Public Interest Law Careers Guide - academia

Jobs in academia include teaching and lecturing, tutoring and researching. But being an academic lawyer not only involves teaching. It involves research, academic writing and contributing to the ongoing debate about how our law works and how it can best be improved. Academic lawyers publish articles and books and are sought out by media to offer informed opinions about the law. The testimonials below will give an insight into what it is like to be an academic lawyer

For students, working as a research assistant is not only good for getting a feel for work in university environment. It is also valuable experience for working in policy or law reform, from government departments to NGO's to community legal centres.

Or you might want to try your hand at academic writing. Getting published shows that you are a credible and authoritative writer and researcher. You don't have to wait until you are a post-graduate student or employed by a university. Well-written pieces by undergraduates will be considered. Try the publications below:

Work at Monash University

This information pertains to Monash University; however it is expected that other universities will have similar procedures.

At Monash, positions for casual research assistants are generally not advertised, and usually are informally arranged through the academic and the student.

Applicants with a law degree and post-graduate students may work as tutors. Tutors are also sourced from among law firms or sometimes the Bar. These positions are generally filled by networking or word-of-mouth, so talk to the Chief Examiners and faculty staff to find out about vacancies and register your interest.

Sessional lecturers and tutors submit expressions of interests for the coming year as from Sept. Staff are hired on the basis of an interview, their CV, referee reports, suitability to fill required teaching gaps/areas of study, flexible availability, etc. Sessionals are hired on a maximum of a 12 month contractual basis only.

Tenured full-time and part-time academic positions become available as per the needs of the Faculty & subsequently advertised to fill the gaps. The minimum requirement for any tenured academic position is a PhD.

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