School of law

Career Development

Opportunities

Studying law opens up a world of opportunities for the law graduate. Our students consistently rank among the most sought after law graduates in WA and nationally - many work with the nation's leading law firms in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

Many people who study law look to a wider use of their degree. Our graduates continue to excel within government, private consulting firms and industry. They work overseas with organisations such as the United Nations, in places such as Kosovo and the Gaza Strip with the United Nations Peace Keeping Force, and in New York at the United Nations itself. Some work as research fellows at leading intellectual property and other legal policy formulation centres, while others have successfully completed international graduate studies at Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Harvard University and Oxford University, and some of these are staff members in law schools in Australia and England.

Murdoch School of Law is recognised nationally and internationally as a dynamic, progressive and intellectually challenging leader in the field of legal education. Our degree programmes offer you a number of exciting career opportunities. The future is whatever you want to make of it.

Employment and Work Experience Opportunities

Employers frequently advise Murdoch Law School of jobs, clerkships and other work experience opportunities aimed at current law students or intending graduates. These opportunities are posted on the LMS Law Community page, to which all currently enrolled Law and Legal Studies students have access.

Graduate Profiles

With superb research facilities, approachable lecturers who are leaders in the field and opportunities for international study, Murdoch's School of Law will take you as far as you want to go.

photo_aplin.jpgTanya Aplin

Graduated with a joint degree in Law (First Class Honours) and English & Comparative Literature in 1994; won a Rhodes Scholarship, completed a DPhil at Oxford University and is now a Professor in Law at King's College, London.

I felt an incredible energy when I studied at Murdoch Law School. The students were eager and prepared to challenge and the staff were accessible and enthusiastic, which meant that we had an open intellectual exchange. Part of this exchange was regular assessment and feedback, which greatly helped my learning. We were also encourage to combine our law studies with another discipline and for me, combining law and Arts degrees breathed critical perspective into my legal studies. My experience at Murdoch gave me the impetus to pursue graduate study, and I successfully completed both a Masters degree and a doctorate. I am now happily pursuing a career in academia.

photo_hudson.jpgKim Hudson

Graduated with a joint degree in Law and Asian Studies in 1997. The first Western Australian to be accepted as an intern to the United Nations Secretariat in New York.

I entered Murdoch in 1993 as a mature-age student and in my five years there I tried to experience all that University life has to offer as well as to achieve my academic best. I left Murdoch with friendships that will last a lifetime and it was through the efforts of a fellow Murdoch law student that I obtained a position as an Articled Clerk.

In my final year of study I learnt from a Murdoch Law Lecturer about the Internship Programme at the United Nations Secretariat. I applied and became the first Murdoch University student [and the first Western Australian] to be accepted into this programme. I spent 12 weeks at the United Nations in New York with the Treaty Section of the Office of Legal Affairs. After completing my internship, I spent several years with Simon Walters Solicitors in Perth before becoming Research and Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice of Western Australia, a position that I held for almost two years. I then renewed my association with the United Nations and worked as a Legal Officer in the Office of The Legal Advisor in the United National Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. I am now the Legal and Governance Advisor at Federal Group, Tasmania.

My Murdoch law degree prepared me well to be an ambassador at an international level for both the University and for Western Australia and I discovered that my Murdoch education is the equal of that received by the many people I met from around the world.

photo_kyrwood.jpgJason Kyrwood

Graduated with a joint degree in Law (First Class Honours) and Commerce in 1997; University Medal winner, works in a top New York firm.

I graduated from Murdoch University in 1997 with an honours degree in law and a commerce degree (accounting major). In the five years I spent at Murdoch, I found the staff to be highly motivated and dedicated to providing a premium quality teaching service. Perhaps more importantly, I was encouraged to think independently, to challenge social norms. I learned the importance of having an inquisitive mind, focussed not upon finding answers, but on asking the right questions. Murdoch's teaching methodology is innovative, and emphasises student satisfaction and ultimately career placement.

My own experience has been that this approach to teaching has been pivotal in enabling me to find the career of my choice. In my case, Murdoch prepared me for a career as a Partner in a top-tier New York firm, where I have the opportunity to be involved in transactions of national and international significance. I feel that my training at Murdoch provided the preparation necessary to enable me to perform well in an extremely competitive environment against students from universities nationwide.

photo_mah.jpg Daniel Chung-Hsiang Mah

Foundation student who graduated in 1993 with First Class Honours. Completed post-graduate studies at Stanford Law School, USA, after experience with the Native Title Tribunal and a major Perth law firm. Now practising telecommunications law with a Washington, DC law firm.

I learnt more than just 'the law' at Murdoch Law School. The wonderfully energetic and accessible lecturers taught me how to think. They gave me the necessary skills to ask the right questions and to analyse legal precedents and legislation. They also made me aware that there are many broader issues connected with the law. This was excellent preparation for both my role as Associate to Justice Robert French and as a legal practitioner with Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

Murdoch also sparked an intellectual curiosity that led me to pursue post-graduate studies at Stanford Law School, USA, where I completed both a masters and doctorate degree. I found that what I learnt at Murdoch provided a firm foundation upon which to build a deeper and broader understanding of the social, economic and political context in which laws operate.

I used this information to conduct research into significant legal and economic issues in telecommunications laws and policy, in particular with respect to competition policy and network interconnection. In turn, this enabled me to obtain employment with a US law firm in this challenging and rapidly changing field.

photo_mcintosh.jpgLee McIntosh

Graduated with a joint degree in Law (First Class Honours) and Science (Environmental Science) in 1997; completed Masters of Environmental Law at the University of Calgary, Canada in 1998-1999.

I chose to attend Murdoch University because it provided me a unique opportunity to combine my verve to protect the environment with the skills and discipline of a lawyer. I found that it provided me with much more. The staff, students and learning environment at Murdoch taught me to think critically about issues, to communicate to different people in appropriate ways, and to use my knowledge in a practical manner.

In my final year of study I successfully applied for a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to complete an LLM specialising in environmental law at the University of Calgary, Canada. I completed the LLM in 1998/1999 and then returned to Australia to practice environmental law. I worked in the environmental law groups of the Perth and Sydney offices of Mallesons Stephen Jaques until March 2002 and then commenced working with the Environmental Defender’s Office (WA) Inc. The EDO is a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law. My work includes providing advice on environmental issues to people who can’t otherwise afford it, providing environmental legal education and preparing environmental law reform submissions. My work is extremely fulfilling and challenging and requires me to use all the skills I learnt at Murdoch! I hope to complete a doctorate in environmental law in the next 3 years.

photo_leishman.jpgBruce Leishman

Graduated with a joint degree in Law (First Class Honours) and Arts (Asian Studies) in 2000; first Law graduate from Western Australia to be appointed an Associate to a Justice of the High Court of Australia; currently working in the Melbourne office of a major law firm.

After graduating from Law School, I moved to Melbourne where I commenced work as an Articled Clerk with Minter Ellison. It was then that I was able to truly appreciate the quality of teaching at Murdoch within the context of a large commercial practice. The way I was encouraged as a student to question dominant theories and to propose workable solutions to legal problems is one of immediate application in the post university environment. The importance also placed at Murdoch on the social relevance and ramifications of law is further integral to a complete legal education, for law cannot be seen to operate in an environment void of social and cultural factors.

Taking a leave of absence from my firm, I became an Associate to Justice Kirby of the High Court of Australia for a one year period. Working with some of the finest legal minds in the nation on many landmark cases, it was again reinforced to me how the Murdoch education encourages you to think and question, and it is these traits that I believe will continually give Murdoch graduates a competitive edge. I presently work in the Mergers and Acquisitions section of Minter Ellison with a number of Murdoch alumni, all of whom are testimony to the strengths of the Murdoch law program.