Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Youthlaw (Young People's Legal Rights Centre Inc.)

Field of Law

Community Legal Centres; Youth

Stage of Career

Undergraduates; Graduates; Practising Lawyers

Contact Details

Address: Frontyard, 19 King Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9611 2412
Visit the Youthlaw website
Contact person: Please contact the main phone number and your request will be passed on to the appropriate staff member.
Email: info@youthlaw.asn.au

Description of Organisation

Youthlaw is a state-wide free community legal centre for young people under 25 years of age in Victoria

Youthlaw works to address the legal issues facing young people through legal services, advocacy, law reform and preventative education programs, within a human rights and social justice framework.

Youthlaw is based in CBD Melbourne (19 King Street) and is co-located with Frontyard Youth Services.

Number of legal positions within organisation:

8 lawyers

Does your organisation have a human rights officer?

Yes. We have a Human Rights & Advocacy Officer

Information for secondary schools

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

We only provide community legal education sessions to vulnerable young people.

In a school context this might be a group or program designed for at risk or disengaging students.

We also speak to VCAL classes and students in alternative community school settings.

If we cannot assist we will suggest other organisations.

Contact person for school trip and/or speakers: Education@youthlaw.asn.au; (03) 9611 2412.

Information for university students/graduates

Do you have a graduate clerkship program?

No

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

CLC experience is viewed favourably

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

Not really - we are a small organisation and as such the only employment opportunities we usually have are those looking for qualified lawyers with practising experience.

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

No

If there are any fails on a candidate's academic record how will they affect the recruitment process?

They will probably not affect it

What sort of volunteer/work experience  opportunities are available?

We have an annual volunteer intake each March. Go to our website www.youthlaw.asn.au in Jan/Feb for details and to find the application form.

This is for second year or later law students. Volunteers are trained to provide administrative and paralegal support to our lawyers.

Volunteering is half or a full day a week for a minimum of 12 months

Contact person for volunteers: admin@youthlaw.asn.au; info@youthlaw.asn.au

Information for practising lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

  • A minimum of 2 years legal experience in criminal, admin and civil law areas.
  • Flexibility & team work skills
  • Initiative & enthusiasm
  • Passion &/or interest in youth  justice

What prior work is viewed favourably?

  • CLC or Legal Aid legal experience
  • Relevant volunteer experience will be considered

On average, how many positions become available per year?

Not frequent, 1 every 2 years.

How many applications do you receive for these?

This varies, but usually at least 40

Where do you advertise your positions?

  • Infoxchange
  • VLA
  • Ethical jobs
  • Age online

Do you use a recruitment agency?

No

Advice for applicants:

  • Strong clear written application that sets out previous experience and shows an understanding of Youthlaw’s  objectives
  • Cover letter that addresses all selection criteria

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