Why did you decide to study law?
If I am frank, I don't think I really had thought through my reasons at the time. It seemed like a good degree to give me options, and the time to figure out what career path might interest me.
What was the best thing about your time at ANU College of Law?
Discovering an area of the law that did (and does) in fact interest me, when I previously hadn't thought such a thing would exist. Realising that I could picture myself practising as a lawyer was an exciting moment, if a little frightening – it meant that I had to buckle down and take my studies more seriously, if I was going to realise that goal.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about studying law?
Before you start your degree is too early to know that you want to be a lawyer, let alone what kind of law you might want to practise. Talk to past and current law students to try to find out whether being a student of the law interests you – you need to be able to enjoy, to a certain extent, a lot of reading, research, analysis and synthesis. If you can embrace those things during your degree, you'll give yourself the best chance of succeeding in your studies and working out where and what you want to practise.
How did winning a prize help you?
I bought a textbook. And not for study per se – for work. A sign of growing up maybe.
I have been offered a graduate position at Moray & Agnew Lawyers, where I've been working for over a year as a paralegal.