Studying abroad: what ANU Law's JD offers Canadian students

Alexandra Haenni-Gabriel

The majority of the friends that I’ve made here I made within the first week of the Foundations of Law class so it provided a really strong community and sense of belonging.

Perhaps it’s because Alexandra Haenni-Gabriel grew up in one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations – Banff, Alberta – that she caught the travel bug as soon as she finished high school.

Alexandra spent seven months in Switzerland doing her French Certificate before completing an undergraduate degree at Glasgow University in Scotland. Her next stop was Australian National University.

“Originally I came to Canberra to visit my sister and at the time I was looking into different graduate schools and deciding what I actually wanted to do,” she said.

“I came across ANU College of Law's Master of Laws and that interested me because it didn’t require an undergraduate law degree.

“Through those courses I met a lot of the JD students and it seemed like it would open up more opportunities for me.”

Most JD (Campus) students at ANU Law credit the lecturers and the small cohort for the program’s success.

“In terms of the Juris Doctor program, because it’s such a small cohort it gives you the opportunity to not only get to the lectures but to get to know the people you’re studying with as well,” she said.

“The majority of the friends that I’ve made here I made within the first week of the Foundations of Law class so it provided a really strong community and sense of belonging.

“I’ve liked all of the lecturers that I’ve had. They’ve all been really good and really helpful with any questions that you have and they’re pretty open to you just popping into their office if you can make the office hours.”

Alexandra lives off campus in nearby Braddon with two PhD students.

“I love Canberra, it’s not too big, it’s easy to get around, people are friendly, it has a good student culture.”

Alexandra Haenni-Gabriel

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