LIKING FOR LAW LAWYER SAYS WORK EXPERIENCE VITAL
WHETHER it be an exciting TV show or the prestige of the title, there are many reasons people want to become a lawyer without much idea of what it actually involves.
This is why Kemp Strang lawyer Nick Noonan said it was important for people interested in a law career to get work experience as soon as possible.
Mr Noonan said a summer clerkship at Kemp Strang he did as a university student in 2001 helped him decide to pursue the law side of his commerce law degree.
“Combined law degrees were seen to be better degrees at the time, (but) I ended up being quite suited to the legal side of things,” he said.
He started working as a paralegal for the company before becoming a solicitor in 2006 and specialising in employment law.
“It’s a good cross section of work. You get some of the juicy tales – people’s jobs are fundamental to their lives,” Mr Noonan said.
When matters do go to court, Mr Noonan said despite what you saw on TV, being organised, thorough and attentive to your clients was more important than having an impassioned no holds barred approach.
“Some lawyers are taught that being aggressive and making no compromises can assist you,” he said.
“Some of it is not glamorous at all. With a litigation matter, a lot of it is administrative – putting together reams of documents, tenders, paginating.”
Mr Noonan said it was better to think of the bigger picture and be a team player.
“A lot of young lawyers might just focus on the work that they are doing and often there is an incentive for them to go to another firm for more money,” he said.
“But I think there’s a lot more scope for advancement if you develop good relationships.”
Nick Noonan is a partner at Kemp Strang Lawyers in Sydney CBD.