This week I interviewed Emily, who is one of our Law Clerks. Emily has been clerking for Rouse since March 2020. She works primarily with our Commercial Litigation, Private Wealth and Tax Teams.

Why Law?

Emily particularly enjoyed debating during her high school years and has always had a passion for formulating arguments and strategies to help solve problems. She had an interest in law but wasn’t sure exactly her area of interest, so Emily was keen to gain experience within a law firm to aid her long-term career decisions.

Current Studies?

Emily is in the 5th year of her 6-year full time university studies which is a BA of Arts with an Honours law degree. Emily has studied subjects such as Peace and Conflict studies and Japanese.

Typical Day?

Emily’s typical day starts with her team and firm morning huddles where everyone sets out their main tasks for the day. Most of Emily’s day involves working with 3 lawyers and assisting with their initial client meetings, taking initial instructions, and helping with research tasks before undertaking the first draft of advice to clients.

Outside Of Work:

Outside of work Emily has continued with her debating and is actively involved in two Brisbane based debating associations where she has a role on each of their executive committees. Emily is the Vice President (Training) for the Queensland Debating Union and the President of the Brisbane Girls Debating Association.

Emily has recently been selected to be a member of the Youth National Security Strategy. The initiative is an assembly of 42 of the nation’s brightest young thinkers to produce a national security strategy for Australia.

Emily also enjoys going to the gym and baking cheesecakes in her spare time!

I asked Emily the following questions:

What Have You Learnt So Far During Your Time At Rouse?

I have learnt invaluable commercial understanding from my time so far at Rouse. I now understand the key workings of how businesses function.

What Is The Best Thing About Working At Rouse Lawyers?

The best thing about working at Rouse is the supportive, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere that the office offers together with the great training and mentorship I have received from the lawyers I work with.

What Advice Would You Give Someone Who Wants To Work In A Legal Environment?

I would advise to gain experience as early as possible in your legal career and take every opportunity which comes your way to help decide what career path you would like to take.