C&B

Name: 
Chalk and Behrendt
Type: 
Other

I had such a diverse and challenging learning experience. It was a great privilege to work in a team comprising of some of the best legal minds in the area of Indigenous land rights.

Piyush Bohara, C&B

The internship provides an opportunity to work in the Indigenous sector to help in providing future career directions for students. It is also a rewarding opportunity to be engaged in social justice and meet others with the same aspirations.  C&B is a wonderful host which cares not only about its clients, but also in the interns and their career journey. They are a hidden gem in the sector.

Maree-Anne White, C&B

I feel incredibly grateful to have had this experience and the internship has sparked a genuine interest in native title law and Aboriginal customs and traditions. Native title law is a very interesting area in which issues of public policy, environmental issues, social justice and human rights intersect.  

Jacinta Wang, C&B

My internship has reaffirmed my ambition to work in the area of Indigenous affairs and has shown me how my existing business and management skills, networks in the science industry, and growing knowledge of the law can be combined to give indigenous people a "hand up" and not a "hand out".  I am looking forward to this next year where I will be finally completing my degrees and hopefully beginning to work in earnest in this field.

Maree Stuart, C&B

The most rewarding aspect of my placement would be the ability to watch huge efforts in legal research be transformed into a submission that directly address the human condition and practically suggests solutions to current inadequacies.

Kate Cora, C&B

I was given responsibility and exposure to interesting areas of prospective policy reform in relation to land planning in NSW. The most rewarding aspect was learning the legislative schemes in place and understanding their flaws in order to work on a project in relation to documenting and communicating these issues to the wider public and other clients. I was trusted to conduct interviews and research by myself which meant I 'owned' the project to an extent, with oversight by my supervisors.

Ella Hide, C&B

I was really grateful to have the opportunity to work on so many different matters, dealing with legislation from almost every state or territory in the country. I strongly felt that there were direct and tangible benefits to the community which could be derived from the types of legal work I was involved with. Overall, a fantastic professional experience and I look forward to working more in this field in the future.

Elizabeth Makin, C&B

My internship has reaffirmed my ambition to work in the area of Indigenous affairs and has shown me how my existing business and management skills, networks in the science industry, and growing knowledge of the law can be combined in a satisfying and sustainable career.

Maree Stuart, C&B

I am very grateful to the Aurora Internship Program for facilitating my internship at Chalk & Behrendt, because it was a truly remarkable experience to work alongside lawyers who were not only expert in their field, but committed to using the law as a tool for social empowerment.

Athena Chambers, C&B

My advice to prospective interns is not to hesitate about working at Chalk & Behrendt – you’ll be inspired by meaningful work, given the opportunity to ask questions and test your knowledge, and quickly made to feel like a valued contributor to their colourful practice.

Athena Chambers, C&B

I feel incredibly grateful to have had this experience and the internship has sparked a genuine interest in native title law and Aboriginal customs and traditions. Native title law is a very interesting area in which issues of public policy, environmental issues, social justice and human rights intersect.  

Jacinta Wang , C&B

I feel like I learnt so much in the four weeks; the experience was definitely invaluable, and I learnt so much in the four weeks than I have during years in the classroom.

Victoria Cook, C&B

My experience at C&B has been my most rewarding experience since law school. 

Piyush Bohara, C&B

It was an incredible experience which threw me into the deep end. The personal responsibility and autonomy let me find out so much about myself and how I want to contribute to other organisations in the future.

Michael Siciliano, C&B

The experience gave me insight into how the land planning system functions and the obstacles LALCs face in developing land and has opened my eyes to how complex the issues involved in land planning in NSW are. I gained first-hand insight into the important role LALCs play in the reconciliation process and why land development is so crucial for Aboriginal communities.

Ella Hide, C&B

Upon personal reflection, I found my internship with Chalk & Fitzgerald to be a hugely rewarding experience. I’ve learned so much about building and maintaining client relationships, and the importance of being empathetic to not only what clients want to achieve, but also how they want to achieve it. Coming out of the experience, I feel that I have grown both personally and professionally.

Michael Siciliano, C&B

The internship program provides organisations with vital support and resources and conversely provides students and graduates with first-hand legal experience and exposure to issues facing Indigenous peoples and Indigenous organisations.

Nell Cantrill , C&B