Law’s green light
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.’’
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.