Graduate (Litigation & Regulatory)

Carol Lin



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Why did you choose to work at DLA Piper?

I chose to work at DLA Piper because its diverse, international client base enables me to make an impact locally and globally. DLA Piper is not just another global law firm; it truly operates as a global team within which I feel supported to pursue my career and personal goals. During my time as a summer clerk, paralegal, and graduate, I have worked with lawyers who identify and facilitate opportunities for me to improve my technical skills, deepen my knowledge of legal and commercial topics, and develop connections with colleagues, clients, and other legal professionals. The firm is also a leader in sectors that I have a keen interest in, such as ESG and technology, so I solve complex legal problems and implement innovative solutions, whilst developing my intellectual interests.

Is there anything you would like to highlight about your experiences at DLA Piper?

DLA Piper's global presence has brought about opportunities to work on significant and unique matters. For example, in the Litigation and Regulatory team, I have worked on an arbitration for an agency of the United Nations, the International Organization for Migration. Also, when I completed a clerkship in the Corporate team, I attended negotiations and prepared documents for an acquisition of an infrastructure debt investment management platform, which involved lawyers across the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.

The opportunity to connect with lawyers across DLA Piper's offices has been invaluable for my career development. For example, through the Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) Mentoring Program, I have connected with mentors in other Australian cities. Additionally, while I was on an Australian government program in Asia, I was introduced to colleagues in Hong Kong and Beijing and visited the Beijing office, where I discussed opportunities for collaboration with colleagues there. 

Do you have any advice for students aspiring to pursue a career in law?

My advice to students is to take every opportunity you get. Challenge yourself to try new things and always ask questions. 

Any work or volunteer experience can help you discover which tasks you enjoy, what topics interest you and what kind of work you might like a lawyer. My experiences working in retail, student services, boutique and large law firms and the legal division of an ASX-listed company have influenced my practice group preferences at DLA Piper. 

During university, develop confidence in your ability to ask questions. This helps avoid misunderstandings and mistakes whilst demonstrating you have an interest in the topic or opportunity. Volunteering your time on projects can develop your knowledge and skills. It might be intimidating but if you don't ask, you don't get.