Stepping out of the aeroplane and into the blistering Darwin heat was like walking straight into the body of a furnace. My breath was embarrassingly laboured from the heavy air and I was sweating profusely as I clambered into the backseat of a taxi.
Over the summer break of 2018, after stressful and intensive cramming for our end of year exams, I embarked on an adventure. It was a calling back to country for me.
Darwin is an incredibly vibrant city. It is multicultural, but in a different way to Sydney or Melbourne. It’s rare to come across a true local – that is, someone who was born and bred in Darwin and continues to live there.
Over the winter holidays of 2018, I undertook a four week placement with the ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) through the Aurora Internship Program. This required that I find temporary accommodation in Canberra on the land of the Ngunnawal people, who are the traditional custodians.
Getting your foot in the law firm door via a legal internship is part of the standard segue from student to lawyer. There you can learn the ropes from the ground up. An internship as a judges' assistant or associate seems a heady leap from classroom to chambers.
During the Winter 2017 round I was lucky enough to do a 4-week Aurora internship at the Local Court of the Northern Territory in Darwin (formerly the Magistrates Court). I was placed in chambers being supervised by the Chief Judge Dr John Lowndes and his Assistant.
ACT Corrective Services (ACTCS) is part of the ACT Government which has responsibility for offenders within Community Corrections, and detainees within ACT correctional centres. ACTCS seeks to do this in a way that maintains the safety and security of detainees, offenders and the community, whil
I completed my second Aurora Internship at the Local Court of the Northern Territory (formally known as the Northern Territory Magistrates Court) in the judge’s chambers. My internship, which lasted four weeks, enabled me to observe the judges in chambers and carry out legal research as needed.
From early August until mid September 2016, I completed an Aurora Internship with the legal team at the Northern Land Council (NLC) in Darwin.