Attorney-General visits Bendigo

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus with Bendigo students and volunteers

Attorney-General asks La Trobe Law students what changes are needed to the Australian legal system. 

The Commonwealth Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus visited La Trobe University’s Bendigo Campus on 13 June 2013. His trip coincided with a visit to Bendigo’s Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre (LCCLC). 

La Trobe Law School and the LCCLC run a highly successful clinical program that places La Trobe University Law students at the centre and at local legal practices in Bendigo. These placements count as a subject towards the student’s degree. 
The centre was a subject of discussion for students and the Attorney-General during an informal afternoon tea held at La Trobe.

On his visit the Attorney-General was accompanying Lisa Chesters, the Labor candidate for Bendigo, Chesters gave students a chance to talk to the Attorney-General about what they would like to see by way of change in the law. 

‘One of the highlights of our conversation was when he asked each of us, what could be changed in the legal system in Australia to make it better. He really listened and took and board what we said before he responded’  said La Trobe Law student from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Tom Mueller.

‘As a first year law student, to meet someone of that stature was an incredibly rewarding experience.’ 

The Attorney-General also gave a deep insight into his early career in the law and the differences between being a barrister and being a politician.  He also gave students some interesting tips about the nature of legal thinking and the difference between ‘deductive’ scientific thinking and ‘inductive’ legal thinking. 

‘We also talked about a range of issues including the placements at the centre and working toward the greater good’ said Tom.

‘The whole experience was such a privilege and I’m sure one I wouldn’t have had at a Melbourne campus.’ 

La Trobe Law School recently extended its range of locally available law courses to six at the Bendigo campus.

Students can now complete their full degree at the campus, which solidifies La Trobe’s commitment to extending high quality legal education to members of our regional communities.

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