Two overseas study tours to China, a year-long exchange to Leeds and an upcoming externship to Brazil have been just some of the experiences that Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) student Shaun has enjoyed as part of his studies.

The first in his family to attend university, Shaun always knew he wanted to pursue further study after high school.

“I was good at writing in school so naturally went towards a more writing-focused degree. Originally, I intended to do communications but jumped at the opportunity to do law when I got the ATAR I needed.

“I don’t mind a good argument and I was (and still am) in love with Judge Judy so law seemed like the perfect choice,” said Shaun.

Since starting his journey in 2014, Shaun has enjoyed the flexibility of being able to explore different majors and minors as part of his degree while also participating in international travel opportunities.

“The great thing about combining law with arts has been the variation in things I could study. I’m majoring in Politics and International Relations and also doing a double minor in French and Chinese.

“One of the best experiences so far has definitely been my first study trip to China. Not to be super cliché, but it was life-changing.”

“It not only inspired my second trip to China, but it was the beginning of my travel obsession and no doubt inspired me to take part in the other overseas experiences. Also being able to contextualise my Mandarin study in China was invaluable,” added Shaun.

For Shaun, the variety of courses helped him discover a new passion which he hopes to pursue as a career in the future.

“I really enjoyed courses that focused on environmental law and that has definitely inspired my current career goals to hopefully go into an environmentally-focused government or policy type role,” concluded Shaun.

Study Arts & Law combined

Shaun Murray

Shaun Murray

At the University of Newcastle Shaun has had the opportunity to combine his undergrad study with international study opportunities.

One of the best experiences so far has definitely been my first study trip to China. Not to be super cliché, but it was life-changing.

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