President’s Welcome

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Firstly, I would like to welcome and congratulate you on getting into law and La Trobe University! You’ve definitely picked the right place to study law.

When I started law school, I was fresh out of high school and didn’t really plan on taking part of any extra-curricular activities. I heard a lot about how stressful law school could be, so I just wanted to focus all my energy on studying and getting good grades. But then law camp came around, and I was yet to make any ‘law friends’, so I registered (best decision ever). As insignificant as law camp may sound, it is the very reason I am now the President of the LSA. I spoke to the President about how I could be a part of the committee, and put in my application to be a first year representative. Fortunately enough, I was successful and became a first year representative, followed by an education officer, the Director of Education and now President.

I then started to participate in moots, and was even given the opportunity by the university to participate in an international moot. That’s what’s so fantastic about LTU – you can stand out! You’re not competing with thousands and thousands of law students, so you are able to excel in any area you are interested in; whether that’s mooting, research, student representation etc.

So what I am trying to say is: put yourself out there! Don’t be limited to your study and be sure to take advantage of the fantastic opportunities provided to you by the LSA and the Law School.

One other crucial thing I’d like to touch on is the importance of a healthy work-life balance. As a stress-head, I know a lot about how stressful law school can be. It’s sometimes hard to maintain healthy wellbeing and mindset when attempting to juggle your studies, work and extra-curricular commitments. A tip that I can give you is to have an outlet that has absolutely no connection to university. This may be playing a sport, baking, reading, or making memes. Pretty much anything that takes you to a peaceful and stress-free place!

I wish you the best of luck for the coming year, and for the duration of your time at La Trobe. My door is always open so feel free to come and chat to me about anything, or simply drop me an email at president@latrobelsa.com.

Mariam Francis
President 2016/17
La Trobe Law Students’ Association

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