Helping hand into law aids success

May 10, 2011

While a lack of qualifications may deter some people from studying law, an innovative course is giving potential students a helping hand.

Murdoch’s Pre-Law Alternative Entry Course enables students who demonstrate diligence and intellectual capability to succeed in a Law degree without any prior educational achievements.

Beverley Sorrell was one of the Pre-Law Alternative Entry Course’s inaugural students. She enrolled as a mature age student and credits the course with giving her a real taste of what it would be like to study law.

“I studied Commerce in England but I didn’t have the necessary prerequisites to apply for Law so the course helped me achieve that. It also showed me exactly what it would be like to study law before taking on such a massive commitment,” Ms Sorrell said.

“The course gave me an advantage over other students commencing Law because before starting my degree I was familiar with searching legal databases and finding my way around the law library and campus.”

Beverley graduated with her Law degree in June last year with Merit Honours and is now working as a Legal Associate to the Honourable Justice Crisford at the Family Court of Western Australia.

The course, which was introduced in 2006, was designed by Senior Lecturer Steve Shaw and his colleague John Murphy, who attended law school together as mature aged students themselves.

“We created the course because we wanted people who were capable enough to study law to be able to do so without having to jump through hoops,” Mr Shaw said.

“The feedback we get from students is very positive, as it is a great introduction to law school and it gives students a head start and an insight into the Australian legal system.”

Mr Shaw said about a third of the people who enroll in the course are already working within the legal profession but may have left school at a young age without TEE qualifications.

“Around eight to 10 per cent of Murdoch’s overall Law intake comes through the course and it gives us access to a range of students from diverse backgrounds and from various age groups,” he said.

“Lots of students haven’t finished high school but if they pass the course at a Credit level (60 per cent or above) they will be offered direct entry into the Murdoch Law program on either a part or full time basis.”

The Pre-Law Alternative Entry Course runs one night a week from mid August to mid November and enrolments are opening soon, with ten people already booked on the waitlist.

For more information contact email Steve Shaw or phone him on 08 9360 6242.

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