2020 Seasonal Clerkship - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) vision is to be the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.

We embrace diversity amongst our staff and welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people with a disability. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email pieta.spencer@vgso.vic.gov.au

Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Seasonal
Job Function: Legal
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VGSO147
Closing Date: 11-Aug-2019
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: 3 weeks
Attachments: No File Attached
Contact: Carolyn Irving / Pieta Spencer
(03) 9032 3025 / (03) 9032 3052

Position Details

2020 Seasonal Clerkship - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

About the VGSO
The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) vision is to be the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.

The VGSO provides responsive legal services exclusively for the Victorian Government and public sector. Our place within government ensures we are at the centre of legal change, reform and problem-solving. We operate as a service-driven legal professional practice and strive for excellence in this competitive environment. In all aspects of our operations, we aim to role model and live by our values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence.

Why Choose the VGSO?
Our 3 week Seasonal Clerkship offers a unique opportunity to explore the VGSO's collegiate culture, gain insight into the professional responsibilities of a government lawyer, meet our talented and highly motivated people, and gain practical legal experience.

Our clerks work closely with a mentor at the VGSO while getting involved in work that has immense impact on the everyday lives of Victorians. You will be provided with the opportunity to attend court and client meetings, develop your practical research skills, assist in drafting complex advice, and grow your professional legal skills through in-house workshops.

As a clerk, you will partake in a comprehensive induction program to ensure you understand the VGSO's unique business model and internal processes. You will also have a current graduate assigned to you as a buddy to help navigate your 3 weeks at the VGSO.

During your clerkship you will be placed in one of our six legal Branches:

  • Commercial, Property & Technology
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Police
  • Public Law & Planning
  • Regulation, Administrative & Disciplinary Law
  • Workplace Relations & Occupational Safety

Being development focused, you will receive regular feedback to assist you in the development of your skills, confidence and ability.

What does the VGSO look for
The VGSO places great emphasis on our core values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence. We are looking for the following in our 2020 Clerks:

  • Due to complete your Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor by the end of 2020
  • Be an Australian citizen, Permanent Resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen
  • Able to commit to 3 weeks full time employment in either February or July 2020
  • A passion for law and commitment to working for a government law office
  • Demonstrate the requirements of acting as a model litigant
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Show an ability to work collaboratively and take initiative
  • Have sound academic results in a legal qualification
  • Interests and activities outside your studies

2021 Graduate Program - Priority Offers
Once you have completed a Seasonal Clerkship at the VGSO, you may be eligible for a priority offer for our 12 month Graduate Program. As a Law Graduate, you will gain exposure to various facets of the legal system, with three-month rotations through four of our legal Branches, while completing your Supervised Legal Training (SLT).

How to apply
If this sounds like the opportunity for you, apply now! Candidates will be required to complete a few questions contained within the online application form. Your application must also include the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Copy of your most recent legal academic transcript

As per the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Guidelines, applications close 11:59pm Sunday, 11 August, 2019.

For further information about the role, please contact Carolyn Irving, People & Culture Consultant, on (03) 9032 3025 or Pieta Spencer, Recruitment Consultant, on (03) 9032 3052 or visit our website.


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