Five more questions before you graduate: Arlette Regan

Arlette Regan

Why did you decide to study law?

I was hoping that it would lead to a career with some social utility, though I didn’t have a clear idea of the area of law I wanted to work in or if I wanted to practice law at all.

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

For me the highlight was the academic staff who are not only incredibly knowledgeable, but also passionate about their fields of interest and expertise. I think the quality of teaching really fostered my interest in public law.

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

Definitely give it a try. Just like other disciplines, there might be some subjects you find difficult and struggle to engage with, and others that you find interesting and really enjoy.

What was your honours thesis about?

My thesis examined the relevance, scope of and limits on the use of history (eg, analogies with functions historically exercised by courts) to characterise judicial power, particularly in light of the High Court’s recent decision in Palmer v Ayres [2017] HCA 5.

I was very fortunate to be supervised by Professor James Stellios, an expert in this area of constitutional law.

What’s next?

I am starting as a graduate at the Australian Government Solicitor in the Office of General Counsel in January 2018, and commencing a position as Associate to the Hon Justice Kenny at the Federal Court in September 2018.

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