The Andersen name is a familiar one around the Bond campus and particularly around the Law Faculty. Fiona Andersen studied Law here in 1991, her brother Cameron completed degrees in Law and Chinese in 2000 and sister Sally has been with us for the past four years.
Following in her brother’s footsteps, Sally recently completed a double degree in Law and Arts, majoring in Chinese and Japanese language studies.
“I guess you could say I’ve grown up around Bond,” she says. “When it came to choosing a university, I didn’t have to look very far!”
Sally’s uni experience is a prime example of the global opportunities and industry contacts that distinguishes Bond from all over universities.
She spent most of her third year living, studying and working in China – initially with an internship at TransAsia Lawyers in Shanghai and staying on to study for a semester at one of Bond’s international partner universities in Suzhou.
The following year, she switched gears; successfully applying for a second international exchange to study Japanese language, culture and communication at Obirin University in Tokyo.
Sally’s outstanding academic record includes topping the class in Environment Law and Chinese 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as graduating with Second Class Honours (Division A) in Law.
She also won the Shanghai Cup Chinese-speaking competition in Brisbane and the Beijing Foreign Studies University Intellectual Property Mooting Competition in China.
Despite all her overseas experience, however, Sally’s career contacts were made a lot closer to home.
“I was attending an Asian Law Students’ Society information session here on campus and met a partner from Michael Sing Lawyers,” she says.
“I was really interested to hear about the Asian Business Services they offer, providing legal advice to Australian clients wanting to do business in China and vice versa.”
That initial contact has led to Sally securing a postgraduate placement at Michael Sing Lawyer’s Gold Coast headquarters where she has now completed her PLT and has been admitted to the legal profession.
We wish Sally all the best with her future professional success.