The University of Newcastle, Australia

Law Study Skills Guest Lecture

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Newcastle Law School Alumna Jessie Porteus kindly returned to the University of Newcastle to share her law study tips with law students.

Jessie Porteous Law Study Skills Guest Lecture

Jessie Porteous developed her law study tips during her years as a law student, refining the study tips whilst she led PASS classes and law tutorials in the latter years of her degrees. Jessie admitted to feeling overwhelmed as a first year student, but her grades and her confidence increased once she began studying in the effective manner the study tips promote.

Jessie presented ten top tips, including the need for law students to start assessments early, compile well-written study notes expressing key concepts, and ask questions and get help when necessary. Jessie further emphasised the value of gaining some legal work experience whilst studying, and the value of being involved in extra-curricular activities such as mooting competitions, and the University of Newcastle Law Association. Jessie reflected that both effective study practices and participation in work related activities indicated work ready skills and experiences appreciated by employees.

Jessie's study tips have served her well. She graduated from Newcastle University in 2011 with First Class Honours in Law, worked as a Judge's Associate at the Federal Court of Australia in 2012, and commenced the graduate solicitor program at top tier law firm King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney in 2013. During her graduate rotations, she was chosen to undertake a six month secondment to Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS), giving legal advice to asylum seekers. Jessie has since settled in the Intellectual Property litigation team, which specialises in trade marks and misleading and deceptive conduct.


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