Barrister and Solicitor, Croftfield Law
Bachelor of Laws
She loves the challenges and variety of her law career, says Bachelor of Laws alumna Samantha Hiew who now works for Croftfield Law.
“I enjoy the challenge of learning something new every day, and the detail in preparing commercial agreements to protect clients and their personal or commercial interests.
“Because Croftfield Law is a general practice law firm, my job involves advising clients in all areas of the law, including criminal law, property conveyancing, commercial transactions and immigration. I’m responsible for preparing and reviewing documents and agreements for clients, liaising with other lawyers, and doing research on any new area of law that affects our clients’ interests.”
Modern and relevant
The reputation of the AUT Law School attracted her to AUT, Samantha says.
“I knew that I wanted to study law, and I had heard that the AUT Law School is modern and offers programmes that are tailored to what law firms are looking for in university graduates and junior lawyers. That gives the AUT degree an advantage.”
It’s a decision Samantha hasn’t regretted.
“AUT is a university that adapts with the changing world, keeping its education current and practical, and preparing students well for real-life law work. I also appreciated that the AUT Law School has a strong focus on legal writing and the writing of legal advice, which is highly valuable for the work I do every day.”
Opportunities to practise your skills
The wide range of activities law students can participate in was the highlight of her studies, says Samantha who graduated earlier this year.
“Getting involved in the student community was a great part of university life because everyone knew everybody, including the lecturers who were often willing to offer a hand. While I was at AUT, I co-founded the AUT Mooting Society, as well as the Malaysian Students’ Association at AUT. I’m also proud of being elected administrative vice president of the AUT Law Students’ Society and being awarded the title of AUTSA’s Administrator of the Year in 2016.”
Another highlight for her was being able to practise her skills during the many competitions for law students.
“I represented AUT in the senior moot at the annual New Zealand Law Students’ Association National Conference in 2016, and was runner-up in the Top Mooter Competition run by the AUT Mooting Society. Thanks to my exposure to mooting at AUT, I learned to advocate for clients, and also gained confidence in court etiquette. These are all invaluable skills in my career now.”
“We employed Samantha because she is a competent lawyer with the skills we were looking for – integrity, a can-do attitude and a solid legal knowledge. Samantha gained practical skills from her AUT degree, which she practises every day, including client interviewing, negotiating in deals, as well as court appearances.”
Alfred Chong, Founder, Croftfield Law