A Day in the Life: UNSW Law Student

A Day in the Life: UNSW Law Student

September 9, 2019 22 By Stanley Isaacs


(mellow music) – I’m Meg, I’m in my 6th year
at UNSW studying Arts Law. So I usually start my
day at about 8:00 a.m. I usually have a healthy
breakfast, and then I get straight into my readings and preparation
for the afternoon lectures. (mellow music) After that, I’ve got a one hour commute by a train and bus to campus. During that time, I also try
to get some reading done, usually a couple of pages I’ll have left. Then, I will get to UNSW,
and usually chill out in the law building or in
one of the open spaces to try to free my mind in anticipation
for an intensive law class. That’s one of my days. The other type of day
that I have currently is my internship day. This is very, very different
because essentially it’s like working at the
professional capacity. At the office, we can do
anything from consulting with clients to doing research
projects on social impact. I’m currently working
on two great projects that really help to enhance
practical skills to ensure that we really make a difference
as young people in the world. (upbeat music) As a UNSW law student,
you have the privilege of having your own law library, sponsored by Herbert
Smith Freehill (mumbles). And this is the best place
to come to study before your exams and just knuckle
down and just try to get those last exam notes done
before the exam starts. (upbeat music) So this our green. Normally we have all the
sports being played here, but with the construction
going on currently, we have another food option,
food truck-style burgers and nachos and all these kind of things. There is an endless
range of possibilities, food options throughout campus, and this is my new favorite opening. (upbeat music) (soft rock) So this our lovely library lawn. This is where all the students
come, from all the faculties, to come together for social
conversations and meeting up and just chilling out
after a long day of study. (soft rock) This is my favorite place
to get coffee on campus, hence the name, Coffee On Campus. Always a cappuccino and
sneaky almond croissant. (soft rock) I chose UNSW because its
got a great philosophy about connecting to the rest of the
world, about being diverse. The campus is just beautiful. There’s so many green
spaces to get some of air when you’re studying, and just to connect with people on a social
and academic level. We’ve got some of the greatest scholars in the world all connected in one place. We’re committed to
addressing global issues, like climate change,
like the refugee crises. All these great minds in one
place is just phenomenal. (soft rock) So the difference about
studying at UNSW Law is that your first class and your last class will be in a seminar. This means that you’ll be
engaging with the lecturer and your peers much more. You’ll be put on the spot
asked to discuss the material in a really critical, but meaningful way. You’re not just sitting back
and listening in a lecture. This is that engaging with
the material, having debates, having hypothetical situations in which you get to
practice being a lawyer. Often in my classes, I’ve
had imaginary clients that I’ve had to represent. One of my classes, we actually
had a Magister come in and assess us on how well we were able to defend our imaginary client. These are all really great
skills to accumulate, to just really test yourself
and test your knowledge and test your ability throughout
the course of your degree. (soft rock) When you finish your degree, you don’t just have a piece of paper. You have the culmination of a variety of different experiences. You get to participate
in skills, competitions, learning negotiations
skills, (mumbles) skills, all really relevant skills to
practice in your legal career. Even if you don’t practice
in law though, the law school is really fantastic in
fostering critical thinking. The law school itself
to society is fantastic. They’re all about inclusion
and creating a community of learners that work together. Particularly focusing on
ensuring students’ mental health throughout thier degrees and
really having social events in lure of connecting people together. (soft rock) (mellow music) So this is the Social Impact Hub. We’re in Edgecliff right now. We’ve got a great office space. Behind me we have the student teams all collaborating together,
and then on that side, there are the real world
social interpreters, working up on their own social enterprises
and startup companies. So the Social Impact Hub
is a really unique coarse that we offer to UNSW that brings together business and law students. In fact, it’s one of the only courses that is into disciplinary, bring students together to
work on real world consulting projects for a client over
the course of the semester. This course is really one of the courses that students say is one of
the best academic experiences of their university career, so I’m really proud to be able to be involved in making this happen. (slow music) So one of the really exciting projects that we’re working on is
to be deal with charities and the way we donate to charity. Last week we were out
at this charity called the Sydney Story Factory. This charity works with
underprivileged children to improve their creative writing steals in a really awesome,
exciting, creative space. It gives them a voice
and lets them reengage with their education in
a really innovative way. So these are two parts of
my university experience. They’ve been so fascinating
and I’ve gained so much from both of them, not only
for just this semester, but over the entire course of my degree, as both a law student and
as a proud UNSW student. It’s such a fantastic university. I wouldn’t give up my degree for anything. I’ve had so many great opportunities, met so many great people,
encountered new ideas, and this is just the beginning of engaging with this
fantastic community at UNSW. (upbeat music) – Well if you liked this video and you want to learn more
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