Hello there and welcome to my Australian law student blog.
About me and my pseudonym, Will
I completed a postgraduate law degree (Juris Doctor) and currently work as a junior corporate lawyer in a top-tier firm.
When I started my degree I didn’t know exactly where I wanted to end up, but I certainly didn’t expect to be at a large corporate firm. Now I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else; the people I work with are great and I love the work (though I don’t particularly love the long hours).
I thought law school was difficult, and I found thinking about my future pretty scary. What made it worse was the constant commentary from friends, family, the media and the legal profession regarding the difficulties of securing a graduate job. It sometimes felt like securing a legal job was completely out of my control.
Looking back at my time at law school, I did a lot of things right – I put a significant amount of work in during my entire degree to make sure I could get the job I wanted. That included gaining relevant experience and (some) networking. I knew there was an element of luck in every job offer, and my aim was to reduce that element as much as I could.
It worked out well for me and I landed in a great graduate role straight out of university. With the right attitude and understanding of law school and the legal industry, I think yout can do the same.
So why the pseudonym? Well, there are a number of reasons.
First of all, I’m pretty shy. I prefer working in the background without attracting too much attention to myself. I’m also definitely not the most confident person in the world; no matter where I go, that sliver of self doubt follows. One day, I’ll learn how to deal with attention, criticism, compliments and lack of confidence; it’s a work in progress!
At the end of the day, I just don’t want anyone that I know in real life to know that I’m writing a blog! I feel like I can avoid all of the above issues by posting anonymously, so if you ever figure out who I am, please keep it to yourself!
Starting a blog
I wanted to start a blog while I was actually studying, but I never feel qualified to give out advice or share my experiences; I was a student and struggling through the mountain of work that is law school, just like everyone else, so what did I know?
Looking back, I wish I had started this earlier because I was lucky enough to receive some great advice along the way. I also learnt some amazing study techniques and other tips which made everything much easier. I doubt that I would have achieved the marks that I did without all of this help. (Perhaps even more importantly, it would have been a great way to procrastinate when I didn’t want to finish off an essay or review cases for an exam.)
From what I can tell, blogging is pretty much dead and social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have taken over. I still like the idea of a blog, so I’ll just stick with that.
About this site
This blog aims to provide encouragement to law students who are doing their best in a difficult, uncertain and (very) negative legal market. I hope that by providing some insight into the skills that helped me get though law school, you will also learn something to help you achieve your goals.
If you are committed to going down the law path, go in with your eyes open to the difficulties, and make sure you are doing everything you can to give yourself the best opportunity for when you graduate. Reading through this site is a great starting point.
There aren’t that many other Australian law student blogs out there, so hopefully you find some of this information useful.