The article "'WHERE'S THE MEN'S ONLY ROOM?' The Menimists respond" has been taken down at the request of the Melbourne Law School.
The Government’s first budget last May predicted that the deficit last year would be $26 billion. This estimate proved way off, the deficit instead coming in at $41.1 billion. The Government’s second budget, released last week, predicts the deficit this year will come in slightly lower, at $35.1 billion.
There is no doubt that Hazel Genn’s critical appraisal of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a sobering reality-check. Genn shows us that championing ADR as a panacea to costly court processes is not only empirically troublesome, but also compromises the foundational principles of the modern judicial system.
The antechamber beckoned. The night had begun. My name was signed away. I will squeeze every last opportune moment of May dry. To the bitters end.
The LSS, as part of its new Advocacy program, last week gathered together and summarised student feedback regarding the recent decision to remove the personal statement from JD selection criteria.
We’re heading into the stressful period of swot vac and exams. To help you get through it, I offer the following advice:
With the doom of exams impending I’ve found myself questioning exactly why I decided to embark on a law degree. Well this week, I attended an event, which brought me back to reality and reminded me exactly why I’m here.
As another semester draws to a close, and a pall both metaphorical and literal settles across the Law School, it’s time for De Minimis to bid its readers farewell. Having started this year with some trepidation as to whether we could fill an issue every week, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the quantity and quality of the articles we’ve received.
Henry Hamilton sends a heart-felt message to the cretin who stole his Property textbook.
Jacob Debets, 2015 De Minimis Co-Editor and Secretary, has a gripe.
Attending Melbourne Law School is an absolute privilege. That being said, there are small inefficiencies and inconveniences which plague life at law school and detract from an otherwise exceptional academic experience. I’d like to draw attention to a problem that persisted since be-fore my time at MLS, and has be-come a pet peeve of mine.
Pleasantly weary from a beautiful evening of dining, dancing and catching up with long lost friends at Law Ball, I wandered out of the Peninsula Ballroom. The masses had just begun making their way to the party buses to carry on the festivities elsewhere. I, however, was making my way home, thanks to an inconveniently early start at work the following morning. A short distance from the venue doors, still swamped by crowds of merry law students, I bent down to assist my housemate with something.
In the last issue of De Minimis, we reported on an interview between two editors of this publication and the Associate Dean, Alison Duxbury. The interview pertained to the removal of the personal statement as part of the application process for the Juris Doctor. The article provoked extended discussion on the Facebook pages to which the article was posted. One first-year student was motivated to write an open letter to the Dean protesting the change. In acknowledgement of the strong feelings of some members of the student body about this matter, De Minimis has agreed to publish his letter in full (Ed.)
Duncan Wallace continues his discussion of student political engagement in the context of a ‘corporatised’ tertiary sector.
The current LSS Secretary, Anna Belgiorno-Nettis, highlighted in an article on the LSS elections last year that “the LSS committee is being chosen from fewer of the students, and voted in by fewer of the students.” She provided some interesting statistics: in two years, the number of uncontested Committee positions had increased from 24% to 72%, and elections voter numbers had decreased by 19% (without factoring in how many more students are now enrolled in the course).
Selection into the JD has until recently been based on three criteria: a personal statement, academic results from previous tertiary studies, and the LSAT score and essay. From now on, it will be based only on the latter two. De Minimis interviewed Associate Dean Alison Duxbury to find out why.
A spectre is haunting the law school—the spectre of exams. With four weeks left in the semester, it’s time to bid farewell to one’s friends and family. Most students will be spending the next month or so in Faustian isolation, ‘chained to print and script…confined behind the mounds of tomes’.