Public Interest Law Careers Guide - McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer

Field of Law


Stage of Career

Undergraduates; Practising Lawyers

Contact Details

Address: Cancer Council Victoria, 615 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 3004
Phone: 03 9514 6100
Visit the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer website

Description of Organisation

The McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer is a joint initiative of Cancer Council Victoria and the Union for International Cancer Control. Its mission is to contribute to the effective use of the law for cancer prevention, treatment, supportive care and research.

The McCabe Centre:

  • conducts research, policy development and training
  • develops and disseminates materials on the relationship between law and cancer control
  • provides cancer control organizations and others with an interest in cancer control with a place (both real and virtual) to go for information
  • provides a forum for discussion and sharing of information and experiences
  • connects lawyers, legal academics and law students with cancer control researchers and with other disciplines

The McCabe Centre collaborates with other non-governmental organizations, law schools and legal practitioners, and works, as appropriate, with governments and intergovernmental organizations.

The McCabe Centre is the only centre of its kind in the world. It aims to help build capacity globally in the effective use of law for cancer control, working with member organizations of UICC, the leading global cancer control non-governmental organization, with over 760 member organisations across 155 countries.

The McCabe Centre’s current areas of focus are the key cancer prevention areas of tobacco and alcohol control and obesity prevention, access to medicines, and cancer treatment and supportive care. Its work spans diverse areas of domestic and international law including health law, consumer protection law, constitutional law, trade law, investment law, intellectual property law, drug control law and human rights law.

Number of legal positions within organisation: 5-6

Information for university students/graduates

What are you looking for in a graduate?

Excellent technical legal skills, a demonstrated interest in cancer prevention, treatment, care and research.

Qualifications/skills required

Legal research, writing, and analytical skills

Ability to communicate technical legal content to a variety of audiences

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Public health law; International law subjects

Interview process: Interview with 2-3 McCabe Centre lawyers

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Legal policy, research, international law, public health experience

How does one apply:

Vacancies are advertised on

Generally, the application process will involve submitting a cover letter, CV, and selection criteria specific to the position.

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


Interview process:

Interview process: Interview with 2-3 McCabe Centre lawyers, potentially a second interview with Director of McCabe Centre.

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?

We consider candidates' academic records. A fail/s would be noted and probably taken into account.

What sorts of volunteer or internship opportunities are available?

Internships are available through the Melbourne Law School PILI (Public Interest Law Initiative) Internships Program.

Information for practising lawyers

What are you looking for in a permanent employee?

Excellent technical legal skills, relevant experience, demonstrated interest in and commitment to cancer prevention, treatment, care and research.

What prior work is viewed favourably?

Legal experience, policy and / or legal research positions.

On average, how many positions become available per year?

Occasional vacancies.

How many applications do you receive for these?


Where do you advertise your positions?

Law Institute of Victoria, Ethical Jobs, Seek, Social Justice Opportunities Career Guide

Do you use a recruitment agency?


Additional comments:

All staff and volunteers must be non-smokers

Right to work in Australia required

Successful applicants must complete a satisfactory National Police Check

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