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How do I become a lawyer?

It’s never too late to become a lawyer. At CDU, we’ve seen students realise their dream in as early as their twenties, and as late as their fifties. If this is the career path for you, read on as our Dean of Law, Dr. Alan Berman, explains the five steps you’ll need to take to get there.   

What’s involved in studying Law online?

Are you considering studying a Bachelor of Laws, but struggling to figure out how you’ll fit lecturers, library visits and study groups into your already busy schedule? Good news: like most things these days, you can study your Law degree online through CDU. Read on to find out what’s involved. 

A 'once in a lifetime' summer interning at Harvard Law School

In 2017, CDU Bachelor of Laws student Paul Larder travelled to the USA, to work as a Legal Intern at Harvard Law School; specifically, its Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC).  The program, which sees one high-achieving CDU Bachelor of Law student selected to travel to Harvard each year, is now in its fifth year. It represents an exceptional opportunity for CDU Law students to develop their migration law knowledge and skills, while working and studying at one of the most elite Law Schools in the world. Paul Larder was selected for the prestigious four-week placement in 2017. Here’s his story.

From high school dropout to Law Valedictorian

All university students are busy, but 2018 CDU Indigenous Valedictorian Mark Munnich takes having a hectic schedule to new heights. Mark was the NT Young Achiever of the Year in 2017, the Ambassador for the Office of Indigenous Student Support at CDU, is a volunteer with the Bilata Indigenous Pathways Program, a member of the Winkiku Rrumbangi Indigenous Lawyers Association, a Treasurer of the NT AIDS and Hepatitis Council and the youngest board member of Danila Dilba Health Service. Mark is now also a Bachelor of Laws graduate and was nominated as Indigenous Valedictorian of his graduating class. Here is Mark's speech. 

Zarah shows us it's never too late to become a lawyer

After moving to Australia, trying her hand at a range of jobs and starting a family, Zarah Tenorio's dream of becoming a lawyer is finally becoming a reality. She's just started her Bachelor of Laws and is already kicking goals. Just recently, she received an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. Read on to see how she's navigating life as a law student and working mum. 

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I'm the first in my family to go to uni

Beth Cooper is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Canberra; passionate about Australian history, design, communication and solving community development issues. Last year, she moved to Darwin to pursue her life goals; kick-starting her study dreams with CDU's free Tertiary Enabling program. Coming from a line of strong women, Beth is the first person in her family to go to university and is currently pursuing a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degree in the hope to become a workers’ rights advocate. We caught up with her to celebrate her first High Distinction grade and to hear about her story.   

A chance at a second career

Mauro Del Citto is proof that anyone can make a mid-life career change, regardless of education or personal background. A Melbourne native, Mauro was in his early forties when he decided to make the switch from health administration to pursue a career in law. He recently took time out of his busy career to tell us about his journey and the massive challenges he overcame along the way.

Elizabeth: Balancing work, study and family

Wondering if it’s possible to balance study and family? In the lead up to Mother's Day, Elizabeth Sandow shared with us her hopes and honest experience about being a dynamic mum who works full time while studying a Diploma of Laws online at CDU. 

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Never give up, never give in: Gabby's inspirational story

Success is not determined by your past but by your own perseverance. Gabby's story sounds like a Hollywood movie script, but we can assure you, it's real life. She didn't finish high school and as a disadvantaged youth, she found herself homeless. Decades later, after raising her own children, she's fulfilling her dream to study a Law degree and fight for youth, Indigenous and human rights.

It's not what you start with: Mark's journey

Who is the NT’s Young Achiever of the Year 2017, an ambassador for the Office of Indigenous Student Support, a volunteer with the Bilata Indigenous Pathways Program, a member of the Winkiku Rrumbangi Indigenous Lawyers Association, a Treasurer of the NT AIDS and Hepatitis Council and the youngest board member of Danila Dilba Health Service? The answer is simple - Mark Munnich, a man who dropped out of year 10 and didn't finish high school. A few years later, Mark studies Bachelor of Laws, works full time as a legal educator and is cherished for his selfless contribution to the community.

After four degrees, I found my passion in Law

Caitlin Marshall studied Law online with CDU, graduating with First Class Honours. After trying her hand at a few other different degrees, she was compelled to chase her dream in Law.