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About Survive Law

In 2008, Survive Law was just a wild idea scribbled on a scrap of Equity Law notes. From humble beginnings and seed funding from UTSLaw, we're now Australia’s leading community of law students online, with 50,000+ visitors every month, matched by an active and burgeoning social media conversation via Facebook and Instagram. 

Survive Law acquired this small piece of the Internet ‘on just terms’ (s51(xxxi) Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act) and dedicated it to guiding you through the ups and downs of law school life – with a dash of good humour, cynical bites and general irreverence.

Here you’ll find plenty of tips and tricks to survive those never-ending readings, obfuscating essay questions, killer exams and assessments, plus discussions of mental health and well-being, unorthodox and straight-shooting careers in law, and those all important ongoing odes to highlighters, coloured tabs, textbook burning and coffee to flow black through your veins.

You won’t find this sort of advice in a textbook.


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Degree: LLB 

What I find interesting about studying law: Balancing competing responsibilities. 

What I find difficult about studying law: Equity & Trusts

Hobbies: dogs, reading & writing and trying new things. 

Favourite quote: "Create a life you don't need a vacation from."- Unknown. 

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Degree: BA/LLB (HONS)

What I find interesting about law: discovering new aspects of the law you didn't know about previously and how they operate in your everyday life. 

What I find difficult about law: discovering and conceptualising new aspects of the law.

Hobbies: watching films, theatre, reading and writing. Going thrift shopping and visiting art museums. 

Favourite quote: Advocacy before the Supreme Court (1951)


"I used to say that, as a Solicitor General, I made three arguments of every case. First came the one that I planned-as I thought logical, coherent, complete. Second was the one actually presented- interrupted, incoherent, disjointed, disappointing. The third was the utterly devastating argument that I thought of after going to bed that night."

- Robert H. Jackson

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Degree: BA/LLB

What I find interesting about law: the structure and amalgamation of reasoning. 

What I find difficult about law: legal ethics in controversial cases and doing your readings. 

Hobbies: yoga and eating. 

Favourite quote: "Dance like no-one is watching, love like you've never been hurt and send texts like it will one day be read in a court case."

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Degree: LLB

What I find interesting about law: everything except Jurisprudence. 

What I find difficult about law: not overcommitting myself with extracurriculars.

Hobbies: Competitive cheerleading.

Favourite quote: Perre v Apand Pty Ltd [1999] HCA 36

KIRBY J: "A drunk" has all sorts of baggage with it. 
HAYNE J: Perhaps "hammered" is the more modern expression.

MR JACKSON: Or well and truly hammered.

MR JACKSON: I am indebted to your Honour.  

KIRBY J: I do not know any of these expressions.

MC HUGH J: No, No, Justice Hayne must live a very different life to the sort we lead. 

KIRBY J: I have never heard that word "hammered" before, never. Not before this very minute. 

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