Jason Cavallaro, Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
The class sizes at ACU allow you to interact with the lecturers and tutors, enhancing the overall learning experience, as the academic staff are willing to clarify anything with which you are experiencing difficulty.
Prior to this degree, I completed a Bachelor of Business Management at a private college. Hence why I sought enrolment into the ‘graduate entry’ degree, which allows students to complete their Bachelor of Laws in three years.
I have been presented with numerous opportunities, such as pro bono work placement, positions on the university’s Law Students’ Society (MAKLSS), and the opportunity to engage in various academic competitions. Overall, I am very happy that I am gaining practical exposure to the legal industry and making a range of connections whilst completing the academic part of my degree.
The course structure and subject choice attracted me to ACU, as well as the outstanding location. The class sizes at ACU also allow you to interact with the lecturers and tutors, enhancing the overall learning experience, as the academic staff are willing to clarify anything with which you are experiencing difficulty.
The lecturers and tutors, as abovementioned, are very helpful, not only with the academic work, but also with sourcing great opportunities and experience, in order to further your legal career. The pro bono coordinator, Dominic Cudmore, is a great go-to-person for seeking industry opportunities.
ACU recognises each student’s capabilities and provides individual assistance through one-on-one lecturer advice, PASS programs, and a first-year legal mentor, Helen Haslem, who is always willing to assist with issues experienced regarding how to address assignment questions and lessons on statutory interpretation.
I worked pro bono at Salvos Legal over the summer holidays at the end of 2016, which provided me with great industry experience, introducing me to the processes undertaken in a law firm, as well as providing me with a good source is important as a law student.
To be honest, I change my mind quite frequently, as there are so many opportunities for law graduates, in a vast array of industries. Just think of it this way: Every person needs a lawyer, each business and company needs a lawyer, and the government requires lawyers. Some students may even graduate and become part of the Judiciary. Students may work for a top-tier law firm; or may even open up their own legal practice. There are endless opportunities stemming from completion of a law degree; you just have to immerse yourself in them!