Reflections

Georgia Monaghan

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2015

Four years of learning the black and white letter law from dusty textbooks could not have prepared me for the challenging yet rewarding experience of interning at the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS).

Amanda Fell

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Winter 2015

I was locked up for five years; this is not entirely true. They let me out each night. I was a high school teacher for five years in a maximum security jail. This was before I made a career change and began studying law.

Bridie Norman

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2016

In the hustle and bustle of law school it is easy to forget that we are working to get out of here and practice in the real world. The real world you say? You mean we’ll actually leave the law library one day? Yes, you will have to leave the comfort of those book adorned walls.

Caitlin Gooden

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Wollongong
Round: 
Summer 2016

If you ask any law student why they initially decided to undertake a law degree I can almost guarantee that their answer will include one of the words "justice", "equality" or "anti-discrimination."

Claire Schwager

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Moree
Round: 
Winter 2015

If you want to really get your head around what it means to work in a fast-paced and unpredictable legal environment, I can’t recommend a placement at the Aboriginal Legal Service (“ALS”) in Moree highly enough.

Georgia Monaghan

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Newcastle
Round: 
Winter 2015

Four years of learning the black and white letter law from dusty textbooks could not have prepared me for the challenging yet rewarding experience of interning at the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS).

Justin Pen

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Armidale
Round: 
Summer 2016

When I first arrived at the Armidale Local Court I regularly found myself in the middle.

Kara Gorey

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2014

Aboriginal people are over represented in the criminal justice system, both as victims and offenders. It is clear that a range of initiatives – including significant legislative reform - is needed to address this and to curb the alarming rates of incarceration.

Maree Stuart

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Sydney
Round: 
Summer 2015

I was excited and, I must admit, quite nervous when I was given the opportunity to be an Aurora intern over the summer 2014/2015 period as part of the Aurora Internship Program.

Sarah Kennedy

Organisation: 
Stream: 
Legal
Sector: 
Aboriginal Legal Services
Location: 
Wollongong
Round: 
Winter 2015

Over the past four weeks I have been given the opportunity to intern at the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) in Wollongong through the Aurora Internship Project.