It’s my privilege to welcome you to La Trobe Law School on behalf of the La Trobe Law Students’ Association for the 2019 academic year. Whether you’re fresh out of high school beginning your journey into tertiary education, or a final year student thinking about grad applications, I’m proud to be greeting you in association with a law school that I’ve found in turn incredibly welcoming, supportive, and the source of some of my favourite memories in the time that I’ve been here.
My journey into law at La Trobe was perhaps more circuitous than most of you, but I’m sure familiar to some. I struggled through my first undergraduate degree after dropping out of a previous one, always feeling disengaged, and I started at La Trobe wanting to make up for lost time and involve myself more fully in everything to do with the degree. I attended events, joined a netball team made of other law students, and went to law camp, something I would absolutely recommend for anyone wanting to start their first year right, make friends and have a great weekend away. What I found through all of these was that La Trobe students are some of the most inclusive and friendly people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. I know students from first to final year, and I always feel welcome to join in whatever they’re up to.
The importance of having friends in your course is something that for me can’t be overstated. One thing you’ll learn or have learnt already is that law is Hard. The people you know who can share the highs and lows of your course with you are what will drag you through the all-nighters in the library or law common room to finish the assignment you might have left a little too late, or practise your moot speech you’re absolutely terrified to give tomorrow. In addition to that, they’re what will make those experiences seem fun when you look back on them years later. However you find them, be it through events that the LSA runs or some other club, society or class you’re in, make sure you get to know some other law students in your year. You might even find a new best friend!
Even though you’ll spend a lot of time at uni, it’s super important to try to have at least some balance between your studies and other pursuits. Whether it’s exercise, recreational reading or social sport, you’ll get more out of yourself and your studies if you have something outside of law that you can switch off and get into.
One of the reasons I’ve enjoyed my time at La Trobe so much is the huge number of opportunities there are to get involved. Through law I’ve had the opportunity to do internal and external mooting competitions, study overseas, and attend national conferences on behalf of this association. The same opportunities are there for everyone in this course, you just need to grab them! La Trobe gives you the ability to find out more about who you are as a person and what you want from your degree. I have no doubt that all of you will achieve great things, and I look forward to meeting you all this year.
If you have any questions about the course, the LSA, or anything else law related, myself or other association representatives are always happy to talk. You can find me more often than not in the law common room in the Social Sciences building, or you can send me an email at email@example.com.