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Ms Anu Ambikaipalan
Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)/Bachelor of Laws, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Works: Lawyer, Blake Dawson
Few law students get to walk the halls of Washington’s Capitol building and attend hearings featuring the likes of Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright. But such was the reality for Anu Ambikaipalan when she participated in the Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Program as a representative of Deakin in her 2006-07 summer break.
Anu completed a combined degree in arts/law at Deakin’s Melbourne Campus at Burwood and the internship formed part of her arts course. Students of international studies are required to undertake an overseas component and she hit the jackpot with her
Washington placement, she explains. ‘It was amazing to be at the centre of global politics,’ says Anu. ‘I was able to see what goes on behind the scenes and could see how politics worked a lot better.’
Anu is very appreciative of the practical nature of her Deakin law degree. ‘Most of our assignments had a practical base and each year we had to do a practical component,’ she says. Tasks included a mock court, mediation, arbitration and witness examination. ‘The law subjects were really well structured and were very hands-on,’ says Anu.
During three seasonal clerkships, completed at three different law firms, she found she had been well prepared for the workplace. ‘I felt more comfortable writing memos etc. than students from the other universities. I felt I had a heads-up on the others.’
Working full time with one of Australia’s top law firms, Anu reflects on her time at Deakin very positively. ‘I think you get more of an all round education. Not just the academic, but the practical experience.’
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