Natasha Simonsen

BEc(SocSc) 2007, LLB 2008

Natasha Simonsen won the NSW Rhodes Scholarship in 2008, and after graduating from the University of Sydney a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours she went on to completed the BCL with Distinction at Magdalen College, Oxford, before transferring to the MPhil.

She is admitted to practice as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of NSW, Australia and qualified for admission working for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in NSW. She has also worked as a consultant on various human rights issues including juvenile justice and child labour with the United Nations Children's Fund, and as a consultant to the Federal Ombudsman of Pakistan.

Where has the study of law taken you in your career and/or life in general?

After graduating from Sydney Law School in 2007 I moved to Pakistan to undertake a three month internship with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). I was then offered a position as a Child Protection Officer with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). I spent a year visiting prisons around Pakistan to inspect the conditions for women and children, and working with the Government towards legislative and policy reform in areas including juvenile justice, human trafficking, child labour and domestic violence.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Sydney Law School?

I was lucky enough to be a member of Sydney Law School’s team for the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot in 2007. My team and I ultimately went to Washington DC to moot against hundreds of students from law schools all around the world. We developed great friendships with other students, lawyers and academics from Slovenia to South Africa to Venezuela and South Asia. It was a fantastic experience and one that I will never forget.

What one piece of advice would you give to law students today?

Finding out what you want to do with your life and with your law degree is tough; don’t be afraid to take a risk.