Jihan Baker was working as a trainee draftsperson; but it was the legal profession she was really drawn to. Without the required ATAR for a law degree, she discovered a VU course pathway beginning with TAFE that led to a legal career in which she passionately helps those in need.
“My pursuit for justice began at a very young age – I sent my first complaint letter to a confectionery company at age 10. In return, I received a complimentary box of my favourite snacks!
Early in adulthood I’d chosen a different career path when I rediscovered my love for the law. I opted to pathway into my legal studies, beginning with the Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice, because I was unable to complete my final year of high school due to a traumatic event.
Easing into study was so beneficial. The Advanced Diploma provided the knowledge and practical training that helped to reaffirm that law was the field for me.
I had opportunities to do a variety of practical placements during my Bachelor of Laws, which is so important in the legal profession. For example, I volunteered at WestJustice and completed a Magistrates’ Court summer program. I also held a position assisting the first ever school lawyer (another successful VU alumnus, Vincent Shin).
I’ve always admired and respected my lecturers. The way they still show an interest in our developing careers is humbling. I also made friends at VU for life.
Now, as a personal injury plaintiff lawyer at Arnold Thomas & Becker, I have the honour of seeking justice and compensation for innocent people, and ensuring their rights are protected.”