THRMOA / PILSA Speed Mentoring Event for Auckland University and AUT Māori and Pasifika Law students
Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa joined forces with the Pacific Lawyers Association to connect with Māori and Pasifika students studying at the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology. The purpose of the event was to introduce Māori and Pasifika law students to different fields of law as possible careers pathways. Practitioners break out into their areas of expertise and students are given 15-20minutes per area of specialty to gather an understanding of the fields of law. This year there were four specialty areas:
- Corporate and Commercial Law
- General: Community, Tribunal, Policy, Land etc
- Family Law
- Criminal Law
The Corporate and General rooms had large numbers of lawyers. They were able to breakout into smaller clusters to ensure each specific area could be obtained by students. Criminal and Family rooms were smaller so were able to give a collective
overview to students in presentation form.
Student feedback indicated how valuable and useful the opportunity was. The first year students felt they gained valuable insight to help plan the rest of their time at law school. Networking was another highlight of the night as students were able to
meet others from either Law School as well as informally speak with a good
cross section of practitioners.
A big thank you to all those involved.