The heavy ink stains smudged along Emily Setter’s left wrist and pinky finger were a testament to her furious writing in the HSC legal studies exam yesterday morning.
The Corpus Christi Catholic High School student was one of 10,023 law lovers across the state who scribbled out their knowledge of human rights and crime, family law and global environmental protection in the three-hour exam.
By all accounts it was a great paper, with students smiling and chatting excitedly in the school’s courtyard after putting their pens down and walking outside, with one even proclaiming it was the ‘‘easiest exam ever’’.
Emily, who is the outgoing school captain, didn’t quite take it that far, but said the eight practice papers she completed had prepared her well.
‘‘There wasn’t any really curveball questions, so that was comforting.’’
Legal studies is a particularly important test for Emily, as she is planning doing an arts/law degree at university and pursuing family law once she graduates. She has a particular interest in birth technologies and the changing laws surrounding them, which was one of the topic areas in the exam.
‘‘There’s so many different opportunities that it [the law] presents, it’s always open to interpretation to be able to cater to the needs of changing families,’’ she said.
‘‘I’d like to be a lawyer, arguing for people and being in court representing them.’’
But to keep herself occupied during the long summer break, she is planning on making copious amounts of coffee for cafe customers.
‘‘I’m going to get my barista licence to make coffee, and then I’m going to become a barrister, so that’s kind of funny,’’ she said.
Teacher Erin Werakso said the questions catered both to students who had a basic knowledge of the law, as well as throwing some tougher questions at better-prepared students.
She said the two long-response questions were especially good.
‘‘In the family law and global environmental protection options, the paper provided students with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of international community concerns and Australia’s domestic response.’’
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