Clerkship programs and graduate opportunities increase diversity in the legal sector

Clerkship programs and graduate opportunities increase diversity in the legal sector

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

As a part of improving our service response to the communities we work with, we're improving employment opportunities at Victoria Legal Aid for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We offer both clerkship and graduate opportunities to law students who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to encourage greater representation in the legal sector. ​​​

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Clerkship Program​​

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Clerkship Program​ is open to law students at any stage of their law degree. It offers students the ability to develop their legal skills and knowledge in a supportive environment. This program is a great introduction to the work of Victoria Legal Aid and the social justice field more broadly. 

The program is unique in its flexible approach and aims to meet the individual needs and interests of our clerks. Placements during this program aim to take into account each clerks individual circumstances, including location, interests, level of experience and availability around work, family and study commitments.

Find out more about the experience of one graduate of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Clerkship Program or apply now

​​Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Law Program ​

In 2018 we also launched our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduate Law Program to improve pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students seeking a career in social justice and human rights. The program is aimed at law graduates and students who are eligible but are yet to undertake their practical legal training (PLT). This program provides opportunities to learn on the job while developing practical legal skills and knowledge. In addition to earning a full-time salary, successful applicants have their PLT course fees covered by Victoria Legal Aid.

A new clerkship program for 2019

In 2019 we will also be collaborating with the Australian African Lawyers Network (AALN)​ to pilot a new clerkship program. This program aims to provide a practical and meaningful experience to AALN members to support their career development and provide opportunities to gain valuable skills, knowledge and a network within the justice sector. The first participants will be selected and placed in clerkship roles across various Victoria Legal Aid programs and offices later in 2019. 

​Stay tuned for more information in a future edition of Legal A​​id Brief

 

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