Public Interest Law Careers Guide - First Step Legal Service (a legal service within the First Step Program)

Field of Law

Community Legal Centres; Criminal; Health

Stage of career

Secondary; Graduates; Practising Lawyers

Contact Details

Address: 42 Carlisle Street, St Kilda 3182
Phone: 03 9537 3177
Visit the First Step Legal Service page on the First Step Program website
Contact person: Melissa Hardham / Tania Wolff
Email: info@firststepprogram.org

Description of Organisation

The First Step Legal Service offers representation to clients of the First Step Program with criminal law proceedings in Victoria.

The First Step Program provides health and wellbeing services to people experiencing substance abuse and addiction issues.

Number of legal positions within organisation: 2 criminal law positions and 1 paralegal

Information for secondary schools

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

Yes

Contact person for school trip and/or speakers: Tania Wolff

Information for university students/graduates

What are you looking for in an applicant?

A person who is compassionate and empathetic towards people from disadvantaged backgrounds experiencing a multitude of personal, social and economic challenges.

Qualifications/skills required

Law degree and experience working in the area of criminal law

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

As above

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

As above

Do you have a graduate clerkship program? (involving practical legal training and admission to practise)

No

What sort of volunteer/work experience opportunities are available?

None.

Information for practicing lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

Experience practicing in the area of criminal law and working with people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

What prior work is viewed favourably?

As above

On average, how many positions become available per year?

1 every 2 years

Where do you advertise your positions?

First Step Program website

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