Six years of outstanding academic achievement has seen ANU College of Law student, Adrienne Elmitt, announced as a 2016 University Medallist at The Australian National University’s mid-year graduation ceremony in Canberra today.
The former Canberra Girls Grammar student, who studied Arts and Law as part of an ANU Flexible Double Degree, was awarded First Class Honours in her Bachelor of Laws with Honours degree - a feat she attributes to the enjoyment of learning.
“I really didn’t know what I was in for when I chose to study law, but I really loved finding out how much there was to the law - and I enjoyed every subject I studied.
“What I enjoyed most throughout my degree were the research opportunities and the quality of the teaching staff.
“I found all my lecturers really inspiring - being able to learn from academics of their calibre was a great experience and it’s made me want to come back to University in a few years’ time and do a Master’s degree,” Adrienne said.
It was public law – particularly constitutional law and the role of the High Court of Australia – that peaked Adrienne’s interest, and by her final year of study, it became the focus of her honours thesis on Chapter 3 of the Constitution.
Her honours supervisor, ANU Law Senior Lecturer Ron Levy, said Adrienne was friendly, enthusiastic, modest, hard-working, and remarkably easy student to supervise – and among the best at taking instruction in order to progressively improve her work.
“Adrienne took on an unusually ambitious honours project, and completed it with a high degree of skill. The project had that elusive combination of originality and flawless execution, and focused on not one but two areas of constitutional theory, teasing out the interactions between them,” he said.
Adrienne said studying law was an easy fit for someone like her who loved to research and write, and said her advice to new law students would be to take advantage of the significant array of internships and overseas study opportunities offered at the ANU College of Law.
“I tried to make the most of the opportunities offered at ANU, doing volunteer internships at the Aboriginal Legal Centre and the Youth Law Centre and a Laws Internship with the Parliamentary Library of Australia.
“These internships made a significant difference to my understanding of how the law works and the challenges involved,” Adrienne said.
Adrienne will head to New York in September to take up international internship with the Australian Mission at the United Nations, before returning to Australia in 2017 to become a judge’s associate for Chief Justice Helen Murrell of the ACT Supreme Court.
BY LYN LARKIN