A law student from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has won a rare taste of life as a lawyer by winning a raffle in which the first prize was a paid week's work experience at Marque Lawyers.
Nesha Jeyalingam, a third-year law/journalism student, won the privilege, which was the brain-child of Marque managing partner Michael Bradley, at a fundraiser held by the UTS Law Society last year.
"We were contacted by the UTS Law Society last year," Bradley told Lawyers Weekly.
"They were organising their law ball and using it as a fundraiser for charity. They were looking for law firms to sponsor the ball, but we thought that wasn't particularly interesting from our point of view ... so we came up with the idea of offering a raffle prize ... which we thought would be attractive."
And it was, with the Law Society jumping at the idea which turned out to be a popular draw card.
While Jeyalingam only bought about 10 tickets, many students bought in excess of one hundred tickets in order to improve their chances of getting a shot with the firm.
And the experience has been worth every dollar, says Jeyalingam.
"It's been really, really good. I've been doing really interesting research and they haven't made me do photocopying or anything like that yet," she said, while Bradley joked that there was still an hour or two left in the day.
"I have been doing a little bit of everything ... it's good to get a general idea. I am going into my third year so I am starting to think about [what I want to do and where I want to work]. This has been really good exposure for me, and it has definitely been motivating as well."
As an outsider getting a rare glimpse into the firm which openly prides itself on being slightly left-of-centre, Jeyalingam confirmed that this happy-go-lucky attitude does indeed pervade the firm.
"It is a really, really great environment," she said, just prior to terminating the interview to attend fiesta drinks, which Bradley added would include a jug or two of mean Sangria.
"Everyone is really friendly and positive and enthusiastic, which is really motivating. Just seeing that exist in a law firm has been really inspiring.
"And yes, they're crazier than you might think."