We have recently welcomed our latest law intern into our office. Jennifer Novak will be assisting the Training Centre Visitor Team in its work responding to the new Youth Treatment Orders scheme, which has now come into effect. (We will be writing about this new specialised drug treatment program in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for that).
Our commitment to provide workplace opportunities for university students has been a source of growth for the both the students and our office itself. We really appreciate the efforts of these students and their contribution to the work of our office in ensuring the rights and wellbeing of children and young people in care and youth detention are upheld.
We sat down with Jennifer to find out more about her.
What degree are you doing?
I am currently in my fourth year of a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Adelaide.
What inspired you to do a Law Degree?
I have always loved the idea of being able to use my skills and knowledge to solve problems and help create positive outcomes for individuals. Further, the variety of issues and challenges raised within the legal field sparked my interest and the ability to work with a wide range of people.
Do you currently work and what is your role?
I currently hold a position as a waitress at the Tea Tree Gully Golf Club. In addition, I volunteer each week at Women’s Legal Service SA, operating the Advice Help Line.
What are you looking forward to the most during your placement with our office?
I have always been extremely passionate about social justice and human rights, which is what led me to apply for the Law and Justice Internship at the University of Adelaide. This placement will allow me to learn more about the rights and issues of children and young people in care and in detention. In particular, I am looking forward to examining the introduction of the Youth Treatment Order scheme and its possible implications for children and young people’s rights.
From a personal development perspective, I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn from experienced individuals and refine the practical skills I have learnt throughout university, such as drafting and legal research.
What do you want to do after you graduate?
At the moment my interests are quite varied, and I am still scoping out the practice areas I am interested in. However, after I graduate, I hope to earn a position as a Judge’s Associate or a graduate position at a firm.
What are three words that best describe you?
Passionate, reliable, and resilient.
What do you like to do when you’re not working/studying/doing placement?
In my spare time, I enjoy going to the beach with my dogs, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.