Andersons Family Law Partner Selina Nikoloudakis was recently announced as a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards for ‘Mentor of the year’. As a result, a number of people reached out to Selina with congratulations, as well as her students and young graduates asking for career advice. This display of initiative and dedication inspired Selina to share her top 5 tips for law students to secure their first legal job.
In the coming weeks, Selina will release further articles which set out her 5 tips for young graduates and her 5 tips for more senior practitioners. Stay tuned!
My 5 tips are as follows:
- Focus on completing your studies to the best of your abilities.
- As you approach the final year of your degree, start considering clerkship opportunities. By that stage, you would have completed the core law subjects and have some theoretical experience behind you.
- If you can, undertake extra-curricular activities and/or paid or volunteer work to diversify your skill set. The skills you develop in these roles may be transferable to your role as a lawyer and may set you apart from other candidates. Reflecting on my experience, I worked in a medical practice whilst studying. To this day, I am grateful for the skills I acquired from my employment, such as diary and file management. I continue to apply many of those skills in my day-to-day role as a family lawyer.
- As you approach the end of your degree, start attending networking events where there are likely to be law professionals (e.g. Family Law Spring Drinks, National Family Law Conference). Step out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to those professionals – this one conversation could open many doors and opportunities.
- Finally, reach out to lawyers – email them and ask to have a coffee with them. Ask them to share with you their experiences and ask them to offer some guidance to help you take the next step.