Paralegal, 2019 | solicitor, 2020
I applied for a position in Colin Biggers & Paisley's Graduate Program while completing my final year of a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degree in Wellington, New Zealand. I was about to move to Sydney and, coming from a city a tiny fraction of Sydney's size, was overwhelmed with the number of law firms.
Walking out of my interview, I felt sure that the practice would be a great fit for me. Unlike past interviews where I had been required to wheel out rehearsed answers to contrived questions or put myself in artificial hypothetical scenarios, this was an interview where the interviewers genuinely wanted to get to know me, and wanted me to get to know the practice.
I worked as a Paralegal while I finished the last semester of my studies as an exchange student at Macquarie University, then started as a Graduate in March 2020. In the two years that I've been here, I have been fortunate to work within four different teams (and on each of the three levels of the Sydney office!). Not only has this given me exposure to a broad range of clients and work, but it has also allowed me to get to know people across all levels in all different practice groups.
It is, without a doubt, the people that make Colin Biggers & Paisley what it is. In each team I've worked in I have been surrounded by people who are intelligent, skilled and hard-working. Perhaps just as importantly though, I have been supported and mentored by lawyers who have taken a genuine interest in me, who have ensured that I've had the chance to explore my interests and develop broad experience within the team, and who regularly checked in give me feedback and ensure I was being well supported. The encouragement and opportunities that I've experienced in each team have enabled me to grow my skills and confidence as a lawyer and allowed me to feel comfortable that the team that I eventually chose to settle in was the ideal fit for my interests and skillset.
If you want to work within a firm that values your growth as a lawyer more than the number of hours that you can bill in a day, apply for Colin Biggers & Paisley. Throughout the application process, I recommend that you think about your values, what you want out of a graduate role, and what you can bring to it. Come to your interview with your resume in hand, prepared to talk about your skills and attributes and how you want to develop them.