Five more questions before you graduate: Eleanor Wallis

Eleanor Wallis

If your brain is geared towards humanities but you like analysing things in detail and with an almost scientific focus, this may be the perfect discipline for you.

Why did you decide to study law?

I had always been interested in politics and governance. Studying law seemed like a way to learn how to untangle the threads that link our world together and see how society ‘works’.

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

Two things stood out to me: the lecturers and the public law focus. Having the chance to engage with world class academics is not something you get to experience every day. I also loved the ability to tailor my degree to have a strong focus on public law with numerous elective options and opportunities for research.

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

If you enjoy learning about the key principles that underpin our government and society, give it a go. Also, if your brain is geared towards humanities but you like analysing things in detail and with an almost scientific focus, this may be the perfect discipline for you. I’d also advise you to get involved with real-world law as much as possible throughout your degree, whether it be through programs like the ANU Law Internship and ANU Clinical Programs or part-time work experience.

What was your most memorable piece of research from your degree?

My most memorable piece of research was a paper I completed for the Law Internship course, which focused on reforms to criminal sentencing in the ACT. This paper analysed the introduction of Intensive Corrections Orders and evaluated their success compared to periodic detention, which was removed from the ACT’s range of sentencing dispositions in 2016.

What’s next?

I have recently completed an associateship with His Honour Magistrate Cook and am currently clerking at Clayton Utz in Canberra.

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