Indigenous Justice Opportunities

Legal Education for True Justice: Indigenous Perspectives and Deep Listening on Country

Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Internship (KCLS-Kununurra or Broome)

Applications open 20 April and close 18 May 2021

**Please note that you may only complete LAWS4230/6230 Law Internship once.

Further information

Kimberley Community Legal Service

The Kimberley Community Legal Service (KCLS) is an independent, not-for-profit legal service with offices in Kununurra and Broome. They provide free legal, financial counselling and tenancy services to financially disadvantaged people in the Kimberley.

A KCLS-ANU partnership was formed in 2017. Law students from the ANU College of Law began voluntarily staffing a Canberra-based hotdesk to assist KCLS lawyers. This became known as the KCLS-ANU Hotdesk, which subsequently became known as the Kimberly Aboriginal Justice Clinic.

In 2020, the partnership evolved to focus on internships being offered in the Kimberley, enabling students to provide on the ground support to lawyers, social workers, and legal education staff at the KCLS. These internships are now known as Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Internships and provide opportunities for students to be involved in increasing justice impacts for and with the Aboriginal peoples of the Kimberley.

Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Internship

Kimberley-based Internships give students an opportunity to work as a full time paralegal for the Kimberley Community Legal Clinic (KCLS) in Broome or Kununurra, WA for a minimum of four weeks. Students are enrolled in LAWS4230/LAWS6230. Experience as a paralegal in the Kimberley provides a foundation for students to complete an in-depth research paper on a topic of importance to the KCLS. Travelling to the Kimberley - Potential Costs

The main application round for 2022 will open 20 April 2021.

Tina and Tano Salpietro Award

Each year the ANU College of Law may offer an award known as the Tina and Tano Salpietro Award. The award provides financial assistance to enable a student to complete a legal internship in the Kimberley region in Western Australia, as part of the Kimberley Community Legal Services (KCLS)−ANU partnership. For more information please go to Tina and Tano Salpietro Award.

Chris and Kerryn Marks Travel Grant

Each year the ANU College of Law may offer up to 10 Chris and Kerryn Marks Travel Grants. The award provides financial assistance to enable a student to complete a legal internship in the Kimberley region in Western Australia, as part of the Kimberley Community Legal Services (KCLS)−ANU partnership. For more information please go to Chris and Kerryn Marks Travel Grant.

Internship Dates for KCLS Kununurra/Broome

Session/Semester Dates
Summer Session 2022– Group 1 22 Nov – 17 Dec 2021
Summer Session 2022 – Group 2 10 Jan – 11 Feb 2022
Semester 1, 2022 21 Feb – 27 May 2022
Winter Session 2022 20 June – 22 July 2022
Semester 2, 2022 25 July – 28 Oct 2022
Spring Session, 2022 21 Nov - 16 Dec 2022

Legal Education for True Justice: Indigenous Perspectives and Deep Listening on Country 

This on-country intensive course (LAWS4307/LAWS6307), delivered through a collaboration between the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and the ANU College of Law, aims to equip students with knowledge to critically assess law’s history, characteristics and impacts from the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Central to the course is the examination of the adequacy of the current state of Australian legal education, legal practice, law and justice in relation to First Nations peoples, with a view to possibilities for reform.

This course involves an on-Country experience in Mparntwe/Alice Springs at Uluru, usually during the Semester 2 mid-semester break.

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