Queensland Law Society

Cultural diversity and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers

QLS has established its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group to develop a RAP for QLS and aims to support a legal profession where there are no cultural barriers to entering and participating in the profession.

A 2011 paper entitled ‘Growing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law Students: Barriers to the Profession’ by Phillip Rodgers-Falk estimated that by 2009, there have been about 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law graduates in Australia’s law schools. QLS acknowledges the role that the peak legal professional body in Queensland must play in improving access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers.

A 2010 national survey of employees by the Diversity Council of Australia showed that racial harassment in the workplace was more common than sexual harassment, with about 10% of Australian employees having experienced workplace racial harassment or discrimination in the previous 12 months. It also revealed that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people born overseas, were more likely to experience cultural discrimination in the workplace.

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LawLink

The Lawlink Programme was established by QLS in 2003 and aims to bridge the cultural divide between Indigenous law students and the legal profession.

Students gain insight into the profession through formal and informal meetings and site visits to law firms, barristers' chambers, community legal centres and various courts. While at the same time, members of the profession have the benefit of experiencing student led discussions and presentations at participating law firms. 

Check the QLS upcoming events page for details on the next LawLink event.

 

LawLink 2020 Art Competition

Submissions close Friday 12 June, 5pm

Calling all First Nations tertiary students and recent university graduates with a creative flair. QLS is inviting you to submit an original artwork, which demonstrates the journey, success and connection of First Nations students with QLS and the legal profession.

The winning artwork will be used to support and promote the LawLink programme for two years.

You may enter the prize draw as many times as you wish during the entry period.

Prize details

There are two (2) prizes:

Winner:

  • Receives $500 
  • Nominates a First Nations charity for QLS to donate $500 
  • Has their artwork utilised for QLS Lawlink and Lawlink related purposes from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2022 
  • Has their artwork and story featured in Proctor, QLS communications and events 

First runner up: 

  • Receives $500
  • Nominates a First Nations charity for QLS to donate $500
  • Has their artwork utilised for QLS Lawlink and Lawlink related purposes from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024
  • Has their artwork and story featured in Proctor, QLS communications and events

Submission details

Entrants must submit an artwork and story to Queensland Law Society:

  • Via email to rap@qls.com.au:
    • Please include:
      • Your name and Country
      • Name of university;
      • Degree/s
      • How many semesters you have completed OR date of graduation
      • A high resolution photo of the artwork
      • The story of the artwork and its connection or symbolism to the Lawlink Programme
      • Confirmation that you are eligible to apply and that the artwork and story is your own work
      • Confirmation of which First Nations Charity and their website and contact details you wish to nominate if you are successful
      • Entrant’s email and telephone contact details

OR

  • Via post to: Corporate Secretary, GPO Box 1785, Brisbane QLD 4001 or call ph3842 5904 to make arrangements for delivery:
    • Please include:
      • Your name and Country
      • Name of university;
      • Degree/sHow many semesters you have completed OR date of graduation
      • A high resolution photo of the artwork
      • The story of the artwork and its connection or symbolism to the Lawlink Programme
      • Confirmation that you are eligible to apply and that the artwork and story is your own work
      • Confirmation of which First Nations Charity and their website and contact details you wish to nominate if you are successful
      • Entrant’s email and telephone contact details

Digital submissions are highly encouraged.

Submissions close on Friday 12 June, 5pm and the results will be announced on Friday 26 June, 4pm. T&Cs apply.

Check your eligibility and view all Terms and Conditions here.