Wonder women: women in law inspire students

2 May 2019

Take every opportunity, find a mentor and be honest with yourself – this was the key advice shared at the annual University of Queensland Women in Law event.

The event brought together more than 50 UQ law students and alumni to share inspirational stories and their support for other women in the industry.

Top female lawyers joined a panel discussion hosted by Clayton Utz partner Kathryn Pacey to share personal and professional insights, along with their tips for a successful and fulfilling career in the legal sector.

UQ Law graduate and panel member, Michelle May AM QC, said that a challenge for young female lawyers is the assumptions that are made.

“It can only be said that you really must do your best to resist these prejudices and support each other in your network – it is important to make friends with those who want the best for you,” she said.

Other panel members Anne-Marie Rice, Stephanie Daveson and Suzannah Auld shared experiences from their own journeys in law.

UQ Women in Law 2019 - photos from the event

UQ Women in Law 2019

First year UQ Bachelor of Science/Laws (Honours) student, Lilian Smith, said that she came to the event looking for information on the life of a woman practising law and found it to be incredibly inspiring.

“All of the speakers were not only highly knowledgeable and motivating, but also very warm and welcoming,” she said.

“I feel so fortunate to have been given such a wealth of reassuring and valuable general life lessons and tips for life in law from such esteemed lawyers and women.”

The panellists’ top tips were:

  1. Learn to be honest with yourself.
  2. Find mentors – and listen to them!
  3. Understand your strengths and weaknesses, and the way you handle criticism (and praise).
  4. Take up the opportunities given to you, even if you think you are not quite ready.
  5. Maintain your relationships with family and friends from other avenues of your life.

The event was held at the Clayton Utz offices in Brisbane City for the third consecutive year.

The panellists:

Media: Katie Rowney, media@law.uq.edu.au or +61 7 3443 1321.