit, health research, arts and community organisations such as the Hong Kong Society of Aging Research, ORBIS, SPCA, Hong Kong Ballet and The Photographic Heritage Foundation; sponsorship and active participation in various industry charities such as the construction industry’s Lighthouse Club and the funds’ industry’s RICE foundation; and supporting the preferred charities and fund raising activities of clients such as SCB (Seeing is Believing), the MTR, Matilda International Hospital and others. In 2009 the firm initiated the Trainee Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme which will provide the firm's trainees opportunities to apply their skills for the benefit of deserving causes and the wider community. Initiatives include supporting the anti-drug programme Path Builders launched by the HKSAR Government and the Action Committee Against Narcotics (ACAN) and involvement with underprivileged children at Po Leung Kuk. TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: 8-10 trainee solicitor positions No. of rotations: 4 rotations in two years of training.

Details of traineeship program (for 2011): Training Contract You will undertake four six-month seats during your two-year contract. With our fullservice platform, we have the capability not only to offer our trainees as many choices as possible, but also to accommodate a trainee’s preference for a particular practice area if there is any. We think you can go far at Deacons. From the outset, you will be part of our team and expected to rise to the challenge. We will give you plenty of exciting opportunities and responsibilities to work with the law and clients in real business situations. Your input will be important.

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INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY Support We depend on talented people like you to help the firm moving forward. In turn, we will give you the support you need. You will benefit from our mentoring programme so your training and career progress is overseen by a nominated partner from our Graduate Recruitment Committee. Advice and guidance are always available. Professional Development We view your professional development as part of a continuum. From day to day, you will work closely with lawyers, many of whom are acknowledged leaders in their fields, to gain practice experience. You will also be invited to attend our core training programme which incorporates seminars and courses presented by partners and guest speakers. Hand-on experience and professional skills training are both critical to your development and delivery of the best service to our clients. APPLICATIONS DUE: There is no deadline for training contract application. Please apply at least two years before the commencement date of the training contract you desire. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

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Exceptional academic achievements with a 2(i) honours degree (or an overseas equivalent) or above Strong interest in a career in law and a career at Deacons Excellent language and communication skills Commercial awareness The confidence to present and justify your conclusions and recommendations to clients and colleagues Strong analytical aptitude Integrity

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online via Deacons’ Graduate Recruitment website www.deacons.com.hk/graduaterecruitment

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: We know that our people are the key to our success. We provide a challenging and dynamic environment, and we foster a culture in which people can interact and share knowledge freely so that everyone contributes to improving the way we work. We are committed to ongoing learning and professional development. The Hong Kong Law Society has accredited Deacons as a continuing professional development ("CPD") course provider. Specifically, we organise: Technical Skills Training Over 100 in-house CPD courses in substantive legal subjects, providing professionals with the skills and knowledge to excel in their work Soft Skills Training Further polish professionals’ competence in different areas of interest or areas which require improvement, e.g., IT, language, team building, business writing, advocacy Practice Group Meeting Regular practice group meetings in formal or informal settings give professionals a chance to learn, share and mingle with members of their own and other practice groups FIRM PROFILE: Established in 1851, Deacons is Hong Kong’s largest independent law firm providing an extensive range of legal services to local and international corporations with business interests in Asia. Building on a history of experience in local customs and culture, Deacons has a strong reputation for high-quality, proactive and practical advice. Deacons was the first foreign law firm in mainland China to receive official approval from the Ministry of Justice to establish three representative offices in China. We operate offices in the major economic centres of Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.

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INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER – HONG KONG

FIRM COMPOSITION Total Principals: Around 450 partners worldwide Total Solicitors: Over 2500 lawyers worldwide OTHER OFFICES: Beyond the firm's headquarters in Hong Kong and three representative offices in the People's Republic of China (Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai), Deacons has affiliates in Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS IN CHINA: Antitrust, Competition and Trade; Corporate; Dispute Resolution; Finance; Intellectual Property/Information Technology 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. We have our own Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the Community group, which organises community activities involving our staff as volunteers. Our philosophy is to promote active employee participation, rather than simply fundraising. Our community affairs programme is rapidly developing across our international network of offices. The programme is based around pro bono, homelessness, education and one off team challenges. We are working to minimise our impact on the environment and are off-setting our carbon emissions where we are unable to reduce them.

http://www.freshfields.com/csr/ TRAINEESHIPS: 2012 trainee positions: 8-10 Details of traineeship program (for 2011): APPLICATION DUE: 31 July 2010 (for training contract starting in August 2012) 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. http://www.freshfields.com/chinarecruiting/apply/ graduateapplication/ FIRM PROFILE: With more than 2,500 lawyers working in 27 offices across 16 countries, we are one of the world’s largest law firms. In China, our clients know our expertise is unrivalled among international law firms 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 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. Our work spans projects in China, Asia, and across the globe. From advising multinational companies and financial institutions on their China operations

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WEBSITE: www.freshfields.com/chinarecruiting/ CONTACT: Yulanda Wong, Graduate Recruitment Specialist ADDRESS: 11th Floor, Two Exchange Square, Hong Kong PHONE: +852 2846 3400 EMAIL: chinagraduates@freshfields.com


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for overseas studies. Wherever your travels take you, a world of international experience awaits. Today, China is offering talented individuals the chance to fulfil their potential in a dynamic environment. Working at Freshfields, the opportunities are there for the taking.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER – LONDON WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FASCMILE: EMAIL:

www.freshfields.com/uktrainees Leyla Fuad, Trainee Recruitment Assistant 65 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HS +44 (0) 20 7936 4000 +44 (0) 20 7832 7001 uktrainees@freshfields.com

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FIRM COMPOSITION Total Solicitors: 2478 (globally) OTHER OFFICES: 27 offices in key business centres around the world: Vienna, Amsterdam, Bahrain, Moscow, Brussels, Riyadh, Beijing, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Madrid, Shanghai, Paris, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Berlin, Cologne, New York, Washington, Milan, Rome, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Tokyo MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate, Finance, Dispute Resolution, Tax, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, (EPB) Employment, Pensions and Benefits, (ACT) Antitrust, Competition and Trade. PRO BONO WORK: CSR Programme that includes pro-bono work and community projects PARALEGAL WORK: Contact the Recruitment Team for details of opportunities TRAINEESHIPS: Recruiting for August 2012 and February 2013.

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APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews: Interviews ongoing. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Professional development in a broad range of practice areas, an excellent personal development programme and the chance to work in one of our international offices or on secondment with a client. FIRM PROFILE: We are a leading international law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers working across 27 offices in key business centres around the world. 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 clients such as Morgan Stanley, Hewlett Packard, Tesco and the Bank of England. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer combines a depth of local knowledge with an unrivalled breadth of expertise across practice areas and borders.

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INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY HERBERT SMITH – LONDON www.herbertsmithgraduates.com Graduate Recruitment Team Exchange House, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2HS PHONE: +44 (0) 20 7374 8000 FASCMILE: +44 (0) 20 7374 0888 EMAIL: graduate.recruitment@herbertsmith.com FIRM COMPOSITION Total Partners: 256 worldwide Total Solicitors: 1200 worldwide OTHER OFFICES: Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo Associated offices: Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Dammam, Frankfurt, Jakarta, Jeddah, Munich, New York, Prague, Riyadh, Stuttgart and Warsaw MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Admin & Public Law, Banking, Capital Markets, Charities, Civil/Fraud, Competition, Construction, Corporate, Employment, Energy, Environment, EU/Competition, Insolvency, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Media, Property, Tax, TMT PRO BONO WORK: YES PARALEGAL WORK: YES TRAINEESHIPS: We will begin recruiting for March/September 2012 on 1 October 2009. No. of rotations: 4 seats of 6 months each Details of traineeship program (for 2011):

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: 2:1 degree in any subject. APPLICATION PROCESS: Rounds of interviews: Case study and interview with 2 partners PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The strength and breadth of the firm’s practice areas, including corporate, dispute resolution and finance, guarantee excellent training and development opportunities for trainees. The training process balances contentious and non-contentious work; early responsibility and support. An emphasis is also placed on professional and personal development. Trainees rotate around four six-month seats, including a seat in a specialist area such as IP or competition. Trainees can also apply to go on secondment to a client or to one of the firm’s international offices. Herbert Smith’s global reach makes this a possibility for many. FIRM PROFILE: Herbert Smith LLP is an international legal practice with over 1,200 lawyers across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. It also has a major focus on emerging markets, including China, India and Russia. This, combined with an alliance with Gleiss Lutz and Stibbe and a network of relationship firms, enables Herbert Smith to provide a seamless, cross-border service on a global level. Alongside Herbert Smith’s outstanding reputation in dispute resolution and corporate work, the firm has leading practices in finance, real estate, competition and employment, pensions and incentives. It is also acknowledged as a leader in several industry sectors, including the energy and natural resources and financial institutions sectors.

APPLICATIONS DUE: Application deadline for training contracts starting in March/September 2012 is 31 July 2010

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www.jonesday.com Ms. Carmen Yeung, Recruiting Coordinator ADDRESS: 29/F Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong PHONE: +852 2526 6895 FASCMILE: +852 2868 5871 EMAIL: graduaterecruitment.hk@jonesday.com

TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: Please refer to website. No. of rotations: Non-rotational system. Details of traineeship program (for 2012): APPLICATIONS DUE: Please refer to website. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please refer to website.

FIRM COMPOSITION: Please refer to website. OTHER OFFICES: Please refer to website. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Banking & Finance, Business Restructuring & Reorganisation, Private Equity, Real Estate, Trial Practice, Litigation, Labour & Employment, Anti-trust & Competition, Intellectual Property, Tax, Government Regulation, Oil & Gas PRO BONO WORK: YES PARALEGAL WORK: Please refer to website.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit cover letter, CV and transcripts to the above email address. FIRM PROFILE: Jones Day's Hong Kong Office was established in 1986 to serve the legal needs of clients based throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. In 1996, the office became the first branch of a U.S.-based law firm permitted to practice Hong Kong law. As a result, the Hong Kong Office provides legal services with respect to Hong Kong, U.S. and other international matters, including investments and operations in Mainland China.

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LINKLATERS – LONDON WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

www.linklaters.com/ukgrads Charlotte Hart One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ, UK PHONE: +44 (0)20 7456 2000 FASCMILE: +44 (0)20 7456 2222 EMAIL: graduate.recruitment@linklaters.com FIRM COMPOSITION (Hong Kong/London offices) Total solicitors: Over 2400 worldwide OTHER OFFICES: We have 30 offices in 23 countries, covering all the major jurisdictions and financial centres around the world. Please see website for further details.

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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 be. Examples of our varied programmes in London include providing literacy support in

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VACATION PROGRAMME: 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 first-hand 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 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 securitiy of a training contract in your pocket.

Details of traineeship program (2011): Please refer to website APPLICATIONS DUE: Please refer to website APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: We are looking for penultimate students who are motivated, have a strong academic record, analytical skills, well developed people skills and an ability to apply commercial awareness and thinking. Applications are accepted online only. APPLICATION PROCESS: Please refer to website 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. 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.

LOVELLS – HONG KONG WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

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www.lovells.com Tracy Williams, Legal Development Manager (Asia) 11th Floor, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty Hong Kong +852 2219 0888 +852 2219 0222 tracy.williams@lovells.com

FIRM COMPOSITION: Total partners: 360+ (worldwide) and 13 (Hong Kong) Total solicitors: 1800+ (worldwide) and 60+(Hong Kong) OTHER OFFICES: Alicante, Amsterdam, Beijing, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New

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Banking and finance Capital markets (equity and debt) Corporate and commercial / M&A Dispute resolution Energy, natural resources and infrastructure Employment Financial services and regulatory (contentious and non-contentious) Foreign direct investment Intellectual property, media and telecommunications International arbitration Projects (engineering and construction) Project finance Private equity and investment funds including venture capital and hedge funds Real estate Regulatory and compliance

PRO BONO WORK: Lovells has a long standing commitment to pro bono work formally recognized by the Partnership Board embodied in resolution in April 1997. The policy of the firm is to make available legal expertise to individuals, voluntary groups and charities unable to afford legal assistance and not entitled to legal aid. The high standards of professionalism, clarity and practical advice we provide in our commercial practice are applied equally to the firm's pro bono matters. Lovells takes a realistic approach to pro bono work. Lawyers can volunteer for projects where they have capacity to undertake the work. All pro bono work is time recorded and carried out during normal working hours. All contributions are recognized in annual appraisals. In Hong Kong, we have a dedicated Pro Bono Committee which meets regularly to discuss the status of ongoing projects and to explore ways of extending our assistance to other organisations and charities who may need our help. PARALEGAL WORK: No.

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TRAINEESHIPS: In common with other international law firms with offices in Hong Kong, Lovells recruits trainee solicitors two years in advance, while the trainees are in the penultimate year of their legal studies. Candidates should have good academics, be personable, outgoing, with good written and spoken communication skills. Chinese languages are a strong advantage. Candidates will need to take the PCLL in Hong Kong to be eligible to begin a training contract in Hong Kong. Australian candidates will need to take top up conversion courses before they are can gain entry to the PCLL course. Positions in 2011+: Lovells has engaged 8 trainee solicitors for 2011. We are currently considering applications for 2012 and will take 7 or 8 trainees that year No. of rotations: 4 rotations of 6 months each including one contentious and one non contentious seat, and one seat overseas. Details of traineeship program: All 2011 vacancies have been filled. Applications are open for training contracts beginning September 2012. Additionally we are considering applications for Winter Placements for candidates in the penultimate year of their law degrees. These are aimed at candidates wishing to take up training contracts in Hong Kong in September 2012. There are 2 Winter programmes of 3 weeks each beginning respectively on 30th November 2009 and on 11 January 2010. APPLICATIONS DUE: Winter placements - applications open from 1 April 2009 to 30 September 2009. Training Contracts (2012) - open from 1 October 2009 until vacancies are filled APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Online application at http://www.lovells.com/Lovells/Careers/HongKong /Graduate+Recruitment/Opportunities.htm

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Training contract: Online application form followed by telephone interview with Legal Development Manager. Second face to face interview with 2 partners and Legal Development Manager. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Lovells offers a programme of on the job training in four practice areas, including at least one contentious area and one transactional. This training is supplemented by courses of technology and skills training aimed at assisting the trainee lawyer to operate more effectively and training on legal developments in their specialist field. Practice area retreats and global and regional conferences allow lawyers to keep up to date with international developments. Lovells also runs a formal mentoring programme for trainee lawyers to help them adjust from academic to a commercial work.

FIRM PROFILE: Lovells is an international legal practice, focused on the commercial and legal needs of its clients around the world. We have over 360 partners, 1,800 lawyers and over 3,300 staff across 27 international offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Asia: We have offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and over 190 lawyers in Asia, including 27 resident partners. We have been established in Greater China for over 26 years. Europe: We have a strong presence in every major European jurisdiction offering a wide range of legal advisory expertise to our clients. Middle East: Our active practice in the Middle East is run from our Dubai and London offices with specific experience in Qatar, Iran, Kuwait, UAE and Saudi Arabia. United States: Our thriving New York and Chicago offices have built on our market-leading expertise in dispute resolution. We have a large and experienced team who offer a wide range of expertise in multi-jurisdictional and international matters and often work in regions such as South America, Africa and Asia, using the expertise from our central offices.

SIMMONS & SIMMONS – HONG KONG WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

www.simmons-simmons.com Angela Manandhar, Deputy HR Manager, Asia 35/F, Cheung Kong Centre, 2 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong +852 2583 8276 +852 2810 5040

PHONE: FASCMILE: EMAIL: angela.manandhar@simmons-simmons.com FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally and locally): Total Principals: 17 Total Solicitors: 48

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Sector Focus: Financial Institutions, Energy & Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Technology, Media and Telecommunications. Prominent areas of practice: Aerospace & Defence, Commercial, Construction, Consumer Goods & Retail, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, EU & Competition, Employment & Benefits, Environment, Finance, Information, Communications & Technology, Intellectual Property, Projects, Real Estate, Tax and Transport.

OTHER OFFICES: 20 other offices worldwide

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APPLICATION PROCESS: Winter placements: Online application form, followed by telephone interview with Legal Development Manager for Asia. Second telephone interview with graduate recruitment partner.


INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES DIRECTORY PRO BONO WORK: We have been carrying out pro bono work for over 18 years and have established a pro bono policy and a pro bono committee, comprising members from a cross-section of the firm. We also have a pro bono coordinator exclusively dedicated to promoting this type of work. PARALEGAL WORK: NO TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: 6 No. of rotations: 4 seats of 6 months each with the possibility of one seat in one of our international offices. Details of traineeship program (for 2012): Our people are our most important asset. We aim to attract and retain the best, and we place great value on your skills, experience and professionalism. From an excellent salary package to tuition fee reimbursement, additional study assistance and language training, Simmons & Simmons ensures that you will be appreciated and rewarded for your expertise and effort.

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APPLICATIONS DUE: The deadline for receipt of applications for September 2011 is 31 August 2009. The application period for September 2012 is from 01 January 2010 to 31 August 2010. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: We look for a strong track record of achievements from our candidates. We are interested to find out about your academic successes but we will also explore your ability to form excellent interpersonal relations and work within a team environment, as well as your levels of motivation, drive and ambition. Show us evidence of a rich ‘life experience’ as well as examples of your intellectual capabilities and we will provide you with everything you need to become a successful member of our firm. We pride ourselves on the diversity of skills, backgrounds and knowledge held by our people.

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Yet Simmons & Simmons’ staff also share key characteristics which enable them to excel within our firm. We look for a variety of indicators of your potential including academic success, ‘soft’ skills, interests, activities and work experience. We would welcome your application if you have achieved or are on track to achieve at least an H2A or equivalent average. Your pre-university studies should also reflect this high standard. You should be fluent in English, as well as Cantonese and / or Mandarin, with the ability to read and write Chinese. We look for well-rounded individuals with both a strong academic record and a rich ‘life experience’. This could be reflected in your hobbies, sporting achievements, cultural pursuits or travelling experiences. We are interested in hearing about any positions of responsibility attained at school, university or in previous employment. Previous work experience whether high profile or more modest, can provide us with a good indicator of your core ‘soft’ skills, such as communication skills or multi-tasking abilities. Whether you have had legal exposure in a work placement or spent last summer working in a shop, both roles demonstrate your ability to get on with all kinds of people and take on positions of responsibility. We also place a high value on any transferable skills you may have developed through a previous career or role. Indeed, we welcome applications from candidates with all kinds of backgrounds and experiences, including graduates (in either law or non-law degrees), mature students (particularly with any previous relevant or commercial experience), international students (whether you are currently studying for an undergraduate degree, or for an LLM or Masters), career changers and those who may have taken a break from their career. APPLICATION PROCESS: After we receive your application, it will undergo an initial assessment. If we think you have the attributes we’re looking for, we’ll invite you to our office for an assessment. This is an opportunity for us to assess your intellectual and interpersonal

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Our clients benefit from our focus on key industry sectors and legal service areas and the commercially astute expertise we deliver across the globe. We have built our practice around local lawyers who understand their country's culture, business and language. Our integrated international teams provide the right balance of local knowledge and seamless global service. We recognise that the firm is only equal to the strengths of its people: we foster an environment where individuals flourish; we respect each other’s talents and abilities and are serious about inclusion and diversity in the workplace; and we are committed to upholding our reputation as a decent place to work. OTHER INFORMATION: World class legal advice, whenever and wherever our clients need it – setting the highest standards in the way we operate and doing the most complex work.

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Our supportive and approachable team will accompany you through your training and continue to offer you structured guidance and feedback as your career progresses. Support comes in a variety of forms, with each fulfilling different needs – from appraisals and work-related assistance to more informal help and information.

FIRM PROFILE: Simmons & Simmons is a world class international law firm with over 2,000 people and 20 offices located in major business and financial centres throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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Working at Pitcher Partners Milana Monin Graduate Tax Consultant

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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ACCOUNTING: WORKING AT A BIG FOUR Kendrick Tan Consultant, Tax

Prior to joining Ernst & Young, I worked at a boutique national law firm and one of the Big Six law firms for five years. I graduated from university with a Bachelor of Commerce/Laws. So what guided my decision to move to a professional services firm? If you ask people at Ernst & Young why they joined the firm, they will mention the culture and then the strong friendships they have forged – and I am no exception. The culture is impressive. It encourages you to drive your career and think globally. The firm offers you a high level of training, coaching and a variety of on-the-job learning opportunities, and you bring leadership and energy. Supported by a diverse team of industry leading professionals from assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services, I’ve begun to carve out my very own career. Ernst & Young’s global presence and reputation give you access to a wide range of industries, markets and clients. The opportunity to challenge yourself both personally and professionally is a rewarding experience. What can you expect?

Coming back as a graduate has been no different. I’ve had the opportunity to shadow partners over a 12 month period. The one-on-one interaction allows you to attend client meetings with CEOs and CFOs, work on high level projects, or simply chat with a partner about how your graduate year is going over a latte. What kind of projects will you work on? As a tax professional, you will be assisting clients manage their tax obligations and advising them of tax effective structures to facilitate their business. Tax is transaction-based and what you do on a day to day basis will depend largely on which of the business areas you work with. In Strategic Growth Markets you can expect to advise clients on the tax implications of group restructures and transactions, and tax effective strategies to organically grow the business. In Corporate Tax you can expect to work with ASX100 companies and perform case and legislative law research in drafting a position paper on a specific point of law. Importantly, your experience will be unique and a reflection of your interests. Life in a professional services firm is all about how you drive it

My journey at Ernst & Young began as a vacationer. From day one, the friendships, professionalism and high performance culture of the firm were compelling.

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Michael Baster Associate Consultant

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.

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.

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!).

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 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

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INVESTMENT BANKING: UBS

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. 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. 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. 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 six-week 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. 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. 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

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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

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INVESTMENT BANKING: CREDIT SUISSE Andrew Frame Analyst, Investment Banking Division 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. 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!

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NON-LEGAL DIRECTORY WEBSITE: www.accenture.com/movingforward ADDRESS: 108 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne PHONE: (03) 9838 7000 gradrec@accenture.com EMAIL: OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane and Wollongong FIRM PROFILE: Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With approximately 177,000 people serving clients in over 120 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$23.39 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2008. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Accenture’s business is structured around five industry-focused “operating groups” that each manage client relationships and sell our services. • • • • •

Communications & High-Tech Financial Services Products Resources Health and Public Service

The services and solutions we offer fall into three categories: Management Consulting, Technology and Business Process Outsourcing. We call these three categories our “growth platforms” - our springboards for innovation and function as centres of excellence, where we build our world class skills and capabilities to drive the company’s growth and ensure smooth delivery of services and solutions to clients. This structure enables us to meet client expectations and our business objectives while providing excellent career opportunities for our people. From a business point of view, the high degree of specialsation across business functions,

industry sectors and technologies helps us be more efficient and respond more quickly to our clients. Just as important, it also drives the career development of our people, allowing them to build deep, marketable skills and gain experience that adds value to their careers. Working in this way enables us to quickly pull together integrated teams of specialists who can provide clients with the best possible solutions, and at the same time offer our people a constant variety of challenging work. GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: The work we do is one of the main reasons people choose a career at Accenture. The sheer scale of our capabilities and our client engagements differentiate us from most other companies. Many of our clients are global organisations, so you’ll have the opportunity to design solutions and build systems that affect and shape the future of companies, businesses and governments around the world. At Accenture, you would be working for a company with a globally recognised brand and reputation. Regardless of where you work in our organisation or where you are in your career, you will have a variety of opportunities to develop your potential. APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Accenture employs Graduates across all disciplines and welcomes applications from students who have achieved academic excellence in Law, Business & Commerce, Economics, Human Resources, Management and Finance. Our application process consists of an initial online submission. Candidates who meet our minimum education and residency requirements will be invited to attend up to three interviews with representatives from our Graduate Recruiting team and Managers from across the business. These interviews aim to explore your skills and experience further, while giving you the opportunity to learn more about Accenture from the people who do the work.

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Further information regarding our application and interview process can be found on our Graduate website. www.accenture.com/movingforward APPLICATION DATES: Applications for Accenture’s 2011 Graduate program will open February 2010. All applications must be submitted online through the Graduate Website. Applications for Accenture’s 2011 Graduate program will open February 2010. All applications must be submitted online through the our website. It is recommended you apply early if you are interested in a career at Accenture, as our Graduate positions are always in high demand. INTERNSHIP PROGRAMMES: Interns at Accenture have the opportunity to work alongside our top performing Consultants, gaining exposure on how business processes work and interact. As a member of a project team you are exposed to skills such as process re-engineering, technology, system implementation and organisational change. For further information regarding Accenture’s Intern opportunities, visit www.accenture.com/movingforward PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Training is a priority at Accenture and many employees benefit from attending courses our regional training centers in Chicago and Kuala Lumpur. At these locations, Accenture people gather to learn from each other, to collaborate, and build professional relationships that will last their career. As an employee of Accenture you will also have access to over 20,000online and virtual classroom courses. JOB DESCRIPTION FOR A LAW GRADUATE: Our Consulting workforce consists of three areas of distinct specalisaton, Management Consulting, Technical Consulting and Systems Integration and technology. Each Analyst is aligned to one of these. Which one best describes you?

Focus on strategy and be an essential part of our clients’ journey to high performance. You could work with international companies on significant issues across their businesses and be involved in the creation, design and build of new business models. Along the way, you’ll be able to build skills within specific business areas and develop deep insights into the industries we serve and the environments in which our clients operate. You’ll also get the opportunity to develop strong leadership, problem solving, and people management skills that you’ll need as you move forward in your career. Systems Integration Consulting Be at the heart of where technology and business intersect. Systems Integration Consulting at Accenture is about helping our clients achieve high performance by designing and delivering superior IT systems that create value and support their business objectives. This means developing and deploying custom and packaged software to streamline and integrate business processes and systems. You might have the opportunity to work with clients on both packaged and industry-specific solutions such as Microsoft, SAP, Oracle or Siebel; or you could specialise in developing innovative custom-built solutions, drawing on our proven delivery methods. Technology Consulting Use your strategic skills to apply an integrated range of technology solutions that address companies’ most complex technology challenges. Your role will be to provide strategic advice, deliver technology innovation and then design and implement solutions that support clients’ strategic business imperatives. For example, you could help assess how a business’s IT system works and develop innovative solutions to help the client refine operations, reduce costs, minimise risk and position itself for future growth. Or you could support clients’ visions and business strategies with a practical IT roadmap that helps them navigate technology options and integrate new and existing technologies.

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www.apra.gov.au See website Level 26, 400 George Street Sydney, NSW (02) 9210 3000 (02) 9210 3409 recruitment@apra.gov.au

OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra FIRM PROFILE: APRA is the prudential regulator of the Australian financial services industry. It oversees banks, credit unions, building societies, general insurance and reinsurance companies, life insurance, friendly societies, and most members of the superannuation industry. APRA is funded largely by the industries that it supervises. It was established on 1 July 1998. APRA currently supervises institutions holding approximately $3.4 trillion in assets for 21 million Australian depositors, policyholders and superannuation fund members. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: We:  

   

license new financial institutions; assess the safety implications of mergers, acquisitions and major changes to financial institutions' business operations; monitor the financial position and outlook of institutions; assess risks in financial institutions and their control systems; manage problem situations and at risk institutions; and enforce directions to protect policyholders, depositors and superannuation fund members.

APRA teams also provide specialist policy advice, risk management and consulting services to front-line supervisors.

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: APRA offers graduates diverse opportunities and experience across the entire financial services industry. With unmatched exposure to the Australian banking, insurance and superannuation industries, APRA provides graduates with a kick-start to their professional career. APRA also offers arguably the most rigorous training and development in the finance industry. APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: We are looking for graduates with a minimum credit average from accounting, actuarial, banking, econometrics, finance, financial modelling, law, mathematics, public policy and statistics. We will also consider high achieving graduates with strong research and analytical skills from all disciplines. Applications for APRA’s Graduate Program can only be made through the graduate section of the ‘Careers’ page of the APRA website at www.apra.gov.au/careers/ This involves completing a resume template and application form including academic results. Applicants will then be invited to undertake online assessments. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend an interview at our offices. More information about the Graduate Program is also available on our website or by contacting APRA’s recruitment team on (02) 9210 3000 or email recruitment@apra.gov.au APPLICATIONS DUE: Usually close around mid April each year. Check the website www.apra.gov.au. Offers are made in June. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: APRA’s 12-month Graduate Program is one of the most rigorous and diverse in the financial services industry. Training is ongoing throughout your career with us. In fact, training and development is an integral part of ensuring we maintain our excellence as a regulator.

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courses as well as time off for study. In a knowledge-based organisation such as APRA, learning through interaction with peers is essential. As one of up to 20 graduates, you’ll benefit from our mentoring program, a ‘buddy’ system and the opportunity to rotate to another APRA division in your first year. To assist in professional development, we fully reimburse professional association membership fees and you’ll also be eligible for financial support for postgraduate

APRA’s Graduate Program takes a progressive approach to development. After a successful 12-month traineeship, you will be promoted to the role of Analyst. At APRA, progression is based on performance, not tenure. Promotions are available to the right people – even without a vacancy being available. It’s our policy.

BAIN & COMPANY WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FASCMILE: EMAIL:

www.bain.com Melissa Robertson, Senior Recruiting Coordinator Level 52, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne (03) 8614 8000 (03) 8614 8011 melissa.robertson@bain.com

OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney and 37 international offices 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 organisation. 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. 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

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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. 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. Applications are accepted throughout the year. The deadline for the core graduate round is mid-March 2010. 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

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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.

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.

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.

BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP WEBSITE: www.bostonconsulting.com.au CONTACT: Holly Collins ADDRESS: Level 52, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne PHONE: 9656 2100 FASCMILE: 9656 2111 collins.holly@bcg.com EMAIL:

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.

OTHER OFFICES: Over 66 offices worldwide

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

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

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programs are designed to support you from your first day and 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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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

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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. VACATION PROGRAMMES: BCG does not offer internship or vacation employment to non-MBA students. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: BCG provides Associates with comprehensive training in all aspects of their role. The induction to BCG 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. 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

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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. OTHER INFORMATION: For additional information, please refer to the local BCG web site: www.bostonconsulting.com.au or global website: www.bcg.com

CITIGROUP WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FASCMILE: EMAIL:

http://oncampus.citi.com Amanda Farrar, Human Resources Level 24, 2 Park Street, Sydney 2000 (03) 8225 2506 (03) 8225 5245 Amanda.farrar@citi.com

OTHER OFFICES: 120 Collins Street, Melbourne

available and are sure to have the role in which you will thrive. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: •

Investment Banking

Sales & Trading

Investment Research

Global Transaction Services

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: FIRM PROFILE: Joining Citi means starting your career at the centre of the world's financial services industry. Joining Citi in Australia gives you the chance for a truly global career.

Visit www.oncampus.citi.com to read more about our specific programs and to apply. Applications will only be accepted online via our website and must include a cover letter (stating grade average) and CV.

As a leading full-service investment bank in Australia and globally, Citi advises industry leaders, governments and institutional investors on the best way to realise their strategic objectives. We provide strategic advice on the world's most significant deals, and provide the broadest possible market access to thousands of issuer and investor clients.

APPLICATION DUE: Applications for our 2011 Graduate class will close in March, 2010 Applications for our 2010/’11 Summer Intern Programs will close in July, 2010 Please refer to the website for more information on how to apply

As one of the largest investment banks in the world, our culture is focused on excellence and teamwork. We have a vast array of stimulating and challenging opportunities

GRADUATE AND VACATION PROGRAMMES: Citi has Graduate and Summer Internship programs in a number of our businesses including Investment Banking, Sales & Trading, Investment Research and our Global Transaction Services division.

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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.


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NON-LEGAL DIRECTORY As a Graduate or Summer Intern at Citi you will have the opportunity to work closely with professionals within the business. As a Summer Intern, you will be given tasks similar to that of a full time graduate. The summer internship program is a 10 week program which commences in December with a 3-4 day training program. This begins with orientation and induction sessions during the first day that provide an overview of Citi as well as business-specific training, carried out by skilled instructors drawn from within the business. This comprehensive program is designed to cover the fundamental aspects of the Summer Intern role. Our training program is interactive and participative, ensuring that Summer Interns play a full part in the learning experience thus making the training relevant, stimulating and effective. During your internship we will be evaluating you for a full-time position as a Graduate the following year. Remember that this is a two way process – it is an opportunity for you to evaluate whether this is where you want to take your career as well. Our Graduate Program is a 1 - 3 year program depending on the division that you join. Citi Graduates have the opportunity to attend our

Global Training Programs in New York with other Citi Graduates from around the world. JOB DESCRIPTION FOR A LAW GRADUATE: Please visit our website for further information and descriptions of our Graduate & Intern programs. OTHER INFORMATION: Why join Citi? World class training and development - As a Citi employee, you will have access to some of the best training programs offered by any financial services institution in the world. Global exposure – Citi Australia is the third highest exporter of talent in the Citi network. Our presence in over 100 countries means that we can offer a range of career possibilities across different businesses and locations. Diversity - Citi is one of the most diverse organisations in the world and we believe that diversity is a strategy for success. Citi has also been awarded the "Employer of Choice for Women" citation by the Federal Government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOW)

CREDIT SUISSE WEBSITE: www.credit-suisse.com/careers ADDRESS: Level 41, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000 PHONE: (03) 9280 1666 OTHER OFFICES: Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and other smaller regional offices. FIRM PROFILE: Credit Suisse is one of the world leaders in global financial services, providing private banking, investment banking and asset management services to clients around the world. Credit Suisse is active in over fifty countries, with a team of over 46,000 people.

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We have a strong footprint in the Asia Pacific region, with 15 offices in 13 markets providing advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional and high-net-worth private clients. In Australia we hold strong leading positions across the entire spectrum of financial services and have won a raft of awards for our leading edge and complex deal solutions. The teams in our main hubs of Sydney and Melbourne are made up of highly motivated, intelligent professionals who deliver superior innovation, experience and knowledge to our clients.

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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. OTHER INFORMATION: For additional information, please refer to the local BCG web site: www.bostonconsulting.com.au or global website: www.bcg.com

CITIGROUP WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FASCMILE: EMAIL:

http://oncampus.citi.com Amanda Farrar, Human Resources Level 24, 2 Park Street, Sydney 2000 (03) 8225 2506 (03) 8225 5245 Amanda.farrar@citi.com

OTHER OFFICES: 120 Collins Street, Melbourne

available and are sure to have the role in which you will thrive. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: •

Investment Banking

Sales & Trading

Investment Research

Global Transaction Services

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: FIRM PROFILE: Joining Citi means starting your career at the centre of the world's financial services industry. Joining Citi in Australia gives you the chance for a truly global career.

Visit www.oncampus.citi.com to read more about our specific programs and to apply. Applications will only be accepted online via our website and must include a cover letter (stating grade average) and CV.

As a leading full-service investment bank in Australia and globally, Citi advises industry leaders, governments and institutional investors on the best way to realise their strategic objectives. We provide strategic advice on the world's most significant deals, and provide the broadest possible market access to thousands of issuer and investor clients.

APPLICATION DUE: Applications for our 2011 Graduate class will close in March, 2010 Applications for our 2010/’11 Summer Intern Programs will close in July, 2010 Please refer to the website for more information on how to apply

As one of the largest investment banks in the world, our culture is focused on excellence and teamwork. We have a vast array of stimulating and challenging opportunities

GRADUATE AND VACATION PROGRAMMES: Citi has Graduate and Summer Internship programs in a number of our businesses including Investment Banking, Sales & Trading, Investment Research and our Global Transaction Services division.

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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.


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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 $US27.4 billion in nearly 150 countries MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: • • • • • • • • • •

APPLICATION DUE: Wednesday August 12, 2009 at 5pm PROFESIONAL 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:

Assurance & Advisory Consulting Corporate Finance Corporate Reorganisation Forensic Growth Solutions Risk Services Tax Services Actuarial & Consultants Deloitte Digital

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: We are seeking applications from penultimate and final year students who are completing a degree (single, double or honours) in:         

Online application Group Assessment Partner Interview

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

 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 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.

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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.

ERNST & YOUNG WEBSITE: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE:

www.ey.com/au/careers 8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne (03) 9288 8000 (03) 8650 7704

FIRM PROFILE: Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 135,000 people are united by shared values and an unwavering 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 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

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PROFESIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Career Compass Program

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: Our 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. Students can apply for a Graduate position in their final year of their degree or within 18 months of graduation to join us the following year.

Our Career Compass Program offers high achieving students a unique learning experience that will help you make smart decisions about your professional career.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: We recruit students from a wide range of disciplines including: law, commerce, accounting, business, finance, computing, actuarial studies, business, engineering, IT, science, economics, environmental studies, human resources. Candidates should apply via our online application process at www.ey.com/au/careers

Through structured learning sessions and workshops, you’ll develop interpersonal skills that will help you make the transition from student to professional. And at the end of the program you could have the opportunity to interview for our 2011-12 Vacationer Program before your peers.

APPLICATION DUE: Applications for our 2011 Graduate program will open in early 2010. See our website for further updates.

VACATION PROGRAMMES: Vacationer Program Our Vacationer program is a great way to dip your toe into the working world during your summer university holidays. From day one as a Vacationer you’ll work in a real job with real clients, handling work similar to that of one of our first-year graduates. Many Vacationers are offered full-time positions with us when they’ve finished their studies. With your own responsibilities on client engagements, you’ll be able to put into practice what you’ve been studying at university. You can head back to your studies confident that your career’s already begun.

Over the course of three days we'll introduce you to our professional environment and the culture, people and practice that drive our success. Gain insight as to why Ernst & Young was awarded the BRW Client Choice Award 2009.

Students in the first year of a single or in the third year of a double degree are eligible to apply for the Career Compass program. JOB DESCRIPTION FOR A LAW GRADUATE: Our Tax and Transactions 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 Transactions.

OTHER INFORMATION: Benefits/Opportunities: 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 with us. 

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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

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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. For more information visit our website at www.ey.com/au/careers Find us on Facebook at Ernst & Young Careers – Australia

GOLDMAN SACHS JBWERE WEBSITE: ADDRESS: PHONE: EMAIL:

www.gsjbw.com Level 17, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne +61 3 9679 1111 graduatecareers@gsjbw.com

OTHER OFFICES: In Australia: Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth FIRM PROFILE: Goldman Sachs JBWere is the pre-eminent financial services organisation that provides a wide range of investment, advisory, financing, securities, execution, asset and wealth management services to a substantial and diversified client base including corporations, financial institutions, governments and high net worth individuals. We seek to be the adviser of choice for our clients throughout Australasia and, as part of the Goldman Sachs network, provide leading capabilities that extend to financial markets globally. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Goldman Sachs JBWere is comprised of five key business units that deliver investment solutions and services to our clients  

Asset Management Corporate Advisory (Investment Banking Division)  Principal Investment Area  Private Wealth Management  Securities (including Equities Products and Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities)

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: We run a graduate program each year across the firm. APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: All graduate and intern applications should be submitted via our online form at www.gsjbw.com/careers. Applicants will be asked to upload their current transcript as well as respond in writing to a number of written questions. APPLICATION DUE: Please review website for application dates.

VACATION PROGRAMMES: The summer internship program offers you the opportunity to work at Goldman Sachs JBWere for 11 weeks, taking on real responsibilities and experiencing first hand the opportunities and challenges of being a full-time team member at a global investment bank. Your internship begins with a one-day firmwide orientation where you learn about our culture as well as the benefits and responsibilities of being a team member at Goldman Sachs JBWere. Firmwide orientation is complemented by up to a week of division-specific training — this training focuses on divisional strategies and the skills you need to succeed in the division you have chosen to work in. Throughout the summer, you participate in a firmwide and a division-specific learning series. Firmwide learning provides overviews of all of the firm's divisions and the contributions they make to Goldman Sachs JBWere. The divisional

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the world’s top companies and smaller, fast-growing ones. You’ll be mentored and supported by some of the industry’s most talented professionals.


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and business area learning series discusses the intricacies of, and topics most relevant to, each division. As an intern, you will be assigned a mentor who is outside your immediate working group. This senior person gives you career advice and support and helps you to build your professional network. We also match you to a 'buddy'; an experienced analyst or associate who answers your questions, helps you figure out how to complete your work, shows you where to find the information you need and generally provides any other assistance you might need. PROFESIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Goldman Sachs JBWere has a dedicated Leadership + Learning team focused on providing a comprehensive learning offering to the firm that includes both cross-divisional

forums and e-learning, leveraging the resources available in the local market and Goldman Sachs globally. The team is also responsible for leadership development and has designed leadership pathways and development opportunities for the firm’s future leaders. Depending on the division they join, many graduates may expect to spend an extended period overseas in their first year as part of our graduate training program. Goldman Sachs JBWere values and emphasises diversity - diversity in people, and diversity of opinion and experience. For example we have, for the fourth consecutive year, received a Citation as an Employer of Choice for Women from Equal Opportunity for Women Agency (EOWA). The Employer of Choice for Women citation is a prestigious acknowledgment by EOWA of organisations that are recognising and advancing women in the workplace.

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

www.kpmg.com.au Nicole Frankel, HR Consultant – Graduate Recruitment 147 Collins Street, Melbourne 1800 000 479 (03) 9288 5884 gradmelb@kpmg.com.au

OTHER OFFICES: KPMG has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, with regional offices in Cairns, Darwin, Sunshine Coast, Tasmania and Wollongong. FIRM PROFILE: KPMG is one of the world’s leading professional services firms whose aim is to turn knowledge into value for the benefit of our clients, our people and the capital markets. We offer excellent professional and personal development opportunities which let you build a career that suits you, develop at your own pace, and work and learn from our outstanding professionals.

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MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: • Audit • Middle Market Advisory • Tax • IT Advisory • Internal Audit, Risk and Control Services • Business Performance Services • Government Advisory Services • Financial Risk Management • Corporate Finance • Transaction Services • Restructuring Services GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: KPMG opens the door to a challenging and rewarding career in professional services. You’ll have the opportunity to work with a team of outstanding professionals, whilst enjoying our open and friendly culture. The Graduate program offers participants the opportunity to work with leading organisations ranging from the larger ASX 100s, government enterprises and not-for-profits, to some of the

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APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: How to apply: Applications are to be completed online via the Careers section of our website at kpmg.com.au Interview process: There are four stages in the recruitment process for any one of KPMG’s programs: 1. Application phase Once you've decided to apply for a position with KPMG, you must apply online through the careers section of our website. We will then review your application and decide whether your individual skills, experience and qualifications match our requirements. We aim to respond to your application within five business days. 2. Psychometric assessment If your application is successful you will be invited to complete an abilities assessment, which consists of verbal and a numerical reasoning testing. 3. Final stage – information session, written exercise and interviews The final stage of our recruitment process is a half-day assessment centre where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your talents in a friendly and relaxed environment. The day consists of a written exercise and two one-to-one behavioural based interviews with a partner, director or senior manager from the business group you’ve expressed interest in. After all assessment centre activities are complete we hope you will join us for a relaxed lunch with some of our employees.

4. Our offer If you're successful at the final stage of our process you will be contacted by KPMG and a written offer of employment will be forwarded to you. APPLICATION DUE: Refer to the careers section of kpmg.com.au for position availabilities and application dates. VACATION PROGRAMMES: Within the next few years you’ll be making some life-shaping choices about your desired career path. It’s not too early to start thinking about those choices. Of course you’ll want to make an informed decision, which is where KPMG can help. Each year, we open the door to vacation employment for around 250 students in KPMG’s Vacation Recruitment Program. It’s a great way to earn extra money, gain practical experience and obtain an inside view of potential career options with one of the world’s leading professional services firms. Our 8 week Vacation Program offers students the perfect chance to kick-start their career over the summer holidays. PROFESIONAL DEVELOPMENT: At KPMG, we believe that the more skills you can acquire in your chosen career path, the better equipped you'll be to perform your role, assist your clients and progress your career. This is no empty promise. Once you’ve established a business need to undertake postgraduate studies, entitlements and funding will be provided. JOB DESCRIPTION FOR A LAW GRADUATE: At KPMG we're open to all bright minds. We deliberately recruit across a range of degree disciplines, skills, abilities and backgrounds. We seek and value diversity. We're looking for talented people. Team players who are also innovative thinkers, people who relish the challenge of solving problems and who can communicate their ideas with conviction and passion. People who keep on learning, who want

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to be at the leading edge of their chosen profession, and who want to make a difference. People who display integrity and objectivity in everything they do. If you're that kind of individual, then at KPMG you'll be given the room to be yourself and develop your career in the way you'd like. OTHER INFORMATION: You’ll receive a benefits package that emphasises recognition, choice and flexibility built around your career, lifestyle and personal and family wellbeing. We offer a range of practical benefits and incentives such as:



Payment of professional membership fees  Financial and leave assistance with postgraduate studies  Advanced in-house learning and development KPMG is committed to continuous learning. You’ll enjoy abundant opportunities to hone your technical capabilities, develop your management and leadership skills and obtain advanced postgraduate qualifications. Further, our global network of firms means our people have the opportunity to undertake a domestic or international assignment.

MACQUARIE CAPITAL WEBSITE: ADDRESS: PHONE: EMAIL:

www.macquarie.com/careers 1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000 +612 8232 3333 maccaprecruit@macquarie.com

OTHER OFFICES: In 26 countries across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Americas, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. FIRM PROFILE: Macquarie Group (Macquarie) is a global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services Macquarie’s main business focus is making returns by providing a diversified range of services to clients. Macquarie acts on behalf of institutional, corporate and retail clients and counterparties around the world. Macquarie Group Limited is listed in Australia (ASX:MQG) and is regulated by APRA, the Australian banking regulator, as the owner of Macquarie Bank Limited, an authorised deposit taker. Macquarie also owns a bank in the UK, Macquarie Bank International, which is regulated by the FSA. Macquarie's activities are also subject to scrutiny by other regulatory agencies around the world.

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As an owner and manager of significant community assets, Macquarie works closely with governments around the world to deliver important services including transport, roads, airports and utilities. Specialist funds which manage these assets contributed approximately 13 per cent of Macquarie’s total underlying operating income for the year ended 31 March 2009. Macquarie’s approach to risk management is long-standing. Strong risk management practices are embedded in business unit management with central oversight of credit, market, funding, compliance and operational risk. These, together with committed, quality staff are key drivers of Macquarie’s success Founded in 1969, Macquarie operates in more than 70 office locations in 26 countries. Macquarie employed approximately 12,700 people and had assets under management of $A243 billion at 31 March 2009 GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: We believe our most valuable assets are our people. Our graduates work with some of the best people in the industry, participate in a structured induction and networking program, enjoy on the job training and are provided with a comprehensive range of external and internal

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Typically students join between December and February, and throughout this time benefit from hands-on experience, increased exposure to the financial services sector and an invaluable insight into the career opportunities offered at Macquarie. The Summer Vacation Program gives you a significant advantage when applying for graduate opportunities, providing the ideal opportunity to demonstrate your potential. We encourage interested students to apply via our website.

Please refer to website for more information. VACATION PROGRAMMES: Macquarie’s Summer Vacation Program gives penultimate year students the opportunity to work full-time over the summer break.

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

www.pitcher.com.au Hayley Warne, Human Resources Officer Level 19, 15 William Street, Melbourne 8610 5097 8610 5999 Hayley.Warne@pitcher.com.au

OTHER OFFICES: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. . FIRM PROFILE: Pitcher Partners is an accounting firm with a long standing commitment toproviding personal service and quality advice to privately owned and middle market businesses. For Graduates, it’s a much more interesting prospect than working for huge clients because you’re exposed to a greater diversity of interesting situations, many of which revolve around growth and change. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Tax Consulting and Compliance; Audit and Assurance; Business Advisory; Corporate

Transactions; Investment Advisory; Superannuation; IT Consulting; Business Recovery and Insolvency; Private Clients GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: Positions in 2011: Approximately 30 APPLICATIONS DUE: April (date TBC, refer to website). APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Online application via website. Round of interviews: 2 VACATION PROGRAMMES: Preferred Year – Penultimate Applications Due: September (date TBC, refer to website for Summer 2010/2011 positions) Application Requirements: online via website Summer: Positions in 2010/11 – approximately 30-40. Duration: 4 weeks

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OTHER INFORMATION: Graduate and Vacation positions are available for combined Commerce/Law students with a major in accounting. Applicants must have Australian Permanent Residency

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 FIRM PROFILE: PricewaterhouseCoopers is Australia's leading professional services firm. Professional services is the use of specialist technical knowledge to provide assistance and solve problems. Across the globe PwC helps businesses, charities and governments assess their financial performance and improve the way they work. In Australia PwC employs over 5,000 people in eight cities, providing services to 90 of the ASX top 100 listed companies and 704 companies of the IBIS top 1,000. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Assurance, Tax and Legal, Private Client Services, Advisory and Internal Firm Services GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: If you’re about to graduate and looking for career, not just a job, PwC’s Graduate Program seeks inspired graduates ready to make their mark on the world. Applications open for our Graduate Program in February 2010 and will close as soon as all positions are filled, so it’s more important than ever to apply early! We will start interviewing candidates as soon as applications open, so to save disappointment, please submit your

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application as soon as you can. We will be advertising all of our assessment centre dates so that you can plan your schedule around us. APPLICATIONS DUE: Please refer to website. APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Please refer to website for more information. VACATION PROGRAMMES: If you’re in your penultimate year at university and looking to start your career early, the PwC Vacation Program provides you with a fantastic opportunity to secure your future now. Applications for our Vacation Program will open twice a year, either at the start of Semester 1 or Semester 2, and will close as soon as all positions are filled so it's more important than ever to apply early! We will start interviewing candidates as soon as applications open, so to save disappointment, please submit your application as soon as you can. Please check website for more information. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Our people are what makes PwC stand out as a firm. You will be allocated a coach or development manager who will work with you to provide direction for your career. We’ll give you the relevant technical and professional training, and ensure that you develop skills in teamwork, networking and understanding our clients. Rather than just creating technical experts we aim to develop the whole person.

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www.ubs.com/graduates sh-campus-anz@ubs.com

OTHER OFFICES: Global, local offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland FIRM PROFILE: UBS is one of the world’s leading financial firms. We are a leading global wealth manager, a leading, global investment banking and securities firm, one of the largest global institutional asset managers and the market leader in Swiss commercial and retail 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 Perth. Today, UBS is a market leader and employs more than 1,300 staff in Australia and New Zealand. In 2008, CFO magazine awarded UBS “Best Investment Bank”, an honour also bestowed by Asiamoney, FinancaAsia and Insto magazines. BRW magazine also recognized the strength of the bank’s equities business in its 2008 Best Brokers survey, which UBS won for the third consecutive year. For the fourth consecutive year, UBS was awarded an ‘EOWA Employer of Choice for Women’ (EOCFW) citation by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Investment Bank, Wealth Management, Asset Management GRADUATE RECRUITMENT AREAS: Investment Banking Department; Equities; Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities Global Technology; Operations; Finance; Human Resources and Risk Control APPLICATIONS DUE: Deadlines to be confirmed. Please refer to www.ubs.com/graduates.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS: Competency based online application, competency-based 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 VACATION PROGRAMMES: We offer an eight 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 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. OTHER INFORMATION: For further details and to apply for a position, please refer to our website www.ubs.com/graduates.

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WORKING AT THE ACCC Josh Maldon, Investigator, Graduate (2006) Australian Competition and Consumer Commission I commenced work with the ACCC as a graduate in 2006. I was initially attracted to the ACCC due to its media savvy public profile and its consistent achievement of successful outcomes. It also appealed to me because, unlike the private sector where the motivation is purely for profit, the ACCC assumes responsibility for the economic well-being of all consumers, business and Australian society. My role in the Enforcement Division primarily entails conducting investigations into alleged contraventions of the Trade Practices Act. I have undertaken extensive investigations into domestic and international cartel activity, spanning a range of scales and industries. I have also worked on a number of misleading and deceptive advertising investigations. Most of my time is spent gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence and briefing Counsel in order to gain legal advice and enforce the Act. Typically an investigation will involve substantial witness interviewing, from senior executives of publicly listed companies to individuals from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. My role also involves drafting

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formal correspondence, including ministerial briefings, discussion and research papers and any industry communications regarding compliance with the Act generally. While I was in the Criminal Enforcement Cartel Branch, I undertook an investigation into a large international cartel spanning numerous jurisdictions and involving many well-known corporate identities. During this investigation our team liaised with several foreign competition agencies in order to coordinate and progress our respective investigations. It also involved some very tense negotiations with the counsel of foreign parties in order to organise witness interviews with potentially hostile witnesses without using compulsory information gathering powers. The best thing about my job has been the diverse and interesting matters I am given the opportunity to work on. The fact that my work has a tangible benefit to the Australian economy and consumers is also extremely satisfying.

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WORKING AT THE ALRC

I am in the fifth year of an Arts/Law Degree, and in the closing days of an internship at the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), working fulltime for one month—an experience I would like to share with you. When I began my internship, the ALRC had recently received Terms of Reference for a new Inquiry into family violence, and so I was fortunate enough to witness the process of law reform from nascent beginnings into more solid form. I feel this offered a special perspective on the manner in which the Commission constructs and conducts its inquiries. In some very small way it is akin to the work one might undertake for a research task—but writ immeasurably larger. I was involved in preliminary research and in scoping the boundaries of the Inquiry. As part of my work, I conducted research into the interaction between the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and state and territory legislation, explored state and territory sexual assault and domestic violence provisions, revisited law reform commission reports, and compiled contact details and consultation lists. Interns are able to work independently, but are amply provided with ongoing support and feedback that has the dual purpose of improving your skills and improving your contribution to the Commission’s work. As an intern, it is especially rewarding to see that one’s work—discrete and contained as it may be—plays its part in a greater whole. The ALRC pursues a policy of involving interns as closely as possible in its work, and into the fabric of the Commission. Consequently, a particular privilege of being an intern is the opportunity to sit in on the numerous

consultations the Commission conducts. This Commission consults widely across the community, and at the time of my internship there were many meetings with academics and well-known and experienced figures in the legal community. As a student, it is undeniably thrilling to encounter and learn from people whose work one is familiar with, and have studied. As an intern, one is also privy to internal meetings, staff workshops, planning sessions—and some rather lovely morning teas! It is distinctly satisfying to work alongside people who are as thoroughly enthused and engaged with their work as the team at the Commission. The collaborative nature of their endeavour is evident, and there is a real sense of the profound function of law reform, and connection to the people the law ultimately serves. The office environment is vibrant and sociable, and as an intern the welcome one receives is entirely thoughtful and inviting. You will fall into conversations in corridors, at desks and in the kitchen, encompassing everything from career development to poetry. Coming into work every day always feels like a pleasure and a privilege. Reflecting on my past month working as an intern at the ALRC, I am acutely aware that I have had the honour of an unparalleled opportunity; an insight into law reform, a chance to work alongside passionate professionals and to be involved in utterly compelling work. If you are at all interested in critically examining the law, legal scholarship or law reform, the Commission embodies law reform at the highest: comprehensive, systematic, pragmatic and inspired.

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Mariam Jacob Australian Law Reform Commission


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Anna, 2009 Graduate University of New England As a Law student, what interested you about working at Treasury?

a commercial law firm, and as such I think Treasury offers a broader experience.

My final two years of studying law at university confirmed to me that I wanted to pursue a career in the legal field, as opposed to science which is my other degree. I was unsure though, which part of the legal profession to target, or where my strengths and interests lay.

Can you tell us a bit about Treasury?

I felt that although I had learnt the theory of law at university, I knew that I needed to develop my skills and put this theory into practice in order to be successful in a legal career. I knew that many of the government departments offered excellent skills development, particularly for graduates. The nature of the work at Treasury drew me; I wanted to understand the policy behind the law and be involved in the problem solving processes that shape the law. Further, I wanted to work with people with strengths across law, finance, commerce and economics, to broaden the way I think about and approach issues.

Working at Treasury is challenging as 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 individuals, many government bodies and private sector stakeholders (as opposed to perhaps just one client’s objectives in the private sector).

I was advised by many of my law lecturers that a stint at Treasury would look excellent on my resume if later in my career I decided to pursue a career in the private sector such as a law firm. This view was reinforced when speaking to senior people in the private sector, that experience at Treasury offers you an invaluable asset in terms of exposure, training, experience and understanding, should you decide to move 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. I believe Treasury’s work is more varied than the work of

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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.

Graduates are expected to liaise with senior people on both broad policy issues and areas of complex detail - you could find yourself dealing with 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 and 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

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Working in the Business Tax 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 income tax issues; drafting media releases; research on tax and industry issues both in Australia and internationally, for example Canada (for briefings, policy development and legislative change); researching, preparing advice and writing drafting instructions for amendments to income tax laws; assisting with the many steps required for legislative amendments; and, liaising with senior members of the Australian Taxation Office, and private industry stakeholders. 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. 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) find that their work is challenging and they have job satisfaction. From my experience Treasury staff enjoy the

variety of tasks and subject matter they deal with on a day-to-day basis, the people, and being genuinely valued and respected as a staff member. I have found the people at Treasury to be helpful and friendly, and management to be approachable and easily accessible. 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 often am asked my opinion on issues by senior members of Treasury. 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 are 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. Treasury is supportive of its staff, particularly graduates, and invests heavily in their professional development. The graduate training program is extensive, particularly in the first six months. It provides an opportunity to develop technical skills and expand knowledge of government processes, including the operations of the House of Representatives and the Senate. 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. I have just started the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice through the Australian National University (ANU), during which Treasury has supported and mentored me, providing studies assistance economically and through study leave. Additionally, Treasury also encourages non-economics students to study an Introduction to Economics course run by ANU. The calibre of training we receive is outstanding.

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WORKING AT THE VGSO Elizabeth Morrow Solicitor Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office I commenced my Articles of Clerkship at the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) in 2008, and was admitted as a solicitor earlier this year. I really enjoyed my Articles year. All the Articled Clerks rotated through each of the VGSO's Branches - Litigation, Victoria Police, Administrative Law, and Commercial & Property. Three months doesn't sound like a long time to spend in a Branch, but I'm glad we had the chance to experience the legal work undertaken by the VGSO comprehensively.

assigned a Mentor in each branch who supervised us and answered any questions. We were also given a 'buddy' who we met with regularly for lunch and coffee, and who provided encouragement and advice throughout the Articles year. Now that I've settled full-time into the VGSO's Victoria Police Branch, I have a great Manager who has encouraged me to make the most of professional development opportunities and has supported my decision to return to university to complete my Masters part-time.

One of the best things about my Articles year was the level of responsibility entrusted to us, as well as the wide variety of the work. I was given my own files, worked first hand on multi-million dollar matters, and even got to chair a client meeting! After six years at university, I was really eager to put my Law degree into practice, and the VGSO definitely gave me that opportunity.

The work undertaken by VGSO is often high-profile and topical. Currently, the VGSO's Litigation Branch is representing the State in the Royal Commission into the Black Saturday fires. At the Victoria Police branch, I provide legal advice to our police force on everything from the management of sex offenders to the misuse of the police logo. I find it personally rewarding to see that the legal advice provided by VGSO makes a real impact on the State of Victoria

The people at VGSO are a big factor in making my work enjoyable. Throughout Articles, we were

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WORKING AT VICTORIA LEGAL AID A Day in the Life of an Articled Clerk

I applied to work at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) because I wanted a career that I was passionate about. At a broad level I wanted to work for an organisation committed to ensuring every individual has equal access to the legal system and, ultimately, justice. On a day to day level I wanted to work with interesting clients, people experiencing systemic disadvantage, from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds, with physical or intellectual disabilities and/or mental health issues.

managing your own file load and develop your confidence appearing regularly in court. Articled Clerks (or New Lawyers) are also introduced to the Legal Information and Publications Services and the Grants Division with VLA and provided with a range of structured training opportunities. I particularly enjoyed undertaking in house advocacy training by experienced practitioners in criminal, family, human rights and civil law and an intensive migration and refugee law course run by the Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre.

Articles at VLA lived has certainly lived up to these expectations. I found the day to day work diverse, interesting, at times challenging but extremely rewarding and I have enjoyed working with experienced practitioners committed to the needs of their clients.

This diverse experience provides an excellent insight into all services that VLA provides equipping you to assist future clients in a holistic manner. Whilst at times you undertake significant responsibility I always felt supported and supervised by experienced practitioners. In particular I have enjoyed

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Family law - child contact, divorce, child support matters and the Round Table Dispute management service Youth law - child protection and criminal matters Criminal law - indictable and summary matters Human Rights and Civil law - immigration, social security, anti discrimination, tenancy, mental health, guardianship/administration, infringements and Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal matters

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Developing my advocacy experience appearing regularly in Melbourne and regional Magistrates Courts and at various tribunals. Providing legal advice, information and referrals to clients under supervision Undertaking substantial casework in a range of jurisdictions Briefing and instructed counsel in family and criminal matters; and Attending advice services at various prisons and psychiatric hospitals.

In summary Articles at VLA has provided me with hands on experience in a diverse range of practice areas from which I feel well equipped to advance my legal career.

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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 Sector 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 Sector 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 and the Victorian Law Reform Commission among others. The internships are 20 days 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.

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. 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 Sector Internship Program will help you make an informed choice – and might even provide that often elusive “foot in the door”. Further information can be www.victorialawfoundation.org.au

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WEBSITE: www.ag.gov.au CONTACT: Graduate Coordinator PHONE: 02 6141 3574 EMAIL: graduatecoordinator.ag.gov.au GRADUATE WORK: The Department offers graduates: • work rotations offering practical experience • a comprehensive induction program plus training and development activities throughout the year • a competitive starting salary plus superannuation • mentoring from highly experienced AGD officers to assist with the transition into the Department and Canberra • relocation assistance from interstate to Canberra • flexible working conditions Not everyone who works for the Attorney-General’s Department has legal training. While many of the Department’s employees do hold law degrees, many come from a variety of backgrounds. AGD’s graduates need to be motivated, enthusiastic, possess integrity, and have strong communication, interpersonal, analytical and research skills. We are looking for Graduates with any of the following backgrounds: Accounting, Arts, Business, Commerce, Economics, Humanities, Information Technology, Law, Political Science, Public Administration and Social Sciences.

The Graduate Program is designed to assist you to develop your professional skills and abilities. There are two main components of the Graduate Program: • three work placements of four months each. As you work through different areas of the Department you will experience new challenges which will help you to develop your potential and new skills. • professional training modules – throughout the year, you will participate in a number of learning and development courses targeted to the professional development requirements of a recent university graduate new to the Australian Public Service. This includes an intensive orientation program. Graduates work on a diverse range of projects and may have the opportunity to work in: • Civil Justice and Legal Services Group • National Security and Criminal Justice Group APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be Australian Citizens and hold, as a minimum, a qualification equivalent to a three year Australian undergraduate degree prior to commencement. Health, security and character clearances, and evidence of qualifications must also be met. APPLICATION PROCESS: online application – see website

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FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally) Total Principals: N/A - total staff 780 Total Solicitors: N/A Other offices: All capital cities & Townsville

MAIN PRACTICE AREAS  Trade Practices Act Enforcement  Mergers & Asset Sales  Regulation of Telecommunications  Regulation of Gas & Electricity Markets  Regulation of Water  Regulation of Transport & General Prices Oversight  Regulation of Fuel  Adjudication  Product Safety PRO BONO WORK: N/A SIGNATORY TO GUIDELINES? No

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TRAINEESHIPS: Graduate Program only Positions in 2011: 20 nationwide No. of rotations: 3 APPLICATIONS DUE: May 2010 APPLICATION PROCESS: online application – see website PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Our program focuses on providing graduates with extensive on-the-job learning. This is complemented by a comprehensive formal training program. Graduates take part in three fourteen-week rotations through different functional areas, one of which maybe an interstate rotation. FIRM PROFILE: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is the peak national agency for promoting competition, fair trading and consumer protection. Employees of the ACCC are also able to work for the Australian Energy Regulator which has responsibility for economic regulation of the gas and electricity markets, and enforcement of the gas and electricity codes. With offices in each capital city and in Townsville, we employ nearly 800 staff.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SOLICITOR WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: Street:

www.ags.gov.au Raelene McPherson, HR Manager

Other offices: Nationally 380 lawyers in located in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart

Level 21, 200 Queen Street Melbourne 3000

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.

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FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally) Total Lawyers: 60 (Melbourne)

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APPLICATION PROCESS: Generally there will be one or two round of interviews. Further information can be found at www.ags.gov.au under “Careers @ AGS”. Rotations: 3 - 4

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

AUSTRALIAN LAW REFORM COMMISSION WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS:

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www.alrc.gov.au Research Manager Level 25 135 King Street Sydney NSW 2000 02 8238 6333 02 8238 6363 internship@alrc.gov.au

ORGANISATION 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 comply with Australia’s international obligations. Recent examples of ALRC inquiries include family violence, royal commissions, secrecy, privacy, sedition, evidence, sentencing, and genetic discrimination. The ALRC usually works on two inquiries at any particular time, ranging from technical

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aspects of the law to questions of broad legal and social policy. The ALRC conducts extensive consultations with the legal profession, interested organisations and the community to inform its research. INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: The ALRC does not offer a graduate recruitment program. Most legal officers have had two or more years experience before joining the ALRC. The ALRC provides opportunities for interns to work alongside Commissioners and legal staff on a voluntary basis. The ALRC accepts law students from Australian and international universities and tertiary institutions. It is possible to serve one day a week for one semester, or for four weeks full-time during a semester, or during winter or summer breaks. An internship at the ALRC provides you with hands on experience in law reform at a

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‘Reflecting on my past month working as an intern at the ALRC, I am acutely aware that I have had the honour of an unparalleled opportunity; an insight into law reform, a chance to work alongside passionate professionals and to be involved in utterly compelling work.’ (Mariam Jacob, University of NSW). ‘I think this will be an influential experience for me, as it will inform my career aspirations and ultimate choices in law and public policy. The ALRC has set a very high standard regarding the type of work environment I hope to enjoy in my own career’ (Peter Fox, University of Maryland). INDIGENOUS INTERNSHIP: The ALRC is in the process of developing an internship program for Indigenous law

students. Please check the ALRC website (www.alrc.gov.au) for details. APPLICATION PROCESS: The number of internships on offer varies according to the work program of the ALRC. However, the ALRC generally accepts around two to three interns at any one time. The selection criteria for the internship are available on the ALRC website. 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. 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 (www.alrc.gov.au).

AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION WEBSITE: CONTACT: EMAIL:

www.asic.gov.au Graduate Recruitment Team graduateprogram@asic.gov.au

GRADUATE WORK: Rotating through different key areas of the business in your first 12 months you will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced people and maximise your exposure and experience across ASIC functions.

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Please refer to website for more information. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: See website. APPLICATION PROCESS: Our employment decisions are based on merit and take a complete approach to selecting the most suitable graduates. Each step of the

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AUSTRALIAN TAX OFFICE WEBSITE: www.ato.gov.au CONTACT: Graduate Managers OTHER OFFICES: Australia-wide GRADUATE WORK: 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. Make your career with us and you will: • work in the largest single entity in the tax industry • work at the leading edge of tax administration • be a contributor to the ongoing development of our nation’s social and economic environment • help set standards for the tax profession • develop your technical skills to world standard • have support from industry experts • join a significant, respected, national employer • work in an innovative and design-orientated organisation • have a work and life balance, as we have flexible working hours • enjoy excellent working conditions, and • have great superannuation benefits. We value the diversity your discipline brings and we know that one job style does not fit all. So we offer a number of different specialities

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or streams in our Graduate Program, depending on your qualifications. The different graduate program streams we offer are: 1. Graduate Taxation Program Law, Finance, Accounting, Taxation and Economics – Graduate Taxation Officer (GTO) Development Program. 2. Graduate IT Program 3. Graduate Design Officer 4. Graduate Marketing Communications Officer 5. Graduate Corporate/Strategic People Management Please refer to website for more information. APPLICATIONS DUE: Refer to website APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: To apply, you must be in the final year of study of (or have completed) a relevant bachelor degree. You must have completed that degree before starting our programs. We are interested in graduates with relevant degrees as the Tax Office has several development streams. You don’t have to be a recent graduate to apply for our programs. You may have completed your qualifications some time ago, and have relevant work experience, or you may have taken a break from work for lifestyle reasons. Applicants with at least a 50% credit average or higher achievement are encouraged to apply. After screening, you may be invited to participate in an assessment event and an interview for one or more of these streams.

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DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE WEBSITE: www.dfat.gov.au/recruit/graduates CONTACT: Graduate Recruitment Unit ADDRESS: RG Casey Building, John McEwen Cres, Barton ACT 0221 PHONE: (02) 6261 2736 FACSIMILE: (02) 6261 2458 EMAIL: gradrec@dfat.gov.au

achievements, community activities and skills such as foreign language abilities.

TRAINEESHIPS: The Graduate Trainee Program is for applicants from all academic backgrounds and will prepare you for a career as a generalist policy officer. Graduate Trainees work to advance Australia's interests across a broad range of areas - from security to trade - and represent Australia in a formal capacity while serving overseas.

FIRM 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.

APPLICATIONS DUE: Refer to website. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: As a minimum, applicants for our graduate program need a three-year Bachelor degree from an Australian university, or a degree recognised by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition as equivalent. They must also hold, or have been granted, Australian citizenship by the date of the written test.

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OFFICE OF PARLIAMENTARY COUNSEL WEBSITE: CONTACT:

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www.ocpc.vic.gov.au Terry Evans Manager, Business Administration Level 2, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne, 3002 9651 2103 9651 2107 terry.evans@dpc.vic.gov.au

FIRM COMPOSITION: The Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (OCPC) is the legislative drafting office for the State of Victoria. The primary role of the Office is to enable the implementation of government policy by transforming drafting instructions into Bills for Cabinet and then Parliament. The Office employs approx 40 staff, including 23 lawyers. MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: OCPC lawyers draft legislation across the full spectrum of State law, and frequently develop substantial expertise in one or more fields. Bills may deal with a diverse range of subjects, including constitutional law, administrative law, human rights law, tax law, environmental law, property law and criminal law. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: NO PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM? NO PARALEGAL WORK: NO TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: The Office does not offer graduate employment or traineeships to students. However, the Office offers vacation employment over summer for law students (max 2 positions, preferably about to commence their last year, or having just completed their last year of Science/Law,

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Arts/Law, Commerce/Law, Economics/Law). These placements are usually for 6 weeks either side of Christmas. APPLICATIONS DUE: Applications close 31 March, 2010 for positions for 2010/11. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must enclose a copy of their CV, together with a covering letter and copy of their results APPLICATION PROCESS: Shortlisted applicants are required to attend interview FIRM PROFILE: Legislative drafting is one of the most important legal tasks carried out by lawyers in government. A lawyer in private practice may draft a legal instrument that affects the rights and interests of a handful of parties, but in drafting legislation OCPC lawyers draft legal instruments that directly impact on the lives of people throughout Victoria. This impact is also often long-lasting—as any law student or lawyer knows, statutes can remain on the books for decades or even longer. It would be difficult to find anything in private legal practice that offers a lawyer a similar chance to engage in work of such lasting importance to the community. A career with OCPC also offers a great opportunity for those with an interest in the workings of Parliament. Naturally, the main role of OCPC is to draft Bills for the Government. However, OCPC lawyers also draft Bills for private members, and amendments to Bills as they make their way through Parliament. From this vantage point, OCPC lawyers gain a unique insight into the procedures and political processes of Parliament. OCPC lawyers also have a critical role to play in the development of subordinate legislation.

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An OCPC lawyer must have a solid grounding in the law in general, but that is only the foundation of what we look for. In addition, the following are all essential traits for becoming a legislative drafter— • clarity of thought; • creativity and problem-solving skills of a high order;

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a flair for the written word coupled with a commitment to plain English; attention to detail and a passion for precision.

OTHER INFORMATION: The entry level requirement for ongoing legislative drafting roles with the Office is to have been admitted, or be qualified for admission, as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. The Office advertises all new drafting positions through the Victorian Government Careers Website www.careers.vic.gov.au. Instructions on how to apply will always be found on the website if a position is advertised. There is no set time for the advertisement of new positions - this will depend on vacancies becoming available within the Office.

THE TREASURY WEBSITE: www.graduates.treasury.gov.au Rebecca Norton CONTACT: Graduate Coordinator ADDRESS: The Treasury Langton Crescent PARKES ACT 2600 PHONE: (02) 6263 3298 FACSIMILE: (02) 6263 3275 EMAIL: graduate.recruitment@treasury.gov.u FIRM COMPOSITION: N/A MAIN PRACTICE AREAS (Please LIST the main areas of practice) N/A PRO BONO WORK: N/A SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES? N/A PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM?N/A PARALEGAL WORK: N/A TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: Exact number of positions for Treasury’s 2011 Graduate Intake yet to be determined, but likely to be around 40 to 50.

No. of rotations: 1 Details of traineeship program (for 2011): The Commonwealth Department of Treasury offers graduates a challenging and rewarding career with the potential to shape Australia’s future through policy analysis and advice. Based in Canberra, Treasury offers a single placement graduate program. This is consistent with our approach of treating graduates as colleagues, not trainees, which means our graduates tackle the most current issues and undertake a wide range of interesting projects, gaining a wealth of experience along the way. We are looking for graduates with a genuine interest in public policy and excellent academic results in one or more of the following areas: - Economics and/or Econometrics - Law - Mathematics - Commerce

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Every statutory rule made in Victoria is either drafted or settled by our lawyers. OCPC helps to ensure that subordinate legislation is legally valid as well as legally effective. This is an important and interesting task – a substantial amount of subordinate legislation is made each year regulating a wide range of activities, which makes this task as significant in its impact on society as the preparation of Bills for Parliament.


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APPLICATION PROCESS: Online applications can be submitted from March 2010 at 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 participate in the Graduate Development Program. The Program offers a range of development opportunities, including in-house and external training courses, familiarisation tours and participation in key events such as the Budget lock-up and post-Budget question time. You will also be supported by senior Treasury staff through extensive on-the-job training. The Graduate Program provides an opportunity to learn new skills, while developing those you already have.

FIRM PROFILE: Treasury has a proud history as the government’s premier adviser on economic policy, and today our 950 employees are at the forefront of Australian economic analysis and policy development. By providing advice to the Treasurer and the Australian Government, Treasury’s work directly impacts the lives of all Australians. No matter the issue of the day, we are involved. Reform of the Australian tax system, competition and consumer regulation and development of trade agreements are just a few of the issues in which we play a key role. The diversity of our work is one of our greatest strengths. As a graduate, you could be working in a number of different roles, from developing and implementing legislative amendments, to designing tax legislation or economic and social policies. Whatever you do, you will be exposed to challenging and interesting work, where you can use your current skills as well as developing new ones. There really is no better place to make a difference to the wellbeing of all Australians. OTHER INFORMATION: Please see article written by a current graduate about her experience as a law graduate working at Treasury.

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT SOLICITOR’S OFFICE WEBSITE: CONTACT:

www.vgso.vic.gov.au Katherine Jeffery Human Resources Manager ADDRESS: Level 25 121 Exhibition Street Melbourne Vic 3000 PHONE: 03 8684 0444 FACSIMILE: 03 8684 0449 EMAIL: humanresources@vgso.vic.gov.au FIRM COMPOSITION (Nationally): Total principals: N/A Total Solicitors: 100

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OTHER OFFICES: Level 33, 80 Collins Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 & Level 8, 637 Flinders Street, Melbourne Vic 3005 MAIN PRACTICE AREAS:  Administrative Law  Commercial Law  Constitutional Law  Coronial Inquests  Crown Land  Freedom of Information and Privacy  Human Rights and public interest  IP and Technology

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PRO BONO WORK: The VGSO offers pro bono opportunities for secondments at the North Melbourne Legal Centre which provide VGSO lawyers the chance to give back to the community. SIGNATORY TO LIV TRAINEESHIP GUIDELINES: All dates in relation to the recruitment of Trainees are subject to the LIV guidelines. The VGSO adheres to the guidelines and will be making general offers on Monday, 12 April 2010 at 9 am. PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM:NO PARALEGAL WORK: N/A TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2011: Up to 6 positions are available commencing March each year. No. of rotations: 4 x 3 month rotations through the main practice areas of Litigation, Commercial and Property, Victoria Police Centre, and our Administrative Law Branch (including Planning and Environment Law). Details of traineeship program (for 2011): 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 our main areas of practice. You will also receive training through the College of Law and Leo Cussens to successfully complete the Values and Skills components as well as some Practice Areas of the Traineeship program. Trainees will be exposed 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. Other highlights include our mentor program, in-house and external learning and development, and a high degree of client contact from day one. APPLICATIONS DUE: Application dates for 2011 Traineeships are not yet confirmed however they will open from December 2009 or January 2010 and will close in January or February 2010. Please visit our website after October 2009 www.vgso.vic.gov.au for confirmed dates. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: The VGSO is looking for Trainees who have varied interests, are motivated, show initiative and good interpersonal skills, lead balanced lives and have strong academic results in a legal qualification. Applications can be submitted to Katherine Jeffery, Human Resources Manager at humanresources@vgso.vic.gov.au. Whilst we prefer applications to be submitted electronically, we will accept applications via post or fax. 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 copy of your relevant academic transcripts. APPLICATION PROCESS: Arrangements for interviews will commence on Monday, 15 March 2010 and then first round panel interviews will commence from Wednesday, 17 March 2010. Second round interviews will be conducted by the Victorian Government Solicitor.

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Offers will be made from 9am on Monday, 12 April 2010 and the successful applicants will commence their Traineeship in March 2011. 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-house and by institutions such as the Law Institute of Victoria and IPAA (Institute of Public Administration of Australia). Trainees will also receive training through the College of Law and Leo Cussens to successfully complete the Values and Skills components as well as some Practice Areas of the Traineeship Program. FIRM PROFILE: The VGSO is a specialist legal practice providing legal services to government. With a total of 180 staff members, comprising lawyers, trainees and support staff, the VGSO is involved in advising government clients, including Ministers, senior public servants and statutory agencies on a wide range of legal issues. VGSO provides an excellent

opportunity to work across a broad range of issues and experience unique areas of law such as government procurement, constitutional issues and Charter of Human Rights. Our clients are looking for legal advice and solutions that offer meaningful outcomes and effective risk management, given their unique government context. Our unique government expertise, commercial know-how and shared values mean we know and understand Government law. OTHER INFORMATION: VGSO Trainees gain exposure to fundamental government legal issues whilst having high level involvement with files as they work closely with senior lawyers and clients. Our Trainees work on interesting and high-profile matters, with a great deal of autonomy and responsibility. VGSO staff are offered a range of entitlements and benefits such as casual attire on Fridays, a friendly working culture, discounted health insurance, Friday Evening Drinks (FED), health and well-being initiatives, learning and professional development opportunities, generous leave entitlements, salary sacrificing options and, a work/life balance as there is more to life than work.

VICTORIA LAW FOUNDATION WEBSITE: www.victorialawfoundation.org.au CONTACT: Kathy Hope ADDRESS: 5/43 Hardware Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 PHONE: 9604 8181 FACSIMILE: 9602 2449 EMAIL: Internship@victorialawfoundation.org.au FIRM COMPOSITION: Melbourne Office: Approx. 14 members of staff.

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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 April. Refer to our website for further details. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Selection criteria Successful applicants will be enrolled in a Victorian law course and possess:

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Applications should be forwarded to: Kathy Hope Education Programs Manager Victoria Law Foundation Level 5, 43 Hardware Lane Melbourne VIC 3000 Telephone: (03) 9604 8181 Email: internship@victorialawfoundation.org.au APPLICATION PROCESS: The 2010 schedule is subject to change, so please consult our website for details. We aim to conduct interviews around May 2010 and finalise both mid-year and summer placements in June. Unsuccessful applicants are eligible to reapply in a later year.

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PUBLIC SECTOR DIRECTORY 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.

Sector Internship Program for law students, the Law Talks outreach program for rural and regional secondary schools and communities, and 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.

Each year the Foundation awards more than $500,000 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), management of the Legal

OTHER INFORMATION: For further details, refer to our website at www.victorialawfoundation.org.au

VICTORIAN LEGAL AID WEBSITE: CONTACT: ADDRESS: PHONE: FACSIMILE: EMAIL:

www.legalaid.vic.gov.au Leah Borsboom 350 Queen Street, Melbourne 03 9269 0537 03 9269 0143 nlp@vla.vic.gov.au

OTHER OFFICES: Regional offices: Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Broadmeadows, Dandenong, Frankston, Geelong, Horsham, Morwell, Preston, Ringwood, Shepparton, Sunshine, Warrnambool MAIN PRACTICE AREAS: Victoria Legal Aid’s mandate is to protect legal rights, with an emphasis on the rights of the marginalised and economically disadvantaged. With over 550 staff and 14 regional offices Victoria Legal Aid is the largest and most accessible criminal law, family law, youth law and human rights practice in Victoria. In the Criminal Law Practice, our staff practice in the areas of summary and indictable crime, and provide a prison advice service. The practice also has a team of in-house advocates, the Public Defenders’ Unit. The Family, Youth & Civil Law Practice operates in the diverse areas of family law, youth law,

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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. 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: No PRIORITY OFFER SYSTEM: No PARALEGAL WORK: No TRAINEESHIPS: Positions in 2010: TRAINEESHIPS: Seven positions will be offered to first and second year lawyers, consisting of:  four positions based in our Melbourne office  one position based in a rural regional office

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No of rotations: Rotating placements to five key areas including; criminal law, family, youth and civil law and a regional office.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

two positions for applicants from an indigenous background You can apply for both Melbourne based and regional based positions. If you are an applicant from an Indigenous background you may apply for all three of the above categories.

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 in March 2010.

Further information about our New Lawyers Program at VLA can be obtained from the website at www.legalaid.vic.gov.au

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: The New Lawyer Program is designed specifically for 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. APPLICATION PROCESS: Students apply via our website www.legalaid.vic.gov.au after the application opening date.

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