International Women's Day Panel
In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March, the LSS conducted a panel consisting of accomplished women in law sharing their experiences and advice with Monash law students. The 2021 theme for International Women’s Day is #choosetochallenge, centring upon the theme of challenging gender inequity, which formed the basis of the panel discussion. A recording of the panel discussion can be found here.
Our panellists were Shanta Martin, Vanessa Shambrook and Kathleen Foley.
Women's Professional Legal Mentoring Program
2021 will see the inauguration of a streamlined and inclusive mentoring program, enabling students to preference if they wish to be paired with a mentor who shares an aspect of their identity, as well preference legal practice groups. Mentors will include lawyers from various practice areas and in different sectors, including top commercial firms and community legal centres, as well as barristers and judicial officers. Overall the program connects students with professionals, allowing insight into professional life and building student networks.
Women and gender diverse students may elect to be a part of the Women’s mentoring program and be paired with a legal professional who shares their identity. The mentor will be able to provide guidance to the mentee as they develop their professional careers, as well as provide insight and advice regarding the challenges in the law for those who experience misogyny.
Women in Law Breakfast
A sell-out event, the annual Women in the Law Breakfast will be held again in 2021, on the morning of Tuesday 10 August. The Women in the Law Breakfast is a fantastic event designed to celebrate the success of legal professionals who experience misogyny. It connects aspiring students with seasoned lawyers in order to pass down invaluable advice about pursuing a career in law as well as their views on the role of women in the legal profession today. Despite its focus, all students are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Women’s Moot Competition will run for the first time in 2021 and it is a joint initiative between the Competitions and Women’s Departments. The aim of this program is to increase students’ perception of the accessibility of pursuing a career at the Bar, which remains heavily male-dominated.
The competition is open to female and gender diverse LLB and JD students. Requiring both written and oral submissions, this competition will provide an opportunity for aspiring barristers to practice their legal research and advocacy skills, as well as provide networking opportunities with legal professionals.
Workshop: Wednesday 18 August
Round 1: Monday 23 August
Round 2: Wednesday 25 August
Semi-Final: Monday 3 August
Grand Final: Wednesday 1 September
Women in Law - Professional Development & Networking Night
Held on Tuesday 7th September, the Women in Law Professional Development & Networking Night is designed to maximise students professional opportunities and provide insight, advice and practical tools to tackle the major obstacles encountered in the legal world.
Centering upon a theme of gender equality and women’s empowerment, last year’s guest speakers included: a barrister, who shared her experiences working as an international QC in areas of international law; an in-house lawyer who shared her experiences working in house, as well as previously as a government lawyer; a lawyer in a commercial firm who shared her secondment experiences; and a lawyer who shared her experienced working in an innovative and technology-focused commercial law firm.
Despite its focus, all students are welcome and encouraged to attend.
If you have any questions or queries regarding the Women’s Portfolio and would like to get in touch, please do not hesitate to contact the Women’s Officer, Isabella (she/her) on