Ms Keleigh Robinson
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law(Honours), 2005

HIGHLIGHT: Attending commercial and family law moots in Vienna, Hong Kong, India and Sydney
EMPLOYMENT: Solicitor, Plaza Legal

When Keleigh Robinson began her studies for a combined course in Arts/Law she never imagined that she would be quite the world traveller upon graduation.

In the final year of her law degree, she was a member of the Deakin University Vis Moot team which travelled to Vienna and Hong Kong for an international commercial arbitration moot.

Keleigh was named runner up best speaker at the moot in Hong Kong, was a member of the Deakin winning team at an international commercial moot competition in India, and participated in a family law moot in Sydney.

‘We spent a lot of time preparing for the moots and I learned so much. The support from members of the Deakin alumni was unbelievable. I became far more confident about simply communicating with people, getting my point across and also adjusting the way I communicated depending on the audience,’ said Keleigh.

While Keleigh’s interest is in family law, she said the commercial focus of Deakin’s law degree gave her a valuable and broad platform of knowledge. Through her studies, she also refined her skills in research and the effective use of resources to continually expand her knowledge base.

In her final year Keleigh undertook a winter clerkship with Plaza Legal. The placement provided an excellent career break as Keleigh went on to do her articles with the firm and is now one of the qualified solicitors on staff.

Owner of the firm, Jennifer Mairs, has employed several Deakin graduates because she said they had a sound knowledge of the law and excellent practical skills.

‘The structure of the Deakin course equips graduates well,’ said Mrs Mairs.

She noted that Keleigh was an asset to her firm. She was articulate, confident, interested in the business and its development and conscious of costing. Mrs Mairs said Keleigh’s professional approach to her work was an excellent measure of the high standard of Deakin’s law course.

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