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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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.

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Work type:    Other
Job function:    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification:    VLA2
Work location:    Melbourne - CBD
Reference:    VG/202020
Closing date:    06-Dec-2020
Salary range:    $51,896 - $70,577
Job duration:    N/A
File attachment:    Clerk Legal Clerkship Program Position Description.docx (Word, 140KB)

Clerk candidate application form March 2020.docx (Word, 148KB)

PD preview:    Preview unavailable for this role
Contact:    Lauren Steers, Talent Acquisition Consultant
     (03) 9269 0463

Position details
  • Learning and development opportunity for students at any stage of their law degree
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience in our Criminal, Civil and Family Law program areas across the state
  • Salary $51,896 per annum pro rata

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 provide exposure to a range of legal aid work including attending client meetings, 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 self-motivated law students who have an interest in developing a career within the legal assistance sector (e.g. Victoria Legal Aid, Community Legal Centre's, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service or Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service) with a strong commitment to making a positive impact in their community. Our program adopts a flexible approach tailored to your interests which can be completed at any stage of your law degree in either a part time or full time capacity. There is also the option to return in successive years until you have completed 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 800 staff employed in 15 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.

How to apply:

  • submit a current resume with details of at least one referee
  • complete the attached candidate application form (listed within the file attachments as a Word document)
  • provide confirmation of enrolment in a law degree
  • 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.

For further information please refer to the attached position description, or to discuss how the program might work with your study commitments contact Lauren Steers, Talent Acquisition Consultant on (03) 9269 0463. 

While we are still accepting applications for our clerkships, we do not expect interviews to take place until at least mid September. To protect your safety and the health and safety of our staff, interviews will take place online. If shortlisted for an interview you will be provided with further information about the process.

Applications close at 11.59pm on Sunday 6 December 2020


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