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Careers Guide 2010
    Your Degree. Your Future. Your Choice.

TULS Careers
Guide                                                                   2010
 Disclaimer: The viewpoints and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily shared by the Editor, or by TULS. All
information presented in this document is correct as of 1 March 2010 and is subject to change without notice. TULS accepts no
responsibility for any of the information presented in this document. The information presented is merely advisory and should not
be relied upon without verification. Legitimate Expectations 2010 is prepared and distributed free of charge in the understanding
that the editor, authors and other individuals involved with the publication are in no way responsible for the results of their actions
or omissions on the basis of any information provided.


           Loren Atkins

           2010 TULS Careers and Social Justice Officer

Sponsoring Firms

  Any careers related enquiries in 2010 should be directed to Loren Atkins, Career’s Officer
                              2010 at careers.tuls@gmail.com

Deans Welcome ...................................................................................................................................... 1

Editorial ................................................................................................................................................... 3

Admission Requirements ........................................................................................................................ 4

   Tasmania ............................................................................................................................................. 4

   Victoria ................................................................................................................................................ 4

   New South Wales ................................................................................................................................ 6

   Queensland ......................................................................................................................................... 7

   South Australia .................................................................................................................................... 7

   Western Australia ............................................................................................................................... 7

   Australian Capital Territory ................................................................................................................. 8

The Professional Legal Training Program................................................................................................ 9

Australian Laws Students’ Association Welcome ................................................................................. 10

Law Course Structure ............................................................................................................................ 12

   Core Units ......................................................................................................................................... 12

   Elective Units..................................................................................................................................... 14

   Honours............................................................................................................................................. 15

Clerkships .............................................................................................................................................. 16

   The Application Process .................................................................................................................... 17

   Overview of the Clerkship Experience .............................................................................................. 19

   To Clerk or Not to Clerk?................................................................................................................... 20

   Clerking at Allens Arthur Robinson ................................................................................................... 21

Creating a Successful Job Application ................................................................................................... 25

   Resume Writing ................................................................................................................................ 25

   Cover Letters ..................................................................................................................................... 28

   Phone Interviews .............................................................................................................................. 30

   Interviews.......................................................................................................................................... 30

   Interview Practice Questions ............................................................................................................ 33

Graduate Options Beyond the Firms .................................................................................................... 34

   Australian Stock Exchange: ASX ........................................................................................................ 35

   Department of Treasury and Finance ............................................................................................... 35

   Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading ................................................................................................... 36

   Legal Ombudsman ............................................................................................................................ 36

   Australian Institute of Criminology ................................................................................................... 36

   Anti-Discrimination Commission – TAS............................................................................................. 37

   Legal Aid ............................................................................................................................................ 37

   Health Complaints Commission ........................................................................................................ 38

   United Nations Association of Australia ........................................................................................... 38

   Postgraduate Study ........................................................................................................................... 39

   How to get involved in post graduate study…and other tales.......................................................... 40

Careers Advisory Service at UTAS and Career Hub ............................................................................... 41

Judges Associateships ........................................................................................................................... 42

Investment Banking .............................................................................................................................. 43

Government Department Graduate Positions...................................................................................... 44

   Attorney General’s Department ....................................................................................................... 44

Improving Your Curriculum Vitae ......................................................................................................... 45

   UTAS Legal Competitions and ALSA Conference .............................................................................. 46

   University Exchange .......................................................................................................................... 48

   North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency Internship .................................................................... 49

   United Nations .................................................................................................................................. 50

   Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission internship ........................................................ 51

   Tim Hawkins Memorial Scholarship .................................................................................................. 52

Pro Bono Work ...................................................................................................................................... 54

   Volunteering with Community Legal Services .................................................................................. 54

   Volunteering at the Mental Health Tribunals ................................................................................... 54

   The Student Legal Service ................................................................................................................. 55

   Volunteering with the Environment Defenders Office ..................................................................... 55

Firm Directory ....................................................................................................................................... 56

Deans Welcome
        Margaret Otlowski
As the new incoming Dean and Head and School, I would like to
take this opportunity on behalf of all academic, general and
library staff to welcome returning students back to the Faculty
and a special warm welcome to new students joining the Faculty.
We wish each of you success and fulfilment in your studies in

2010 will be a year of transition for the Law School. After many years of tireless service, Professor
Don Chalmers has stepped down from the role of Dean and Head of School but fortunately, will be
continuing with the Faculty in his new role as Distinguished Professor. Last year Professor Chalmers
was awarded this prestigious title by the University of Tasmania- a title which is only accorded to
eminent professors of exceptional distinction who have made an outstanding and sustained
contribution to their field and to the University of Tasmania. Conferral of the title Distinguished
Professor is a high honour and we warmly congratulate our outgoing Dean on securing this award
and thank him for his able stewardship of the Law Faculty and for his years of dedicated service. His
visionary and strong leadership has placed the Law Faculty on a solid footing with good standing
nationally and I am honoured to be taking on the role of Dean and Head of School. I will be
supported in this role by Professor Dianne Nicol, the newly appointed Deputy Head of School, and
look forward to working with her and rest of the Law School team in maintaining and improving on
the Law Faculty’s good standing and reputation.

As a Faculty, we believe we have a lot to offer our students: good quality teaching, an active
research environment which includes a strong postgraduate student body and a welcoming and
collegiate atmosphere. In particular, we believe that there is strength in our smaller size compared
to some of the larger universities where students’ experiences are more impersonal. Here there is a
clear sense of Faculty identity and community which students can share. We offer pastoral care of
students and foster meaningful relationships between staff and students. An excellent facilitator in
this regard is your TULS organisation and the Faculty looks forward to working with the new TULS
committee in 2010.

Undoubtedly, there are challenges in providing legal education in the contemporary university
environment and ensuring that our offerings meet the needs of our student body. A particular
difficulty we face is that the majority of our students are combined degree students and not all of

them necessarily intend to practice law. This presents a challenge in catering for different career
trajectories, given our obligation to cover core subjects required for admission (the ‘Priestly Eleven’),
but also knowing that some Law students do not plan to seek admission to practice. We will
continue to review our offerings and seek to ensure that we provide the optimal experience for all
our students. We welcome student feedback on such matters.

Over the years, one of the TULS’ initiatives has been the development of this University of Tasmania
Law Careers Guide. I want to commend this guide to you as an extremely useful resource which
brings together a wealth of information. I am confident our students will find it useful as they seek
to position themselves to maximise their opportunities whilst at UTAS and for future careers. We
have many leading lights amongst our alumni which can be a source of inspiration to our current
students: for example, amongst recent graduates, Lionel Nichols who graduated with first class
honours in 2006 was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for 2008 and is currently studying in Oxford;
Sophie Rigney who graduated with first class honours in 2008 and was awarded the Tim Hawkins
Memorial Scholarship which gave her placement with the International Criminal Tribunal at the
Hague in the Netherlands where she is now working in a new internship with the Association of
Defence Council practicing before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; and
Ben Mee, who graduated with first class honours in 2008 and was recipient of the University Medal
and will take up his role as Associate to the Chief Justice of the High Court in September this year.
There are many pathways to success, and by no means limited to the high fliers: we are keen to
work with all of you for constructive teaching and learning and to help you build your careers.

Margaret Otlowski

Dean and Head of School


Welcome to the 2010 Tasmanian University Law Society Careers Guide. The Guide contains
information on many of the potential career options available for UTAS law graduates and
many ways to help you pursue them. The global financial crisis has put the graduate market in
discouraging form for law graduates around the world. Tasmanian graduates have not been
immune from this. Law graduates will need to adapt to the market’s needs and consider a
diverse range of potential career pathways. Fortunately, law graduates leave university with a
qualification that opens many doors. The Guide aims to show some of the many doors that a
law degree can help you to open. The Guide could not have happened without the
contributions of many parties; thank you for your experience, advice and input. Thank you in
particular to the students, graduates and staff who have written articles for the Guide:

Margaret Otlowski                    Lucy Woodruff                         Meg Good

Imran Church                         Charlie Rae                           Kate Rayment

Jane Worrall                         Ronan Fenton                          Ben Groom

Rosalind Davidson                    Christine Cortez-Baird                Elise Clark

Stephanie Manning                    Sophie Rigney                         Dianne Nicol

The Guide is also indebted to the contributions of our sponsors, listed on page (ii).

Look at all of your options, research them to the best of your ability, and never forget what
motivated you to study law.

Loren Atkins

Careers Officer

TULS 2010

Admission Requirements                              Applications     are    made    to    Student
                                                    Administration at the
For a graduate to practice law they must be         University of Tasmania
admitted to the bar. Each different state has       Applications close in October each year- check
different requirements for admission,               the University Handbook for relevant dates.
however under the Mutual Recognition Act
1992 once a graduate is admitted in one state       Victoria
they can potentially practice law in the others.    There are several options for admission in
                                                    (i) Traineeship -
Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies ("Legal           Prerequisite:
Prac").                                             Bachelor of Laws

Pre-requisite:                                      Course Information:
Bachelor of Laws                                    The Articled Clerkship system has been
                                                    replaced by the Traineeship. The traineeship
Course Information:                                 allows for 'On the job' legal training with a law
This is a practical course covering all fields of   firm, but differs from a clerkship because all
law.                                                trainees will be taught a minimum standard of
The core units are as follows-                      competency in various areas of the law.
(i) Supreme Court Practice and Advocacy
(ii) Magistrates Court Practice and Advocacy        Course length:
(iii) Commercial Practice                           12 months- Each firm will have their own
(iv) Conveying and Property Practice                starting dates.
(v) Trust and Office Accounts
(vi) Family Law Practice                            Cost:
(vii)    Professional    Skills,  Ethics     and    There is no cost. You will             be   paid
Responsibilities.                                   approximately $50 000 - $70 000
Completion of the course qualifies the
graduate to practice as either a solicitor of       Contact:
barrister.                                          Applications for Traineeships are made to the
                                                    Human Resource Personnel of each firm.
Course Length:
6 months - commencing the first week in             At the back of this magazine there is a
February to July.                                   Directory containing contact details for each
Tuesday-Thursday 9:00-5:30                          firm. Closing dates for Traineeship
                                                    applications vary between firms. Generally
Cost:                                               however, it is in early January. Firm web sites
Approximately: $9000 (HECS supported)               will provide you with this information.

Contact:                                            For more information on the Traineeship
pltp@utas.edu.au                                    system visit www.liv.asn.au
37 Hunter Street
Hobart, 7000
Phone: 62 264394

(ii) Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice- the     Length:
Leo Cussens Institute (140 Places). Similar      31 weeks duration including three weeks
accredited programs are offered through the      professional placement. Commences in March
College of Law.                                  of each year.

Prerequisites                                    Cost:
                                                 $7250 domestic students
Bachelor of Laws from an 'approved law           $13 950 international students
teaching institution'.                           NB. HECS-HELP is available.

Course Information:                              Contact:
Practical training course with interactive       Email: info@leocussen.vic.edu.au
tutorial type sessions involving legal           Web site: www.leocussen.vic.edu.au
practitioners. It is an intensive program with
an emphasis on students carrying out             See also the College of Law Victoria (detailed
exercises corresponding to the work              below) www.collaw.edu.au
reasonably expected in practice.

                                                    attendances during the last week of the
New South Wales                                     course for assessment purposes.
                                                    Face-to-Face full-time: attendance each day
College of Law- Graduate Diploma in Legal           during normal working hours over a period of
Practice is the main method of obtaining            15 weeks.
practical legal training.                           Face-to-Face part-time: initial attendance
                                                    block of 2 weeks followed by attendance on
                                                    two nominated evenings per week. Final short
Admission:                                          attendance block for assessment purposes.
To qualify for admission to legal practice, it is   Coursework includes lectures, workshops,
necessary to complete:                              transaction based activities, practice courts
  A degree in law from a recognised                and other skills training methodologies.
                                                    (ii) Work Experience Component
    and                                             This consists of 15 weeks of work experience
                                                    in an approved work placement.
   An approved        program     of   practical   The Work Experience Component of the
    training                                        program can be undertaken concurrently with
                                                    the Coursework Component, if enrolling in the
The College of Law offers the Professional          part-time options. You may complete up to
Program, an approved practical training             eight weeks of approved work placement as
program for admission in VIC, WA, NSW, ACT          an undergraduate. All work placements must
and NT. You are also eligible for admission in      be approved by the Work Experience
other jurisdictions through the Mutual              Committee (WEC) prior to commencing work.
Recognition Scheme. The program consists of
three components:                                   (iii) Continuing    Professional    Education
    1. Coursework                                   Component
    2. Work experience and                          This component      consists   of   two   self-
    3. Continuing Professional Development          assessable parts:

The Professional Program:                              Work Experience Materials which are
The Professional Program is offered part time           reflective materials relating to your work
and full time via face-to-face courses (print-          experience. These may be completed
based) and distance courses (online course).            during your Work Experience Component
The course duration is 22 weeks (consisting of          or within 20 weeks of its conclusion
three components).                                     10 hours of On-Line Continuing
                                                        Professional     Education       accessible
(i) Coursework Component                                through the College of Law Student
This is the equivalent of 15 weeks of full-time         Intranet, to be completed during your
study:                                                  Coursework Component or within 12
                                                        months of its conclusion.
Distance Online full-time and part-time:
Teaching and learning by this mode relies           The College of Law provides up to 20
heavily on interactive multi-media, mainly          opportunities to enrol in courses per year.
utilising online technologies including some        This includes 3 full-time/part-time Face-to-
CD ROM instruction and activities, online           Face courses per year, and continual start
research assistance and discussion groups.          dates approximately every 8 weeks for the
Students are required to attend a block of two      online program (subject to demand). There
(2) weeks at the College of Law to complete a       are no waiting lists.
skills component including some short

Cost for 2010:                                   HECS-HELP
Approximately $6,850 for domestic students
And $9 920 for international students.           South Australia
Overseas Options:                                There are two options for admission:
The Professional Program Online will be
available for candidates working and living in   Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice-
London and Kuala Lumpur through the
College of Law Alliance, please visit our        Pre-Admission Legal Training Program
website for further details. For more
information on the College of Law                Prerequisites:
Professional Program contact:                    Completion of a tertiary academic course in
Email: enrolments@collaw.edu.au                  Tasmania which is recognised as a sufficient
Website: www.collaw.edu.au                       qualification for admission ie- Bachelor of

                                                 Note- students must have completed a unit of
Queensland                                       Professional Conduct.
There are three options for admission:
                                                 Course Information:
(i) QW University of Technology Legal Practice   3 components:
Course (Diploma in Legal Practice) see           (i) Independent study and associated
http://www.law.qut.edu.au/study/careers/leg      instruction/workshop activity in designated
alprac.jsp                                       Units of Study.
                                                 (ii) Legal Practice placement
(ii) College of Law – see NSW                    (iii) Participation in Continuing Legal
(iii) 2 years Articles of Clerkship
Prerequisites:                                   Practical Legal training - 360 hours
Bachelor of Laws.                                Practical Placement - 225 hours
Note- You must have completed the 'Priestly      10 hours of Continuous Legal Education
11 subjects' including Professional Conduct
and Basic Trust Accounting.                      Contact Details:

Course Information:                              http://www.lawsocietysa.asn.au/contact.htm
The course is comprised of three stages
(i) A skills School                              Western Australia
(ii) An Office Program
(iii) Legal Office placement                     There are two options

Length:                                          (i) College of Law (see NSW)
24 weeks (full time)
38 weeks (part time)                             (ii) 12 months Articled Clerkship + Articles
There are 2 full time courses and 2 part time    Training Program (ATP)
courses annually.                                Prerequisites:
                                                 Bachelor of Laws which must be substantially
Cost:                                            equivalent to a degree in Law from a WA
Approx $8820 - payable on the Tasmanian          University.
equivalent of

                                                 Ph: 08 9211 3222

                                                 Australian Capital Territory
Course Information:
Practical training course which provides         Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Workshop
Articled Clerks with training in the key
knowledge areas, skills and values.              Prerequisites:
                                                 Bachelor of Laws
It is divided into 2 parts a) and b) which are
offered 6 times a year.                          Length:
                                                 22 weeks (full and part time available)
5 weeks during Articles training                 Contact Details:
                                                 The Legal Workshop
                                                 Ph: 02 6125 4454
Contact Details:                                 legal.workshop@anu.edu.au
For Articles positions - contact the WA Law      www.law.anu.edu.au/legalworkshop

The Professional Legal Training Program
As one approaches the end of their law degree, one quickly realises that upon graduation they will
not know how to do basic tasks that are common place for lawyers such as drafting a clause, lodging
an affidavit or complying with court procedures. This is where the Professional Legal Training
Program (PLTP) comes in. The PLTP is a six month HECS supported course of practical legal training
that is the final hurdle to overcome in getting admitted to practice. It is an approved course for the
purposes of the Legal Profession Act 2007 Section 25.

The Centre for Legal Studies Ltd organises the program and is comprised of UTAS, The Law Society of
Tasmania and the Board of Legal Education. Upon completion of PLTP, students are awarded a
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. The course runs full time (9am-5pm) for 24-26 weeks from
February to July each year. Applications for a placement in the PLTP typically close at the end of
October each year.

In 2010, the PLPT cost domestic students $9,000 (HECS supported placement) and approximately
$14,000 for international students. It is worth noting that students may continue to receive Youth
Allowance payments whilst undertaking the PLTP as it is a HECS supported placement.

PLTP is a unique and highly regarded program. One of the major strengths of the program is its focus
on the pratice of law in a practical legal environment. Students often get the opportunity to be
directly involved in proceedings and firms, rather than learning these skills in a classroom-like
setting. Students get regular appearances before judges and magistrates in the Supreme Court,
Magistrates Court and Family Court. Students get close interaction and instruction from experienced
legal professionals, judicial officers, and legal practitioners and get the opportunity to work in firms
and courts.

For more information on the PLPT, visit the Centre for Legal Studies Ltd website at


Several organisations, including the College of Law (www.collaw.edu.au) and the Leo Cussen
Institute (www.leocussen.vic.edu.au) offer practical legal training courses interstate.

Australian Laws Students’ Association Welcome
What is ALSA?

ALSA is the peak representative body for law students in Australia. As an Australian law student, you
are an ALSA member. Your interests are represented by your own university's LSS, who form part of
the ALSA Council. Now you are more than likely asking yourself "how is ALSA different to my own
university Law Students' Society (LSS), and what exactly does ALSA do for me?" Good question.

ALSA's services can be divided into three broad categories:

    1. Acting as a national representative for Australian law students' interests;
    2. Providing direct services for Australian law students; and
    3. Providing a knowledge sharing forum for law student societies (LSSs) across Australian

1. National Lobbying

ALSA is slightly different to your traditional LSS in that as a national representative body, one of our
primary roles is to act as a lobbyist for Australian law student interests. ALSA carries out this role
through a number of channels, including making submissions to governments, universities and other
stakeholders, and by maintaining relationships with bodies such as the Law Council of Australia (LCA)
and the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD). The ALSA team ensures that where issues require a
unified and national response, ALSA has significant weight in its ability to negotiate with other
organisations where the individual LSSs would not have a substantial voice.

ALSA is run by an elected Executive and Committee, who consult with the individual LSSs around
Australia in order to determine what are the critical issues facing law students at any given moment.
These range from traditional education matters, such as funding, assessment policies or scholarship
opportunities, to career issues, such as seasonal clerkship guidelines, requirements for admission
and non-corporate opportunities.

2. Services for Students

ALSA delivers a number of services directly to students where there are synergies in doing so at a
national level. Our primary event is the annual ALSA Conference (held in July) which brings together
over 400 law students from Australia and New Zealand for the national finals of legal competitions.
In addition, the Conference hosts ALSA Council meetings, Australian Legal Education Forums (ALEF)
and plenty of fun times! ALSA also maintains a number of publications focused on all Australian law
students, including the Academic Journal, International Careers Handbook and Judges Associates
Handbook. These publications are intended to be of benefit to Australian law students in addition to
the publications provided by individual LSSs.

3. Knowledge Sharing for Individual LSSs

ALSA provides a knowledge sharing forum to assist the LSS on your campus to be the best it can be.
This forum is the ALSA Council, which comprises of the President and an ALSA Representative from
each of the 30+ law student societies nationwide. The ALSA Council meets three times a year, and

the most important parts of these meetings are knowledge sharing workshops which allow ideas to
be shared and taken back home. The ALSA Education team also gathers data from law schools
around Australia on issues in legal education which can then be distributed and used by individual
LSSs in their own education roles.

The Year Ahead

2009-10 is, as always, an exciting year for ALSA. The Executive and Committee are committed to
improving each of the three aspects of ALSA's activities listed above. We are also committed to
improving the standing of Australian Law Students on the Global Stage through building
relationships with other peak bodies and promoting Australian Champions' attendance at
international finals of legal competitions.

You will find more information about all of ALSA's activities by browsing our website –
www.alsa.net.au. Many useful resources are also available for Law Students' Societies through the
LSS Login. If you want more information or are interested in getting involved in ALSA, please contact
the relevant Executive or Committee member, or if you feel the need; myself directly. My inbox is
always open, and my phone is always on!

I wish you all the best in your studies.

Jonathan Augustus
Australian Law Students' Association (ALSA)

ALSA produces several comprehensive careers related documents every year. These are definitely
worth a read:

International Careers:

www.alsa.net.au/assets/publications_International _Careers_Guide_2009.pdf

Guide to Judges’ Associateships


International Post Graduate Scholarships:


Law Course Structure

Law degrees are typically quite structured and to graduate you must complete both core and
electives units. The structure is not so important for first, second or third year students degree
because the all the classes in those years are core subjects, and thus must be completed. However it
is never too early to start making plans and the structure will be more relevant in fourth and fifth
year when one must choose electives, and conceivably some kind of career plan.

Core Units
Full time law students

 First Year                     Second Year                 Third Year

 Contract Law A & B*            Property Law A & B*         Evidence*

 Torts A & B*                   Constitutional Law 2*       Criminal and Civil Procedure*

 Criminal Law A & B*            Corporations Law 1*         Equity*

 Administrative Law*            Trusts*                     Professional Conduct*

 Constitutional Law 1*          3 electives                 4 electives


Combined Degrees with Law have the following structure:

 First Year      Second Year     Third Year        Fourth Year        Fifth Year

 Introduction   Contract Law     Criminal Law A    Property Law A     Evidence*
 to Law & Legal A & B*           & B*              & B*

 75% Other       Torts A & B*    Administrative    Constitutional     Criminal and
 discipline                      Law*              Law 2*             Civil
 studies                                                              Procedure*

                 50% other       Constitutional    Corporations       Equity*
                 discipline      Law 1*            Law 1*

                                 50% other         Trusts*            Professional
                                 discipline                           Conduct*

                                                   1 elective from    4 electives
                                                   the schedule of
                                                   law electives      Moot
                                                   and 2 units from
                                                   the schedule of
                                                   units (1 from
                                                   law and 1 from
                                                   except for

Elective Units
Students are required to satisfactorily complete seven electives for the LLB degree and one elective
unit must be chosen from each of the three groups as set out in the Handbook. Not all elective units
are offered each year.

Students are required to satisfactorily complete six electives for the combined law degrees and one
law cross-listed elective. One elective unit must be chosen from each of the three groups that will
be set out in the Handbook from 2008. Not all elective units are offered each year.

The following elective units are scheduled for 2010 (not inclusive of summer school units):

 Unit code        Unit Name                          Group       Lecturer(s)

 First Semester

 LAW612           Jurisprudence B                    A           M Stokes

 LAW606           Law of the Oceans and the          B           G Lugten

 LAW664           Intellectual Property              C           D Nicol

 LAW610           International Environmental Law    C           P Lawrence

 LAW663           International Trade Law            C           P Lawrence

 LAW682           Family Law 2                       C           M Otlowski & M Fernando

 LAW679           Supervised Research Paper          C


 LAW609           Comparative Administrative Law     A           R Snell

 LAW652           Media Law                          A           D Nicol

 LAW670           Information Technology Law         A           D Nicol

 LAW684           Conflicts (Private International   A           B Gogarty and C Beuermann

 LAW683           Succession                         C           K Mackie

 LAW693           Law Elective 1 (Law Review)        C           D Nicol

 LAW695           Law and Ethics of Health Care      A           D Meyers

 LAW631           International Law                  B           G Carne

 LAW669           Consumer Protection                C           L Griggs

 LAW679           Supervised Research Paper          C


The Specification for Honours may be found at the Course and Unit Website below:


The award of Honours is determined on the basis of a point system based on results in law units of
the law program. The units Introduction to Law and Legal Systems are prerequisite units for the law
course for undergraduate students and are not counted for the purposes of the honours calculation.
It is important to note that honours points start counting from Year 2 with the units Contract A and B
and Torts A and B.

The method for calculating honours points is that Contract, Torts, Criminal Law and Property receive
6 points for an HD, and 4 points for a DN, with 4 points deducted for each failure in these units.
Those points are halved for all other units. The greater weighting for Contract, Torts, Criminal Law
and Property units is that these are taught over both semesters, but administratively semesterised
(hence the ‘A’ and ‘B’ suffix).

Students are also required to gain 8 of their honours points from core units.

      Points required for the various grades of honours are:

        First Class             42 points including 6 HDs

        Second Upper            32 points

        Second Lower            24 points.

Additionally, students must complete a 25% research component requirement in order to be eligible
to be considered for first class Honours.


Clerkships are typically offered by some mainland law firms to law students who are studying in their
penultimate year. Clerking with a law firm allows you to develop practical legal skills, gain insight
into graduate opportunities, gain understanding of what working as a lawyer with a firm entails,
improve your CV and potentially impress potential employers enough to be offered a graduate
position. Clerks are usually paid and work with a firm for several weeks. Clerkships are quite
competitive and typically offered in December and later in January (some firms also offer winter

The next few pages detail how to apply for clerkships. After this information, several UTAS law
students provide accounts of their experiences clerking for mainland firms.

The Application Process

Many mainland firms offer seasonal placements to law students studying in their penultimate and
final year. These placements are known as vacation or seasonal clerkships. Clerkships are typically
paid positions that run for 2-4 week periods and correspond with university holidays. Many firms use
clerkships as an extended job interview to select students for graduate traineeships. Clerkships are a
fantastic experience for students and are quite competitive. Clerkships are typically only offered by
firms with large corporate clients. If you are interested in working for a firm that offers clerkships,
you should apply for a position regardless of whether you believe you will be successful. The
application process itself is an extremely beneficial learning process for all students. Getting a
position with a commercial firm is competitive, but applying is certainly worthwhile (if only for the
learning experience) for all law students interested in commercial law.

Online Applications

CvMail is the premier law student website. CvMail provides invaluable information about law firms,
the legal industry and enables law students to apply and schedule interviews online all in the one
place. Most major firms in VIC, NSW, OLD, WA, ACT and some overseas firms now prefer you to
apply online via cvMail.com.au.

Benefits of CvMail
       No printing or posting - your application is sent directly via the secure online cvMail uplink
       You only have to enter your personal and academic details 'once'
       Instantaneous email confirmation from law firms that your application has been received
       The Application Manager keeps track of the closing dates of each firm and who you have
        applied to
       The MycvMail Interview Scheduler allows you to arrange the most suitable dates and times
        for interviews, and provides interview detail sheets
       The MycvMail Messenger records all email correspondence from firms to you to ensure you
        never miss important emails from firms
       Firm Files: Comprehensive information about firms and the application process
       Inside Information: Read what new graduates say about firms and interviews
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How cvMail Works
Go to http://www.cvmail.com.au and register as a First Time User

Step 1: Personal Profile
Complete your Personal Profile by clicking on the 'Personal Profile' button on the left hand side. This
     Personal Details (Name, Email Address, Home Address, Phone numbers)
     Languages (if applicable)

Step 2: Academic Profile
Complete your Academic Profile by clicking on the 'Academic Profile' button on the left hand side.
This includes:
     Education Data (Degrees, University, Start / Finishing dates)
     Academic Results (either manually enter your results or 'capture' your results from your
         university system by following the online instructions

Step 3: Apply
You can now apply to each law firm by clicking on 'Apply Here' next to the firm you wish to apply to
on the Application Manager.

a) Choose the State/Territory/Country you wish to apply to from the buttons, and choose the Process
(Vacation or Graduate process) from the Tabs

b) Follow the steps of the application form by completing/checking each section, which includes:
     View your personal profile and academic profile information to check details
     Copy and paste your cover letter
     Attach your word document CV
     Preview and send

After sending your application, you will see a confirmation screen that confirms your application has
been successfully sent to the firm, and provides you with a unique receipt number (viewed on the
Application Manager).

For a detailed guide to Seasonal Clerkships in Melbourne, check out Melbourne University Law
Student’s Society’s Seasonal Clerkship Guide, available at:


Overview of the Clerkship Experience
Rosalind Davidson
                                                   If all goes well, you'll get an offer for some of,
The clerkship process can be a bit daunting at
                                                   if not all, the firms you interviewed with.
first (and throughout), but it is well worth the   Leaving aside Tassie-based complications such
effort, if simply for the experience, even if      as flights, accommodation etc., the actual
you’re not looking for a job in commercial         clerkship is fairly straightforward. You are
law.                                               assigned a practice group which you will work
First of all, writing applications takes longer    in (based on a preference list you completed
than you think - while there is a certain          prior to commencing). While each firm
degree of "copy-paste" involved in cover           organises their clerkships slightly differently,
letters for different firms, be sure to read up    you will usually be assigned at least a "buddy"
about each firm and tailor your application to     and a Partner from your practice group. Your
what they are particularly looking for. Each       buddy is s a junior lawyer who will be close by
firm has their own set of "firm values" and        at all times and should become your best
culture that you have to show you'll fit into.     friend. Whenever you have any questions, no
                                                   matter how small or stupid, they're the one
Once you get invited for an interview, the         you ask, and who will look after you
most important next step is to go shopping!        throughout your 3-4 weeks with the firm.
Buy a suit, or failing that, borrow one. Even in   Your Partner generally supervises and
your great outfit, it's hard not to feel           assesses you at the end of the processes. A
intimidated, walking into a stunning high-rise,    large portion of the work you complete
and getting off the elevator at level 50-          throughout your time will generally come
something into corporate luxury. But don't         from your Partner.
stress - you'd be surprised how nice everyone      While I've heard horror stories of how
is, particularly the Grad Recruitment Officers     competitive other VC's can be, particularly
and the Grads sent to be your "buddy".             those from Melbourne where the whole
                                                   clerkship process is a much bigger deal than it
Remember that your technical skill as a            is in Tassie, everyone I met during my two
lawyer has already passed the test: they're        clerkships were awesome. Don't worry about
interviewing you, after all. What they're really   feeling like an outsider - they might all go to
looking at now is what kind of person you are.     the same universities, but hardly any of them
To this end, I found interviews to be of two       know each other. And being from Tassie is a
types. The first type is quite informal,
                                                   novelty, so people are extra friendly to you.
essentially having a chat with one of the
Partners (often just discussing things on your     Most importantly - be relaxed, and be
Resume), giving them a chance to get a feel        yourself. If you really want to work here, then
for you as a person and whether you'd fit into     it's obviously good to play by the rules and
the firm. The second type takes more               don't do anything stupid, but if you're a
preparation, as it's a much more formal style      friendly person and do some good work
of answering questions, often requiring            during the time you're there, then you
reference to previous experiences. Again,          shouldn't have too much to worry about.
however, it's still personality-based: how you
deal with conflict, whether you're a leader

                                                           thought up some answers to the old ‘what is your
To Clerk or Not to Clerk?
                                                          greatest achievement’ or ‘what would you describe as
Steph Manning                                             your biggest weakness’. I wrote out, as best I could,
My motivation for a clerkship wasn’t immediate, but       what I thought would make me look extremely hirable.
it grew with each step of the process. The previous       I even familiarised myself with the firm’s policies and
‘fifth yearers’ had given us a good spiel on clerkships   achievements. As more of an advocate of ‘winging it’, I
and so I figured it couldn’t hurt to apply. I would say   still wasn’t too sure it could be done here. To my
that my clerkship experience was basically founded        surprise (and delight), when I got to the interview I was
on the premise of ‘why not?’ If you’re unsure             not asked one single generic checklist question.
whether a clerkship is your thing, then rest assured      Instead we casually discussed things like my jobs, my
neither did I. Sure, they seemed like a good idea for     subjects, music festivals I frequented, and what I had
those eager ‘extra-curricular kids’ but it’s not really   written in my recent Corporations Law essay. Alas, this
necessary is it? And do I really even know if I want      would not be the experience at every firm.
to join the corporate world? And so, instead, I           On accepting the clerkship, I still figured, well, you
narrowed my focus to each step of the process at a        know. When I finally arrive and started working
time. I figured, even if I did get an interview I could   though, I found my motivation. I did encounter a
always politely decline.                                  minor setback, however, when I realised all the work I
Considering I still didn’t know much about the            would be doing would be based on contract or
process, I sought out some friendly fifth years who       corporations law… I’m not quite sure why it took me
had just done clerkships. I wanted to ask the             until I actually started work to come to this realisation.
questions you can’t ask a lecturer or a careers           While I didn’t think I could face those subjects again, I
officer or a representative from a firm: Did they         discovered the secret that Law School hides from us.
even like it? Was it hard? Was it even worth it? I        Practicing in contract or corporations law is nowhere
mean, it is voluntarily working during your holidays.     near as bad as studying it. I would even put it out
I noted, however, that they had survived and were         there that I enjoyed it.
still largely positive about the whole experience. I      One question about clerkships that kept lingering until
decided to proceed with an application. First, I had      I arrived there, was just what do you actually do on a
a look at a ‘successful cover letter’ which helped to     clerkship? All I can provide are some examples of my
get a feel for the format and tone. Believe it or not,    experience such as many research memorandums, a
there is a wrong way and a right way to write a           presentation on a new development in the law, and
cover letter. Second, I paid a visit to a careers         drafting clauses for contracts. More importantly there
officer. This involved a format makeover and insider      are the various drinks, lunches, presentations about
tips on what to include and the ‘real’ meaning            the firm, drinks, ‘group bonding’ activities, dinners, and
behind every achievement or experience. Third, I          drinks. While I was not sold on the debate we got for
did a bit of research on the firm. Firms like to feel     our group bonding activity, the drinks sure were fun.
special and wanted, but it’s also beneficial to put
some thought into where you’d like to go. A generic        I would recommend anyone view a clerkship less in
application submitted to 11 firms is probably not         terms of a job application and more in terms of an
going to be loved by anyone.                              ideal opportunity for a test run at what a career in law
                                                          might involve. While we were all split off into our own
When I learned, via text (very new age), that I was       areas of the law, there were numerous opportunities
successful in getting an interview, I still figured,      to get an insight into other areas. So after a reluctant
even if I did get the clerkship I could always politely   start, I am a huge proponent of clerkships.
decline. Before I left for the big journey across the
‘Bass’, I scoped out the TULS Legitimate
Expectations’ Checklist for interview questions and

Clerking at Allens Arthur Robinson
Lucy Woodruff

I would recommend to any student even             sickening as it is, you have to be prepared to
remotely considering doing their Practical        blow your own trumpet and tell them why
Legal Training (PLT) at a corporate law firm to   you should have an opportunity to clerk with
apply to take part in the clerkship program. I    them.
clerked with Allens Arthur Robinson for four
weeks in November and December last year          The Interview
and had an absolute ball. You get to meet
some awesome people, to suss out whether          My interview at Allens was my second
corporate law is an area you want to build        clerkship interview in the space of a couple of
your career in and is the best opportunity        days and I felt surprisingly comfortable and
you’ll get to secure a job at a mainland          confident going in. I flew over to Melbourne
corporate law firm. All in all, giving up four    on the earliest flight, sat in a café with a
weeks of your summer holidays is a small          cappuccino and girly magazine and then took
price to pay. I thought I would briefly run       the elevator 37 flights up to the firm’s
through my experiences with the program           reception.
and offload a bit of advice that will hopefully
help in your applications.                        My comfort and confidence were shattered
                                                  not long into the interview. I suddenly got
The Application                                   nervous and bumbled over all my answers.
                                                  The expression on my interviewers’ faces was
As I am sure everyone’s heard by now, most        unmistakeable… “what the hell is this girl on
firms run the application process through CV      about?”. My sudden onset of nerves had
mail. Allens isn’t one of them. Allens runs       nothing to do with the interviewers. There
their application process through its own site.   were no intimidating tactics employed and no
For most firms the application process is         curly questions asked. In fact it was the
pretty simple. Some aren’t so simple, but I       relaxed and conversational nature of the
was lazy and immediately ruled out applying       interview that I took a while to adjust too.
for any firm that asked in depth philosophical    That leads me to my second piece of advice.
questions. Usually, the process pretty much
involves uploading your academic transcript,      Tip Two: Don’t regurgitate answers!!
preparing a resume and writing a cover letter.
                                                  Trust me. You find yourself trying to twist the
Tip One: Tailor your cover letter to suit the     questions to suit the answers you’ve prepared
firm                                              earlier and you come off looking like a twat.
                                                  After a moments internal panic I managed to
Let the firm know why you want them and           readjust my technique, forgot my “why I want
why they want you. An articled clerk at Allens    to study law” answer and realised that I didn’t
gave what I thought was the best description      need to reel off what impresses me about
of what a good cover letter should say: “I’m      Allens. As soon as I stoped trying to fit
great, you’re great, let’s be great together”.    everything in I found that the interview went
Make sure you check out the firm’s site, so       a lot smoother. My interview only lasted
you know the major clients, cases it’s involved   about 25 to 30 minutes and most of that time
in and its philosophies. Then of course agree     was discussing what I loved about Melbourne,
with them. Let the firm know why they want        bagging out my interviewer for his terrible
you clerking with them. Your academic             taste in football team and chatting about the
results are not all that will be looked at. As    opportunities to work as an Allens lawyer in

Tip Four: Be yourself                              could ask all those stupid questions and a
                                                   supervising partner, to whom we avoided
As corny and clichéd as that piece of advice       asking all those stupid questions.
sounds, it has to be said. You have to
remember that the very fact that you have an       The first week was pretty much an
interview means that the firm is satisfied with    introductory and training week. There were
your academic results. The aim of the              countless seminars and info sessions and
interview is to decide whether or not you are      loads of social events. The highlight for me
the sought of person that they see fitting in at   was witnessing thirty five over-competitive
the firm. That means you have to be yourself.      law students rip each other to shreds over a
There’s no point waffling on about your            trivia afternoon. While on the topic of social
passion for pro bono work if you really don’t      events, it’s worth mentioning that the
have a passion for pro bono work. First, the       number of functions was ridiculous. We had
interviewers are not stupid and will most          welcome drinks, firm drinks, vacation clerk
likely pick up that you’re fibbing. Second,        drinks, breakfast twice a week (the mini
even if you do manage to bluff your                muffins were amazing!), partner lunches, a
interviewers, a four week clerkship and            farewell lunch and were invited to attend the
possibly a forty year career is a long time to     firm Christmas parties. Luckily enough the
pretend to be something that you’re not.           firm also provided us with a gym membership
                                                   for the month, which helped in counteracting
Tip Five: Ask questions                            the additional 10 000 kilojoules I was taking in
It is really important that you ask questions in
your interview.        It shows that you’re        Did I mention also that you get paid? It varies
interested in what the firm has to offer, it       from about 600 to 800 dollars a week
gives the interviewers an opportunity to get       depending on the firm you go too.
to know you a little better and also gives you
a chance to get to know the firm and what it       In between all the eating, drinking and being
has to offer. Remember that the clerkship          paid, we did do a little bit of work. To be
program is not just a month long job               perfectly honest at first I found the work a
interview. It is also an opportunity for you to    little bit dull. My first task was to write a
work out whether that particular firm is for       memo summarising a 450 page document in
you or even whether corporate law as a             five pages. That proved to be nothing to
whole is really what you want to do.               whinge about though. I heard a horror story
                                                   of a couple of clerks who had to proof read
Tip Six: Don’t stress, you never know              and make uniform 500 footnotes. The work
                                                   got much better though. I ended up drafting
I was a wreck after my Allens interview. I         a paper for a lawyer in my practice group and
marched out onto Collins Street and eased          doing a comparative analysis on another
the pain as I best know how, blowing 500           couple of guides. It was awesome to see your
dollars in ten minutes in a retail shopping        work actually contributing to something real.
onslaught. A month later, the 9.05 am phone        You also get to sit in on group meetings, client
call and offer from Allens was a real shock. I     meetings, attend court and pretty much tag
thought I had totally muffed it. It goes to        along when any lawyer in your practice group
show, you never know!                              is doing anything exciting.

                                                   A couple of final tips to deal with the
The Clerkship                                      downsides of your clerkship:

At Allens, we worked for the four weeks in the
one practice group. For me, that was the
competition law group.        We were also
assigned a junior lawyer who’s office we
shared, a contact articled clerk to whom we

Tip Seven: Set up Skype before you leave!            interviews! Considering offers come out early
                                                     in the February before you start your fifth
It’s quite possible for you and your                 year at uni, a priority offer is a nice way to cap
boyfriend/girlfriend to rack up a 700 dollar         off your holidays and take the pressure off in
phone bill between you for the four weeks            your final year of study. If you don’t get lucky
you’re away. I strongly recommend Skype.             on that fateful day in February, don’t stress
                                                     too much, as there are still general offer spots
Tip Eight: The Tasmanian jokes                       available.

It’s inevitable that you will cop the Tasmanian      A clerkship looks great on your CV, is an
jokes. As old and lame as the jokes are, some        awesome chance to decide whether
painful Victorian student will find it necessary     corporate law is for you and is the best
to run the “two headed Tasmanian” or “is
                                                     opportunity you’ll get to set yourself up in a
your boyfriend your brother” joke. Try to
have prepared a couple of comebacks and nip          job as a corporate lawyer once you get out of
this tedious attempt at humour in the bud.           uni. So get your applications in!

So where does it all lead?

… Hopefully to a job. The vast majority of
firms take part in the priority offer system,
where people who have clerked the firm will
receive an offer based on their performance
during the clerkship. This means no more

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Firm Profile

Allens Arthur Robinson – Imagination Interests Intelligence

At Allens, you'll find yourself working alongside colleagues from varied backgrounds. 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 want to excel and to fulfil 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.

Practice groups

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, Intellectual Property and Litigation, Financial
Services and Projects and Asia.            For more information about our services, please visit our website

Vacation clerkships

We run vacation clerkship programs in all of our Australian offices and recruit vacation clerks from universities across
Australia. An intensive orientation program is undertaken (including library and research skills) and clerks participate in
skills development seminars, departmental and practice group meetings and informal performance reviews. There is also a
more social aspect to the program, enabling clerks to spend time with our current law graduates as well as meeting staff at
all levels.

Applications for our next vacation clerkship program will be open from 21 June until 16 July 2010. Please visit our website
for more details. (www.aar.com.au/careers).

Graduate programs

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.

Law graduates spend their first two years rotating through two departments. We believe that a longer rotation provides a
comprehensive knowledge of each practice area, giving law graduates an opportunity to develop strong relationships with
partners and other lawyers in the practice group. The size of the firm means we are very flexible in making sure our
lawyers are able to work in the areas that most interest them. At the end of their second rotation, our lawyers may choose
to specialise or complete a third rotation in another practice group.

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.

We are friendly, approachable and flexible. We are welcoming and we understand that people who enjoy the law also
enjoy other things. We recognise people may want to pursue other options throughout their careers and we are open to
change. We support people who want to move on and encourage them to remain part of the Allens network via our
Alumni program. Please visit our website for application dates (www.aar.com.au/careers).

Creating a Successful Job Application

The concepts of resume writing, covering               that your hard earned work experience could
letters and interviews are somewhat                    be consigned to the waste bin!
intimidating, especially when you may have
sauntered through University for the first             There is no particular format required for
three years of your degree without even a              drawing up a resume. Creativity is always
thought as to the 'bigger picture' and what            going to be admired however, it is amazing
you will do at the end. These things are all the       just how many HR personnel say that the best
more overwhelming when you think that                  resumes are those which are basic, easy to
there are so many law students out there,              read and concise. Rolling your resume up with
who are all potentially brilliant and competing        ribbons and writing it in fancy calligraphy is
against you for a handful of positions.                unnecessary.

Be not alarmed. All it takes is time to sit down       Interviewers     generally     speaking    are
and think about exactly what you want to say           experienced and will definitely be able to
about yourself in the most impressive way              ascertain whether or not a person has given
possible. It is strongly recommended that you          thought to his/her resume, without these
not wait until the week when the clerkship or          extra trimmings. There are far better ways to
Articles applications are due before                   stand out from the crowd than attaching
embarking on your compositions. Give                   coffee sachets and sweets to your resume and
yourself time to produce something which can           then printing it in A3 size (trust me this has
truly reflect who you are and what you have            been done!)
done. The extra time you spend editing will
payoff.                                                Interviewers are not always fond of resumes
                                                       which are presented in folders or have been
                                                       bound. The single staple seems the way to go
Resume Writing                                         and at least you do not have to waste money
                                                       purchasing an attractive folder which will
                                                       reach its final destination in the rubbish bin.
A resume is a concise and presentable career
overview which is your strongest marketing             Before getting into the crux of what should be
tool in the plight for obtaining a job. It is a tool   included in your 'master piece' it is important
for instilling credibility, a way of introducing       that your resume be brief. It has been
yourself and a formal way of communicating             suggested that a resume should be a
information about yourself.                            maximum of 3-4 pages. There is certainly a
                                                       fine line however, between going overboard,
A resume not only illustrates factual                  and not saying enough.
information, but also projects to a prospective
employer why you are the best candidate for            Everyone has heard of the phrase 'first
the job.                                               impressions count'. Well it is no different
                                                       when you are writing a resume. Interviewers
Having a well structured and informative               will form an opinion of you in the first few
resume can mean the difference between                 seconds of reading your resume. Therefore,
landing an interview and not.                          you must be concise and avoid jargon. Short
                                                       sentences which are easy to read have a far
Given that ordinarily a large number of                greater impact than continuous lines where
students will be applying for the same                 the interviewer is struggling to find a full stop!
positions, it is the finer details which will
separate you from the rest of the selection
pool. Getting your resume wrong, may mean

                                                     course providing you are not using cVmail).
So as to give yourself proper credit without         Ensure that the photo is appropriate- the last
appearing brash, it is recommended that your         thing a prospective employer wants to see is
resume be written in the third person.               you in bathers on your last holiday at the
                                                     beach! A passport photograph is the best
Use Bullet points rather than writing in             option here, as it will make you look more
paragraphs of text. This may help you to avoid       professional.
repetition. Using bullets and headings is also
aesthetically pleasing. A well spaced piece of       Education and training:
writing will be more appealing than one which            You should mention the date,
is cramped and uneasy to read.                              institution and name of the course
                                                            that you have undertaken.
It is essential that your resume be word                 Details of secondary studies can be
processed, and obvious headings will facilitate             included, listing the most recent first.
easy reading. Ensure however consistency                 In terms of University study it is
with fonts and font sizes. This is not an                   debatable whether individual results
exercise in showing how many fancy headings                 need to be included in this section. If
you are able to use on the computer.                        you are particularly proud of some
Target your resume for each particular job.                 achievements, and they booster your
Given that this magazine is devoted only to                 attributes, you should mention a few.
law students, the focus is upon writing a                   Most applications, however, request a
resume for legal position. Even within this one             separate academic transcript. If you
profession, there will be a different focuses               provide one of these, there is no need
between resumes for Clerkships and resumes                  to include your marks in your actual
for Articles. Thus you must be careful not to               resume.
make your resume too generic.
                                                            Be concise about your education and
Your resume must be truthful. It is OK to                    training. Including too much text will
promote yourself, but make sure that you do                  create an imbalance in the overall
not go overboard to the point where you                      resume content and possibly lead the
portray yourself as someone that you are not.                reader into thinking that you are
Otherwise you may be in for a nasty surprise if              preoccupied with it.
you become unstuck in front of your
interviewers! You never know when you                Extra-Curricular Activities/other Interests:
might be required to verify information that         It is no surprise that many students have
you have given.                                      similar qualifications, similar results and
                                                     similar employment histories. When an
So what headings should you use?                     interviewer must choose between two
                                                     candidates, an all rounded person who is
Personal details:                                    involved in extra curricular activities will
     Name                                           clearly be the more attractive.
     Address
     Phone (home, mobile, fax)                      So, list all of your interests but make them
     Email                                          interesting- E.g. why not say" I like reading
                                                     criminal law novels' as opposed to 'I like
It is not necessary to include details relating to   reading novels', or "I play hockey for the
your age, nationality, race, religion, sex or        University Hockey club" instead of ' I play
marital status. If an interviewer makes              hockey'.
reference to these omissions and questions
you about them in an interview, they may             When stating your interests, it is best to be as
land themselves in hot water!                        honest as possible as your interests are a key
                                                     indicator of the best working environment for
You may wish to include a photograph of
yourself with your application (this is of

you. Honesty can only be of benefit to all         Remember that an interviewer will be
persons concerned, especially you.                 interested in your current skills and
                                                   experiences, not what you were doing 10
Employment or Work Experience:                     years ago. Therefore, while you may be proud
Given that you are a recent graduate, nearing      of your 'conscientious effort' certificate in
graduation, or in your early years of your         Grade 9, it probably won't be particularly
degree, it may be the case that you have not       helpful if you are aiming for Articles or a
had any legal employment history.                  Clerkship.
Interviewers will be aware of this, (in fact,
may even expect it) and therefore, it is           Personal Skills:
necessary to include in your resume any            Even if you do not have an employment
casual or part time positions that you may         history, it is all the more important to include
have undertaken whist studying.                    your personal skills and attributes, e.g.

You may not think that working in a cafe etc              Leadership roles
was particularly exciting, but it will certainly          Time management
show that you had the ability to juggle work              Communication skills
and study which is an admirable quality and               Interpersonal skills
also shows a degree of financial                          Willingness to learn
independence.                                             Ability to work in a team and on your
Details should include:                                   Ability to juggle a number of
 The employer's name                                      commitments
 The period of employment                                Ability to assist others
 Your role and responsibilities                          If you are computer literate- why not
 Always state what you actually did, using                say so. It may also be beneficial to
    hard facts to demonstrate the tangible                 include the names of all the computer
    benefits you brought to your employer.                 packages in which you are proficient,
 Something which you may not have                         especially if your resume appears to
    considered is to always put your most                  be lacking in other areas.
    recent job first and then work in reverse.
 You may wish to provide a brief                  The most important thing is to list these
    description of the scale and scope of the      things with reference to your life experiences.
    company you worked for. Again however,         Don't just make a blanket statement of your
    this is not necessary for every job you        skills. Show the interviewer just how you
    have ever undertaken and may be                obtained that personal skill. E.g. 'I have good
    considered too descriptive.                    time management skills because I have four
                                                   children, three jobs, have a house to run, play
Awards/Achievements:                               Sunday tennis' and so on.
Very often you will forget the minor things
you have accomplished over the years and           Even if you have performed the same task at
this is why you need more than 10 minutes to       half a dozen different jobs, only let the reader
whip up your resume. Awards and                    know only once that you have developed that
achievements will give added substance to          capability. This is especially the case where
your resume.                                       you have had a similar type of job.

   Academic awards
   Sporting achievements
   Musical awards
   Community awards

Referees                                             Cover Letters
You will need to include a couple of referees
at the end of your resume.
                                                     In a highly competitive employment market a
Employers who are very interested in offering        convincing application will go a long way
you a job may wish to contact one of your            towards capturing an employer’s attention.
referees, usually just to confirm details. This is
particularly so with applications for Articles,      This is your big chance to convince a
but not necessarily so for Clerkships.               prospective employer why you should be
                                                     given a job. If written thoughtfully it can show
Don't worry about including a whole page of          off your writing skills, while illustrating your
referees as this is just a waste of space that       strengths and attributes.
can be better used elsewhere. Merely list a
couple of persons who you feel can reinforce         The purpose of the letter should be to
your attributes and have a positive influence        introduce yourself and clearly state what you
in the recruitment process.                          have to offer the organisation.

An academic referee is always particularly           You may find that the covering letter is harder
impressive.                                          to write than a resume- for the simple reason
                                                     that bullet points and headings will no longer
Details about your referees should include:          suffice. So plan your covering letter carefully
                                                     and think about the messages you wish to
       Name                                         convey.
       Job title
       Company name                                 The covering letter MUST be in a business
       Contact phone number (Work or                format. This means including the date and
        mobile)                                      address details at the top. It is a good idea to
                                                     include a heading which states the purpose of
NOTE: Remember to ask the person first if            the letter. This should appear in bold upper
they are prepared to be your referee. The last       case as the first line of your letter. E.g:
thing you need is for your prospective
employer to phone up your referee and                Re: Application for Articles of Clerkship
she/he is caught on the spot.
                                                     Correct person
Finally, make sure that you check your               First and foremost, make sure that you
spelling, grammar and punctuation.                   address your covering letter to the correct
                                                     person. Websites will provide you with
Your resume is representing and presenting           information on who is the Human Resource
you and therefore, it must be correct. If you        representative in each firm.
have been editing your work over a period of
time, very often you will not notice the minor       There is nothing worse for a letter to be
flaws- you almost see what you want or think         received in the marketing department and not
you are seeing, and not what is actually there.      in human resources or for it to be addressed
It is therefore invaluable for someone else to       to a person who left the firm five years
read your resume. Make sure however, that            previously.
the person you choose to do this can be
objective, will point out any imperfections and      At the back of this magazine there is a list of
can offer constructive suggestions.                  web Addresses for each of the firms- take a
                                                     look at each of these to find up-to-date
Once this is done, it may be helpful for you to      information on the person to whom your
compare your resume with those of your               application should be sent.
friends, especially if they have been successful
in securing interviews.

You must include the correct title of the           minor alterations. Interviewers can easily
person to whom you are addressing the letter.       recognise overused phrases which can
There is a lot of variation among firms as to       certainly be a turn off.
whether a person is regarded as a 'Human
Resource Manager, 'Recruitment Liaison              Avoid repeating key phrases you used in your
Officer', 'Manager of Human Resources' and          resume. This will indicate to a prospective
so on.                                              employer that you merely cut-copied-and -
                                                    pasted the information into your covering
Tailor to each job                                  letter and possibly that you are unable to
It is important to tailor your covering letter to   express information in a multitude of ways.
the particular job.
Make reference to the firm to whom you are          Style
applying and why you have chosen them.              Write in a style that is clear and simple-limit
Recruitment personnel know that you will be         your covering letter to one page.
sending letters to multiple firms, but humour
them a little, by showing that you have             HR will receive potentially a thousand
written to their firm for a reason.                 applications, and will have specific limitations
                                                    on the time devoted to considering your
The covering letter is your prime opportunity       application.
to show that you have done some research. A
person, who illustrates how one firm stands         An interviewer will not appreciate a covering
out from others, will certainly earn brownie        letter which is 4 pages and may only skim over
points.                                             it. If you obtain an interview, this is your
                                                    chance to go into greater details about your
State why you want to work at a particular          achievements.
firm and why you think you would fit in to
their working culture. It seems that firms are      Paragraphs
very focused upon their culture and values. Of      It is useful to use paragraphs- devote a
course these will vary from firm to firm and        paragraph for each topic that you introduce.
you should be aware of these when preparing
your covering letter- again, you may wish to        Too many adjectives...
link this aspect to your own values and thus,       Your language should be simple- too many
your suitability at that particular firm.           colorful adjectives will distract from the
                                                    message you wish to convey. Used carefully
Have a look at the firm web sites as often          however, they can add extra emphasis to
these will state the qualities which they are       certain points.
seeking in a candidate.
                                                    Quality Printing
The sites will include reference to other           It seems self explanatory, but ensure a high
interesting little facts and figures. If you can    quality of printing- there is nothing worse for
appropriately include these in your                 a person to be confronted with a letter which
application, it can look very impressive.           is barely legible.

Why not consider a practice group in which          Ending your letter
you would like to work. You may be able to          One thing which is sometimes unclear is how
link this with your favorite university subject,    to sign off your letter. If you identify the name
or subjects in which you received good marks.       of the recruiter, that you use “yours
                                                    sincerely”. If you have not, then “yours
Expression                                          faithfully” is more appropriate.
There are some stock standard expressions           This however, is personal choice. Lastly, make
which everyone seems to use in applications.        sure you sign your letter.
Avoid such expressions and to be more
creative. Don't just download an example
covering letter off the internet and make

Phone Interviews                                          be conducting interviews, so that when
                                                          you are telephoned you can be prepared
                                                          to state a date, and say that it is subject
Recruiters may contact you for an interview at            to flight availability. Generally firms will
any time of the day and therefore it is salient           be flexible in this regard.
that you are prepared.

Here are some useful tips                            Interviews
   a) Answer the phone in a professional
       tone- always identifying yourself.
                                                     So, you have landed yourself an interview!
     b) If you are not going to be at home           Congratulations! Half the battle is done...
        during business hours when you are           Now you have to get into the nitty-gritty of
        most likely to receive the call,             impressing the interviewer in person.
        consider investing in an answering
        machine. Larger firms especially will        Never forget that while you are trying to sell
        be contacting potentially hundreds of        yourself, the interviewer is trying to sell the
        candidates for interviews and if you         firm to you!
        are not able to be contacted first time
        around, they may not try again.              This is your opportunity to market yourself
                                                     because the interviewer will be assessing
         Telstra can arrange for an answering        whether you have the qualities and
         service to be placed on your phone          qualifications that they seek for the position.
         for a small charge, without the need
         to purchase an external one.                The interview is also a fact finding mission for
                                                     you too you will be assessing whether you
     c) Be prepared for the call. This means         really do want to work in this firm, and
          thinking about some intelligent            whether it is right for you in terms of career
          questions to ask, so that you can          opportunities, areas of law, lifestyle, values,
          make a good impression from the            culture and so on.
          very start. For example-
              a. How many interviewers will          TIPS prior to the interview
                  there be?
              b. What are their names? (This is             Your grooming and presentation must
                  so you can research their                  be immaculate. You should be in
                  work and particular practice               professional dress. Bear in mind that
                  group)                                     you may be interviewed by someone
c.    Where do I go? (Address, floor etc)                    of a generation who considers a tie
d.    Who should I ask for when I arrive?                    and being clean shaven as essential.
e.    Whether there are any things I need to                 Avoid wild hairstyles or accessories-
      bring along- for example a photo, spare                these can be distracting. The
      copy of academic transcript etc .                      interview is not a fashion parade. If
      Whether I will only be required to                     you have an exceptionally unique
      undertake one interview- or whether                    style the interviewer may pay more
      there are second round interviews as                   attention to this than what you are
      well? This is especially relevant if you if            actually saying.
      you are traveling interstate and have to
      organise accommodation /airfares.              If you have not been to the building before,
f.    Whether it is possible to have a                    try to locate it the day before, or use
      telephone or video-link interview? You              Google maps to get a good idea of what it
      may be given a choice as to the                     looks like. Make sure you know exactly
      date/time of your interview if you are              where you are going for the interview.
      traveling interstate. I recommend you
      research the dates in which the firms will

                                                      will be looking for someone who is acute
 Arrive at least 5-10 minutes early- this will        and articulate.
     give you just enough time to freshen up,
     and collect your thoughts before attending       Avoid distracting mannerisms such as
     your interview. Any longer than this may          playing with your pen, hair, tapping your
     result in awkward silences with the               feet, rocking on your chair etc. Sit up
     receptionist.                                     straight with your hands crossed. This is
                                                       the best way to reduce nervousness and to
 Remember the Scout motto and be prepared             minimise off putting traits.
    for all situations. Take an umbrella in case
    it rains, tissues in case your nose attempts      If you are unclear on a question, seek
    to discredit you, and some spare stockings         clarification. It is far better to ask than to
    if you are in a skirt (just in case.)              fumble around with an answer, or
                                                       alternatively to answer completely off the
 Ensure that you find out as much information         point.
     as possible about the firm prior to the
     interview. If the interviewer asks why you       Do not just answer questions with a simple
     want to work with them, you then will be          'yes' or 'no'. This is your chance to
     able to draw upon your knowledge.                 elaborate in on your resume in more detail
     Websites, promotional information as well         (remembering of course not to rabble on).
     as literature such as the Financial Review
     provide wealth of knowledge relevant to          Tell the interviewer things about yourself
     your interview.                                   which relate to the position. Eg: If you are
                                                       applying for a position in a small team, say
                                                       for example- "In 2002 I was on the TULS
                                                       committee which strengthened my team
    In the interview:                                  skills".
   Take note of any persons who may
                                                      While it is highly recommended that you
    introduce themselves to you at the firm.
                                                       practice answering questions prior to your
    An employee may be assigned to take care
                                                       interview- make sure that you do not give
    of you before and after your interview.
                                                       staged answers. You certainly do not want
    Make sure you remember his/her name.
                                                       to be churning out robotic responses.
   When you are taken into the interview
                                                      You must be calm but it is imperative to
    room- BE CONFIDENT! Always say hello to
                                                       adapt to the interviewer's style. It is
    your interviewers using their correct title
                                                       important to develop a rapport with the
    and firmly shake their hand. If nerves
                                                       interviewer. You may have a really
    appear to be enveloping you, just don't
                                                       outgoing interviewer who just wants to
    forget to smile.
                                                       have a 'chat' with you. Alternatively, you
                                                       may have an interviewer who has a more
   Make sure you pay attention to the names           'rigid' style. Make sure you act
    of the interviewers. You may have been
                                                       appropriately in the particular situation.
    notified prior to the interview of the name        The tones of your voice and how you speak
    of your interviewer(s) however these may           may have a greater influence than what
    be changed at the last minute. Be prepared         you actually say.
    for this as it is a common occurrence.
                                                      Make your interview a two way
   Listen actively to the questions being             conversation. This will show your
    asked of you. Take a second before                 eagerness to find information as well as
    launching into your answer to ensure that          your interest in the firm. Ask things that
    you only provide information which is              really show your depth of preparation.
    relevant to the question. The interviewer

  For example:                                           Clerkship interviewers do not tend to ask the
  1. Can you provide me with a detailed                  really big questions such as 'Where is the
                                                         legal profession heading in 2003?' or 'What
  description of the position?
                                                         are the major issues currently being debated
  2. What should I realistically expect from the         in a particular field of law?" as they do for
                                                         postgraduate interviews.
  3. Why is the position available?                   You should be aware of your strengths and
                                                        weaknesses- you may be required to answer
  4. Can you describe the culture of your firm?
                                                        the very basic question 'what is your biggest
  5. What makes your firm more preferable to            weakness and how do you overcome this in
                                                        an employment setting'. Confronting your
  the next?
                                                        pitfalls for the first time in your interview
  6. What does the position entail?                     can be quite disconcerting. Therefore, it is
                                                        wise to make a mental note of these prior to
  7. Is there a training and induction program?
                                                        the interview.
  8. What kind of people have done well at your
  firm?                                               There may be parts of your school, university
                                                        or work background of which you are not
  9. How fast can you progress in the firm?             particularly proud. If you have included a
                                                        reference to this in your application, (or
  10. Can you engage in further study whilst
                                                        have been required to) always be prepared
  working?                                              if this is discussed in the interview. Don't just
                                                        say" I don't know why I failed Mathematics
  11. DO NOT enquire about salary, holidays,
                                                        in Grade 11" – answer fully and truthfully eg:
  bonuses etc at the initial interview, unless you      " for a short period of time I was having
                                                        personal problems at home and was unable
  are positive the interviewer is interested in
                                                        to devote the time necessary to passing the
  you!                                                  subject, but I refer you to the fact that I
                                                        passed Mathematics in grade 12".
    Make sure you watch your non-verbals
     too- these include things like how you are
     seated, your eye contact, your hand              While you should always be confident,
     movements, facial expressions and so on.           overconfidence is a real turn off. Just be
                                                        natural and yourself. Always remember that
     These will reflect your energy and
                                                        the firm must already like you to have given
     enthusiasm for the position as well as
                                                        you an interview.
     confidence in yourself.
                                                      Therefore, when you are in the interview,
    Try to avoid point scoring as much as you
     can!                                               don't try and be someone that you are not,
                                                        because firms will most likely be looking for
                                                        a diverse range of personalities anyhow! In
    Always know your resume- interviewers
                                                        any event, if you have been unsuccessful in
     will ask you probing questions based upon
                                                        the past, just think that that firm was not
     your application letter/resume, and so you
                                                        meant for you!
     should be prepared. If you are asked "what
     was it like to work within a team", it would
     be disastrous for you to say you had never       Last but not least, never say 'yep' or 'yeah: It
     worked in one, when your resume                    is always 'yes’:
     indicated the contrary.

 The types of questions asked of you will vary
   depending on whether you are in a clerkship
   interview, or a postgraduate interview.

Interview Practice Questions                         29. What have you learnt most from your legal
Here are some practice questions that may be             work experience?
helpful in the preparations for your interview:
                                                     30. How would your friends describe you?
1. Tell me about yourself?                           31. What are your expectations from this firm?
2. What do you have to offer the firm?               33. What does team work mean to you?
3. Why did you choose law?                           Avoid the following at the interview:
4. Why have you applied for this job?                    Poor personal appearance
5. What are your interests?                              Inability to express thoughts in a clear,
6. What challenges you?                                   coherent and rational manner
7. What motivates you?                                   Poor diction and grammar
8. Are you competitive?                                  Lack of interest or enthusiasm
9. How do you define personal success?
                                                         Brashness or over confidence
10. How have you responded to a confronting
                                                         Aggressiveness and/or overbearing
customer/client etc at work?
                                                         Lack of confidence
11. Where have you had to exercise responsibility?
                                                         Clear nervousness
12. How do you perform in a team environment?
                                                         Excuse makers
13. How do you perform under pressure?
                                                         Lack of tact/courtesy/respect
14. What do you see as your long term goals ?
                                                         Lack of maturity
15. What practice groups do you wish to work for?
                                                         Lack of self motivation
16. Are you flexible or tied to particular things?
                                                         Tardiness for the interview
17. Where do you see the legal profession
                                                         Lack of listening skills
                                                         Fiddling and jittering
19. Why should we employ you?
                                                         Clear lack of preparation
20. Why do you want to come to our firm?
                                                         Not having questions for the interviewer
21. What attracts you to a big/small size firm?
                                                         Poor level of eye contact
22. What are the pros and cons of a legal career?
                                                         Being passive or indifferent
23. Are you prepared to work long hours?
24. Can you comment on your academic record?             Over emphasis on the pay packet

25. How can you explain your disappointing result        Condemnation of past employers

in X subject at Uni?                                        Limp handshake

26. What is your greatest achievement and why?              Persistent attitude of 'what can you do for

27. How did you enjoy University and why?                    me!'

28. What do you seek to gain from a Clerkship?              Getting key facts about the firm incorrect
                                                     Acknowledgments: www.resumewriters.com.au

   Graduate Options Beyond the Firms

   A law degree is one of the most versatile university qualifications available. Employers from a
   widening range of disciplines value the communication, problem solving skills and research skills that
   Law graduates possess. Below are just some of the many doors which a law degree can open for you.

Legal Aid
Community Legal Centers
Attorney-General’s Department          Listed here is just a sample of some of the options in the public
Law Reform Commissions                 sector for law graduates at both the state and federal level.
Consumer Affairs
                                       Gaining employment in the public sector, particularly at the
Environment                            Commonwealth level typically requires strong academic
Foreign Affairs                        performance and strong performance in general aptitude,
Police                                 comprehension and language tests.
Ministerial Advisor
Legislative Drafting

Politics                               At both state and federal level, the majority of politicians are law

Banking                                Combined Law/Business degree graduates are highly sought after by
Finance                                financial firms and institutions on a state, national and global scale.
Stocks and Securities

Industry                               Many larger organisations now have in-house legal officers who
                                       provide industry specific services.

Academia                               When the 4 or 5 years of undergraduate study is not enough, many
                                       post graduate study options are offered at UTAS and other

                                       The communication skills developed by a law degree can be adapted
                                       to journalism, publishing or teaching.

                                                  Department of Treasury and
Australian Stock Exchange:
The ASX employs over 600 staff throughout         The Department of Treasury and Finance is
Australia in the following departments:           responsible to both the Treasurer and the
   - Information technology                       Deputy Premier (for energy matters). The
   - Finance                                      Department has overall responsibility for
   - Law                                          implementing strategies to achieve the
   - Business                                     Government's longer term economic and
   - Administration                               financial objectives.

Australian investors can access a number of       It provides the Government with objective
International markets through the ASX World       advice on the economic and financial
Link. These markets are supported through         management of the State, implements
sophisticated technological platforms.            Government policy, performs financial
                                                  analysis, monitoring and reporting functions
As one of Australia's leading financial           on behalf of the Government and supports
institutions, the ASX places great importance     statutory bodies responsible for administering
on skilled and professional people- this is the   state revenue collection and the regulation of
driving force behind its continued success.       gaming, liquor, energy and prices oversight.

ASX is continually ranked amongst the top 10      The Department is made up for four divisions:
Stock Exchanges in the world. It is one of the         Economic and financial policy
world's most innovative and progressive stock          Budget and finance
exchanges.                                             Revenue and Gaming and licensing
A career with the ASX offers an exceptional            Corporate support
insight into both the Australian and
International financial markets.                  All employment vacancies within the
                                                  Department are listed on the Tasmanian
In a fast-paced, dynamic and innovative           Government Jobs site:
environment, you will enjoy a variety of work
and are encouraged to be as creative as           www.jobs.tas.gov.au
                                                  Potential applicants must be aware of the
Current vacancies can be accessed at the          specific selection criteria which exist and
following site:                                   these can be viewed at the 'Place to Work'
http://www.asx.com.au (general site)              section of Treasury's 'Career Opportunities'
A2.shtm                                           The Treasury has a Cadet Program which
(careers specific site)                           offers an excellent opportunity to work and
                                                  gain experience whilst studying an
                                                  appropriate degree part-time.

                                                  For further information or assistance contact:
                                                  Human Resources
                                                  21 Murray St Hobart, TAS 7000
                                                  Ph: 62 337582

Consumer Affairs and Fair                        Australian Institute of
Trading                                          Criminology

For all of you Commercial Law and Trade
Practice students - this Department is           The AIC is the national focus for the study of
certainly an option!                             crime and criminal justice in Australia and for
                                                 the dissemination of criminal justice
The Office of Consumer Affairs and Fair          information.
Trading provides advice and information to
the public and business operators on matters     The institute draws on information supplied
affecting the interests of consumers.            to it by a wide variety of sources and its policy
                                                 advice is objective and independent.
Potential breaches of legislation (such as the
Trade Practices Act etc) are investigated.       The functions of the AIC include:

The Office also provides enforcement of                 Conducting criminological research
product safety standards. It participates in            Communicating the results of
national moves towards greater uniformity in             research
standards and legislation between all                   Conducting or arranging conferences,
jurisdictions.                                           seminars or courses of training and
                                                        Publishing material arising out of the
Public awareness material is produced and                AIC's work.
distributed to promote compliance with the
requirements of the legislation.                 The Institute is organized into four groups
                                                 1. Research
                                                 2. Information Services
                                                 3. Administrative Services
Legal Ombudsman                                  4. Learning and Knowledge Development

                                                 An internship program is run annually by the
The functions of the Legal Ombudsman are:        AlC and students of Law are encouraged to
     To monitor the handling, by the Law        apply. For further information on this, please
       Society of Tasmania, of complaints        contact Professor Kate Warner at the Law
       about legal practitioners.                School, or directly with the AIC:
     To investigate complaints made by
       any person about the manner in            front.desk@aic.gov.au
       which a complaint has been dealt          Human Resources
       with by the Society.                      74 Leichhardt Street
     To investigate any other matters           Griffith
       relating to disciplinary proceedings in   ACT,Australia
       relation to legal practitioners as the    Ph: 02 260 9200
       Attorney-General may direct.              Fax: 02 6260 9201

The Ombudsman provides an annual report to
the Attorney-General on the functions
performed. This report may provide
information on the nature and volume of
complaints received and may make
recommendations aimed at improving the
complaints handling process.

Anti-Discrimination                                  Legal Aid
Commission – TAS
                                                     The Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania is an
                                                     independent statutory authority administered
The Commission is dedicated to the following         by the Tasmanian Department of Justice and
three things:                                        Industrial Relations.
     Investigating claims
     Community Education and                        Legal Aid is committed to providing
     Training                                       Tasmanian's with equal access to justice
                                                     through statewide programs of advice,
The Commission advises and makes                     representation, education about the law and
recommendations to the Minister of Justice           legal issues and law reform.
on matters relating to discrimination and
prohibited conduct. It promotes the                  Legal Aid Tasmania provides advice to
recognition and approval of acceptable               individuals so as they may be directed to the
attitudes, acts and practices relating to            most efficient, economical and effective
discrimination and prohibited conduct. It            means of obtaining appropriate advice and
inquires into prohibited conduct, disseminates       resolving any dispute in which they may be
information and undertakes research                  involved. The system is accessible, equitable
programs. It prepares and publishes                  and responsive to the needs of Tasmanians.
guidelines for the avoidance of attitudes, acts
and practices relating to discrimination and         (Corporate Plan: taken directly from the web
investigates any claims of discrimination.           site -
The areas covered by the Act are as follows:         %20Plan/main.html)

       Employment (paid and unpaid)                 If you have any inquiries about career
       Education and training                       opportunities at
       Provision of facilities, goods and           Legal Aid, contact:
       Accommodation
       Membership and activities of clubs           Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania
       Administration of any law of State and       123 Collins Street
        any State program on any ground              Hobart, 7000
        specified in attributes or identities (ie:   Phone: 62 338383
        gender, marital status, pregnancy,           www.legalaid.tas.gov.au
        parental status, family responsibilities

                                                     you the opportunity to be involved in the
Health Complaints Commission                         wide range of issues that confront the United
                                                     Nations and Australia, from human rights to
This investigates complaints made against
                                                     peacekeeping, from greenhouse gasses to
providers of health services. The provider may
                                                     clean water. The UN is in the information
be a private practitioner, a nursing home, a
hostel, a supported accommodation facility, a
public or private hospital or any other person
                                                     The UN Association of Australia cannot get
or place providing a health service.
                                                     you a job in the UN or its agencies. The UN
                                                     actually employs less people than in some
The Commission does not act as an advocate
                                                     departments of the Australian Public Service.
for the user or the health service provider, but
                                                     Notwithstanding this, you can find any
does provide a free, independent, impartial
                                                     advertised UN job on the internet at
and objective investigation based on industry
best practice.
                                                     Youth Association - If you are under 24 years
United Nations Association of                        of age and want to be involved in a vibrant
                                                     association of young Australians helping to set
Australia                                            the international agenda- then join the UN
Fancy yourself being involved in world current       Youth Association. For more information on
affairs? If the answer is yes, then take a look      this, see http://www.unya.asn.au
at      the      following     internet    site:
www.unaa.org.au. You will find the United
Nations Association of Australia. This offers

                                  Tasmanian University Law Society

       With over 500 members, we are the
           biggest society on campus.

Postgraduate Study

The Law School has a very active research          Medical Law and Ethics, Property Law,
program, and we have an excellent reputation       International   Law,    Corporations    Law,
nationally for the quality of our research. The    Administrative Law and Equity & Trusts.
research activity of the Law School is fostered
                                                   The Law School has an active postgraduate
by the presence of two specific centres of
                                                   research program. Students can enrol in the
legal scholarship: the Centre for Law and
                                                   LLM Program or the PhD program. Both are
Genetics, and the Tasmania Law Reform
                                                   research based. LLM students are enrolled for
                                                   one to two years. They are expected to
   * Centre for Law and Genetics – A number        produce a thesis of around 40-60,000 words
of members of faculty are involved in this         during this time. PhD students are enrolled for
centre, the main aim of which is to investigate    three to four years. Their theses are around
bio-ethical matters and legal implications         80-120,000 words.
arising from use of new technologies. The
                                                   Currently around 15 students are enrolled in
Centre is at the forefront of research into
                                                   postgraduate degrees here. Some are off
issues such as the legal standards in the
                                                   campus, but you will see a number of them
commercialisation     of   human        genetic
                                                   around and about the Law School. Many of
                                                   your tutors are enrolled in postgraduate
   * Tasmania Law Reform Institute – The           degrees. You should have a chat with them if
Institute was established in July 2001 with a      you are interested in enrolling.
mission to undertake law reform work and
                                                   Admission to the postgraduate program is
research on topics proposed by the State
                                                   based      on    undergraduate     academic
Government, the community, the University
                                                   performance, specific topic area, availability
and the Institute itself. Recent activity has
                                                   of suitable supervision and resources within
included projects looking at a Charter of
                                                   the Law Faculty during the period of
Rights for Tasmania, Drug Counts, Contempt
                                                   candidature. Interested students should
of Court, sentencing trends and options, the
                                                   contact the Graduate Research Coordinator,
role of victims and the community in the
                                                   Professor             Dianne           Nicol.
sentencing process, corporate manslaughter,
vendor disclosure, intoxication as a defence to
criminal charges, police powers of arrest, bail    The University offers some scholarships to
and an evidence project on trial judges’           students with outstanding academic records,
directions to juries in relation to delayed        and the Law School also has scholarship funds
complaint in sexual offences cases.                available to students. Dianne can provide
                                                   further details on request.
In addition to these centres, the Law School
has particular expertise in the general areas of   Don’t hesitate to drop by and chat to Dianne
                                                   in room 2.10 if you are interested in
                                                   postgraduate studies here.

How to get involved in post graduate study…and other tales
Elise Clark

If high distinctions do not come as easily to       If you have decided that postgraduate study is
you as my dog comes to a “schmacko”, then           an option for you, you may also want to
there is something you might want to be in on       familiarise yourself with the senior lecturer in
when it comes to being accepted to                  charge of the subject area where your interest
undertake postgraduate study at the Law             lies. Along with Associate Professor Dianne
Faculty. If there is a possibility that you might   Nicol, the postgraduate coordinator at the
be interested in achieving a Masters                Law Faculty, these two people will be
qualification or PhD at some point - start          instrumental in your involvement with
thinking about it now!                              postgraduate study.

Having trundled through Corporations law,           Upon application to the Law Faculty you will
Trusts and Professional Conduct not paying          also be required to submit an application to
much heed to the significance of my marks at        the University committee in charge of
the end of these subjects, it was not until half    postgraduate study. This involves filling out
way through fifth year when my desire to            forms, submitting two-page proposals and
undertake a Masters qualification was               liaising with a senior lecturer who has agreed
sparked that I was forced to think twice.           to stand as a supervisor to your thesis.
Admittance to postgraduate study is                 Deciding on a specific thesis proposal is more
dependent upon whether or not you have              difficult than it may first appear and many of
achieved an Honours qualification upon              my first attempts were too broad and unclear.
graduation. The Honours “points” allocated          Luckily with the support of my supervisor and
to a mark at an undergraduate level will            Dianne I have come to a better understanding
depend upon whether it is a half year or a full     of the area in which I hope to study and a
year course and the UTAS points scheme can          clear and concise thesis topic has not alluded
be found at www.tuls.com.au (go to the              me this time! Now the hard work begins…
“links” icon from the homepage). While I am
sure that there are many of you out there that      I cannot recommend more highly the Law
are aware of the importance of gaining              Faculty website’s “Research” page as a base
Honours if you are considering postgraduate         for all things postgraduate related. It has
study, like many matters of importance in law       come to my rescue many times even at this
the information is not handed to you on a           early stage of my studies. Good luck to all out
platter.                                            there who want to get involved in the
                                                    rewarding experience that postgraduate study
                                                    provides and I look forward to seeing all of
                                                    you again this year around the Law School

Careers Advisory Service at UTAS and Career Hub

The Careers and Employment Service can assist you in your plight for a job. It supports students to
manage their career more effectively and works with employers to facilitate employment of
It provides advice and assistance with career planning and decision making issues. Career counseling
can assist with:
                                                            The annual Careers and Law Fair
      Clarifying options and directions                    Graduate job vacancy list service
      Job search strategies                                Marketing of graduates to employers
      Managing the transition from
         University to work                            Contact for Career Development and
      Strategies for work/life balance                Employment Service:
                                                       Student Services (top floor, TUU Building)
Graduate recruitment services include:

Ph: (03) 6226 2697

What is CareerHub?

 CareerHub is the University’s online resource for up-to-date
information about job vacancies (casual, part-time and graduate), career planning, articles, news,
events, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) on a range of topics of interest to University of
Tasmania staff and students. CareerHub contains an online booking
system that allows students to register their attendance at
workshops, seminars or other events, with details recorded in CareerHub. It also allows staff to
monitor numbers attending. CareerHub is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days per week via the

How do I access CareerHub?

To access CareerHub go to:
or click on the links to CareerHub from the University of Tasmania’s Services and Support home page
or the Career Development and Employment home page. After selecting the link to CareerHub, you
will be prompted to login by entering your University of Tasmania username and password, where
you will then be prompted to complete a short registration process if it is the first time you have
accessed CareerHub. Each subsequent time you login you will automatically be taken to the
CareerHub homepage. Staff with authorized administrative access to CareerHub will be able to
add/edit information about employment vacancies, articles, new and events.

Judges Associateships

Charlie Rae

Working as a Judge’s Associate is a truly unique opportunity. It is an invaluable opportunity for a law
graduate has to gain an insight into the true workings of the court: its procedures, traditions and
most importantly, the processes of reasoning that underpin judgments of some of Australia’s finest
legal minds. I am lucky enough to be currently working as Associate to Justice Finn, a senior judge in
the Federal Court of Australia in Adelaide. I chose the Federal Court because of the diversity of its
jurisdiction. While the majority of Federal Court concerns commercial litigation such as trade
practices, intellectual property and corporations law, the jurisdiction includes native title, admiralty,
immigration, industrial relations and administrative law (amongst many others). So for those of you
interested in criminal law or family law, the Federal Court is not for you.

The day-to-day tasks of an Associate depend on the particular Judge. However a few responsibilities
are common amongst all Associates in respect of both in court work and out of court work. These
include conducting legal research for writing judgments, recording and publishing orders made by
the Judge, proofing judgments, communicating with parties and travelling with the Judge on circuit.
One of the many perks of a Federal Court associateship is that all Judges are expected to travel to sit
of Full Court appeals. This year for example I will travel to Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne with my
Judge to sit on appeal matters.

An associateship provides an invaluable opportunity for law graduates to become familiar with court
procedure and case management. This is a critical skill whether you are wanting to work at one of
the larger national corporate firms or practice locally. An associateship is also a wonderful chance to
meet judges, barristers and other law graduates in an intellectually stimulating environment.

                                                       They were those really nice tests where there is
Investment Banking                                    nothing you can really do to study. Though a
                                                      few example questions were sent through, all
Ronan Fenton
                                                      that was really required was to turn up and have
For those with an interest in a less law based        a crack.
career, job hunting information is unfortunately
                                                      For the next round of interviews I was flown to
scarce within the walls of the law school. For me,
                                                      and from Melbourne (how many law firms do
it was a career in investment banking that
                                                      that?) for a pretty intense 3 hours of interviews
appealed, but with a distinct lack of lecture
                                                      and     further    computer     based     testing.
announcements and friendly law school posters
                                                      Unfortunately public holidays don’t line up
(even the usually informative TULS was not
                                                      across States, which meant I had to give up a
coming to the party) it was left to the internet to
                                                      much anticipated trip to the Hobart Cup.
search for job opportunities.
                                                      However when someone else is picking up the
Luckily, there are loads of jobs out there, and an    tab it’s difficult to use gambling and binge
application can be completed online, meaning          drinking as bargaining chips.
being down in Tassie is no disadvantage. My
                                                      The interviews range from relaxed and chatty to
application was made through the Macquarie
                                                      a maths or logic question and back again,
Bank       website      (www.macquarie.com.au),
                                                      repeatedly. Often the change is so subtle you
however other banks including Goldman Sachs
                                                      can miss it, which is perhaps deliberate, but for
(www.goldmansachs.com/careers/), JP Morgan
                                                      those who like to be kept on their toes and
                                                      thrown the odd challenge it is quite a rewarding
and Deutsche Bank (www.deutschebank.com.au)
                                                      experience. There are three one hour sessions,
offer a similar portal. There are too many to list
                                                      each with a different set of people, as well as
here so apologies to any I have left out! Like law
                                                      some which include a phone hook up from
firms, there are both internships (the equivalent
of a clerkship) and graduate positions on offer, so
anyone with an interest should be looking, not        These firms deal with the biggest clients, on the
just those heading into fifth year.                   most exciting transactions, so despite the lack of
                                                      information thrown at you, if this is something
The application process involves uploading
                                                      that interests I would definitely recommend
details like results, CV and a cover letter. It’s
                                                      looking further into it. This is true not only of
pretty simple, and since a CV needs only a little
                                                      investment banking, but of any other industry
tweaking, most of the effort goes into the cover
                                                      that takes your fancy. However a logical mind is
letter.    But the process is not too time
                                                      a must. If you don’t know how you would
consuming, and it is time very well spent. The
                                                      answer ‘how many nappies are used every year
applications closed on a Monday evening, and I
                                                      in Australia?’ without diving into your iPhone for
had to wait all of until Tuesday 9am to receive a
                                                      a quick squiz at Google then perhaps this isn’t
text message telling me I had an interview. This
                                                      the industry for you. But if you’ve started with
round of interviews consisted of a phone
                                                      the country’s population and assumed an even
interview (perhaps an advantage of being in
                                                      spread of ages from 0 to 65 then you may very
Tassie you can do it in your track pants) and a set
                                                      well    be     reading    the     right   column.
of computer based tests conducted at Searson
Bucks’ Hobart office.

   Government Department Graduate Positions
   Most Federal Government departments offer graduate positions. If you are interested in applying for
   graduate positions in Departments such as the Attorney General’s Department, look into the
   internships that are often available in the summer of your 3rd or 4th year as graduates offers are
   preferential to graduates who have previously interned in the department.

   Attorney General’s Department
   Imran Church

I was attracted to the public service for a number     The application process was tough to get through
of reasons – mostly because I felt that I could        – from around 1500 applicants in my year, they
make a much broader and more lasting                   took on 44 graduates. The application process
contribution working in Government. Although           runs over several stages, starting with written
the salaries are obviously potentially higher for      applications against public service selection
practising lawyers, I was more than happy to           criteria in April/May.
sacrifice money for other benefits, such as having
an effective work-life balance, which I felt I would   The Department treats its graduates really well –
get with the public service, and working on issues     you really feel like a valued member of your team
that had such wide-reaching affect.            I was   and you are expected to make a positive
particularly attracted to the Attorney-General’s       contribution to the Department’s work. We got
Department because of the huge range of                exposed to a huge range of different tasks in our
different subject matter that the Department has       grad year and learnt a huge amount about the
responsibility for.       The Attorney-General’s       way the Department and more generally the
Department       is the Government’s legal             Australian Public Service works. The Department
department, and is probably the Department             also supports further study by providing study
where law graduates can best use the skills gained     leave and financial support for approved courses –
in their degree.                                       we completed our legal practice course during our
                                                       graduate year and were admitted in December.
In my graduate year, I did three rotations in          The Department may also support us if we decide
different areas of the Department. I worked on         to do further study in the future, such as a
the Access to Justice Taskforce that produced a        Masters course.
report on improving access to justice in the civil
justice system, I worked on progressing new            I definitely intend to stay with the Department for
legislation to combat serious and organised crime      a while. I am really enjoying my work in criminal
in the Criminal Law Branch, and I did case work in     law and would like to develop a strong skill set
the International Transfer of Prisoners Unit. For      and knowledge base in that area. There are also
my ongoing placement with the Department I am          lots of other areas of the Department that interest
back in the Criminal Law Branch where I have           me.        Working at the Attorney-General’s
responsibility for a range of criminal law and law     Department throws open a huge range of possible
enforcement issues. Other graduates worked on          career paths and I am really glad that I made the
projects as diverse as the National Human Rights       choice that I did. I’d absolutely recommend it to
Consultation, the Victorian Bushfires Royal            anybody who wants to find a path other than the
Commission, legal profession reform, international     practising lawyer career or who wants to use their
whaling issues and counter-terrorism measures.         legal skills on a wide range of subject matters.

Improving Your Curriculum Vitae

 Upon graduating, you become one of many other graduates Australia wide hunting for graduate
employment. All graduates will be armed with a law degree so it is up to you to distinguish yourself
    from the hordes by involving yourself in things to make your CV stand out above the rest.

This section of the Guide details some of the opportunities which you can take up to make your CV
 that little more enticing to employers who are shopping for graduates in what s fast becoming an
                                         employers market.

                                        -       University exchange

                                    -       University competitions

                                            -           ALSA Conference

                                                    -     Internships

                                                -        Volunteering

UTAS Legal Competitions and ALSA Conference

Every year, TULS run competitions in mooting,       These competitions are typically judged by
negotiations, client interviewing and witness       members of faculty staff and are not intended
examination for law students in both                to be a daunting experience rather they give
semesters 1 and 2. These competitions give all      you the chance to learn some different skills
law students the opportunity to put your            and have fun!
advocacy and communication skills to the
test. Competitions can add to your CV,              If you are simply interested in getting an idea
develop essential skills that you will utilise in   for what happens in the UTAS competitions
your professional career, prepare you for           without competing this year, the TULS
assessments such as your faculty moot in final      competitions officer (Hannah Phillips) will be
year, give you the opportunity to represent         looking for students to volunteer to help with
UTAS in interstate competitions such as the         the     client   interviews     and     witness
Australian    Law      Students    Association      examinations.
Conference, get you involved at the law             If you would like any more information on the
school and are a whole bunch of fun.                TULS or ALSA competitions, please email
                                                    Hannah at competitions.tuls@gmail.com

ALSA Conference                                     Following are some brief descriptions of the
                                                    individual competitions.
The Australian Law Students Association
(ALSA) holds a Conference every year and is         A Moot is a simulated appeal in a superior
an excellent opportunity for law students to        court, based on a factual scenario and
network, compete and generally have a great         judgement from a lower court. There are no
time. The 2010 conference, which is expected        witnesses, just good old-fashioned legal
to bring over 400 students together, is to be       argument about whether the court below was
held in Adelaide in July this year.                 correct. Throughout your allocated 10
                                                    minutes, the judges will ask questions to test
In March, TULS runs trial competitions as try       how well you know the cases in your area.
outs for the ALSA competitions. The ALSA
                                                    Witness Examination is a simulated civil or
competitions include the ALSA Moot, Client
Interviewing,      Negotiations,     Witness        criminal trial. The trial is run right over a
Examination, Paper Presentation, the                period of approximately 20 minutes, from the
International Humanitarian Law Moot and             opening statements, through to the
Kirby Cup. All students are encouraged to get       examination of witnesses, and finally to the
involved in these competitions, regardless of       closing addresses.
year, experience or intent to compete at            Negotiations involve two teams of two
ALSA.                                               solicitors, meeting to discuss a dispute
TULS Semester Competitions                          between their clients on a particular matter.
                                                    Each team is provided with a description of
This year, the first and second semester            the factual scenario, with some facts common
competitions are open to students in all year       to both teams, but each with a few secrets up
groups.                                             their sleeve.

Each team also has instructions from their         quick analysis of the interview. They must
client detailing exactly what outcome they         cover all the formalities of an interview, find
should seek and what should be avoided at all      out all the details of the problem, and suggest
costs. The negotiation can last for up to 40       possible courses of action.
minutes, and the winner is not necessarily the
team that walks away with the better deal,         The Paper Presentation involves researching
but the one that gets closest to the wishes of     and writing a legal essay of 3000-5000 words
their client.                                      on any topic. If you are selected to go to ALSA
                                                   you will then have to present this paper to a
Client Interviewing involves a team of two         panel who ask questions during and after your
with 20 minutes to interview a client and do a     presentation to test the depth of knowledge
                                                   and understanding you have in your chosen

                                 Tasmanian University Law Society

With over 500 members, we are the biggest
            society on campus.

University Exchange
Law students have opportunities to attend overseas institutions as exchange students in Europe, the
United States and Canada. The best time to go on exchange is Semester 2 of Year 4 of the combined
degree, Semester 2 of Year 3 of the straight law degree and Semester 2 of Year 3 of the graduate entry
degree. It is important to start planning your exchange at least a year in advance.

For more details contact the Faculty Executive Officer, Kira White on 6226 7510, email

Exchange at Masaryk Univerzita, Czech Republic
Kate Rayment (2008)

The Faculty of Law provides an ever increasing range of exchange opportunities for students, including a
large number of new European exchanges. I won an overseas scholarship from UTas in 2007 and chose to
take up an exchange with Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. I never realised what an impact this
exchange would have on my life.

I limited my options for exchange with UTas to Europe because I had never visited the continent and
wanted to experience the food, the culture and the people that so many had spoken so positively about.
The Czech Republic offered law subjects in English, they focused on International Law and the country
was placed in central to eastern Europe and I felt it offered me the opportunity to explore a part of
Europe that many people seemed to bypass for the western

countries. The decision was made, I was enrolled at Masaryk University in Brno, and before I knew it, I
was on my way to an extraordinary adventure. Because the Czech Republic is reasonably central, I was
able to travel for a month through Spain before I arrived to study. The city of Brno is essentially a student
city, with four main universities or specialist colleges in the small European city. It is a vibrant, interesting
and relaxing place to live and study. I met other students from around the world, including the Czech
Republic, and made new friends from Canada, America, Norway, Finland and Germany to name only a

Classes were very small – I studied International Refugee Law, Human Rights and European Union Law
and the teachers were experts in their particular areas. I travelled to Prague for a meeting of the
International Criminal Court and was able to witness what I had only learnt about in my other subjects at

The country provided inexpensive, educational, and amazingly interesting trips to small and large cities,
UNESCO heritage areas and I made smaller trips to climb mountains in Slovakia; witness the atrocities of
Auschwitz and the energy of underground bars of Krakow in Poland; chased vampires in Transylvania in
Romania; drank wine in the wine regions of Eger and strolled down amazing avenues in Budapest,
Hungary and ate with the locals in Naples, trying to avoid the Camorra on their motorbikes.

Having the opportunity to study in a beautiful European country not only made me a more focused and
mature person and student, but I have made life long friends and started a love affair with an amazing

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency Internship

Charlie Rae

In November I spent four weeks working with         There is no coffee making or lunch runs in this
the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency      internship. An invaluable part of my four weeks
(NAAJA) in Katherine, Northern Territory.           with NAAJA was ‘Bush Court’. Given the
NAAJA is an Attorney-General Department             remoteness of many indigenous communities,
funded agency entrusted with providing legal        special court sittings are arranged in local
aid services exclusively for indigenous people.     communities from Borroloola to Larjamanu
To say NAAJA is under-funded is a gross             giving lawyers and interns alike a unique insight
understatement with mainstream Legal Aid            into life in these self sufficient societies. My
receiving more funding despite the need being       time on ‘Bush Court’ allowed me to meet and
undoubtedly greater for indigenous Australians      speak with the locals and get firsthand
who are still dealing with a system of              experience of their grievances and difficulties
governance and law which remains largely            with ‘White Fellas Law’ and the ‘government
foreign and misunderstood.                          mob’.

The Katherine office is divided into two            The work was wonderful experience for anyone
sections: Criminal and Civil with a Chinese wall    who is passionate about aboriginal issues, the
separating the two. I spent my four weeks in        Intervention or those who would just like to
the Civil section dealing with a diversity of       find out more about what is actually going on in
matters ranging from family law, contractual        our own backyard.
disputes, copyright of traditional dances,
accident compensation, employment law,              If you are at all interested in working with
police complaints and wrongful arrest. I            NAAJA,     visit   the     NAAJA     website:
interviewed clients, researched points of law for   www.naaja.org.au
my supervising lawyer and assisted in court.

United Nations
Ben Groom (2009)

I have been fortunate enough to have had two          be their intern. Therefore, the key is to work
UN experiences. The first was as an intern in        out who you would like to work for, contact
Geneva and the second was as Australia’s Youth       them personally, try and demonstrate some
Representative     to       the     UN     (see      knowledge about their particular focus and
www.bengroom.youthrep.org.au for more                convince them that you’d be worthwhile having
information about this latter experience).           around the office. In my experience, you have a
                                                     much better chance if you turn up in person
Internships are the ticket into the UN system.
                                                     than just sending an email from half way
The conventional way of getting an internship is
                                                     around the world. We all know that it’s harder
to get into a relevant masters program (law,
                                                     to say no to someone face-to-face – bear that in
public policy etc). Most applications will require
                                                     mind.               Fully      utilise      any
you to either have a masters or be in the
                                                     Australian/Tasmanian/UTAS connections that
process of studying one.
                                                     you may come across and, most importantly,
My method was slightly less conventional. I          don’t be at all put off by any rejections you
took a year off university after second year,        might have along the way.
moved to Geneva (the home of the UN’s
                                                     Joining the UN Youth Association of Australia
European HQ) and simply tried my luck. After
                                                     (UNYA) would be a great way to familiarise
six months I’d done some work at the United
                                                     yourself with UN issues and processes in the
Nations Environment Program, the Institute for
Governance and Sustainable Development,
studied international policy at HEI (Kofi Annan’s    Although UN work isn’t always as glamorous as
old university) and international health policy at   it might seem (I did a lifetime’s worth of
the World Health Organisation. My success in         photocopying in Geneva) I don’t think there is
getting these opportunities can be attributed to     an organization in the world which has a greater
a combination of perseverance and being in the       concentration of fascinating people. So I highly
right place at the right time.                       recommend trying it out.

 Although on the face of it internships have a
formal recruitment process with a shopping list
of requirements, the reality is that senior UN
staff members who require interns have a big
say – most likely the only say – in who gets to

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission internship

Jane Worrall (2009)

In the 2008 winter break between semesters I           For four weeks I researched community
completed an internship with the Human Rights          engagement techniques. This involved both
and Equal Opportunity Commission (now the              conceptual and comparative research, both
Australian Human Rights Commission) in                 'real life' skills required in legal policy and legal
Sydney.                                                work. The end product was to produce an
                                                       information bank to be used by the commission
The internship was arranged through the                to enhance its engagement with all facets of the
Aurora Project which specializes in Native Title       Australian community regarding their Human
internships and policy placements. Aurora              Rights.
places interns in overworked and under-
resourced organisations in order to provide            The internship was a worthwhile experience as
some relief to the lawyers within those                it gave me an insight into a Government
institutions. The application process with             Independent statutory body, and a four week
Aurora involves a written application including        snapshot of life as a public servant. It also gave
your CV and a statement of claims made against         practical relevance to the research skills that I
their set criteria. A successful applicant will then   had developed through my time at University.
be invited to interview. The interview is              Best of all was the opportunity to work and live
conducted at UTAS by Property Law staff                in Sydney.
(usually Lynden and Ken.) As a general rule
                                                       Some interns that work with the Commission
candidates are required to have completed the
                                                       are given further employment opportunities
Property Law component of their degree.
                                                       and although the Commission does not have a
My placement with the Commission was within            graduate program as such, graduates are
their Strategic Partnerships area. The aim of this     welcome to apply for advertised positions.
area was to ensure that they fulfil the goals set
at their HREOC21 Summit in February of last
year in which the Commission adopted the new
corporate vision statement

'Human     Rights:     everyone,      everywhere,

Tim Hawkins Memorial
Sophie Rigney (2008 recipient)

The Tim Hawkins Memorial Scholarship was            specifically looking at International Criminal
established in memory of the late Tim Hawkins,      Tribunals (in particular, the ICTY and the Court
a young lawyer and Graduate of UTAS Law             in Cambodia). This meant that I was very
School, who was tragically killed in the Bali       familiar with wars in the former Yugoslavia, the
Bombings. Tim was particularly interested in        events leading up to the establishment of the
International Humanitarian Law, and it was          ICTY, and issues that the ICTY faces today. If
decided that the best way to honour Tim would       you are interested in International Criminal
be to further this area, through a Scholar          Law, I highly recommend that you undertake
undertaking practical experience in the             your own study – whether in Honours in
enforcement and prosecution of International        another Faculty, or through a Supervised
Criminal Law. For the past five years, this         Research Paper in the Law School – to really
Scholarship has allowed a UTAS Law Graduate         improve the knowledge and skills you will need
or Undergraduate to undertake an internship at      to work at the ICTY.
the International Criminal Tribunal for the
Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), based in the Hague.       If you are awarded the Hawkins Scholarship,
                                                    you will probably be based in Chambers at the
In 2008, I was named the fifth annual Tim           ICTY. This means that you will be assigned to a
Hawkins Scholar, and on 16 February 2009, I         case and to a team working on that case, and
started a five-month Internship at the ICTY. I      your role will be to support the Judges
had always been passionate about international      deliberating on that case.        You will be
law, and ever since the Tim Hawkins Memorial        responsible for drafting memoranda, decisions,
Scholarship had first been established, I knew      and (depending on the stage of the trial)
that it was something I wanted to do. However,      possibly also judgements. You will work closely
early in my degree I also knew that it would        with your Judges, and spend a fair bit of time in
take me a long time to get the skills and           Court. For all these reasons, I would strongly
knowledge that would enable me to undertake         suggest that you have completed Evidence Law
or be awarded a Hawkins Scholarship. I was the      before undertaking a placement in Chambers,
first Undergraduate to be awarded a Hawkins         as the ICTY Rules of Evidence and Procedure
Scholarship; previous Scholars were admitted        seem to quickly become your life!
lawyers, Rhodes Scholars, and University
Medallists, so I knew I had a long way to go        Another thing which will definitely help you
                                                    undertake a placement at the ICTY is a strong
before I would be ready!
                                                    understanding of the former Yugoslavia and the
I took several International Law subjects at        wars there. In addition to all the reading and
University, but the best thing I did was to         study I’d done, I decided to spend about a
undertake a year of Honours in Political Science,   month travelling through the Balkans before I

arrived in the Hague - and it was one of the best      captured and indicted at the ICTY, with his case
decisions I have made. I really got a feel for the     now in the pre-trial stage; and the Tribunal for
countries, got to spend a lot of time talking to       Lebanon is also starting to become operational.
people, and learnt to appreciate just how              There is a lot of work to do, and so it is a good
complex the wars were. Most Interns at the             time to be getting involved.
ICTY don’t have this knowledge, and you
certainly don’t need it in order to do a great job;    In summary, build up your skills and knowledge
but for me, it felt like the best way to undertake     surrounding International Criminal Law. Make
                                                       contacts with people who practice or study in
work and also to respect the victims of the
wars.                                                  the field.     Appreciate the circumstances
                                                       surrounding the crimes that you will be working
If you are interested in International Law, I          on. Take and find all the opportunities you can
would strongly suggest applying for the Hawkins        to prepare yourself for working in this field - an
Scholarship, and if you don’t get it, then saving      area of law which is both highly challenging and
your money and self-funding a trip to the ICTY         rewarding.
or the International Criminal Court (ICC) as an
                                                       For a girl from Hobart who has always been
intern. Most of the Interns are self-funded, and
yes, it is expensive (living in the Netherlands is     deeply interested in International Criminal Law,
not cheap; you will need at least a couple of          there is nothing like that first day of work at the
thousand dollars a month to cover expenses) –          ICTY, when you realise that you are actually an
but it is also the only way you can find out if this   employee of the United Nations, working to
is actually a line of work you want to pursue.         further justice. There is nothing like sitting in
Moreover, this is a very interesting and dynamic       Court with some of the finest minds in the field,
                                                       watching proceedings that you know are of
time to be involved in International Criminal
Law. Both the ICC and the Extraordinary                crucial importance to the future of International
Chambers for Cambodia have just started their          Criminal Law. The Tim Hawkins Memorial
                                                       Scholarship gives you the opportunity of a
first trials; Radovan Karad`ic was recently

                                                  following up file progress and drafting articles
Pro Bono Work                                     for the newsletter.

An excellent way to demonstrate your
motivation and practical skills is to engage in
                                                  Volunteering at the Mental
some pro bono legal work. Pro bono is a Latin     Health Tribunals
phrase meaning ‘for the public good’ and there
                                                  Christine Cortez-Baird
are many ways that you can plump you resume,
improve you practical legal skills and impress    Advocacy Tasmania runs training sessions at the
employers all ‘for the public good’.              University of Tasmania once a year, usually in
                                                  second semester, to find those students
Volunteering with Community                       interested in learning to advocate for clients at
                                                  Mental Health Tribunals. The training involves 3
Legal Services                                    one hour lectures as well as a night-time
Community legal services within Tasmania often    session. They teach students what mental
welcome law student volunteers. If you are        illnesses are, how they impact on individuals,
interested in obtaining some firsthand legal      the importance of understanding them and how
experience, the following organisations may be    to advocate for someone who has found
happy to take volunteers:                         themselves in this situation. Furthermore, they
                                                  instruct us on the law that surrounds keeping
      Animal Welfare Community Legal Centre
                                                  mentally ill individuals in hospital. While the
      Inc (Flinders Island)
                                                  theory seemed simple enough, applying it to a
      Environmental Defenders Office              real-life situation was difficult. You’re taught in
      (Tasmania) Inc (Hobart)                     the training sessions about the importance of
                                                  distancing oneself from the client, which is
      Hobart Community Legal Service              something I personally found to be very
      Launceston Community Legal Centre

      North West Community Legal Centre Inc       Our job is to meet with the client one hour
                                                  before the hearing to discover what it is they
      Tenants' Union of Tasmania Inc (Hobart)     would like the tribunal to know about their
                                                  case. Essentially, the role of the advocate is to
      Women’s Legal Service (Hobart)
                                                  speak on the client’s behalf at times when they
Beyond Tasmania there are many more               struggle to do this for themself. I have found
community legal centres that accept volunteers    that just having us there gives our clients
and run internship programs for law students.     confidence because they feel like there is
For example, the Environment Defenders Office     someone on their side and they feel better
in Victoria runs 2 week internship programs for   about speaking for themselves. It is very
law students interested in environmental public   rewarding to find that you’re helping some of
interest law. The Public Interest Law Clearing    the most vulnerable and less fortunate in
House (PILCH) offers two-week internships that    society to find the confidence to voice their
run from November to March each year. As a        thoughts and feelings.
PILCH intern you are involved in taking
telephone enquiries, sending out application      The first time I represented a client in a hearing
forms, drafting correspondence, assessing         I was pretty nervous, particularly about
completed applications for assistance from        speaking in public. Yet, as well as developing a
clients, drafting memoranda of referral,          profound understanding of a generally very

misunderstood group in society, one develops        interested in volunteering in the Hobart office,
skills in public speaking and an ability to         contact Jane at edotas@edo.org.au
comprehend the law and apply it to certain
situations. As a law student, I’ve been             Victorian Office Internships
encouraged to develop these skills anyway, as       The EDO internship program is offered in both
they are necessary at law school and in the         summer (November – February) and winter
work-force. So, I highly recommend this as a        (June – July) in the Melbourne EDO Office. The
valuable experience.                                program is open to students currently
                                                    undertaking a law degree (any year level), and
                                                    law graduates.

The Student Legal Service                           Internships run for two consecutive weeks full-
The Student Legal Service (SLS) is a free service   time, and usually involve working on law
run by senior law students for students, staff      reform/casework with the assistance of an EDO
and community members. The service is               solicitor. Interns may also be provided with
effectively a referral service, where by clients    other opportunities, including attending court
are assisted in identifying their legal problem     hearings and legal seminars run by the EDO
and finding professional legal advice. Fourth       solicitors.
and fifth year law students have the
                                                    Interns are selected on the basis of their
opportunity to volunteer with SLS for a few
                                                    dedication to environmental/public interest
hours each semester.
                                                    law, their academic performance and personal
If you would like more information about SLS,       skills. Shortlisted applicants must also undergo
email     a     committee      member        at     an interview, which may be performed via
sls@law.utas.edu.au or look at the website at       telephone for students living outside Victoria.
                                                    The EDO internship is completely voluntary;
                                                    however the EDO usually reimburses students
SLS calls for volunteers at the beginning of each   for train/tram transportation costs.
semester, and committee members are elected
                                                    Deadlines for applications are advertised on the
at the end of each year.
                                                    EDO website. Application forms for the
                                                    internship program can be downloaded from:

Volunteering with the
                                                    EDO contact details:
Environment Defenders Office
Meg Good
                                                    T: (03) 8341 3100
The Environment Defenders Office (EDO) is a
public interest law office that specialises in
environmental law. As a not-for-profit (largely
                                                    E: edovic@edo.org.au
government-funded) entity, the EDO focuses
upon pursuing litigation regarding important
environmental issues and formulating law
reform and policy proposals. There is a national
network of EDOs throughout Australia. There is
a Hobart office who readily welcome law
student volunteers on a regular basis. If you are

Firm Directory
The following information is a guide to firms around Australia.

Information was as accurate as possible at the time of printing, but please remember that details
can change. This is particularly the case with Human Resource Personnel. Because of this it is
important that you contact the firms with which you wish to apply and check the closing dates for
applications and relevant contact details. Many of the firms listed may in fact have internet
addresses and it has been attempted to include these as such – a search on the internet may find
that these are updated.

Many of the firms listed had a large number of practice groups and thus these have not been listed –
again, contact the firm in question to determine whether they practice in an area that interests you.

                             AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

       Abbott Tout Harper & Blain                               Deacons Graham & James
        Level 5, 11 London Circuit, Canberra                      15 London Circuit, Canberra 2601
        Ph: (02) 6248 4222                                       Mallesons Stephens Jacques
        Fax: (02) 6249 1196                                       www.msj.com.au
                                                                  Level 10, Advance Bank Centre
       Blake Dawson                                              60 Marcus Clarke St Canberra 2601
        www.blakedawson.com                                       Ph: (02) 6217 6000
        Level 11, 12 Moore St. Canberra 2601
        Ph: (02) 6234 4000                                       Minter Ellison
        Fax: (02) 6234 4111                                       www.minters.com.au
                                                                  Level 3, National Circuit, Forrest, 2603
       Clayton Utz                                               Ph: (02) 6225 3000
        Level 8, Canberra House                                  Porter Parkinson & Bradfield
        40 Marcus Clarke St. Canberra 2601                        www.ppb-lawyers.com.au
        Mail to: GPO Box 1940, Canberra                           GPO Box 908, Canberra, 2601
        2601                                                      Ph: (02) 6247 3477
        Ph: (02) 6279 4000                                        Fax: (02) 6248 5045
        Fax: (02) 6279 4099
                                                                 Sneddon Hall & Gallop
       Crossin Barker Gosling                                    Level 1, 11 London Circuit, Canberra
        Level 6, Canberra House                                   2601
        40 Marcus St. Canberra 2601                               Mail to: GPO Box 908, Canberra 2601
        Ph: (02) 6201 7222                                        Ph: (02) 6201 8900
        Fax: (02) 6257 4011                                       Fax: (02) 6201 8988

       Vandenberg Reid
        Level 1, 18 Lonsdale St, Canberra 2601
        Ph: (02) 6248 7422 or Fax: (02) 6247

                                      NEW SOUTH WALES
   Abbott Tout
    69 Phillip St, Parramatta 2150                  Cutler Highes & Harris
    Ph: (02) 9334 8555                               www.cutler.com.au
    Fax: (02) 9334 8585                              Level 44, 2 Park St Sydney 2000
                                                     Ph: (02): 9020 5600
   Allens Arthur Robinson
    Level 17, the Chiffley Tower, 2 Chiffley        Deacons
    Square, Sydney 2000                              www.deacons.com.au
    Ph: (02) 9230 4144                               1 Alfred St, Circular Quay, Sydney
    Fax: (02) 9230 5333                              2000
                                                     Ph: (02) 9330 8000
   Attorney-General’s Department
    Legislation and Policy Division                 Ebsworth & Ebsworth
    www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au                           www.ebsworth.com.au
    Box 6 GPO Sydney 2001                            135 King St, Sydney 2000
    Ph: (02) 9228 7777                               Ph: (02) 9234 2366
    Fax: (02) 9228 8608                              Fax: (02) 9235 3606

   Baker & McKenzie                                Freehills
    www.bakernet.com                                 www.freehills.com.au
    PO Box 126, Royal Exchange, Sydney               Level 37, MLC Centre
    1223                                             19-29 Martin Place, Sydney 2000
    Ph: (02) 9225 0200                               Ph: (02) 9225 5000
    Fax: (02)9223 7711                               Fax: (02) 9222 4000

   Blake Dawson                                    Gadens
    www.blakedawson.com                              www.gadens.com.au
    Level 36, Grosvenor Place, 225 George            Skygarden Building,
    St, Sydney 2000                                  Level 13, 77 Castlereagh St, Sydney
    Ph: (02) 9258 6000                               2000
    Fax: (02): 9258 6999                             Ph: (02) 9931 4999
                                                     Fax: (02) 9931 4888
   Clayton Utz
    www.claytonutz.com.au                           Hunt & Hunt
    Levels 19-35, 1 O’Connell St, Sydney             www.hunthunt.com.au
    2000                                             Level 15, Gateway 1, 1 Macquarie
    Mail to: PO Box 143, Australia Square,           Place, Sydney, 2000
    Sydney 1215                                      Ph: (02)9391 3000

   Corrs Chambers Westgarth                        Mallesons Stephen Jacques
    www.corrs.com.au                                 www.mjs.com.au
    Level 32, Governor Phillip Tower, 1              Grosvenor Phillips Tower, 1 Farrer
    Farrer Place, Sydney 2000                        Place, Sydney 2000
    Ph: (02) 9210 6500                               Ph: (02) 9296 2000
    Fax: (02) 92016611
                                                    Minter Ellison
   Cowley Hearne Lawyers                            www.minters.com.au
    www.cowleyhearne.com.au                          Aurora Place, 88 Phillip St, Sydney
    PO Box 587, North Sydney 2059                    2000
    Ph: (02) 9956 2100                               Ph: (02) 9921 8888
                                                     Fax: (02) 9921 8123

                                                      Pricewaterhouse Coopers Legal
   Phillips Fox                                       16 Barrack St, Sydney 2000
    www.phillipsfox.com.au                             Ph: (02) 8266 6666
    201 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
    Ph: (02) 9286 8000                                Tress Cocks & Maddox
                                                       Floor 20, 135 King St, Sydney 2000
                                        VICTORIA       Ph: (02) 9221 744

                                                    Corrs Chambers Westgarth
   Anderson Rice                                      www.corrs.com.au
    www.andrice.com.au                                 GPO Box 9925, Melbourne 3001
    Level 10, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne               Ph: (02) 9672 3000
    Ph: (03) 9672 2666                                Deacons
                                                       Level 24, 385 Bourke St, Melbourne
   Arnold Bloch Lieber                                3000
    www.abl.com.au                                     Ph: (03) 8686 6000
    Level 21, 333 Collins St, Melbourne
    3000                                              Ebsworth & Ebsworth
    Ph: (03) 9229 999                                  www.ebsorth.com.au
                                                       GPO Box 4542, Melbourne 3000
   Allens Arthur Robinson                             Ph: (03) 8602 1000
    530 Collins St, Melbourne 3000                    Freehills
    Ph: (03) 9613 8027                                 www.freehills.com.au
                                                       Level 42, 101 Collins St, Melbourne
   Baker & McKenzie                                   3000
    www.bakerinfo.com                                  Ph (03) 9288 1234
    Level 39, Rialto Tower, 525 Collins St,
    Melbourne 3000                                    Gadens
    Ph: (03) 9617 4200                                 Level 25, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke St,
                                                       Melbourne 3000
   Blake Dawson Waldron                               Ph: (03) 9252 2555
    Level 26, 181 William St, Melbourne               Hall and Wilcox
    3000                                               www.hallandwilcox.com.ay
    Ph: (03) 9679 3000                                 Level 19, 600 Bourke St, Melbourne
   Clayton Utz                                        Ph: (03) 9670 9632
    Level 18, 333 Collins St, Melbourne               Herbert Greer & Rundle
    3000                                               GPO Box 524J Melbourne 3001
    Ph: (03) 9286 6000                                 Ph: (03) 9641 8777

   Cornwall Stodart                                  Holding Redich
    www.cornwalls.com.au                               GPO Box 2154T, Melbourne 3001
    GPO Box 1466N, Melbourne 3001                      Ph:      (03)      9321       9999
    Ph: (03) 9608 2000

   Home Wilkinson & Lowry                      Slater & Gordon
    www.hwl.com.au                               www.slatergordon.com.au
    Level 44, Nauru House, 80 Collins St,        533 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
    Melbourne 3000                               3000
    Ph: (03) 8633 7500                           Ph: (03) 9602 4423

   Hunt & Hunt                                 TAC Law
    www.hunthunt.com.au                          www.taclaw.com.au
    Level 26, 360 Collins St, Melbourne          Level 16, 222 Exhibition          St,
    3000                                         Melbourne 3000
    Ph: (03) 9379 9350                           Ph: (03) 9664 6000

   Landers & Rogers                            Tress Cocks & Maddox
    Level 12, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke St,       Level 9, Latrobe St, Melbourne 3000
    Melbourne 3000                               Ph: (03) 9602 9444
    Ph: (03) 9672 9111

   Maddocks
    Level 7, 140 William St, Melbourne
    Ph: (03) 9288 0555

   Mallesons Stephen Jaques
    Level 28, Rialto Tower, Collins St,
    Melbourne 3000
    Ph: (03) 9643 4000

   Middleton Lawyers
    Level 29/2000 Queen St, Melbourne
    Ph: (03) 9205 2000

   Maurice Blackburn Cashman
    550 Swanston St, Carlton 3053
    Ph: (03) 9605 2700

   Minter Ellison
    Level 23, Rialto Tower, 525 Collins St
    Melbourne 3000
    Ph: (03) 8608 2000
    HR Manager: Darlene Pearson

   Phillips Fox
    Level 44/120 Collins St, Melbourne
    Ph: (03) 9274 5000

   Abetz Curtis and Worsley                            C.A Johnstone, Munnings and Co
    83 Davey St, Hobart 7000                             158 Collins St Hobart 7000
    Ph: (03) 6223 8955                                   Ph: (03) 6224 1977

   Alexander Eugene and Associates                     Chris Bowland
    241 Davey St, Hobart 7000                            Westella 1st Floor, 181 Elizabeth St
                                                         Hobart 7000
   Bartletts Barristers and Solicitors                  Ph: (03) 6231 2356
    1st Floor, Centrepoint Arcade
    63b Wilson St, Burne 7320                           Crisp Hudson & Mann
    Ph: (03) 6432 2355                                   75 Mount St Burnie 7320
                                                         Ph: (03) 6431 1622
   Bishops Barristers & Solicitors
    19 Paterson St, Launceston 7250                     Dobson Mitchell & Allport
    Ph: (03) 6334 1667                                   www.doma.com.au
                                                         59 Harrington St, Hobart 7000
   Clarke & Gee Lawyers                                 Mail to: GPO Box 20 Hobart, 7001
    109 Cameron St, Launceston 7250                      Ph: (03) 6222 111 or 1800 812 173
    Ph: (03)6331 4433                                    Fax: (03) 6223 6633

   Don Armstrong                                       E.R Henrey, Wherrett and Benjamin
    81 Salamanca Place, Hobart 7001                      9 Victoria St, Hobart 7000
    (03) 6224 5600                                       Ph: (03) 62217000

   Ayliffe and Ayliffe                                 Friend & Jones
    1st Floor, 63 Salamanca Place, Hobart                28A King Edward St, Ulverstone 7315
    7001                                                 Ph: (03) 6425 1255
    Ph: (03) 6224 7000
                                                        Glade-Wright and Mahindroo
   Baker Tierney and Wilson                             131 Macquarie St, Hobart 7000
    5 Wilmot St, Huonville 7109                          Ph: (03) 6223 1288
    Ph: (03) 6264 1055
                                                        Griffits and Griffits
   Bennett Howroyd                                      1st Floor, 81 Salamanca Place, Hobart
    63 Salamanca Place, 7001                             7000
    Ph: (03) 6234 7255                                   Ph: (03) 6224 6699

   Bradfields                                          Gunson Williams
    144 Argyle St, Hobart 7000                           7th Floor, 152 Macquarie St, Hobart
    Ph: (03) 6231 6880                                   7000
                                                         Ph: (03) 6223 6199
   Butler McIntyre and Butler
    20 Murray St, Hobart 7000                           Hillard and Associates
    Ph: (03) 6222 9444                                   Level 5/39 Murray St, Hobart 7000
                                                         Ph: 1300 363 364

   Hunt and Hunt                               PWB
    www.hunthunt.com.au                          25 Murray St, Hobart 7000
    Level 9, 85 Macquarie St, Hobart 7000        Ph: (03) 6235 1111
    Ph: (03) 6231 0131
                                                Richardson G A
   J. Jovanovic and Associates                  3 Stewart St, Devonport 7310
    Level 1, 42 Murray St, Hobart 7000           Ph: (03) 6424 1766
    Ph: (03): 6223 3344
                                                Simmons Wolfhagen
   Kay & Rundle                                 168 Collins St, Hobart 7000
    4 Cattley St, Burnie 7320                    Ph: (03) 6224 4133
    Ph: (03) 6431 1322
                                                Steven Chopping
   Levis Stace & Cooper                         131 Macquarie St, Hobart 7000
    13 Fenton St, Devonport 7310                 Ph: (03) 6224 1300
    Ph: (03): 6421 7111
                                                Stephenson & Associates
   Max McMullen                                 70 Elizabeth St, Launceston 7250
    1st Floor, 160 Collins St, Hobart 7000       Ph: (03) 6334 0255
    Ph: (03) 6223 8144
                                                Tranfford Legal
   Murdoch Clarke                               27 Cattley St, Burnie 7320
    10 Victoria St, Hobart 7000                  Ph: (03) 6432 1966
    Ph: (03) 6235 9311
                                                Verney Walker & Co Lawyers
   Ogilvie Jennings                             Suite 3, Churchers Arcade, Stewart St,
    8 Brooke St, Hobart 7000                     Devonport 7310
    Ph: (03) 6223 7811                           Ph: (03) 6423 3200

   O’Rourke & Kelly                            Wallace Wilkinson and Webster
    1 Rooke St, Devonport 7310                   4 Watchorn St, Hobart 7000
    Ph: (03) 6424 4633                           Ph: (03) 6231 1765

   Page Seager                                 Walsh Day Williams
    www.pageseager.com.au                        18 King Edward St, Ulverstone 7315
    Level 3, 162 Macquarie St, Hobart            Ph: (03) 6425 2077
    Mail to: GPO Box 1106 Hobart 7000           Zeeman Kable & Page
    Ph: (03) 62355 155                           68 Paterson St Launceston 7250
                                                 Ph: (03) 6331 5922
   Peter Worrall Lawyers
    133 Macquarie St, Hobart 7000               Zeeman & Zeeman
    Ph: (03) 6223 8899                           241 Macquarie St, Hobart 7000
    www.pwl.com.au                               Ph: 62234982

   Philips Taglieri
    152 Macquarie St, Hobart 7000
    Ph: (03) 6222 6333


   Bain Gasteen                                    Mallesons Stephen Jacques
    Level 21, 240 Queens St, Brisbane                www.msj.com.au
    4000                                             Level 30, Waterfront Place, Brisbane
    Ph: (07) 3221 2133                               4000
    Email: email@baingasteen.com.au                  Ph: (07) 3244 8000

   Blake Dawson Waldron                            Minter Ellison
    www.bdw.com.au                                   www.minters.com.au          Waterfront
    123 Eagle St, Brisbane, 700                      Place, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane 4000
    Mail to: Riverside Centre, Brisbane              Ph: (07) 3119 6000
    4000                                            Nicol Robinson Hallets
    Ph: (07) 3259 7000                               www.nrh.com.au
    Fax: (07) 3259 7111                              GPO Box 380 Brisbane 7001
    Practice Leader: Jonathon Shaw                   Ph: (07) 3853 8888

   Clayton Utz                                     Thynne and Macartney Solicitors
    www.claytonutz.com                               www.thymac.com.au
    Level 28 Riparian Plaza, 71 Eagle St,            GPO Box 245 Brisbane 4000
    Brisbane 4000                                    Ph: (07) 3231 8888
     Mail to: GPO Box 55, Brisbane 4001
     Ph: (07) 3292 7000,                            Phillips Fox
    Fax: (07) 3221 9669                              Level 29, Waterfront, 1 Eagle St,
                                                     Brisbane 4000
   Ebsworth and Ebsworth                            Ph: (07): 32464000
    Riverside Centre, Level 22, 123 Eagle           Hunt and Hunt Lawyers
    St, Brisbane 7000                                www.hunthunt.com.au
    Ph: (07) 3303 8888                               GPO Box 834, Brisbane 4001
                                                     Ph: (07) 3231 2444

   Flower and Hart Solicitors                      Lawrence and Associates
    www.flowerhart.com.au                            www.ausmall.com.au/law
    GPO Box 219, Brisbane 4001                       PO Box 8326 Wooloongabba 4870

   Freehills                                       MacDonnells
    www.freehills.com                                www.macdonnells.com.au
    Level 38, Central Plaza 1, 345                   POBox 5046, Cairns 4870
    Queen St, Brisbane 7000                          Ph: (07) 3119 6000
    Ph: (07) 3258 6666

   Hopgood Ganim Lawyers
    GPO Box 367, Brisbane 7000
    Ph: (07) 3234 7777

   MacGillivrays Solicitors
    GPO Box 2582, Brisbane 4001
    Ph: (07) 3228 5204

                               NORTHERN TERRITORY

   Clayton Utz                                  Hunt and Hunt
    www.claytonutz.com.au                         www.hunthunt.com.au
    17-19 Lindsay St, Darwin 0800                 Level 1, 13 Cavenagh St, Darwin 0800
    Ph: (08) 8943 2555
    Fax: (08) 8943 2500                           Ph: (08) 8981 3133

   Cridlands Northern Territory Lawyers         Mildrens
    www.cridlands.com.au                          Level 7, Darwin Plaza, 41 The Mall,
    61 Smith St, Darwin 0800                      Darwin 0800
    Ph: (08) 8943 0400                            Ph: (08) 8981 7077

   De Silva Hebron                              Minter Ellison
    Level 3, 13 Cavenagh St, Darwin 0800          Level 4, 66 Smith St, Darwin 0800
    Ph: (08) 8981 3133                            Ph: (08) 8981 3399
                                                  Contact: Chris Cureton

                                                 TS Lee and Associates
                                                  GPO Box 2658, Darwin 0801
                                                  Ph: (08) 8941 2014

                                                 Ward Keller
                                                  Level 7, Crn Mitchell & Bennett St,
                                                  Darwin 0800
                                                  Ph: (08) 8941 2014


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