Kiera Dawson

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Making a difference

Kiera Dawson’s biggest achievement to date is her role as a lawyer in the Darwin branch of Maurice Blackburn. The young graduate was recently admitted to the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and credits her studies at Charles Darwin University with helping her obtain her position.

Kiera said she appreciated CDU’s flexibility. “I ended up working full-time for about two years of my degree and the flexibility meant that I could do that! The online tutorials and recorded lectures were a life saver,” she said.

When discussing her experience at CDU, Kiera reflected on the friendly atmosphere and approachability of the staff. “I liked it because it was casual and friendly – there were no huge classes and the lecturers were accessible. Because of the small class sizes, they were able to go into greater detail when answering questions,” she said.

Kiera chose to study at CDU because it was a local institution. “I didn’t want to leave Darwin to get my qualification!” she said.

Since graduating in 2016, Kiera has assisted with trial preparation and court work, which she finds particularly interesting. Kiera said the most enjoyable element of her work was “being able to make a difference in our clients’ lives“.

When offering advice to graduates seeking a career in law, Kiera said students should focus on gaining as much practical experience as possible. “Get as much work experience as you can while doing your degree – it will help you so much with knowing what area you want to work in once you’ve graduated and also will assist greatly in your employability. Also, do not discount staying in a regional area for your degree and work – there can be some great opportunities,” she said.