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Legal Associate

District Court of South Australia

How did you get to where you are today?

I studied a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English) at Flinders University.

Before I graduated, I obtained work experience in a pretty diverse range of legal areas. One of those work experience opportunities was at the District Court. I was supervised by associates at the time and I quickly realised that it was an ideal graduate job. I applied and was lucky enough to be successful.

What does an average day or week look like?

A Judicial Associate is assigned to work for a Judge and to assist them both in and out of Court. The District Court hears criminal matters including drug offending, assaults, theft, and sexual offences. As well as civil matters including defamation claims, negligence claims, and contractual disputes.

My day is split between going into Court to assist the Judge, doing legal research, communicating with parties and organising files.

What do you love about your job?

My job is never boring. Things tend to change very quickly, no two days are alike and the hours at work fly by.

Matters that get to Court are always important in one way or another. They can involve someone’s liberty, or large amounts of money, and so it’s rewarding to put in effort at work and make sure everything is done properly.

How do you think working in the public sector will benefit your career?

Working in the public sector is a great opportunity as well as a good start in my career. The contract is for 1-2 years which represents a chance to learn from more experienced people around me and develop, whilst considering what pathway I might take in the future.

Why do you do what you do?

Civil litigation and criminal matters are important, and are for the most part, pretty exciting.

I find it motivating to be involved in the Courts. I want to work in the law, and this job provides me with an opportunity to do that now, as well as helping me to develop and improve for the future.

Why have you chosen to work in South Australia?

Adelaide is a great place to live! Where else can I enjoy a bowl full of mushy peas and a steaming hot meat pie, together at last?