Five more questions before you graduate: Nivedita Shankar

Nivedita Shankar

Taking advantage of the incredible global connections between ANU and global universities was undoubtedly one of the biggest drawcards to ANU Law.

Why did you decide to study law?

I decided to study law because I wanted to combine my finance degree with something that would allow me to improve my critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The degree allowed me to develop a more nuanced way of understanding society in a creative and reasoned way. The degree also opens many doors and has improved my written and oral communication skills.

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

My favourite thing about my time at the ANU College of Law was the opportunities that were offered to me. Through the college, I undertook an exchange semester which was extremely rewarding on both an academic and personal level. My exchange semester in Dublin, allowed me to not only observe the social differences between both countries, but also ensured I was able to apply my theoretical knowledge in a practical manner. Taking advantage of the incredible global connections between ANU and global universities was undoubtedly one of the biggest drawcards to ANU Law.

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

I would tell someone who is considering a law degree that there really isn’t anything to lose. It is really not as overwhelming as it seems and there is such a big cohort so you will definitely have support every step of the way. The possibilities from a law degree are endless and the skills gained are useful, even if you decide not to pursue a career in law.

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

I decided not to undertake an honours thesis as I did not have any electives after my semester abroad but the most memorable piece of research I undertook for my degree was a parliamentary enquiry to the approval process with regards to gender transition surgery. In this, I needed to examine jurisdictions around the world and determine whether a legal, medical or combination approach was most appropriate for transgendered children. I thought this task was extremely topical, especially set around the same sex marriage dialogue and it was interesting to see the proposed “solution” that was recently discussed by legislators.

What’s next?

This is probably the hardest question to answer! In terms of the short term, I have accepted a graduate position with Ernst & Young in Sydney but I will be undertaking my GDLP next year with future career aspirations to practice in Law. In the long term, I hope to combine both my finance and legal degrees, to hopefully work in prosecuting white collar crime.

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