Careers

 

OVERVIEW

FROM STUDENT TO PROFESSIONAL

Our launch event of the year - this is a panel discussion where speakers from a range of backgrounds share their journey from student to professional, with question and answer time allowed. Panels in the past have consisted of a barrister, in-house counsel, a government solicitor and a corporate lawyer. Whether you’re a first-year student trying to understand where a law degree can take you or a final year student looking to secure that graduate position, this is a great place to start!

 

The Monash LSS Careers Portfolio is a combined LLB and JD portfolio that aims to provide both LLB and JD students (of all year levels) with a wide selection of high-calibre and informative events, with a view to introducing them to areas of employment and cultivating their professional networks. We work together with law firms and other organisations to run a plethora of events throughout the year to help LLB and JD students explore the careers that are available to law students. We also publish an annual clerkship guide that aims to help students with their clerkship applications.

 

All our events are available to both LLB and JD students, as our portfolios are combined to provide students with a greater diversity of events and opportunities to build their networks with legal professionals.

 

CLERKSHIP 101 SEMINAR

The Clerkship 101 seminar is an opportunity for penultimate year law students to hear from a recent clerk about the ins-and-outs of the application period and the clerkship itself. Following the presentation, a panel of recent clerks will be there to answer all your questions on applications, interviews, cocktail evenings and all things clerkship.

 

EXPERT PANEL SERIES

Hear from partners from some of Australia’s leading corporate firms share their experiences and thoughts on the practice areas in which they specialise! With potential topics ranging from Mergers & Acquisitions to Projects to Litigation and Dispute Resolution, the Expert Panel Series is a great way to meet the experts at the top of their fields, gain insight into their work and learn more about their firms.

(Penultimate and final year students will be prioritised)

 

CLERKSHIP GUIDE LAUNCH AND NETWORKING EVENING

The Clerkship Guide Launch and Networking Evening is the largest commercial law and networking event of the LSS careers calendar. Representatives, including graduates and HR from all Gold and Platinum Sponsor firms will be in attendance to mingle and answer all clerkship-related questions.

(Penultimate and final year students will be prioritised)

 

CLERKSHIP GUIDE

The annual Clerkship Guide is an invaluable resource for all students undertaking their clerkship applications. Partnering with our Platinum Sponsors, the Guide contains important information on firms, contacts and clerkship dates.

The Guide also includes graduate-written articles on the nuances of the clerkship application period, complemented by the practice areas articles from a firm perspective. It is the key resource for Monash law students undertaking their clerkship applications.

To view the new 2020 Clerkship Guide, please click here.

 

SMALL & BOUTIQUE FIRM SEMINAR

Recognising that traditional employment in large commercial law firms is not for everyone, the Small & Boutique Firm Seminar puts Monash law students in contact with graduate employers in the area. Open for all students to attend, the event is sure to change the way you understand graduate employment.

BEYOND COMMERCIAL CAREERS FAIR

 

Your law degree makes you highly desirable across all industries, not just for a traditional commercial career with a large law firm. Speak with lawyers in many non-commercial fields, including not-for-profit, in-house, academia, government and many more. Representatives from Practical Legal Training providers will also be on hand to answer any questions about admission after graduation. This is your opportunity to learn more, ask questions and discover jobs you didn't even know existed!

 

PROFESSIONAL MENTORING

The Professional Mentoring Program pairs students with a mentor from the legal profession, according to practice area and/or interest. It is a great opportunity for students to meet and network with lawyers, giving them invaluable insight into the day-to-day workings of legal practice. Keep an eye out on Facebook to see when applications open.

(Penultimate and final year students will be prioritised)

 

CLERKSHIP Q&A

This is another opportunity to hear from law firm representatives explain their clerkship process. The panel will be made up of graduates or junior lawyers who have recently gone through the process, and who can provide an overview of their experience during the clerkship experience as well as providing some insight into life as a graduate lawyer.  There will also be time for questions and answers after the panel with firm representatives.

(Penultimate and final year students will be prioritised)

 

MOCK INTERVIEWS

Continuing on the successful past experiences of penultimate Monash law students, mock interviews are back. With opportunities to undertake a simulated interview at a leading law firm, followed by feedback, the mock interviews require successful students to submit a resume and cover letter (and possibly academic transcript) to the firm that students are randomly allocated to.

(Penultimate and final year students will be prioritised)

 

CRIMINAL & FAMILY LAW SEMINAR

Does advocacy interest you? Do you like dealing with people? Have you ever considered a career in family or criminal law? If so, the Criminal and Family Law Panel is for you. Students will hear from practitioners and barristers in these areas about the type of work undertaken, and the challenges and benefits of a career in criminal or family law.

IN-HOUSE SEMINAR

 

A career as an in-house lawyer is another career pathway for students who are looking to practice as a lawyer but do not want to work in a large commercial law firm. Open for all students to attend, the event is an opportunity for students to hear about the type of work undertaken by an in-house lawyer and learn more about the inner workings of an in-house legal team.

 

JOURNEY TO THE BAR

Considering a career at the bar? Come and hear a panel of barristers explain their journey from graduation to successful careers at the bar. Complete with a question and answer panel, students can find out how to enter a career advocating in court and fighting for their client on the front line.

 

BARRISTER SHADOWING PROGRAM

The Barrister Shadowing Program offers students the opportunity to shadow a barrister from the Victorian Bar for a week during the university break, according to practice area and/or interest. It is a great opportunity for students to learn what a barrister does on a day-to-day basis. Keep an eye out on Facebook to see when applications open.

(Penultimate and final year students will be prioritised)

 

PLT SEMINAR

Hear from Leo Cussen and College of Law about the Practical Legal Training course that you will have to do after graduation if you wish to be admitted as a lawyer. This is a great opportunity to learn more about PLT and the courses on offer from these two leading PLT providers. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions and network with the PLT representatives.  

 

QUESTIONS

Dates for our events are subject to change so keep an eye out on our Facebook Page for more up to date information and we hope to see as many of you there! All our events are available to LLB and JD students.

 

If you have any questions about our events feel free to contact our Careers Officers: careersofficers@monashlss.com

 

If you have specific questions regarding the Clerkship Guide please contact our Careers Officers (Publications): clerkshipguide@monashlss.com

LLB LOCATION

15 Ancora Imparo Way, Monash University, Clayton VIC 3168

POSTGRADUATE

LOCATION

Level 2, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

OFFICE HOURS

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OFFICE HOURS

OPEN MON-THURS

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Please note both offices are currently closed

Enquiries

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