Knowing why the law is important to you will do wonders in dispelling any lingering doubts.
Why did you decide to study law?
The honest answer is that I didn’t really decide to study law, I just decided on what not to study!
While many of my high school peers were sure of their future, I found I had no idea what I wanted to do after Year 12. I lacked aptitude in some areas, and interest in others. By process of elimination, however, I was eventually left with the choices of Law and Commerce. I chose both, and I have had no regrets since!
What was the best thing about your time at ANU College of Law?
The best thing was realising that I had a genuine interest in the law (and thus removing the need to drop out and switch to a different discipline) and being able to apply my knowledge in the Youth Law clinical program. If you haven’t done the program yet, I highly recommend it!
What would you say to someone who is thinking about studying law?
To those still undecided, it’s alright to be unsure about whether law is the right choice for you. I had many doubts in the early days, and even later on!
What helped me personally was identifying why the law was important to me. Don’t struggle on for the sake of struggling on, but for a reason that is important to you.
You might be passionate about human rights or contracts, criminal justice or law reform; whatever the case, knowing why the law is important to you will do wonders in dispelling any lingering doubts.
What was your most memorable lesson from your degree?
The most memorable lesson I discovered from my law degree is this: despite the horror stories, not all lawyers are bad people!
It may sound silly, but one of the things all law students and legal personnel will hear for the rest of their lives is that most lawyers are horrible people, and perhaps with good cause.
It was thus very enlightening to work with actual solicitors as a part of the clinical programs where I reaffirmed my belief that, like everywhere else in life, there are good people, and there are bad people, and lawyers are people like any other.
Give us a chance, we aren’t all bad!
Oh nothing special – find a place to live, get employed, begin my GDLP and hopefully start paying back my student debts!
It’s been a long journey, but there’s still plenty more to come.
Wish me luck!