Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Native Title Services Victoria

Field of Law

Indigenous

Stage of Career

Undergraduates; Graduates; Practising Lawyers

Contact Details

Address: 642 Queensberry St North Melbourne, Victoria 3051 Australia
Phone: 9321 5300
Visit the Native Title Services Victoria website
Contact person: Fleur Blum and Debbie Heeney
Email: webemail@ntsv.com.au or recruitment@ntsv.com.au

Description of Organisation

Native Title Services Victoria exists to deliver sustainable Native Title outcomes to Aboriginal people in Victoria that will respect, protect and transmit Aboriginal culture and identity for present and future generations.

Number of legal positions within organisation: Approximately 10

Information for university students/graduates

Do you have a graduate program?

Yes - NTSV has a Graduate Lawyer program where Graduate Lawyers are employed on a 12 month contract. However this is not a clerkship program and PLT and admission to legal practice are the responsibility of the Graduate.

What are you looking for in a graduate?

  • ability to manage complex tasks
  • excellent communication skills
  • strong writing skills
  • demonstrated analytical skills
  • sound judgement and an understanding of the cultural, social, economic and political issues that affect the land-related aspirations of Aboriginal people and communities in Victoria.

Qualifications/skills required

  • completed or close to completing a law degree
  • intending to commence or continue PLT within 6 months,
  • knowledge and experience in native title law and practice,
  • current driver's licence,
  • proficient in use of Microsoft Office products  

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Human rights, international law, constitutional law, administrative law, native title

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Experience in a not-for-profit environment, particularly experience in another NTRB or native title organisation in Australia.

How many graduates do you take a year?

Approximately 2 - 3

How does one apply

Graduate Lawyer positions are advertised as they become available.

Do you require your applicants to be recent law graduates?

No

How many law graduates do you employ outside your graduate program, and what sort of roles do they fill?

None - NTSV only takes people through the graduate program or practising lawyers

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

No

What sort of volunteer/internship opportunities are available?

Short term internships are available through programs run by the Aurora Project and the University of Melbourne.  Volunteers are only accepted on an occasional basis.

Contact person for volunteers:

Fleur Blum, Human Resources

Information for practising lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

Ability to manage complex tasks, excellent communication skills, strong writing skills, demonstrated analytical skills, sound judgement, reliability, strong work ethic, and an understanding of the cultural, social, economic and political issues that affect the land-related aspirations of Aboriginal people and communities in Victoria.

What prior work is viewed favourably?

Experience in a not-for-profit environment, particularly experience in another NTRB or native title organisation in Australia.

On average, how many positions become available per year?

Approximately 0-2. This is dependent on the turnover of staff.

How many applications do you receive for these?

Approximately 25 

Where do you advertise your positions?

NTSV website, Aurora Project website, www.seek.com, and through Social Justice Opportunities web portal

Do you use a recruitment agency?

Rarely

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