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Johnson Winter & Slattery

  • 100 - 500 employees

Rachel Cox

JWS has a lot of great social opportunities, which help the overall collegiate culture to the firm.

Where did you go to university and what did you study?

I went to Monash University for my both my undergraduate and my Juris Doctor degree. My undergraduate degree was an Arts degree, with a major in Media & Communications.

What drew you to the law?

Whilst completing my undergraduate degree, I took some units focusing on the book publishing industry. In this unit, we discussed licensing and contracts, as they related to the intellectual property contained in an author’s work. I also took a Media and the Law unit, which focused on broader media regulatory issues. These units sparked my interest in the law, which I then pursued by signing up to do a Juris Doctor. Over the course of the first year of the Juris Doctor, I was drawn to the logic of the law, the real world and commercial ramifications, and the problem-solving aspects of the law.  

What are 3 tips you can give to prospective graduate lawyers?

  1. Ask a lot of questions: ask to clarify, ask when you are curious and ask to be more involved.
  2. Do not panic if you do not know something: take a deep breath, do a cheeky google, and remember that it’s okay to ask (see tip 1).
  3. Be friendly with your fellow graduates: it is great to rely on the other graduates when you have had a tough day or to be sounding boards if you are afraid you have a ‘stupid question’. Remember that the other graduates are dealing with the same things that you may be dealing with and you can all support each other.

What is the most memorable work you have done so far? What clients have you worked with?

Last year I assisted on a client’s investment into Linktree. Linktree is a Melbourne based app that interfaces with social media such as Instagram and TikTok. These platforms ordinarily only allow the user to include one link in that user’s bio. Linktree allows the user to link multiple sites (e.g. other social media, store, website etc) from one ‘root’ link. It was great to be involved on the investment, and it has been the most memorable piece of work because every time I am scrolling through Instagram I see Linktree being used!  

What is JWS really like as a place to work? 

JWS has a lot of great social opportunities, which help the overall collegiate culture of the firm. In pre-pandemic times, we would have weekly Friday night drinks, as well as special events such as lawn bowls and trivia. Although currently, these events cannot go ahead, staff at JWS are friendly to have a chat with around the coffee machine!

What is the most rewarding aspect and the most challenging aspect of your role?

The most rewarding aspect of my role is learning new information about the law, and successfully implementing that knowledge in advices. The most challenging aspect of the role is fighting the constant fear that you do not know what you are doing.