In 2016, Peter was in his first year of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/ Bachelor of Justice degree when he was selected to take part in Justice Journeys, spending a day at the Supreme Court Library Queensland. Here, Peter looks back on his Justice Journey.
I was one of the fortunate 46 students to participate in the first Law Week Justice Journey experience. My placement within the Supreme Court Library for a day saw me shadowing several of the staff working there, learning about the Supreme Court itself and the Library, as well as the opportunity to attend a lecture with members of the legal profession in the Selden Society.
To have the experience so early in the degree was invaluable, developing my awareness of the extensive range of careers in the legal profession. There are so many people supporting the legal system behind the scenes! When thinking of the legal profession, most people will think of lawyers, judges or perhaps the police – but the role of fundamental support systems such as the Supreme Court library play an incredibly important role in ensuring we have a functioning legal system. Contrary to what you may believe, the library’s role isn’t limited to managing a collection of books. They also provide vital research services to the profession, maintain online case databases, while also maintaining the exhibitions and displays seen throughout the court.
"It was an awesome opportunity to immerse myself in the profession, network and meet some very inspiring people, including Justices of the Supreme Court".
It was an awesome opportunity to immerse myself in the profession, network and meet some very inspiring people, including Justices of the Supreme Court – which was very cool (and a little nerve-racking as a first-year law student!). The insights and industry tips from the people I met, several of whom had worked as lawyers, were of great assistance. The skilled librarians taught me some technical research skills and strategies that I could apply in my university studies, which I found beneficial as a first-year student with limited experience in undertaking legal research. It was certainly useful for a few early assignments, and my first-year moot. While the experience didn’t drastically change my plans for working in the profession – it helped cement my future career plans as a lawyer.
I couldn’t recommend the experience enough, and I encourage every law, criminology or justice student to apply, especially if you’re only starting your tertiary studies this year. I approached the opportunity with an open mind, keen to learn anything I could, and I was rewarded for it! It helped me get the most out of the experience. It’s not often you get to take your learning out of the classroom or be provided a glimpse of the range of career paths available when you finish your studies.