University of Newcastle law student Rhea Thrift has taken out a national Women in Law award.

The Forensic Document Services Law Student award recognises the academic, community and legal achievements of female undergraduates.

Ms Thrift is a volunteer at the University of Newcastle’s legal centre and manages a publication on mental health issues faced by law students. She launched the title Valens in 2011 in her role as Director of Student Publications for the University of Newcastle Law Students’ Association.

In her spare time she is writing a research dissertation on the role of the rule of law and parliament’s ability to oust judicial review of administrative action.

After graduating, Ms Thrift will be taking on a clerkship at global law firm, King & Wood Mallesons and a tipstaff position at the NSW Court of Appeal.

Congratulations Rhea, from all at the University of Newcastle!