Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Emma House Domestic Violence Services

Field of Law

Community Legal Centres; Family Violence

Stage of Career

Secondary; Undergraduates; Practising Lawyers

Contact Details

Address: PO Box 547, Warrnambool 3280
Phone: (03) 5561 1934
Email: lawyer@emmahouse.org.au

Description of Organisation

Emma House Domestic Violence Services provides support for women and their children who have or who are experiencing domestic/family violence. Emma House undertakes outreach work, court support, provides accommodation options, assistance into the private rental market, intensive case management, and counselling.

In August 2012 funding was provided for a specialist CLC to be auspiced to Emma House to assist the women and children with legal matters. This is a Pilot Program however we anticipate funding will continue after June 2014 when the Pilot Program finishes based on the stats generated and the fact we have exceeded all projected targets in the first year.

Number of legal positions within organisation:  1 based on present funding of the Pilot Program

Does your organisation have a human rights officer?

Every staff member works with a Human Rights perspective

Information for secondary schools

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

Yes

Contact person for school trip and/or speakers: Carolyn Howe

Information for university students/graduates

Do you have a graduate program?

Emma house is currently looking into hosting a Law graduate via the program offered through the Federation of Community Legal Centres.

If successful it will be 1 graduate at a time for a period of 3-4 months.

What are you looking for in an applicant?

A non-judgemental attitude to women in crisis

Qualifications/skills required

Empathy plus a Law Degree

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Family Law

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Community Legal Centre - Legal Programs

How does one apply

Contact the Federation

Dates for application

No specific dates

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

Yes. First year

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?

No

What sort of volunteer opportunities are available?

Emma House will consider volunteer law students in their final year of study.

Information for practising lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

Ability to think outside the box

What prior work is viewed favourably?

Social justice

On average, how many positions become available per year?

None have been advertised as it is a Pilot Program

Advice for applicants

This work offers the opportunity to practice in all areas of law which relate to the daily impact of family violence on women and children

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