Jessie

Jessie

Degree

USYD Bachelor of Science (Hons) – 2013; UNSW Juris Doctor - 2018

Current role

Lawyer

Company

Allens

Current work activities and projects

At Allens graduate lawyers complete two 12-month rotations in different teams.

Last year I was in the Projects team where I worked on a range of incredible, high-profile projects, and several major Government projects. I was involved in several alternative dispute resolution matters, including arbitration and expert determination, as well as Supreme Court proceedings. I also attended client meetings and expert witness interviews and assisted in drafting client advices and key contracts for major projects.

I recently started my second rotation in the Intellectual Property (IP) team, where I have been involved in preparing for Federal Court proceedings (which has been particularly  interesting given the effects of COVID-19) and AAT proceedings, conducting commercial and legal research to support submissions and advices, and drafting advice for clients. The Allens IP team works across the standard IP areas such as patents, trade marks, design, copyright and confidential information, but also does work in advertising, franchising and Australian Consumer Law, which means I always have a variety of interesting work.

Highlights of the role

As a junior lawyer in a top tier commercial law firm, my work is always exciting and varied and will help me to develop into a capable, well-rounded commercial lawyer. I have gained experience in transactional, advisory and dispute work, and this has exposed me to areas of law and tasks that I didn't think I would get to experience in such a short amount of time.

Allens is also known for its people – I genuinely love the people I work with and have been astounded by the incredible support and formal and informal mentoring that I have received since being at the firm.

Highlights of UNSW

UNSW provides an exceptional and high-quality law degree, which was surprisingly flexible and allowed me to continue working while studying at night at the CBD campus. I really admired the standard of teaching and guidance provided by the lecturers, but my fondest memories of UNSW are of the friendships I made and continue to treasure.

Advice for current students

Try to get a range of experience that can improve your skills while you're studying. For instance, you could take advantage of internships that count as subjects! I also recommend that people be open to all opportunities (you never know, you may actually love a particular area of law or a job you would otherwise have written off), be passionate and, above all else, be honest with yourself and your interviewers.