Master of Laws student, London School of Economics, London
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (with First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Business in Finance
She appreciated the contemporary nature of the AUT law degree, says AUT law alumna Katie Creagh who has now moved to London where she is studying a Master of Laws at the London School of Economics.
“Some of the papers at AUT analysed the interaction of New Zealand law with new innovations and technological challenges. For example, I wrote an essay on the legality of drones within the New Zealand legal system, while some of my fellow students wrote essays on the legality of bitcoin, or using blockchain technology within the legal system.”
Highlights and achievements
There were many highlights during her time at AUT, says Katie who received a number of awards throughout her studies and was selected for membership of international honour society Beta Gamma Sigma.
“My highlight was giving the graduation speech on behalf of the graduands in my ceremony. It was an honour to be asked to give the speech, but the fact that I did it also reflected my growth at AUT. In high school I would never have dreamt of speaking in front of a large auditorium of people, but the presentations and moots I undertook as part of my law degree prepared me well for this.
“The people I met during my studies were another highlight. I met a diverse group of students from different backgrounds and countries of the world, some of which have become my closest friends.”
Advice for other students
Katie, who graduated from AUT in 2018, has some great advice for other students.
“Get to know your fellow students. I made some of my best friends at AUT. A law degree takes a lot of work and having a good group of friends to study with is much more enjoyable than studying alone.
“My other piece of advice is to spend time learning how to use the databases. In my role now, I’m constantly on Westlaw NZ or LexisNexis, so the research skills I learned at AUT have been invaluable.”
If you get the opportunity do the honours degree, she adds.
“Writing your dissertation on a topic you enjoy is rewarding, and the research and analytical skills you’ll develop will be invaluable. Having to fit all that research into 10,000 words will also ensure you learn to write clearly and concisely; another great skill for practice.”