Nicole Williamson completed the Juris Doctor in 2014. She is now a lawyer with LFS Lawyers.
Lawyer, LFS Lawyers
You graduated from RMIT in 2014; tell us a bit about what you have been doing since then….
I studied full-time at the Leo Cussen Centre for Law in the first half of 2015, completing a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. I continued volunteering for a community legal centre in the city throughout the year, doing night service initially and then a couple of days per week after finishing at Leo Cussen.
I was admitted as a legal practitioner in November 2015 and started working at LFS Lawyers in 2016. My work is a mixture of property law, retail leasing, contract advice, and compliance work in financial services.
How have your studies helped you along your career journey?
To be admitted as a lawyer you must study the ‘Priestley Eleven’ subjects and the RMIT Juris Doctor includes these. The program also offered extra courses in advocacy and research opportunities so it was possible to develop extra skills that enhanced the core subjects.
Why did you choose the Juris Doctor at RMIT?
RMIT is centrally located, the course load was flexible, and it suited me to study at night. I wanted a law degree to improve my knowledge of commercial law and to understand the requirements of company directors.
What did you like best about your time at RMIT?
The small classes were great and the academic staff were approachable, professional and encouraging. It was great to develop a group of law buddies from amongst the students too.
How important was the combination of theoretical and practical industry based skills?
There were moot courts in three different subjects when I did the course. These were fantastic opportunities to practise researching, document preparation, speaking in ‘court’ and observing court etiquette.
What advice do you have for others thinking about studying the Juris Doctor?
It is a great program, in a great location. You will build your skills in analysis, research, and oral and written presentations.
If you want to eventually work as a lawyer aim to get as much practical experience while you are studying – don’t leave it too late in your degree. Employers want work experience in addition to your academic skills.