James - University Entrance Certificate graduate

University Entrance Certificate

Bachelor of Science (Distinction) / Bachelor Of Laws (Honours) - 2003
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice - 2005

Aim high, and always remember that there is no significant downside to applying for things that might initially seem to be out of your reach.

This was the message UOW graduate Dr James Goudkamp recently delivered to UOW Law students about the rich world of opportunities that awaits them after graduation. Dr Goudkamp can speak from experience, after gaining entry into UOW through the UOW College and going on to become an Associate Professor in the University of Oxford Law Faculty.

I completed a university entrance course at UOW College instead of pursuing the Higher School Certificate. This course was wonderful preparation for the study of law at university, and in some ways what I learned at the College gave me a significant edge over students who came to university by the high school route.

My main academic interest is the law of torts, which is mostly (but certainly not exclusively) about claims for compensation for personal injury. I wanted to write something original in that field. I have recently completed a book on defences (or answers) to responsibility in this branch of the law. It took many years of my life to write it.

I learned that hard work pays dividends, and that there are no shortcuts to many of the best destinations.

Dr Goudkamp is interested in supporting UOW alumni and students. I would like to encourage any Wollongong law students or graduates who are interested in studying at Oxford to get in contact with me.

James is currently an Associate Professor of the Oxford Law Faculty.

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