When people find out I work in a law firm with no intention of becoming a lawyer myself, I’m often met with reactions of bewilderment, confusion, and in some cases sympathy.
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked, “What do you do at work all day?”, or “Don’t you want to become a lawyer? Is it because you’re not smart enough?” (yes, having blonde hair means I’ve had that one more than once), I would have enough money to retire at the ripe old age of 21 and never be asked those questions again.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love the Law and it was my plan for a while to one day practise it. I got over halfway through my law degree before I made the (smart? Stupid?) decision to jump ship and begin my Business degree. (For what it’s worth, I continued my dual degree of Psychology, which some may argue is extremely relevant when working with lawyers on a daily basis).
Being a millennial who will apparently have over 10 careers throughout her working life, it could still be possible for me to finish my Law degree one day. For now, I’m quite happy to avoid being the butt of lame lawyer jokes and being asked for legal advice at social events.
It wasn’t until after I had worked in various administrative roles in a few different firms that I stopped wanting to become a lawyer and instead fell in love with the often-undisclosed sector that is Practice Management, and I’ve very quickly learned that those outside of the world of Law not only count their lucky stars, but also have no idea that you don’t have to have a law degree to work in a law firm.
The truth is, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to ensure lawyers can remain focused on their clients. (Seriously, you think you’d be able to put a group of lawyers together and have them work things out for themselves?).
For me, each working day is different. Some days I get to train new staff members who join our fantastic team. On others, I get to be a part of marketing initiatives that give back to our Toowoomba, Brisbane, Ipswich and North Lakes communities. Having entered the new financial year only a matter of days ago, I’ve just recovered from my overdose of Finance-related tasks (what, you think Accountants are the only ones who get to have all the fun?).
I still get to interact with our clients on a daily basis, which is especially rewarding in the unique and special area that is family law. But ultimately, I get to come into work each day and work alongside the inspirational lawyers, paralegals, managers, and administrative support staff that make up the Best Wilson Buckley Family Law team. We’re a small firm with a big dream of practising family law differently, and being a part of that growth journey in any way, shape or form is incredibly rewarding.
I love the Law, and although I no longer wish to practise it, it is this love that ultimately lead me to finding my true passion and being able to do so alongside an incredible group of people. It is because of these people that I can get up each and every morning to work with lawyers, even though I’m not one myself.