Five more questions before you graduate

Various graduating students

Do it because no matter what people say, we always need more advocates in our society. Do it because law is a language of power, that you can harness to strengthen not only yourself, but others around you.

Graduates tell us why they studied law, what they achieved while they were with us, and what lessons and experiences they'll take into the next phase of their lives.

Why did you decided to study law?

After finishing my undergraduate degree, I decided to apply to study a Juris Doctor at ANU, as I felt like pursuing postgraduate study in law would equip me with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career to create positive social change.

Darcy Jackman. Read the full story here.

I am interested in history, politics, law and society and enjoy reading and writing. After I completed my undergraduate degree at ANU (I majored in Political Science and International Relations), I realised that a law degree would allow me to use those communication skills to assist others in practical and meaningful ways in my own small corner of the world.  

Katrina Hall. Read the full story here.  

I decided to study law because I was interested in advocacy. The ANU College of Law was an obvious choice as it had a range of social justice and clinical programs and an emphasis on public law.

Samuel Saunders.Read the full story here

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

The quality of teaching was exceptional. Sit in the ANU law foyer and you are bound to see a nation-leading expert walk by. I learnt from, met, and worked with academics at the tops of their fields. These opportunities are open to all — lecturers are generally very open to conversations with passionate students.

Joseph Dean.Read the full story here.  

I was fortunate to be part of the Prison Legal Literacy Program, where myself and five other students delivered information sessions to prisoners at the Alexander Maconochie Centre with the help of  Dr. Anthony Hopkins. Anthony also encouraged me to intern at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Katherine, which was incredible. 

Catherine Bladen.Read the full story here

The best thing about ANU Law was receiving an excellent legal education from outstanding scholars and with incredible opportunities to broaden your horizons. For example, my ANU Law Internship at the Treasury was academically rewarding and allowed me to explore an area of the law that I had never previously heard of (Fintech regulation).

Mara Lejins.Read the full story here

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

Do it, do it because we need people in this place who enter law with wide-ranging motivations and ambitions. Do it because no matter what people say, we always need more advocates in our society. Do it because law is a language of power, that you can harness to strengthen not only yourself, but others around you.

Alice Dawkins. Read the full story here.

Law is challenging and complex. That is because our relationships with society, with the environment, and with each other are challenging and complex. The grades might not flow freely, and the concepts might take time to grasp. But if law is for you, then that will not matter. It is up to you to accept the task of understanding those relationships from a legal perspective. If you do, then clarity will come, and you will have nothing to fear. 

Marcus Dahl. Read the full story here.

How did winning a prize help you?

I was fortunate enough to receive a Centenary Scholarship at the beginning of my studies. The money helped give me the opportunity to travel during my degree and study abroad. It was really affirming to receive this from the ANU, and I knew before I even got here that I was making the right to decision in coming to a university that would support me through my studies.

Samantha Woodforde. Read the full story here. 

What’s next?

As contingent as life is, one way to know our future might be to invent it. I am currently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the ANU. At the same time, I will be studying and working towards my admission into the Singapore bar early next year. There is a thriving space for the development and provision of quality legal services in Asia, and I have been fortunate enough to secure a training contract with a reputable firm in Singapore which specialises in commercial disputes and international arbitration. After five years in university, I don’t foresee myself undertaking further studies any time soon, although I would consider doing so some way into the future. 

Joshua Ling. Read the full story here.

Right now I am working in Community Legal Education at Legal Aid ACT. I hope to continue working for legal centres that support and work to empower disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

Lauren Dreyar. Read the full story here. 

Unlike many law students, I don’t have a full-time job at a law firm or the public service lined up. I am going straight into more studying, a Graduate Diploma in Economics, to start preparing my resume to apply for Masters overseas. At this point, my long-term goal is to be an academic, eventually getting a PhD from a Group of Eight university and one day passing on things I loved at law school to a new generation.

Joanna Gaze. Read the full story here.

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