Melissa

“Apart from working up to an experienced legal assistant, I can become a paralegal or go on to further study to become a lawyer.”

Melissa began her Bachelor Social Science (Criminal Justice)* after completing Year 12. Since graduating from NCPS her career is taking shape well, with a busy job as a legal assistant.

Unforeseen circumstances prevented Melissa from starting tertiary education immediately after Year 12 as planned, making the flexible start-dates at NCPS one of the key reasons for her choice of course, because she didn’t have to wait for the new year before getting started with study.

“When I went to reapply to start a course the following year, I noticed that you could start with NCPS in September that same year. This was very appealing, as I didn’t want to seem like a mature-age student that was falling behind my year level,” she said.

Once enrolled, Melissa was also grateful for the personal learning environment at NCPS.

“I really appreciated that the educators knew you on a first-name basis and were very approachable. Whenever you had an issue, they were quick to respond and always willing to help.”

Melissa is now working in a hectic entry-level position the legal field. Along with her qualification, she says good communication skills, the agility to deal with constant change, and a pro-active approach are vital to keep up with the pace.

“A typical day for me is a very busy but enjoyable,” said Melissa.

“I manage my fee earner’s diary, file documents, prepare folders, enter timesheets, prepare briefs to counsel and various court documents. I draft non-technical correspondence, arrange transcripts and mediations, set up conferences and do admin tasks.”

While Melissa’s degree opened the door to an exciting job in law, she now has the choice of either progressing her career through workplace experience, or using her qualification as the foundation for more advanced learning in the future.

“Apart from working up to an experienced legal assistant, I can become a paralegal or go on to further study to become a lawyer,” she said.

*Course since re-accredited and renamed as Bachelor of Criminology and Justice.