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Aug 2014

You’re in the throes of applying for law jobs. These are the hallowed days of words majestically blurring into each other in the search for typos and of the eternal battle to ensure that you actually send the right covering letter to the right firm. And when it’s all over, how’s the serenity? Even when the applications are finally all submitted though, one thing above all haunts me: my interests.

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04
Aug 2014

The concept of forsaking your entire winter holiday to undertake an unpaid work experience placement might not seem particularly appealing, especially if you’re a law student. After all, a semester of sleep deprivation and trawling through the minutiae of case law and legislation should be enough to earn anyone an uninterrupted month of Game of Thrones marathons and coffee dates. But I reasoned that the skills and experience to be gained from taking on an Aurora internship would be worth the short-term sacrifice – and I wasn’t wrong.

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15
Jul 2014

Earlier this year I was lucky to spend two weeks volunteering at the RSPCA, working with a prosecutor of animal cruelty charges.

Each state and territory RSPCA is an independent organisation associated with the RSPCA Australia. Because of the differing nature of criminal law in each jurisdiction, not every RSPCA has a prosecutorial function. The RSPCA I volunteered with has both an inspectorate and a prosecutor.

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26
Jun 2014

A few years ago I went through a life-changing event. Once I adjusted to my new way of life I was ready for a new experience. I made the decision to go to uni and study law. Four years later I graduated and was admitted as a lawyer and experienced something I had never really felt before: pride in my accomplishments.

As a mature age student I interacted with my younger classmates, formed some great friendships and just got on with it. The age differences did not occur to me, as we were all at uni for a common purpose. I always had a positive attitude towards finding a job because I honestly and sincerely believe that there is a place for everyone.

But after completing my studies I began to realise that a positive attitude is not enough. I needed to apply for jobs, network, and put myself out there. So I did, and I am.

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24
Jun 2014

I’m four years into my law and criminology degrees and I’ll be honest, I still don’t really know where I want to go. My university has a unit that allows you to do an elective placement that counts as a subject, so I arranged a meeting with my local Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Community Services office. After reading a lot of paperwork (mostly common sense), and signing a small plantation’s worth of paper, I started my 120-hour placement.

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