Education and Careers

The USQLS is passionate about our career development and educational programs. As a regional law society with students all across Australia, we strive to bring our students in contact with practitioners from different backgrounds and experiences.

The Law Society’s Careers Team is your voice on the Learning and Teaching Sub Committee and we want to hear your opinion and feedback. If you would like to submit any feedback, we would appreciate it and you may do so anonymously: LTS.feedback.usqls@gmail.com

First Year Law Students

The USQ Law Society encourages first year law students to peruse our list of tips for study and networking compiled from a competition run in 2021. We understand that beginning your law studies can be a difficult transition and these tips are a great starting point!

Click here to access the document.

2021 Virtual Networking Series

Banking and Finance in the Future Q & A – Mills Oakley

This session was hosted by Special Counsel Chris Dirckze SC and Amanda Khoo who provided an overview of the banking and finance world and the digital changes within that (neo-banks and digital law etc).

Click here to watch the seminar.

USQ Construction Law Seminar

USQ is one of the few universities that offer an elective in this area. This is the first of a series of seminars looking at the different practice areas in law. This seminar was hosted by Mrs Julie Copley, USQ Lecturer, Construction and Property Law, and Mr Nic Gould, Associate Director McR Defence and USQ alumnus who took LAW3473 Construction Law course. The seminar examines what construction law is, the life of a construction lawyer, and how USQ students may benefit from studying construction law.

Click here to watch the seminar.

Law Clerkship Webinar

This session was hosted by USQ graduate and former Law Society Vice President Timothy Randall. It is an information filled seminar on clerkships and law graduate positions. Timothy provides invaluable advice on the application process and what to expect during recruitment. The USQ Law Society is grateful to our member Matthew Endo for his efforts in facilitating this event.

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Migration Law Webinar

This webinar goes over what migration law is, the life of a migration lawyer, and how USQ students can prepare for a career in migration law. Hint: The first step is to take Administrative Law. The USQ Law Society thanks its member Matthew Endo for facilitating and arranging the webinar, and Ann-Louise Shrapnel for volunteering her time to speak to our members.


Ann-Louise Shrapnel (Anni)  is a humanitarian immigration lawyer who has worked with refugees and asylum seekers for the past 5 years. Anni has worked for the Dignity Project and Salvos Legal Humanitarian where she assisted people, who arrived by plane or by boat, to apply for asylum here in Australia. Anni has acted in both merits review and judicial review matters in the AAT and Federal Circuit Court respectively. Between 2019 and 2020, Anni was the Assistant-Legal to the Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Elements of this role included drafting decisions relating to visa cancellations. Visa cancellation decisions often result in judicial review proceedings due to their complex nature and ever-evolving case law. Anni will move to Europe in early 2022 to start a contract with the United Nations.

Click here to watch the webinar

College of Law PLT Presentation

You may already have discovered that a law degree is only the first step to becoming a lawyer.

This information session with Jacqui Owen from the College of Law will give you the lowdown on PLT at The College of Law – in particular, how the week one PLT workshops is being conducted via Zoom during the COVID-19 global pandemic.Come find out more about College of Law’s Practical Legal Training course, including:


– When you can start
– What it involves
– Length of the course
– Attendance modes
– Work experience requirements
– Upcoming Queensland dates including how the week one workshop will be conducted online in light of COVID-19

Includes some handy hints on how to accelerate your PLT for students in the earlier years of their law degree.

REMEMBER: You MUST complete a PLT course in order to be admitted as a lawyer in Queensland! PLT is undertaken at the completion of your law degree and is a structured training program designed to develop your practical skills and proficiency in the actual day-to-day practice of law, which you will need when starting work as a graduate and then entry-level lawyer.

More information about the College of Law and their Practical Legal Training Program is available at www.collaw.edu.au/plt or please contact Jacqui via email at jowen@collaw.edu.au.

Click here to watch the presentation.

The Perks of Volunteering and the Art of Networking: In Conversation with Chloe Blaney

Chloe Blaney is a Senior Solicitor at TASC in Ipswich – and loves her job. But Chloe didn’t find this dream job straight out of uni. Watch the YouTube video to learn how networking and volunteering helped Chloe on her journey to career satisfaction. Chloe also shares some fantastic practical tips and tricks for networking and volunteering.

Click here to watch the presentation

External Webinar Links

Community Legal Centres Queensland

Community Legal Centres Queensland runs a series of online training webinars, available to community legal centre staff, volunteers and other community services. Recent webinars are available to watch here, or you can join their mailing list to receive invitations directly.

Legal Aid Queensland

Legal Aid Queensland publishes a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube Channel here.

2020 Virtual Networking Series

Ms Bridget Cullen (Legal Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal)
Ms Jade Hooper (USQ Alumnae) discusses “Coachability”
Australian Tennis Profession + Associate, Baker & Jones
Ms Jade Hooper (USQ Alumnae)
Australian Tennis Profession + Associate, Baker & Jones
Jamie Shine and Jessica Goldie
Diversity of Legal Careers and Advice for Law Students
Dr Jeremy Patrick
Honours for Law Students
Sarah-Jane MacDonald and Georgia Stafford (USQ Alumni)
Life in practice: 10 things I’d love to tell students
Jacquie Owen
Professional Identity of Law Students
USQ Law Society + Dr Aaron Timoshanko (USQ)
Mr Angus Murray (Partner, Irish Bentley and Co-Founder of The Legal Forecast)
USQ Law Society + School of Law and Justice
Queensland Law Society + Enterprise Legal + USQ Law Society on
‘The Right Fit for the Right Firm’

2018 Practical Legal Training Information Session

College of Law

https://usqstudydesk.usq.edu.au/m2/mod/folder/view.php?id=961512

2018 Leadership Conference with Jerome Doraisamy

Managing Your Studies, Personal and Professional Life

https://vimeo.com/user10756933/review/261407970/ef9110de74

2017 ‘Beyond Law School’ 

Randal Denning and Ben Gouldson discuss life after law school and the skills necessary to succeed.

https://usqstudydesk.usq.edu.au/m2/pluginfile.php/1293095/mod_resource/content/1/RECORDED%20SEMINAR%20BEYOND%20LAW%20SCHOOL.MP3

Elective Information Recordings

Listen to subject elective information recordings from lecturers about what their subject offers and where it could lead you.

Annual Welcome Letter

Read the Annual Welcome Letter from Professor Mortensen.