James O’Loghlin

BEc 1988, LLB 1990

James O’Loghlin is the popular host of ABC TVs The New Inventors and Evenings on ABC Radio (NSW/ACT). He graduated from the University of Sydney with an LLB in 1989.

Where has the study of law taken you in your career and/or life in general?

In 1991 I started work as a corporate lawyer, but changed to criminal law and ended up working for Legal Aid until 1999. During the 1990’s I also did stand-up comedy, and for the last 10 years I have been working on TV and radio. I use my legal training every day, whether it’s planning an interview, working out how to persuade someone of something, or in writing and delivering a speech.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Sydney Law School?

Emerging into the sun after a long day spent underground; puzzling over what my lecture notes actually meant; putting in some work with the books trying to piece it all together and occasionally succeeding; and finding out that the law wasn’t just about laws and precedents and cases, but was also about fairness and justice.

What one piece of advice would you give to law students today?

Think about what sort of job you really want to do. What sort of work would you enjoy? What sort of job will challenge you and provide excitement and satisfaction. Don’t just go with the flow and do whatever everyone else is doing. There are lots of different types of jobs a law degree trains you for. Trust your instincts. It’s not much good earning lots of money if it means you spend 50 or 60 hours a week being bored.

And don’t sacrifice your life for work. Work is a part of life, not all of it.