Young Lawyers

Role of the Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee

The Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee works to deliver key support for new members of the profession, including:

‘Young lawyers’ are members who are under 35 years old and/or have less than five years of practice.

Please see our Young Lawyers legal circles page for more information.

Initiatives

Know Your Rights Guide: Law Graduates’ and Junior Legal Practitioners’ Pay and Working Conditions

Since early 2020, the YLC has been working on projects aimed at improving working conditions and employment practices in the legal profession. Unfortunately, the legal profession has not been immune from instances of underpayment and unfair employment practices, and sexual harassment remains a significant concern.

The YLC’s Know Your Rights is an informative guide for law students, law graduates and junior lawyers to increase their awareness of applicable workplace rights and entitlements, to help empower them to take action if they are not being treated fairly in the workplace. »Read the Guide here.

Of course, it is ultimately the employer’s responsibility to provide a safe and fair workplace. This is why the YLC is also developing guidelines for law firms – watch this space!

Keep an eye on YLC social media pages where we will be promoting the guide with an information campaign.

Fair Safe and Inclusive Legal Workplaces: Guidelines for the employment of clerks, graduates and lawyers (Guidelines)

The Law Society released its Fair, Safe and Inclusive Legal Workplaces: Guidelines for the Employment of Law Clerks, Graduates and Lawyers

The Guidelines are an initiative of the Young Lawyers Committee, and have been drafted with the aim of promoting fair access to employment in the legal profession, promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and to support the health and wellbeing of legal practitioners and other employees engaged in the legal profession.

The publication of the Guidelines is the culmination of several years of work and advocacy by members of the Young Lawyers Committee. All legal workplaces are encouraged to strive to meet the standards recommended in these Guidelines. Doing so is to the benefit of both legal employers and their employees, and the legal profession as a whole. An uptake of the standards recommended in the Guidelines will be an important step for law firms to continue to address issues including burnout and sexual harrassment in the profession, and to continue to create a more inclusive and healthy legal profession.

Read the Guidelines here

YLC Law Student Mentoring Programme

The YLC Law Student Mentoring Programme pairs emerging practitioners with current law students to provide guidance and support to the transition from student to law graduate and then to lawyer.

The Programme runs from May to November, commencing with a launch event and will wrap up with an end of programme event for all participants, as well as various touch points throughout the course of the Programme.

For students: This is your opportunity to gain insight into the profession, invaluable advice, skills and support during your studies.

For current practitioners: As former law students, we all know the importance of guidance and a helping hand from an experienced mentor. This is your chance to share your experiences from your first few years of practice and develop your mentoring skills.

To participate you must be a current member of the Law Society.

Applications are now closed for the 2022 Law Student Mentoring Programme. 

Principal Sponsor: 

Advice for Students

Watch our video of our members sharing their insights and stories into the different areas of law and their advice on navigating life at university.

Events

The Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee hosts a wide array of social, sporting and educational events throughout the year for young lawyers, graduates, law students and the legal profession.

Our events include: Golden Gavel, Welcome to the Profession Breakfast, Inter-profession Networking Events, Mixed Netball Competition, Beach Volleyball, Law Week Events, Small Firms Network Drinks, CPD Seminars, Practical Advocacy Weekend, Social Justice Career Opportunity Evening, Careers Uncut and other ad hoc events to encourage collegiality, information sharing and support in the profession.

Visit our Events page to find out more or email membership@lawsocietywa.asn.au to find out what is coming up.

 

Young Lawyer CPD Programme – brought to you by legalsuper

The Law Society recognises the importance of customised legal education for restricted practitioners.

Our newest CPD Programme includes a Young Lawyers programme providing tailored content for junior practitioners in one place, from one provider.

The programme offers a great range of speakers and topics with special pricing for young lawyer members. View available seminars here.

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Sub-Committees

The Young Lawyers Committee has a number of sub-committees, which organise many of its initiatives.

Social & Events

The group focuses on bringing events to young lawyers that encourage networking and socialising across the profession.

These activities also encourage young lawyers to build networks and friendships in order to work towards better mental health and a sense of belonging.

Education & Careers

The group contributes to the development and co-ordination of the YLC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.

Advocacy

Communications

Join the Committee

Membership of the Young Lawyers Committee is limited to members of the Law Society. To express an interest in joining the Committee, please contact the Committee Secretary on (08) 9324 8638 or email younglawyers@lawsocietywa.asn.au.

Committee Members

The Young Lawyers Committee is composed of members appointed by the Law Society. The Committee also includes representatives of the Law Society’s Council and is represented on the Australian Young Lawyers Committee of the Law Council of Australia. The current Committee members are:

Demi Swain
Chair
Bennett + Co

Aleksandra Miller Young Lawyers Committee

Aleksandra Miller
Deputy Chair
State Solicitor’s Office

Thomas Camp, Law Society of Western Australia Council Member, Junior

Thomas Camp
Butcher Paull & Calder

Thomas Coltrona
Bennett + Co

Garrick Garvey
Lynn & Brown Lawyers

Lea Hiltenkamp
HFW

Isabel Inkster
State Solicitor’s Office

Nicholas Mountain
ASX

Tom Oliver
Lavan

Katherine Swann
Ashurst

Dora van der Westhuyzen
Hall & Wilcox Lawyers

Larissa Welmans
Clifford Chance

Izzy Wilson
Ashurst

Selina Gates
ex officio
Taylor Smart

Hamish Glenister
ex officio
William Gerard Legal