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Careers in Law

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Date: Friday 24 March 2017
Venue: GS217, Student Lounge, Hawthorn Campus

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Interested in a career in law? Do you have questions about the profession, want to know how to get into the field? Come along to this seminar to hear from law professionals and get your questions answered.


Sharpe & Abel

Sharpe & Abel are a law firm that specialises in Commercial law, Commercial strategy and Dispute resolution.


Defence Legal is a national specialist, integrated legal service. It provides ‘in-house’ legal advice to Defence on all aspects of law and the management of legal issues. Defence Legal is a large national ‘law firm’ with around 650 staff; approximately 170 full-time lawyers (130 military, 40 civilian), 380 Reserve lawyers in the Army, Navy and Air Force and around 90 support staff.

The ADF Legal Service (ADFLS) is a branch of Defence Legal. The majority of military legal officers belong to this branch and are employed to provide advice to military commanders and members. ADFLS’ work is broad and dynamic. Although the branch specialises in international humanitarian and human rights law, domestic security law, discipline and criminal law, and administrative and public law, we also regularly advise on a range of issues that affect military operations: workplace health and safety, conflicts of law, contracting and fiscal law, property law and others. In addition, ADF legal officers advise and support commanders and members of the ADF in relation to personal legal issues from time to time.

Lieutenant Colonel Gerard O’Shea, member of the panel for this event, has served in the Army for over 18 years. He has been a member of both the Regular Army and the Army Reserve; employed as both a Legal Officer and a General Service (combat) Officer. He has deployed to East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. He holds Masters degrees in Law and Military Studies, and a Graduate Diploma in Military Law.

Gerard is currently serving in the Army Reserve while he works full-time as a Barrister. At the Bar he practices predominantly in criminal and administrative law.

Law Institute of Victoria

Your legal career starts at University. Sam Dipnall, LIV Young Lawyers Coordinator will present on the services and benefits of getting involved in the LIV Young Lawyers and the ways you can build your career now. The LIV Young Lawyers is a dynamic group established to enhance the legal skills, knowledge and professional networks of members in the early stages of career development. Our objectives are to:

  • Provide practical guidance to new lawyers on how to build a successful legal career
  • Provide networking opportunities for new lawyers to meet their peers
  • Continued Professional Development (CPD) tailored specifically for new lawyers
  • Stimulate interest amongst new lawyers to become involved in the activities of the LIV and the wider community
  • Provide a voice for Young Lawyers when commenting on the application of law
  • Create a forum for Young Lawyers to participate in law reform.

Contact Information: Centre for Career Development