On 1 March 2013 the Adelaide Law School welcomed its new Law students with the First Year Induction Day. The morning started with a welcome by the Dean of Law, Professor John Williams, followed by their preliminary lecture in Foundations of Law. The next three lectures covered the practicalities of the Law School experience. The Student Advisor, Corinne Walding, discussed the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the law degree. Associate Professor Melissa De Zwart alerted students to the perils of social networking, and the serious issue of Academic Integrity was examined by Dr Matthew Stubbs.
Students were then introduced to a panel of law graduates who discussed “Where could your law degree take you?” The panel openly and honestly discussed their career challenges and successes, and reflected fondly on their experiences at Law School. Their recommendations to students included getting involved in the life of the Law school by participating in mooting and social activities, whilst also being open to experiences such as clerking or associateships later in their degrees.The panel, ably chaired by Associate Professor Christopher Symes, consisted of Lewis Gentry from Finlaysons, Captain Dale Stephens, Royal Australian Navy and Adelaide Law School, Belinda Randell from Belinda Randell Lawyers and Karim Soetratma from the Crown Solicitor’s Office.
Photo:(L-R): Dr Suzanne Le Mire (First year co-ordinator), Panel Members: Captain Dale Stephens; Associate Professor Christopher Symes; Belinda Randell
After the panel discussion the students participated in a treasure hunt around campus, led by the Eagles Mentors. The treasure hunt led students to their final destination of the Ligertwood Building where they were treated to pizza, drinks, ice-creams and an “Opportunity Showcase” showing the variety of options available throughout their law degrees. The showcase included the following: Adelaide Legal Outreach Service and Magistrates Course Legal Advice Service; Law Society of South Australia; Graduate Diploma of Legal Services; Student internships; Law Student’s Society/ALSA; Global Experience; Transition and Advisory Service; Counselling and Disability Service; Education and Welfare Officers (EWO); Adelaide University Debating Society; Mooting competitions; Eagles mentoring; Law Library and the Adelaide University United Nations Society.
The day was very well received with a very positive atmosphere and the enthusiasm of the new students was fantastic.