Weekly Wrap-Up: Week 10
Now we’re all finished with Careers Week, it’s time to rest up and work on your personal wellbeing and recover before the storm hits in a few weeks when exam and application season begins! We understand it’s that time of year when every law student starts to get busier and busier. So to help you through this time, the LSA has you covered with Wellbeing Week. The theme of this week is to promote overall health and wellbeing of students as they pursue their degrees. We’ve got a bunch of fun and helpful events this week and we can’t wait to see you there!
Are you stressed? Saving money? Love eating baked goods? Well your time has come. From Monday – Wendesday this week between 11:00AM – 1:00PM we will have freshly baked goods for you in the Agora for a single gold coin donation. Come and have a friendly chat to us about absolutely anything as you wait for your next class; it’s what we’re here for!
If that’s not enough, we also have our very own adorable DELTA DOGS returning for a friendly pat. Hold on tightly to those baked goods though, Murphy and her furry pals will be watching for their chance!
Still not enough? Well, let us appeal to your sense of altruism. We will also be collecting donations for the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation to create awareness of depression and anxiety within the legal profession. This is a huge challenge the legal industry is trying to overcome and raising awareness is just the first step!
101 Seminar – Exam Success
If you like scoring high and making the most of your time studying, come along to this free event! Sometimes the hardest thing to do is become motivated to study and often the stress can get to you. This workshop is aimed towards helping law students stay calm and collected during exams and to help you perform at full capacity on the day! If you feel this will help you, come along. Also, refreshments are provided for free!
Tuesday at 1:00PM in the Moot Court.
No Dumb Questions: How to get ahead in law school
In keeping with this theme, we present to you our second seminar aimed at improving grades and overall legal knowledge. This will be a Q&A style panel that will compromise of La Trobe faculty and the LSA President, Mariam Francis. Our guests will answer your questions on anything and everything related to improving your law experience. Law school is what you make of it and it’s up to you to embrace this opportunity to ask questions when you still have the chance. Definitely not an event to be missed!
Wednesday 1:00PM – 2:00PM in the Moot Court.
Ashurst Competitions Grand Final Night
This evening is the culmination of all the effort our competitors have put in throughout semester 2, 2016 and semester 1, 2017. Come along and take notes on speaking styles and strategies in this fantastic opportunity to prepare for your own journey into mooting if you choose to participate next semester. We have a series of real judges who will test our very own La Trobe law students on their research into cases and their knowledge of the law. Definitely a unique event and great fun! Entry is just a gold coin donation.
Wednesday 5:00PM to 9:00PM in the Federal Circuit Court, 305 William Street.
If you like the idea of receiving a free yoga session, make sure to come along to this event on Thursday. Whether you’ve got a few muscle aches or need a chance to unwind and relax, this lesson will prove invaluable to helping you stay calm and unleash some tension!
Thursday 10:00 at the Sports Centre
Succeeding in Law School
Lastly we’ll be wrapping up Wellbeing Week with a panel of past La Trobe Law Students who will share their experiences, struggles and strategies they used to push past it all to succeed. Again, this is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions and stay motivated for what’s to come in your degree!
Thursday 12:00PM in the Moot Court
For those of you who missed out on firm seminars and the cocktail night, you can still pick up a Careers Guide from our office for $15. This guide has application dates for many Melbourne firms and other legal bodies and provides a great comprehensive strategy for how to frame your applications and also the requirements the firms themselves have set out for their applicants. With the price of law school and law books being high, don’t regret skimping out when it comes to a small expense for helping you get a graduate job.
PLT Information Session
Last week was jam packed with careers themed events and the first in our line-up was the Practical Legal Training Information Session. Many of you will do some form of PLT after law school. Before you become an accredited lawyer, you are required to first have a PLT certificate, work experience in a law firm as a graduate or both. This was an important event as some firms who award you with a graduate position will still require you to attend some PLT classes before you are able to become a lawyer. Many of our questions were answered in this event and it was a great opportunity to ask questions about what to expect when we graduate!
MinterEllison Clerkship Seminar
Next up we have a few information sessions from some of Melbourne’s top firms. Our first seminar with one of these firms was by MinterEllison in their city branch. If you’re thinking of applying as a clerk or graduate, this was a perfect opportunity to ask the lawyers giving the presentation all our questions on becoming a clerk and what to expect working at MinterEllison. This was also a great opportunity to write down what sort of qualities they are looking for in their applicants. Definitely a useful seminar!
KWM Clerkship Seminar and Lunch
The very next day we had another information session with a prestigious firm many of you will be applying for, KWM. Again, this was a perfect chance to ask questions, write answers and establish rapport with KWM lawyers face to face. Not an opportunity to be missed! The complimentary lunch afterwards was definitely a bonus to the afternoon as well!
Clayton Utz Clerkship Seminar
On Wednesday we had another fantastic seminar from a HR representative, a junior lawyer and a senior partner from Clayton Utz in their city branch. Again, this was a great chance to ask Clayton Utz lawyers tips on what they look for in their applicants, scope out the competition and start thinking of what to prepare on your profile on CV mail.
Clerkship Success Panel
For those of you who were a bit lost on where to start, this was the event is for you. This completely free panel was a Q&A style discussion with four of La Trobe’s very own students who have been successful in their clerkship applications. Armed with a pen and paper, many students recorded the hot tips given by those who made it to the next step to becoming a lawyer!
Careers Cocktail Night
Our last event this week was the Careers Cocktail Night. All attendees enjoyed their two complimentary drinks and canapés as they discussed their firm applications with a large number of different legal bodies. We met representatives from Allens, Ashurst, Baker McKenzie, Clayton Utz, Hall & Wilcox, Herbert Smith Freehills, King & Wood Mallesons, Lander & Rogers, Thomson Geer and Minter Ellison. With the market being so competitive, the stakes are high and it is important to jump on every opportunity available to raise your chances of getting that first interview! This was a fantastic event and definitely worth the price of admission.
And that’s a wrap! Be sure to check out next week’s publication for our latest updates on LSA events!