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:
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:
- 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?
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.
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.
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.
Attention Penultimate Year Law Students
Volunteer Opportunity with Hutchinson Legal
Expressions of interest are invited for acceptance as participants in Thursday Legal Connections (TLC), a new legal advice service which is to be provided by Hutchinson Legal, a busy legal practice based in Ringwood.
TLC is designed to help those in need of preliminary legal advice or referral and will be available at no charge to community members. The program will operate with the assistance of law students who will conduct interviews under the supervision of fully qualified lawyers.
TLC will run from February to mid December 2015 and requires a commitment of approximately three to four hours per fortnight (every second Thursday) during that period.
On acceptance into the program, students will be given an afternoon of training to familiarise themselves with the office and to learn TLC procedure.
On a fortnightly basis, participants will be required to conduct conflict checks, interview clients and then seek direction from a qualified staff member before giving advice. They will then write a file note detailing the client's concerns and any advice given. At the conclusion of the night, students will attend a debriefing session to discuss the matters raised with fellow participants.
Students can direct their expressions of interest to email@example.com.
Origin Energy - Summer Clerk – Retail Legal Team
Origin Energy is offering a Summer Clerk role with the aim of providing an opportunity for prospective legal graduates to gain exposure to the work type, service model and operations of an in-house legal team in the energy sector.
We are seeking a Bachelor of Laws student to provide paralegal and administrative support to the Head of Legal – Retail and the lawyers of the Melbourne legal team, based in Melbourne CBD. You will be available to work for 4 weeks over January and February 2015.
Working with a team of 6 lawyers, the role might include:
- Conducting legal research on specific issues
- Drafting memos, correspondence and other documents under the supervision of lawyers
- Identifying, locating and collating documents to publish transaction and asset bibles
- Supporting the update of the company's legal precedent collection
To be considered for this role you will be currently studying at a Victorian university with not more than 3 semesters and not less than 1 semester remaining to complete your law degree. You need to have prior exposure to Microsoft Word and Outlook software.
You will be well organised, with good attention to detail and communication skills and you will enjoy managing competing demands.
Applicants should be aware that no graduate employment opportunities are available in the Origin Legal team, so this is a summer clerk experience only. Applicants from outside of the Melbourne area should also be aware that there are no travel, accommodation or other relocation benefits provided.
If you would like the opportunity to work with a talented team of lawyers in a collegiate environment this is the role for you. Please submit an online application by Monday 10 November 2014 by going to:
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to supply an academic transcript of all tertiary studies. Not all shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.
Origin Energy is an equal opportunity employer as well as an accredited EOWA Employer of Choice for Women. Origin Energy is committed to continuous improvement in the sustainability of our environment, social and economic activities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.