Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Disability Discrimination Legal Service

Field of Law

Community Legal Centres; Disability

Stage of career

Undergraduates; Practising Lawyers

Contact details

Address: 2nd Floor, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Phone: 03 9654 8644
Website: www.ddls.org.au
Contact person:  Julie Phillips, Manager
Email: info@ddls.org.au

Description of Organisation

The Disability Discrimination Legal Service Inc (DDLS) is a state wide independent community legal centre that specialises in disability discrimination legal matters. We provide free legal services in several areas including information, referral, advice, casework assistance, community legal education, and policy and law reform.

The DDLS works actively towards the eradication of disability discrimination and facilitates and promotes justice for people with disabilities through community legal education sessions to professional and community groups to raise disability awareness and provide information on the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) and the Equal Opportunity Act 1995 (Vic).

We also undertake community development research projects to investigate and challenge current social, economic and legislative issues affecting people with disabilities in the community.

Number of legal positions within organisation: There are currently 2 legal positions within the organisation.

Information for secondary schools

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

The organisation does currently send speakers to schools.

Contact person for school trip and/or speakers: Deborah Randa

Information for university students/graduates

Do you have a graduate clerkship program?

The organisation does not have a formal graduate clerkship program.

What sorts of volunteer opportunities are available?

Knowledge in disability discrimination and rights.

Qualifications/skills required

A law degree is required.

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Disability and human rights

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

In the areas of disability and human rights.

How many graduates to you take a year?

Depends: usually less than 5

How does one apply: Contacting organisation at admin@ddls.org.au

Dates for application: The dates for application are all year round.

Do you require your applicants to be recent law graduates? If so, how recent?

No

Interview process: Apply through website, then contacted for an interview based on the selection process.

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

There is no minimum Grade Point Average standard for an applicant's academic record.

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

Fails on a candidate's academic record will not affect the recruitment process.

What sort of volunteer/internship opportunities are available?

DDLS offers volunteering positions ideally to penultimate law students, but also open to 3rd and 4th year students. Volunteers assist the solicitors in preparation for case work by interviewing clients on the phone, organising solicitor-client appointments and researching cases for submissions.

Contact person for volunteers:  Anna Leyden via admin@ddls.org.au

Information for practising lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

Valuable traits for a potential employee include empathy, compassion and interest in human rights law and disability discrimination.

What prior work is viewed favourably?

Disability and human rights advocacy, prior work at other community legal centres is viewed favourably.

On average, how many positions become available per year?

0

How many applications do you receive for these?

0

Where do you advertise your positions?

Available positions are advertised on the home page - www.communitylaw.org.au/ddls

Do you use a recruitment agency?

No

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