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Lawyers Weekly Awards 2011: Meet the Law Student of the Year finalists

Lawyers Weekly Awards 2011: Meet the Law Student of the Year finalists

Lawyers Weekly called for current law students (or a law student who graduated in 2011) to nominate for this award which recognises the academic, community and legal achievements of…

Lawyers Weekly called for current law students (or a law student who graduated in 2011) to nominate for this award which recognises the academic, community and legal achievements of undergraduates. Nominees will be judged on their academic achievements, their current work experience, their extra-curricular activities, participation in university and campus life, and any contributions they have made to community and/or not-for-profit organisations.


  • Brief CV of candidate including work experience (both in profit and not-for-profit organisation);
  • Achievements of note, additional campus achievements (and memberships) and extra-curricular interests and activities;
  • Recent academic transcript (from one of the last three semesters);
  • Reference letter - from employer, mentor or lecturer;
  • Brief outline of nominee's future ambitions following graduation.

The finalists of the Law Student of the Year award bear testament to the commitment and enthusiasm of young law students across Australia. All finalists are already making a mark on the profession with impressive academic results coupled with strong campus and community involvement.

Ben Bullock, Murdoch University

Ben Bullock is in his final semester of Law/Commerce at Murdoch University. He works part time at the Midland Information, Debt and Legal Advocacy Service (MIDLAS) as a paralegal. Ben has also entered the Australian Army Reserves as an officer cadet and has been heavily involved in founding and captaining his local cricket and AFL teams.

Alexandra Clare, Australian National University

Alexandra Clare works as a paralegal for Wotton + Kearney Lawyers while completing her studies at ANU. She has already had significant experience in international law, spending five months at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in Ghana and working on the defence team for Radovan Karadzic during his trial for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Ryan Harvey, Macquarie University

Ryan Harvey is studying a commerce/law degree at Macquarie University and has recently represented Australia in the 2011 Commonwealth Moot Competition. He currently works as a paralegal in Allens Arthur Robinson's banking and financial services group and will next year begin as associate to the Honourable Justice John Dyson Heydon AC.

Joanna Vincent, University of Western Australia

Joanna Vincent is set to graduate next year with a range of work experience completed throughout her double degree from UWA. She has completed vacation clerkships at Freehills, Allens Arthur Robinson, Blake Dawson and DLA Phillips Fox and currently works as an advice line paralegal at the Employment Law Centre of WA

Courtney Young, University of NSW

Courtney Young graduated from UNSW this year and has already taken up a position as Associate to Judge Flannery in the District Court of New South Wales. She is a research assistant in the Australian Prisons Project for UNSW and has also lectured in criminal law. Courtney has a strong interest in rural justice and practising criminal law in the country.

Michael Zhou, Monash University

Monash University student Michael Zhou it set to graduate next year with a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Music. He is currently working as principal legal advisor and researcher at the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions. An accomplished violinist, Michael has undertaken clerkships in Australia and overseas.

The 2011 Law Student of the Year Award is proudly sponsored by The College of Law.

For full details of the finalists in each category, click on the links below.

• Hays Young Gun of the Year

• Dolman In-House Lawyer or Team Award

• Phoenix Managing Partner of the Year

• Project Futures Dealmaker of the Year

• The College of Law Law Student of the Year

• Toll Practice Manager of the Year

• Philips Box-Breaker of the Year

• LexisNexis Talent Manager of the Year

• The Life Achievement Award

Stay tuned to find out who the winners are - to be announced at a cocktail party held at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday, August 4, 2011.

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