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Why it’s never too late to study law

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Craving a career change? Discover our Pre-Law intensive course.

Hear from past student, Amy, how studying Pre-Law at Murdoch kick started her career in law.

What is Pre-Law?

Pre-Law is an alternative admission pathway offered at Murdoch, created for potential students who have the requisite intellectual capacity and diligence to succeed in the Bachelor of Laws, but do not have recognised prior learning and were unable to obtain entry to the enter Law School.

Designed for mature age students who haven’t studied for more than 12 months, Pre-Law is an intensive night course that has seen successful students gain entry into a Bachelor of Laws at Murdoch, graduate, and commence work in the profession as well as winning many prestigious awards.
Apply now to our Pre-Law course. Applications close 29 May.

Meet Amy Pascoe

Past student – and now a successful lawyer – Amy Pascoe graduated from Murdoch with a Bachelor of Laws with first-class honours in 2015. She initially commenced her law journey through the Pre-Law program and is currently working at Coulson Legal in Perth as a Senior Associate.

For Amy, studying Pre-Law helped kick start her career in the legal profession: “It provided me with the confidence to know that I had the ability to undertake a law degree at university."

“During the course, not only did I realise that I could proceed to ascertain a career in the legal industry, but also that there were many other mature aged students in the same position."

“Knowing I wasn’t alone in this journey and that I had support from fellow students in a similar position was key in me finishing the course. I also made some great friends along the way.”

On completion of the course, Amy received the Vice Chancellors Award for Academic Excellence and was granted a PhD scholarship to continue her studies. She continues to maintain a close relationship with Murdoch and is a lecturer in the Costs Unit, which has run annually as an intensive elective unit since 2016.

“I am extremely passionate about educating both practitioners and law students on the importance of costs which is an important and complex area that every practitioner, no matter which jurisdiction they practice in needs to know.”

Amy has had numerous papers published and regularly lectures on costs issues at professional development seminars in Western Australia, including on behalf of the Law Society of Western Australia and Legalwise Seminars. She has been an active member of the Law Society’s Costs Committee since 2016.

Sound like you? Find out more about a Pre-Law course.
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20 May 2020

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