Juris Doctor student, Vicky Nguyen (pictured), was inspired to study Law to help members of the disability community, particularly neurodivergent people like herself.
“As someone who is neurodivergent, I understand some of the challenges faced by the disability community. Law really touches all aspects of life, and I want to try to help people with disabilities with whatever assistance they need.”
Vicky says one of the highlights of the course has been getting involved in an annual legal industry hackathon. Bringing together students from across Victoria's law schools, teams worked with the assistance of industry mentors to develop a pitch around AI and the law.
“It was a different experience to traditional study. I learnt a lot about the role of AI in the legal sector and how, if used correctly, it could potentially help legal practitioners.”
After graduation, Vicky hopes to work in disability advocacy.
“I hope I can help the disability community in some shape or form, especially following the revelations that came out of the Disability Royal Commission. Hearing the sombre accounts of the survivors and loved ones that were left behind reminded me why I went into law in the first place.”
Yang Ye, a final-year student in our Juris Doctor, is looking forward to starting his new career as a lawyer and using his knowledge of the law for good.
“I have been working in the field of Australian immigration law for many years. My bachelor's degree was not directly related to law, but I developed a real passion and enthusiasm for the Australian legal industry. It has driven me to pursue a Juris Doctor so I can practise as a lawyer,” says Yang.
Yang says the sense of community at the La Trobe Law School has made his student experience particularly special.
“In the La Trobe Law School, peer pressure has never been an issue. I have thoroughly enjoyed making strong connections with my fellow students. While we may embark on different paths after graduation, the cherished memories and friendships forged during our time at the La Trobe Law School will stay with us for a lifetime.”
While still passionate about immigration law, Yang hopes to explore other opportunities upon graduation.
“I am excited to build on my past experiences and continue my work in Australian immigration law. However, I am also eager to explore new opportunities in the border legal industry and I am committed to dedicating a portion of my time to pro bono cases for those in need, particularly individuals who are not proficient in English.”
Oliver Herrmann is a second-year student in our Juris Doctor.
“I fell in love with Melbourne and Australia during an exchange year. While completing my law degree in my home country of Germany, I decided I wanted to live there,” says Herrmann.
“I believe an international degree is important in a globalised world and thought completing a Juris Doctor in an English-speaking country would be perfect for my career, allowing me to master a different legal system and improve my English.”
The work placement experience, says Herrmann, has been
“I have completed two placements so far, one with the Whittlesea Community Legal Service and one with Tennis Australia’s Integrity and Compliance Unit. Both opportunities allowed me to work with clients directly and practice what I have learned during my degree, including drafting wills and power of attorney forms, and working on national policies that are now in effect.”
Looking to the future, Herrmann hopes to join a large law firm in Melbourne.
“I am about to start the first of three clerkships and I hope I will be successful in receiving a graduate offer at one of these firms. If all works out, I would like to gain permanent residency and continue to work here in Australia.”