Employment opportunities

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

Corporate Legal Group of a Major Bank

A unique placement is offered in the Corporate Legal Group of a major bank based in Docklands to one student in Trimester 1. 

Applicants will need to: 

- have an interest in corporate law, technology law and/or governance 
- undergo police and sanctions checks 
- sign a confidentiality agreement and comply with Bank Policies 
- be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays 
- wear corporate attire 
- be patient getting through the administrative process!

To apply please submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Marlene Ebejer at marlene.ebejer@deakin.edu.au by COB 12 February 2015.

Ensure that you correctly format your letter and curriculum vitae and spell check.


Governance position - Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

ACMI is a not-for-profit company employing over 100 employees. They currently require a law student to join their team.

  • Type of placement: Unpaid (formal and credit bearing experience)
  • Description of placement: Assisting the governance area with: - Contracts (reviewing, drafting, filing) - Board administration (papers, actions, correspondence) - Insurance Legislative compliance - Legal matters - Risk management
  • Position dates: Mid Feb – Nov (Depending on your course requirements). Option of semester 1 or 2. 
  • Days per week: 1 min – 2 max. Half days are optional.
  • Position: Temporary, project based. Number of days / hours dependant on your course requirements.

For further information please contact: 

Please note: This is a voluntary position. Only students who are able to arrange a course credit for a work placement are eligible to apply.

Please submit:

  • A 1 page cover letter explaining your interest, strengths etc in law and working at ACMI in governance. 
  • An answer to the question: What is governance? No more than 100 words.
  • Academic transcript for subjects completed thus far (note: the content of the cover letter is more important than high marks - we're looking for someone bright and enthusiastic, not necessarily someone who gets perfect results in the world of academics).
  • Optional: Details of availability (if known) e.g. number of days you would like to come in (max 2, half days ok) and over what time frame.

Closing date: 15 February 2015


VOLUNTARY LEGAL PLACEMENTS

VICTORIA LEGAL AID (VLA) - DANDENONG OFFICE

8 voluntary positions are being offered in 2015. Each student will be required to work from 8.45 am until 5.00 pm one day per week from March to November at the Dandenong office. Training will be provided. Students will participate in an infringements clinic which is an excellent opportunity for students to assist real clients experiencing hardships, navigate their way through the complex administrative process of dealing with their outstanding infringements. Students will see clients, take instructions, work on files and get an opportunity to appear in court. The clinic requires mature-minded students who appreciate the seriousness of the problems clients face. A100% commitment from the outset will be required. Students will also be in a court clerking role where they work with duty lawyers in assisting clients at the Dandenong Magistrates Court.

If you wish to apply you must prepare a statement expressing why you are interested in volunteering at VLA Dandenong and in particular your interest in the infringements clinic and the clerking role. You should also include you preferred day of attendance and your commitment to be available from March to November.  Statements are to be forwarded to Marlene Ebejer at marlene.ebejer@deakin.edu.auby no later than 13 February 2015. Students are not to contact VLA directly all inquires are to be made to Marlene Ebejer.

VICTORIA LEGAL AID (VLA) RINGWOOD AND FRANKSTON OFFICES

5 voluntary positions are being offered in 2015 at each office Each student will be required to work from 8.45 am until 5.00 pm one day per week. Students will be in a court clerking role where they work with duty lawyers in assisting clients at either the Ringwood or Frankston Magistrates Court.

The positions will be offered in both T1, T2 and T3.

If you wish to apply you must prepare a statement expressing why you are interested in volunteering at VLA Ringwood or Frankston and in particular your interest in the clerking role. You should also include you preferred day of attendance and your commitment to be available throughout your preferred trimester. Statements are to be forwarded to Marlene Ebejer at marlene.ebejer@deakin.edu.au by no later than 13 February 2015. Students are not to contact VLA directly all inquires are to be made to Marlene Ebejer.


MLL351 Legal Internship (previously called Law Clinic) for T1 2015

A limited number of positions have become available in this unit as listed below. Students wishing to apply must email their expression of interest to marlene.ebejer@deakin.edu.au by no later than 27 January 2015 and be available to attend the compulsory induction on 2 February 2015 from 9 am until 12 noon in Bourke Street, Melbourne. 

The email must include the following details:

  • Name
  • Student Number
  • Deakin email address
  • Contact number
  • 3 preferences
  • Current curriculum vitae

Do not apply unless you can attend the induction and are available throughout the trimester on the days indicated below.

  • St Kilda legal service - based at the Moorabin Justice Centre working with the family violence duty lawyer every Friday and some Wednesdays for 15 days.
  • Victoria Legal Aid – Ringwood – this is a 20 week program each Thursday commencing 5/2/15 and run through to 28/5/14 (17 weeks).  There will be a break from 1/6/15 to 19/6/15 for exams, and then between 25/6/15 to 9/7/15 (3 weeks).
  • Goulburn Valley Legal Service - Shepparton - block placement of 3 weeks
  • Social Security Rights Victoria - Fitzory 1 to 2 days per week (not a Monday) for a total of 15 days.
  • West Heigelberg Legal Service - every Thursday and Friday for a total of 15 days.
  • Kimberley Community Legal Centre in Kununnurra Western Australia – 3 week block placement – students will be required to cover their own airfares and accommodation
  • Ann Valos Criminal Lawyers – Werribee for a total of 15 days, days are flexible.

Victoria Law Foundation Internship 

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

Interested?

Please visit 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.


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 against 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.


LawHelp

31 October 2014

Call for Volunteers

LawHelp is a new initiative that publishes legal and quasi-legal information to the public in a clear, accessible and culturally relevant way using the potential of the media. We use TV, YouTube and other forms of social media (e.g. Facebook, Linked In) to bridge the gap between the legal system and diverse communities in Australia.

We are seeking law and media students with various capacities and interests to assist our Producer and Coordinator on our TV Show!

What you can expect:

  • Produce an episode with Dinesh Weerakkody (President and host) on a nominated topic
  • Networking - Liaise with firms and legal practitioners prior to their appearance on our show – working with the Coordinator (Emily)
  • Nominate a lawyer to appear on our panel with you and our host!
  • Feeling a bit camera shy? Behind the scenes opportunities are available e.g. photography, social media posting and website design and writing
  • Professional training – including legal writing and knowledge, media presentation and training
  • Exposure to the legal profession and various communities though regular appearance and links to our show – We air on C31 at 6pm every Sunday and we have a dedicated audience.

Next intake: 5 November 2014

Interested applicants should forward a short letter of motivation and resume to Emily Tung at info@lawhelpaustralia.org


Volunteer Court Assistants Sought: Downing Centre Court Complex - Sydney

Role: Operating out of rooms in the Downing Centre Court Complex 143-147 Liverpool Street, Sydney, Robert Nixon, solicitor, provides free legal assistance to those he has the resources to help. Mr Nixon needs volunteer assistants to help him provide this service in exchange for which law students, at any stage in their studies, can gain invaluable experience in hands on delivery of legal services of a litigious criminal& civil nature.

To be eligible for consideration in gaining his rare but valuable work experience, candidates must:

  • Have excellent fluency and comprehension in oral and written English;
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Be an extravert and problem solver who is always comfortable dealing with total strangers
  • Have access to a landline phone at home; and
  • Be available to attend the office between 8:30 am and 6.30 pm on the first Friday of each month  & whenever there is a fifth Friday in any month.

Personal qualities of empathy, initiative and critical thinking are more important than prior legal knowledge. The opportunity is not PLT compliant.

Successful applicants will work in groups of eight students selected from a roster to work under Robert's personal supervision to:

  • Explain the nature of the service that can be offered;
  • Interview and record potential client's preliminary instructions;
  • Liaise with court staff, police prosecutors and Roads and Maritime
  • Services representatives;
  • Record particulars of conferences involving Mr Nixon and the client; and
  • Assist generally in the preparation and presentation of the client's case both at the initial hearing and at any adjournment.

For further information and to apply please call Robert on (02) 98725766 during the following times:

6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. weekdays

9.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.

If a message is left on an answering machine, calls will ONLY be returned to a landline number.

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