Public Interest Law Careers Guide - First Step Legal Service (a legal service within the First Step Program)
Field of Law
Stage of career
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
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?
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.
Law degree and experience working in the area of criminal law
What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?
What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?
Do you have a graduate clerkship program? (involving practical legal training and admission to practise)
What sort of volunteer/work experience opportunities are available?
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?
On average, how many positions become available per year?
1 every 2 years
Where do you advertise your positions?