Legal Aid NSW Fellowship information session

Event date: 
5 Oct 2017
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Venue: 
The Boardroom, Level 2, UNSW Law
Topic: 
Legal Aid NSW Fellowship
Speaker: 
Anthony Levin
Position: 
Senior Solicitor
Cost: 
Free
Enquiries: 
Any questions? Call us on 9385 1803.

AHRCentre and Legal Aid NSW Fellowship (UNSW Law Graduates) information session

Fellowship Program

Legal Aid NSW, in partnership with the UNSW Law and the Australian Human Rights Centre, has established a Human Rights Fellowship Program for graduate law students. The fellowship program has been developed to give UNSW law students interested in human rights legal practice an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience at Legal Aid NSW.

Find out more - information session

To find out more about this 2018 opportunity for UNSW Law graduates, attend the information session on Thursday, 5th October 2017, from 1pm - 2pm. Senior Solicitor Anthony Levin and Will de Waal (current fellow) from Legal Aid NSW will discuss the application process as well as the work involved in the fellowship.

Fellowship Program Outline

Two fellowships are currently available for 26 weeks and are designed to enable a UNSW graduate law student to undertake the clinical component of the College of Law Practical Training Course Professional Program while working in the Human Rights Team, Civil Law Division of Legal Aid NSW. The student will primarily support the Legal Aid NSW Human Rights Committee (LAHRC) by preparing reports on applications for aid that raise significant public interest or human rights issues. They will also gain experience in key areas of practice including false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, discrimination, administrative law and housing. There is also some scope for advocacy, law reform, training and community legal education.

The student will be paid a salary for the period of the fellowship.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

All UNSW law students who have completed their law degrees by March 2018 are eligible to apply, but students who have specialised in human rights and public interest law will be given preference in the selection process. Students who have already completed the Work Experience component of their PLT will not be eligible to apply. Two positions are available with expected start dates in March 2018 and September 2018 respectively.

An application will consist of:

1.     Curriculum vitae with the name of two referees;

2.     A short covering letter indicating reasons for applying for the Fellowship and particular areas of interest in human rights and/or public interest law;

3.     A statement addressing each of the following selection criteria:

o     Knowledge of, and familiarity with, human rights or public interest law, in particular current issues and developments in human rights law affecting Australia;

o     Experience working with socially and economically disadvantaged people;

o     Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to draft correspondence, submissions, research memoranda and Human Rights Committee reports;

o     Excellent analytical and research skills;

4.     Verification of meeting the College of Law Professional Program rules for work experience component. See http://www.collaw.edu.au/downloads/plt-work-experience-component/

o    Please indicate in your application when you expect to complete your PLT requirements (noting that it is not a requirement to have completed your PLT before taking up the position).

5.     The dates available to take up the position during 2018.

Candidates will be selected for interview on the basis of the material submitted in their application. A selection committee comprising two representatives from Legal Aid NSW will make a selection based on the applications received.

For information on the LAHRC see: http://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/civil-law/human-rights

Deadline

Enquiries and applications to:

Anthony Levin, Senior Solicitor, Human Rights Team, Legal Aid NSW

(02) 9219 5928

Anthony.levin@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

Applications will be accepted from 1 November until 30 November 2017.