Law Student Gazette

1. Q&A with former Chief Justice of Supreme Court [Updated registration link]

Please note: an email was sent recently featuring a broken registration link. Please use the correct registration link below.

You are invited to this exclusive and exciting event.

Prof the Hon Marilyn Warren AC QC had an inspiring and trail-blazing law career which saw her rise through the ranks and ultimately become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

She was the first female Chief Justice appointed to this position in both Victorian and Australian history.

Since her retirement from the Court, Prof Warren has joined Monash University as a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow.

This special event is your opportunity to ask Prof Warren your questions about her career journey and learn her tips for building resilience and finding success in your career.

Date: Tuesday 30 June
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Zoom
Register for the event here

Interviewers

  • Cjay Aksoyoglu: Cjay is a current JD student and JD Peer Mentoring Coordinator (LSS).
  • Simon D’Angelo: Simon is a recent JD graduate, recipient of the Chief Justice Marilyn Warren (Supreme Court) Prize for Best JD/LLM Student, and winner of the Planning and Environment category of the 2020 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards.

 

2. Clerkship Masterclass

Are you about to undertaking a winter clerkship or traineeship? 

If so, don’t miss attending our Clerkship Masterclass.

The Masterclass is designed to deliver essential and practical skills relating to research, including:

  • Writing
  • Preparing memos
  • Using legal databases
  • Tips to work effectively during the Clerkship
Provided to Monash Law students, presenters will include lawyers, expert staff from the Law Library and a Monash law student.
Date: Friday 16 July
Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Zoom
Register your attendance HERE
NB: Students eligible for this workshop must already have a Clerkship or Traineeship

3. Need Tax Return Help?

Tax Help is a network of ATO-trained and accredited Monash student volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns online using myTax.

Appointments are available from the 1st of July – 31st of October and will be run on Zoom until further notice.

To make an appointment, visit https://msa.monash.edu/taxhelp  

 

4. Virtual Campus Tours, Website Tours, O Social Events  

MSA Volunteering is hosting an array of virtual orientation events and tours from mid-July.  

Including online campus tours, faculty website tours, Q&As, chat sessions, trivia nights, Netflix parties, a Virtual Melbourne Scavenger Hunt and Virtual Monash Amazing Race.

All events are hosted by Monash students for Monash students.

For more information or to register, visit msa.monash.edu/events/orientation

Career Development

1. Virtual Internships for Monash Law students

Want to improve your employability? Monash Law has worked with Inside Sherpa to collate a series of virtual internships for Law students.

What is a virtual internship?

A virtual internship is a simulation of the work graduates do at leading companies. Any student, regardless of university degree, prior experience, location or year group, can now have the opportunity to experience working at some of the world’s top firms.

Not only will you build up the practical skill set employers are looking for, but upon completion you can put the company-branded virtual internship on your CV.

Virtual internships are a terrific first step, allowing you to build your confidence and experience within the Australian landscape.

Learn more

 

2. Monash Law Careers Directory

Want to take the next step in your legal career? Check out Monash Law’s Careers Directory.

Explore employers hiring law students and graduates both within the law industry and beyond.

Get the latest insights on legal careers and read stories of former students who are kicking goals in graduate positions.

Learn more

 

3. EY 2020 Breaking Down Barriers Program

How do women mindfully take control of their careers? How do they build confidence and develop the toolkit they need to be successful in this Transformative Age?

Applications are now open for EY’s Breaking Down Barriers Program 2020.

This program is for female-identifying students completing their studies in 2022 and is designed to foster skills that will assist you in reaching your first career milestones and beyond.

Join EY for an interactive and engaging webinar where we’ll work together to look at how we can help break down the barriers that are preventing women from climbing up the ranks and assist women in becoming purpose-driven leaders. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with peers and hear from inspiring EY professionals throughout.

Date: Wednesday 15 July

Time: 1.00pm – 3.30pm

Via Zoom: Zoom ID will be sent closer to event date and after registration

Apply: Please register here by 1 July 2020. This event is open to students who hold Australian/ New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency.

 

4. Startup Sprint

Applications are now open for The Generator’s brand new program, Startup Sprint.

Startup Sprint is a 5-week intensive online program aimed at individuals and teams who have validated an idea and are looking to rapidly speed up their progress.

The program is designed to progress the pieces that matter the most to your startup or social enterprise. It might be: finishing your prototype fast, building and launching a minimum viable product, acquiring customers or users, nailing your marketing and value proposition or gathering strong evidence to sell your innovation to partners or investors.

Startup Sprint is about moving fast, learning rapidly, and developing your mindset as a startup founder.

This program is open to current Monash students, staff, researchers or Alumni of Monash University.

Applications are now open and close Sunday 28 June 11.59pm (AEST). The program will run 13 July – 14 August 2020.

Learn more

Events

1. Protecting Rights in the Pandemic

Presented by the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and the Transnational Criminal Law Group, Faculty of Law, Monash University

For the protection of the life and health of the community from COVID-19, governments have introduced unprecedented controls over many aspects of our everyday lives. Never before in peacetime have so many measures interfered with human rights in such fundamental ways. This seminar series will critically examine the application of and justification for the measures from a human rights and criminal law perspective. Learn more

Dates: Every Wednesday evening at 5.30pm throughout July.

  • 1 July – Session 1: Bail, Sentencing and Prisoners under COVID-19
  • 8 July – Session 2: Temporary Migrants as a Vulnerable Group under COVID-19
  • 15 July – Session 3: Protest and Policing under COVID-19
  • 22 July – Session 4: Legislation, Governance and Accountability under COVID-19

 

Events

1. COVID-19 v Your Rights to Privacy (Monday 1 June)

Old certainties about the balance between data protection and conflicting rights have been lost to the pandemic.

The community is accepting unprecedented restrictions on freedoms and closer surveillance in the name of public health. Trust in science and government has been critical to the community acceptance.

In this webinar, a privacy regulator, a legal practitioner, an IT and security expert, and a legal academic will consider what lessons can be learned from the sudden surge in the digitalisation of our lives and how regulation should adapt when we return to the new normal.

Date: Monday 1 June
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Find out more and register here >

 

2. Responding to Family Violence during COVID-19 (Thursday 4 June)

Responding to family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic creates unique challenges.

Both victim/survivors of violence, including children and adolescents, and perpetrators who want to change their behaviour are likely to find it difficult to get access to appropriate and timely support. Police, courts, lawyers, and family violence service providers may have to modify their practices to ensure people get the help they need.

Join this panel of experts to be part of a wide-ranging exploration of emerging problems and possible solutions in the area of family violence.

Date: Thursday 4 June
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Find out more and register here >

 

3. A Trumpwork Orange: Fair Use and International Copyright Claims (Tuesday 9 June)

In 2016, Australian lawyer and online video maker, Hugh Atkin, was sued for copyright infringement by the composer of the score to A Clockwork Orange 

The claim related to a little-seen Donald Trump parody released during the 2016 US Presidential Election campaign.

Hugh will discuss the round-about route by which a university law revue led to his being sued in the District Court of New York, and his experiences with overzealous copyright holders along the way.

This session will be followed by a Q&A.

Date: Tuesday 9 June

Time:  1:00pm – 2:00pm

RSVP: Register here

Support Services

1. SecondBite free meal package program

National food rescue organisation SecondBite is offering Monash international students a frozen meal package as part of their free food program. For a limited time and while stocks last, MSA and MONSU Caulfield will distribute free frozen meal packages at our Clayton and Caulfield campuses each Tuesday. Social distancing measures will be in place.

Students must register with their preferred date and time with pick up at either the Clayton or Caulfield campuses.

2. Library Support

The Library is here to support students and staff.

  • Library services have moved online and all libraries are closed except Matheson and Peninsula, until further notice. Find out more.

  • If you need help with assignments or studies, you can drop in completely online to get expert advice from a learning skills adviser or librarian.

  • The Library blog provides weekly articles full of strategies and tips for study success.

  • You can access live chat on the Library website as well as telephone help on +61 3 9905 5054 from Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm.

  • Enjoy unlimited online access to the digital replica of the Australian Financial ReviewThe Age and The Sydney Morning Herald on any device (Monash login required).

  • For fun and engagement, the Rare Books Bake Off is open to Monash students and there are online jigsaw puzzles too. These are great distractions and stress busters!

3. Disability Support Services (DSS)

Developed in conjunction with DSS and Career Connect, the GradWISE program is designed to provide support and improve employment opportunities for students living with a disability, illness or injury.

GradWISE complements existing support provided by Monash by offering a customised coaching program in a one-on-one setting. Its aim is to give students the skills and experience they need to find the perfect graduate role.

Prizes and Submissions

1. Progressive Law Network Policy Essay competition – closes tonight

The Progressive Law Network invites Monash University students to share their thoughts about important and emerging issues in Public Interest Law. Get your voice heard on a public law or law reform issue and share your thoughts on how an area of public law can promote access to justice and fair policies for all. This year’s topic is: What is the most important public interest law issue of this new decade? 

Enter for a chance to win a ticket to the Castan Centre Conference: Human Rights 2020. 

The winning essay will also be recommended for publication in the Alternative Law Journal (subject to their review). The top five essays will be published with the launch of the new PLN website. 

Submissions are open now through this link. Essays must be submitted by 29 May midnight.

Judging the competition are Assc. Prof. Julie Debeljak, Assc. Prof. Patrick Emerton and Former Supreme Court Justice Kevin Bell AC QC. 

2. International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR)

The International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) fosters international connections and interdisciplinary conversations between undergraduates from partner institutions.

ICUR was established through a collaboration between staff at Monash University and the University of Warwick in 2013, and is supported by the Monash Warwick Alliance between these two leading universities. ICUR now annually includes up to eleven institutions across four continents.

Deadline for Abstract Submissions is Sunday 31 May. Learn more

3. International Arbitration Essay Competition

The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) is Australia’s international dispute resolution institution.

ACICA is pleased to launch its inaugural essay competition in 2020, aimed at providing an opportunity for students and young lawyers to engage with current debate and be involved with the arbitration community.

The 2020 ACICA Essay Competition is open to students based in Australia studying a Bachelor, Juris Doctor or Masters level law degree in 2020, and to lawyers in their first five years of practice. We are excited to announce that the 2020 topic is International Arbitration & Climate Change. Further details about the topic and submission requirements are contained on the attached flyer. The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2020, with the winner being announced by 2 September 2020.

Learn more

4. Australian Academy of Law Essay Prize

NB: Suitable to Masters, PHD students, or others who possess a current legal qualification.

The Australian Academy of Law is pleased to announce the Annual Essay Prize for 2020.

The Prize is open to anyone, wherever resident, who possesses a recognised legal qualification suitable for legal admission purpose in any jurisdiction obtained not more than eight years prior to the closing date for the submission of essays.

The Prize is worth $10,000.

The essay topic for the Prize in 2020 is as follows:

“The impact of a new and widespread contagious disease on pre-existing contractual obligations. Note: Earlier ‘new’ outbreaks of infectious diseases may be taken into account.”

The deadline for the submission of an essay is 31 August 2020. Learn more

Career Development

1. VWL & WBA Law Student Mentoring Program

Victorian Women Lawyers (VWL) and the Women’s Barristers’ Association (WBA) proudly present the annual Law Student Mentoring Program. The program is endorsed by the Honourable Justice Rita Incerti and sponsored by K & L Gates.

Now in its 13th year, the program is a wonderful opportunity for female and female-identifying law students to gain insight into working in the law, develop valuable networks and share ideas with mentors in the legal profession.

Importantly, this program creates opportunities for professional connection and support as the legal community navigates the current climate.

For mentors, there is the satisfaction that comes from helping to shape the career of a law student.

Applications to participate in this year’s program as a mentor or mentee are now open.

To apply simply click here and select the correct form. Get in quick. Applications close on Tuesday 9 June.

 

2. Career Connect – DigiChat

This semester, Career Connect is pleased to announce a new online career consultation service for final-year students.

Called DigiChat, these discussions with Career Connect advisers are conducted by phone or Google Hangouts. Students can seek additional advice on employability skills, interview help, or career planning.

Final-year students can request a DigiChat, provided they have completed one of these online workshops:

  1. How to answer key selection criteria
  2. How to interview well
  3. How to write a resume

More information and details on how to request an appointment can be found at the DigiChat webpage.

For more information on Career Connect’s workshops, services and resources, go to the Career Connect webpage.

Career Development Events

1. Clayton Utz student seminar: Impact of COVID-19 on commercial real estate

Details

Date: Monday 25 May

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Location: Zoom (ID provided upon registration)

Registration essential: Please register your attendance HERE

About

Are you interested in commercial law, real estate or property law?

Join Clayton Utz, one of Australia’s leading commercial law firms, in this exclusive event for Monash Law students.

COVID-19 is having far-reaching consequences for Melbourne commercial real estate.

This presentation, led by property law experts from Clayton Utz, will provide you with unique insights from lawyers working at the forefront of emerging legal issues.

This special event is a unique opportunity to learn about a career in this area of law, especially ahead of clerkship season. You will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the presenters and graduate recruitment staff about this practice area, as well as questions about Clayton Utz more broadly.

Presenters

  • Alison Kennedy, Partner, Melbourne Real Estate Team, Clayton Utz
  • Sharene Hambur, Special Counsel, Clayton Utz
  • Henry Matthys, Graduate Lawyer, Clayton Utz

 

2. Inside Scoop with Clayton Utz

Welcome to the Inside Scoop with Clayton Utz, Virtual Seminar Series! What better way to get to know us than through our people.

Our sessions are tailored to give you an insight into life at CU and valuable information about the clerkship recruitment process and program.

All sessions will be held at 6.30pm AEST and you will receive a calendar invite after registering.

Seminar 1: Recruiter Tips and Tricks

Date: Tuesday 19 May

Time: 6:30pm AEST

Register here

The Inside Scoop kicks off by introducing you to Clayton Utz’s National Graduate Recruitment team.

They will share their top tips for success during the graduate recruitment process and answer all your questions.

 

3. From Surviving to Thriving: transitioning to legal practice

Date: Monday 18 May
Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Audience Q&A to follow presentation)
Online event: Register here

The prospect of transition from law school to legal practice can be quite daunting.

In one key respect, there is a reversal: at law school, you pay to attend. In legal practice, you need to convince others that your command of the law – and ability to harness that for the benefit of clients – warrants your being paid.

Last September, Bob Santamaria retired from over 40 years in practice, including 20 years as a partner with Allens and 12 years as the ANZ Group General Counsel.

He still vividly recalls how, as he left law school, he lacked any confidence that he could survive as a practising lawyer, let alone thrive in that role.

Join Bob as he takes your questions and shares with you his experience in practice, the ways in which he sought to survive, and how he managed to transition from surviving to thriving in practice.

Learn more

 

4. Career Conversation in Law

Event date: Monday 18 May

In this interactive small group conversation you’ll be guided by a Coach with extensive industry experience.

They will help you to explore industry specific employability trends and develop personalised employability strategies which will help you to drive your career and maximise your employability.

Learn more

Stay Connected

1. Law Week 18-24 May

Now, more than ever, people need access to vital information about their legal rights and responsibilities.

Law Week is an annual festival that makes learning about the law easy.

Starting Monday 18 May you can discover how the law affects your life, find answers to your legal questions, meet the people who resolve your disputes and enforce our laws.

The program includes free legal advice and information, topical panel discussions, interviews with prominent people, legal workshops and much more.

This year, you can find the legal information you need and attend Law Week events from the comfort of your home, with webinars, on demand videos, phone consultations and much more.

 

2. Get involved in Monash Social

Missing the on-campus events and activities, or simply the social life with your uni-fam?

Monash.edu/monashsocial is your one-stop-shop for online initiatives from across the university.

Each week we will be updating with new content so jump on now and you never know, you might win something, find inner peace or even make a new friend.

 

3. Join the Monash Mooting Association

Interested in a career in advocacy? The Monash Mooting Association (MMA) provides students with the opportunity to advance in the discipline, skills and techniques required to become a talented and effective advocate in the legal profession.

With online training sessions, guest speaker events and mooting opportunities, MMA is here to allow Monash law students to excel in competitions both domestically and internationally, as well as in their future careers.

As a novel initiative, MMA looks forward to extending to law students the opportunity to engage with the law outside the classroom in a practical and innovative way.

Join the MMA Facebook page to register as a member and find out more.

 

4. Get involved in the MSA

From study buddies, to volunteering, video chats, art exhibitions and live cooking classes, the Monash Student Association remains committed to providing exceptional events and services to all Monash students. Check out the range of ways you can get involved in the MSA here: msa.monash.edu/msa-online/

Prizes and Submissions

1. International Arbitration Essay Competition

The Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) is Australia’s international dispute resolution institution.

ACICA is pleased to launch its inaugural essay competition in 2020, aimed at providing an opportunity for students and young lawyers to engage with current debate and be involved with the arbitration community.

The 2020 ACICA Essay Competition is open to students based in Australia studying a Bachelor, Juris Doctor or Masters level law degree in 2020, and to lawyers in their first five years of practice. We are excited to announce that the 2020 topic is International Arbitration & Climate Change. Further details about the topic and submission requirements are contained on the attached flyer. The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2020, with the winner being announced by 2 September 2020.

Learn more

 

2. Australian Academy of Law Essay Prize

NB: Suitable to Masters, PHD students, or others who possess a current legal qualification.

The Australian Academy of Law is pleased to announce the Annual Essay Prize for 2020.

The Prize is open to anyone, wherever resident, who possesses a recognised legal qualification suitable for legal admission purpose in any jurisdiction obtained not more than eight years prior to the closing date for the submission of essays.

The Prize is worth $10,000.

The essay topic for the Prize in 2020 is as follows:

“The impact of a new and widespread contagious disease on pre-existing contractual obligations. Note: Earlier ‘new’ outbreaks of infectious diseases may be taken into account.”

The deadline for the submission of an essay is 31 August 2020. Learn more

3. International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR)

The International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) fosters international connections and interdisciplinary conversations between undergraduates from partner institutions.

ICUR was established through a collaboration between staff at Monash University and the University of Warwick in 2013, and is supported by the Monash Warwick Alliance between these two leading universities. ICUR now annually includes up to eleven institutions across four continents.

Deadline for Abstract Submissions is Sunday 31 May. Learn more

 

4. Law Reform Submission: Religious Exemptions in Anti-Discrimination Legislation

The Progressive Law Network’s Law Reform Submission is a collaborative project that will allow first year students to contribute submissions to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Inquiry into Religious Exemptions in Anti-Discrimination Legislation.

The project will give students the opportunity to harness and develop their legal skills to achieve real goals with tangible results. 

Currently, the Australian Law Reform Commission is calling for submissions for a review into the framework of Religious Exemptions in Anti-Discrimination Legislation.

Express your interest here.

5. Progressive Law Network Policy Essay competition

The Progressive Law Network invites Monash University students to share their thoughts about important and emerging issues in Public Interest Law. Get your voice heard on a public law or law reform issue and share your thoughts on how an area of public law can promote access to justice and fair policies for all. This year’s topic is: What is the most important public interest law issue of this new decade? 

Enter for a chance to win a ticket to the Castan Centre Conference: Human Rights 2020. 

The winning essay will also be recommended for publication in the Alternative Law Journal (subject to their review). The top five essays will be published with the launch of the new PLN website. 

Submissions are open now through this link. Essays must be submitted by 29 May midnight.

Judging the competition are Assc. Prof. Julie Debeljak, Assc. Prof. Patrick Emerton and Former Supreme Court Justice Kevin Bell AC QC.