Murdoch University student, Ben Bullock, has double reason to celebrate – not only has he just completed his last exam but he has been named a finalist in The College of Law – Law Student of the Year Award.
One of six finalists in the 2011 Lawyers Weekly Awards, Ben will be judged on his academic achievements, work experience, extra-curricular activities, participation in university life, and contributions to the community.
Ben works part-time as a paralegal at the Midland Information, Debt and Legal Advocacy Service.
“A colleague nominated me for the award and noted my extra-curricular activities,” Ben said.
“I’m an Officer Cadet in the Australian Army Reserves and I’ve been heavily involved in my local cricket and AFL teams.”
At Murdoch Ben was top of his class in Advanced Criminal Law, participated in mooting and client interview competitions and represented the University in Australian Rules football, cricket and hockey.
He was also a founding member of the Murdoch Criminal Law Colloquium, a group formed by students who share an interest in criminal law and wish to expand their knowledge.
Ben is also a high academic achiever and has received consistently high grades.
When asked why he wanted to study law he said that as far as law was concerned there was nothing else that had such a big impact on what you do.
“I also liked the idea helping people out and assisting those that struggle to assist themselves,” Ben said.
He said the best thing about studying at Murdoch was that the lecturers invited you to learn as opposed to telling you what to learn.
“Lecturers are very open to discussions with students – they let you think for yourself,” he said.
In terms of his future Ben hasn’t quite decided whether to follow a career in academia or criminal law – but in the short term a well deserved holiday is the first thing on his agenda.
Ben will attend the 2011 Lawyers Weekly Awards when winners are announced on August 4 at the Sydney Opera House. The other finalists are from Monash, Australian National University, Macquarie, the University of Western Australia and the University of New South Wales.