Gr­isham brings law to real life

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‘‘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.

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