Melbourne Law School welcomes the “Juris Dogtor”
Melbourne Law School is set to greet a very special new resident. Riley, coined the “Juris Dogtor” is a certified therapy dog who will begin his position at the Law School today, August 20. A first for the Law School, the four-legged therapist is provided by non-profit group Delta Society Australia, which promotes the benefits of animal-assisted therapy to help alleviate stress.
Students and staff will soon grow accustomed to the sight of the standard-size poodle and his owner, Cameron, as the wellness pilot project runs over six weeks with the possibility of extending to the remainder of the year, subject to support.
Coordinator of the program, Kelly McDermott, says that wellness literature shows that therapy animals assist greatly with stress, anxiety and depression.
“A therapy dog’s primary job is to encourage people to make contact with it and enjoy patting and playing with a happy and social animal,” says Kelly.
“I am hoping that the introduction of Riley as a therapy dog may provide additional support to our students in an innovative way by just enjoying a break with a furry friend from the rigours of studying law.”
Riley has expressed delight at his new responsibility as Juris Dogtor and encourages everyone to take some time out from their studies and come and say hello.
“I’ve heard that studying law can be ruff, so if you are feeling stressed out and under pressure, it’s definitely time to paws for a moment,” says Riley.
Delta Society Australia is a registered Australian charity that began in 1997 and aims to advance human health and well-being through positive interactions with animals. Volunteers and their dogs visit hospitals, care facilities and schools across Australia.
The Juris Dogtor will visit the Melbourne Law School every Thursday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor Program
Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Application deadline: Second round application deadline is September 5, 2014—only two weeks left to apply!
Melbourne JD applicants must have
- completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
- completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).
The Melbourne JD has three selection criteria:
- Academic results achieved in previous tertiary studies
- The LSAT score
- The applicant’s personal statement