Law and Business

Courting success

A seasoned superstar on the netball court, Chloe Watson is now turning her attention to the court of law

Becoming a successful lawyer is a tough gig, but if Chloe Watson’s netball career is indicative of her drive and enthusiasm, she’s definitely got what it takes to build a successful legal career from the ground up.

Chloe Watson, 20, is Melbourne’s newest Vixen – she has just signed a one-year deal to join the powerhouse ANZ Championship club at the Melbourne Vixens for 2015.

Her recent achievements also include earning a place in the Australian Institute of Sport’s Netball Centre of Excellence program in Canberra, selection in Australia’s 21-under squad, being named Victorian Netball League championships division’s most valuable player, touring New Zealand with a sports academy team, and being voted captain of the Victorian Flames in the Australian Netball League. It’s a long list.

When Chloe worked out that netball was her game, she was eight-years-old. She trained hard, and got results. When she made the decision that she wanted to get into Law at ACU, she applied herself in year 11 and 12, and got in. There is a pattern emerging.

“When I make up my mind to do something, I just put my head down and do it. There’s no reason why I can’t apply this principle to every area of my life, including my future career,” said Chloe.

“When I was offered a place at ACU to study law, I felt like all my hard work had paid off –and I was especially honoured to be part of the inaugural cohort of ACU law students,” she said.

Legal studies and politics were Chloe’s favourite subjects at high school – so pursuing a law degree seemed like a natural progression for her. She was initially attracted to ACU’s course because it offered strong industry links and a unique focus on pro bono work and practical placements.

Passionate about family law, Chloe has already completed a pro bono placement in this specialised area. During the second year of her course, Chloe completed a practical placement at Eastern Community Legal Centre, Box Hill, with a particular emphasis on providing legal support to victims of domestic violence.

“During the two-week placement, I had the opportunity to spend time in court and liaise with clients. The practical experience that ACU’s law degree offers is so valuable. I’ve been able to develop my confidence, fine-tune my focus and direction, and build up my professional networks and contacts.”

Chloe’s goal is to get as much practical experience as possible while she completes her degree so she’s ready to tackle life in the courtroom when she graduates. She also plans to continue to develop her game on the netball court.

Chloe is supported in her studies by ACU’s Elite Athlete Program, which has been designed to help students manage the competing demands of study and professional sport. The program will provide flexibility with her assignments and lectures, which means she can stay on top of her studies while the netball season is in full swing.
 “This year, I’ll be training five days a week, playing netball for the Vixens and completing third-year law at ACU. It’ll be crazy at times, but I’m determined to make it work,” Chloe said.

Click here to find out more about ACU’s Elite Athlete Program.