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Balga twins work together to realise childhood dreams

Monday, 18 January 2010


As children, Balga twins Natalie and Nicole Vuleta always said they wanted to be lawyers when they grew up, and unlike most of their peers, they stuck to their word.

Natalie and Nicole both crossed the stage at the Edith Cowan University (ECU) graduation ceremony held on Sunday, 17 January to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws.

"By the time we finished primary school, we thought that our dream might not become reality, but thanks to some inspirational teachers at high school and a very supportive family we've been able to achieve our goal," says Natalie.

"We are both hoping to make a difference in our community and help disadvantaged people through our chosen profession.

"Family law is something we are both interested in, and we are hoping to work in that discipline."

Nicole says that her passion for law comes from a desire to challenge the status quo.

"I think ECU has a very vibrant approach to law and this made the learning really enjoyable," she says.

"Competing in the Nicholson Shield Negotiation competition was definitely a highlight.

"In teams of two we were required to research a factual scenario and then meet to negotiate an outcome to the dispute.

"It was a fun and realistic opportunity to practise our negotiation skills and receive feedback from experienced practitioners," said Nicole.

Natalie says that having a study partner at home has been extremely helpful.

"We both understood the requirements and the demands of studying law so we were able to support and encourage each other," she said.

ECU offers a range of courses in law, law enforcement, corrections, community protection, child protection, customs, security, investigation and intelligence.

For more information about the study options available at ECU, visit

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