Five more questions before you graduate


We spoke to some newly minted ANU Law graduates and asked them to answer just a few more questions before graduation.

Why did you decide to study law?

In high school I did a project on Vincent Lingiari and the Gurinjdi land rights campaign. This sparked an interest in learning more about how the law can be used to address inequality and the ongoing effects of colonisation.

Amelia Noble, read her full profile.

After completing an internship at UNICEF in high school, I became very interested in the practice of international law. I chose to study law at ANU because of the leading reputation of its international law faculty.

Tara Peramatukorn, read her full profile.

What was the best thing about your time at ANU College of Law?

Discovering an area of the law that did (and does) in fact interest me, when I previously hadn't thought such a thing would exist. Realising that I could picture myself practising as a lawyer was an exciting moment, if a little frightening – it meant that I had to buckle down and take my studies more seriously, if I was going to realise that goal.

Tommy Randall, read his full profile.

The lecturers – I was lucky to be taught by, and work with, a number of inspiring and very accomplished academics.
The students – I would not have got through the long hours of studying without their support and great banter.

Sascha Kouvelis, read her full profile.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about studying law?

Before you start your degree is too early to know that you want to be a lawyer, let alone what kind of law you might want to practise. Talk to past and current law students to try to find out whether being a student of the law interests you – you need to be able to enjoy, to a certain extent, a lot of reading, research, analysis and synthesis. If you can embrace those things during your degree, you'll give yourself the best chance of succeeding in your studies and working out where and what you want to practise.

Tommy Randall, read his full profile.

Give it a go – you will either find it to be a very satisfying degree which constantly challenges the way you think, or you will develop a set of skills which are very transferrable in a number of career contexts.

Tara Peramatukorn, read her full profile.

How did winning a prize help you?

My main research essay for the course was about cultural defences in criminal cases of violence against women and girls. Winning the prize strengthened my passion for intersectional feminism and the law, and also reaffirmed to me that this was an area I could continue pursuing in various ways after university.

Ruohan Zhao, read her full profile.

Two ways – affirmation and personal benchmarking. I have never felt studying law is ‘hard work’, but it’s a big investment of time, money and emotional energy. My personal ‘successes’ don’t always qualify me for awards, but awards can serve as tangible goals to work towards in the pursuit of self-development. Achieving those goals feels affirming, even vindicating. Obviously, another help is that well recognised prizes stand out in applications for various organisations and scholarships.

James Barrett, read his full profile.

What’s next?

I am currently working at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney.  At some point in the future I would love to go overseas to do a Masters of Law.

Sascha Kouvelis, read her full profile.

I will be taking the rest of the year off to explore Central Asia, Xinjiang, and Europe, and, hopefully, stay in some housing co-operatives/communal housing projects along the way. In 2018, I will be moving back to New Zealand to commence work as a graduate at the Treasury in Wellington.

Ruohan Zhao, read her full profile.

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team