Legal career now in arm’s reach for law student after resilient journey
It may not have been all smooth sailing, but after a lengthy journey, the path to becoming a law professional is now in sight for Central Queensland’s Ainsley Frost.
After beginning her CQUniversity journey as a VETiS (VET in Schools) student studying certificate I and II in business administration, Ms Frost progressed into a certificate III after finishing high school, before enrolling in the bachelor of laws course.
Initially, Ms Frost said she really enjoyed doing the certificate courses at school and she when was offered the chance to continue her studies at TAFE after school she jumped at the opportunity.
However, it wasn’t long before Ms Frost was drawn to the law and enrolled in CQUniversity’s online law course.
“I later chose law as a profession to help those in need of legal services and to advocate for justice, no matter what a person’s socioeconomic background may be,” she said.
Ms Frost has a keen interest in criminal law and would also like to work in probate once she has gained experience in the legal industry.
“I’m hoping to gain a position with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service to assist with criminal matters,” she explained.
“This would be my dream job, but I’d take any position I could to get my foot in the door of the legal industry.”
Ms Frost explained that the passing of her father was the pivotal moment in her life which led her to consider the law as a possible career.
“When my father passed away, I was introduced to the world of probate law. This is where my interest in probate comes from,” she said.
“There’s just something so fulfilling to me about helping a person plan the last part of their life.”
Throughout this resilient journey, she has also had overwhelming support from her family.
“I’m sure they’re excited for my graduation after dealing with all my near meltdowns during exams!” Ms Frost said.
Ms Frost is now the recipient of the Arrow Energy Go Further Indigenous Scholarship, which is a one-year, $10,000 merit-based scholarship to assist and support Indigenous students in their educational objectives.
Ms Frost has just one subject to complete in term 2 before graduating in December.
“I have enjoyed studying the bachelor of laws. I struggled with the coursework in my first year, however, I have always received help from my lecturers,” she said.
“Approaching graduation, I believe my degree has given me the tools to strive as an individual and a professional.”