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Lyndon Goddard

"One particularly interesting opportunity ... has been mooting."
Year commenced: 
2008

The law subjects that I most recently studied were Administrative Law and Property, Equity and Trusts 1. Both of these facets of the legal spectrum, in their different ways, proved to be the most resonant of everyday life so far in my degree. Administrative Law dealt with issues such as the public accountability of politicians, the latitude with which governments can act on legislation, and the methods by which government action can be scrutinized – commonly discussed in the media. Property Law 1, although delving into some of the more esoteric aspects of property acquisition and transfer, similarly opened my eyes to the quotidian realities of law, by way of a court report which took me to the local tenancy tribunal: there, the application of principles I had learned to disputes between landlords and tenants was very illuminating.

One particularly interesting opportunity that the UNSW Law Faculty has afforded me has been mooting – not dissimilar to high school mock trials – both internally and externally in intervarsity competitions. Not only is it a practically useful extracurricular activity, it is also a great way to meet new people and to get a sense of what it is like to be a lawyer. Activities such as this helped me at first to navigate the sometimes difficult transition from a relatively small and insulated high school community to a comparatively anonymous and sprawling university environment. It is this sense of community existing within the Law Faculty – through its organized activities, social functions and competitions, as well as its small class sizes – that has been most valuable to me as a student here.

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