Law event shows career opportunities for local students

By Ashlea Witoslawski

Teenagers and youths enjoyed the opportunity to visit Shepparton Law Court yesterday to learn more about careers across the legal profession.

Years 10 to 12 students from Shepparton High School, Mooroopna Secondary College, McGuire College, Wanganui Park Secondary College as well as Berry Street School and the Education First Youth Foyer were in attendance.

In its second year, the event is co-ordinated by Lighthouse Project industry links and transitions co-ordinator Amy Robinson, Hume Magistrates’ Court of Victoria senior registrar Pat Cummins and Department of Justice and Regulation senior practice adviser Lori Hodgson.

Beginning with a tour of the courts, students took part in a number of sessions during the day, which included talks from those in legal careers and those in supporting roles.

Guest speakers discussed their personal journey as well as a typical day in the role and training and qualifications required.

Regional Co-ordinating Magistrate for the Hume Region and Family Violence Court Division Lead Magistrate Stella Stuthridge finished off the talks before lunch, sharing her working-class upbringing and discussing pathway options with the students.

‘‘What you think you can do in life will always change,’’ she said.

After lunch, students enjoyed a speed careering session and an opportunity to chat with the professionals about their area of interest.

Ms Robinson said the event provided students an opportunity to explore legal career pathways in the area.

‘‘Many young people are interested in legal careers but are not aware of the full range of career pathways available to them locally,’’ she said.

‘‘There are so many great career opportunities right on our doorstep and days like this can ignite passion and aspiration for our young local people and increase their opportunities to access meaningful and ongoing study and employment pathways.’’

Students received a ‘‘careers bag’’ at the end of the event with information and career support within the police force, Shepparton Law Court and Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.