Anxiety, depression, and its various manifestations such as anorexia, bulimia, alcoholism and drug addiction, are all at their heart, issues that revolve around an individual’s psyche. For those who have experienced, or know someone who has experienced these or other mental health issues, you’ll know firsthand that absolutely nothing about the scenario is redeeming.
‘I still want to be a rock star,’ admits The Hon. Peter Gray as he pulls a harmonica from his top pocket. ‘I like the feeling of having a tin sandwich close-by to munch on. Besides, you never know when you might want to play a riff.’
An upcoming Productivity Commission report is likely to make recommendations regarding penalty rates under the current Award. Debate whether to cut or preserve penalties, however, misses the real issue: the increasing dependence of Australians on penalty rates to live. Reform in this area must promote job security.
You are a law student. That’s all you are, because law consumes your life. Explaining what it is like to be dating someone in law school is as hard as describing the colour orange to a blind person. It’s difficult to articulate how much it pains me to see you, my significant other, torture yourself over readings and revision and it’s just as hard to find a way to help you when all you want is peace and time to study.
Your editor Hamish Williamson discusses the pitfalls of limiting your career horizons.
Occasionally—amidst the panoply of firm-sponsored talks, information sessions on clerkships, mock interviews, and other such events designed to sculpt eager MLS students into eager lawyers, ready to eat paperwork and shit billable hours—a lecturer will say something along the lines of:
‘Whether you go into legal practice, or some other field…’