Past student shares her journey into Law practice with current students
In a workshop with a difference, presented by family lawyer Lucy Pedula, a past student from their own school, twenty Y10 & 11 students from Pascoe Vale Girls SC enjoyed LEAP’s popular ‘Next Step Law’ activity on 20 July, 2016.
Lucy is an Accredited Family Law specialist who began practising in 2004 and has now established her own law firm. She shared her journey into a Law career, speaking about the barriers she overcame to complete her university law degree and how higher education had enabled her to follow her passion in helping others.
Hosted at Victoria University’s city campus, this advanced workshop for senior years’ students gave them a challenging yet entertaining insight into the processes of a court case, including case preparation and the examination of witnesses. Students assumed roles as investigators, solicitors, and barristers for the defence or prosecution. They also learned about pathways into studying law and related courses at university and the diversity of careers available in the legal profession.
Lucy’s shared experiences and journey to a successful career were a highlight of the day and certainly resonated with the students attending, showing them that university and a career in law is not the preserve of any element of society.
The feedback from students reflected their engagement and interest in Lucy’s presentation as well as the insights gained from the activity:
- The important thing that I learnt about the legal profession is that you need to be aware of what is going on around you. I also learnt that no matter what anyone says you can be whatever you want to be.
- There are heaps of occupations in law, more than I ever expected.
- I learnt about all the different legal professions. I now have more of an understanding of the jobs and skills.
- There is a variety of options that legal training can lead to.
The presenter was really good at answering questions!
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