Coulter Roache

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Coulter Roache is a Geelong firm that is very involved in the local community. They have a team of nearly 70 people across 6 locations to ensure that needs of the region are met.

‘Coulter Roache has been serving Geelong’s commercial community for more than 80 years. Our purpose is to assist and empower the businesses of Geelong to prosper and carry the region into a new era of economic success. We are embedded in the fabric of the region and proudly support our community via pro bono services and sponsorships for community organisations and events.’

They specialise in the areas of :

  • Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Workplace Relations
  • Family Law
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Conveyancing
  • Wills, Estates & Succession Planning

And their key clients include major businesses in the region such as:

  • Surf Coast Shire
  • Geelong Cats
  • McColl’s
  • Hotham
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Barwon Health
  • The Gordan
  • Barwon Water
  • Quiksilver
  • TAC

Coulter Roache provides students with a number of ways to get involved with their firm including through the CR Create Program (A new program in 2018), CR Engage (Clerkship Program) and CR Launch (Graduate Program)

Coulter Roache is a signatory to the LIV’s Seasonal Clerkship Guidelines and their Seasonal Clerkship program application periods are open in line with these Guidelines.

  • Applications open: 9:00am on Monday 9 July 2018
  • Applications close: 11:59pm on Sunday 12 August 2018
  • Offers will be made from 10:00am on Thursday 18 October 2018.

Their graduates for each year are selected from the seasonal clerks who participate in the CR Engage Program.

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KPMG: The diverse graduate option with endless possibilities

What is KPMG?:

KPMG is a large global network of professional services firms currently operating in 154 countries, with 6,700 people in Australia alone. The firm provides services to organisations across a wide range of industries, government, and non-for-profit sectors; specializing in audit and assurance, tax and advisory.

Diverse Opportunities for Students and Graduates, and why you should know about it:

KPMG offers a competitive Graduate Program for innovative and industrious individuals who enjoy a challenge. They provide their graduates with opportunities for learning and development in a supportive environment to see you meet your potential. If you’re still not entirely sure which area you want to work in, the graduate program is incredibly diverse and gives you the option to grow and explore a variety of areas in the firm regardless of your degree.

Career choices at KPMG include Commercial Law, Audit and Assurance, Deal Advisory, Enterprise, Management Consulting, Risk Consulting, and Tax.

There is also a Vacation Program on offer which allows penultimate-year students to get a taste of what working at KPMG is like. This 8-week program is a great opportunity to gain experience in a highly-respected firm and kick-start your career. Click here for more information on how to apply:

How to apply:

The application process for the Graduate Program involves an online application, abilities assessment, and video interview; followed by an information session and panel interview in the final stage. Applications for the 2019 Graduate roles and 2018/19 Summer Vacation roles opened in February. Follow KPMG on Facebook to keep up to date with deadlines:



The College of Law


The Deakin Law Student Society Geelong is honoured to have the College of Law as one of our sponsors again in 2018. They are renowned as the school of professional practice or lawyers within Australia and New Zealand.

Currently studying law?

The College of Law website also has a job search, which are all relevant to building your legal career. They range from part-time, full-time, volunteering, grad positions, PLT placement and so on. It is a great place to start looking, even so you know what is available.

Their website also provides an understanding to the career options for lawyers. This can be very helpful to read up on during your law degree to get an understanding of where you want your degree to take you, and potentially what electives you should be studying to get there.

Finished your law degree?

The College of Law offers online Practical Legal Training in Victoria, whether it suits your needs to be full-time or part-time. The program is tailored for those who have finished their law degree, and are preparing for admission into legal practice. The College of Law website provides great advice on entry requirements, how to apply, and an overview of the program.

Race to the Future: Bringing technology alive for Law students

By Lauren Solomonson

On Friday 4 May, a world first legal innovation event occurred in Melbourne, ‘Race To The Future’! Teams completed five challenges around Melbourne CBD, focussing on areas of change in the legal industry, namely: client-centred AI, e-discovery, mental health & wellbeing, legal education & careers and access to justice.


Let the Race begin!

I was in Team Black, with fellow Deakin Law student Alex, and ACU’s Gianluca. Our mentors were Shaun and Zuong from Law Squared. Described as Australia’s “most innovative Law Firm” by Huffington Post, Law Squared is committed to practicing law in a more human way, and they work predominantly with Tech Start-Ups. Being partnered with such incredible mentors made the day inspired us to create innovative ideas, and push our creative boundaries.


Shane and Zuong working with our team to develop ideas

One of the concepts we brainstormed included an AI-system for clients in the Environmental Law industry that assesses client proposals online and generates a report that uses Machine Learning to determine the likelihood of the proposal being approved by the relevant Minister. We also proposed a legal education program that would involve a tech-fitted van travelling to remote and rural communities across Australia to inform people on the legal process, using VR to show them what a courtroom looks like, and visit schools to increase the younger generation’s trust in the system.


Brainstorming our new e-Discovery system

The project that Team Black ultimately presented at the concluding Fair was the ‘Montessori Legal Academy’ – A total revamp of the Bachelor of Laws program that integrates technology into the curriculum with a goal of exposing students to a high level of practical assignments. For example, we combined Corporate Law and Contract Law into one unit, that would be taught across a whole year, with learning tasks that would include reviewing corporation agreements, business structures, and drafting contracts for theoretical clients. The end goal of our new school would be to increase the overall employ-ability of graduates by making them more job-ready than your standard graduate.


Myself, Gianluca, and Alex – Team Black!

Whilst our team didn’t take away the top prize, it was a wonderful experience to spend the whole day surrounded by like-minded and motivated Law students who share my passion for integrating technology further into the legal profession. Thank you to Harwood Andrews for sponsoring my participation in the event.

Keep your eyes peeled for our Harwood Andrews Hackathon event in Trimester 2 – your opportunity to experience a similar immersive event in Geelong!

Harwood Andrews


Harwood Andrews are Victoria’s largest law firm and hold offices in Geelong, Melbourne, Ballarat and Albury. With a team of over 170 individuals, and 13 LIV accredited specialists,  you can be sure that the firm hosts the opportunity to liase with a hugely diverse range of individuals.

Harwood Andrews specialists in a wide variety of practice areas including, but not limited to;

  • Business contracts and advice
  • Commercial property
  • Family business
  • Employment industrial relations and OH&S
  • Local Government
  • Not-for-profits
  • Planning and environment
  • Estates and succession planning
  • Family law
  • Sport
  • Taxation and Superannuation
  • Technology

Opportunities for Students

Harwood Andrews offers a seasonal clerkship program which allows students to gain valuable insight into the firm for a three week period utilising  a ‘buddy system’. Your buddy will be a trainee or junior lawyer whom is responsible for giving you support and guidance to ensure you have a rewarding and positive learning experience at the firm. This allows you to have the opportunity to learn valuable skills that employers look for in graduates, whilst gaining first-hand experience working in a successful commercial firm!

Opportunities for Graduates

Harwood Andrews offer a 12 month long graduate program which allows graduates to rotate through two of the firm’s practice areas.  Harwood Andrews looks for students whom have a keen interest in their practice areas and can demonstrate an understanding of the commerciality of business. Graduates will receive in-house training and mentoring whilst completing the College of Law Program as they work towards their admission to practice.

Check back during trimester two for relevant dates related to these opportunities at Harwood Andrews!

To learn more about Harwood Andrews, visit their website at

2018 Commercial Careers Fair (Burwood)

The 2018 Commercial Careers Fair was a great opportunity to learn about clerkship and graduate programs at many of Melbourne’s best commercial law firms. If you missed out on attending this event, you also missed a valuable networking opportunity.


But all is not lost! I have included a number of useful tips about applications below. From my personal experience, I can also say that attending networking events based at the university are particularly great to attend. Many of the firms in attendance were represented by former Deakin students who were excited to return to the university and to share their knowledge with students. This creates a very friendly and supportive environment comparatively to some other careers-focused events held outside of the university.

  • Don’t stress about the huge numbers of students competing for clerkships. It is easy to become overwhelmed in by dismal statistics and the negative thoughts of others. Just focus on your journey and about what makes you special.
  • Great first step is by writing a fantastic cover letter. Make sure you research the firm you are applying for. Generic letters do not stand out.
  • Make sure you address your cover letter to the correct person and spell their name correctly. When analyzing a high volume of applicants, letters that lack attention to detail will quickly be discarded.
  • Preparing a good application takes a long time! Ensure you are prepared by giving yourself plenty of time.
  • The application process is not simply about the cover letter and resume, that is just the beginning. Different firms will have different application processes. You should research what the firm requires from applicants so that you do not encounter any nasty surprises. Some firms may place you in a group problem solving exercise, or ask you to read a case and summarise it in 30 minutes.
  • Be prepared to have a conversation in an interview. Firms will be seeking applicants who are in line with their values. You may be asked to discuss a current legal issue, but more likely than not, the firm will want to know more about you as a person, your experiences, and your ability to communicate.
  • How can you tell which firm is right for you? One way is to come along to careers events just like the Commercial Career’s Fair and have a face-to-face interaction with the firm. You may find that you gravitate to certain firms, after which you may place extra effort into their applications.
  • How many clerkship applications should you expect to apply for? This was an interesting question as each of the panelists had very different answers. One of the panelists submitted just 5 applications and received several offers in return. Another panelist submitted approximately 20, but only received one offer. Put yourself out there. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst case scenario.
  • Graduate rotations? If you are lucky enough to get a graduate position, it is more likely than not that you will be required to do some experience in one area of the firm, and be asked for preferences about other areas. Don’t be put off by areas that you think will not suit you. Several representatives described how surprised they were to find themselves in a certain area that they disliked or never studied at university!

Thank you to the Deakin Law Student Society for running this fantastic event. I cannot understate the huge amount of volunteer work that is involved in running these events. However, all the work is well worth it as these are excellent opportunities for students.


If you missed this event or are interested in attending more careers focused events, you may wish to attend the following events. Please see the links provided for full details.

The Annual Careers Dinner (Geelong event) – 11 May

Meet the Professionals (Burwood event) – 23 May


By Elle Crawshaw (DLSS Geelong’s Off Campus Representative)

First Years’ Welcome Event: Summary

By Lauren Solomonson


On Friday March 16th Deakin Law Students’ Society Geelong and Deakin Commerce Society Geelong hosted our first ever collaborative welcome event designed specifically for first year students. We wanted to run an event that would essentially be a crash-course from those ‘in the know’ about how to get the most out of your time at Deakin. I know myself and a few others who are now at the end of our degrees who are disappointed that we didn’t make the most of the opportunities for engagement that Deakin presented to us, for a whole range of reasons. This has driven us to try to better educate our younger cohorts, arming them with the information they need from the outset about all of the programs, resources and support networks that exist within the Deakin Business and Law Faculty.

We were fortunate to have the full support of the Business and Law Faculty behind us for this event, which meant having access to the wonderful Western Beach Room on campus, as well as Faculty involvement and support in the planning of the event. Without this commitment from Faculty, we wouldn’t have been able to have such a wonderful selection of panelists attend our event – so a sincere thank you to those involved for supporting our ideas.

The first panel we hosted was a Deakin-focused one, featuring Jean du Plessis (Deakin Law School), Stephen Williams (Deakin Business School), Nathan Schwarz (BusLaw Mentor Program), Justine Frost (Deakin Talent) and Isaac Crawley (DLSS Geelong).

The overarching theme that came from this panel was inspiring students to take ownership of their future, their careers, and at the forefront of that, their time at Deakin. ‘Saying yes’ to opportunities was greatly encouraged – whether it be applying for a First Year Representative position on a Society, or taking part in an international study tour, attending a resume writing workshop or even just attending an event that you otherwise wouldn’t have gone to, putting yourself out there and accepting new challenges is one of the greatest ways to grow your skill set.

The second panel was focused on external stakeholders that DLSS Geelong and DCS Geelong regularly engage with, featuring Sam Dipnall (Law Institute of Victoria), Jesse Rankine (Geelong Law Association), Sylvia Fryer (CPA), Julie Hope (Geelong Chamber of Commerce) and Tess Aberline (Coulter Roache).

This panel drew on the personal experiences of many of our guests, discussing their career pathways, opportunities they took (or wish they took), as well as highlighting the ways that young lawyers and business-people can start building their resumes. We touched on the importance of volunteering and applying for internships, to help students bolster their professional skills and experience different areas of their chosen profession in order to help guide them on their studying journey. We also discussed the pros and cons of working regionally in Geelong, compared to the hustle and bustle of Melbourne CBD, highlighting the more supportive, engaged and progressive culture that lots of Geelong businesses have.

The evening closed with time for students and panelists to network and ask questions of each other – We hope that all attendees found this time beneficial, by allowing students to approach panelists in less formal manner and partake in genuine conversation with speakers they found interesting.

The thing that rang truest to me, as a now final-year student, was the recommendation that whilst HD grades look fantastic on your academic record, you need to be able to conserve with your peers and your potential employers in a confident and comfortable way. This is a skill that can only be learnt through practice and by putting yourself into new and (sometimes) challenging environments. There’s no better time to start at this than the present, and I hope that this event provided our new students with their first foray into networking with business professionals.

I sincerely wish that all those who attended found this evening interesting, interactive and beneficial in providing them with insight into the many opportunities for engagement during their time at Deakin. If you have any questions about the programs discussed, please do not hesitate to email and I can point you in the right direction!


For more photos, please visit our Facebook album:

A Year in the Life of a First Year

Blog post by James Royce

Edited by Lauren Solomonson


You’re only a First Year once: flaunt that licence to make new friends, attend events and make the most of the university lifestyle.

When I arrived at the Waterfront campus open day in 2017 I thought I had this uni thing pretty much sorted. I had my books, timetable, found my classrooms and even knew my way around DeakinSync.

All set up right?


The thing that set me up for my perfect year was signing up to the mentor program and student societies.

For me it was that old cliché ‘one thing just led to another.’

My mentor just so happened to be involved in the DLSS and encouraged me to go along to their intro night, the Unlawful Business Launch (sus out this year’s event here –!

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Image supplied by DLSS Geelong

At that event I met a heap of fellow First Years, we had a great night and when Contract Law started back on Monday the lecture hall that was mainly filled with individuals or pairs suddenly had one big cluster of students sitting together, smiling and loving life as a cohort.


DLSS Geelong are also hosting a Welcome Event for First Years on March 16th, right before Unlawful Business Launch – From 5 to 7pm on campus there’ll be a Q and A panel with representatives from Deakin Law School, the various student-run programs, Deakin Talent, as well as Geelong Chamber of Commerce, the Law Institute of Victoria’s Young Lawyers and many more!

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The Law School are also hosting an afternoon tea on March 8th, right after your first Legal Principles and Skills lecturer! There’ll be free cake, the opportunity to talk to your committee members, Deakin staff, as well as help with signing up for your DLSS Geelong membership.


So what else can you do as a Law Student in 2018?

Law Ball –  To me, dressing up + friends + a feed × unlimited drinks = An awesome night!

That’s exactly what Law Ball is. This is the biggest event held by the DLSSG and is where you get a group of friends together, get dressed to the nines and have free reign of the bar as you gracefully prepare for a night on the town.

This event is a wonderful opportunity to introduce yourself to those people you’ve seen in your seminars, lectures or just around campus but haven’t had the opportunity to meet properly. Speaking from personal experience, the size of our group conversation with fellow first year students doubled by the end of the night. This is an absolute must! Take a look at the photos from our 2017 Ball so you can see for yourself what a lit night it is:

First Year Rep Positions – I was lucky enough to become one of four First Year Reps on the DLSS in 2017. Through the society I met a heap of students further into their degree. These amazing people are a wealth of knowledge, experience and advice who are invaluable to have within your network.

Additionally, spots on the society, especially the executive, are highly contested in the higher years as they are valued so greatly by employers. Being a First Year Rep gives you that foot in the door to start building your resume and progress through the ranks of the society.

The application process is super easy and well worth your time. Keep an eye out for application dates on our Facebook page (Hint – they’ll be opening SOON!!!!):

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Ultimately, my advice is don’t be this kid:

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Get involved in anything and everything that catches your interest. All the best with your first year of studies, I look forward to seeing you around the campus or at our events.

To sign up to the mentor program visit

To sign up to be a DLSS Geelong member visit

How to make friends at Uni

Friends are arguably your most valuable and important resource in Law School. You may not realise it yet, but all those people sitting in your lectures will continue to be your competitors, co-workers and allegiances long after you graduate and enter the workforce. Also, you can never have enough friends – and having some friendly faces around campus will make your time at University a whole lot more fun!


So, here are some tried-and-tested top tips on how to find yourself some awesome law buddies this year:

The DLSS Geelong runs heaps of fun social events throughout the year including trivia and the much-anticipated Law Ball, where you can have a great time and meet other Deakin Law Students! The first event of the year is the Unlawful Launch; so why not come along, take your mind off the stack of readings you’re already behind on, and enjoy some cheap drinks – everyone knows drunken times together is the best kind of bonding!
Want to become even more involved? How about applying to be a First Year Rep! (More information including application procedure will be released in the coming weeks: stay tuned and keep an eye on our Facebook page!)

I know, revolutionary.
If you’re lucky enough, that person might turn up to the same class again next week – and voila! You’ve got yourself a lecture buddy.

If you see someone you recognise around the campus, next to you in line for coffee, or standing around waiting for your seminar to start – why not strike up a conversation! Chances are, they’re just as nervous and keen to make friends as you are. Fool-proof conversation starters include: “are you going to Unlawful Launch?” and, “hey, how much does Contract Law make you want to cry yourself to sleep at night?”. You’ll be making friends in no time.


Study groups are a great way to keep yourself motivated and stay on-top of things, as well as have people to regularly vent to about your lecturers and assignments. If you find yourself sitting next to the same people in your seminars – why not ask them if they want to meet in the library later to study together? From personal experience, a study group will become most useful around exam time, where it’s super handy to have people to compare your practise exam answers with!

The Business & Law Student Mentor Program runs in both Trimester 1 and Trimester 2, and is a really great way to make a new friend who’s further along in their degree. They can share some valuable pearls of wisdom and help guide you through your first year of Law school, as well as answer any questions you might have! Even if you think you already know everything there is to know about uni (which I assure you, no-one does), it can be great just to have someone to catch up and check-in with once a week for a chat!
Find the Business & Law Student Mentor Program on Facebook for more information:

The carpark is the one exception to everything I have previously said. It’s a tough world out there and if you’re going to steal yourself a car spot at 9am it’s every man (/woman) for themselves.
Good-luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!


A student’s perspective: Attending the Deakin Law School’s ‘Learning from Recent Terror Attacks’ conference

Learning from Recent Terror Attacks

Blog post by Brody Wons, Officer of Education

“The solution to terrorism is education not bombs” – Greg Mortenson.

On the 1st of December, I had the pleasure of attending Deakin’s “Learning from Recent Terrorist attacks: How to counter terror for a secure society” conference at Deakin downtown.

Conference chair, Professor Sandeep Gopalan commenced the conference, welcoming everyone and outlining the benefit of bringing together both domestic and international experts from a variety of fields to discuss the ways in which Australia has responded to terrorism and lessons which can be learned from comparisons to responses to attacks in other countries.

Professor Sandeep Gopalan and Brody Wons; Brody Wons with Michele McPhee

The conferences first speaker, Dr Ali Khadem of Deakin Law School, spoke about the use of a doctrinal framework for differentiating extremist movements. Dr Khadem’s speech was followed by a speech given by Professor James Forrest of the University of Massachusetts, who contented that no further legal reform is necessary. Instead he argued that the focus should be shifted to nominal and behavioural patterns with the goal of creating greater resilience within communities. The third speaker, former senior Obama Counterterrorism official at U.S. DHS & U.S. Countering Violent Extremism Task Force, Nate Snyder, spoke about the changing paradigm of violent extremism and how it can be mitigated.

After a short morning tea break, Ms Maria Panos and Mr Michael Sullivan of Norton Rose Fulbright gave a detailed presentation on the Lindt Café Incident and the lessons which can be learnt from it.

Over the lunchtime break keynote speaker and renowned investigative journalist Michele McPhee gave a thorough overview of the Boston Marathon attack, which formed the basis of her recently published book “Maximum harm, The Tsarnaev Brothers, the FBI, and the Road to the Marathon Bombing. The major take away from Ms McPhee’s speech was the importance of institutional integrity and transparency.

Professor Sandeep Gopalan presenting; James Forest talking via live stream

Photos via Deakin Law School

The conference then provided an insight into the US experience, with David Sterman of the New America Foundation, Eric Rosand of the Prevention project and Brian Nussbaum of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and the University of Albany, providing an extensive analysis of America’s efforts to combat terrorism in the past and present, while also providing an insight into the future.

After a short afternoon tea break the conference continued with Dr Shiri Krebs of Deakin Law School giving an insightful analysis of “intelligence as evidence and risk assessment in targeted-killing”. Dr Krebs speech was followed by Dr Anna Brennan of the University of Liverpool, who provided insights into combating terrorism under International Law. This was followed by Dr Lindsey Bell of Royal Holloway University of London who gave overview of “The Prevent Duty” policy and how it has been implemented in universities in the UK.

The final panel of the day, saw Rebecca Zimmerman of the RAND Corporation give a presentation providing an analysis on “Improving monitoring and the Evaluation of Security Cooperation Programs”. This was followed by Zoe Marchment of the University College London who provided insights into the spatial decision making of terrorist actors. The final speaker of the conference was professor Martin Innes of Cardiff University who provided insights into how we can learn more effectively from terrorist attacks and the role of social media in this process.

Overall, the conference provided attendees with an extremely detailed overview of terrorism and how to counter terror from multiple perspectives. However, the conference did not just provide the latest detailed insights into a particular area of the law, but also provide a plethora of opportunities to network and connect with professionals in the industry. Furthermore, conferences provide a guilt free break from studying. Better still, most conferences run by Deakin Law school are completely free for students to attend.

For more information on future Deakin Law School events, please visit: