April 4th, 2017

Legal Studies students inspired at LSAP holiday workshop - April 2017

On the 4th of April 2017, 45 dedicated students from 29 schools travelled to Victoria University, sacrificing a day of their school holidays to attend LEAP into…Law’s first Legal Studies and Australian Politics Workshop (LSAP) of 2017.

The students heard from prominent members of the legal profession, as well as current university students, learning that there are a multitude of pathways into law, many of which are not determined by your ATAR. When asked about the most important lesson they learned on the day, one student commented that, “Academic achievement is not proportional or intrinsic to legal-oriented success.”

Rob Hulls, former Attorney-General of Victoria, reinforced this message in his engaging and inspiring talk. Mr Hulls spoke of his own pathway into law, his rewarding work as a legal aid lawyer, experiences as Attorney-General and current role as Director of RMIT University’s Centre for Innovative Justice. Students were very interested in Mr Hull’s perspectives on everything from the democratic model of government to the recent media coverage of the Racial Discrimination Act. Mr Hulls left the students with two key messages: don’t listen to the naysayers who discourage you from following your dreams and be sure to get out of your comfort zone.

The students also took part in a heated negotiation exercise facilitated by Dr. Michele Griessmair, Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna and visiting researcher at Victoria University. Each student took on the role of either a parent or child in a negotiation based around the all too familiar scenario of attendance at a party, curfews and cleaning the kitchen. Having honed their negotiation skills, students looked forward to applying these new found skills in real-life deliberations with their parents and siblings.

Not even a filling pizza lunch could dampen the energy of the students. They watched the Blood Brothers episode “Broken English” which covered the Rupert Max Stuart case. The students then undertook a customised case study activity with our Teacher in Residence, Mr David Thomson. They explored issues of justice and fairness and examined how the Indigenous experience of the justice system has developed over time.

Feedback on the day has been extremely positive, with students remarking:
You do not need the perfect ATAR to achieve great things.”
“[I learned] how an ordinary person can make a difference in the law and change the world.”
Don’t listen to those who put you down.”
Learning about student experiences was great and Rob Hulls’ experience was great as I found out more practical things about the profession.”
The most important advice I learned was that I shouldn’t listen to others and to get out of my comfort zone.”

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The LSAP Workshop is part of the Learn, Experience, Access Professions (LEAP) program. LEAP into...Law activities aim to encourage students to consider a career in the legal profession. View all Law activities available to your school.

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By: LEAP into...Law Team
Categories: Law

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