Prize another step on a stel­lar ca­reer lad­der

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

LAW stu­dent Madeleine Rudge has her eyes set on the fu­ture and now she’s re­ceived a bur­sary to help her on her way.

Ms Rudge, 23, was awarded the 2015 Women’s Net­work bur­sary by Mau­rice Black­burn Townsville, where she will com­plete work ex­pe­ri­ence as part of the prize. She will also re­ceive $ 1000, which she plans to use to fund her Grad­u­ate Diploma in Le­gal Prac­tice.

Ms Rudge is in her fi­nal year of a Bach­e­lor of Law/ Arts at James Cook Univer­sity and the bur­sary would hope­fully help her take the next step once she grad­u­ates.

“It’s come at just the right time,” she said. “I re­ally want to pur­sue a ca­reer in in­dige­nous com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment so that could take me any­where.”

The Townsville lo­cal said she’s open to stay­ing in the city or go­ing else­where to find work next year.

Ms Rudge has been volunteering at the Townsville courts and said it was great gain­ing ex­tra in­sight into the le­gal pro­fes­sion.

“You see the jus­tice sys­tem through the per­spec­tive of the court users,” she said. “It’s a sys­tem real peo­ple go to to solve their real life prob­lems.”

Ms Rudge also vol­un­teers with in­dige­nous ini­tia­tives such as AR­TIE, a pro­gram work­ing with high school stu­dents.

BIG GOALS: JCU’s Madeleine Rudge will do work ex­pe­ri­ence with Mau­rice Black­burn's Rene Flores and get a $ 1000 bur­sary.

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