Solicitor, Russell McVeagh
Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution
She enjoyed how relevant her degree was, says Marina Povey who graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution this August and is already working as a solicitor at Russell McVeagh.
“I liked that most of my classes had practical elements to them. The law we learned was relevant, and the other skills I learned have vastly helped me adjust to working life. Research is a lot easier when you already have a grasp on how to find what you’re looking for. It means you have a head start on the topic.”
Being able to practise the skills she had learnt in the classroom during law competitions is another thing Marina appreciated about her studies.
“I was in the team the AUT Law School sent to the ICC Mediation Competition in Melbourne in 2017. That was the first time our team, and the AUT Law School, had participated in the event, and I’m very proud that we placed 4th.”
Finding her path
Marina says she first considered a career in law after one of her high school teachers suggested it to her.
“I was encouraged to study law by a teacher in high school who saw potential in me beyond arguing with people about socioeconomics.”
Once she had decided what she wanted to study, choosing the right university was easy for Marina.
“AUT’s smaller class sizes excited me as I’ve always enjoyed being able to have a more targeted learning experience where I’m able to discuss the learning with my teachers. I had also heard that the people were nicer than at other law schools. I don’t know if that’s actually true, but I feel very lucky in that I’ve made some lifelong friends throughout my time at AUT.”
Advice for other students
Make the most of your time at university, Marina advises other students.
“Participate in anything you can. Even if you don’t think you're qualified enough or smart enough for something, or whatever it is that is holding you back, apply anyway. You never know how far an application will take you.”
The many activities for law students were a highlight of her time at AUT.
“Getting involved in student-based extracurricular activities like law competitions or student societies was my favourite part of university. You get to work with wonderful people, make great connections, and get to apply skills before you start your career.”