Two weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking at the Queensland Law Society Awards Night. The night recognised the most recent graduates of the College of Law program; students who are about to be admitted as legal professionals. In my speech, I tried to emphasise that law graduates are extremely lucky and privileged to embark upon a career which can be full of personal reward. The opportunities are endless and your career is whatever you choose to make it. Queensland’s Chief Magistrate, His Honour Judge Rinaudo also spoke about tips he wished he had known during his career as a solicitor.
In my view, if you want to achieve a truly rewarding career in the law, you will only find this through a broader involvement in the law. A focus on the job of individual cases as an employee of a private firm or a government department will only take you so far. It is important for young lawyers to keep in mind a broader conception of their profession.