Two years ago, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) ran a profile on law student Jozef Erece. At the time, he was a gifted student of just 16 years on the way to becoming the youngest lawyer in Australia or New Zealand.
News has now been released of Jozef’s success, graduating with a law degree at the age of 18. It’s truly a shining moment in this young man’s life.
Jozef’s path to the record books
Jozef was born in New Zealand to Pilipino parents and had already learned to read by the age of three. By age eight he had published his first book, and by the time he left New Zealand after finishing high school, he had skipped three years of education. He graduated as Valedictorian, became the youngest Taekwondo Instructor in the country, and played in two orchestras on the violin.
He and his family then moved to Australia to broaden his education prospects, which only increased his seemingly unstoppable series of successes.
At 6’2, he is also a keen basketball player. That is to say, he is also the youngest athlete playing in the semi-pro Greater Brisbane League Gold, and he has been invited to go on tour to the United States as a member of the Nike All-Australian team.
And of course, that’s when he began studying law at USQ, a field he is passionate about and one he wants to contribute to in the future.
On April 20, the USQ posted an update on Jozef: he had joined more than 500 students at a graduation ceremony at the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre a few days prior, where he had received his testamur and became the youngest ever to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from the university.
Not even stopping for a break, this gifted and hard-working 18 year old – who already has his own Wikipedia page – has begun a course for a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Queensland University of Technology. He aims to be admitted onto the roll of legal practitioners, and go on from there to consider more postgraduate study such as a PhD, a potential clerkship in the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General, and the Bar Association of Queensland.
“Whether through law, commerce, politics, the academia or otherwise, my humanist aspiration to precipitate empirically positive change will remain a constant,” he told the university.
Somehow, Jozef still finds downtime enjoy a little creative writing, to spend with his sister and parents, and to continue playing violin. His sister, Maynah, is worthy of mention too, as she taught herself to read at age three, takes after her brother with a scholarship in basketball and a green belt in taekwondo, and has plans to publish her first novel.
Jozef Erece is certainly one to watch and one to be proud of. At Hennings Jewellers we believe any graduation is cause for celebration, so congratulations to all the recent graduates and to Jozef – we can’t wait to see you continue to make Australia proud.