ALS

Name: 
Aboriginal Legal Service
Type: 
Other

Being placed in the ALS, I gained first hand insight at the scale of the operations of ALS and the criminal department.  As an intern, it was not only valuable to be able to gain valuable knowledge related to access to justice and the role of organisations such as ALS, but also to have the opportunity to contribute to the organisation.  It was an amazing platform on being able to discuss the social issues affecting our clients whilst simultaneously learning how to apply the legal system to resolving each case. 

Humayra Rabab, ALS

Three words encapsulate my time at the Aboriginal Legal Service: rewarding, fast-paced and amazing. It reinforced to me how passionate I am in working in public justice and would love to end up working at the ALS one day.

Prue McDonald, ALS

The Internships an invaluable opportunity to be exposed to the day to day practise of organisations involved in First Australian legal areas and give you an idea of the working culture of relevant organisations. ​

Ruben Tabuteau, ALS

I have gained a lot of knowledge and understanding which will help me in my career as a criminal lawyer.

Laura Melhuish, ALS

My time at the ALS gave me great insight into the challenges solicitors and vulnerable clients and face in the legal system. The ALS provided me with a fantastic opportunity to get a taste of criminal law and the legal system in general.

Tim Forrest, ALS

Participating in the program was an enriching experience, not only because it sharpened my legal research skills, but also because I could see that the work that I did would, even in the smallest way, be useful to the organisation.

Kara Gorey, ALS

I can honestly say that my time with the ALS has been the most rewarding and beneficial experience of my law degree to date. I learnt so many new things, relating to culture, legal processes, and office etiquette.  The most rewarding aspect of my placement was definitely the opportunity to learn more and become more involved within a remote Indigenous community.

Madeline Pywell, ALS

I really enjoyed working with the ALS. I gained a lot of experience in a number of different areas of the criminal law field. I always had something to do and was always learning something new.

Laura Melhuish, ALS

What made this experience so rewarding was the people I worked with and their commitment to the organisation. I had great supervisors who provided me with guidance and support but also gave me challenging work and useful feedback.

Eliza Obery, ALS

Most rewarding part of the internship was knowing that my work ultimately assisted in the social justice/Indigenous and criminal justice sector; as well as meeting other inspiring and wonderful staff in the organisation; and, most especially, developing effective legal research skills that will assist in future studies and practice.  

Ara Daquinag, ALS

Upon reflection, the internship experience has left an indelible mark on me. I have learned some valuable lessons that I wouldn’t have had the time to learn otherwise. In hindsight, I have had a positive experience: appreciating the lessons learned, skills gained, supervision received, and the professional relationships formed.  

Ara Daquinag, ALS

I gained a lot of insight into care and protection and an understanding of some of the systematic issues those involved in care and protection are facing, and for Aboriginal people in particular. As such, it has been a great placement and has resulted in me continuing to consider care and protection as an area of the law I could work in in the future.

Meg Behl-Shanks, ALS

This placement has been a rich experience that has opened my eyes to the systemic disadvantage and discrimination facing Aboriginal people in all aspect of the justice system, not just crime.

Meghan Scolyer, ALS

I now have a greater understanding of the work involved in a community law centre dealing exclusively in the criminal jurisdiction.​

Adam Flynn, ALS

As an Aboriginal person, I realised the importance that the ALS plays in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities including in my own region.

Stuart Larkins, ALS

I feel like it has improved my overall confidence and future prospects immensely.

Sam Playford, ALS

I really appreciated having the opportunity to spend a lot of time observing the day-to-day operations of the office and continuously learning new skills and pieces of information from ALS members and employees.

Courtney Adamson, ALS

The sum of this experience was that it was extremely empowering and worthwhile. Prior to coming to the ALS I was not set on what area of law I wanted to practise in. Now I now feel much more confident in my skills and direction.

Sam Playford, ALS

This internship has taught me how to exercise initiative and be proactive.

Jennifer McCourtie, ALS

Working at the ALS was a great and memorable experience. I highly recommended it for interns with an interest in family and/or care and protection law and interns wanting more Court exposure. Child care and protection was a completely new and different area of law that was both challenging and interesting at the same time.

Shamma Clarke, ALS

Undertaking a placement with ALS was a decision that I am mighty grateful for, as it lent me direction and exposure into alternative areas of legal work, such as policy work within the sectors of both Indigenous affairs and social justice.

Mohra Fazel-Ahmadzei, ALS

The internship program is an invaluable stepping stone for those interested in pursuing legal careers that contribute to social justice and that focus on the Indigenous sector.

Mohra Fazel-Ahmadzei , ALS

This experience has been a huge challenge! I have extended my research skills and learnt to work as an independent researcher.

Sarah Proust, ALS

During my time at the ALS I was really surprised by how little ‘admin work’ I was given, and how often I found myself working on something which felt really tangible.

Eliza Obery, ALS

My five week at the ALS was one of the most incredible experiences of my law degree. It was so hands on and I enjoyed every minute. It shifted the pathway my career will take.  Working hands on in an area that is so rewarding and being surrounded by people who were enthusiastic and committed to ensuring Indigenous people have access to quality legal advice.

Prue McDonald, ALS

As the saying goes, don’t be sad that it’s over, be glad that it happened. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work on these case summaries considering Aboriginality. I hope I am in a position to volunteer at the ALS again in the future.

Geena Kordek, ALS

My time spent at ALS has been a rewarding experience and I can confidently say that I have gained  vital skills in areas where tertiary education falls short

Jefferson Boyd, ALS

This experience has opened my eyes to the immense impact that public interest community legal centres can have on the lives of those who are disadvantaged in our community.​

Sarah Kennedy, ALS

Ultimately it was a privilege to aid the community of ALS lawyers, staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to improve the outcomes for their client base and drive change for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The perspectives I have adopted and skills I have learnt during my internship will remain with me throughout my legal career.

Natalie Dalpadado, ALS

I realised quickly that I really enjoyed this aspect of legal work, such that I am now interested in scoping opportunities to work in criminal law at the local court level in the future.

Claire Schwager, ALS

Working at the ALS was a great experience – I was able to shadow lawyers at the Children’s Court and inspect subpoena documents which I had never done previously. I feel like child care and protection was a completely new and different area of law that was challenging and interesting at the same time. I’m glad I had this opportunity to learn as much as I could and gain legal experience in this area.

Shamma Clark, ALS

Undertaking this internship was a great experience, not only because it sharpened my legal research skills, but also because I could see that the work that I did would, even in the smallest way, be useful to the organisation.

Kara Gorey, ALS

To be involved in the internship program is an invaluable way to broaden your personal skills and knowledge, whilst being applied to a highly relevant and necessary cause.

Courtney Adamson, ALS

Through undertaking this internship, I gained a greater understanding of the systematic issues those involved in Care and Protection matters are facing, for Aboriginal people in particular, and the positive work the ALS is doing to try and achieve the best possible outcomes for Aboriginal children, parents and families.

Meg Behl-Shanks, ALS

ALS Lismore provided me with opportunities to gain real experience working in this field. I observed the solicitors in all aspects of their role.  A number of students handed in their resumes to ALS during my time there, however going through Aurora gave me that foot in the door.

Emma Goodwin, ALS