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Employment and Professional Experience opportunities

The following information is updated regularly as the School of Law is notified of new opportunities. If you are looking for a job or a Professional Experience placement, please ensure you visit this page.

Positions are available at the following employers:

Grocon - voluntary internship opportunity - 30 days

Grocon is Australia's largest privately owned development, construction and investment management company. They are offering one (1) Deakin Law student the opportunity to work with in house counsel. Ideally they are looking for someone who can join them for 2-3 days per week and be with them continually for up to their 30 day requirement. Grocon are looking for an individual with energy and passion, someone who has received high marks at University and ideally someone interested in property/contract law/litigation.

If you wish to apply you must submit in 1 PDF document, your expression of interest, your curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of 2 referees and a copy of your most current transcript of results. The letter should be addressed to Marlene Ebejer and forwarded to by no later than 5.00 pm 14 July 2014. This role will commence during T2. Do not approach Grocon directly.

West Heidelberg Community Legal Service - Law Clinic Opportunity (late edition)

West Heidelberg Community Legal Service is a not-for-profit organisation providing a free range of legal services to the Banyule community. They were established in 1975 in the Olympic Village precint. They have always been co-located with Banyule Community Health.

West Heidelberg Community Legal Service is offering four (4) Deakin University Law students the opportunity to participate in MLL351 Law Clinic during the T2 period. As the position is being offered late, Marlene Ebejer, will discuss directly with the successful students, issues around enrolment and induction. Students must be available each Thursday or Friday for 12 consecutive weeks. We anticipate that these roles will commence in late July.

It is a for credit unit so you must have an elective left within your degree. You must complete the application for law clinic, follow all instructions on that application and highlight you wish to apply for T2 at West Heidelberg. The Centre offers students a wonderful opportunity to gain hands on legal experience.

Forward applications to by no later than 5.00 pm 14 July 2014. This role will commence during T2. Do not approach West Heidelberg and note you cannot enrol in this unit until you are offered the role.

Victoria Law Foundation Internships

Our internships offer 2-4 Victorian law students an opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes understanding of a non-commercial legal body and to develop networks to assist them in their future careers.

Interns will be buddied-up with a foundation manager or supervisor in one of the following key areas:

  • grants
  • publications
  • education
  • communications or
  • executive services.

Projects vary widely depending on the key area and can range from undertaking general legal research, writing human resources policy, to developing distribution and marketing plans for legal education materials.

The internship aims to give you an understanding of the work of the Victoria Law Foundation and exposure to alternative careers in the legal sector.

How long is the internship?

The internship is for 20 days. Generally, internships are undertaken in one block over either winter or summer university holidays.

Do I get paid?

As an intern, you are a volunteer. However, you will receive a modest honorarium of $500 as a contribution towards your out of pocket expenses such as transport and meals. You will be paid your honorarium at the beginning of your internship.

Who can apply?

You must be a current law student at a Victorian university undertaking either an undergraduate law degree or a juris doctorate.

How do I apply?

For information on how to apply visit Victorian Law Foundation or download the internship recruitment pack.

NGOabroad- International careers & volunteering

Exciting New Internship & Volunteer Opportunities for 2014

  • Morocco: Human rights, democracy building & arab spring (French essential)
  • Kenya: Transitional justice & democracy building. Also New constitution- new possibilities for citizens
  • Mongolia: Monitoring corruption & transparency regarding who will get the wealth
  • Kenya, Israel/ Palestine: Peace building & conflict prevention
  • Rwanda: Reconciliation & averting conflict
  • Tanzania, Rwanda: Legal Aid
  • Tanzania: Educating citizens re their rights. Also Suing foreign companies for violations
  • Cameroon, Uganda, Morocco: Legal rights for women


Please vist the NGOabroad website.

Please send your completed Questionnaire and resume to:

These are volunteer opportunities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Volunteer to fight the death penalty in the United States with Reprieve Australia

Reprieve Australia is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that works against the death penalty. It helps provide legal and humanitarian assistance to those facing the death penalty, to advocate agains the death penalty and to raise awareness about human rights.

Reprieve Australia is seeking volunteers to be placed in the southern United States for a period of 3 months to help provide legal representation and humanitarian assistance to those facing the death penalty. Over the last 11 years, Reprieve has sent more than 70 volunteers to nine offices in six US states.

Further information: To find out more about the volunteer program and how to apply, visit Reprieve Australia website.

International Internships available in India and Indonesia

International Internships is an organisation which offers students access to internship opportunities in India (Mumbai), China (Beijing) and Indonesia (Yogyakarta).

The programs enable students to do an internship in their chosen field of study and therefore gain invaluable professional experience to add to the resume, as well as a deeper cultural understanding of the country where you work. International Internships is currently offering some positions that are particularly suited to law students.

India: A placement for a Legal Intern is available at Nishith Desai Associates, a well regarded law firm in Mumbai.

Indonesia: A placement for a Legal Aid assistant is available at Legal Aid Indonesia (Lembaga Bantuan Hukum)

Visit International Internships for all opportunities and how to apply.

Further information: Contact Jack McNaught. (Jack is a Deakin University lecturer and also works for International Internships.)

Please note: You may eligible for a Deakin grant of $1,000 to help cover the costs.

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