What does Blackstone Do?

Blackstone represents all students currently studying a Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor or  an undergraduate major in Business Law or Law and Society.

All of Blackstone’s initiatives fall into one of five portfolios:

1. Careers

Our aim is to give you really helpful information about the diverse career paths available to you. To achieve this, we:

  • Organize presentations from firms and law graduates who have gone on interesting career paths;
  • Release and update the annual Blackstone Careers Handbook;
  • Put on the Perth Law Careers Fair and the Mid-Year Careers Fair to get you in touch with prospective employers;
  • Keep you updated on any and all opportunities that we hear about down the grapevine.

Shoot the Careers VP a message any time if you have any specific queries: careersvp@blackstone.asn.au

2. Equity and Social Justice

Ever wanted to work in a Community Law Centre? Wanted to learn more about the mental health issues facing law student? Have you faced an equity issue and not known who to talk to?

The Blackstone Equity and Social Justice team wants to help you out! Through our Volunteering Officer we provide opportunities to utilise your legal skills in a practical context, or to give back to the community through our partner organisations. In The Women In Law Mentoring Scheme (WILMS) we partner female lawyers with female law students in an attempt to combat gender inequality in the profession! And finally our Mental Health Officer can help put you in the right direction during a difficult time and as a Society we promote various campaigns and programs to combat mental health issues amongst law students!

3. Education

When it comes to education it is important that your rights and concerns are being addressed which is why Blackstone represents law students to the law school faculty, the Guild, and the national Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA).

We run initiatives such as Academic Mentoring and publish an academic journal, Onyx to enhance your education. We are also there to make sure students are informed about issues affecting their education. Finally we offer academic support and advocacy whenever you need it, just get in touch! 

4. Social

Blackstone recognises the importance of a healthy social life outside the university rigamarole. The Blackstone social calendar aims to fit events into students’ lives that offer them great opportunities to network with their peers and let their hair down outside the confines of the Law Library.

Whether the legendary Courtyard Show, a suave evening spent at the Allens Cocktail Party, the ever anticipated Ashurst Law Ball or the classic Blackstone Pub Crawl, there is an event for everyone. I encourage everyone interested to keep an eye on this site, and on the Blackstone Society Facebook page, for the release of new events.

With some 10 social events on Blackstone’s 2014 calendar, there’s never been a better time to jump on board and get involved in the easiest way possible – by having fun!

5. Competitions

Competitions represent an integral and essential focus of the Blackstone Society, at the intersection of its educational and social activities. A balanced legal education exposes students to at least three elements: substantive legal principles, academic legal scholarship and practical legal skills. While each of these elements is central to all of Blackstone’s competitions, there is a particular emphasis on providing a forum for students to develop practical expertise. Equally important is the opportunity to interact with other students, academic staff, practitioners and judges in an environment that is both rewarding and enjoyable.

Through the support of the Law School, the generosity of sponsoring firms and the invaluable assistance of members of the legal profession in Western Australia, Blackstone is able to conduct seven internal competitions each year. Drawn from the group of over 350 students that participate in these internal events, Blackstone competitors are also able to represent UWA at a number of external competitions, notably the national championships held as part of the Australian Law Students’ Association Annual Asia-Pacific Conference. The Conference will be convened in Brisbane in 2014. Other external competitions in which UWA holds a stellar reputation include the Phillip C Jessup International Law Mooting Competition and the National Family Law Moot Competition.

Getting involved in competitions at Law School is not just a means of developing practical skills; it gives all law students an opportunity to become part of the long history and proud tradition of Blackstone competitions at UWA. With such a wide variety of competitions on offer throughout the year, for both individuals and teams, there is an opportunity for everyone to participate – if not as a competitor, then as an organiser, witness, client, judge’s associate or spectator. Volunteering for a support role is great fun, a means of meeting lots of new people, and is also a wonderful way of finding out what a competition is all about before taking on your Law School classmates as a competitor the following year.


Objectives and Constitution

Believe it or not, but Blackstone has its very own constitution!

As you will soon learn (or if you have completed Corporations Law, have already learnt), this pretty much controls what Blackstone can and cannot do as a society.

The Blackstone Society Constitution is a substantial document, and has been amended since it was first prepared.

So if you are interested in this kind of thing, or just want to know more about your student society, why not have a look. We promise that it is not as complicated as the Commonwealth one. Access it below!

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2014 Committee

Dan Bruce

Matheo Vinciullo

Administrative Vice President /

Emily Pendlebury

Social Vice President /

Lauren Bourke

Careers Vice President /

Hannah Peters

Equity Vice President /

Patrick Mackenzie

Competitions Vice President /

Chris Burch

Education Vice President /

Richard Shugrue

Pre-law Vice President /