Five more questions before you graduate - William Randles

Will Randles wears glasses and a coloured shirt and stands in front of a wall
Will Randles received six student prizes during his time in the ANU College of Law

Try it out to see if it’s for you. If it isn’t, try something else. Life’s too short to end up in an industry you won’t enjoy working in, and enjoyment is too unpredictable for someone to be certain about what they want to study.

Why did you decided to study law?

I wanted to study philosophy at ANU and thought law would complement it well. I quickly discovered where my passions lay, however, and philosophy ended up complementing law.

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

Undoubtedly, the people I’ve met. I am incredibly thankful for the friendships formed with classmates I’ve studied alongside, some of which I’m confident will endure for decades to come. I’ve also been inspired by many of the academics I’ve been taught by along the way, some of whom have taken a personal interest in me and my successes.

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

Try it out to see if it’s for you. If it isn’t, try something else. Life’s too short to end up in an industry you won’t enjoy working in, and enjoyment is too unpredictable for someone to be certain about what they want to study.

You received the 2014 Ann Downer Memorial Prize in Law; 2016 Meyer Vandenberg Prize for Property; 2016 King & Wood Mallesons Prize for Law Studies; 2016 Dean’s Certificate for the Jessup Moot; 2017 Ashurst Australia Prize for Federal Judicial Systems and 2017 MinterEllison Prize for Litigation and Dispute Management.

How did winning these prizes help you?

Winning prizes has helped build self-confidence and distinguished me in applying for jobs. It has also supplemented my (at times dire) income, helping me to support myself at university.

What’s next?

For the rest of 2018 I intend to take up a position in the tax team at Ashurst in Sydney. Then, from 2019, I will be the Associate to Justice Robertson at the Federal Court of Australia.

Will will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons, First Class) / Bachelor of Arts

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team