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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:

Aurora Native Title Internships

The Aurora Native Title Internship Program places law, anthropology and other social science (archaeology, cultural heritage, environmental management, human geography, history and sociology) students and graduates from Australian universities at Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs), Prescribed Bodies Corporates (PBCs) and other organisations involved in policy development, social justice, human rights, all with an Indigenous focus.

The program introduces candidates to career opportunities in native title and Indigenous affairs more generally and at the same time provides assistance to under-resourced and over-worked organisations.

The application period for the winter 2014 round of internships is open from 9am AEDT Monday 3rd March through 5pm AEDT Friday 28th March 2014.

Applications can be submitted via the Aurora website.

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Youth Law Volunteer positions

Youthlaw is a not-for-profit community legal centre that provides free legal assistance to young people aged 12 to 25 experiencing disadvantage. We are currently looking for student volunteers to help us with our work.

Volunteering at Youthlaw
As Youthlaw has no paid administrative staff, our lawyers are heavily reliant on student volunteers to assist with casework and the day to day operations of the centre.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with:

  • Legal casework support (preparing letters, telephone calls and preparation of documents);
  • Legal research (background research for casework, fact sheets, presentations and policy work);
  • Assistance with communications and policy work; and
  • General administrative tasks (answering the telephones).

There are limited volunteer positions available so we are looking for volunteers who are reliable, can commit to a minimum of 12 months and have the skills and aptitude to work in a social justice environment assisting vulnerable and marginalised young people.

We are looking for volunteers who can commit to half a day a week or a full day a week.

Volunteer training program
We expect a high standard from our volunteers but in return we provide an experience that builds skills, knowledge and provides mentorship.

All volunteers will be provided training and will be supervised by our lawyers and take part in periodic reviews allowing two-way feedback.

How to apply
To apply, email a copy of the completed Volunteer Application Form with your CV to volapps@youthlaw.asn.au by 5pm on Monday 3 March 2014. If you are selected to be interviewed you need to attend an information and interview night on 12 March from 6pm.

If you are selected as a volunteer you will need to be available to start the week commencing 17 March 2014.

If you have any questions, please email volapps@youthlaw.asn.au.

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Law Clinic Professional Experience Opportunities available now!

MLL351 Law Clinic is an elective unit that provides students with an opportunity to participate in workbased learning. Students must be available throughout the trimester, one day per week for 12 weeks. Limited positions have become available with:

  • Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre based in St Albans
  • AED based in Melbourne
  • Moonee Valley Legal Service in Ascot Vale
  • Shepparton Legal Service in Shepparton (a block placement of 12 days is an option)

Further details can be be located on the Law Clinic webpage and you will need to complete the Law Clinic application form. Applications for T1 positions close 14 February 2014 and selected students will be required to attend an induction on 28 February 2014 at the Waterfront campus.

Note that T2 law clinic positions are limited and applications for T3 2014 and T1 2015 are now open.

Law Clinic Induction dates

  • Trimester 1, 2014 - Monday 3, February 2014 - Completed
  • Trimester 2, 2014 - Monday 26, May 2014
  • Trimester 3, 2014 - Monday 15, September 2014

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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.

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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: info@NGOabroad.com

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

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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.

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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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21st March 2014