A second-year UWA Law student with a quiet determination to make the world a better place has been awarded this year’s Ciara Glennon Memorial Law Scholarship.
Isabel Philip, 23, of Subiaco completed a Bachelor of Arts at UWA in 2018 and is now undertaking a postgraduate Juris Doctor degree.
A scholarship student who attended Methodist Ladies College, Isabel has supported herself throughout her studies at UWA with a number of part-time jobs including retail assistant and paralegal where she works in family law.
“A huge part of my desire to do law is rooted in the role of advocacy and justice and how important it is to give everyone a voice,” Isabel said.
Isabel also works as a volunteer paralegal at the Aboriginal Legal Service, conducting research and providing assistance to solicitors in criminal, family, civil and human rights matters as well as preparing submissions to the Australian and WA Law Reform Commission.
“Being able to work with young children, the homeless, women and families suffering severe mental, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, violence and neglect has been eye-opening and devastating.”
In addition to her part-time jobs and volunteer legal work, she volunteers for Cahoots, a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme that runs programs and camps throughout the year for young people and adults with a range of disabilities.
Isabel is also a mentor for commencing students, academic mentor for JD students and a student ambassador for UWA, which involves travelling to high schools to encourage students from lower socioeconomic areas to consider applying to UWA.