How to apply

How to apply

Please note that applications for 2017 are now closed. Applications for 2018 are likely to open late next year or early 2019.

What to address in your expression of interest

You need to outline your experience as a criminal law advocate, addressing each of the key selection criteria. Please keep your response to the key selection criteria to a 1000-word limit in total. You will also need to attach your current curriculum vitae.

Important: you must also provide a nomination letter from a senior member of the Bar, your clerk, or a respected senior member of the profession, such as a senior solicitor, magistrate or judge. This requirement will help the selection panel to assess your readiness for the program. As there are limited places, you should also outline why you should be offered a place in the program.

Key selection criteria

You must address the following key selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest in developing a career as a criminal law advocate, particularly as defence counsel promoting social justice and the protection of human rights, by providing expert advice, opinions and representation in complex criminal proceedings.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience in the court practice of criminal law, including as an advocate in the Magistrates’ Court and with some experience in indictable and contested matters, under both state and federal legislation.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the laws of evidence and criminal procedure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to liaise and negotiate with prosecutorial authorities, police, welfare and other agencies along with the ability to communicate effectively with clients from culturally diverse backgrounds and those who are socially and economically disadvantaged.
  • Commitment to develop your legal and advocacy skills through active participation in criminal trials and a willingness to engage in an effective mentoring relationship with senior counsel.

Short-listed applicants will be required to undergo a simulated advocacy exercise before a panel.

If you have applied for inclusion in this program in previous years, and are re-applying, you will still need to complete the above process.

Contact us

For more information, please email or contact:

  • Shannon Dellamarta, Associate Director, VLA Chambers on (03) 9269 0130
  • Kirstie Vonk, Senior Advocates Clerk on (03) 9269 0432.

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