Justice fails in a lot of ways. There's always, you know, people they have a good case but no one can manage to do anything for them.
I want to be in the position that I can do pro bono work for people who cannot access justice.
My name is Joanna Byrne and I'm a Southern Cross University Law graduate.
I was working as a florist and I decided that I wanted to do something a bit more with my life.
I hadn't studied since like 1982 or something you know, so it was a big step to go back to university. I had a setback at the end of my first session, my husband passed away so then I was left single mother with seven children and the university gave me lecturers to help me.
They had other students contact me as well. So they put all these networks and support in place so that I can continue to get through.
All the lectures are recorded so I could listen to them in the car so gives you that flexibility to study when you want.
I won the National Indigenous Law Student of the Year in 2016. I was a bit humbled and shocked that I'd actually been nominated and won it.
I was offered a graduate job six months before I'd finished and had a contract signed so I've started work three days after I finished.
In ten years I want to have my own chambers and be practising at the bar and doing more social justice and sort of pro bono work but have a good work-life balance with the kids.
When I started studying there's no way in my wildest dreams I thought I would ever be where I was today.
You hear stories all the time that you know you're not going to get a job in Law because you're a mature age student who studied online and so I proved them all wrong I guess.
Let your studies in law fuel a new generation of social justice and equity.
Stand up for what’s important to you and personalise your degree with elective units in areas such as human rights, race and the law, animal law, climate law and policy, psychology and the law, and ecological jurisprudence.
What makes studying Law at Southern Cross different to other universities?
- Supervised work placements build networks
- Intensive study options at Summer and Winter Law Schools
- Moot Court facility on campus to gain courtroom practice
- Lecturers who are internationally recognised experts
- Gain academic qualifications for admission to the legal profession.
Why choose Law with Southern Cross?
We're rated 5-stars for learning resources and student support (GUG 2021)
Option to accelerate study at Law Summer and Winter Schools in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast
Entry pathways available into Bachelor of Laws from the Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies)
Our double degrees enable students to expand their career options or focus in a specialist field, with only one extra year of study
Our law courses are delivered by various schools on our campuses in Lismore, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast. Many courses also offer external and flexible study options.
We provide legal education for future lawyers and paralegals in a supportive, scholarly environment.
The Faculty of Business, Law and Arts offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees which promote the rule of law, the highest standards of ethical conduct, professional responsibility and community engagement. All are fully articulated to enable students to transfer between courses depending on their grades. Our courses are intellectually rigorous, relevant, and develop fundamental graduate attributes for a successful career in law and justice.
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