I completed a double degree of Bachelor of Laws and Science at La Trobe University in July 2008 and then I commenced the Leo Cussen Practical Training Course in January 2009.
Throughout my time at Leo Cussen, I refined the skills necessary to embark on my legal career. One of the most important skills I learnt was managing my work flow on a variety of current matter files dealing with diverse practice areas including criminal law, property law and civil litigation. These files required students to interview mock clients, meet with opponents and appear at hearings to further their client’s case. Such experience was invaluable as I had never been exposed to the day to day operations of practice prior to commencing at Leo Cussen.
Leo Cussen allowed me to put those skills to the test through a three-week placement towards the completion of the PTC, which I arranged at a small practice in Glen Iris. I hit the ground running on placement and on graduating from Leo Cussen, the principal lawyer offered me a part-time position.
I was admitted to the legal profession in August 2009 and was offered a full-time role as a lawyer within the practice. I stayed in this role for six to seven months and was exposed to a variety of areas although largely focused in property law, commercial and family litigation.
I now work in the Litigation and Insolvency Group as a Commercial Litigator at Frenkel Partners Lawyers in the Melbourne CBD. My position is challenging but rewarding as I get to tackle new issues every day and continually develop and better my appearance work, document drafting, advice, interpersonal skills and file management.
I still keep in contact with people from the PTC and it is great to see how far we have all come since commencing the course a few years ago.