With more than decade of experience as a forensic scientist, Zoran Iliev is no stranger to the world of academia or the legal system. A sessional lecturer at La Trobe University, he also understands the importance of igniting each student’s interest in learning.
Earlier this year, Zoran’s commitment to lifelong learning led him to enrol in the Juris Doctor (JD) program at The Australian National University (ANU). He hopes to use his degree contribute to better understanding within the legal profession about the vast potential of digital evidence.
Why did you choose to enrol in the ANU JD program?
There were a number of reasons. Obviously, I love the law. I have a background as a forensic scientist and through my work have been closely associated with the court system. There was naturally a lot of overlap (professionally), so I thought this program could help make me a better forensic examiner.
How would you describe your experience at the ANU College of Law?
I’ve really enjoyed my courses so far. I work and study full-time, but the balance has been great. I’m looking forward to exploring areas that are relevant to my work including criminal law and evidence law.
As a lecturer, you measure everything and are constantly learning. The academics here at ANU are very supportive and there is an obvious love for the law that comes across in their teaching. It means a lot, especially as a first-year student in the first semester, when you learn from academics who are passionate about what they teach and not just reading from slides.
How do you hope to use your degree in future?
I’d like to become a public prosecutor and maximise others’ understanding of digital evidence in our legal system. That’s one of the main reasons I chose to study my JD – seeing the huge gaps in understanding digital evidence and the application of that evidence, particularly by law enforcement.