Meet Ash: Bachelor of Arts and Melbourne JD graduate

When Ash began studying his Bachelor of Arts, he had no idea that he wanted to study law.

"The reality at 18 is you think you know a lot, but you haven’t given yourself the opportunity to consider what the wider world has to offer," says Ash.

That’s why the Arts Law pathway at Melbourne was the right choice for Ash. Three years of undergraduate study through the Bachelor of Arts provided him with the opportunity to broaden his knowledge, experience university life and make the decision to pursue further study with the Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor).

Ash’s journey to law school

School Captain of Rosehill Secondary College in Niddrie, Ash initially thought he was going to study medicine before choosing to pursue his strength and passion with the Bachelor of Arts.

Majoring in politics and criminology, it was his second-year subject Criminal Law and Political Justice that provided a turning point in his desire to study law.

"For the first time I saw the theories we studied and how it linked with practice in the real world and it blew my mind. I actually called my mum and said, 'I just had this lecture and I don't think I can see the world the same again'," says Ash.

Passion plays a huge role in Ash's life, and campus life at Melbourne helped him find a community of people who shared the same interests.

"In high school talking about political and social change was a niche thing; at university it is different. People from all walks of life and different viewpoints are willing to discuss and challenge ideas, and by the end you find your own with people who at the end of the day want to make a world a better place," says Ash.

Life after graduation

The breadth component of the Arts Law pathway, where students undertake subjects outside of their chosen major, enabled Ash to explore subjects in education, which remain relevant to his daily and professional life.

In fact, it was Ash’s knowledge in education that proved crucial to securing his full-time job as a Ministerial Adviser for the Department of Premier and Cabinet looking at education policy and projects.

During his Bachelor of Arts Ash also enjoyed embarking on a three-week study tour of Oxford in political studies.

"I was working with people who had experience in the United Nations, who had done diplomacy in the United States of America, who were working in South Africa."

It is these kinds of opportunities and experiences offered at Melbourne, which have helped Ash carve out his career.

"Arts-Law graduates at Melbourne stand out to employers with their understanding of society, the law, how it is shaped and its complexities," explains Ash.

"It has allowed me to succeed in every possible endeavour, opportunity and vocation that the future holds."

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