Practical advice and hands on experience for legal students

Coleman Greig celebrates night of nights for Western Sydney University Law School

Coleman Greig is proud to have supported aspiring lawyers in the region at Western Sydney University’s School of Law Awards.

The firm sponsors the Coleman Greig Lawyers Award in Commercial Law for up and coming legal students. Warrick McLean, CEO, said that the firm has a long history of actively working with the University and he was honoured to be invited to give the Donor Address on the night.

Providing the law students with practical advice, Warrick said “Always be proactive in building and actively maintaining your professional relationships, and always work with people that are aligned to your values but who are going to challenge you professionally.”

Coleman Greig offers a Cadetship Program, exclusively for the University’s law students. The firm takes two students for the five year program each year and students must also have attended a Western Sydney high school.

Over half of the firm’s lawyers are Graduates of the University and eight cadets/clerks are currently studying their Law Degree through the University.

Attendees heard from Kirstie Barfoot, one of Coleman Greig’s newly admitted Lawyers, who began her journey in law as a Legal Cadet more than five years ago. Now a member of the Family Law team, Kirstie discussed her experiences in the Alumni Address.

“I thought five years ago that I had everything figured out, and I didn’t. I thought that I would start law school and work hard and that everything would come easily to me, and it really really didn’t. But…I was encouraged at every point to immerse myself in my degree and in the legal industry, and ended up with a network of peers that I am excited to enter the legal industry alongside, and with a job that I enjoy and that I am proud of. 

“If I can give any real advice, it’s to explore while you are studying. Don’t be afraid to change your mind, don’t be afraid to change it again. Get work experience, not just to reassure some hypothetical employer that you will be a good fit, but also to make sure when you make that first decision in the workforce, your employer is the right fit for you.” 

Carli Heald, a Legal Clerk with the Family Law team, received joint first in a subject while Ambrose Teo, a Legal Cadet, received the Dean’s Merit Award. Tom Dearden made the Dean’s Merit List.

Caroline Hutchinson, Head of Litigation and Disputes, presented the Coleman Greig Award. A proud advocate for the University, Caroline was recently appointed as an Independent Director to the WSU College Board.