Grisham brings law to real life
‘‘I am also interested in criminal defence work as I believe it is an essential, yet often misunderstood, part of our justice system’’
Ben Hollier from Matamata admits he read a lot of crime thrillers as a teenager, inspiring him to study law at the University of Auckland.
Five years later and Hollier, 24, has now graduated with a Conjoint Bachelor of Laws and Science degree, and has entered Rotoruabased law firm Lance Lawson.
‘‘I read too much John Grisham as a teenager and wanted to do some good for the environment.
‘‘I thought that combining law and science would allow me to do that. So off I went and turns out I developed a passion for it,’’ says Hollier.
‘‘I am also interested in criminal defence work as I believe it is an essential, yet often misunderstood, part of our justice system.’’
Conjoint programmes, designed for more able students, usually take about five years to complete.
Hollier was one of five graduates from Matamata who took part in the University’s Spring Graduation ceremonies on Tuesday, September 27, and one of 3160 people to gain qualifications either in person or in absentia.
But he admits real life is far different from a novel or indeed the life of author John Grisham who was a lawyer working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southhaven Mississippi law practice.