Feb 2016

The Australian Open is finished and the public can now move forward into “After the Tennis” mode. If Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been occupying the bulk of your time this week, you may have missed some of the law movers and shakers hitting the news this week. 

Never fear! 

The Survive Law team is here with your monthly round-up of everything legal related.

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Jan 2016

Why did you study Law?

It’s a degree that teaches you how the world works. I’ve always had a strong interest in social justice and wanted to develop a skill set that would allow me to help others and engage in work that makes a positive impact. 

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Jan 2016

One word: confounding. As I approached Internships and Clerkships, there was a sudden discord between how I thought the law profession would operate to how it actually did operate. Law School has steered me into the academic world of precision and accuracy, which is all useful but not always the way the job works.

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Jan 2016

It is 8:44am. I sit in my car and take in my surroundings as 9:00am slowly approaches. I watch as a various assortment of people arrive, park their cars, and make their way down to the court.

My first observation is of a white station wagon which parks opposite to me. The doors open, and a typical picture book family - mother, father, and two young children - get out. The girls look unsettled, and the parents both look anxious. I feel incredibly sympathetic for this family. I don’t know what their matter concerns, but nevertheless it didn't sit well to see a family in that kind of distress. 

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Jan 2016

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the news that Law is the new Arts.  As Law students we are all doomed to walk the Earth aimlessly with our useless degrees.  Surely we didn’t really think we were going to be lawyers, right? At this point it seems best not to leave the house, unless you want to be subjected to some sort of public humiliation.

What’s worse about this whole situation is that we are actually helping those pesky Arts students; “thank goodness they’ve drawn attention away from my degree,” they’re saying.

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Jan 2016

The law cannot remain static, but must adjust to reflect the changing society that it serves. From time to time, criminal cases arise that dramatically dictate the need for alterations to the law. Those developments often occur, but what of the fates of those whose misfortunes were the catalyst for change? The stories of some of these unwitting — and unwilling — pioneers are collected in this fascinating book.

Survive Law is giving away a copy of LexisNexis' Crimes that Shaped the Law!


How do I enter?

For your chance to scoop up a copy, simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line 'I'm a criminal'. Also provide us with your name, your email address and the one crime that you think shaped the law as we know it today (fashion crimes unfortunately don't count) so we know the book will go to a loving home!

Can't wait? Buy a copy here

Entries close 11:59 p.m. AEST. 25/1/16.


The winner of the giveaway has been chosen. And their thoughtful response to the prompt was: 'R v L 1991 [HCA] 48 - rape within marriage.  I think this was a turning point for victims of crimes.  It just moved the yardstick for what was acceptable and a shift in viewing people as possessions.'

Thank you all for your weird and wonderful responses. (Except for the person who responded with Donoghue v Stevenson as a crime that shaped the law - I guess he was never tort. Pun intended.)


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