18 episodes

Lessons in Law is a podcast for law students, law graduates and early career lawyers like myself. In this podcast, I will be speaking to inspiring lawyers and sharing my own experience of our journeys into studying law, through law school and to where we are now and the lessons that we have learned along the way.

Lessons In Law Megan Allanah Patten

    • Education
    • 4.5 • 8 Ratings

Lessons in Law is a podcast for law students, law graduates and early career lawyers like myself. In this podcast, I will be speaking to inspiring lawyers and sharing my own experience of our journeys into studying law, through law school and to where we are now and the lessons that we have learned along the way.

    Lucy Barnes: Becoming a Barrister

    Lucy Barnes: Becoming a Barrister

    In this episode I speak with Lucy Barnes who is a Brisbane based Barrister. Lucy's law journey wasn't conventional - working in Government and Child Protection prior to commencing her law degree and working outside of private practice as a Registrar for the Courts once she was admitted. Lucy shares what her day to day looks like, what the process of becoming a Barrister looks like and her advice for anyone considering a career as a Barrister. If you're considering a career as a Barrister or you're curious about what the process involves - this is the episode for you!

    • 28 min
    Warren Bennett: Starting your own law firm

    Warren Bennett: Starting your own law firm

    In this episode I speak with Warren Bennett who is the Director and Principal of WKB Lawyers. Warren started his firm in March 2019 and specialises in Total Permanent Disability (TPD) claims. Warren's story is one of determination and inspiration and offers great insight into what it is like to start your own law firm and when you know that you're ready to take that leap of faith. If you're dreaming of starting your own law firm one day or you're curious about what it takes - this is the episode for you!

    • 36 min
    Em Pescott: Pay rises and promoting yourself

    Em Pescott: Pay rises and promoting yourself

    In this episode I speak with Em Pescott. Em is the owner of Promotable You and is a career advancement coach. In this episode Em shares her practical tips for promoting yourself when looking for legal roles, how to approach having conversations with your boss about pay rises and promotions as a junior lawyer and what you should be doing early in your career to avoid falling behind later on.

    • 36 min
    Caralee Fontenele: What I look for when hiring new staff

    Caralee Fontenele: What I look for when hiring new staff

    In this episode I speak to Caralee Fontenele who is a Family Lawyer and the Director of Collective Family Law Group on the Gold Coast. Caralee shares how her journey into law was a little different and how her experience creating and running businesses has influenced her legal career. Caralee shares what she looks for when hiring new staff and her tips for law students and graduates looking for their first role.

    • 38 min
    Getting a job during Covid

    Getting a job during Covid

    In this solo episode I share my experience of finding a job during Covid. When I lost my first lawyer role in March due to Covid, I really struggled to feel like myself again. The uncertainty of the world didn't help, especially when it comes to the job market. However, there are still some things we can all control – we can believe in ourselves and our abilities, we can continue to have hope and not give up and we can keep putting ourselves out there! I wanted to share my story of losing my job, what I did with my spare time, how I dealt with rejection, how I kept positive and all of the things I did to find a new job in the hope that it might help others. If you are still looking for work – I hope this helps to inspire you and please remember one thing – just don’t give up!

    • 29 min
    Mel Scott: Working as an in house lawyer & getting your first opportunity

    Mel Scott: Working as an in house lawyer & getting your first opportunity

    In this episode I speak with Mel Scott who works as an in house lawyer for a global technology company called Megaport. Mel explains what an in house lawyer does, what her role is like and how she ended up working in house. Mel opens up about her journey through law school and how she landed her first graduate role - I'll give you a hint, it involves 180 resumes! This is an inspiring episode for law students and graduates looking for their first opportunity and anyone who wants to know more about working as an in house lawyer.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

MsMelBNE ,

Awesome insights into many areas of the law

Thanks for your work, Megan, love the pod! Great variety of guests.

erinlucyx ,

A great resource

This podcast has been so helpful for me to imagine myself in the legal profession and highlights the myriad pathways my degree can take me down. Megan is a great interviewer too

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