A JD is not only for those who want a more traditional law career. It also develops the critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills that are required to work for and lead major corporations, government departments, and NGOs.
Tatiana Hardy Stotz was always interested in public and international law, as well as social justice and human rights. Fittingly, she’s now the in-house Human Rights specialist for Vodafone Group in London, working on topics including digital rights, freedom of expression, human rights risk management, NGO engagement and modern slavery.
“I didn’t work in this role whilst studying, but my law degree along with a number of internships and my honours thesis, helped me specialise in the new field of business and human rights,” she says
The Juris Doctor (Hons) 2014 alumna says her degree is not only for individuals seeking a more traditional law career. As it’s designed to cultivate many transferable skills like critical thinking, communication and leadership, the JD offers the option of working and leading in major corporations, government departments and NGOs.
Studying at The Australian National University was, for Tatiana, “the obvious choice for its unprecedented access to opportunities in the capital, subject matter experts, and well-regarded international reputation”.
The program’s flexibility allowed students to undertake work opportunities and internships while studying. Tatiana completed legal internship at the UNHCR’s regional office in Canberra.
Tatiana recalls three highlights of her time at ANU: the culture, the law revues and the work-study balance.
Tatiana remembers the camaraderie among the postgrads, united by a common sense of excitement at being with new people in a new city. Their similarities in their work experiences fostered a collaborative and inclusive culture.
Fuelled by her desire to emulate Stephen Fry, Tatiana wrote and performed sketch comedy with undergrads as part of the Law Student Society’s Revues.
“Canberra is the perfect place to balance the demands of studying law with a laid back lifestyle and easy access to city amenities and entertainment. Everything is less than 20 minutes away and I didn't miss those long Sydney commutes.”
Having successfully completed an ANU law degree, Tatiana feels she is more resilient and able to take on any challenge that work or life throws at her.
“I also have a new appreciation of how important your support network of colleagues, family and friends is to achieving your goals.
“Having attended several universities, this is by far the most inclusive and supportive environment I have studied at. The ANU law staff are not only internationally renowned legal experts; they are some of the friendliest and wittiest people I've ever met.”