Upon finishing school, I had a fairly certain idea of what I wanted to do, thus I came straight to uni. With ACU being a smaller and personal university this transition was made easy by the support staff, and by programs like Law Induction Week.
ACU has provided me with many opportunities to explore different types of career options throughout my law degree. I have been fortunate enough to have a pro bono position at Fitzroy Legal Service where I have been a paralegal for four years. I was also able to complete a clerkship in my penultimate year with a mid-tier commercial law firm. Furthermore, by combining my Bachelor of Laws degree with my Bachelor of Global Studies degree, I gained an overseas exchange built into my course map. I spent four months at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, which was certainly a highlight of my experience so far.
I chose ACU after coming to the change of preference day. My initial plans throughout year 12 was not to study law, however, I had a change of heart following open days. The staff members were so enthusiastic about being the inaugural law class, and I could see this passion filtering through to the course. ACU’s ability to stay community-minded and have small class sizes has meant that I have felt recognised and known within the university.
The brilliant thing about ACU lecturers is they learn your name and passions, so they are able to help guide us throughout our studies. The most brilliant thing about the staff for me however, is that they are willing to discuss career opportunities and progress. I had the most brilliant help from a staff member who guided me through clerkship interview process and what to expect.
At this stage, I am hoping to have a career in commercial law. During my clerkship, I had a rotation through the Commercial Disputes & Insolvency team. This area was super interesting to me and I felt that it was something I could have a career in.