St Kilda Legal Service

Field of Law

Community Legal Centre

Stage of Career

Secondary students; Undergraduates; Graduate; Practising lawyer

Contact Details

Address: 161 Chapel Street, St Kilda
Phone: 03 5598 6635
Visit the St Kilda Legal Service Website Contact person: Anthea Teakle
Email: info@skls.org.au

Description of Organisation

The St Kilda Legal Service provides free legal assistance to residents in the cities of Port Philip, Stonnington and Bayside. They provides a generalist legal assistance that runs day and night services. The service also operates specialist programs: the Community Outreach Program and the Family Violence Program. SKLS is also the home of the LGBTIQ Legal Service which offers legal assistance to the LGBTIQ community across Victoria

Does your organisation have a human rights officer?

1 community legal education / law reform officer

Information for secondary schools

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

By arrangement a speaker can be sent to a school, no trips hosted

Contact person for school trip and/or speakers: info@skls.org.au

Information for university students/graduates

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

Yes

What are you looking for in a graduate?

A member of local community with a passion for social justice and community legal centres

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

  • Family law
  • Criminal law
  • Civil law

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Previous work in a law office with good administration skills and/or other community legal centres or community organisation

How does one apply:

Via the SKLS  website

Dates for application:

Throughout the year

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

No

Interview process:

Once an application has been submitted, SKLS will conduct a telephone interview and then an in-person interview.

What sort of volunteer/internship opportunities are available?

Approximately 20. Preference is given to people who live in area and are at the latter part of their law degree.

Contact person for volunteers:

Please use the website and dependent on the program you join you will be assigned a co-ordinator.

Information for practising lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

Someone who is committed to social justice and community legal centre work. It will depend on the position and the key selection criteria for the specific role.

What prior work is viewed favourably?

Paid and/or volunteer work at a community legal centre or experience in private practice. Work at a non-governmental organisation is also viewed favourably.

On average, how many positions become available per year?

Approximately 1 but varies each year

Where do you advertise your positions?

St Kilda Legal Service website, Federation of Community Legal Centres, Ethical Jobs

Do you use a recruitment agency?

No

Advice for applicants:

Read the position description and key selection criteria for each position and tailor your submission to match

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