Five more questions before you graduate: Karl Goiser

Karl Goiser

I am of a different generation to most law students, but it was fun meeting and making friends and acquaintances with fellow students and lecturers.

Why did you decide to study law?

When you look at the people who make a difference, from Amal Clooney and Geoffrey Robertson down, you will see that they are mostly lawyers. Why? Because knowledge of the law gives you the ability to say what is right or wrong, the strength to say you don’t accept it, and the tools to change things. It would be great to make a small difference for the better.

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

I am of a different generation to most law students, but it was fun meeting and making friends and acquaintances with fellow students and lecturers. All were approachable, friendly, and really interesting people. Above all, though, it was the law itself: its long history, the law makers, the judges and lawyers, and the cases, sometimes weird and wonderful, that captured me.

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

At the moment, Australia produces about twice as many law graduates every year as law jobs. This is important to consider because it means that you probably won’t get that TV-show law job, but I believe that if you go to a good law school (like ANU Law), are prepared to dive in and work hard, you will be rewarded.

What was your honours thesis about?

My thesis was on social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Google etc), understanding their business models, how they surveil their users, and how privacy laws are not well suited for curbing their effects on society and democracy (think Brexit and Trump).

What’s next?

The next step is required practical training, and casting about for one of those rare jobs!

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