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As a general rule, you are required to find your own professional experience placements. However, the School of Law coordinates a placement scheme for a small number of students.
Marlene Ebejer coordinates the Deakin Law School Professional Experience Placement Scheme and our students are placed at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) offices (Geelong, Dandenong and Ringwood).
We also have placements at ANZ Bank (Melbourne), Maurice Blackburn (Geelong) and Family Law Parthways (Dandenong). Applications for these placements occur throughout the year and are advertised in D-Brief and on our employment page, so keep an eye out for these opportunities.
The scheme – how it works
You commit to work one day per week eg your day is Monday with a VLA office for 12 weeks. At the end of the placement you fill out a report detailing the days and hours you attended, broadly what you did on each day and who supervised you. There is a new intake each Trimester, so applications can be accepted at any time. To qualify you need to be in the third year or later of your law studies.
How to apply
Complete the application form [167KB PDF] and email it to Marlene Ebejer with your preferred trimester, preferred location and contact number and include a statement of commitment to attending the placement for 12 days over 12 weeks.
There is a new intake each Trimester. Submit your application as early as possible as places are filled on a first in, first serve basis. You will be notified by email of the outcome of your application and will be required to submit an acceptance of offer form to secure your place and student placement insurance cover [185KB PDF] whilst you are undertaking your placement.
To undertake a placement you will need to obtain a Working with Children Check and Police Check prior to commencing (cost at your expense).
If you don't get the first trimester you apply for, you will be placed on a waiting list for VLA placements.
Some student impressions and experiences
The following are extracts from student reports which give some insight into what you might expect if you take part in the Placement Scheme:
“I enjoyed the program thoroughly. The whole team at VLA were extremely nice and helpful and the working environment was great. I found the experience really valuable because it was very hands on and I learnt a lot about the court process and the day to day life of a duty solicitor which really helps me in deciding my career path.”
“Taking part in the work experience program was extremely beneficial for me, as not only was it the first time I had done any such experience, but it also offered a wide variety of tasks and opportunities …… The best thing about this was that it allowed me to see in a practical light, everything I had been learning in the past few years, and made it obvious that law is not just about reading textbooks and taking exams.”
For more information
Email Marlene Ebejer