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:
- Community Legal Centre Law Graduate Scheme positions 2015
- Aurora Nativa Internship
- Legal and human Rights Internships Overseas - Projects Abroad
- West Heidelberg Community Legal Service - Law Clinic Opportunity
- Victoria Law Foundation
- Reprieve Australia
- International Internships
The Community Legal Centre Law Graduate Scheme is an initiative of the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Victoria) Inc, the peak body for Victoria’s 50 community legal centres (CLCs). With funding from the Legal Services Board, the Scheme builds the capacity of Victorian CLCs to deliver more effective public legal services by creating a pathway from law schools to a career in CLCs.
Under the Scheme, the Federation offers one law graduate the opportunity to start their legal career in the Victorian CLC sector. This document outlines the process for applying for the 2015 Law Graduate Position.
2. What we are offering?
The Federation will provide the 2015 Law Graduate:
- Payment of course fees for the Law Graduate to undertake a Practical Legal Training Course;
Paid employment while undertaking the work placement of the Practical Legal Training Course at a CLC;
- Payment of admission to practice fees;
- Following admission, 8 months full-time employment as a lawyer with placements in two Victorian CLCs, and
- A comprehensive CLC legal practice training program.
Towards the end of the 8 month period the Federation will work with each graduate to identify ongoing employment opportunities within CLCs. The position is not a traineeship position. However, under the Scheme the Law Graduate will receive financial assistance to become admitted to practice through a Practical Legal Training Course followed by 8 months employment in Victorian CLCs as a lawyer.
3. Salary and conditions
- Following admission, the successful applicant will be employed under the following conditions:
$55,728 annual salary pro rata;
- 9.5% superannuation;
- 17.5% annual leave loading; and
Other terms and conditions as per the Community Legal Centres Multiple Business Agreement 2006-09 or its replacement. This position is classified as Level 4 under the Social Community Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award.
The Federation’s tax exempt status allows generous additional tax benefits through salary packaging
29 August 2014
26 September 2014
Early October 2014
- Gain invaluable experience interning overseas in a dedicated human rights NGO, legal aid service or law firm
- Internships available in South Africa, Ghana, Argentina, China, Mongolia, Tanzania, Cambodia
- Flexible start and end dates, with placements from 2 weeks to 6 months tailored to suit varying levels of skills and experience
Projects Abroad specialises in arranging and managing practical overseas internships for practicing legal professionals, law students, and anyone with an interest in social justice issues in the developing world.
The majority of internships centre around providing access to justice through legal aid and addressing current human rights violations with a view to affecting change for the better.
- Ghana - law firms, human rights advocacy, legal aid clinics, social justice projects
- Argentina - human rights advocacy, social justice projects
- South Africa - legal aid clinics, criminal law, refugee law, social justice projects
- Mongolia - women's rights NGO work, commercial internships
- China - commercial law internships
- Tanzania - women's rights advocacy, addressing conflicts between cultural beliefs and law
- Cambodia - land rights advocacy and dispute resolution
There is a cost for the internship which covers the student’s accommodation, meals, insurance, professional supervision, support and guidance.
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:
- 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?
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: info@NGOabroad.com
These are volunteer opportunities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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 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.
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.