Panagiota Houpis – Class of 2012

Panagiota Houpis attended Oakleigh Grammar from the year 2000 and graduated in the year 2012. She recently received some incredible news: she was accepted into the Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor Graduate Law programme and received a generous bursary to support her study.

Alumni Profile

Fondest memory: It isn’t one particular memory, but that comforting sense of familiarity with the teachers, peers and even the buildings that comes from being a part of a community school.

 

Hobbies: I’m an avid reader – I’m a big believer of constantly keeping the mind active and open. Being immersed in another world also helps me to unwind!

 

Field of interest: As the corporate sphere retains a greater presence in our society than ever before, and indeed significantly influences our lives, I have always been interested in the mechanisms available to ensure that commercial entities are held accountable for their actions.

 

Motivation: With every piece of news I digest and with each life experience, the concepts of right/wrong, just/unjust and one’s social responsibility among it all continually pervade my mind. So when seeking a means by which I can in some small way can aid in shaping social institutions, the law seemed like the most obvious path.

 

A day in the life…

As I am a full-time student, time management is essential. I’m a big believer of the saying ‘early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’, and following his has been key to managing the competing priorities of school, work and my social life. I take the time to ensure that I am prepared for lectures and tutorials, along with getting a jump start on any looming assessments. In between classes I ensure that I make time for friends (a strong support network is crucial). When I’m not at school, I’m either working part-time or spending quality time with my family.

Interview

Firstly, congratulations on being accepted into the programme, and for receiving the generous bursary awarded to you along with that. What steps did you take in applying for the programme?

Thank you Zoe. The first and most important step is to have the correct frame of mind, that is, to possess a complete devotion towards reaching this goal. Since the selection committee reviews the academic transcript of each applicant, I had to ensure that I was achieving the highest possible marks I could for each assessment in my undergraduate degree. Also, to be eligible for consideration, I had to sit the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) which was a gruelling five hour logic and aptitude examination. Both processes required a combination of focus, patience and a sense of perspective!

Can you tell us a little bit about the programme?

Melbourne Law School’s Juris Doctor programme consists of a graduate law degree that is taught at a Master’s level. Qualifications from this programme is highly regarded and readily recognised, both nationally and internationally, and successful completion will enable admission to the legal profession in all Australian jurisdictions.

How long does the programme go for?

Melbourne Law School’s Juris Doctor programme consists of a graduate law degree that is taught at a Master’s level. Qualifications from this programme is highly regarded and readily recognised, both nationally and internationally, and successful completion will enable admission to the legal profession in all Australian jurisdictions.

What outcomes to you hope to achieve from the programme?

I’m hoping to gain a diverse and comprehensive understanding of the institution of law and be eligible to practice as a barrister in the civil division.

I assume this would be one of your proudest accomplishments since leaving Oakleigh Grammar. Do you have any other milestones or accomplishments that you’d like to share?

Yes it is! I would have to say that graduating from my undergraduate Arts degree this year was a significant milestone.