At a graduation ceremony held on Thursday 13 December 2018, ANU College of Law graduates recited a pledge in acknowledgement of the ethical and professional responsibilities that come with receiving a legal education.
Drafted by a group of ANU law students and endorsed by the College's Dean, Professor Sally Wheeler OBE, the pledge is the first of its kind in Australia for law school graduates.
'The idea behind the pledge was to create a sense of unity amongst ANU law graduates and as a way to affirm the sense of community after law school,' said ANU law student Suchara Fernando.
ANU College of Law pledge
I recognise my privilege in having received legal education and training and the responsibilities that come with it;
I solemnly pledge to always respect and uphold the rule of law;
I will bear in mind the values of social justice and human rights throughout my career;
I will use the law as an instrument of justice, and will be guided by what is ethical, not just by what is permissible;
I will respect and uphold the integrity of the legal profession without compromise;
I will give to my colleagues, both senior and junior, the respect and gratitude that is their due;
I will maintain the reputation and integrity of the ANU College of Law and its alumni;
I will value health and well-being, appreciating their importance for high quality work;
I will not permit considerations of age, disease, disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any factor to impact upon my keeping of these promises;
I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.
The oath was printed in ANU graduation ceremony booklets for all law graduates to recite at the 13 December 2018 graduation ceremony.