Careers Events & Opportunities

Alternative Careers Panel 2019 

Thursday 29 August 2019, 11am-2pm

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The Alternative Careers Panel is a NEW panel discussion event run by DLSS Geelong for all law students!

The DLSS Geelong will invite individuals as guest speakers who have graduated from law school but have decided to utilise their law degrees to work in professions different to that of the traditional law firm. They will include barristers, lectuers, government officials and those who work with government departments, in the legal community and the service sector!

This event will give students a greater idea of how to market themselves in the workforce once they graduate if they decide not to go down the traditional path.

All students are welcome to attend! DRESS CODE: Smart Casual
Register here! 

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Advanced Legal Research Workshop 2019 

Wednesday July 17th 2019, 10am-12pm

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To get ready for the Annual Clerkship and Traineeship season, penultimate law students are expected to conduct legal research skills in their positions. Getting your foot in the legal industry is already challenging, without this added pressure! To avoid embarrassment, and to help secure a job, demonstrate to your potential employer and co-workers the advanced legal research skills you’ve acquired to help stand out form the crowd.

DLSS Geelong is running a free Legal Research Workshop in conjunction with the Waterfront Library to ensure students have the skills needed to succeed in their roles! Amanda Dion, Deakin Waterfront Law Liaison Librarian, will run a 2-hour Advanced Legal Research workshop for penultimate students applying for clerkships or internships in 2019. Make sure you bring along any questions you may have regarding research and required skills.

Register here! 

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Clerkship Workshop 2019

Thursday May 23 2019, 10am-12:30pm


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The DLSS Geelong Clerkship Workshop gives law students applying for clerkships and graduate positions the opportunity to learn what employers are looking for in a clerkship and job application! This FREE workshop will focus on giving law students the information they need to stand out from other applicants including, how to build a strong CV and cover letter.

The clerkship workshop is aimed at law students in their third or fourth year, however, any law students interested in gaining essential experience should register and come along!

Our confirmed guests for this event include:
– Harwood Andrews
– Coulter Roache
– Deakin Talent
– Transport Accident Commission (TAC)

The workshop gives each of the law firms the opportunity to speak to the students about the application process, what they are looking for in an applicant, what should and should not be included in a CV and cover letter, how their clerkship programs works, the opportunity for graduate jobs following the program as well as answer any of your questions regarding the clerkship process.

*Dress Code: Smart Casual*

Annual Careers Dinner 2019 | Sponsored by Harwood Andrews and Coulter Roache

Thursday May 9 2019, 6pm


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The Annual Careers Dinner is the DLSS Geelong’s largest careers event! Sponsored by Harwood Andrews and Coulter Roache, the event provides students and professionals with networking opportunities, allowing students to learn more about the legal profession and the different career opportunities available to them in the future.

The Dinner has been responsible for providing students with the opportunity to meet recruiters, and has allowed many Deakin law students to build a rapport with firms leading to the securing of graduate roles and clerkships. Alongside the formal premise of enjoying a sit-down dinner with lawyers, time is allocated to socialise during the night once speeches from special guests have finished.

Our confirmed firms attending include:

  • Harwood Andrews – Guest Speaker Greg Tobin
  • Coulter Roache – Guest Speaker Martin Reid
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Clayton Utz
  • County Court of Victoria – Guest Speaker Judge Mullaly
  • Victoria Legal Aid
  • Cotton On
  • TAC – Transport Accident Commission
  • Office of Public Prosecutions Victoria
  • L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand – Guest Speaker Loren Goodwin
  • WorkSafe Victoria
  • Geelong Law Association
  • Deakin Law School – Guest Speaker Jenni Lightowlers
  • Deakin Law Clinic
  • Walsh Chambers
  • Shine Lawyers
  • Sidley Austin
  • Wightons Lawyers
  • Cahill & Rowe
  • Campagna Gray & Mallinder
  • Whyte Just & Moore

The event is open to law students of all year levels and campuses, and is beneficial for those new to establishing contacts within the legal profession. Additionally, this event is an important step in building a relationship with not only firms and lawyers, but is also a great way to meet like-minded people!
Who knows, you might just end up securing a great work opportunity!

*Business Attire Essential*



Pathways to Being an Associate 

Wednesday 28 November 2018, 4pm – 6pm




Ever considered working as a Judge’s Associate?

Deakin Law School is partnering with the Victorian Bar to bring you special FREE information session about working in the Courts. Hear from representatives of the Victorian Court system, including Judge Joshua Wilson, as they provide information and ideas to help you be successful in winning work as a Judge’s Associate.

This is a unique opportunity that is not to be missed!

The event will be followed by drinks, canapes and an opportunity to network with other students and law practitioners.

> Where: Victorian Bar, Level 1, 205 William St, Melbourne

> When: Wednesday, 28 November

> Time: 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Register today at:

For further information, please contact Linda Black at

Harwood Andrews Hackathon 2018

Saturday 4th August 2018, 9am – 4pm

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Join us on Saturday August 4th for our second annual Hackathon, in partnership with our platinum sponsor Harwood Andrews, and this year supported by Deakin Law School! As spaces are limited, you must register to attend this event:

The event is a full-day program where students, members of the Deakin Business and Law Faculty, and staff from Harwood Andrews will all compete in teams together to design technological solutions to problems frequently faced by the legal profession. There will be a prize awarded on the day to the team with the best pitch, as well as an ‘Implementation Award’ determined by Harwood Andrews stakeholders which carries the potential for the winning team to bring their design to fruition!

It is a great opportunity to network with Deakin and Harwood Andrews staff, and is a fantastic talking point for those who will shortly be doing clerkship interviews! To read more about how the event went last year, please visit

There will also be a social gathering the night before at Harwood Andrews, on Friday August 3rd, for all participants to get to meet each other before the big day.

2018 Annual Careers Dinner – Sponsored by Harwood Andrews

Friday, May 11th, 6:30-9:30pm

Waterfront Kitchen, Geelong 


The Deakin Law Students’ Society Geelong is proud to announce the return of our Annual Careers Dinner, sponsored by Harwood Andrews.

Join us for a formal dinner with representatives from various legal industries within Victoria. Confirmed firms being represented include:
– Harwood Andrews – Greg Tobin and Alex Gulli
– Coulter Roache – Bronwen Charleson and Belinda Perisic
– Sarah Henderson MP, Federal Member for Corangamite
– Cotton On – Alice Polglase
– Deakin Law School Dean – Jenni Lightowlers
– Law Institute of Victoria – Sam Dipnall
– Shine Lawyers – Laura Paterson and Elena Aleksova
– Victorian Legal Aid – Sarah Wood
– Whyte Just & Moore – Lydia de Raad
– Victorian Women Lawyers – Amanda Emonson
– Jason Allen, Senior Judge’s Associate
… with more to be announced in coming days!

All law students, from all years of study, are welcome to join us for a night of networking with a great array of professionals from the legal sector. It is never too early to start making connections, or even just listening to where your law degree may take you.

While you enjoy your meal, speeches will be held by an array of speakers who will broaden your mind to different possibilities in your legal career. The representatives will be seated among those who attend, so it is an invaluable opportunity to network with legal professionals. This year’s event will also have a broad theme of looking at the future of the Geelong region, and how the legal sector can play a role in shaping this future.

The ticket price is inclusive of canapés and a two course meal, and includes one drink upon arrival. Additional drinks will be at bar prices.

Get your tickets here: 


Clerkship Workshop

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DATE: May 18 2017
TIME: 10:00 – 12:00
PLACE: Room D3.211 at Deakin Waterfront (1 Gheringhap St. Geelong)
PRICE: This event is FREE
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Come join us in D3.211 to hear speakers from TAC, Deakin Graduate Employment Division, Coulter Rouche and more to be confirmed!

In the highly competitive legal job market, it is essential that you have a strong resume and cover letter for any job application. In this workshop, you will learn tips for writing a standout application and find out what law firms are looking for.

Please bring a copy of your CV and an example cover letter as we will ideally have time for you to receive feedback on them from HR professionals.

The Annual Careers Dinner

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DATE: May 4 2017
TIME: 18:30 – 22:00
PLACE: The Wool Exchange (44 Corio St. Geelong)
PRICE: Tickets are $40 for DLSS GEELONG members and $45 for non-members. Click here to purchase tickets
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The Deakin Law Students’ Society Geelong cordially invite you to attend the Annual Careers Dinner on Thursday May 4 2017. The event commences at 6:30pm at the Wool Exchange, 44 Corio Street Geelong.

We have a vast array of representatives attending from the legal industry including:
• Magistrate Ann McGarvie
• Harwood Andrews
• McKean Park
• Coulter Roache
• CT Management
• Deakin University
• Traffic Accident Commission
• Office of Public Prosecutions
• Victoria Legal Aid
• Black Stone Legal Costing
• King and Wood Mallesons
• Allens
• Clayton Utz
• and more to come

The evening is for all law students and will provide you with the invaluable opportunity of networking and building your confidence with legal professionals and fellow colleagues. The huge range of guests provides a perfect environment for you to gain a greater understanding of the legal sector and will open your mind to the opportunities open to you as a law student.

Anyone is welcome to attend. First and second years can get comfortable with liaising with professionals, build your interpersonal skills and learn about the clerkship process that you will need to know for later in your degree. Third years can start making connections, decide what firms appeal to you and how you can apply to undertake your clerkship there. Fourth and fifth years may strengthen your placement opportunities in the legal community and commence applying for graduate positions.

Your ticket will pay for canapés and a two course meal. Drinks will be at bar prices.

Please note, Business attire is essential

Criminal Law – Social Networking – 30/03/2017

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Thursday 06 April 2017 5.30–7pm

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Price: Member $25.00 Non-Member $40.00

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Venue: LIV Lecture Theatre, 470 Bourke St, Melbourne View Map

How can you put all that you’ve learned as a law student, graduate or new lawyer into context? The Ideas for Careers series has been developed for just that purpose.

Focusing on criminal law, this session will give you an idea of what everyday working life is like in this area, as well as the opportunity to ask questions. This is a great way to discover how your skills might fit within criminal law practice and to meet lawyers working in various criminal law careers.

After the panel discussion, you’ll have the opportunity to break up into small groups to have an honest discussion about the benefits and challenges of a career in criminal law.


Findlay McRae, Director – Legal Services, Victoria Police

Trieu Huynh, Program Manager – Indictable Crime, Victoria Legal Aid

Marco Man, Lawyer, Stary Norton Halphen Criminal Lawyers

Family Law – Social and Networking – 30/03/2017

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Thursday 18 May 2017 5.30–7pm

Price: Member $25.00 Non-Member $40.00

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Venue: LIV Lecture Theatre, 470 Bourke St, Melbourne View Map


Natasha Cecic, Associate, Clancy & Triado

Jennifer Hyatt, Project Lead, Youth Justice Review, Portfolio Strategy and Reform

Andrew Robinson, Barrister, Victorian Bar

LIV Legal Careers Fair 2017 – 30/03/2017

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Thursday 13 July 2017 5–8pm

Member $0.00 Non-Member $0.00

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Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf View Map


Attended by hundreds of people each year, the LIV Legal Careers Fair is the premier event for Victorian students commencing a career in law. If you are a penultimate or final-year law student interested in obtaining seasonal and graduate employment, this is the perfect event to get your feet wet and help you find out what sort of jobs are available.

The Careers Fair will feature representatives from Australia’s leading law firms, government, regional firms and non-legal employers.

Don’t miss this free opportunity to network with key stakeholders during the height of your career planning.


Mock Interviews

Final and penultimate year students will have the opportunity to take part in mock interviews with HR specialists and industry professionals. Sessions will be 15 minutes in length and will be available between 5.15pm and 7.45pm. Places are limited and only penultimate and final year students who bring a covering letter and resume will be eligible to participate.

We recommend that students bring both specific and general cover letters in the event that a preferred firm or organisation is not available. Subject to availability students may be able to choose which HR representative may interview them. Students will be provided with feedback on their covering letter and resume. They will also be asked some common interview questions and be provided with feedback on their responses.

Students cannot register in advance for mock interviews, but on the day they can book in for a mock interview at the LIV booth. For that reason we recommend students arrive early at the Careers Fair to avoid missing out on a mock interview.

Careers Sessions

Included with entry is the opportunity to attend a Careers Fair seminar at either 5.30pm or 6.30pm. Each session will run for 45 minutes and feature panellists with diverse careers in the law. They will provide tips and advice about starting out as a graduate based on their own personal experiences and there will also be the opportunity to ask questions. Further information will be provided closer to the Careers Fair. Career Sessions are open to anyone on a first come first served basis, so there is no need to register.

KPMG – 08/03/2017

At KPMG, no career is ever the same. No matter where you want to go, we’ll help you get there. Whether your goal is to become a Partner or you dream of eventually launching a start-up, the skills and experience you acquire here will empower you to achieve your full potential.
KPMG has launched its brand new graduate campaign for 2017, Find Your Career Pathway! Are you an Entrepreneur, Visionary, Explorer, Dynamo, Influencer or Motivator?
We’ve also recently moved to our shiny new digs at Collins Square, and in order to celebrate both these exciting new ventures we’re hosting several events at our #newdigs!
Please join us at the following events to learn more about what makes us The Clear Choice, meet some of our Extraordinary people, and of course see firsthand ourWorkplace of the Future at Collins Square:
14 March 2017 KPMG Tax Breakfast
Join members of our Tax division for breakfast and hear about the new and innovative work they’re doing.
16 March 2017 21st Century Auditing
Auditing has changed a lot over the years, come along to learn more about the technological advances in Audit and what it will look like in the 21st Century.
3 April 2017 Enterprise Evening
The work that KPMG’s Enterprise division does will surprise you, so come along and be enlightened!
5 April 2017 Find Your Career Pathway with KPMG
All of our divisions will be coming together to provide a ‘one-stop’ shop for you to meet their people and discover what they do.
10 April 2017 Consulting at KPMG
KPMG’s Management and Risk Consulting teams come together to give you an opportunity to deep dive in to their worlds.
Please register your interest for these events HERE.
You will be sent a confirmation email should your attendance be accepted, please do not attend unless you receive an email.
We hope to see you soon!
KPMG Graduate Recruitment.

Law Institute of Victoria Young Lawyers Event – 07/03/2017

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 ‘Your future in the law’ is primarily directed towards recent graduates and new solicitors. Penultimate and final year law students are also most welcome to attend, and the program is catered towards helping new members of the profession get off to a great start with career advice from practicing lawyers and our LIV Young Lawyers leaders.

This prestigious event will be held at the LIV on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 from 4pm-6:30pm. Come hear from our exciting line-up of speakers, including our special guest Her Honour Judge Elizabeth Gaynor of the County Court of Victoriaand the current LIV Young Lawyers president. They will discuss their lives in the law and offer tips on making the most of your first two years of practice. All attendees will also go into the draw to win a place on the 2018 LIV Matched Mentoring program ($250 value) or a professional headshots photography session ($50 value).

Registrations are now open here, with tickets only $35.00 for YL members, and $45.00 for non-members.

Make sure you join up to the Facebook Event!

VWL Mentor Program 2017 – 07/03/2017

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This is the 10th year of the Law Student Mentoring Program, jointly run by Victorian Women Lawyers and the Women Barristers’ Association.  The program is endorsed by the Honourable Marcia Neave AO and the Honourable Justice Rita Zammit.


The program is a wonderful opportunity for female law students to gain insight into working in the law, develop valuable networks and share ideas with mentors in the legal profession. For mentors, there is the satisfaction that comes from helping to shape the career of a female law student.


The VWL invites students and mentors to register their interest in participating in the program.
Registration is open for students until Sunday, 26 March 2017.

Register as a student  Here
Register as a mentor.  Here 


A launch function will be held in May 2017 in the Melbourne CBD for those who are successfully matched with a student or mentor. Further information about the launch will be circulated to participants shortly. It’s always a fantastic evening and books out quickly!

While the best efforts are used to match each student with a mentor, the ability to do so will be subject to the availability of mentors. Preference will be given to students in their final year of study. VWL will notify students whether they have been matched with a mentor or otherwise.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact program coordinator, Caroline Jones.