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Franky MaslinFranky Maslin
Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Awa
Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Politics)

The way politics and the law impact on every level of people’s lives has long fascinated Franky Maslin.

“I have always had a keen interest in politics – its influence and ‘everyday’ implications for society.”

While this interest meant studying politics was a foregone conclusion, her introduction to law happened almost by accident.

“At course confirmation for my Politics major the Head of Department mentioned that many Politics students also study Law. I enrolled, and found I really loved learning about the law and its many possibilities to shape and mould so many real-life scenarios.”

Franky says she was amazed at the variety of subjects covered while gaining her Bachelor of Laws degree, and believes this means Otago law graduates have more career options.

“An Otago grad can go into any area they like. They don’t have to be restricted to the big legal firms – they can choose to work as a researcher, a legal assistant, a court staff member, or go into practice.

“I’d also advise people to think about taking a law degree in conjunction with a politics degree. It’s an especially good combination, which leads to wider career opportunities because employers know graduates have gained key analytical and research skills. This is why Otago students have great opportunities to work in policy roles in government, or in similar jobs in non-government sectors.”

Franky says her move to Otago helped her achieve independence.

“With the help of my residential college, Arana, I was supported to be my own person and grow academically.”

This academic and personal growth has translated to the successful completion of her professionals course, which is required for admission as a barrister and solicitor in the High Court of New Zealand. And she has just taken up a position at the Ministry of Justice as Judges’ Clerk to the Wellington District Court.

“I think my study has been vital in preparing me for my career. Other experiences, working for the Faculty of Law as a researcher and a summer internship at the Public Defence Service, have also helped immensely in paving my career pathway.”