The alumni relations team recently caught up with recent graduates Anthony Lieu (BComm ’14, LLB ’14) and Max Burke (JD ’14) to talk about their future.
How did you meet each other?
We met whilst working at the Australian Law Students’ Association, the peak national representative body for Australian law students. Over three years, we worked together to facilitate an information-sharing forum for law student societies across Australia, and represent and advocate law students’ interests nationally.
Tell us about Beyond Law
Beyond Law (www.beyondlaw.com.au) is Australia's premier job-search website dedicated to providing law students, law graduates and young lawyers the resources to assist them in pursuing careers beyond law school. Max and I founded Beyond Law on two ideological points. First, we were unwilling to accept the dire employment predictions for law graduates reported by the media. Second, we were concerned about the limited career opportunity being provided by law student societies to law students and graduates.
It turned out we weren't the only ones that shared the same opinion. Over the past 12 months, Beyond Law has grown phenomenally and we now receive thousands of visits each week. Moving forward, we are working to connect with more employers from around Australia and across the globe, as well as providing more services for law students and graduates to land their dream job.
Is Beyond Law a full time role or do you have other jobs?
I currently work at Australia's first online legal start-up. Both Max and I juggle our full-time jobs with Beyond Law (but we are now looking to hire some bright minds to join us!)
How did your studies and ANU student experience prepare you for your career?
The ANU community is diverse in interests, talents, backgrounds and values. The experiences I have shared with students and academics have been phenomenal. These relationships share a common thread, and that is the supportive and collaborative culture at ANU. It has been inspiring to work alongside so many people from around the globe and from such diverse backgrounds.
I have also been fortunate enough to experience the breadth of University's academic programs. From the Vice-Chancellor's Unravelling Complexity course to the Student Leadership Program, these interdisciplinary courses epitomise the hallmark of the ANU experience. The relationships I have made and the passions I have founded during my time at ANU helped set the perfect springboard for my career.
What advice do you have for law students and graduates?
The life of a law student becomes far less stressful when you stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. Don’t worry about how many applications people have written or what job interviews they have lined up or the graduate offers they are deciding on. Instead, think beyond this mindset and focus your time and energy on you, your goals and intentions, and putting them into action. Most importantly, remember to keep some perspective – you will soon have a law degree from one of the most prestigious law schools in Australia. Don’t do something just because everyone else is doing it. Don’t assume commercial practice is the only avenue. And don’t settle. Keep looking to find something that makes you happy and turn your law degree into something worthwhile and rewarding.