• Damon Laffin

Tips for Students or Young Lawyers

Updated: Jun 17, 2021

1. Get out there and get experience!


Every bit of experience you can gain during your studies will be helpful. It will provide you with the opportunity to apply what you are learning into practice. Getting out there and even volunteering to get experience, just shows that you are eager to learn and that you are passionate about what you do, which is a trait a lot of employers look for! It will also show you, that what you are learning at University is a small portion of what occurs in practice, thereby better preparing you for when you make the transition to becoming a Young Lawyer.


2. Trust the Process and believe in yourself, it will pay off.


Whether you are a Young Lawyer or a Student, you may have doubts that this may not be for you or your not cut out for it. I implore you to be patient, while you might not see it now, every mistake is an experience you can learn from and in the end it will pay off. Believe in yourself and trust the process.


3. Persistence is crucial.


Persistence is also extremely crucial, persistence to keep learning, persistence to improve yourself and your work, persistence to be that bit better each day. Small feats each day compound over time and eventuate into a large accomplishment.


4.Enjoy it! It will likely be the only Degree you do.


One piece of advice I received while doing my studies from one of my mentors, was "enjoy it, you will probably only do one degree" which really changed my perspective on my studies. I know most of us spend the majority of our studies stressing about the next assessment due. But looking back now, I don't remember the countless hours I put into each assessment. What I do remember is the feeling of accomplishment, once I finally completed it.


So enjoy it! The stress will pass and one day it will all just be a memory.


5. NETWORKING is key!


I will do a full article on this as it is such an important topic but there is so many benefits that can come from networking. Whether you enjoy networking or not, in this industry we work in, it is an important part of our job to network, to build a clientele base, to build a support network with like minded colleagues or the possibility of obtain a mentor. It is surprising the doors that can open up from one event.


6. If it does not feel right, don’t force it.


Now this is in relation to a number of things, a firm, a job, an area of Law, it does not matter what it is. If it does not feel right with you don't force it. A lot of employers have mentioned that they are leaning away from the standard interviewers when looking for employees and are leaning more toward whether you would fit into the team at the firm. In the same regard, you should ensure that you are happy being part of that team and if it is not for you, then do not force it, the right opportunity will come along.


7. Support is everywhere, don’t be afraid to reach out!


The biggest thing I have learnt since commencing the podcast is just how supportive every single person in this profession is! So for those Young Lawyers or Students out there that are looking for advice, a chat or just getting to know new people, just send a message, that is all it takes! I promise you they don't bite. I AM YET TO MEET A LAWYER WHO TURNS DOWN THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A COFFEE!


8. Find your passion and then get really good at it.


Finding what makes you passionate should be your main goal, even if you do a degree and choose not to continue and be admitted as a Solicitor, that is perfectly fine. I know many people who I studied with, that are no practicing and chose a different career path. Just because you do a degree, doesn't mean you have to follow it. Find what you are passionate about and get really good at it!


9. LISTEN TO THE YOUNG LAWYER PODCAST!


This is by far the best tip of all! Listening to the Young Lawyer podcast, as I have put together a collection of advice from Legal professionals at different stages of their journeys. All you have to do it listen.


My aim is to reach as many people as I can and help as many as I can with this platform. All I ask in return is that if you enjoy this podcast or find it useful, that you share it with your family, friends or colleagues so we can continue to build the Young Lawyer community. Also that you leave a leave a rating and a review on Apple Podcasts and Youtube.


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