Student Testimonials

Isabella Kang

  Isabella Kang

Seeing firsthand the dedication and perseverance of people who work in the non-profit sector has consolidated my desire to work in human rights law upon the completion of my studies.

“Participating in the University of Sydney Law School social justice program was an eye-opening experience where I learnt that a law degree is a tool that arms graduates with valuable skills to work in the field of social justice. Lawyers can use their analytical and theoretical training to navigate the complex legal system to effectively advocate for their clients. Lawyers can bridge social inequality by giving legal advice or providing legal representation pro bono. Even if one does not choose to become a lawyer, the communication and evaluation skills one acquires is useful when proposing policy changes or making submissions about an issue that needs to be changed. Moreover, it was an opportunity to meet and engage with like-minded people who are passionate about helping the marginalized in our community. Seeing firsthand the dedication and perseverance of people who work in the non-profit sector has consolidated my desire to work in human rights law upon the completion of my studies. I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the donors and scholarship panel for the David Burnett Memorial Scholarship, which greatly assisted me whilst I participated in the social justice clinical course.”


Emma Colenbrander

  Emma Colenbrander

“During this placement I gained real insight into the world of public interest lawyering. I worked to prepare Protection Visa applications, undertook country-of-origin research and supported RACS solicitors in their daily work.”

“For the first time, I could see a tangible link between the work I was doing and the impact on the lives of others: this was a wonderful and humbling experience. I since co-founded social enterprise Pollinate Energy which works to improve the lives of India’s urban poor. We do this using a network of micro-entrepreneurs, who we recruit and train to provide door-to-door service selling clean energy products – such as solar lights – to urban slum communities. I have also worked for the Australian aid program at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). I entered the Department through the graduate program and believe that I was successful in my application largely due to my grades in my final year of university and the credibility that being a recipient of the David Burnett Memorial scholarship afforded me. During my time at DFAT, I have worked on results-based aid management, humanitarian programming for the African continent, international development finance and development innovation. I am very grateful to have been a recipient of the David Burnett Memorial Scholarship. It allowed me to take advantage of opportunities that have helped shape my goals and led me to the path to achieve them. I remain honoured to have received this award in David’s memory.”