Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Victoria Law Foundation

Field of Law

Legal Professional Bodies

Stage of career

Secondary Schools; undergraduates

Contact Details

Address: Level 5, 43 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, 3000.
Phone: 9604 8100
Visit the Victoria Law Foundation website
Email: contact@victorialawfoundation.org.au

Description of Organisation

The Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation focused on helping Victorians to understand the law their legal system.

Number of legal positions within organisation:

1 (Legal writer and editor). Other positions are held by people with legal qualifications

Information for secondary schools

Do you host school trips or send speakers to schools?

YES, through our Classroom Law Talks program, see the Victoria Law Foundation website

Contact person for school trip and/or speakers:

Education Manager
Email: education@victorialawfoundation.org.au
Phone: 9604 8100

Information for university students/graduates

Do you have a graduate program?

No.

What sort of volunteer/internship opportunities are available?

The Foundation runs an internship program each year.  Our internships offer Victorian law students an opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes understanding of a non-commercial legal body and to develop networks to assist them in their future careers

As an intern, the student is classified as a volunteer. Our internship program is for 20 days.

Only current Victorian university students undertaking an undergraduate law degree or juris doctorate may apply. Penultimate year students are especially encouraged to apply.

Throughout the selection process we will be looking for applicants that have:

  • excellent research skills, especially in the use of electronic databases
  • first-rate oral and written communication skills
  • strong interpersonal skills and the ability to be a team player
  • superior organisational and administrative skills
  • initiative and ability to work independently

Qualifications/skills required

As noted above

What electives/areas of study are viewed favourably?

Undergraduate law degree or juris doctorate

What prior work/volunteer work is viewed favourably?

Not essential, but prior experience in the community sector is viewed as favourable

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?

  • If the students' academic transcript shows that they have experienced difficulty in some areas of their study, we ask that they explain why and tell us what steps they have taken to remedy this.
  • We look for honesty.

How does one apply

  • Online.
  • Applications are managed through the Victorian Government Careers website, but in most cases student will be able to access this site directly from through our website at www.victorialawfoundation.org.au.
  • Sign up to our newsletter

Dates for application

Once a year. Closing date to be confirmed usually February.  Visit the Victoria Law Foundation website

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

Only current Victorian university students undertaking an undergraduate law degree or juris doctorate may apply. Penultimate year students are especially encouraged to apply.

Interview process

If selected for an interview the student will be contacted at the email address and/or telephone number they listed on their application.  Group interviews are conducted within two to three weeks of the closing date.

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