10 Lessons I Learned as a Law Grad

“No one is expecting you to get it 100% right all the time.”

Grace Ritter outside the Supreme Court of Western Australia following her admission to practice. Grace completed Piddington PLT in 2019.

But taking 2 minutes to jot down a few quick dot points might be crucial to getting you out of hot water in a month or two.

But desktop discounting only does you a disservice.

If you’re really worried about taking up too much of their time, a good way to get more information is to ask: “is there another file we did one of those on that I can have a look at?”

I had convinced myself that typing an email one-handed while I shovelled lunch down was a good idea.

You don’t have to start doing a 5K run at lunch to reap all the rewards associated with exercise — a gentle walk around the block can do the trick.

There will always be stacks of work to do, and it will pretty much always be better to spend a day doing 10 tasks well than 2 tasks perfectly.

Think about it from a client’s perspective: would you rather wait weeks for perfectly-worded advice? Or receive the answer you need quickly?

There is a reason that barristers’ chambers are often filled with textbooks, and that judicial officers have research associates. The law is an enormous, complex, ever-changing beast: and it’s simply way too big to fit in anyone’s head.

So don’t beat yourself up that you don’t know the answer to your client’s question.

Difficult though it might be, try to work through the discomfort and take time to reflect on how the mistake was made.

And while you’re at it, try to be strict about getting enough sleep. Everything is so more manageable when you’re well-rested.

After all, being admitted to the profession means so much more when you know that it’s already full of people you admire.

(L-R) Grace Ritter with Candice Lamb, Aparna Jayasekera and Julianna Tan at Piddington PLT January intensive 2019.

Grace Ritter is a graduate of Piddington PLT, having completed her law degree at the University of Western Australia. She was admitted to practice in November 2019.

Grace is a lawyer at FourLion Legal and her work there spans criminal law, family law, wills and probate, family provision claims, conveyancing, debt recovery, migration law, administrative law, employment law, traffic infringements and general commercial litigation. Grace is responsible for legal research, brief compilation, preparation of letters of advice, drafting court documents including submissions, costs disclosure and meeting with clients.

When it comes to her clients, Grace strives to maintain positive working relationships ensuring clients always feel comfortable asking questions and letting her know when there is something they don’t understand.

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