Three words encapsulate my time at the Aboriginal Legal Service: rewarding, fast-paced and amazing. I applied for the Aurora Internship Program with an open mind and a keen sense of adventure in trying something new.
My Aurora internship with ALS Lismore as part of the Aurora Internship Program was an incredible learning experience for me.
“The heart of any sound relationship involves a level of respect and understanding of each culture, lifestyle and very existence, it includes respect for and defence of each others basic human rights.” – Dodson 1987
My six weeks with the ALS in Wollongong as part of the Aurora Internship Program had a far greater impact on me than I expected.
3 days after completing my final third year Contract Law exam, I set off on a 7-hour drive to the rural town of Lismore in NSW! I was about to partake in a 5 week, full-time internship with the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) as part of the Aurora Internship Program.
In the middle of 2016, I had the opportunity to undertake an Aurora internship via the Aurora Internship Program with the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) in Wollongong.
During the winter of 2016, I was fortunate enough to undertake two internships via the Aurora Internship Program. For my first, I was placed with Aboriginal Legal Services NSW/ACT (ALS) and for the second, with NTSCORP.
‘If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.’
DOING TIME AT THE ALS:
Lessons that a textbook cannot teach
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.