Sydney LLB Graduate Profile

16 November 2010

In this latest instalment of our Sydney LLB Graduate Profiles, we hear from Simon Fitzpatrick, who has returned to Sydney to begin practice as a barrister, after time in New York earning an LLM at Harvard Law School, and working as a lawyer at Ropes & Gray.

Simon earned an LLB with honours in 2000, was a University Medallist, won the RG Henderson Memorial Prize and Nancy Gordon Smith Prize, was a member of the 1999 Jessup Moot team, was a student editor of the Sydney Law Review, and was a writer and performer in the Law Revue.

Simon said, "The most memorable thing that I did while I was a law student was the Law Revue. The law school's students include so many talented and funny people, and the Revue provides a great opportunity to meet them outside the classroom environment. "Most of my close friends from law school were from the Revue, and it's great to keep in touch with people who are now doing very different but all interesting things - from writing for and performing on TV, to working in Australia and overseas as lawyers, consultants, bankers, academics, teachers and journalists."

After finishing university, Simon worked as an associate to former Chief Justice Murray Gleeson before his move to the United States.

"That position provided an incredible opportunity to learn from a lawyer at the pinnacle of the profession and get a behind-the-scenes look at the work of the High Court," Simon said.

Simon moved overseas to complete his LLM at Harvard on the Frank Knox Fellowship, where he studied with law students from about 60 countries.

Simon was eligible to take the New York Bar Exam based on his Sydney Law School LLB.

"New York is probably the most welcoming US state for foreign lawyers.

"In comparison, some states require students to have a full degree from an American law school to take their Bar Exam, and others require a certain number of courses taken in a US law school or an LLM," Simon said.

After passing the Bar, he moved to Manhattan where he worked at Ropes & Gray. Simon was in New York for 8 years doing patent and trade secret litigation relating to pharmaceutical products and medical devices.

"It's good to be home after so long away, and I am looking forward to interesting and challenging work (and better weather and much better coffee)."

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