Over a six month period as part of my PLT requirement, I undertook volunteer work experience at my local Victoria Legal Aid office. Victoria Legal Aid provides legal advice and representation for clients who are disadvantaged and cannot afford a private lawyer. I decided to volunteer my time to not only see how the service is delivered, but also to become exposed to the world of advocacy and experience some cases in action – something I knew would be different than being at a firm.

Beyond Law is proud to be involved again this year with ALSA Conference!

Hosted in Hobart, Tasmania, ALSA Conference this year will be held from Monday 4 July to Sunday 10 July 2016.

More than 500 law students from Australia, New Zealand, and South-East Asia will compete in the national competitions and attend Australian Legal Education Forums, speakers’ forums and skills workshops. The ALSA Council will also meet to discuss law school education, advocacy and careers.

Registration fees will range from $500 for silver registration and $900 for gold registration. Gold registration includes accommodation. A weekend package is also available for $300.

Beyond Law will be contributing to the discussion on opportunities for law students, graduates and young lawyers. This will be our 3rd year attending ALSA Conference and we look forward to connecting with the brightest legal minds in Australia.

Visit the official ALSA Conference website.

Thomas Wooden

In 2014, the Law Society of New South Wales reported that 12.5% of solicitors were practicing in a rural or regional area, compared with 53.6% of solicitors practicing in a capital city and 30.6% practicing in a wider suburban area.1 For many law students and recent graduates, rural, regional and remote (RRR) legal practice is rarely considered as a career option.

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You’ve got six seconds to impress a recruiter on LinkedIn, and once you reel them in, you want to make sure your profile is solid. This giant visual guide tells you the basics of what you need to know to make your profile stand out.

We’ve told you how to make LinkedIn a useful tool in your job search, and this “ultimate cheat sheet” from LeisureJobs lays it all out visually. From your headline to using hidden features, this holds your hand through the process and tells you what you need to know. Check it out at the link below.

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.   

Sam Taylor

In the ultra-competitive legal services market, the technological aptitude of law graduates is fast changing from an employer preference to a pre-requisite. It has been identified in blogs such as Law21, AboutCareers and Youblawg as one of the most desirable skills to have before applying for a clerkship or graduate position. So what exactly are the specific skills, trends, and types of software that law students can familiarize themselves with before entering the workforce? Read more for how the tertiary sector is catering to the skills need, the leading advancements in legal technology and training options and resources you can turn to to become better versed in such increasingly widespread innovation.

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.

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The Australian Law Students' Association (ALSA) is extremely pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Wellbeing Guide. In light of the staggeringly high incidence of mental health problems within the legal profession, this Guide is intended to provide students with some practical, holistic and achievable ways of taking care of their health and wellbeing. The Guide covers a range of different topics, including study tips, finding balance, fun ways to be physically active and some super easy, super delicious recipes. It aims to open up a dialogue about health issues among students, and get them to prioritise taking care of themselves.

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The stress of final years at law school can do strange things to people. The time and energy channelled into research essays, case summaries, all-night study sessions and exams can leave many students with little time to consider the practicalities of life, let alone a career, after graduation.