About the role:
- Advocate daily on behalf of Victorian clients experiencing disadvantage
- Undertake case work and regularly appear in courts and tribunals
- Up to 12 full time ongoing positions available including two positions for applicants who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- Starting salary of $67,164 - $86,914 plus superannuation and salary packaging benefits
As the largest human rights, criminal, family and youth law practice in Victoria our lawyers are committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged Victorians. We are a leading force for community access to the legal system and are seeking versatile lawyers who embody our values of fairness, care and courage to join our New Lawyers Program (NLP).
We invite applicants from diverse backgrounds and work experience who are pursuing a career in social justice, with an interest in criminal, family, civil or administrative law, who can work under pressure in often difficult circumstances. We specifically welcome applications from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. We are looking for lawyers who can deliver high volume client services and handle busy court lists, but also identify opportunities for strategic advocacy and contribute to community legal education.
The NLP is a unique opportunity to learn on the job while being supported through a customised professional development program. This program has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to effectively represent VLA’s unique and diverse client base.
You will be supervised and supported by the NLP manager, experienced lawyers, trained placement hosts and an in-house practice that includes 60 LIV accredited specialists. You will undertake up to four six-month placements in our offices and program areas throughout Victoria including at least one placement in a regional office.About you:
You will have a career interest in the social justice sector, enjoy a challenge and thrive under pressure. You will have the ability to deliver duty lawyer services, case work and advice sessions relating to various legal matters. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to obtain clear instructions, and explain complex legal matters in simple terms to our diverse client groups daily.
You will also have a good understanding of the underlying systemic issues contributing to our client’s legal issues and the important role external organisations, community and welfare groups play in providing holistic services. You will seek out opportunities to improve client services and resolve legal problems that affect many people and focus on early intervention before clients reach crisis point.
Crucial to your success in this role will be your ability to adapt to changing environments and remain resilient under pressure. While on the NLP you will required to change office locations every six months and additional travel is expected when located at our suburban and regional offices.
Upon commencement you must be admitted to practice in Victoria or another Australian jurisdiction and cannot have more than 12 months post admission experience in a role requiring a practising certificate.How to apply:Answer all questions listed in the application form, submit a current resume, academic transcript relating to your LLB/JD, and details of two referees (no cover letter required).
For further information please visit our careers page: https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/about-us/careers or contact Lauren Steers, Resourcing Advisor on (03) 9269 0463.Applications close by midnight on Sunday 17 March 2019.