Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Emma House Domestic Violence Services
Field of Law
Stage of Career
Address: PO Box 547, Warrnambool 3280
Phone: (03) 5561 1934
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?
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
Empathy plus a Law Degree
What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?
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?
If there are any fails on a candidate's academic record how will they affect the recruitment process?
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?
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