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Legal studies

Stanthorpe State High School Year 12 & 11 Legal Studies students attended the USQ Living the Law Conference on Friday 10th February.

Organised by Downlands College and St Joseph’s College Toowoomba, in collaboration with the USQ Law Faculty, the event provided students with the opportunity to hear from range of legal experts. Topics covered on the day included human rights, crucial elements of evidence in relation to criminal prosecution, an in-depth discussion of the independent inquiry process of studying the law and the overarching legal principal of “the rule of law’.

Students had the opportunity to engage with presenters and ask questions as well as hearing about USQ’s 2017 Secondary Schools Moot Competition.  A moot is a simulated appeal on an arguable point of law and the competition provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the processes of law and the courts. 

A highlight of the day was a Japanese drumming performance after lunch.  A rousing way to kick off the afternoon session saw our students experiencing first-hand how to perform like our Shiwa sister city drummers.

An interesting presentation from a family lawyer in Toowoomba gave an insight to possible career paths in the law.  Year 12 students reported that the USQ Living the Law Conference inspired them to do well and broadened their ideas for future studies.