Shayne worked in private practice for 8 years, primarily in property law, before joining The College of Law as an Instructor and starting her own business. We spoke to Shayne on her career, teaching at the College, and advice she has for students to make the most of PLSC.
1. What does your job involve?
I was in private practice for approximately eight years and predominantly specialised in the property arena. Most recently, I was an Associate on the Property and Private Client team at a local firm. I finished up this role in 2019 which is when I started with The College of Law. I am also a business owner (makeup artist business) and stay-at-home Mum. These three roles keep me very busy and on my toes!
2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?
As an Instructor with the College, the interaction and engagement with the next generation of lawyers. I find the students have a real thirst for knowledge and determination to succeed – it’s quite refreshing.
3. How did you come to work in this area?
I started off in general practice when I was first admitted to the bar, and slowly moved into more specialised areas over the years – it actually happened quite organically. I had the luxury of following my interests and eventually specialising in my chosen area which was private client work.
4. What advice would you have for students keen to practise in your area of law?
There a various groups for new practitioners across the country that help and support upcoming lawyers. These are really helpful for establishing connections with counterparts and networking. I would encourage all students to find out about these groups and join them – be proactive!
5. From your perspective as an Instructor, how can students make the most of PLSC?
Preparation is key. I cannot stress this enough. If you do the required preparation and spend the requisite time reviewing the resources, you are far more likely to achieve competency across the skills in this course.