Congratulations and welcome to Melbourne Law School. You’ve already heard a lot about its world class facilities, its incredible alumni and its rankings both nationally (no. 1) and globally (no. 8). You’ve worked hard to make it here, and we are all excited to see what you contribute to our community.
What’s important to emphasise however, notwithstanding what the marketing department has told you, is that MLS, just like any academy (legal or otherwise), is home to disharmony and disputes on occasion.
And this is where De Minimis has a role to play. From advocating for asylum seekers, to reporting on botched mark releases, to challenging the Business Improvement Plan (BIP) that is to be rolled out in 2016, De Minimis provides a platform and an opportunity to speak out about issues relevant to law students and the wider Unimelb polity (and just about everything else*).
We invite you, the students of MLS, to be a part of that movement by contributing your articles in 2016.
That’s what this special edition of De Minimis is all about, to show you what impact students can have on the conversation. The following articles were selected from the last two years and canvass issues that are most relevant to your incoming cohort. How to survive your first semester at MLS, what impact the BIP will have on your education and the place of overt corporate sponsorship in student government – just to name a few.
Our policy is simple: we publish anything that is not defamatory or grossly offensive and is of sufficient quality.
We look forward to hearing from you.
*Seriously. Send us movie reviews, poems, diary entries rants about the level 1 fridge – we want your insight!
Jacob Debets is a third-year JD student and the Managing Editor of De Minimis