Having grown up in Christchurch, Ryan had a strong desire to put his Law degree to positive use within Christchurch’s post-earthquake community.
‘I would love to contribute, even if only in a small way, to the rebuild,’ he says. ‘I’m particularly passionate about family and property law, but one of the many benefits of a Law degree from UC is that it has given me the opportunity to get a strong grounding in a variety of different legal topics.’
Ryan had faced more challenges than most students, being legally blind, but he found the support available at UC minimised this.
‘Right from my first visit to UC I was impressed with how committed the staff were to seeing me succeed. As a visually impaired student, it’s even more daunting to enter tertiary education but everyone was so friendly and helpful.
‘I could not have got through University without the help of the Disability Resource Service (DRS). The staff are compassionate, sensitive, organised and resourceful in breaching the gap that a disability brings to University life. They worked with me to put a variety of supports in place that made me feel as though I was just like everyone else. Words cannot convey how thankful I am for the support they provided and how useful it was in helping me succeed at UC.’
Ryan adds that UC’s reputation as a campus university that contains so many of its own facilities doesn’t do justice to how centrally located it is within Christchurch.
‘UC is very accessible. Public transport in Christchurch is outstanding which made it easy for me to get there.’
After graduating his Arts degree and completing his professional studies, Ryan took up a fixed term role in Wellington at Simpson Grierson as part of a parental leave cover, working in the commercial property and local government teams doing a combination of transactional and litigation support work.
Later returning to Christchurch and joining Corcoran French, Ryan is currently a Solicitor specialising in residential and commercial property sales, leasing and business transactions.