Bringing together a diversity of interests: ANU Tuckwell Scholars in Law

16 April 2014

Staff of the ANU College of Law held a special morning tea on Wednesday 2 April for the first group of Tuckwell Scholars studying law. Twelve of the 25 scholars are undertaking either a flexible double or vertical double degree with law.

Dean of the ANU College of Law, Professor Stephen Bottomley, welcomed the Tuckwell scholars into the community of law students and staff at ANU.

“I have no doubt that they will make great contributions to the life of the law school. I look forward to assisting them in their learning journey,” he said.

Professor Simon Rice OAM, Tuckwell Fellow and Professor at the ANU College of Law, said the scholars are a bright and motivated group.

“It’s exciting working with them, but it would be exhausting having them all in the class at once,” he said.

Professor Rice said he particularly enjoys the diversity of their interests and passions.

“The Tuckwell Scholars are a remarkably close and supportive group, despite the fact that they are from different backgrounds and places around Australia. They value what each of them brings to the group, and I can see them developing a very powerful capacity for working together,” he said.

The students have settled into life at the ANU.

“I’m starting to really like living in Canberra. Living in College is fantastic and leaves little time for study, but I’m sure I’ll find a balance soon,” says Phoebe Skuse from Sydney.

Abi Rajkumar, also from Sydney, said so far studying law at ANU has been inspiring.

“Our tutors and lecturers have experience practicing law themselves and subsequently have their own unique take on the law,” Abi said.

“Despite the long journey ahead, this has enabled me to realise how much of a positive and just difference working in the law can make on the lives of those around you, which excites me beyond explanation and makes all the reading, study and writing assignments worth every second.”

The Scholarship is about helping students make an impact on their community and the world, by offering them unique educational opportunities and personal experiences. http://tuckwell.anu.edu.au/home/