Five more questions before you graduate: Rebecca Lucas

Rebecca Lucas

I would urge anyone thinking about studying law to appreciate that the experience should not begin and end in the lecture theatre or tutorial room.

Why did you decide to study law?

For me, the attraction of studying law was the extensive doors and professional pathways the qualification opens. It was also the fact that the lack of stasis in the law means that a career in the field is one of life-long learning. And I love to learn!

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

Selecting just one is difficult, but the absolute highlight has to be being selected as the recipient of the ANU College of Law’s World Bank Fellowship. I had the opportunity to spend last summer in Washington DC and work within the Special Litigation Unit of the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency. It is difficult to top that experience!

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

Do it! My years of studying law have been the most challenging, but also the best of my life. However, it is not just the course work that has solely shaped my experience. I would urge anyone thinking about studying law to appreciate that the experience should not begin and end in the lecture theatre or tutorial room. ANU College of Law provides so many internships, events and extra-curricular opportunities for students to broaden their appreciation of the directions the law can lead a graduate. Embrace these opportunities!

What was your honours thesis about?

My thesis was in the field of private law. It was titled ‘Causation, Compensation and Confidences: A Principled Approach’ and looked at awards of equitable compensation for breaches of the equitable obligation of confidence. It argued that greater coherence could be afforded to awards of equitable compensation in this context if a common law causation framework was adopted.

What’s next?

I will be relocating early next year to Perth where I am fortunate enough to be commencing as associate to Justice McKerracher of the Federal Court of Australia. I am excited to have the opportunity to get exposure to the range of matters that fall within the Federal Court’s jurisdiction and cannot wait for the challenges it will present.  

 

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