STRUGGLING with an aging legal population and an annual exodus of young practitioners, Bendigo will next year become Victoria’s first regional centre to maintain an on campus law school.
The city’s La Trobe campus will begin offering law courses to students in the hope of encouraging the breeding of a fresh, locally produced crop of lawyers.
In Bendigo for the Law Institute of Victoria’s (LIV’s) first ever meeting in Gold Rush territory last week, president Bill O’Shea welcomed the move. His regional counterpart, James Leach, said: “It should be a great opportunity to produce lawyers born and bred in Bendigo. And when lawyers complete their articles here, we have to think of ways of retaining them in country areas.”
At present only two articled clerks are learning their trade in the 90,000 plus centre.