When I reflect on my four years so far at ANU, my time at ALS stands out as one of the highlights.
Loren Ovens is the recipient of the Anthony McAvoy SC Prize for Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
Loren undertook the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic at the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) in Canberra. Eager to gain experience in a legal office and to see first-hand how the criminal justice system affects Indigenous Australians, she found the experience very moving.
“I enjoyed my time doing the course tremendously, and was deeply affected by the stories and the strength shown by the clients we assisted, the camaraderie and generosity of the solicitors and field officers, the engaging weekly discussions with the other students and guest lecturers and of course, the insightfulness and wit of Dr Tony Foley,” she said.
“When I reflect on my four years so far at ANU, my time at ALS stands out as one of the highlights.”
This year Loren is working part time in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department while undertaking her fifth year of Law and International Relations.
“I feel very fortunate that my love for this course was reflected in my final marks,” she said.
“For me, a rich academic experience includes practical experience, where you are able to see the clients who benefit from your work and get a better sense of what you’d like to do after graduation. Courses like this provide space for different types of learning to occur.”