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Professional Development

Welcome to the 2022 University of Newcastle Law Students’ Association (UNLSA) Sponsorship Portfolio! Our portfolio ensures that Newcastle Law School students have the best prospects of employment when they complete their undergraduate studies at Law School. The role that our portfolio plays within the UNLSA is invaluable to our members, as we provide students with that first glimpse into the Australian legal profession. As representatives of Newcastle Law School, this portfolio is essential to maintaining the UNLSA’s reputation with employers from local boutique firms that practice in specific areas of law to multinational law firms and corporations that have employed some of Newcastle’s most successful law students.


This portfolio consists of four key players that will be your ticket to access some of the opportunities that these firms have to offer. Our Directors of Careers, Olivia Shedden and Gwen Devoy, work tirelessly to ensure that UNLSA members can make that all-important first connection with the legal profession. They will be responsible for coordinating everything you need to know about clerkships and graduate positions and give you all tips and tricks to help you nail everything from that all-important first interview all the way through to how to impress your employer at a cocktail party. Lola Hickey is the portfolio’s Director of Local Sponsorship and she'll be hosting local events and helping you to forge relationships with local practitioners so you can secure that ever-important first job. Finally, as Vice President (Sponsorship) for 2022, Thomas McCarthy is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the portfolio and will be your point of contact should you wish to pursue a sponsorship opportunity with the UNLSA. 


The Sponsorship Portfolio is excited to be working with students and the legal profession throughout 2022 and we can’t wait for you to be involved in some of the exciting events that we have planned.

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