Hannah Dawson received the prestigious University Medal in 2019. The University Medal recognises students who have obtained First Class Honours (or Masters Advanced Equivalent) and demonstrated exceptional academic excellence across their studies.
Why did you choose to study law?
I always wanted to be an actress and pursued that overseas for a couple of years before starting at ANU, but felt it wasn’t quite stimulating enough – or in the right way. Law seemed like the logical choice to study based on my interests, but I really just fell into it.
I don’t feel like any of my prior experience acting was ever wasted, because law also draws on that performative element and the ability to convey a message persuasively.
What are your next steps, planned or aspired, after graduation?
I will be entering the graduate program at the Canberra office of King & Wood Mallesons.
I have loved constitutional law, but I’m also looking forward to getting a taste of private and commercial law. I think I could enjoy lots of different areas, so I’m happy to wait and see where I land. I’m really proud of myself and excited to tackle law as a profession. What I’ve gained over these past years is the confidence that I can do this – and might even be good at it.
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