Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Clerkship Program

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Clerkship Program

Every year we offer placements in our clerkship program to law students who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

Our clerkship is unique because:

  • you can commence a clerkship at any stage of your law degree
  • we offer multiple part time and full time positions each year
  • placement duration ranges from 4–12 weeks depending on how many days you can work each week
  • you can return in successive years until you have finished your studies
  • placements are available in our Criminal Law programFamily Law program or our Civil Justice program in Melbourne
  • placements are also available in our suburban and regional offices
  • you may also participate in our community legal education and law reform activities
  • we aim to accommodate your preferences regarding location and areas of interests where possible.


We are currently updating our clerkship program and expect to open applications for our 2021 intake in June–July. Candidates must apply via our careers page.

What people say about our program 

Clerkship participant Charis Ballantyne
Clerkship participant Charis Ballantyne

The Aboriginal Clerkship Program at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) has been one of the most important aspects of my learning and career journey. The program has equipped me with valuable skills that go beyond mere legal knowledge or technical capabilities, which have prepared me for life as a lawyer. VLA is an incredibly nurturing and supportive environment, and I have consistently been met with patience, encouragement and recognition in all the work I have done. The program has opened many doors and career opportunities, exposing me to different kinds of work, a variety of practice areas, as well as the highs and lows of legal practice. – Charis Ballantyne, Clerkship participant.

More information                                           

To discuss eligibility, express your interest or for more information about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Clerkship Program, please contact First Nations Consultant Steph McStay– email Steph.McStay@vla.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 9269 0496.

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