Clerk, Aboriginal Clerkship Program

Our clerkship program provides a unique opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students to learn on the job while developing their practical legal skills and knowledge
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VLA2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/0769
Closing Date: 31-Dec-2017
Salary Range: $45,617 - $62,038
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Clerkship PD.pdf (PDF, 174KB)


Candidate application form - Clerkship Program.doc (Word, 228KB)


Contact: Emma Norman, Recruitment Coordinator
(03) 9269 0193

Position Details

  • Development opportunity for students at any stage of their law degree
  • Gain hands-on experience in our Criminal, Civil and Family law program areas across our various offices
  • $45,617 per annum plus superannuation and salary packaging benefits

About the Program:
Our clerkship program provides a unique opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students to learn on the job while developing their practical legal skills and knowledge. Our aim is to give you exposure to a range of legal aid work including attending client meetings and shadowing lawyers in the duty lawyers lists, responding to client enquiries and providing information and referral services to both clients and members of the public. There is also opportunity to participate in community legal education projects, law reform and other projects.

You will be supervised and supported throughout the program by the People & Culture team, program managers and an in-house practice that includes over 60 lawyers who are Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialists.

About you:
We’re seeking passionate and highly motivated law students who have an interest in developing a career in the legal assistance sector (e.g. Victoria Legal Aid, a community legal centre, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service or Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service)

Our program adopts a flexible approach and you can be at any stage of your law degree, join for any length of time in either a part or full time capacity. You can also return in successive years until you have finished your studies.

VLA considers that being Aboriginal and/or a Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under subsection 26(3) or section 28 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

About Victoria Legal Aid:
Our vision is for a fair and just society where rights and responsibilities are upheld. With over 700 staff employed in 14 offices across Victoria, we help people with their legal problems by providing information, advice and education with a focus on the prevention and early resolution of legal problems. We also provide legal representation to those who need it most.

Employee benefits:
We offer attractive employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free), flexible working arrangements, family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development. Whilst the work is challenging, you will be rewarded with a culture that is focused on achieving quality outcomes for disadvantaged Victorians.

How to apply:
To apply for the clerkship please ensure you:

  • complete the attached candidate application form
  • provide confirmation of enrolment in a law degree
  • submit a current resume with details of one referee
  • provide information that supports your identity as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person – this might be a Confirmation of Aboriginality document or some other letter from an Aboriginal community controlled organisation where you are from, or where you now live. Please contact us if this is a challenge. 

Please ensure you specify which VLA office or program area appeals to you and whether you would like to take this role up in a part or full time capacity.

For further information, review the attached position description or to discuss how this program might work with your study commitments contact Emma Norman, Recruitment Coordinator on (03) 9269 0193.


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