Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Graduate Law Program

We invite aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students seeking a career in social justice and human rights to apply for our new Graduate Law Program.
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/TBA2A
Closing Date: 02-Apr-2017
Salary Range: $45,617 - $62,038
Job Duration: 7 Months
Attachments: Law Graduate PD.pdf (PDF, 180KB)


Candidate application form - Graduate Program.doc (Word, 236KB)


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

Position Details

  • Progress your career in social justice and human rights
  • Gain valuable experience and mentoring while completing your practical legal training for admission
  • Starting salary of $53,827 plus superannuation and salary packaging benefits

About the role:
Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) recently launched our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy to support the delivery of our first Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2018. As a result we have established the Graduate Program to improve pathways for aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students seeking a career in social justice and human rights.

This program is aimed at law graduates who are yet to complete their Practical Legal Training (PLT), and provides you with the opportunity to learn on the job while developing your practical legal skills and knowledge. You will be exposed to a range of legal aid work including supervised casework, shadowing and reverse shadowing lawyers at court, working with our diverse client base, and learning from expert lawyers from our criminal, civil and family law programs.

You will be based in our Melbourne office with one day spent at court or undertaking casework tasks, and the other four days in the office focused on your PLT commitments.

This program is also the ideal pathway to our New Lawyers Program and guarantees you an interview for our 2018 intake.

About you:
We are seeking candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in social justice. You will have an interest in criminal, family, civil or administrative law, and embody our values of fairness, care and courage. 

You will be able to work collaboratively within a team, seek out development opportunities and manage your time effectively. You will have good interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate clearly with people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.

Important to your success in this role will be your ability to manage your studies and work commitments simultaneously, and meet deadlines within an open plan working environment.

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).

To be accepted on the program you must be eligible to commence your PLT for admission.

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:

Please submit a current resume and completed candidate application form. You must complete the candidate application form to be considered for this role, separate responses to the KSC outlined in the position description are not required. Please also include the contact details of one referee.

For further information, review the attached position description or contact Emma Norman, Recruitment Coordinator on (03) 9269 0193.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 2 April 2017

Interviews will take place in April/May with the program commencing in January 2018.


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