May 2015

I’ve always wondered what life would have been like as an online learner, contemplating discussions in student forums or listening to lecturers but never actually seeing my lecturer in person. As I edged closer to finishing my law degree I reflected on ‘what might have been’ had I decided to undertake my law degree away from the social contact of other fellow law students.

So, for the benefit of on-campus law students everywhere, I decided to undertake some research and take a break from campus life and explore distance learning. Here is what I discovered…

May 2015

Do you want to attend another graduation and wear an even fancier robe? Do you want to explore more specific areas of the law than just the Priestley Eleven?  Do you want a better-paid job that’s better suited to your interests than the average graduate role? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then perhaps you should consider a master’s degree.

Mar 2015

Better technologies are driving a big push for law firms and courts to become paperless, and are also changing the way universities are teaching, with more content being offered online.

In this digital age, can a paperless study system really work for law subjects?

Ultimately, I’m going to say no. Well, not paperless in its purest form. There are, however, many benefits to becoming a digital law student.

If you’re planning on going paperless, here are some things to consider…

Feb 2015

The course structure for a law degree sometimes seems like a strategy board taken straight from the most confidential vault at the Pentagon. 

It’s not uncommon to see people, including myself, in the law library perfecting their course map for the 378th time. How many units can I stretch myself to do in a semester? How long can I make my degree? Should I keep a first year arts unit up my sleeve?

While there are no set answers, here are a few suggestions that may help you down the track…

Nov 2014

An excruciatingly hefty proportion of your law degree depends on your skills of statutory interpretation. It is this skill you should feel most determined to harvest and hack at whenever you can.

Only now that I’ve landed a job in law where I receive requests for the definition of ‘indictment’ on a daily basis, have I comprehended the true majesty of flawless interpretation.

Although all universities offering law have an obligation to show you the ropes of statutory interpretation, it is imperative that you keep the following tips in the back of your noggin when you’re dealing with that unholy kerfuffle of numbers and alien speak.

Oct 2014

Trying out witness examination for the first time can be intimidating. You're there to either make or break the witness, with only your skills, case theory, and wit. As Walter Sofronoff QC wrote, it is "a species of unarmed combat"; it's raw advocacy at its most exhilarating.

You can spend years learning witness examination properly, but it's always good to start with some of the fundamentals. Here are my top tips to set you on your way...


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