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March 25 2011

UniSA's first Law graduates head into legal practice

Kristy-Anne LeithThe first graduates from UniSA’s Law degree will don their caps and gowns to celebrate graduation next week, as they head into their new legal careers.
 
They will be among more than 3100 graduates from a range of disciplines to cross the stage at Adelaide Festival Theatre from next Monday March 28 to Friday April 1, to receive their parchments. A ceremony will be held for regional students at the Middleback Theatre in Whyalla on April 8.
 
Among the 16 Law graduates is Kristy-Anne Leith, who has moved to Sydney to take up a role as Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice Schmidt at the Supreme Court of NSW.
 
Kristy, 23, says her double degree in Law and Psychological Science prepared her well for her new job – which she describes as amazing.
 
“I chose to study Law because I was passionate about justice and wanted to gain an education that would allow me to make a difference,” she says.
 
“Studying Law at UniSA allowed me to gain many practical skills which I’m using already in my current job, such as knowledge about court forms and processes, so I feel the degree has prepared me well.
 
“During my studies I had many opportunities to moot and present, including doing bail applications and arguing about the admissibility of evidence. These advocacy skills are important and I appreciated having had the opportunity to start developing them throughout my degree.
 
“I have also enjoyed the teaching staff at UniSA Law and have felt privileged to be taught by such amazing people who are passionate and great at what they do. They are always approachable, encouraging and willing to help. We also had many legal practitioners come in to tutorials and lectures, which is a great opportunity to learn and ask questions about the ‘real world’.”
 
UniSA Foundation Dean of Law Professor Paul Fairall says the School of Law is proud of its first graduating class.
 
“Many of our graduates from this first cohort of students have already gone on to secure jobs in the legal profession and the quality of our degree will be judged on the quality of our graduates,” he said.
 
The School of Law graduations will be held on Tuesday March 29, from 10.30am. The School of Law will host a celebration lunch for Law graduates after the ceremony. The lunch will be attended by Sir Gerard Brennan, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.
 
UniSA launched its Law degree in 2008. Further information is available at www.unisa.edu.au/law
 
Meanwhile, UniSA is proud to have a range of prominent guest speakers for the upcoming graduation ceremonies. Guest speakers will include: Mr Timothy Horton, Commissioner for Integrated Design, Department of Premier and Cabinet; Mr David Knox, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Santos Limited; and Mr Klynton Wanganeen, Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement.
 
Honorary Doctorates will be awarded to Ms Alice McCleary and Professor Ashis Nandy.
 
Dr Hilary Winchester and Professor Mary Barton will be made Emeritus Professors.




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