Twin sisters Daisy and Betty Appleby share a lot in common – DNA, a last name, as well as a passion to study law.

Inspired by their father who is also a lawyer, the girls believe their choice of career runs in the family. “Dad just finished studying his Bachelor of Laws and is about to be admitted into the legal profession in Queensland,” Daisy said. “Watching him over the last few years has been a big motivation for us and we can’t wait to follow in his footsteps.”

“We’ve already enrolled in a Head Start course at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) which will earn us credit points towards our future degrees,” Betty said. Now in Grade 12 at Highlands Christian College, both Daisy and Betty are making the most of their final year, the Living the Law conference on 8 February which brought together 250 Legal Studies students from across the Darling Downs, Ipswich, the Lockyer Valley, Granite Belt and South-west Queensland at USQ Toowoomba.

The Living the Law conference is a joint initiative between USQ and Downlands College, designed to inspire and educate high schoolers by providing an informative and relevant range of syllabus-specific topics presented by professionals working in the field of Law. Guest speakers included Senior Sargent Stephen Thomson and Sergeant Kirsty Gleeson from the Queensland Police Service, Jackie Charles from the Rule of Law Institute, Ben Gouldson from Clifford Gouldson Lawyers, volunteers from Crime Stoppers and more.

Head of USQ’s School of Law and Justice Professor Reid Mortensen said it was a chance for practising professionals to help foster future legal minds. “Living the Law is an opportunity for young people to get together and hear a range of views from expert speakers on the law and that, in turn, helps them with their studies at school,” Professor Mortensen said. “They will leave here today knowing a lot more about the law and its importance, having received opportunities to develop skills that, in the past, only law students at university had a chance to develop.”

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