Beyond Law Guest Blog

  • 4 Tips for Young Lawyers: Finding The Balance From The Start

    Thomas Wooden

    Having been there myself, starting a career in law is a steep learning curve brimming with rewarding new experiences, change and growth.  However, it can also be a period of nervousness and uncertainty as for many of us; we learn to grapple, for the first time, with acclimating to the corporate world, full-time work and coming to terms with the stark differences between studying law and practicing law.   

  • 5 Tips to Achieve Success in a Non-Traditional Law Career

    Tatiana Stotz

    Ever wanted to combine your interest in law with travel outside the traditional corporate law career path? Tatiana Stotz (Juris Doctor with Honours (ANU) & B. International Studies (Syd)) did just that. She turned down a corporate graduate law position to pursue her interests in corporate social responsibility and human rights and now travels the world doing what she loves.

  • 7 Tips For Securing A Legal Internship With The United Nations

    Thomas Wooden

    Are you considering applying for a legal internship with the United Nations? Are you unsure how to approach the application process? After securing internships with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT), I want to share some personal tips with you in the hope that it will help you obtain an internship with the UN.

  • How (Not) To Work On Your First Day

    Hanna Daych

    At the start of my third year of law school, I landed a brief work experience stint with a judge at the South Australian Supreme Court. Ecstatic about the three weeks which would surely save me from a desperate life of unemployment and give me a wide new perspective, I started preparing. I bought a brand new power suit, a few blouses so conservative my high-school self would have considered them turtlenecks and found a bus into the CBD which would get me to work seven minutes early. I rehashed all my legal researching skills, practiced my handshake and bought a tiny notebook; some article in my law student association’s Careers Guide advised an intern to always be prepared for note taking. 

  • How to Land a Graduate Job at a Top Tier Firm

    Elle Woods

    Unless your name is Elle Woods in 'Legally Blonde', landing a graduate position at a top tier firm these days can seem impossible. With a virtually unsustainable number of law students graduating and competing for limited jobs around the country, securing yourself a graduate position has become something of an arms race. So how do you stand out from the crowdwhen the majority of your peers have graduated with similar grades, experience and qualifications? Read more for four simple but effective strategies.

  • How to Land a World Bank Fellowship

    Edmund Bao

    Meet Edmund Bao, who recently returned from Washington, D.C. after being the 2014 recipient of the ANU World Bank Fellowship. Edmund is in his final year of an undergraduate commerce/law degree from the Australian National University. In this week's guest blog, we interview Edmund about the World Bank Fellowship and his tips for future applicants.

  • How to Land Your Dream Law Internship - Part 1: Converting Your Application into Interview Success

    Derek Bayley

    The Nygh Internship is one of the most prestigious legal internships in the Australia. It provides the opportunity for an Australian law graduate to work with some of the leading private international law practitioners in the world at the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Presented by The Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Australian Branch of the International Law Association, the Nygh Internship closes 30 September each year, and was showcased on Beyond Law. We were fortunate enough to interview this year’s internship recipient, Derek Bayley.

  • How to Land Your Dream Law Internship - Part 2: How to Deal With Disappointment

    Derek Bayley

    This week, we look at how to deal with the darker side of dream job hunting – dealing with disappointment and learning to build yourself back up. Beyond Law was fortunate enough to interview Derek Bayley – the 2015 Nygh Intern at the Hague Conference on Private International Law. This is the second part in a two-part interview with Derek Bayley – the 2015 Nygh Intern at the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

    You can read the first part here.

  • Lawyers without Borders: Working in Britain under the Youth Mobility Scheme

    Youth Mobility Scheme for Australian Lawyers

    University is over and the dust has settled. You are working in a stable job and finally putting to use the law degree that you slaved over during your student years: a haze of caffeine and cortisol. You have a comfortable income and you know your city like the back of your hand. Some of your peers are settling down into predictable careers and serious relationships, but something about that makes you feel trapped. Is this it? Could you really be ready to join them on the well-worn path towards Australian adulthood? Erin Bassett offers insight into life as a young lawyer in London.

  • The Top Three ‘Mistakes’ I Made at Law School

    Elizabeth Lee ANU

    "Get good grades at law school, do a clerkship, get a graduate job, earn lots of money, go to the Bar and save the world. When I was in my first year of law school, I had my legal career all mapped out. Simple, clear and to-the-point." In this week's Beyond Law Guest Blog, Elizabeth Lee writes on her three 'mistakes' during law school. She is a lecturer in professional skills, litigation and legal aid clinic at ANU Legal Workshop.

  • Tort Story: 4 Reasons To Think About Working In Plaintiff Law

    Matthew Littlejohn

    There is no university subject called “plaintiff law”. Torts and negligence come close, but they fail to capture the heart of plaintiff work. Often, when people think of plaintiff law (also called personal injury or PI), they think of ambulance chasing, car crashes, and slipping on grapes.  Though plaintiff law might not always have the “sex appeal” of a shiny glass tower or an international secondment, here are the top four reasons I think you should give it another look.