Proud finalist of Lawyer’s Weekly Law Student of the Year, Maddison, is not only excelling in her studies at the University of Newcastle but is invested in the process of her study journey.

Originally from regional NSW town Albury, it was time for Maddison to venture out and experience coastal living.

“I was contemplating Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra for study, but their inflated cost of living didn’t necessarily fit with the lifestyle I wanted to lead at university.

“After a visit to Newcastle open day, the university’s culture, as well as its beautiful location, made it one I wanted to attend. It felt like a place I could easily call home,” Maddison said.

The Newcastle Law School was calling Maddison’s name; “when thinking about my career, I wanted a varied, intellectually stimulating job which would allow me to help people. Law ticked all those boxes for me,” Maddison said.

During the first four years of her study, Maddison points out two experiences and achievements that stand out as highlights.

“Completing a thesis on designing accessible legal documents for Neurodiverse individuals and developing a framework for creating legal information for First Nations people, have been the biggest stand out highlights of my study journey so far.

“The two things I’m most proud of in my education, have been winning the University of Newcastle Law School Association Witness Examination Grand Final 2021, and being named a finalist of Lawyer’s Weekly Law Student of the Year, a national award in the legal industry,” she said.

Maddison describes herself as ‘indebted’ to the teachers and mentors at the Newcastle Law School, “for the time and support they have dedicated to my legal education,” she said.

In conjunction with full-time study, Maddison has devoted herself to Inkling Legal Design as an Associate Legal Designer for the past three years.

“Working under Inkling’s director, Sara Rayment, has been the most enjoyable, rewarding, and fruitful learning experience of my early legal career,” she said.

Due to graduate in semester two, 2022, Maddison’s long-term goal is to be called to the Bar and become a Barrister.

“Until then, I would love to learn and hone my skills as a litigation lawyer or work as an associate to a judge,” Maddison said.

Study a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined at the University of Newcastle

Maddison Gogoll

Maddison Gogoll

Meet Maddison, Lawyer's Weekly Law Student of the Year Finalist.

The two things I’m most proud of in my education, have been winning the UNLSA Witness Examination Grand Final 2021, and being named a finalist of Lawyer’s Weekly Law Student of the Year, a national award in the legal industry”.

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