Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Tenants Union of Victoria

Field of Law

Community Legal Centres; Consumer rights

Stage of Career

Undergraduates; Practising Lawyers

Contact details

Address: 55 Johnston Street, Fitzroy Victoria
Mailing address: PO Box 234, Fitzroy Victoria 3065
Phone: (03) 9411 1444
Visit the Tenants Union of Victoria website
Email: admin@tuv.org.au

Description of Organisation

The Tenants Union of Victoria was formed over 30 years ago to promote and protect the rights of tenants and residents in all forms of residential accommodation in Victoria. The Tenants Union aims to help individual tenants and to improve conditions for all tenants into the future. There are several integrated ways in which we work towards this goal.

Policy activities enable the TUV to raise tenancy issues with decision makers and the general public. We build on these efforts to effect legislative, policy and procedural change to improve conditions for tenants and residents.

Education activities provide resources and information for tenants to enable them to manage their tenancies effectively and to empower them to resolve any disputes with their landlord or estate agent.

The Tenants Union Legal Service also provides a free and confidential phone advice and drop- in service for tenants, including rooming house and caravan park residents, in public private or community managed housing. We can negotiate and advocate on behalf of tenants who can't effectively resolve their tenancy problems.

Number of legal positions within organisation: 10

Information for university students/graduates

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

Law student’s placements are available. It is the PLC placement and available only if applicable in their degree.

How many law graduates do you employ outside your graduate program, and what sort of roles do they fill?

If opportunities arise. These will be advertised on Seek/ Ethical Jobs.

Do you have a minimum Grade Point Average standard for an applicant’s academic record?

Depends on the role

What sorts of volunteer or internship opportunities are available?

Opportunities arise from time to time for both legal advocacy and policy related work.

Contact person for volunteers/internships: Ken Tie, Legal Service Manager

Information for practising lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

Creative application of the tenancy law. Ability to simplify legal concepts and processes for clients. Sound academic knowledge

What prior work is viewed favourably?

Litigation work.

On average, how many positions become available per year?

1-3

How many applications do you receive for these?

15-20

Where do you advertise your positions?

Seek, Ethical Jobs

Do you use a recruitment agency?

Dependent for position.

Advice for applicants

Don't be afraid to show us how good you are! But don't try to show us you are an expert in tenancy law.

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