Our legal education programme focuses on climate change and Māori values. These are two important areas for the future of the profession and New Zealand. Supported by Chapman Tripp, these workshops are a great way to delve deeper into the law, by listening to some amazing speakers and snacking on some delicious food and coffee.
Climate change workshops
This year we have two workshop series for climate change. The first series ‘climate change and the profession’ sees experts share their experiences and advice. We were fortunate to have Rachel Brooking and Claire Kirman speak to students in semester one. They discussed their careers, how they got to where they are today, the opportunities available outside law school and advice they would give students. Both speakers incredible careers motivated and inspired students. The second series was led by our law lecturers, providing the opportunity to delve further into issues that arise in class. Ceri Warnock and Dawn Duncan explored climate change in relation to energy and labour law. It was eye opening to learn about more nuanced issues and the options available to combat climate change in these areas. It helps students see how broad climate change is and papers they can take at University.
MĀori values and the law
In conjunction with Te Roopu Whai Pūtake we have created the Māori values and the law speaker series where Rachel Robillard and Metiria Turei shared their work. Metiria spoke about their research/project on indigenising the LLB. Rachel spoke of her career and experiences, the opportunities for students wanting to pursue Māori Law and advice to pakeha and Māori students. Both talks showed students the room for growth and opportunities in Māori law and how they can pursue their interests in the area. Students left Rachel’s talk feeling inspired and hopeful for their careers in Māori law.