mentally preparing for the challenge 

  • ~ 17 minutes
  • for graduates & junior lawyers
Category: Transform & Develop  I  Topic: Life in Law
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Session overview
Join Pierre as he discusses the realities of legal practice and the common misconceptions people have before they enter the legal workforce.

"We have this stylised image of what it is to be a lawyer. If you want to be a litigator, we have these incredible TV shows that tell us that you come into work at about 10.30am, have a cup of coffee, chat for about an hour, go to the gym, have a great lunch, get to a bar by about 3pm and start again the next day. Its a beautiful life full of extraordinary suits and gorgeous people and ... apparently no paperwork, but real legal practice is not like that at all!"
Pierre Johannessen



Johannessen Legal

About pierre 
Pierre is an Australian litigator, Human Rights activist, journalist and recipient of the ACT Young Australian of the Year award for 2010. He has never been in a courtroom he doesn't love.

Pierre is also the current CEO of the international NGO Big Bang Ballers whose aim is to use the game of basketball to tackle poverty and social disadvantage. Pierre's expertise in international human rights and development was cemented with his involvement in an Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development posting in Bangladesh.

A former Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, and a University of Canberra Chancellor's Distinguished Young Alumni award winner, Pierre has distinguished himself in the community for both his passion and his exemplary conduct.

An accomplished speaker and writer, Pierre has presented to schools, corporate groups, has had writing published and has been a TEDx speaker.
Pierre has coached and counseled charities worldwide through Johannessen Legal and Johannessen & Gass, with a focus on social, grass roots development. 
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