Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Reprieve

Field of Law

Criminal; Human Rights

Stage of Career

Undergraduates; Practising Lawyers (Internships/Volunteering only)

Contact details

Address: Reprieve Australia, GPO Box 4296, Melbourne  VIC  3001
Phone: +61 (3) 9670 4108.
Visit the Reprieve Australia website
Contact person:  Executive Officer

Description of Organisation

Reprieve Australia helps provide legal and humanitarian assistance to impoverished people facing the death penalty.

Reprieve advocate against the death penalty and aims to raise awareness about human rights.

Now in its tenth year, Reprieve Australia conducts volunteer programs at home and abroad, including sending Australians to defend clients facing the death penalty overseas.

Reprieve also produces news updates, conducts awareness raising events and works with other organisations which fight against the death penalty.

Number of legal positions within organisation: There are 8 committee positions and varying internship positions. All positions are voluntary

Information for secondary schools

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

Reprieve can send speakers to schools.

Contact person for school trip and/or speakers: Andrew Papaleo

Information for university students/graduates

What are you looking for in a graduate?

An unshakeable opposition to the death penalty

  • Maturity, self-sufficiency and commitment
  • Independence
  • Research background
  • Hard-working
  • Commitment to a minimum of 3 month placement is US and 6 weeks in South East Asia

Qualifications/skills required

Student or higher.

It is preferred that interns be at least 21 years of age. However, we consider all applications.

International Interns must be able to fund their own trip (btw $6000-8000 AUD. Please note that some universities may provide travel grants to their students for Reprieve Australia Internships)

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Crime, human rights, social justice.

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Legal, social justice and human rights.

Do you have a graduate clerkship program?


What sort of volunteer/internship opportunities are available?

  • US internship program.
  • South East Asia internship program.
  • Domestic volunteers for various tasks on an ad hoc basis.

Contact person for volunteers:

Andrew Papaleo

To join our mailing list, please email:

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


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

It will not.

Advice for applicants

Normally, a Reprieve Australia Internship will last between three and six months. Due to the requirements of the offices in which interns are placed, each intern must commit to a minimum of three months for US internships and 6 weeks in South East Asia.

Reprieve accept applicants at any time during the year, for departure at any time. However, most Interns tend to undertake their volunteer work over the Christmas holidays.

There is no deadline for applications for internships, but it is recommend that you apply three months in advance of your proposed commencement date.

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