Andrew Keeghan graduated from Deakin in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts/Law. In the span of just two years, he has gone on to become an Associate at HFW, a global law firm, where he handles Insurance and Reinsurance related matters. In this month’s edition, he shares with us some insights into his law journey.
What would you describe as the highlights of your law journey so far?
“Winning the 2015 Deakin Senior Moot with Adam De Bono, with whom I also did the Vis Moot, was one. I’ve won several other law competitions but I pick out the 2015 Senior Moot since this victory came after two consecutive years of trying which heightened my sense of triumph. I felt that not the few weeks of preparation that I had put into the 2015 moot had been rewarded, but also all the effort of the previous years”.
“The other one is work-related and was last year when I was filling in for a senior associate for about a month. In this capacity, I, along with my colleagues, pulled through a particularly challenging mediation after weeks of hard work which gave me a sense of immense satisfaction and pride. I cherish the positive feedback I received from people much senior to me, the gratitude of the clients and most importantly, the feeling of content that came from a job well done”.
Have you done any study abroad? How would you describe this experience?
“In the summer of 2014, I did a 6-week study course in Indonesia which was a pretty awesome experience for me as I learned a lot from going to a place where I knew nothing about the language or culture and spending Christmas there far away from my comfort zone. A little while later, in 2015, when I went to Malaysia for a 4-week legal internship at Thomas Phillip Advocates and Solicitors in Kuala Lumpur, I was actually able to use some of the language skills I picked up the previous Christmas.”
What advice would you give to current students?
“Be confident that no matter what happens, things are eventually going to work out for you; they might not work out the way you wanted them to, but if you’re diligent and are doing the right things, everything is going to be okay in the end”.
“Also, as students, you shouldn’t form too firm an idea in your minds of where you want to work in the future”. Rather, Andrew advises that students should keep an open mind as they might actually end up enjoying working in areas they had not initially envisioned themselves as working in. “As a student, I had never imagined that I would go on to work in the field of insurance law but now I find myself really enjoying the work I do”, says Andrew.