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schemes such as car­bon emis­sions trad­ing, on which the Gov­ern­ment and af­fected or­gan­i­sa­tions will re­quire ad­vice.

‘‘As a con­se­quence, the num­ber of en­vi­ron­men­tal law-based po­si­tions in law firms, con­sul­tan­cies and within com­mer­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions is likely to grow.’’

Alisha Testa, 23, grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of Law (Hon­ours) from UniSA ear­lier this year and is now work­ing at Ed­mund Bar­ton Cham­bers while she com­pletes a Grad­u­ate Di­ploma in Legal Prac­tice.

Ms Testa, whose the­sis was based upon the fi­nan­cial bar­ri­ers some groups face in en­vi­ron­men­tal law cases, ex­pects to be ad­mit­ted to prac­tise as a lawyer next month and hopes to even­tu­ally se­cure work as an en­vi­ron­men­tal lawyer.

She be­lieves the small amount of en­vi­ron­men­tal legal work cur­rently avail­able means she may have to com­bine this with other ar­eas of law.

‘‘Even though there aren’t that many places that are solely en­vi­ron­men­tal law, it is still an in­ter­est I would like to de­velop,’’ she says.

‘‘I think it is cur­rently very top­i­cal in Aus­tralia as we con­tinue to face in­creas­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal pres­sures.

‘‘Help­ing out pub­lic in­ter­est en­vi­ron­men­tal groups . . . is a good thing be­cause they are usu­ally the un­der­dog and don’t have large amounts of money to af­ford to com­mence lit­i­ga­tion. And it feels like you are do­ing some­thing good to con­trib­ute to­wards so­ci­ety and more sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.’’

Pic­ture: Calum Robert­son

Alisha Testa re­cently grad­u­ated with hon­ours from UniSA’s law school and did a the­sis on en­vi­ron­men­tal law. She is now com­plet­ing her work place­ment at Ed­mund Bar­ton Cham­bers and hopes to even­tu­ally work as a bar­ris­ter.

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