If being one of the newest solicitors admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW after sixteen gruelling weeks of Practical Legal Training is not achievement enough, how about doing it while raising a toddler and from a wheelchair?
Louise Marie Briggs who recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, did just that. At 32, just married and having recently finished five years of intense legal study, she is exuberant and thrilled to finally be admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW.
"It just feels fantastic to be here," smiles Briggs after the formal forty-minute admissions ceremony. "It's great, I feel like this is the beginning of something really exciting."
"Louise has a real tenacity, which, as a special needs student, you need," says Kanina Mackay, Coordinator of Practical Legal Training for distance students. "There are very few others making sure you're okay."
Mackay, who worked closely with Briggs while she completed her Practical Legal Training and Graduate Diploma, helped her transfer to Sydney for admission as a solicitor after administrative issues prevented her from being admitted in Queensland.
"The best advice I've ever been given is – always put the ball in the other court," Briggs smiles. "Law is like a game of tennis. You always make sure that you work hard and put the ball in the other person's court, so they can do the work that they have to do."