Off Campus Portfolio: A Year in Review

Blog post by Lauren Solomonson

Portfolio information provided by Elle Crawshaw


You’ve heard about Marketing and Functions… Now it’s time to hear about all of the fantastic work the Queen of Off Campus, Elle, has done in 2017 for DLSS Geelong! Why does this matter? Because we want you to be informed when you come along to our Annual General Meeting on September 27, and/or when you apply for a position on the committee for 2018 🙂 No pressure, just… you should join!!!!


**Can’t confirm this is actually what Emma Stone thinks about DLSS Geelong (but she would, if she knew we existed….)

Portfolio member: Elle Crawshaw










What is the role of the Off Campus Portfolio?

Most Off-Campus students are restricted from participation in university life due to distance, work or caring commitments. The Off-Campus Affairs portfolio is capable of assisting Off-Campus students to overcome their disadvantage by connecting students with university experiences and with each other.

The primary role of the portfolio is to facilitate communication between Off-Campus students, their peers and the DLSS Geelong. There are three major duties in this portfolio, all of which fall under the communication umbrella.

  • Providing adequate notification of DLSS Geelong and Deakin Law School events giving Off-Campus students the option to participate.
  • Making information provided at DLSS Geelong educational events available in a format accessible for Off-Campus student.
  • Cultivating an inclusive Off-Campus community in order to break down isolation barriers, create learning and networking opportunities between students.

Why should other people apply for this Portfolio?

This portfolio provides a fantastic opportunity for Off-Campus students wanting to engage with others and make a real change for highly disadvantaged students.

I (Elle) applied for this portfolio because I want to make the most of my university experiences and was tired of feeling left out and isolated as an Off-Campus student. I wanted to create a more involved Off-Campus community and assist students in participating in university events.

What has the Off Campus Portfolio achieved in 2017?

The largest achievement of the Off-Campus portfolio is the ongoing moderation of the Deakin Law Off-Campus Student Facebook Group. This group is currently made up of 934 on and Off-Campus students. Duties include promotion of DLSS Geelong events, conversing with students, answering queries or forwarding students to the relevant DLSS Geelong portfolio, screening member applications, settling disputes and complaints that arise within the group.

I also organised the DLSS Geelong’s involvement in the LIV Walk for Justice (Geelong), to assist in raising money for Pro-bono Day during Law Week 2017.


We held the Off-Campus Student T-shirt competition (questionable success!). It would be great to run again during T1, both to promote DLSS as an organisation and to transform some of the T1 pep into Off-Campus community spirit!

This year the portfolio hosted a number of Off-Campus meet-ups in Ballarat for local and surrounding students. Usually 3-5 people in attendance and rotate between weekday and weekend dates to be inclusive of group needs.

I organised to meet a number of students at the LIV Careers Festival in Melbourne and enjoy Krispy Kreme donuts together after the event. Occasionally organise to meet Off-Campus students at DLSS Geelong and DLS events.

The greatest achievement this year must surely be creating awareness of the DLSS Geelong in the Off-Campus community. Throughout the year there has been positive feedback from many students who are happy to receive the attention of the DLSS Geelong. It is my hope that DLSS Geelong will have more to offer Off-Campus students over the coming years.


Sound like something you’d be interested in? Hopefully this has given you some insight into the work that the Off Campus Portfolio has done on the behalf of Deakin Geelong Law students! Come along to the AGM to find out more about positions available and meet our current team!

Functions Portfolio: A Year in Review

Blog post by Lauren Solomonson

Portfolio information provided by Madeline McDonald


Following on from our review of the marvelous work done by the Marketing Portfolio of the DLSS Geelong, we now bring you a summary of the kick-a** events that the Functions Portfolio put on for students in 2017! Why does this matter? Because we want you to be informed when you come along to our Annual General Meeting on September 27, and/or when you apply for a position on the committee for 2018 🙂 No pressure, just… you should join!!!!







Portfolio Members:

Madeline McDonald – VP

Reid Hadaway – Officer

Taylah Eastwell – Officer

Ben McCarthy – Officer

What is the role of the Functions Portfolio?

To provide fun and safe networking events for the common stressed out law student. We also aim to distract students from the strained lifestyle that studying law creates with good vibes, alcohol and groovy venues.

Why should other people apply for this Portfolio?

Working in the Functions Portfolio FORCES you to go out and have a good time, as it is a requirement of committee members to attend a certain number of DLSS Geelong events! You don’t need to have a background in events, but if you feel like an organised person who loves to get down and boogy, then this could be the portfolio for YOU!

What has the Functions Portfolio achieved in 2017?

This year we have had sell out events time and time again, such as Unlawful Launch, Trivia Night, Piano Bar, and the fast approaching Law Ball! We also implemented new safety initiatives to actively aid students as well as creating closer ties with DUSA and getting support from Deakin faculty with sponsorship for the initiatives.

We brought in the Buddy System, aiding event patrons in getting to and from trains stations, cars, bus stations and their Ubers. Our goal is to have no one leaving any DLSS Geelong event on their own! Safety in numbers!

We also decided to run a competition for Law Ball, whereby if attendees showed us proof that they completed Deakin’s Consent Matters modules on Cloud Deakin, they would go into the draw to win back the cost of their ticket! How cool is THAT?! VERY COOL!

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Hopefully this has given you some insight into the work that the Functions Portfolio has done on the behalf of Deakin Geelong Law students! Come along to the AGM to find out more about positions available and meet our current team!

Marketing Portfolio: A Year in Review

By Lauren Solomonson

With the DLSS Geelong Annual General Meeting coming up soon, we are going to be reviewing the work of each portfolio and what they’ve accomplished in 2017! This way, when you attend the AGM, you’ll have a great idea of the work we have done and it might even inspire you to apply to be on the committee in 2018 😉


So first up, we have the Marketing Portfolio!

Portfolio members:

Alissa Ierardi – VP

Lauren Solomonson – Officer

Lauren Oloughlin – Officer



What is the role of the Marketing Portfolio?

The role of Marketing is to create graphics and social media copy to be posted across our social media platforms, and also upkeep of the DLSS Geelong website. We work with other portfolios to design adverts for their upcoming events and collaborate on blog posts, and annual advice guides. We also make sure that at special events we are live posting to our accounts, so people can follow what’s happening if they were unable to come, as we want everyone to feel a part of the DLSS Geelong experience 🙂

Why should other people apply for this Portfolio?

It’s a great portfolio because it works with all the others and you get to work on many different tasks. Marketing have a high level of engagement within the committee as we need to be easily accessible when things arise, like a Facebook post needing to go live or an event page being made.

If you think you’re savy with social media, and have a desire to be more involved during your time at uni, this would be a great portfolio to apply for! Want to get a bit of an idea of what we did this year, and the content we made? Check out the summary below 🙂


What your portfolio achieved this year:

The DLSS Geelong Facebook page has 1309 likes as of mid-August, and 373 followers on our Instagram account. We have successfully used these platforms to promote events such as Law Ball, Women in Law Luncheon, Piano Bar, Trivia Night, Unlawful Launch, Harwood Andrews Hackathon and our Health + Wellbeing events. Piano Bar, an inaugural event, was a sell-out, and Law Ball ticket sales have been a success!


We also introduced the DLSS Geelong’s first smartphone app, which has our pocket guide and careers guide accessible on it, as well as contact details, social media feeds and event calendar. We also brought out an app specifically for Law Ball, containing seating charts, ticket sales notifications and directions to the location. We’ve also implemented Snapchat filters for events, particularly for our Trivia Night and Law Ball, and have begun using specialised Hashtags for event nights (don’t forget to use #lawballatthemoulinrouge at Law Ball)!


We also produced two different merchandise designs this year, a t-shirt we launched in Tri 1 and a hoodie in Tri 2!



Sound like something you’d be interested in? Hopefully this has given you some insight into the work that the Marketing Portfolio has done on the behalf of Deakin Geelong Law students! Come along to the AGM to find out more about positions available and meet our current team!

Harwood Andrews HACKATHON

Lawyers and students come together for the first inaugural Harwood Andrews HACKATHON 

Harwood Andrews has been sponsoring the Deakin Law Students Society Geelong for over ten years.  In recent discussions with representatives of the Society, it was agreed that it would be a great idea to run a HACKATHON where lawyers from Harwood Andrews and students from Deakin could come together to collaborate, innovate and to tackle the challenges confronting the future of work and the legal industry.

This is exactly what we did on Saturday August 19th, where 5 lawyers, 7 students and 3 managers of the firm came together to brainstorm from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.  We focused on digital disruption in the legal industry and how we could change the customer experience in the digital era.  The aim was to develop a blue print of change where we can add value to our service delivery to clients.

It was a great opportunity for the students to meet and interact with lawyers in a real firm situation where they no doubt walked out with a better understanding of the day to day challenges of working in a legal firm and what happens behind the scenes.

What we did on the day
We split in to two teams, one of the hardest decisions for one team was to come up with a name.  We ended up with The Disruptors v The Jokers.  Game on!   We believe competition is a good thing. Everyone had a couple of topics to choose from, with the Jokers choosing “The Client Interaction experience” and the Disruptors choosing the Client App – “Digitising the Conveyancing experience”.  A structure was designed for each team to follow.

What we saw on the day
There was lots of fun, interaction, collaboration, discussion, laughter, creativity and innovation happening in the room, where post it notes were stuck all over walls and butcher paper scribbled on.  Our mantra was NO IDEA is a BAD IDEA.  We created a culture in the room where there was no fear to come forward with any idea.  We also had great food, with yoghurts, fresh fruit, delicious quiches and sandwiches for consumption together with lollies on the table and lots of drinks, both hot and cold.

What was the outcome
WOW is all I can say.  The ideas that were pitched at the end of the day by each team were amazing!  I can’t give too much away, because the ideas that were put forward will be actioned and will differentiate us from our competitors!  The Jokers broke down the interaction with clients into three stages –

  • pre-engagement;
  • engagement; and
  • post-engagement

and were very succinct in their presentation with everyone taking a turn to pitch their ideas.  The Disruptors prepared a digital presentation which was also impressive coming up with an app to change the way lawyers deliver conveyancing to clients.  Again, each team member had the opportunity to present.

And the winner is!
I had the joy of being the Judge.  I did ask for bribes throughout the day, but none were forthcoming, which proves that there was also ethics in the room!  Both presentations were fantastic, but The Disruptors came away with the winning certificate, yes there were certificates handed out. The only difference was that their point of difference was a little bit more than The Jokers.   However, everyone was a winner with each participant receiving a JB Hi-Fi Voucher for giving up their time.

Post Event
A survey was sent to both our students and lawyers.  Lauren Solomonson found the experience extremely rewarding “I loved that each team had a combination of students and lawyers, and everyone’s opinions and ideas were treated equally.  This mix meant the ideas were not just innovative but practical to today’s legal industry”.

What’s next
The ideas created will be actioned.  This will become an annual event where I know we will have both lawyers and students lining up to participate!

Stephanie Beard
General Manager – People
Harwood Andrews



The Leo Cussen Centre for Law

Today’s blog post is going to focus on life after uni, specifically on the Leo Cussen Centre for Law, so get ready to think about your future and get excited for the next step in your career!

What is Leo Cussen?

The Leo Cussen Centre for Law is an independent not for profit centre that provides practical legal training for students like us once we’ve finished our degrees, ongoing professional development for lawyers, and law programs and publications for professionals of all types!

With training facilities in Perth and Melbourne, Leo Cussen is one of the two PLT providers in Victoria. Their program has an emphasis on practical experience and they offer a combination of part time and full time courses, offered on site and online.

So what’s the next step?

After graduating with your law degree, the next step is obtaining practical legal training in order to be admitted to the legal profession. This can be done by completing Leo Cussen’s Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, which will equip you with the skills you need. You will be continually guided by a mentor who will actively oversee your progression through the course and who will support your development as a lawyer.

After years and years of uni exams, you’ll also be happy to hear that at Leo Cussens, there are NO EXAMS! You’ll be continually assessed throughout the program in order to ensure that you’re ready to practise the law efficiently and effectively in Victoria.

FEE-HELP is also available.

When should you apply?

The next PLT course starts on January 29, 2018. Full time onsite, full time online and part time online courses start on this day.

To apply for these courses, visit the Leo Cussen website and submit an application before November 17, 2017.

Want more information?


KPMG: Your versatile career option

By Kaitlin Coles – First Year Representative

So, who is KPMG?
KPMG is a world leading consultancy agency from the accountancy and financial management sector that combines practical industry knowledge with a multi-disciplinary approach to assist their clients maximise their opportunities and overcome challenges. KPMG is committed to helping their clients grow and protecting their sustainable values within the community. The company has over 30 practice areas tailored to meet the needs of mid-sized and family-owned businesses, with exceptional services available in the audit, tax and advisory areas.

Why should you know about them?
You should be familiar with KPMG because they offer incredibly valuable graduate jobs and internships! Life at KPMG offers truly challenging and rewarding careers, and according to, graduate satisfaction is ranked four out of five stars!  KPMG accepts applications from all disciplines, including finance accounting, business admin, arts, economics, law, medical science, humanities, computer science and education. Regardless of your degree, KPMG is interested in highly-skilled young professionals who are willing to work hard to achieve the company’s goals and represent their values.

KPMG is a great place to work as they are devoted to helping graduates develop and grow through providing ongoing training, structured development programs and a mentor. They also offer generous benefits, industry-leading professional programs and international opportunities.

KPMG offers diverse careers across their many practice areas and industries including marketing, finance, HR and IT, and provides pathways through their noteworthy Audit and Assurance, Tax, Advisory, KMPG Enterprise and Shared Services departments.

KPMG has taken on 420 graduates and 358 vacationers within the last year and continue to grow, which means there are many opportunities available. To apply for any of the positions with KPMG you simply complete an online application. From there, the selection process includes an abilities assessment, a video interview and a final interview for successful candidates.

When should you apply?
KPMG accepts applications all year round, however, more specific application dates for different positions can be found here:

Exciting opportunity – Our Foundations Program
KPMG generously runs the Our Foundations Program which is a 2-day development session and learning experience that allows you to explore career possibilities and find out more about KPMG. This is also an excellent opportunity to network with peers and professionals, and participate in workshops designed to develop essential workplace skills. Applications for this program are being accepted now and submissions close on Sunday the 17th of September. More information regarding the Foundations program can be found here:

 Want to know more?
To find out more about KPMG, you can find them on all their social media platforms. Check them out below!

  • Website:
  • Linked In @ kpmg-australia
  • Youtube @ KPMG Australia
  • Instagram @ kpmgaustralia
  • Facebook @ KMPGinAustraliaGraduatesandStudents
  • Twitter @ kpmgaustralia


The College of Law: What it is, and why you should be interested

By Lauren Solomonson

We here at the DLSS GEELONG want you to be fully aware of all of your options when it comes to your degree, and to support you even as you get ready to finish your degree and become a *real adult*, so we are bringing you a series of blogs about firms and PLT options! Today’s topic is the College of Law!




So what is the College of Law?

The College of Law is the school of professional practice for lawyers in Australia and New Zealand. We are also the largest provider of practice-focused legal education in Australasia. They have study locations in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, as well as some international offices. They also hold events at their locations for law students on their programs, networking nights and more (Check out Facebook for what’s coming up soon)!


Why should you know about them?

In order to be admitted as a lawyer in Australia, you need to satisfy three requirements

  • You’ve completed a law degree or equivalent course
  • You’ve undertaken a Practical Legal Training (PLT) program, which results in the award of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • You’re a fit and proper person.

PLT is where the College of Law comes in! They, along with Leo Cussen, are the two PLT providers in VIC.

At the College of Law, there is only five days compulsory on-site attendance during your study, and they have full-time, part-time, onsite and offsite study options.


Wait… What is PLT?

Practical Legal Training (PLT) is a structured training program designed to help you develop the practical, day-to-day skills you will need as an entry-level lawyer.

Completion of a PLT program is the second essential step to being admitted as a lawyer – the first being your law degree.


When do you apply for PLT at the College of Law?

Your PLT is usually undertaken at the end of your academic studies. However, as of 1 January 2015 it is possible to start earlier if you have completed all Priestley 11 core subjects of your law degree – with no more than two electives remaining.

To start your PLT early, you will need to seek approval from the admitting authority in the state you wish to be admitted to practise.


Want to know more?

Head to or check out their YouTube channel for some short, informative videos!

Your Guide to an A+ Law Ball 2017!

So, you may or may not have heard that the DLSS Geelong Law Ball will be September 8th (and if you haven’t, you have now)! The night will include a three course dinner, free beer/wine/spirits, photographers, a photo booth, premium entertainment and a FREE after party!










We will also for the first time have an app you can download to help you out before and after the night, which includes an FAQ page, the list of seating arrangements (once finalised) as well as updates on ticket releases! Download it now so you don’t miss out:


So, perhaps you’re new to Geelong and don’t know where to find the perfect dress or suit for the night, or are unsure of a hairdresser you can trust to get your hair done – Have no fear, we are here to help you out so you look H.O.T. and have the best night of 2017!


Get your glam on

Personal recommendations for shopping include the following:

If you’re looking to buy something in person in the Geelong area, Westfield would be your starting place. There’s Forever New, Hutch Store, Melrose Ave, Myer, Bardot, Country Road, Seed and more. For the lads, there’s Bossini, Connor, Peter Jackson, and Roger David to name a few. If you’re like, it can sometimes be reassuring to buy something fancy like this in person, rather than online, and there’s even an alterations place downstairs in Westfield if you need any adjustments made!

You could also shop almost any of these stores online too, but a few personal favourites that operate online only include Missguided, ASOS, Boohoo, and The Iconic. Don’t forget, lots of these retails offer student discounts through sites such as Unidays, so it’s always worth to search around before making your purchase! If you use Google Chrome as your browser of choice, there’s also an extension called ‘Honey‘ which will alert you to discount codes that the site might be offering at the time! Get on it!


Finishing touches

This one is mainly for the ladies – It can be hard to commit to paying to get your hair and make up done if you don’t have the first clue about who to trust, or where to start looking!

If you’re looking to get your make up done, there’s a few places in Geelong where you can book in, and the money you pay to get your look can be claimed on product on the same day! For example, Mecca (thank goodness they’re open now!)  offer this service and is best to book in advance! Some of the concession stands inside Myer like MAC and Benefit offer makeovers too, as does Blush Bar.

Hair can be hard, especially if you don’t know who to trust with your precious locks. I personally go to my wonderful pal at Tortoise & Hair Co (but I’ve booked her for the night, so HA!) but the other ladies at her salon in Belmont are all FANTASTIC! The girls at Hidden Minx in Geelong West do some wonderful work, as do Salon Eve in Manifold Heights and Darren Grayson’s in Newtown! We can also personally recommend the fine gals at Rixons in Newtown for a killer up-do.


On the night

We want to make sure you have the funnest, and safest night possible at Law Ball 2017! For this reason, we will have the buddy system in place to make sure that no one is left wandering alone back to their car/ride at the end of the night. We will make it known on the night who our designated ‘buddies’ are from the committee, just come grab us (even if we’re breaking it down on the d-floor), and we will make sure you get to the car safe!

The DLSS Geelong also encourages the safe consumption of alcohol – we don’t want to be Debbie Downers but NO ONE (believe me) likes the feeling of waking up the next day and remembering that terrible selfie they shared drunkenly on Facebook, or that ex they texted out of desperation. Play it cool, have some fun, but don’t put yourself in danger of forgetting about the whole epic night you had because of too many moscatos!


SO WHO IS READY?! We sure are.












Find the Facebook event page below, and click ‘going’ to be the first to know when tickets go live:

What the DLSS Geelong is doing to battle harassment & work towards safer events

By Alissa Ierardi

Let’s face it, every student loves to party and have a good time. But there is one thing that should always happen whether we are at the library late at night studying, walking down the street, catching the train home or attending events like our Piano Bar or Law Ball. We should want to feel safe and we should not feel harassed.

In light of the recent Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) first national survey which reported on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities (If you’d like to give it a read, CLICK HERE), We thought it was appropriate that as a society we spoke up about some of the initiatives we have put in place to ensure that our events ARE ALWAYS SAFE for everyone that attends.

We realised at our first function for 2017, the Annual Unlawful Launch, that many people are inclined to not organise ways home, or leave alone. To ensure our patrons have the opportunity for a safer journey, we decided to implement systems to promote safer ways home.

So we implemented the Buddy system. Designated people from our society wear name tags and put their hands up to walk in pairs to people’s cars, to train stations, or to a place where we’re pretty sure you are safe.

We put this in place from our Trivia Night, Piano Bar and we intend to operate at our Law Ball too. The initiative, thought of by the lovely Madeline McDonald (2017 Vice President of Functions) has been a great success and is making headways within the DUSA team at Geelong.

To move forward and ensure that our events always run hassle free, Deakin has comprised an online training module called Consent Matters (You can read about it here). This module is designed to educate students about engaging in a respectful Deakin culture. The online module ‘covers sexual consent, communication and relationships and bystander intervention’. You can complete this module through your Cloud Deakin Portal.

But here is the wonderful thing. If you complete this module, and you have bought a ticket for our Law Ball. YOU COULD BE ONE OF THE LUCKY FEW TO HAVE YOUR TICKET REIMBURSED.

Screenshot your completion of this module and send the screenshot to for your chance to win your free ticket!

Our events always have DUSA approval. This process sees our events thoroughly perused by the DUSA team to ensure our events are set at certain guidelines, that security is present and our events are marketed correctly.

You may see some of us around uni, or at our events or you may have no idea who we are. HOWEVER, we are a group of students who are ready to listen, we even have an off-campus representative (She does a pretty amazing job by the way).

Remember, that Deakin has a huuuuuge number of support services, Safe Zone App and security around EVERY campus. You can check it out some more information here. If you’re unsure on who to contact, you can always message the DLSS GEELONG and we can help point you in the right direction.



Need some help with your legal research?

Let’s be honest, being able to google case names does not count as legal research. Legal research can be a lot more complicated, frustrating and time consuming. So that’s why DLSS Geelong is running 2 legal research workshops for you all to attend!

Anyone and everyone will benefit from these. Looking to do a clerkship this year or about to graduate and want to brush up on your skills? Filling your diary with assignment due dates and feeling a little overwhelmed? Just can’t remember what you learnt in Legal Principles and Skills all those years ago? We got you.

We are privileged to have on board Law Librarian, Michelle Bendall, in conjunction with Helen Wood to answer all of your burning questions and to assist you in further developing the skills you have acquired throughout your degree.

The first session will focus on researching and knowing your way around legislation. Session 1 will be held at the Deakin Waterfront Campus Library – Training Room (Computer Lab) on Wednesday the 2nd of August from 11.00am until 1.00pm. Register your attendance using this link: and check out our Facebook to keep updated on the event:

The second session will be more focussed on researching case law and other materials that will be useful to you. Session 2 will be held at Deakin Waterfront Campus, D3.206 on  Wednesday the 9th of August from until 1.00pm. Register your attendance using this link: and check out our Facebook to keep updated on the event:

Students are required to bring their own personal computer, or handheld device (i.e iPad) with internet connectivity to participate in the program.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance in recognition of your efforts!

And if you want a refresher on referencing skills while you’re at it, DUSA is running a referencing workshop. Follow this link for more details:

By Lauren Oloughlin