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Chris Curran

Clocktower at night

Chris Curran opted for a double degree in English and Law, which he completed in 2001. Chris had a natural interest in the flexibility of language and a background in public speaking which led him naturally to study law. Like any first year, he was a bit apprehensive but he quickly found the LAWS 101 lectures and the stimulating tutorials interesting and challenging.

Since graduating he has worked as a Judges Clerk to the Rt. Hon. Justice Blanchard in the Court of Appeal and gained a Rhodes Scholarship (one of seven Otago Law Faculty Rhodes Scholars in recent years) that allowed him to study at Oxford University.

"Having now taken my first fledgling steps in the legal profession, I can clearly identify the many advantages of an Otago legal education. Employers certainly love Otago legal graduates for the unique mix of flexibility, practical problem-solving skills and intellectual precision, whether they bring those skills to legal practice or some other field," Chris says.

While at Otago Chris was part of the Law Faculty mooting team that finished third equal with Harvard Law School in the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition.

"I would strongly encourage any prospective Otago student to consider studying Law. There is in emphasis on pastoral care within the Faculty which is rare in today's market-driven tertiary education system. Throughout my time at Otago, I was constantly encouraged to make the most of the vast resources, both technological and intellectual, at the Faculty's disposal."

Chris is now working as Senior Associate at Russell McVeagh.