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Bilata Pre-Law Program - 2020

MEET OUR PRE-LAW GRADUATES FROM 2020

Krisha Ketchell  

My name is Krisha Ketchell, I’m 26 years of age and of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. I’ve lived in Darwin my whole life and I love it – mostly because, my closest family and friends are all here.

I first found out about the Bilata Pre-Law program through work at the North Australia Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA). I decided I wanted to further my career into the legal pathway and made the decision to apply for the Bilata Pre-Law program to have an insight of what it would be like to study Law.

I commenced the Pre-Law program in January 2020 which was an intensive program for four weeks. Majority of our classes were held in the Moot Court at Charles Darwin University – which was such a great experience (nerve-wrecking) at times, but mostly fun.

I remember the first day, our lecturer Ben, got us to write up submissions for a Bail Application and to stand up at the Bar table and present our submissions to the Judge – funnily enough, you never realise how scary and nerve-wrecking it can be (pretty sure I was shaking).

I completed the course and then got the opportunity to study a Bachelor of Laws at Charles Darwin University – I decided to take the opportunity.

After the Pre-Law program, I felt determined, but also even more intrigued about Law – particularly criminal law.

I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me – I aim to complete my Bachelor of Laws and would love to become a criminal lawyer at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA).

I also hope to be a role-model for Indigenous people – we need more Indigenous lawyers in the Northern Territory.

National Indigenous Legal Conference - 2019

WORKING TO INCREASE INDIGENOUS ACCESS TO STUDIES IN LAW: CDU's INDIGENOUS PRE-LAW PROGRAM AND THE BILATA LEGAL PATHWAYS PROGRAM

Hon Trevor Riley QC  | Ben Grimes |  James Parfitt (Fejo)

The Bilata Legal Pathways Program was developed by Aboriginal lawyers and law students and is based on a partnership approach across the legal system with the aim of increasing Indigenous access and participation in the studies and practice of l.aw

As part of this aim, Charles Darwin University put in place an intensive Indigenous Pre-Law Program held over January each year to enable participants to find out more about studying law and to equip them with foundational skills and experience.

This presentation will provide an overview of these programs and will allow for Aboriginal university law students to have a voice about their experiences and challenges. 

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