Law teaches you a different way of thinking, so that you approach each situation methodologically, having already thought about all the available information, any other information you require, and then all the different options available to you.
Why did you decide to study law?
Originally from being from a disadvantaged rural area in NSW, I chose law to help make a difference in people’s lives. Many people seek out lawyers when they are in one of the most stressful times of their lives, so if there is any way that you can alleviate that stress – even if it is just helping them understand the words in a document – then it can make a real difference in their life.
What was the best thing about your time at ANU College of Law?
Throughout my time at the ANU College of Law I have represented ANU in several different mooting competitions, including the Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot, and the Jessup International Law Moot, which culminated in being a quarter-finalist at the Final Oral Rounds of the ELSA International Trade Law Moot in Geneva, Switzerland this year. These experiences taught me valuable advocacy and public speaking skills and gave me the opportunity to discuss current legal issues in front of legal experts. They also gave practical context to my law degree, which I could not have gained purely from a classroom context.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about studying law?
Law teaches you a different way of thinking, so that you approach each situation methodologically, having already thought about all the available information, any other information you require, and then all the different options available to you. This different way of approaching situations is invaluable and applicable to all aspects of life.
How did winning a prize help you? [Maddison received the 2017 Sarah Avery Prize for the Jessup Moot].
It motivated me to do better in my academic studies, and that being more constructively critical of myself is not always a bad thing but can challenge you to improve yourself in all aspects of life.
Currently I am enrolled to do my GDLP at ANU and am excited at the prospect of being admitted into practice where I can put my advocacy skills into practice. In the meantime, I am looking forward to taking some time off studying and travelling to Greece and Turkey for a short holiday.
Maddison studied a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) / Bacherlor of International Relations