Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Tarwirri - Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria

Stage of Career

Indigenous Law students and lawyers

Contact Details

Contact person:Yvonne Lingua
Email: ylingua@liv.asn.au
Visit the Tarwirri website

Description of Organisation

Tarwirri, the Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria (ILSLAV), is an incorporated association that provides assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students, law graduates, solicitors, barristers and judicial officers throughout Victoria.

Tarwirri's mission is to increase and enhance the representation, professional profile and excellence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal professionals and law students within the Victorian legal landscape and broader community

Full membership is open to anyone who is an Indigenous Australian studying law in Victoria; or who has previously graduated in law from a university or other institution and who currently resides in Victoria; or who is studying, or has previously graduated in law at a university or other institution outside Victoria, and who currently resides in Victoria and whose membership is approved by the committee.

Associate membership is open to persons who are not eligible for a full membership. Our associate membership comprises judicial officers, barristers, law students and lawyers.

To join Tarwirri, visit the Get involved page of the Tarwirri website

Information for Indigenous Students

Tarwirri aims to engage with and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students during their studies and support their transition into the legal profession.

Bachelor of Law degrees are currently offered in Victoria through Monash University, La Trobe University, Victoria University and Deakin University. Melbourne University now offers a Juris Doctor program to generalist graduates.  Tarwirri can assist with:

  • Legal skills and information program for first year students
  • Access to seasonal clerkship opportunities, internships
  • Access to scholarships and bursaries
  • Mock interviews and resume assistance
  • Access to traineeships upon completion of degree
  • Access to mentors

Information for Indigenous Lawyers

Tarwirri seeks to support the achievement of members' individual aspirations and career development by representing and promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal professionals.

ILSLAV-Tarwirri relies heavily on the voluntary contribution of members to form a committee. Committee members are elected for two year terms, and vacancies are regularly available to join the committee. In particular, we require further involvement of practitioner members to support the association. Joining the committee can be a fantastic way to broaden your professional profile and networks, and is an excellent addition to any resume.

Tarwirri can assist lawyers and solicitors with:

  • Advocacy in seeking employment
  • Social and professional gatherings
  • Mock interviews and resume assistance

To address the lack of Indigenous barristers at the Victorian Bar, several programs have been put into place:

  • The Victorian Bar has established the Indigenous Barristers Fund
  • The Victorian Bar offers one fully paid place for an Indigenous person to undertake the Bar Readers Course annually
  • Tarwirri can assist with promoting the new barrister through its legal networks and members
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