Volume 1, Issue 6 (Originally Published on 1 April 2012)
A recent poll has shown that the Melbourne JD is the most ‘chilled out’ course in Australia. All tertiary students across Australia were asked to rank their own course from 1-100 depending on how stressful they find it. The Melbourne law program came in lowest, with an average score of 7.59.
This statistic is hardly a reflection on the study culture at the University of Melbourne, which also offers the course with the highest stress score. The Melbourne Model Bachelor of Arts degree topped the survey with a score of 83.46.
Melbourne Law School students are notorious for having very little work to do. Tasks such as reading and writing are viewed as unnecessary by the faculty and students are instead encouraged to maintain their mental health through social activities such as drinking and watching TV.
“This result comes as no surprise” says Melbourne University Law Students’ Society non-member Tessa Sidnam. “Today someone asked me if I’d done the readings for the day and I asked them if it was a trick question.”
Law schools around the world are known for their soul-killing competitive cultures. Some schools in the United States have recently employed dogs to roam their libraries and relieve stress from the sleep- deprivedstudents.
“We don’t need a dog,” says Tessa, “and if we had a dog there would be no one to play with it. We’re pretty much never on campus.”
While such a lifestyle sounds ideal, not everyone is happy. “We are being forced out of business,” says Half-Beard, the owner of Seven Seeds who claims not to have a real name. “Students just don’t need coffee around here; they’re too alert as it is.”
“If Seven Seeds were to go out of business, the African economy may suffer. This is something Melbourne Law School should keep in mind when structuring their course for the coming years.”