Top graduate returns to USC to pursue Law

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Published on 25 June 2013

The University of the Sunshine Coast’s youngest female graduate has been attracted back to the Sippy Downs campus to pursue USC’s new Law degree.

Chelsea Wallis, 18, completed her USC Bachelor of Business last year and will return next month to do a one-semester Graduate Certificate in Arts while she awaits the accreditation of USC’s Law program for semester one in 2014.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to USC,” said Chelsea, who has just moved back home with her family at Marcus Beach after gaining a one-semester Graduate Certificate in Economics from the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

“My goal is to be in the first cohort of USC’s new Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) next year. I think it’s a spectacular opportunity to be part of the program as it’s built from the ground up.

“It’s the sort of experience you won’t find at established unis. I’ll get more individual attention and the chance to leave a legacy for future Law students.”

Chelsea has met one of the program’s founders, Professor Anne Rees, and attended the recent Law Information Evening which attracted 270 people.

“Professor Rees has such invaluable experience in both the professional and educational legal arenas and I am delighted to have the opportunity to learn from her,” she said.

“USC’s teaching quality really is first class and I’m looking forward to that wonderful intimacy again between lecturers and students, that continuity of relationships that makes such a difference to learning.”

Chelsea will focus on Politics and International Relations in her Arts studies next semester.

At USC’s Graduation Ceremony in April she received the highest award for a graduating student, the Chancellor’s Medal, as well as a University Medal for a near-perfect grade point average of more than 6.8 out of 7.

USC will offer nine Law degrees from semester one, 2014. Its inaugural Professors of Law, Professor Anne Rees and her husband Professor Neil Rees, are both formerly Deans of Law at the University of Newcastle.

Professor Anne Rees was full-time Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission from 2001 to 2004.

— Julie Schomberg

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