find the latest legal job
Freelance Project Finance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Australia
· Vario are looking for freelance lawyers with experience in project finance ideally within the renewable energy sector
View details
Vario Freelance Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Australia
· We are looking for lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Freelance Construction Lawyers
Category: Construction Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· We are looking for construction lawyers who appreciate the endless possibilities that a freelance career can offer.
View details
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
Academic Dean and Head of School of the TC Beirne School of Law
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· An outstanding opportunity · Provide educational, research and organisational leadership
View details
Flexibility message getting through

Flexibility message getting through

Firms are convincing graduates that being a lawyer doesn’t have to mean sacrificing work-life balance, a Norton Rose partner has claimed, in response to a pilot study that found more than a fifth of female students chose law because it offers flexibility.

In the Career Intentions Survey conducted by the Women Lawyers Association of NSW, 21 per cent of female law students selected flexibility/work-life balance as their reason for pursuing a career in the legal profession.

Sally Macindoe (pictured), a partner and the head of diversity at Norton Rose, told Lawyers Weekly that the result suggests that there is growing awareness among aspiring lawyers that some firms can offer meaningful flexible work options.

“[Students] are reaching that conclusion because it’s becoming widely known that leading practices are understanding the need for flexibility and delivering solutions around it,” she said.

“It’s positive ... I think the message is getting through.”

Clerkships at Norton Rose include sessions on diversity, which are followed up with a Q&A. Answers provided by students after the firm’s most recent rotation show an increased interest in flexibility, revealed Macindoe.

She said graduate expectations of their employers have changed considerably over the past decade.

“Ten years ago, students weren’t thinking about flexibility as anything relevant to their career choice, but this year a number of graduates have contacted our diversity committee to say [flexible work options] were among the key factors in their decision to join Norton Rose.”

Barrister Lee-May Saw, chair of the Career Intentions Survey sub-committee of the Women Lawyers Association of NSW, also believes the survey finding is a positive one. She fears, however, that not all students are getting the message that work-life balance and the law are compatible.

“There is a lot of information about flexible work options coming from large firms that sponsor initiatives with universities, but the same can’t be said of criminal law,” she said.

The Career Intentions Survey was launched at a cocktail event on 11 April. The Women Lawyers Association of NSW patron, the Hon Acting Justice Jane Mathews AO, gave a keynote entitled Equality in the Legal Profession: The past, the present and the future, in which she described her experiences of being one of a handful of female law students at the University of Sydney in the early 1960s.

The launch was also attended by the Hon Chief Justice Tom Bathurst QC, the Hon Justice Margaret Beazley AO, Law Society of NSW president John Dobson and the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs.

A total of 102 students (91 females and 11 males) participated in the Career Intentions Survey pilot, which was conducted from August to November last year through the law schools of the University of New England, University of Sydney and University of Western Sydney.

Click here to read more about the findings of the Career Intentions Survey.

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

Flexibility message getting through
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
Jan 22 2018
Lawyers take to Twitter to share career stories
The #mypathtolaw hashtag has been embraced by legal eagles to swap stories with the Twitter communit...
Jan 22 2018
Legal body disappointed with DPP emails leaked to tabloid
The NSW Bar Association has expressed “profound disappointment” over leaked emails from the NSW ...
Gavel, legal book, criminal lawyers
Jan 19 2018
Three criminal lawyers named NSW magistrates
The NSW Attorney-General has announced the appointment of three new local court magistrates. ...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...