Special Issue: Melbourne University Law Students' Society Elections
Issue 7, Semester 2
As Vice President, what would be your key policy focus? In practical terms, how would you bring this about?
My key focus as Vice President will be to create a healthier law school culture by reducing the stigma surrounding failure at MLS. Odds are that we’ve all felt our stomach drop just that little bit after seeing some of our results. As VP I want to work with faculty to provide the cohort with more information as to what actually happens if you do fail (because at the moment there’s not much!) to make it easier for everyone to feel comfortable seeking help and support from both the faculty and their friends. I’d also create relaxed study sessions throughout the semester to give everyone the opportunity catch up in a far less intense environment than the library so that nobody feels left behind.
What do you see as being the special value of the LSS, as distinct from the role of other student groups?
I think we’d all agree that it’s pretty difficult to be a part of this degree and not have some sort of interaction with the LSS, whether it’s through a careers panel, social event or even a competition. Unlike other student groups, this is what makes the LSS so special as it is a representative body for all law students, not just for a small group. It’s as much a part of the the law school experience as the actual degree itself and that’s why it bears a greater responsibility in ensuring all voices and opinions are heard. That’s what I see as the special value of the LSS, it’s very much one of a kind.
What should the student body expect of the LSS? Are you able to deliver on those expectations, and if so, why?
The student body should expect an LSS that listens and is constantly advocating on the cohort’s behalf. They should also expect an LSS that is continually evolving, whether it’s by creating new events or improving existing ones. As one of your Activities Directors this year, our team did exactly that. We took feedback from the previous few years which resulted in us creating and improving almost all of our events in some way. As VP, you can expect an LSS that is always pushing for change and strives to improve your law school experience in the big ways and, sometimes more importantly, the small.
For more on the 2020 Elections and to view candidate profiles, visit the MULSS website here.
Voting is open from 9am Monday 9 September till 5pm Friday 13 September.