I am currently studying a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and am in my third year at ACU.
I came to ACU straight from school, however during the second year of my degree I was offered a basketball scholarship to attend college in the United States. The fact ACU provides an ‘interruption of studies’ option meant that I was able to accept the rare opportunity without fear of losing my place in the ACU law program. I attended the University of Great Falls (located in the state of Montana), where I studied psychology, before returning to ACU earlier this year. The experience of studying, playing sport and experiencing a culture that exhibits both many similarities and differences was both intriguing and humbling.
My university experience has been diverse given my brief tenure overseas. At ACU in particular, I have found the environment to be unique in its hands on approach to ensuring all students maximise their potential and find their true calling whilst instilling a compassionate ethics code and sense of duty to the community. ACU promotes a culture that provides an abundance of guidance and assistance whilst also encouraging the sense of independence that is necessary to prosper in the professional world.
Initially, I was not particularly aware of ACU or what it stood for as a learning institution, however during my final year of high school whilst researching potential tertiary education possibilities, I was pleasantly surprised by the distinct message that the university was communicating.
The personable and intimate nature of the learning environment in conjunction with the unique set of opportunities proved to be something that I not only was drawn to, but also wanted to contribute to in cultivating for others.
Absolutely. The fact that I was part of the inaugural class of the Thomas More School of Law meant I had the privilege of learning under a diverse collection of experienced mentors that displayed a deep knowledge of academic jurisprudence, as well as vast practical experiences in the legal profession. I commend the teaching faculties for their accessibility and inclination to help that is particularly useful in a demanding degree such as a Bachelor of Laws.
My advice would be to research the abundance of unique opportunities that ACU provides. For example, the flexible and distinct degree options, as ACU is one of the only universities to offer a straight Bachelor of Laws degree. Extra-curricular activities such as the pro-bono or community involvement programs are essential to preparation for life in your chosen profession and also being an active and compassionate member of society. ACU also provides a vast array of sporting engagements such as the annual ACU games or UniGames. This only scrapes the surface of the diversity of opportunity that defines ACU.
I had the privilege of participating in the pro-bono program in my second year. I was lucky enough to spend my time at TressCox Lawyers, located in the heart of the Sydney CBD. Whilst lectures and tutorials are crucial to one’s educational journey, the opportunity to experience the work, day-to-day processes, and overall atmosphere of one of the most respected commercial firms in the country was invaluable.
Without limiting myself, my overriding vocation is to work in the area of commercial/corporate law as a solicitor. The competitive and challenging nature of the profession, coupled with the seemingly endless opportunities has become increasingly more appealing to me as I progress in my journey into the legal profession.
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