Receiving these awards is an encouraging affirmation of the value in pursuing topics that interest you, and not just what you’re ‘supposed’ to study.
Final year Bachelor of Laws (Hons) student Emma Roff has received the Maree Ayers Prize for Criminal Justice, the Mick Dodson Indigenous Prize for Law, and the Dean’s Certificate for Law Internship for a project written at the ACT Women’s Legal Centre.
“Receiving these awards is an encouraging affirmation of the value in pursuing topics that interest you, and not just what you’re ‘supposed’ to study."
“I’ve found the ability to personalise my degree through electives has given me so much more motivation and passion for my law studies, and I think that’s reflected in the fact that these awards all relate to my elective courses from 2018."
“Criminal Justice, and Indigenous Australians and the Law, in particular, provided me with a completely new perspective from which to analyse the ‘law’. "
"They required us to question our assumptions about the common sense nature of the law, and to better understand the reality of state legal intervention."
“I’m very grateful to the convenor, Lecturer Mary Spiers Williams, who provided us with the tools and freedom to deconstruct black letter law."
“My internship at the Women’s Legal Centre was a similarly valuable experience, where I researched employment discrimination protections for victims of family violence. The internship was a fantastic opportunity to utilise the practical skills from my degree in a client-focused setting."
“I worked under the wonderful supervision of Belinda Millar who gave me the opportunity to experience the importance of advocacy in legal practice, particularly when working with vulnerable clients."
“I am very grateful to the ANU College of Law and its donors for this recognition. I’m currently working part-time at Ashurst, so this year I’ll continue working and finishing my studies, before commencing a position as an associate to Justice Mossop in the ACT Supreme Court in mid-2020.”