Dear Katie column – On macro joy
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Dear Katie column – On macro joy

Around 90% of the guests on the podcast chose to study law because they were good at English. Rare is the guest who studied law because they wanted the skills to do particular justice-related work, or the guest who thought being a lawyer looked like fun. (I say that with the caveat that for many … Continue reading

Dear Katie column – How do I know what area of law to practice in?
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Dear Katie column – How do I know what area of law to practice in?

“How do I know what area of law to practice in? I am worried that everyone says practicing law is very different from studying law, and that I might end up somewhere I hate. There are subjects I like studying, but how do I know if I should pursue them in practice? Can you offer any advice … Continue reading

Dear Katie column – How important are grades?
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Dear Katie column – How important are grades?

Dear Katie – How important are grades? “I’m currently studying at VUW and there has recently been a data release that seems to indicate we are graded much more harshly than other law schools. Even before this, I feel there is a real atmosphere that you must have the best grades otherwise there are no … Continue reading

A Theory of M&Ms and Bowls
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A Theory of M&Ms and Bowls

by Katie Cowan Let’s say everyone starts their day with a hundred M&Ms and several bowls with neatly-printed labels. I know I am jumping in at the deep end here, but just go with it. M&Ms represent units of personal capacity, or mental bandwidth. I say M&Ms rather than “units” or “coins” because M&Ms are … Continue reading

Dear Katie column – How can I stay optimistic about a career in the law?
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Dear Katie column – How can I stay optimistic about a career in the law?

“How can I stay positive and optimistic about a career in the law, in the face of all the bad news stories that are popping up at the moment? There have now been a number of articles written by women who used to work in senior positions within the law, but who have jumped ship. … Continue reading

The Professional Hazard of Mental Health Issues
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The Professional Hazard of Mental Health Issues

When I was six my school got very excited about Edward de Bono’s Thinking Hats. This was an innovation methodology, applied to education, and intended to teach children about different perspectives, and how to navigate their own minds. There was the yellow hat to think about the good things about an idea or situation, the … Continue reading