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1 UWS Law Students Association – helping careers Prof Michael Adams Dean, School of Law UWS 2 nd WIL Symposium 1 st July

2 A view of lawyers? 2

3 Introduction 30 years since I graduated with LLB –Professor since 2001 – a Dean since 2007 The world has changed! Variety of careers with a law degree Role of law students associations UWS LSA contributes to the THREE “C”s – Competitions – Communications – Careers 3

4 Why did I study law? When I was 14 years old I attended an arbitration conducted by my father in London – very exciting I was a first in family to go to University I did OK in my HSC (called “A” levels) but had too much fun as a paid DJ! But when I started to study law * I just loved it - especially one unit…?

5 Legal education Law Schools grown from six to Legal education controlled by admitting authorities (NSW LPAB – Cth LACC) –Priestley 11 subjects (basic academic contents) Centre for Legal Education research – 50% expect to be admitted as lawyers – 50% use thinking skills for other careers Council of Australian Law Deans Australasian Law Teachers Association 5

6 AFR 4 th April 2014 – growth in law 6

7 Largest Law Schools 7

8 NSW Law students 8

9 Employment opportunities 9

10 10 Can lawyers change the world?  11 out of 29 Prime Ministers  10 out of 45 NSW Premiers  24% of Governor-Generals are lawyers  Margaret Thatcher  Nelson Mandela  Mahatma Ghandi  John Cleese, Steve Vizard, Peter Garrett and most of the Chaser TV crew!

11 11 Times have changed ?

12 Social Importance focus of our Mission statement "Our mission is to be a law school which excels in education and research and values its students and staff. In the spirit of intellectual freedom we critically and ethically engage with the law and the issues of our time. We are actively committed to socially just and professional practice and we support and challenge our graduates to serve their communities with the same commitment". Concepts of pro bono Parramatta Community Justice Clinic Indigenous (ATSI) graduate attribute 12

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14 UWS LSA Law student societies are a key part of all University law schools Law Schools are self-defined and unlike most other schools/faculties The two previous student associations/clubs amalgamated with the single university in

15 Objects of LSA To create opportunities and encourage students to make the most of these opportunities whilst at university so that they may become highly desirable candidates for employment post-graduation. To promote and raise the profile of the UWS School of Law and the University of Western Sydney generally, with the aim of increasing opportunities for graduates and maximising graduate outcomes. 15

16 UWS LSA How does a disciplined club or society support career readiness of students? – Providing the basis of the THREE “C”s: Competitions Communications Careers 16

17 UWS LSA UWS LSA has its own website: 17

18 UWS LSA Note the logo….. 18

19 Competitions Law students get involved in mooting –Legal arguments – advocacy – LSA operates a Moot Club for all years – LSA runs a few different competitions Formal Mooting Client interviewing Witness cross-examination 19

20 Competitions LSA organised the grand finals to be held at the NSW Supreme Court – Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO – Hon Justice Brian Sully QC (Adjunct Prof) – Hon Justice Geoff Lindsay – Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC (Adjunct Prof) Winners selected to be part of national competition run by Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) 20

21 UWS LSA Other mooting competitions UWSLSA gets involved with are: – Shine Torts Moot; – Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot; – National Intervarsity Women’s Mooting Tournament; – Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot 21

22 Communications LSA plays an important role in communicating with law students and potential UWS students in a variety of ways – UWS Open Day and UWS Day Run “mini-moots” as demonstrations of what it is like to be in law school Use a bail procedure in either the Campbelltown or Parramatta iMoot Court 22

23 School of Law Apps – Mooting

24 Parramatta ?? 24

25 Campbelltown ?? 25

26 Communications Social events and facebook etc – Law Cruise – Casual BBQ events – Law Orientations Camp before semester starts – Law Ball 26

27 Communications 27

28 Law Ball 28

29 Careers LSA plays a very active role in getting law students ready for the work force The Law Career Fair (grown out of Business & Law Careers) had: – Law firms – Interview skills – ATO – Other employers 29

30 Careers Curriculum vitae preparation Summer clerkship preparation Interview skills and practice LSA will organise law firms to attend on or off campus events 30

31 Careers 31

32 LSA Careers Being involved with LSA as an elected officer can give you and edge for employment Roles include: – LSA President, VP Treasury & Marketing; VP Careers & Education; VP Administration; Executive Secretary; General Manager – In total 26 law students from first year to fifth year are elected onto the LSA 32

33 Careers As Head of School since 2007 and Dean of Law since 2012, I have consistently worked with all the LSA Presidents Developed a “trinity” between – the Law School – the UWS Law Alumni chapter and – the Law Students Association 33

34 LSA Officers Particularly want to thank the current Law Students Association Executive: 2014 President Maria Badawi VP (General Manager) Mel Pudig Executive Secretary James Zhao 34

35 Time for a Lawyer Joke You're trapped in a room with a tiger, a rattlesnake and a lawyer. You have a gun with two bullets. What should you do? Shoot the lawyer. Twice 35

36 Conclusion & questions Disciplined based clubs help with career readiness Both directly and indirectly through professionalism & expectations Opportunities in a very competitive environment 36


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