January 27, 2020

2020 marks the tenth year of Survive Law. In August 2009, buoyed by seed funding from the UTS Law faculty, Survive Law launched at an orientation of new students. At the time, I was 21, with no graduate job and no particular plan. It seemed like a good idea - a practical guide to navigating readings, assessments, clerkships and cliques, writt...

February 13, 2018

From top tier to judge’s associate to NewLaw – Survive Law gets the inside track on the enviable career of Tom Kaldor. In this interview, Tom tells us what it’s like to work in the 2017 NewLaw Firm of the Year, how he ended up there, and what advice he would have for law students and young lawyers looking to thrive in amidst the digital disru...

January 31, 2018

Progress and tradition. Many believe the two concepts sit at opposite ends of the spectrum. The stereotype of the tech-savvy youth versus the change-averse mature worker almost feels as old as the concept of progress itself. However, the numbers tell a different tale.

February 26, 2015

"Three hundred pages a day is a serious understatement. At my end of the spectrum, I have to read thousands of pages. Law requires discipline and focus. Fortunately I was born with good concentration."  

- Former High Court Justice Michael Kirby 

It’s Week 1. What you thought would be an ease-in introduction to studying law has turned into a wh...

October 14, 2014

As the nightmare of late night study, spent pens and furiously tabbed notes draws to an end, spare a thought, if you will, for the person on the other side of your exam booklet: the examiner.

Sure, they may very well be the Devil Incarnate or the Absolute Jerk of Exam Marking. Truth is, us examiners have 2, maybe 3 weeks to wade through hundre...

September 9, 2014

Central to writing a good case note is developing your ability to distil the key facts and ratio decidendi and capture all of this in a few handy, easily memorised bullet points. Simple in description but maddening in practice, especially when some cases span hundreds of pages.

August 27, 2014

IRAC stands for Issue-Rule-Application-Conclusion, and like a soapbox salesman with a miracle cure, IRAC boasts a very appealing claim: to provide a step-by-step framework to solving legal problems.

June 5, 2013

It’s the final countdown to the examination apocalypse! Fortunately, exam season is swiftly followed by the sleep-away-your-days wonder that is holidays.

February 13, 2013

The short answer? No. As old folklore/law of yore goes, the Priestley 11 was intended as a definitive list of essential areas of law...

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