‘Legal eagle’ set to take flight at prestigious university
A BUDDING "legal eagle" from Lennox Head has been given a great opportunity to take flight in her chosen profession.
Angela Powditch, a mature-age second-year law student at Southern Cross University in Lismore, has been selected to attend a summer school at the prestigious Oxford University in England.
Angela is one of only three Australians selected for this year's International Human Rights Law Program, to be held from July 10 to August 6.
"I can't believe I have been accepted. It will definitely open doors," the 40-year-old said.
"You only have to meet that one person (at the Oxford law school) and your whole career could take off."
And it's all the more impressive as the single mum has been juggling her studies with raising two children, aged three and five - which she said was hard work - and surviving financially on the Federal Government's single parent payment.
To be accepted, Angela, who has already completed a degree in psychology and a masters in international health management, had to undertake a selection process based on her CV - which includes membership of the university's law student society and participation in a mentoring program with the Telstra legal team - an essay and references.
It has been a goal of Angela's to attend Oxford.
"It's the most prestigious university in the world and second-best law faculty in the world," she said.
"And the idea of mingling with people of that calibre - you never know who you might meet."
But Angela has a long way to go before even thinking about getting on the plane.
She has to raise $17,000 before the end of May and has begun a crowdfunding campaign.
She thanked the "beautiful people" who had contributed already.
Her GoFundMe page is called Help Me Get My Legal Wings.
To help out, visit www.gofundme.com/3gvdfcvg.