Public Interest Law Careers Guide - JobWatch

Field of Law

Community Legal Centres; Employment Law

Stage of career

Secondary; Undergraduates (volunteer only)

Contact Details

Address: 10/21 Victoria Street, Melbourne 3000
Phone: (Infoline) 9662 1933
Visit the Jobwatch website
Contact person: Melissa Favasuli
Email: jobwatch@jobwatch.org.au

Description of Organisation

JobWatch is an employment rights community legal centre which provides assistance to Victorian workers about their rights at work. JobWatch is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which receives State and Federal government funding.

JobWatch provides:

  • Free and confidential telephone information and referral services for Victorian workers;
  • Community legal education, including training, seminars and the production of a variety of publications on employment law and workers' rights;
  • Representation and assistance for disadvantaged workers through a legal casework practice; and
  • Carries out campaign and law reform activity with a view to promoting workplace justice.

Number of legal positions within organisation: 2.5 equivalent full-time lawyers

Information for secondary schools

Do you have work experience placements for secondary school students?

Contact person for work experience placements

Melissa Favasuli

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

Yes

Contact person for school trip and/or speakers

Gabrielle Marchetti

Information for university students

Do you have a graduate clerkship program? (involving practical legal training and admission to practise)

No

We host Monash students completing a clinical externship placement. We also host students and graduates who would like to volunteer.

What are you looking for in a graduate?

We generally give preference to applicants who are able to demonstrate a keen interest in employment law and/or anti-discrimination law.

Qualifications/skills required

We provide training to students prior to commencing their externship/volunteering

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Employment Law and  Anti-Discrimination Law

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Work involving the development of communication skills

How many graduates do you take a year?

None

We do accept graduates who would like to volunteer

How does one apply

  • Volunteering: Send through a CV and Cover letter
  • Clinical Externship: Via University Process

Dates for application:

  • Volunteering: Anytime
  • Clinical Externship:

Do you have a minimum Grade Point Average standard for an applicant's academic record?

No

If there are any fails on a candidate's academic record how will they affect the recruitment process?

We generally give preference to applicants who are able to demonstrate a keen interest in employment law and/or anti-discrimination law. A fail on a candidate's academic record does not necessarily preclude acceptance.

What sort of volunteer/work experience opportunities are available?

We host volunteers and Monash students completing a clinical externship placement.

Contact person for volunteers

Melissa Favasuli

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