Introducing the La Trobe University LSA
The La Trobe Law Students’ Association (LSA) is the representative body for law students at La Trobe University. The LSA works hard throughout the year to make sure students are able to maximise their experience at La Trobe. It is an active and vibrant group of students who organise social events, careers events and skills competitions, produce student publications, and promote student interests and wellbeing to the University. The LSA develops relationships with major law firms to promote our students as future employees.
The LSA was founded on 1 June 1992 – the same year that the professional LLB was first offered at La Trobe. Based at Bundoora, we represent LLB and JD students across all our campuses. Members are elected annually by currently enrolled Law students. The LSA represents student’s interests at the Australian Law Student’s Association (ALSA), are involved with the Law Institute of Victoria, and other professional representative bodies.
The Activities Portfolio takes credit for all the fun stuff. Each year they organise and run Law Camp – a foundational event where many students make friends who last not only through their degrees, but well into their professional careers. They also organise catch-up drinks each semester to make sure people’s busy schedules don’t get the best of them, and enjoy unwinding during the end of semester maritime cruise through the Docklands precinct. Each August they run Law Ball, our premiere annual formal event.
Our Careers portfolio shine each May during Careers Week. Students are given the opportunity to network with representatives from major law firms in preparation for their Seasonal Clerkship applications. They also run networking, resume and social media workshops to make sure students know how to present the very best versions of themselves to recruiters and professional contacts.
The Competitions portfolio co-ordinates our internal and external competitions each year. Their extraordinarily hard work gives our students the opportunity to compete in our internal Client Interviewing, Mooting, Witness Examination, and Negotiation competitions throughout the year. Finalists meet in the Federal Circuit Court each year on Grand Final Night. The Competitions Portfolio are also responsible for sending our best and brightest to a number of external competitions, including the Nowicki Carbone Personal Injury Moot, and the Justice Michael Kirby Contracts Moot.
The Education Portfolio props up students at all levels. From 101 Sessions, which make sure students’ key skills are up to scratch, to the annual Justice Speech and Maurice Blackburn Women in Law Breakfast, where the LSA is privileged to host professionals who address students on contemporary issues facing the profession, the Education Portfolio aims to round-out student’s experiences at the Law School. They are also responsible for some of the most crucial events on the LSA calendar – the weekly visit by our stress-relieving Delta Dogs, and our Mixed Netball competition. The Education Portfolio also organise Wellbeing Week, which supports students through the very special types of stress only Law School brings.
The Juris Doctor portfolio joins the LSA as a new portfolio as of 2017. The JD program is a new program taught at a postgraduate level which was launched in 2016 and is held at our Collins St campus. The program has received a significant amount of interest and is growing in popularity. The role of the JD portfolio is to liaise between the LSA and the JD students, providing them with information and awareness of all events.
Our Publications Portfolio keep lines of communication open between our Law students and the rest of the profession. The Publications portfolio work hard to keep you updated and entertained with everything going on within La Trobe Law School. They are responsible for our regular Legal Eagle and Weekly Wrap Up publications, and their newest Graduate Profiles project. Publications provide law students with three major publications each year: First Year Guide, Competitions Guide, and their Magna Carta, ‘Pathways’, our annual Seasonal Clerkship guide.
Sounding pretty good? We think so too! Feel free to get in touch to find out more about any of our great events!
President – Mariam Francis
Vice-President – Charles Haszler
Director of Administration – Brandon Draper
Director of Activities – Laura Hook
Director of Careers – Vera Bernard
Director of Competitions – Ellena Kouris
Director of Education – Nada Elagha
Director of Finance – Kirtan Swamy
Director of Juris Doctor – Jane Le
Director of Marketing – Aidan Foott
Director of Publications – Edmund Simpson
Activities Officer – Karena Ogloff
Activities Officer – Kyle McLaughlin
Careers Officer – Daniel Lewis
Careers Officer – Laura De Vuono
Competitions Officer – Alexandra Ashmore
Competitions Officer – James Lalios
Education Officer – Emmanuela Yiolitis
Education Officer – Michael Damevski
Publications Officer – Jane Branthwaite
Publications Officer – Thomas Weston
Publications Officer – Oscar Cantieni
Information Technology Officer – Kieren Bramham
Publicity Officer – Ashmal Naleem
Immediate Past President – Dean D’Angelo