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You are 1 in 15,000 law students graduating from the best law schools in Australia this year. Are you equipped to secure that clerkship or law graduate job?

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I have recently accepted a role within a law firm in Brisbane in the graduate space.
As such, individual coaching is unavailable for the foreseeable future.
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Hi, I'm Tanya Dunbabin

"Studying a law degree and starting as a graduate in the legal profession at this time is not what it once was."

I know this as I have been working in the legal profession for 20 years and have spent the last 7 years recruiting and growing graduates at a global law firm. Securing a legal graduate job at a top-tier global law firm is what so many law students graduating from the top law schools dream of but it takes planning, preparation, dedication and commitment. You are competing with some of the best, not just at your university, but across the country. And then once you have secured the grad role, developing your brand, reputation, performance and graduate success is key to your longevity in the firm, and in the profession.

I can help you navigate this process and give you the best chance in the elusive clerkship and graduate recruitment processes. By taking the time to understand your strengths, knowing what firms are seeking, and then knowing how to deliver this as a package that sets you apart in interviews and in social settings will provide the knowledge to walk the job seeking path with confidence.

Summary of Services

There are many different facets of life for a law student, graduate and junior lawyer. You will face many challenges and worry about many aspects. My independent advice as a career coach for lawyers can provide an angle and perspective that you may not have considered, and a designated plan of approach which can help you to successfully navigate your career pathway.

This quick quiz can provide a short overview of just some of the issues I can assist with:

As a student undertaking a Law Degree

  • Are you unsure of what firm might be a good fit for you?
  • Are you worried about your GPA?
  • Do you know what practice area is right for you?
  • Are you worried about the competition?
  • Do you need to improve on your interviewing skills?
  • Are you worried about getting a graduate offer?
  • Do you know how to navigate networking events successfully?
  • Are you concerned with your work history/extra-curricular activities to date?
  • Do you know how to promote your skills effectively?
  • Are you wondering if you need to do a Masters before applying for a Graduate role?
  • Do you want to work overseas early in your career?
  • Are you seeking to secure a Judge’s Associateship?
  • In your clerkship, are you wondering how to outshine your competitors?
  • Are you expecting multiple offers and want to make the right career choice?
  • Should you complete College of Law before you commence your legal graduate program?

Did you tick yes to any of these? If so, Tanya’s advice and guidance may provide you with a focussed approach to ensure your concerns and competitors no longer weigh you down, but instead promote internal confidence with a plan and determination to succeed.

As a Graduate or Junior Lawyer

  • Do you know what it takes to establish a solid Brand?
  • Are you having difficulties excelling in your rotation?
  • Do you know what you need to focus on to enhance your performance?
  • Are you having issues with your current Supervisor?
  • Is the transition from uni to working full time feeling a little overwhelming?
  • Do you know what it takes to become an exceptional lawyer?
  • Are your rotation preferences playing out the way you want?
  • Do you know you need to improve your performance?
  • Are you at a small firm but dream of working in top-tier or overseas?
  • Do you know how to become the best of your Graduate cohort?
  • Is the firm you commenced at not right for you?
  • Do you know what is required to build that career ladder you're dreaming of?
  • Is graduate life affecting you and/or your mental health and you want to build a plan?
  • Do you need to have a difficult conversation that is worrying you?
  • Are you worried about finding your Permanent Placement location?
  • Do you know how to build an effective mentor circle around you?

If any of the above apply to you, then let’s work together to shine a light on your unique attributes and develop a plan to instil confidence, focus and calmness within.

This is an overview of the key areas we can focus on together matching your personality and goals to a firm that’s right to support you.

Building a career ladder takes time, it steps sideways as well as upwards. With my experience in rotation planning, matching supervisors and graduates, performance development and enhancement, and career counselling for lawyers I can work with you to realise your potential, overcome adversity, and demonstrate your unique skills.

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  • Online Tutorial
  • Guidance of each step
  • Application stage to interview
  • Focus on personal branding
  • Industry secrets revealed
  • Get the edge on your competition
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If you are a law student or junior lawyer who would like to chat – starting out, career guidance, or just about life generally – I am an extrovert who loves to chat all things law. Reach out and let’s see if I can help.

If you are a law firm who would like to chat graduate programs, graduate recruitment or ways my career coaching can enhance the performance of your lawyers, I would be thrilled to provide custom advice and services to suit your firm.

Tanya Dunbabin

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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