Tiffany Tong was a participant in the 2022 Virtual Law Professional Practicum. Tiffany is studying a Juris Doctor at La Trobe University.
Q: Why did you decide to undertake the ACICIS program?
I thought this is such a rare and unique opportunity to explore a different legal system from Australia, work in a different social-cultural environment and learnt about its enriching culture and language.
Q: How have you found the academic components of this virtual program – i.e. the language classes/seminars?
The language class is very engaging. I have no Bahasa Indonesian background, but the teacher at Atma Jaya made the class so interesting, engaging, and useful, it was very easy to follow and the words I have learnt are practical for everyday usage.
The seminars allowed me the opportunity to explore the different areas of the legal system in Indonesia and allow for a deeper reflection upon comparing with Australia legal system. It was very intellectually stimulating, being challenged to think outside of the box and learn different ways of approaching legal issues have opened up my eyes.
Q: What organisation did you intern with?
My internship was with a local commercial law firm.
Q: How have you found the work culture (albeit online) of your host organisation? How is it different to work experience in Australia?
I found my host organisation to have a very collaborative work environment. All of the associates are very friendly and helpful. I love how collaborative and interactive the internal meetings are!
In Melbourne, especially in a law firm setting, it’s often more serious and less interactive, people tend to maintain some sort of professional boundaries with each other.
Q: What are the main skills you have learnt during your virtual internship?
I have learnt how to adapt quickly to a different style of legal system, work in different social-cultural environment and communicate with people from different backgrounds. I think being able to adapt to the ever-changing world is such an important skill which I get to experience during this virtual internship.
Q: What did you find to be the most rewarding part of this virtual experience?
I think the most rewarding part of this virtual experience is the relationship I have built with the people in this programme. It is amazing to get to know people from all walks of life in this virtual experience, who are willing to share and guide me.
Q: Were you able to learn about the Indonesian culture from this virtual program? If yes, how was this achieved?
Yes. The seminar and virtual tour to the constitutional court in Indonesia were very interesting. There are also opportunities for cultural immersion experiences through the language classes.
Q: How will the virtual internship benefit or influence your future career?
- I have learnt to appreciate the access to justice in Australia, which allowed me to reflect and value what I am learning.
- The connections and friendship built throughout this programme are incredibly international.
- The skill to adapt and learn quickly in different environment.
Q: Would you recommend this virtual program to your friends?
If you are interested in a more international experience or interested in international law, this is an incredible opportunities you don’t want to miss out on!
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Q: Describe your experience of the virtual internship program in three words:
I love it.