Five more questions before you graduate: Jodie Bateup

Jodie Bateup

ANU Law is small enough that you can easily talk to accomplished lecturers, who genuinely care about both their area of law and helping students to love it as much as they do.

Why did you decide to study law?

When I was in year 12 I struggled to decide what I wanted to study at university. I finally decided on a law/science degree at ANU a few weeks before preferences closed because I thought it would open the most doors for someone who didn’t really know what they wanted be when they grew up.

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

Aside from discovering Constitutional law (and that I was a massive Constitutional law nerd), the best thing about my time at ANU College of Law was its size and the opportunities it offered. ANU COL is small enough that you can easily talk to accomplished lecturers, who genuinely care about both their area of law and helping students to love it as much as they do. The opportunities offered by ANU, particularly to volunteer, has also been great. In my final year the KCLS Hotdesk started up, and I have been lucky enough to be a volunteer paralegal there – helping solicitors all the way over in Western Australia!

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

Law is a great degree that gives you skills that are transferable to almost every discipline. Most importantly though, don’t get too caught up in the ‘competition’ of law. Everyone’s a high achiever and you don’t need to carry everyone else’s expectations to be successful. Just do your best!

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

The most memorable piece of research from my degree was the research I did in Family Law and Australian-American Comparative Gender Law, into intimate partner violence/family violence and how it affects minority groups. This research examined how the positioning of these groups results in different causes underlying the violence experienced, presents unique barriers to utilising services, and increases vulnerability to victimisation.

What’s next?

I’m taking a break and going on a big trip before beginning a Graduate role in Risk Advisory at Deloitte next year.

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