The great work Good Counsel Services does would not be possible without our team of interns from around the world, with each intern bringing new expertise and experience to the team. In our staff spotlight features, we introduce and highlight our wonderful interns. This week we interviewed Abinaja Yogarajah, a Legal Intern from Sydney, Australia, who has recently started writing legal pieces for our blog. You can read her latest article on fiscal sponsorship here.
Abinaja works as a legal intern all the way from Australia. She has been volunteering for almost a year and has recently taken on content creation to write legal articles for our readers. Having completed her law degree in Australia, she plans to work in the legal tech, startup, and nonprofit spaces. In addition to Good Counsel, Abinaja learns and teaches Carnatic (classical South Indian) music and will soon begin her law graduate role at a legal tech firm in Sydney!
What made you want to work at a legal non-profit in the U.S. when you study Australian law back home?
For me, it doesn’t bother me that I didn’t study US law because I really wanted to get experience working with nonprofits and startups. The fact that I get exposure to different areas of law is really exciting, and the amount of support I get from the team makes it so easy to learn and grasp concepts.
What is your favorite part about the work you do?
I love content creation and making legals accessible for people who aren’t legally trained. I don’t really see the merit of using legal jargon, and I love designing graphics and writing articles to democratise legal information.
What do you hope to do with your law degree? With my law degree, I want to work with startups, nonprofits, and new technologies. It is so exciting to deal with new, innovative companies and technologies and I want to be at the forefront of that.
How was your overall experience as an intern for Good Counsel?
Good Counsel is one of the best places I’ve interned at! It’s flexible, everyone (especially Elizabeth) cares about your learning and wellbeing and you get to work on things you’re actually interested in and want to learn more about. I’d really love to come visit one day!