Notre Dame Law Student benefits from Generous Bequest

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 23-2-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place



A concern for others, good results and an active interest in an area outside law were the outstanding attributes law student, Joseph Carman, showed to receive The University of Notre Dame Australia Fremantle’s inaugural John O’Halloran Legal Scholarship.

Notre Dame awarded the scholarship to honour the bequest of highly respected Perth legal practitioner, Mr John O’Halloran.

Mr O’Halloran won a government scholarship in 1923, enabling him to attend secondary school at St Ildephonsus College, New Norcia. He then won a Hackett Bursary, becoming one of the first law students to study at the Nedlands Campus of UWA 1932.

Considering himself fortunate in receiving these scholarships, Mr O’Halloran offered his bequest, requesting it be used to assist law students like he had been assisted. This was honoured by his nieces, Moya Durack and Helen Ryan.

Mr Carman said he felt honoured and extremely grateful to the late Mr O’Halloran and the selection committee for awarding him the scholarship.

“Receiving this scholarship has left me with an even stronger sense of responsibility to continue studying hard. Hopefully it will assist me in contributing something back to the community in the same way Mr O’Halloran has done for Notre Dame and the student community,” said Mr Carman.

Mr Carman is in his fifth year of a double degree - Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts. He completed his Arts degree at the end of 2006, which he majored in Social Justice and Politics, and has one and half years of Law remaining.