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Law student lands plum job in London

By Louise Errington

CDU student Luxmy Chandran has been offered a two-year training contract with London-based international law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills CDU student Luxmy Chandran has been offered a two-year training contract with London-based international law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills

After being hand-picked for a prestigious international work experience program in London, a Darwin law student has been offered the career opportunity of a lifetime.

Charles Darwin University Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting major) student Luxmy Chandran was one of six Australian law students to be hand-picked by international law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills, to participate in a four-week internship.

Luxmy was recently offered a two-year training contract at the firm’s London office to start in either 2015 or 2016.

She said working on real matters for real clients throughout the program, which ran in late 2013, was an incredibly rewarding learning experience.

“Assisting lawyers in their matters was very rewarding because I was able to see how every task that I completed fitted within the scheme of the entire transaction, case or process for the client,” Luxmy said.

“I was exposed to a number of practice areas within the firm, which gave me an excellent overview of the firm's clients, work practices and approach to international legal issues.

“The structure of the program was excellent. I was given exciting work, provided with wonderful legal resources, and was able to attend networking events with lawyers, partners and other interns.”

The budding legal eagles were provided educational seminars throughout the program that gave them an overview of the various practice areas, assisting them in deciding on an area of specialisation.

“A valuable lesson I took away from the experience was that there is no substitute for hard work,” Luxmy said.

“Law is an exciting career path that requires dedication, passion and a willingness to work hard and think broadly.”

If she accepts the contract, Luxmy said she would hope to return to Australia to apply her newfound knowledge and experience.

She plans to graduate from CDU in October.