Five more questions before you graduate: Catherine Bladen

Catherine Bladen smiling
Catherine described her internship at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Katherine as an incredible experience.

I wanted a career where you get to help people.

Why did you decided to study law?

Studying law appealed to me because it’s challenging and involves a good mix of creative and methodical thinking. I also wanted a career where you get to help people.

What was the best thing about your time at ANU College of Law?

I was fortunate to be part of the Prison Legal Literacy Program, where myself and five other students delivered information sessions to prisoners at the Alexander Maconochie Centre with the help of Dr. Anthony Hopkins. Anthony also encouraged me to intern at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Katherine, which was incredible. 

What would you say to someone who is thinking about studying law?

Give it a go! I think there is a perception that the standard path from studying law is to go into a commercial firm, but there are so many other options. ANU is a great choice because there are experts in a wide range of fields who are really passionate about what they do.

How did winning a prize help you?

The prize involved an internship at Australian Government Solicitor and the Attorney-General’s Department. It gave me the unique opportunity to see how constitutional law operates in practice and greatly expanded my knowledge of the area. Winning the prize also boosted my confidence.

What’s next?

I’m really excited to be starting as an associate for Justice Bromwich at the Federal Court in January. Beyond that I’m not sure. I did a clerkship at Maurice Blackburn in Melbourne and loved it, so maybe plaintiff litigation is my cup of tea.

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