Wilyakali woman undertaking GDLP
When deciding where to complete your Practical Legal Training, it’s important to consider how the program will fit in with your commitments and how the program best prepares you for legal practice. Here, we share some practical tips on how to choose the right PLT for you.
The pressure and struggle in private practice to achieve billable targets at all costs.
The constant pressure lawyers face to market their firm and bring in clients.
Commercial lawyers can play a role in social justice.
A formula helps you express the answer to a math problem. A formula can also help you express the answer to your client’s legal problem. How you ask? Read on to discover a formula for successful advice work.
Pop culture can have a major influence in shaping a law student’s outlook towards legal practice.
The relationship between legal ethics and morality.
The iconic ANU College of Law building is undergoing a substantial renovation.
Practicing the law is about so much more than glamour and prestige. It’s about people, their livelihoods and their liberty, and the role that we play in preserving that.
The Australian National University (ANU) has appointed Professor Sally Wheeler OBE as the new Dean of the ANU College of Law.
Lisa Barlin, Partner of Aulich Civil Law, shares her reflection and thoughts on what she would say to her younger self when preparing to embark on her legal career.
I've watched Legally Blonde once (loved it) and just one episode of Suits (rest assured it's one of my desert island DVD box sets).
The effect of a criminal trial can go far beyond a courtroom. As members of the legal profession, it is incumbent on us to not only monitor our own mental health, but also the health of our colleagues.
ANU Law has launched the Unrequired Reading List, a curated list of books, films, texts and artworks intended to complement students’ study of the law.
It is important to remember that clients are not just a set of facts or a problem to be solved. How do you learn how to listen to and talk to clients whose legal problems need your expertise? Here are some tips to help you.
A significant gender divide continues to exist amongst the legal community towards work life balance, impacting career paths.
Injustice is observable only under certain conditions. Getting better at being able to see injustice is a vocational issue for people working in law. After all, justice is what legal systems are for.
By the time you finally stand up in the Supreme Court, to hear counsel move your admission, you have probably studied a significant amount of material relating to legal ethics, some of which is contained in the relevant legislation regulating lawyers, some in the rules and some in case law.
ANU Law graduate Prashant Kelshiker (BA '17, LLB (Hons) '17) has turned his London legal internship into a working trip to the UK for the rest of the year, after he was invited back to work in the Cornerstone Barristers chambers.
We learn from the lawyers we work with. Think about which of them you’d like to emulate.
Since the GFC there have been more than 17 Inquiries and Reviews into the AFS, with an emphasis on poor bank behaviour and bank culture. The volume of recommendations made by the various Inquiries and Reviews is astonishing when compared to those recommendations that have actually been implemented. Disappointment has been rife within the community because the change that was expected to follow the Inquiries and Reviews was not delivered. A wide range of voices across the community have called for government intervention, and the government has hit back with several measures announced as part of the 2017 Federal Budget.
Resilience is an important part of anyone’s career, and we learn something new even from setbacks. It’s also important to have contingency plans.
A recent decision of the Canadian Supreme Court arising from an intellectual property dispute between 2 Canadian businesses raises some interesting issues about the power of domestic courts to make orders against search engines that have effect worldwide.
ANU Legal Workshop has partnered with Beyond Law to provide exclusive job opportunities for students. Anthony Lieu, founder of Beyond Law, provides 4 tips on how to stay ahead with applications in the competitive law job market.
ANU Legal Workshop have collaborated with Aulich Civil Law (ACL) to provide our students with some valuable insight into legal practice and the perspective of a leading local employer. Lisa Barlin, Partner of ACL, has shared with us her unique perspective on what not to do when pursuing employment opportunities
Investing in early stage start ups or ventures is inherently risky with a recent Stanford University Report finding that 92% of technology start ups failed within 3 years. How the risk of failure or under performance is shared by, or transferred between, promoters and investors is something that technology transfer lawyers spend a lot of time working on, both in the drafting and negotiation phases of a transaction. A recent decision of the NSW Supreme Court demonstrates what can go wrong.
Modern communications technologies and social media platforms have provided us with many benefits but they have also resulted in the blurring of the dividing line between our work and private lives. In what circumstances can an employer take disciplinary action against an employee for opinions expressed on personal social media accounts on social, political or workplace issues?
Confidence is a trait that lawyers need to possess. Without it, being successful will be difficult. It can be difficult to develop confidence, and it can be tricky to maintain it.
Courage. This is not a word immediately associated with the word ‘lawyer’ - a space crowded with lawyer jokes and negative stereotypes of grasping and greed. But for many practising lawyers, courage is what it is all about.
Good lawyering requires an awareness of, and honesty about, the limits of our knowledge
Impressions of commercial law often contrast with the reality of the broadness of commercial practice and the wide variety of clients, representing a vibrant area of legal practice beyond the stereotypes.
New to the MLP in 2017, 'Law and Organising' is about what can happen when law meets social justice and vice versa. Lawyers are often involved and the course explores why and how from different perspectives. Current and future lawyers and those interested in progressive change can enhance their repertoire through this course.
Being Well in the Law is about wellbeing. This newly published guide discusses the things that help us thrive as lawyers and as people.
Anneka’s research into the relationship between professional identity, ethics and wellbeing provides some guidance as to how to take a different 'unpathed' path in your career and be okay with that.
In 1995 less than 15% of the lawyers in Australia were employed by corporations, governments and NGO’s, today approximately 30% are. What has driven that growth and what are the opportunities and challenges for the in-house lawyer or for the law graduate considering an in-house legal role?
Engage in as many things as possible –don’t rule anything out –you never know what might be around the corner.
How lawyering can be like as hip as design: Finding the nerve to suggest unconventional solutions.
5 practical tips for newly admitted solicitors. Since commencing my career at the ANU College of Law, I frequently reflect upon my first few years of legal practice.
To practice as a lawyer in Australia you need to complete your Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) - also referred to as Practical Legal Training, or PLT - before you can apply to be admitted as a legal practitioner. (When you see PLT or GDLP, note that these terms are used interchangeably and refer to the same course).
The ANU Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) has been re-accredited by the ACT Legal Practitioners Admission Board, finding the program continues to meet the national learning and competency requirements for entry level lawyers.
Roberta is a lawyer who has specialised in property and continues to practice to support student placements at the ACT Legal Aid Office.
Congratulations to David Richards who has been shortlisted in the 2016 Australia Day Awards as the ACT finalist for the ‘Local Hero’ award for his community fund raising activities on behalf of ‘SIDS and Kids'.
The transition from law student to newly-admitted lawyer is a critical time, not only for the mental health and wellbeing of these lawyers but for the future of the profession.
A decades old injustice against Aboriginal station workers in Western Australia has been taken up ANU lawyer Judy Harrison.
Lawyers, health workers and counsellors are collaborating to improve access to the law for disadvantaged communities, according to an ANU research paper.
ANU Legal Workshop lecturer, Elizabeth Lee has been awarded a prestigious scholarship to participate in a leadership program in Shanghai.
Skye is the Associate Director of the ANU Legal Workshop and also the Director of the Master of Legal Practice.
Anneka Ferguson is the Sub-Dean for the Masters of Legal Practice and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the Australian National University Legal Workshop.
More than 50 years after gaining a degree in Occupational Therapy, Gillian Groom joins her legal dynasty family in their Tasmanian law firm.
Lynn's research interests are in government legal practice; ecommerce law and practical legal education; particularly in preparing students for the variety of types of legal practice.
Craig is currently pursuing PhD research on 'Defamation; Law and Public Opinion in the Australian Colonies; 1824-1874'.
Professor Paul Maharg heads up our newest research Centre, the PEARL (Profession, Education and Regulation in Law) Collaborative.