1. Where do you work and what is your position?
I’m an associate at Allen & Overy.
2. Why did you choose to come to Sydney Law School?
The key factors in choosing where to study law in Australia were: 1) Graduate from a law school which has a longstanding reputation for providing high quality legal education. I wanted that to be reflected on my CV because for better or worse employers can sometimes be influenced by the name of the university listed. And 2) whilst not specific to Sydney Uni only I wanted to study in a “big” city. This is not always appreciated: it is easier to gain employment after graduation if you already live in the place where all the jobs are.
3. What countries have you worked in?
· South Korea
· Sydney, Australia
· London, United Kingdom (Current)
4. Did you have a part-time job while at University?
Yes, I worked as a researcher for a law Professor.
5. Did you consider applying for non-legal positions?
6. What is the most important tip you would give to international students before they go in for an interview?
Other than all the obvious stuff that applies to any interview (do your research, etc.) I would say, do not be the one to bring attention to the fact that you’re an international student with a particular visa status. Remember that you’re being interviewed because they are interested in you as a candidate. Answer all the questions asked but try to keep the focus on how you’d be a good fit for the firm. Of course, depending on the firm being international may work in your favour.
7. What was your experience like getting a job after you graduated?
Difficult. At the time, most firms would not consider students for a clerkship if they didn’t have permanent residency status (this may have since changed). As a result I had to find a job without having been a summer clerk anywhere. During final year of law school, I did also work part time for a small litigation firm which I think helped me eventually get into a magic circle firm. My high grade average also helped – I cannot stress enough how important it is to work hard to obtain good grades.