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Of course it does. I'm not arguing that she is a lawyer, because she most definitely is not.

But she was clearly smart enough to not only be accepted into a law degree (no mean feat in Australia) but she completed it. Just because she choose to follow a career path that had more to do with her commerce degree, does not negate her law degree.

Hypothetically, if Mary had become a lawyer would she have 'wasted' her commerce degree?
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:40 AM
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Back to that old topic again, are we? Bashing Mary for something she did not do?
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This honours degree combines the disciplines of Business and Law. The many inter-relationships that exist between the two disciplines are explored and discussed to highlight the importance that each has on the other. By so doing, students will be well equipped to make informed choices relating to their subsequent careers.

This course prepares you for a legal position within a business, liaising with other departments that will be seeking legal advice on any number of issues. You can also pursue a role in a legal practice. Alternatively, if you choose to focus exclusively on a legal career you will continue in education to prepare for the traditional legal professions as a solicitor or barrister.
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I don't understand what the debate is about. Mary has a law degree, period. She also has a commerce degree, and she completed the two degrees concurrently. Instead of taking the route to a legal career, Mary chose to go into business. I don't understand why anyone is putting her down for this; it's a bit ridiculous.
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CPM studied a double degree, one of which was Law. She is therefore considered a trained lawyer but not accredited to practise. That requires further training.

People who have studied Law are still considered to be knowledgeable in their field. They often sit on boards or act as consultants, without the rigour of constant professional development required of Practising lawyers.

It's a difficult course and an achievement regardless of how one uses it.

Also, as some posters have said, some of the B.Commerce subjects / courses would have applied to the LLB. That makes for shorter study. It is still a full degree - eleven Priestly (compulsory legal) subjects and up to 12 or so electives.

If a someone who is not a lawyer asks me "Where did you study Law", I deflect the question as it's quite rude. Most people would not know a good course from poor and most schools teach the same course. It's never asked by the many lawyers I know and work with. It's generally considered an irrelevant question.
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Old 12-27-2014, 12:32 AM
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I don't understand what the debate is about. Mary has a law degree, period. She also has a commerce degree, and she completed the two degrees concurrently. Instead of taking the route to a legal career, Mary chose to go into business. I don't understand why anyone is putting her down for this; it's a bit ridiculous.
Unfortunately this is not a "debate" but merely those who cannot understand how a ordinary, middle class, Aussie girl could possibly be a Law Graduate and a Commerce Graduate and, if she has, her degree must be a bit dodgy!

From the official website it merely says, in plain English, "Her Royal Highness enrolled at the University of Tasmania in 1989 and graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and Law (B Com. LLB). 1+1+2!

I am sure that this post, as with so many others, will be soundly trashed by those who categorically refuse to entertain the notion that Mary is both intelligent and educated.
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I am sure that this post, as with so many others, will be soundly trashed by those who categorically refuse to entertain the notion that Mary is both intelligent and educated.
Years ago, I read a few posts discussing the education of the then "new" crown princesses in Europe. That was my first and last time at that particular forum, which later closed.

The discussion went something like: "CP Maxima has a university education= She is obviously sooo intelligent and well educated", "CP Letizia has a university education = She is obviously sooo intelligent and well educated"

"Mary Donaldson has a university education = No, but having a university education does not mean she is intelligent. No, no, she's not. She just xxxx"

Not exact quotes but that was the general idea. And it went on for pages.
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I concur with the last two recent Replies. I didn't mean to dredge up a silly old debate. I was searching for information about Mary's law degree, as the media rarely mention it. Easy to presume why!

Much earlier in the thread there were a great many people claiming to be knowledgeable on the matter, or knew an expert. Unless one has actually studied Law in Australia, it would be difficult to assert a valid opinion on Mary's senior education. Every jurisdiction is very different.

Have a great day. ZZ in Oz
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Years ago, I read a few posts discussing the education of the then "new" crown princesses in Europe. That was my first and last time at that particular forum, which later closed.

The discussion went something like: "CP Maxima has a university education= She is obviously sooo intelligent and well educated", "CP Letizia has a university education = She is obviously sooo intelligent and well educated"

"Mary Donaldson has a university education = No, but having a university education does not mean she is intelligent. No, no, she's not. She just xxxx"

Not exact quotes but that was the general idea. And it went on for pages.
Maxima came from a prominent and wealthy family that gave her access to the great and the good and garnered her a high profile career. She dressed like the wealthy woman she was and was socially "acceptable'. Of course she was intelligent.

Letizia was a high profile television presenter and was immaculately turned out on screen. She was the perfect egalitarian antidote to a newly reinstated monacrchy whose reputation the first King had managed to sully somewhat. Of course she is intelligent.

Mary was a nobody from Tasmania, last stop before the Antarctic. It's an old British penal colony so I can't see their education system being anything like we have here in Europe. What, she has a double degree? Law and Commerce? I don't think so, I mean, did you see those cheap clothes? And her hair? The woman doesn't even know how to dress herself properly, drinks beer and you expect me to believe she's a university graduate . . . Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!!!
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The greatest piece of educational advice I got was, years ago, when our headmaster suggested the most important things for us to learn are Common Sense and Self Control (CS and SC), once we have mastered these too things, all else will fall into place. I think Mary has both these qualities.
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So very true! What a great quote, I think I'll borrow that. Thank you :-)

Practicality and common sense are very Scandinavian qualities as well. I visited CPH And Oslo in 2008, and was very impressed with the fundamental down to earth attitude that is imbued in everything in the region. So much so, I joined my local Scandinavian club. I believe CP Mary displays the correct reserve and dignity for her role. Australians are very direct and forthright when speaking to people; they could learn a lot from Nordic reserve, which is really just common sense and self control :-)
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So very true! What a great quote, I think I'll borrow that. Thank you :-)

Practicality and common sense are very Scandinavian qualities as well. I visited CPH And Oslo in 2008, and was very impressed with the fundamental down to earth attitude that is imbued in everything in the region. So much so, I joined my local Scandinavian club. I believe CP Mary displays the correct reserve and dignity for her role. Australians are very direct and forthright when speaking to people; they could learn a lot from Nordic reserve, which is really just common sense and self control :-)
I agree. Her down-to-Earth demeanor and her reserve is why she is such a popular person.

Anyone disputing her tertiary education are fools. Firstly, the American and Australian law degrees are different. Secondly, double degrees are common in Australia - I have one in Engineering and Commerce. Thirdly, if she had lied about being graduated in Law, the University of Tasmania would have said so.

In Australia, practising lawyers must graduate from a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice before they can truly work as a lawyer. From her biography, she hasn't completed one. Also, Mary has never stated she worked as a lawyer.

As one has stated, to actually get into a double degree in law and commerce requires a very high Tertiary Entry Rank. To graduate requires hard work, intelligence and stamina. Those two degrees, on their own, are tough!
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Old 12-27-2014, 05:36 PM
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CPM studied a double degree, one of which was Law. She is therefore considered a trained lawyer but not accredited to practise. That requires further training.

People who have studied Law are still considered to be knowledgeable in their field. They often sit on boards or act as consultants, without the rigour of constant professional development required of Practising lawyers.

It's a difficult course and an achievement regardless of how one uses it.

Also, as some posters have said, some of the B.Commerce subjects / courses would have applied to the LLB. That makes for shorter study. It is still a full degree - eleven Priestly (compulsory legal) subjects and up to 12 or so electives.

If a someone who is not a lawyer asks me "Where did you study Law", I deflect the question as it's quite rude. Most people would not know a good course from poor and most schools teach the same course. It's never asked by the many lawyers I know and work with. It's generally considered an irrelevant question.
Well said! In the 30+ years since I was admitted, I don't think I've ever been asked where I studied. ETA, on reflection, that's not true. In the early years I was asked, but in the context of a friendly "getting to know you" conversation as an ice-breaker subject where each person seeks to dentify common friends/acquaintances, not as a way of ascertaining anything about the other person's skill level. The important piece of paper is your practising certificate. Once you've got that, it doesn't matter where you studied. No law course is easy and they all teach the same basic subjects and skills.

Mary has a Commerce/Law degree. That, of itself, is an achievement and tells me she is intelligent and hard-working and willing and able to apply herself to tasks she wishes to accomplish. Without those qualities she could not have passed her exams.

She chose to go into business rather than practise law. That's not unusual for someone with that combined degree here, and no adverse inferences should be drawn from the fact she has never practised law.
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