LAWS3307/JURD7307 Social Justice Internship Program

Student: Emily Burke (Internship at Gilbert + Tobin Centre)

Why did you choose the internship?
I applied to intern at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law because I admired how effectively and passionately the Centre tackles public law and social justice issues. I wanted a complement to my law studies that would develop my practical skills of writing and research, allow me to learn more about a career in academia and law reform, and also make a small contribution to the important work that the Centre does.

Did the internship meet your expectations?
The course exceeded my expectations. Right from my first day I became involved in a wide array of projects: submissions to three parliamentary enquiries; collating information on terrorism prosecutions in Australia (for Nicola McGarrity); and writing editorial pieces on the same-sex marriage bills before Australian Parliament and the widely criticised Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

What was most challenging about the internship?
As I had never written submissions or blog posts on complex legal issues before, it was a challenge to write in these new mediums and draft pieces quickly. However, all of the members at the Centre are very patient and always willing to offer advice and guidance.