Life as a Criminal (Defence) Lawyer

It has been almost ten months since I began working as a criminal defence lawyer in the Central West of New South Wales – hopefully long enough for me to be able to share my thoughts and feelings on my experience to date. The idea of this article is simply to provide a general insight into what life is like for a junior criminal lawyer in regional…

As one chapter ends, another begins

A little over two years ago I shared with you my joy at being accepted into the Master of Laws (LLM) program at the University of Sydney. I’m happy to report that a little over a week ago I received notification that I had completed my final subject, meaning all things going well I should graduate in the next ceremony later this year. Woooohooooo! The LLM is the main…

Nepal

It’s been a while – just over a year to be exact – since my last post! I’ve been shooting much less than I would have liked, as my sole focus has been on finishing my Masters degree. I recently arrived back home after spending two weeks in Nepal, where I participated in the Himalayan Field School, which was focused on the interaction between development and human rights in…

I’m a lawyer.

Earlier this month I was admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of NSW. It was a nice occasion – my parents flew down from Queensland, there was all the pomp and ceremony one would expect, and the ceremony itself was conducted in the Banco Court by the Chief Justice of NSW. A few of the reasons I haven’t posted in a while…

Great news!

I applied for the Master of Laws (LLM) program at the University of Sydney late last year for semester 2 (beginning this July). I got formal notification on Wednesday that I’ve been accepted into the program! 😀 As many of you are aware I never completed high school, and last year graduated from the LPAB’s Diploma in Law course (which I highly recommend). One of the great things about…

AppleCare Protection Plans – Why You Shouldn’t Buy Them

Just something I need to get off my chest! Disclaimer: The following article is my opinion only and does not constitute legal advice. So I’m on the Apple Australia website looking to purchase a new iMac the other day. I get to the configure page and look at the AppleCare Protection Plan section to decide whether or not I should purchase it, a position many…

Inspiration and the study of law

I love hearing from people who visit my site. Recently I added a Contact me page so that it would provide a simple and quick way for visitors to get in touch with me. I don’t bite so if you have some time I’d love to hear from you! A week ago I received an email from a young man named Ahmad, who said: I…

Kids and Kilometres

In order to be admitted to practice as a lawyer in NSW you need two things: Law degree or equivalent; and Successful completion of a practical legal training (PLT) program. I am completing my PLT program at the College of Law, just one of many providers around Australia. As part of the program every student is required to complete the work experience component. This comprises either 75 days’…

I Graduated!

It has been many years in the making but I finally had my graduation on Friday night in the Great Hall at the University of Sydney, a beautiful building some 150 years old. The Great Hall really did help give the ceremony a sense of occasion. My Grandmother, Mother and Father all flew down from Queensland for the ceremony, and I’m glad they were there to see me graduate. For anyone considering…