Life experience, not just knowledge gained from textbooks, is vital for lawyers wanting to assist people through the practice of law, says the founder of a new scholarship at the UTS Faculty of Law.
Recent law graduate Michael Whitbread has decided to establish a $20,000 scholarship to assist a UTS Faculty of Law student gain experience with a London barristers and former justice of the High Court of Fiji Thomas Hickie.
In order to raise money for the scholarship, Whitbread is taking his motorcycle on an epic adventure across the world.
According to Whitbread, a lack of motivation posed a great challenge for him during his law studies, and it was essentially the things he did in addition to his studies that kept him going.
Amongst them was a three month stint working in the High Court of Fiji with Hickie. Whitbread said this experience taught him a valuable lesson which he now wants other students to experience.
"[Hickie] demonstrated to me the way I could use the skills I've acquired to improve the lives of others," he told UTS News Room.
"I want other young law students who struggle with their studies to learn this important lesson too."
Whitbread is now well into his journey, and has postponed a graduate position at a Sydney law firm so he can complete his ride from London to Sydney.
The money raised during the journey will allow an ambitious and open-minded law student to spend two weeks working with Hickie in London.
Whitbread hopes to raise $10,000 by 17 December and the UTS Faculty of Law will match any money raised dollar for dollar.