AULSS Careers Guide 2014




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EditorsBen Atkinson Hugh BrownHugo ShawImogen BasedowNick LeeNick BanksTaylor RundellEloise Crompton

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ContributorsAustralian Law Students’ AssociationBen CosentinoBrenton IllingworthChloe SwindenDale StephensDylan LowreyElissa HoffmanGillian Walker Dr Joanna HoweJusticeNet SADr Laura GrenfellMarie HayterDr Melissa de Zwart Michael Evans QCRichard McNeilRupert PeddlerSurvive Law- Tammy

ACKNOWLEDGMENTSOur sincere thanks to those who made the publication of the 2014 AULSS Careers Guide possible.

AULSS ExecutivePriya Pavri- PresidentEdward Gainer - Vice-President (Administration)Annie McNeil - Vice-President (Careers & Sponsorship)

SponsorsANU Legal WorkshopAllens Ashurst The Aurora ProjectBaker & McKenzieCosoff Cudmore KnoxClayton UtzThe College of LawCowell Clarke Commercial LawyersCrown Solicitors OfficeDMAW LawyersFinlaysonsFisher JeffriesHerbet Smith FreehillsJohnson Winter & SlatteryKing & Wood MallesonsLaw Society SALipman KarasOmbudsman SAProjects AbroadMinter EllisonKelly & CoThomsons LawyersWallmans Lawyers


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Foreword 04Message from the Dean 05

Kick Starting Your Career 06Career options 07ApplicationsCareers Service 09Interview Questions 16Email Etiquette 18 Experience in LawGetting a clerkship 20Q+A : Richard McNeil 22 VolunteeringR Mitchell Comm. Legal Centre 24

Pathway to PracticeHow do I get admitted to practice? 26Law Society GDLP 27ANU Legal Workshop 28The College of Law 30How to become a Barrister 31Q+A: Michael Evans QC 32Q+A: Gillian Walker 34

The Commercial Sector 362014 Clerkship Application Dates 37SponsorsAllens 38Ashurst 41Baker & McKenzie 42Clayton Utz 43Cowell Clarke Commercial Lawyers 44Finlaysons 46Johnson Winter & Slattery 48Kelly & Co 50King & Wood Mallesons 52Lipman Karas 54Minter Ellison 56Wallmans Laywers 58Thomsons Lawyers 60

Criminal and Family Law 61Q+A: Marie Hayter 62Profile: Brenton Illingworth 64


Whilst we have endeavoured to verify the information contained in this Guide, the Adelaide University Law Students’ Society accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any of the material.

Courts And ADR 66Judge’s Associate: How to Apply 67Q+A’s:Elissa Hoffman 70Aus. Centre for Int. Comm. Arbitration 72Aus. International Disputes Centre 74Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators 76

Public Sector 78Profiles:Australian Human Rights Commission 79Australian Law Reform Commission 80Australian Taxation Office 81 Crown Solicitors Office 82Legal Services Commission of SA 84Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions 84South Australian Law Reform Institute 86Public internships at UofA 87

Corporate Advisory 88Profiles:Deloitte 89Greenhill and Co 90Barclays 91

Human Rights and International Law 92Q+A: Associate Professor Laura Grenfell 93Profile: Chloe Swinden 95Q+A: IHL Officer Heath McCallum 96Projects Abroad 97Profile: Capt Dale Stephens RANR 99Profile: The Aurora Project 101

Social Justice 103ProfilesJusticeNet 104Reprieve Australia 105Teach for Australia 106

Alternative Careers in Law 108Career in Politics 109Academia 110To Lawyer or Not to Lawyer 111

Careers Directory 112


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Welcome to the 2014 Adelaide University Law Students’ Society Careers Guide!

The Careers Guide is a helpful tool and starting point for discovering what awaits you outside the walls of Ligertwood. Since its first publication, the Careers Guide has evolved to become a valuable resource in equipping students with the relevant and necessary information about career opportunities. With the introduction of a Careers Directory, students have a one-stop shop to discovering the varying opportunities that are available to them. Whether it is pursuing a career in commercial law, the public sector or international law, the Directory has the answers for you.

Our main focus in producing the Guide was to provide students with as much information about varying careers in law as possible. Each year we endeavour to canvas a wide range of career pathways as we appreciate that not everyone wants to follow the ‘typical’ law path. With that in mind, we have introduced new sections to the guide such as Courts + ADR, Social Justice and Corporate Advisory and hope that they are beneficial. The Guide also includes advice on applying for clerkships and jobs and informs you of Practical Legal Training options.

I would like to sincerely thank all of the AULSS’s sponsors, the Careers and Sponsorship Representatives for their tireless efforts in putting the Guide together and all those who have contributed to the production of this publication. The Guide is a valuable student resource that would not be available without your support. As you peruse the pages of the Guide I hope that you are closer to realising your career goals.

Annie McNeilVice-President (Careers & Sponsorship)


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Career choices can be bewildering and confusing, even in an area as apparently traditional and conservative as the law. This is increasingly the case in a work environment where the pace of change is ferocious. Many of the career paths that students of today will follow did not exist when they contemplated joining the Law School. And in the midst of the endless array of career possibilities, it is quite common for students not to have a clear idea of the direction they would like to take on the completion of their studies. This is one of the reasons why this Careers Guide is so very valuable. I encourage you to open yourself to the full range of possibilities it presents.

The Law School at the University of Adelaide aspires to produce graduates who have a dedication to excellence in the learning and practice of law, a deep understanding of the importance of ethics and professionalism, and a commitment to the rule of law as the foundation of a just society. As part of the undergraduate law program students do not simply ‘learn the law’ as if it were a fixed body of knowledge to be absorbed. Rather they seek to gain a deep understanding of the fundamental principles of the law and begin to develop and to practice the skills - thinking, critical analysis, research, writing, mooting, and more - which will provide the foundation for the life-long learning that a career in law entails. I encourage you to think about the full array of talents and skills you have developed during your time at the Law School. These are qualities that will be needed for success, whichever career pathway you may choose.

In its long history, Adelaide Law School has established a fine tradition of excellence in its graduates. For inspiring careers in the law, we only need to look at the outstanding contributions our former students have made, and continue to make, to their local, national and international communities. The Law School has produced many noteworthy individuals including numerous judges in South Australia and elsewhere in Australia, Federal and State politicians, including Ministers; academics with respected international reputations; and many others who are eminent leaders in both the legal profession and the wider community.

Whilst many students will follow the traditional path of admission to legal practice as barristers and solicitors, others will choose to work in business, government, non-for-profit or other non-government organisations. The range of career possibilities is really only limited by your imagination and courage - and this Careers Guide is a wonderful place to start. I congratulate the Law Students’ Society for the very professional approach taken in the preparation of this Careers Guide.

Associate Professor Melissa de ZwartDean of Law, University of Adelaide



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The AULSS appreciates that not every law student wishes to follow the same career trajectory. Listed below are the varying career pathways that you may choose to embark on. Each organisation offers

career opportunities in the form of clerkships, graduate programs, associateships or internships.

The Commercial Sector

Summer and Winter ClerkshipsSummer and winter clerkships provide an opportunity for students to gain a greater understanding of the practicalities of law and the daily operations of a commercial law firm. In South Australia, there are generally three intakes of clerks of 3-4 weeks over the summer holiday period. They begin in December and run until February. Please note that some interstate firms structure their programs differently by usually having one intake that lasts 2-3 months over the summer period. The winter clerkships in South Australia run for 3 weeks in July.

The application process for law firms varies around the country so be sure to look at the Careers Directory at the back of the Guide to find out more information. Make the most of the networking opportunities that are available to you at the Careers Fair. This is an excellent opportunity to start talking with HR personnel to find out more about their firm and clerkship opportunities. For the majority of SA firms, the summer application process is completed by sending a Cover Letter, CV and Transcript to the HR contact of the respective firm.

The interview process can vary from firm to firm. Some firms phone candidates as an initial way of screening before offering them an interview. With that in mind, make sure you have thought about possible responses to questions if you do get the call! Once interviews have taken place, successful students will have a limited time to accept offers. Most firms make offers to students on the same day. Keep in mind that this is a very competitive process; find something to make you stand out from the crowd.

Graduate ProgramsMost South Australian law firms don’t participate in graduate programs as they primarily look to recruit through their clerkship programs. For information on this as well as interstate graduate opportunities, see the Careers Directory.

Criminal and Family Law

While these organisations don’t tend to run formal clerkship programs, students can often apply to take on work experience throughout the year. For more information it is necessary to contact the individual organisation in order to determine the suitability of your application.

Courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Application procedures for applying to the Courts can be difficult to decipher. We have provided helpful tips when preparing Judge’s Associates applications in the Courts and ADR section. We have also included in this section information about graduate opportunities in mediation.



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S Public Sector

Most Government agencies and departments recruit their applicants through graduate programs. Applications for these types of programs usually close early in the year so it is important to plan ahead if you are considering doing one. By submitting your application to a general Careers Register, Government departments and agencies have access to your application when a position becomes available. For more information see the Careers Directory.

Corporate Advisory

The application process for corporate firms usually involves filling out an application form online - see Careers Directory for more information. You can expect the typical interview process to include first round group activities followed by interviews. Most consulting firms tend to offer graduate programs while banks and accounting firms also off summer internships or work-experience rotations.

Human Rights and International Law

There are numerous opportunities available for those interested in International Law. Depending on the organisation, you can apply for internships that run over an extended period of time. The application process typically involves an online application and interview. It is important to consult the relevant organisation for the specific application process.

Social Justice

Most social justice organisations don’t offer internships however, they are always looking for students to volunteer. If you are in your penultimate or final year of law this is an excellent opportunity to enrich your legal studies. For more information on whether organisations offer graduate programs it is necessary to consult the individual organisation.


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Careers Expo – Meet More Employers This Week!

Careers Expo is the largest careers event on campus. After meeting with law firms today at the AULSS Law Fair, you should also visit the Careers Expo. This event will give you access to employers who are also interested in hiring Law graduates. Professional services firms and government departments are just some of the other options available to you. Make sure you drop back to Bonython Hall this week for Careers Expo.

How Can the Careers Service Help You?

Online Resources include:• CareerHub is your central online job and resource database. Access CareerHub from any device,

anytime, anywhere. Find graduate opportunities and work experience. Access employer events, careers workshops and resources.

• Going Global is a database of international opportunities and internship listings.• Learning Modules are online resources to navigate you through lots of career topics.

Workshops and Seminars include:• The Resume Club, Resume Check Session and Resume Pop Shop are an opportunity for

you to join us for interactive workshops on resumes and cover letters. We will run you through all of the elements of graduate resumes and applications and help you with your documents. Bookings essential via CareerHub

• Interview Circle allows you to improve your interview skills. Join us for an interactive workshop, assisting you with interview techniques and opportunities to practice your skills. Bookings essential via CareerHub

In Person Services include:• Career Advice Appointments are an opportunity for you to discuss your career direction with

experienced career advisers. Appointments essential.• The Careers Resource Centre is our office in the Hughes Building. Drop in and visit the service

to ask questions, browse our resource wall, access online content and take away information from employers.

Law School is an exciting time in your life and the perfect opportunity to kick-start your career development. Whether you want to practice law or utilise your degree in a different industry, it is never too early to start planning where you’ll be once you graduate – or even in vacation breaks – and the Careers Service can help you.


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S Meet industry contacts and employersEach year the Careers Service runs several events, offering you the chance to meet employers and industry contacts on campus and in the workplace. These include Careers Expo, Career Ready Week, industry panels, employer on campus speaker sessions, a vacation fair and more. Keep an eye on CareerHub to find out about all of our events.

Tips for securing your first professional job

• Consider work experience or volunteering to gain extra skills. By volunteering your time to reputable organisations, you are not only helping the community, but also gathering evidence of your skills and abilities such as communication and teamwork skills. This could be with a community legal centre or a non-law related organisation.

• Contact your faculty office and ask about internship opportunities. It is a great way to gain industry experience and work towards your degree at the same time. Employers look very favourably upon students who have experience in the workplace. Remember, if you are doing a double degree you could look for work experience in a non-law related area.

• Look out for Employer on Campus presentations run by the Careers Service and faculty contacts. These are further opportunities for you to hear from employers and recent graduates who have moved into the field. They can give you insights into specific industries, the recruitment process, marketing and job-searching strategies and transitioning into the workplace.

• Keep your eyes peeled for new job opportunities on CareerHub! There are new jobs being listed every day from graduate roles to vacation programs, internships, program-related part time roles and international opportunities. Consider all possibilities – your law degree will qualify you for a wide range of roles.

• Network. Think about attending events where you can establish new contacts. These might be seminars through the Law School, the Law Society of South Australia or social events attended by potential employers. Also, don’t be afraid to use contacts that you already have – a friend of your parents or an alumnus of the University who may be able to assist with your job search.

• Stay informed. Do your homework and research a variety of employers and pathways. Follow people and organisations that you are interested in on LinkedIn or other modes to put your learning into context.

• Work-Life balance. Most organisations, including law firms, are looking for well-rounded individuals as well as strong academic performance. Employers like to hear about your achievements, awards and extra-curricular activities. This could include leadership roles such as the University’s student leadership program or peer mentoring scheme, AULSS roles, sporting or music commitments.


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• Become a student member of a professional association in your future field or not-for-profit organisation that aligns with your values. There are many benefits to membership, including gaining insight into your field and receiving invitations to networking and social events.

• If you are an international student use every opportunity imaginable to practice your English skills. There are many opportunities available to help you improve your skills. Choose English electives if possible in your degree. Try to expand your social networks to gain more confidence and practice. Good English skills will set you apart from the other graduates when applying for full time employment.

• Be proactive in your career development. Look beyond your studies to reflect on the job market and industry, and discover non-mainstream opportunities or pathways that may be available to you now or in the future!

Resume Tips

What is a resume?

Your resume is a formal marketing document that presents an employer with the most positive and relevant information about you and your experiences. It is a standalone document and is often the first impression that an employer will have of you so it is important to present your information in a clear and neat format that is free of errors.

What are you trying to achieve?

Writing your resume is the first step towards getting a job. The purpose of a resume is to entice an employer to offer you an interview. An employer may spend 1-3 minutes scanning your resume. This means that the content must be clear, concise and targeted to the job or occupational field for which you are applying. Your resume must be tailored for each specific job you that apply for, therefore it may need minor adjustments frequently.

How should you start?

Starting with a blank page can be very difficult. Looking at a resume example can make the process easier and there are several on the CareerHub website. Just be aware that other students can also access these templates so make your resume a little different from the template.

A useful starting point is to make a list of all your skills, experiences and achievements. This process will help you think about the information you want to include in your resume and will increase your awareness of the qualities and experiences that you can talk about at the interview stage. When you are thinking about the sort of information that should be included in your resume consider your audience (the employer) and the type of skills and experience that they are looking for. Refer to the job advertisement to ensure that you meet their requirements.

How should your resume be presented?

Your resume should present your information in a way that allows your strengths and most relevant experiences to emerge in order of most to least important. Consider the information and categories that are most important and make sure that this information is on the first page of your resume. The information on a resume is presented in reverse chronological order, allowing the most recent and relevant information to be displayed first.


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S Common elements of a graduate resume include:

Formatting Tips:

• Most graduate resumes will be 2-4 pages long.• Choose a clear and consistent font for your document such as Arial, Calibri or Times.• Each heading should be presented in a size 14-16 font.• Text in the body of your resume should be size 11-12 font.• It is wise to footnote each page, to include your name and page numbers.• Ensure your document is free of grammatical and spelling errors.• Format your document consistently. For example, if you use dot-points, make sure all points

across the document are lined up to the same mark.• Ensure that the most relevant experience appears first in your employment history.

Extra Note: Referees Referees are people who are willing to testify to an employer on your behalf. A current or previous manager is your ideal referee but a co-worker, lecturer, academic supervisor or colleague in an association or volunteer organisation are all possible referees. Friends and family members are unacceptable referees. Two to four referees are ideal but remember: quality is better than quantity!Ask the Careers Service about our resume resources.

Writing a cover letter

What is a cover letter?

A cover letter is a link between you, your resume and a job advertisement. The document is a personal statement on your own behalf to seek a job interview with a particular organisation.Your letter highlights the achievements, qualifications and experience listed in your resume and pinpoints the aspects of your life that have particular relevance to a particular job. Most employers will say they want good communication skills in their staff - the letter gives you the opportunity to demonstrate those skills. A cover letter’s style, accuracy and quality will be the most powerful evidence you can produce in support of your own suitability.

How should you start?

Your cover letter should be different for every new job application. While your resume may only require minor alterations for different positions, the letter must be tailored completely to the requirements of the job and organisation you want to join. In a competitive market, employers will look for reasons to reject applications and a poor-quality letter will attract unfavourable notice and be unlikely to lead to an interview. Do not fall into the trap of writing a ‘form letter’ where you only change the name and address of the target. As a general rule, never send the same letter twice, although you might reuse particular elements many times over.

Important things to remember

• Unless specified in the job advertisement, never send a resume without a covering letter.• Before you begin, do some research about the company or organisation on their website.• If you want to be considered for a position, you must follow the employer’s instructions exactly.

Your letter should mention job requirements in the advertisement. If you are required to answer particular selection criteria (common for university or government positions) or fill in an application form then you must do this. In these cases you need to point out in the letter that you have provided and attached the requested information.


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• There may be some requirements that you do not possess. Make sure that you demonstrate your understanding of the requirement and your ability and intention to remedy the omission.

• Where possible, the letter should be personalised to a particular individual. This may involve telephoning the organisation to ask reception for hiring manager’s name and title. Be sure to use the correct title and spell the name correctly.

• Many organisations and professions have their own particular language or jargon to describe their procedures, particulars of equipment and other important components. Effective and credible use of this terminology in your letter will identify you with the group you are hoping to join. Make sure you understand the terminology first and only use it where you are sure the reader will have a similar understanding.

Formatting Tips:

• The letter must be written in formal style. • Cover letters are usually no longer than one page but it is more important to mention vital aspects

of the position than keep the length of the letter to one page• Choose a clear and consistent font for your document that matches the font in your resume (e.g.

Arial, Calibri or Times).• Text in your cover letter should be size 11-12 font.• Ensure the document is free of grammatical and spelling errors.

Extra Note: Selection Criteria

For government positions and many other applications, a formal address of Selection Criteria may also be required to accompany your resume and cover letter. Selection Criteria refers to personal attributes deemed to be essential or desirable for an applicant to successfully undertake the duties involved in the role. You will need to support your application with specific examples of how you successfully used the knowledge/skill/attribute listed or obtained the relevant experience. Ask the Careers Service about our cover letter resources.


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At the interview stage, your potential employer has acknowledged that you have the skills required for the job. But now it’s time that you prove your personality will mesh with the organisation. Confidence, and the ability to ‘sell yourself’, plays a significant role in this process. But in order to have confidence and remain calm through an interview, it is important that you prepare for whatever questions you might be thrown.

In this section, we have delineated four types of questions that might be asked at an interview. Preparing answers for these questions prior to an interview will help immensely.

1. Type One: Questions aimed at identifying your skills and abilities

Perhaps the most common type of interview question will focus on identifying your skills and abilities. These questions will give you an opportunity to elaborate on your accomplishments or explain weaker aspects in your application.

1. What specific skills can you contribute to this position?2. What sets you apart from other applicants? 3. What are your key strengths and weaknesses?4. Please outline any achievements, awards, or prizes you have obtained including academic,

sporting, community and charities. 5. Why did you fail Principles of Public Law?

2. Type Two: Questions aimed at identifying your personality

When an interviewer asks questions about you, they are trying to determine whether your personality is a match for the organisation’s culture. The best way to answer this type of question is to simply be honest. Trying to present yourself as someone you are not might help you get the job offer, but it will not help in the long run.

1. What motivates you? What are you passionate about?2. Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?3. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?4. What interests do you hold outside your studies?5. What are your long-term career goals? 6. How would your friends describe you?

3. Type Three: Behavioural interview questions

Behavioural interview questions will often require you to respond with examples of how you confronted and overcame problems in the past.



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A good way of addressing this type of question is to use the STAR formula: • Situation – where, when and context of your example• Task – the task or problem to be solved• Action – how you solved the problem, fulfilled the task or handled the situation• Result – the outcome achieved as a result of your actions

1. Describe a time when you were faced with a difficult problem. How did you approach it and how did you resolve it?

2. Describe a situation that demonstrates your ability to work well in a team. 3. How have you demonstrated leadership skills within a group situation.

4. Type Four: Questions aimed at testing your knowledge of the organisation and the industry in general This type of question is often asked to identify applicants who take genuine interest in the industry or the particular firm. By simply doing your research and being honest, you should have no issues with these questions.

1. What has attracted you to work at our firm? 2. What are the core values of this organisation? 3. You have chosen to pursue a career path in corporate law. What aspects of corporate law

have captured your interest?4. Which of the practice groups in our firm has attracted you the most? 5. Our firm has been awarded numerous awards and recognition for our expertise and service

in the legal profession. What do you think has enabled us to achieve this?6. Given the current economic and political landscape, what are some of the issues you think

or clients might face in the short term?

5. Type Five: The ‘curveball’ questions

In order to gauge your ability to solve problems under pressure, interviewers will often decide to throw complete curveballs at you. Rather than the traditional questions outlined above, this type of question will often seem completely out of place. Google, for example, has been famously known to ask, ‘How many people are using Facebook in Melbourne at 4:00 PM on a Friday?’ But, where do you even begin with this?

Well, your interviewer is not necessarily looking for a right answer, but rather wants to determine the process you take to reach any answer. The real goal is to showcase your ability to get to the heart of the problem quickly and with purpose. Remember, take your time, ask for a pen and paper if you need, and explain your process step by step. The following are few classic examples of such questions.

1. How many leaves are on a fully-grown pine tree?2. What concerns you about our company?3. How many balloons would fit inside of this room?4. What book do you think everyone on our team should read?


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When given the task of sorting through hundreds of applications, hiring managers will almost certainly overlook some of your brilliant qualities. So, how exactly can you make your application stand out from the rest? Well, you simply have to be proactive in your job search and take positive steps forward in impressing a potential employer.

This is where a follow-up letter will make the difference. Make it a point to send a short and professional courtesy letter that is addressed directly to your contact. The following section provides some examples of follow up emails given four potential scenarios.

1. Withdrawing your application (after an interview)

Dear [hiring manager],

Thank you for considering my application and taking the time to interview me for your firm’s summer clerkship position. Although the position sounds like a fantastic opportunity, I have recently accepted an offer for a summer clerkship with [firm], and therefore must withdraw my application.

I remain enthusiastic about the goal of your office and hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the future.

Many thanks,[Your name]

2. Turning down an offer

Dear [hiring manager],

Thank you for your email; I am very grateful for your offer of a clerkship this summer. It was a true pleasure meeting you and learning more about the work of your office.

After careful consideration, I write to let you know that I must decline your offer. While I am inspired by the international work that you do and hope to contribute to your mission in the future, I have decided to pursue an opportunity that affords me the chance to work in my chosen field of medical negligence.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,[Your name]



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3. Following up on outstanding applications (without an offer)

Dear [hiring manager],

Forgive me for contacting you again, as I understand how busy you must be. I am writing to confirm that you had received my application, and to let you know I remain enthusiastic about your work and the possibility of a summer clerkship with your office. If there is any other information you need from me, please let me know. Thank you very much for your consideration, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Sincerely,[Your name]

4. Following up on outstanding applications when you have another offer

Dear [hiring manager],

I have recently applied for a summer clerkship with your office. I am writing because I have been offered another position, and have been asked to accept or reject the offer by November 28th.

I am still extremely interested in working with your firm this summer, and it remains my first choice. Would you be able to provide me with an update on the status of my application? I would greatly appreciate the chance to interview with you before mid-November, if possible.

I have attached my resume and cover letter here for your reference. Thank you very much for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, [Your name]


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What are clerkships? When should I apply? Recent Adelaide University Law Graduate Ben Cosentino has the answers to all your questions!

I feel I must preface this article by pre-emptively rebutting some of the criticism it is certain to receive:

1. Yes, the following is largely made with reference to big commercial law firms;2. No, I’m not sorry, as: (a) This is the only industry sector with which I’ve had any experience; and (b) The lion’s share of legal work, and thus legal jobs, is and are generated by this sector.

Of course, I recognise that the career pathway of every law student post-graduation is different and that a host of opportunities exist for students who don’t want to practice commercial law or, indeed, practice at all. The reality must be recognised, however, that in a relatively well-functioning society such as that of modern Australia (I say “relatively” to acknowledge the many social activists who champion extremely worthy domestic struggles), the vast majority of legal work should be commercial in nature. An effective society and economy will be largely (again, not entirely) unhindered by constitutional challenges, criminal epidemics and frequent human rights disasters and will foster a corporate culture that values the work of commercial lawyers in guiding productive endeavour and ensuring compliance with efficient, sensible laws.

With that background, the purpose of this article is to assist students who do wish to include experience in a commercial law firm in some capacity on their resume in finding that experience.

1. Know your dates and processes!

Knowing when and how to apply for clerkships can be difficult. Many (especially interstate) firms use the cvmail portal (google ‘cvmail’ if you dont know what this is) but many others don’t. Each firm’s website will list its relevant dates for applications and the means by which to apply. Many larger firms require completion of detailed questionnaires so don’t leave applications to the night before the due date!

Top Tip: Interstate firms almost solely accept students in their penultimate year of law. Don’t leave your applications until your final year if you want to work interstate.

2. Grades - good ones are necessary, but what exactly are “good grades”?

Please don’t think that straight distinctions are necessary to get a foot in the door at commercial firms around Australia. Top-tier and mid-tier firms use a pretty standard marking rubric when assessing clerkship/work experience applications. The standard format is to give the candidate a mark out of three for their grades, a mark out of three for their resume and a mark out of three for their cover letter. The effect of this system is that a candidate’s grades account for one third of their total “score” when being assessed for an interview.

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LAWrequirement (in that a certain GPA must be attained before a candidate’s application can be considered). However, many mid-tier firms actively seek candidates with slightly lower GPAs and exceptional resumes, knowing that the larger players will pass on them and that often, in the long run, these people will make better lawyers.

Top tip: Ensure that you are maintaining a balanced study/co-curricular lifestyle. Good grades are important, but being able to demonstrate wider social/life skills and community involvement is much more highly regarded by firms looking for long-term human resource investments.

3. Application Strategy - decide who you will approach, where and why.

The first question to ask is where you would like to work. The clerkship structure in each state is different (South Australia having one of the least formulaic and most arcane) and understanding the different systems is key to success.

The difference between single-clerkship and multiple-clerkship states is crucial. In both Adelaide and Melbourne, students are encouraged to complete a series of short clerkships (usually three, three-week stints) during the summer of their penultimate year and to select their preferred employer from which offers they receive at the end of this period. In this sense, these systems encourage ‘firm shopping’ and allow students who, after gaining some experience, do not wish to enter a firm at all to decline the offers and look for something more suitable.

The Sydney system is extremely different in that clerkships are typically two months long and are almost guaranteed to end in an offer of employment. Thus, those wishing to engage in the New South Wales clerkship program beware: the firm at which you clerk will expect you to accept its offer AND that you will not clerk elsewhere. The message to be gained here is that if you are not completely sure you want to work in legal practice in Sydney, DO NOT apply for a clerkship in New South Wales. If you simply wish to ‘try out’ working for a law firm, apply either in Adelaide or Melbourne.

Top tip: Deciding which firms you will apply to is often a scattergun exercise, but know that there are some pitfalls in this approach. National firms often do not appreciate receiving clerkship applications from the same candidate in different cities; it replicates costs of the recruitment process and offices of the same firm in different states do not like competing against each other for graduates. A better strategy is to apply for a large number of firms, but ensure that you only apply for each firm once nationally.

4. The Application - should be better tailored than your suit

Application letters and responses to online questions that accompany applications should read as though each one was the only application you submitted. Firms should be thoroughly researched to assess their strengths and foci and your entire application should target these elements.

Top tip: Example application letters are available to view on the AULSS website. DON’T RIP THEM OFF! - you’ll let the whole team down!

5. Interview/mixer strategy

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me?” components.

The technical skill component can be daunting; the HR personnel and partners that attend the interview will ask about a specific area of law or problem and expect that you can either answer, or bluff and deflect, intelligently. For many interviews, a ‘study list’ of potential topics/cases will be provided to applicants prior to the event (in these situations, the bluff/deflect is likely to receive a cold reception!).

Many firms include a cocktail evening/mixer as part of their recruitment process. Such evenings are informal interviews themselves, largely to test an applicant’s social aptitude. Obviously, how you tackle such a situation is completely up to you, but if I am to offer any advice it is this: DO NOT view this event as an episode of Survivor. Partners want to see you make friends and collaborate in conversation, not compete.

Top tip: Resist the impulse to demonstrate your legal knowledge, the lawyers really don’t care and are judging you on your affability and communication skills - the interview, not the cocktail evening, is for you to show off!

6. Leverage your contacts - not mummy’s or daddy’s!

(Unless mummy or daddy has excellent contacts, in which case you should definitely use those!)

This is where a good operator can really weave his/her magic. Attend AULSS Career Day; the HR personnel from all the big firms (any many mid-tiers) are there and have been tasked with the early screening of prospective clerks. Get chatting with HR personnel and, many times, you’ll find that if you present well and are friendly and engaged, they will tell you to drop them a line when you lodge your application with their firm. This is a major advantage and can see an otherwise borderline application make it through the first screening, giving you the chance to advocate yourself in an interview (at which you so obviously excel!).

Q&A WITH PROPERTY LAWYER RICHARD MCNEILRichard McNeil is a partner at Cowell Clarke Commercial Lawyers and is in his 30th year of property law practice. The AULSS sat down with Richard to hear his view of legal practice- ‘then and now.’


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1. How did you get your start in the law profession and how did you transition from law school into practice?I commenced legal practice during the final year of Article Clerkships. Because this was the transition from articles to GDLP there were numerous jobs available for article clerks- in fact I think I was offered five or six jobs and that was not unusual at the time- somewhat different to today! I was an article at a medium-sized commercial firm on Pirie Street and my starting out pay was $90 a week which increased, much to my delight, to $100 per week after six months. At the end of the year I was employed as a solicitor.

2. What skills do you think are essential to making a good lawyer? In your 30 years of practice do you think there has been a shift in focus in defining the skill set of a lawyer?An ability to think clearly and logically (often ‘under fire ‘) and a solid understanding of the relevant legal principles, combined with a capacity to appreciate what your client is trying to achieve. This means that you need to be a good listener. Clients have a strong dislike to being provided with information that they did not ask for or solutions to problems that they do not have and then being asked to pay for the privilege! Although there has been significant technological change in the past 30 years (for example when I started there were no desktop computers and no Internet or mobile phones) the fundamental skills important to legal practice have largely remained the same.

3. Being a partner would differ from that of junior lawyer in the firm. How did your role and responsibilities change as you made your way up the corporate ladder?The biggest difference as you progress through the ranks is that you become responsible not only for your own performance but the performance of others who work with you. As a junior lawyer, whilst you may sometimes think that it would be wonderful to be in ‘command ‘ it is in many ways a much easier job to concentrate on your own work and work provided to you by those senior to you. The other obvious responsibility of a Partner is to ensure that work is brought into the Firm to be performed not only by the partner but also by all those for whom the Partner is responsible.

4. As you can appreciate the job market for law graduates is challenging at the moment. What opportunities do you think students should be pursuing to acquire the necessary experience to begin a career in law?Although the market for junior lawyers is depressed I remain very optimistic that with an upturn in the economy there will again be suitable jobs for those wishing to enter into legal practice. Although it may seem hard we have experienced this situation before and no doubt will again. My advice is to remain positive, maintain your contacts both socially and through appropriate networking, and make as many contacts as you can in order to get your face and name in front of potential employers.

6. In your 30 years as a property lawyer, what have been the biggest changes that have affected legal practice?Whilst the fundamental role of a lawyer has not changed over the 30 year period the expectations, justifiably of clients, have increased and the level of service that lawyers are required to provide today is vastly different from then. No doubt technological changes have lead to the pace of legal practice dramatically increasing and with it the expectations of clients. In the good old days at some firms, clients felt privileged to get an appointment with their lawyer sometime in the next week and to receive a carefully crafted document maybe a month later. Those days are long gone!


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Address: Roma Mitchell Inc. 110 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067Website: Location: Adelaide SAContact: Patrick Byrt (Treasurer, Convenor of Volunteers, Director of the Norwood Human Rights Centre)

About the Organisation

The Roma Mitchell Community Legal Centre (RMCLC), located at Norwood in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, provides free legal advice to people who contact the service within Adelaide, across the state or nationally. RMCLC operates legal Evening Advisory Service (EAS) each Monday and Thursday, which is administered by the Roma Mitchell Human Rights Volunteer Services (RMHRVS). Volunteers are made up of interested students, practicing lawyers and community members. RMCLC is also involved in a range of community projects regarding Reconciliation and Human Rights, and works closely with disadvantaged people and their communities to address legal issues of concern. This work is undertaken through the Norwood Rights Centre, and its organisational members, which range from reconciliation groups to arts and cultural groups. RMHRVS volunteers may also attend during the day to be available to take bookings by phone, in person by email.

1. Why did you become a volunteer at the centre?

I was first nominated by the local Member for Norwood to be a member of the management committee for the Norwood Community Legal Centre (NCLS) in November of 1982. I have been a continuous member ever since. In 1990 I instituted a Law Watch function for NCLS. With the consent of Dame Roma Mitchell in 2000 NCLS changed its name to RMCLC.

Given how ingrained we had become in the community, we also wanted to maintain the volunteer EAS which NCLS had been running in Norwood twice a week since 1980. But after the centre was defunded in 2001, the committee met, and resolved that the centre should still continue, albeit on a volunteer basis. To make sure of this, I was voted in as Treasurer and agreed to be the Director of the Centre, both of which I have been since 2001. With the support of the committee from 2001 I planned and instituted the volunteer Human Rights Centre.

2. How can volunteers participate?

If you would like to assist with advancing Human Rights and/or Reconciliation, we welcome volunteers for RMCLC’s daytime work, which includes the organisation of the EAS (Evening Advisory Service). In addition, there is demand for IT skilled professional staff with the inclination and qualification to become E-volunteers, to utilise Internet technology and as a tool for human rights work. In the past, E-volunteers contributed significantly to the NACLC submission to the Attorney General on the Torture Convention in 2004, and were also involved in The Non-government Report on the Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Australia. Recently, input was provided through NACLC for a national tenants’ submission for the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Raquel Rolnik’s, coming report.



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3. What motivated you to volunteer at the centre?

My advocacy commitment to providing human rights and legal services to the community.

4. What kind of work does the centre deal with at the EAS?

The range of centre advice crosses employment and work cover matters , general family law disputes, minor civil and criminal law matters involving low-income individuals, housing matters - mainly neighbourhood disputes and residential tenancy matters, to problems with government departments – except immigration, and extends to family concerns in commerce, contracts and consumer issues..

5. What attributes are sought after in volunteers?

RMCLC is open to people from a diverse range of ages, work, education and life experiences. Volunteers should have a willingness to be challenged in learning, to develop excellent communication skills, and have openness to diversity and other peoples’ cultural values.

6. Why would you encourage law students and young lawyers to participate in a community legal centre?

The experience gained from participating in the provision of pro bono legal advice cannot be underestimated. Aside from the clear practical benefit is gives to students, it also helps to sharpen their appreciation of the role that volunteers play in the provision of pro bono legal advice.

A Current Adelaide University Law Students’ Perspective: Hugh Brown – Volunteer at RMCLC

I’m currently volunteering at the centre two days a week while completing the fourth year of my Law/Commerce degree at the University of Adelaide. My duties are varied; they range from basic administrative tasks to conducting initial client interviews.

Though I’ve only started here , I’m being continually surprised by the amount of care and attention afforded to each client and the social justice ethos that is shared by all who work here. It’s comforting to be reminded that there are still people out there who take justice as more than mere rhetoric.

But it’s the volunteers that make the work so enjoyable. It’s truly rare to find a group of people who are so selfless, who are always willing to help, and at the same time endeavour to pass on knowledge and experience to other volunteers. I would recommend to all law students that they supplement their studies with volunteering as early as possible.


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This may come as a surprise to some, but simply completing your law degree does not in itself qualify you to practice as a lawyer. In order to be admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia, the Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council (LPEAC) requires law students to successfully complete an accredited Practical Legal Training (PLT) course in addition to their law degree.

University of Adelaide law students commonly undertake the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) course delivered by the Law Society of South Australia. However, there are a number of PLT alternatives, including the College of Law or the ANU Legal Workshop.

The AULSS will be holding information sessions throughout the year to inform you about your options. We will invite representatives of the major PLT providers to come and discuss their course with you.

Please email [email protected] if you would like more information on these opportunities.



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Network while you learn > Build relationships with industry professionals and potential future employers.

> Work with practicing South Australian judges, barristers and solicitors.

> Practise your advocacy skills and build your practical training portfolio.

> Take advantage of our industry contacts to help you get a work placement.

Complete your Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Adelaide Law School.

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BECOME A PRACTICING LAWYER WITH ADELAIDE LAW SCHOOLIf you want to become an admitted lawyer, the GDLP is the final jigsaw piece. The University of Adelaide, in partnership with the Law Society of South Australia, offers a GDLP which provides three main benefits:

1. ConvenienceThe GDLP will be a seamless continuation from your Bachelor of Laws. An online internal application allows you to get a quick response from the Law School without processing a new application through SATAC.You can study on your terms: lectures are available online and seminars are offered during the day, after hours or on weekends. FEE-HELP is available to assist with your tuition fees and the program allows direct admission as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of South Australia.Even if you decide law is not for you, the GDLP provides insight into the Legal Profession and being admitted is great for your personal brand.

2. Connections Most of our GDLP sessional staff are practising local lawyers and Adelaide is small enough to make a big impression. For example, some of the students have received job offers after completing their GDLP Placement with a local law firm. In addition, don’t underestimate the importance of connections with your peers. Some students do not like the isolation of online courses, but the University of Adelaide/Law Society of South Australia GDLP provides the advantage of blended learning by including face to face components.

3. Career Our curriculum has currency because it’s designed by local lawyers and tailored to the tasks that newly admitted lawyers complete. For example, we use the District Court for you to make submissions to and obtain feedback from senior members of the profession such as Judges and Senior Counsel. In a competitive job market we can assist you to find a placement. We will also provide a Placement Handbook to ensure that you complete tasks that will relate to your legal career.Success is often determined by access to great mentors. In this program you get a number of opportunities to meet with lawyers that can support and encourage you on your journey. To conclude, we offer the convenience and connections to help you establish a career in law.

For more information see refer to or email [email protected]

Maree Cutler-Naroba | GDLP Program Director


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To be eligible for admission to the Supreme Court of South Australia an applicant must satisfy the Board that they are of good character and have met the admission requirements in the Admission Rules and Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council (LPEAC) Rules.

The academic requirement for admission is the completion of a tertiary study of law in Australia. The practical requirement for admission is the completion of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP), as well as the completion of at least one year’s articles of clerkship.

Admission as a lawyer in an Australian JurisdictionTo begin the process of becoming a barrister, you must first be admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of South Australia (or another Australian state or territory under a corresponding law).

In South Australia, upon signing the roll of practitioners, all persons admitted as Solicitors are also admitted as Barristers (i.e. admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia). This means that all Solicitors admitted in South Australia are technically permitted to appear in court to represent their clients (though this is not the case in other jurisdictions).

Despite this, in order to be considered by the profession to be a ‘Barrister’ a person must ‘go to the Independent Bar’ by undertaking the Bar Readers’ Course.

Bar Readers’ CourseThe Bar Readers’ Course is a six-month program completed with a mentor (a person who has been a member of the Bar Association for not less than 5 years).

The Course is divided into two components: the Bar Readers’ Couse (three-months), and the Mentor/Reader Period (three-months), and is designed to acquaint the applicant with the working conditions and practices of the South Australian Bar.

The topics of the course cover barristers’ role and responsibility; preparation for court; advocacy; chamber-work, pleadings and other court documents; alternative dispute resolution; and courts and tribunals in South Australia.

Upon satisfactory completion of the Bar Readers’ Course, the applicant may sign the Bar Roll and become a member of the Bar Association. At the end of the Mentor/Reader period, a certificate of satisfactory completion will be issued and the applicant will be a fully qualified barrister of the Independent Bar.

Going to a ChambersOnce a barrister joins the Independent Bar they will often join a chambers. Chambers is essentially a group of barristers working from a shared office. While the barristers in each chambers will share resources, such as administrative staff, they will still be considered to be working independently and do not often share their work amongst the chambers barristers.



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MICHAEL EVANS QCMichael Evans QC has been in practice for many years and has recently been appointed Crown

Solicitor. The AULSS sat down with Michael to hear his experiences.

1. Why did you choose to become a barrister?The Bar presented itself as a challenging and intellectually stimulating career path. It had a great attraction because of the independence and flexibility of being your own boss.

2. Describe your daily routine as a barrister.This is difficult to answer, as my routine varies considerably depending on whether or not I have a matter running in court.

When I’m not in court, I usually spend my day in chambers preparing matters, including cross-examinations, legal arguments and conducting research. I also confer with my solicitors and clients, proof witnesses, prepare advices and am often involved in with opposing counsel.

On days when I am in court, I will usually arrive at my chambers at about 7:00AM, spending most of my morning preparing, and then heading to the courts by 10:00AM. In court the day is spent as counsel conducting the hearing on behalf of the party you are acting for. Depending on the nature of the hearing and the stage it has reached, this may involve any one or more aspect of running a matter, including making opening or closing submissions, examining or cross examining a witness, presenting a legal argument, or listening to the other counsel conduct their case. After court, I will often meet with my junior and solicitor to discuss the proceedings and plan what needs to be done overnight and then return to my chambers by about 5:30PM. I will then deal with phone calls and other admin before heading home at6:00 or 6:30PM. I usually do further work at home to prepare for the next day.

3. What are some of the key challenges that barristers face?The workload can be quite intense at times. For some, this can be emotionally draining. But the real issue for many young barristers in particular is uncertainty and job security. If a matter settles at short notice, it may leave a large gap in your diary which is often hard to fill at short notice. Conversely, urgent hearings can lead to a delicate juggling of priorities and work load.

4. What are the rewarding aspects of being a barrister?The most rewarding part of the job is the feeling that you are making a difference, be it for your client or for the wider community.

But the work itself has many other benefits. For example, it gives you the opportunity to acquire a broad knowledge of many aspects of commerce. You must be able to understand a subject, distil the information and explain it to a judge or jury, or use it in cross-examination effectively. The work demands a multidisciplinary skill set. Intellectually therefore, a barristers’ work is incredibly rewarding.


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E5. When is the right time to go to the bar?There is no right or wrong answer to this. Different barristers will have different views and these views will change from State to State. Personally, my view is that in South Australia there is some merit in working at a firm of solicitors for 3 or 4 years before going to the bar. During these years, get as much experience in court as you possibly can and build those networks – you’ll need them later when you need to bring the work in.

Starting the bar too early is an expensive and may be a risky move. However, you don’t want to leave it too late.

6. What are some of the key skills that are required of a barrister?Integrity, resilience and a sound knowledge of legal principle are all important for a successful barrister. These are of course strengthened by a combination of intellectual ability, advocacy skills and the capacity for hard work.

7. What are some obstacles that barristers face at the beginning of their career?Finding the work is often the most difficult part for any barrister starting out in their career. As I mentioned before, building a network is very important.

8. What advice would you give students in their final year of law studies, if they were thinking of coming to the bar?Look at getting into a law firm that offers you the chance for advocacy. Gain as much experience as you can, and build good relationships within the profession as it is the people you meet during this period who are going to give you work when you first set out to the bar.

9. What advice would you give students who are starting at the bar?Firstly, take every opportunity for court work you can get and try to gain experience by working with senior barristers in your desired field. Secondly, build a strong support network. Thirdly, make sure your work is of a high and consistent quality.


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Gillian Walker is a barrister at Murray Chambers. The AULSS sat down with Gillian to hear her experiences.

1. Why did you choose to become a barrister?After working as a solicitor for 8 years, I became frustrated with how barristers were presenting the cases, especially when their style was not always how I thought I would have approached it. You see, the more senior in a law firm you are, the less court work you get, and this is often because your time becomes more expensive to the firm. As a result, the work often tends towards a more project management style involvement in litigation and additional administrative obligations, and I wasn’t interested in that.

2. Describe your daily routine as a barrister.Well, it is fair to say predictability and control are not words I would use to describe my practise!

If I’m not in court, and I don’t have any particular commitments, I’ll usually swan in to the chambers at around 9:30AM (I am not really a morning person), spending my day dealing with queries for matters I’m working on, responding to solicitors and clients, and settling court-related documents, preparing advices or preparing for a hearing. On other days, it might be attending conferences with witnesses and clients discussing strategy and that kind of thing. Generally I won’t leave chambers before about 7pm on those days, but it varies immensely.

On a court day I’ll generally arrive at my chambers by about 8:00AM for court starting at 10:00. If I’m working with a senior counsel, we will often meet at their chambers beforehand to go over what has developed from the day before and how we will approach that day. I may need to meet with the solicitors or witnesses before Court, or deal with other things that came out of the day before. Court usually finishes around 4:30PM, at which point there will often be a debrief with the client and solicitors, meeting with witnesses for the next day, or other tasks such as preparing written submissions or reviewing the transcript of evidence. All of the administrative stuff I talked about on my chambers day is still there, and I’ll do as much of that as is immediately necessary from about 6:00PM onwards. They are often long days.

3. What are some of the key challenges that barristers face?Self-discipline. Since you’re working for yourself, you don’t always have that forced motivation you get while being employed by others. I tend to respond best to deadlines, which can cause problems if you leave it too late. So overcoming those bad habits, and finding a way getting the work done is essential.

Getting the work is also tough for many junior barristers in the profession. Fortunately, this has never been a huge issue for me, but it can very scary and uncertain for many starting out. Developing networks to get your foot in the door, and then making sure your work is at an excellent standard so that (hopefully) that solicitor briefs you again is critical.








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4. What are the rewarding aspects of being a barrister?There is nothing better than walking out of court knowing you’ve done a really good job. In addition to your interaction with the arguments of the other side, there is often a debate between you and the court as it tests out your argument, as well as the challenge of examining witnesses. I think it is as close to theatre as you can get without being an actor.

5. When is the right time to go to the bar?It really depends on your individual circumstances. Since you are moving into self-employment, there is significant financial risk and, depending on the chambers you go into, the costs and therefore the risk might be greater than others.

Some people go to the Bar after they have made partner at a law firm, or after they’ve set themselves up financially. Some go earlier, before they have significant financial or family commitments. There is also the question of when you feel “ready” to make the move.

6. What are some of the key skills that are required of a barrister?Confidence in your own judgement (backed up by solid preparation!), being comfortable interacting with the court and having the ability to adapt to rapidly changing situations. As legal research plays a substantial role in the job, you also have to be passionate about (or at least like) the law. You must be prepared to work hard.

Learn to say no. Say no when you are overworked to new work with the same deadlines and say no to matters when you have holidays planned. Managing stress is essential.

7. What are some obstacles that barristers face at the beginning of their career?The move to the Bar is daunting. The first issue is always whether you’re going to get any work and be paid, and how you will manage your cash flow, especially if you have dependents or financial commitments. This may mean that some people take more time to set themselves up before making the move.

It is also fair to say that the Bar is as diverse in terms of gender or ethnicity as we would like it to be, which may well be intimidating for some people. I am very hopeful that we will continue to see the makeup of the Bar become more reflective of our diverse society.

8. What advice would you give students in their final year of law studies, if they were thinking of coming to the bar?Do mooting or go down to court to watch, so that you have a better feeling for whether it is what you want to do. When you graduate, think about applying to be a judge’s associate for a year. Look for a role in a litigation firm, either in a larger firm, which may let you work across more than one area, or in a smaller firm where you can work on a variety of matters.

9. What advice would you give students who are starting at the bar?It is a privilege to work in this profession. Be aware of your duties and obligations – your obligation to the court and the confidence it has in you is more important than your relationship with a single client.

Also, learn to ask for help. While you may be self-employed, you are certainly not alone.






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SALSC Uniform Clerkship Scheme

(Cowell Clarke, DMAW Lawyers, Finlaysons, Fisher Jeffries, Johnson Winter & Slattery, Kelly & Co, Minter Ellison, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers, Thomsons Lawyers, Wallmans Lawyers)

• Applications Open: Monday 4 July 2014• Applications Close: Monday 28 July 2014 (5 pm)• Commencement of Interviews: Tuesday 12 August 2014• Offers of Clerkships: Tuesday 9 September 2014 (9 am)• Communication of Decision: Wednesday 10 September 2014

Law Institute Victoria Seasonal Clerkship Guidelines

(Penultimate year students preferred)

• Applications Open: from Monday 14 July 2014 (9 am)• Applications Close: by Sunday 10 August 2014• Offers of Clerkships: from 10.00am EST Tuesday 7 October 2014• Note that some firms may have varying dates

Law Society of NSW Summer Clerkship Guidelines

• Applications Open: Wednesday 18 June 2014• Applications Close: Monday 21 July 2014 (5 pm)• Commencement of Interviews: Monday 18 August 2013• Offers of Clerkships: Friday 26 September 2014• Communication of Decision: Monday 29 September 2014 (by 5 pm)








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Perspective: Commercial LawMatthew Hearn, Allens (Melbourne office)

1. What is commercial law? Perhaps unlike other legal disciplines such as criminal, plaintiff or family law, it is not immediately obvious what commercial law is, or what is involved in its practice. In broad terms, commercial law involves providing legal advice to businesses, governments and other types of organisations. Given the fast-paced and increasingly global environment in which companies operate, combined with the number of industries in which they conduct business, you may be surprised at just how wide-ranging the practice of commercial law really is.At Allens, we practice in all areas of commercial law, which includes mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking and finance, commercial litigation, arbitration, insolvency and restructuring, construction, energy, resources and infrastructure, technology, media and telecommunications, real estate, workplace relations, as well as tax. This often involves advising clients that operate in a wide range of industries including financial services, mining, technology, power, oil, transport and infrastructure.A common theme between these areas is the role a commercial lawyer plays as a trusted adviser to a corporation. Often a chief executive officer, director or general counsel of a company will contact a commercial lawyer for reliable and practical legal advice to help them resolve the various legal questions and strategic issues that arise in the course of running a company. One of the most important skills you learn as a junior lawyer at Allens is the importance of tailoring technically excellent legal advice to a client’s specific business needs and considering whether a proposed legal course of action is commercially sensible.

2. What do commercial lawyers do?I have discovered that the practice of commercial law is more diverse and dynamic than I had ever anticipated at law school. The work undertaken in each of the areas outlined above can be very different depending upon which group you decide to practice in. While a typical day for a law graduate or junior lawyer at Allens is hard to pin-down, I have continually found that working in commercial law is fast-paced, challenging and varied. Law graduates and junior lawyers at Allens have the opportunity to rotate through a number of practice groups to experience the different areas of commercial law. For example, a day for a law graduate or junior lawyer in the Mergers & Acquisitions group is likely to involve working in large teams for some of the world’s largest corporations on several large, high profile transactions that are reported in the media, as well as providing general corporate advice to clients, conducting due diligence and drafting complex agreements. In contrast, a law graduate or junior lawyer in the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group may be involved in conducting research into novel areas of law, drafting pleadings and court documents, preparing letters of demand, assisting with discovering documents, drafting witness statements, meeting with clients, briefing barristers and preparing for (and attending) trials.Another facet of practicing commercial law is that the knowledge and skills you learn are often readily transferrable to other jurisdictions. An exciting aspect of working at Allens is the global scope of the work performed for clients, which through our strategic alliance with Linklaters, provides exciting personal and professional opportunities for junior lawyers to work in our offices overseas and on matters based in other countries. With 40 offices in 29 countries, junior lawyers have the opportunity to participate in a number of international secondment opportunities to Linklaters’ offices in London, Europe, New York and Dubai (to name just a few), as well as our offices in Asia.



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In addition to legal work, commercial lawyers also undertake extensive training and professional development to increase our commercial law skills, including practical skills such as negotiation and relevant areas of substantive law. Law graduates and junior lawyers at Allens are also involved in a range of business development initiatives to strengthen our relationships with current and potential clients.

3. How do I know if commercial law is for me?The best way to determine if commercial law is for you is to learn as much as possible about what it involves. This can be done by speaking to lawyers who work in this area and by obtaining some practical work experience in commercial law. In my own search for answers about whether commercial law was for me, I spoke to a variety of lawyers about their experiences, including lawyers that work at top-tier firms, mid-tier firms and ‘in-house’ at a company, as well as lecturers who had previously practiced in commercial law. I looked for opportunities to undertake work experience and obtained employment as a paralegal in a commercial law firm, which was a fantastic way to see if it was for me. I also undertook a number of vacation clerkships during my third and penultimate years at University, which was an extremely valuable way to spend a few weeks participating in, and observing, the daily life of a commercial lawyer. Once I had made the decision to pursue a career in commercial law, vacation clerkships allowed me to determine the firm I would like to work at to begin my career.Additionally, I recommend undertaking commercial law electives. During my time at university, I undertook commercially focused electives such as competition law, tax and intellectual property. I also wrote an honours thesis on directors’ duties and undertook a research unit that involved writing a paper on a provision of the Corporations Act. Undertaking these subjects not only helped me determine whether I was interested in commercial law, but also assisted in identifying the areas of commercial law in which I would like to practice. Commercially focused electives on your academic transcript also help to demonstrate to potential employers that you have a genuine interest in this type of law.

4. Any additional advice for future commercial lawyers?A common misconception among law students is that a commerce degree is required for practicing as a commercial lawyer. This is not the case and I have been surprised at the diversity of academic disciplines that many commercial lawyers possess. As commercial lawyers often work in teams, law firms are often looking for well-rounded applicants that can bring different perspectives to the table. Accordingly, commercial law firms accept law graduates from diverse academic backgrounds such as science, arts, engineering and IT. Your non-law degree and non-commercial law subjects often provide you with something different to talk about in interviews and demonstrate that you are a well-rounded applicant. A solid academic record will also assist you when applying for clerkships at commercial law firms.If you have already determined that you are interested in practicing as a commercial lawyer, I would also recommend that you start building your ‘commercial awareness’. You can do this by reading business publications, undertaking part-time work in commercial law, or even start understanding how businesses operate while working in a non-legal job. I have found my decision to pursue a career as a commercial lawyer at Allens to be extremely rewarding. It has engaged my interest in law and business and opened up a world of opportunities professionally and personally.







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At Baker & McKenzie we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Like no other law firm, we were born global. We have been thinking globally in Australia for 50 years and the Australian practice is now the fourth largest in our network of 75 offices in 47 countries around the world, with more than 80 Partners and over 170 lawyers across Sydney and Melbourne.

We have recently celebrated our half century in the Asia Pacific and over this time have grown to 16 full-service offices across 13 jurisdictions. Our newest office in Yangon, Myanmar opened in February 2014, demonstrating our commitment to a presence in high growth regions that are important to our clients. With more than 1,000 locally qualified lawyers across the region, Baker & McKenzie is the firm with the greatest depth and breadth of coverage across the dynamic Asia Pacific markets

Baker & McKenzie Australia offers our people access to complex, market-leading matters working with some of the world’s best legal minds – people who know the law and who understand business.

Ready to explore our world?Shana GrayTalent Management Advisor - MelbourneTel: +61 3 9617 [email protected]


Our 2014/15 Clerkship ProgramRight from the start, our clerks get involved in real work. You will be exposed to our Australian and international clients through client meetings, shadowing, research and other everyday activities within your assigned practice group.

Our clerks work closely with other lawyers, are guided by a Supervising Partner/Senior Associate and enjoy the extra support of an experienced Associate ‘Buddy’. You will develop practical and legal skills through our national learning program and by attending workshops specifically designed for clerks, as well as firm-wide sessions.

In Melbourne, the seasonal clerkship program runs for four weeks in November/December.

Many of our clerks have also had the opportunity to travel overseas after their clerkship to work with one of our international offices. In the past, our clerks have travelled to offices such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Moscow and Bangkok.

Our Graduate ProgramOur Melbourne office participates in the priority offer system where, to be eligible for a priority offer, candidates must have completed a seasonal clerkship or 30 days paralegal

work with the Firm during the past two years. Graduates complete three rotations over 18 months before they join a particular practice group as an Associate. You will be assigned a Supervising Partner/Senior Associate and an Associate “Buddy” in each rotation to oversee your on-the-job and formal learning.

Develop globallyAt Baker & McKenzie, we have a deep commitment to development. We work with each graduate to create a tailored development plan and career goals. To help them reach their goals, we provide targeted learning opportunities — from seminars on core legal topics to practical skills development in areas such as communication, drafting and presenting.

We work hard to facilitate on-the-job learning and the many ways it happens — through informal mentoring relationships, client secondments, involving graduates in global teams working on international deals or supporting them to run their own files for our award-winning Pro Bono Program.

We also bring graduates from our Sydney and Melbourne offices together to help our people foster networks across the Firm, and support professional development by covering the costs of Practical Legal Training.

Our regional practice group structure means many of our lawyers attend regional training in our Asia Pacific offices and, once graduates complete their graduate program, they will travel overseas to attend a regional orientation program with other mid-level Associates from the region.

In addition, the firm offers opportunities for lawyers at varying stages of their career to work directly for clients or with our other offices in the Asia Pacific region.

What does the firm look for?We look for people who enjoy a challenge and seek new opportunities; who share our global perspective; who have sound academics and are practical in their approach; who like taking responsibility and getting things done; who express themselves confidently while staying open to new ideas; and who seek a friendly and inclusive culture that encourages making a difference to our local and global communities.

How to applyApplications for clerkships can be submitted online at

Applications for clerkships open at 9.00 am on 14 July 2014 and close at 11.59 pm on 10 August 2014.

Our key areas of practice include:• BankingandFinance• CommercialRealEstate• Construction

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Are you passionate about using your legal skills to help the disadvantaged?? A strong pro bono programme can provide the opportunity to connect with your community.

I remember my first class at University. Our tutor asked us why we decided to study law. Some had families in the industry and were following in the footsteps of past generations. A few jokingly referred to their plan to make lots of money. The majority, however, talked about fighting for the rights of others, upholding the rule of law, and helping the disadvantaged. It’s a common goal for students, and equally important for lawyers at all stages of their career.

Whilst a commercial law firm may not be the first place you think about when you are considering how to achieve these goals, a strong pro bono programme can provide you with a great opportunity to make a difference to disadvantaged members of society.

I have been lucky enough to be involved in the relaunch of the pro bono programme at Finlaysons, one of South Australia’s leading law firms.

Finlaysons has always had a commitment to helping the community, and in 2013, we embarked on a plan to ensure it was better coordinated and promoted within the firm. The firm revised its pro bono policy, established a new pro bono committee made up of lawyers from all levels from solicitors through to partners, and set an aspirational target of completing 15 hours of pro bono legal work per lawyer each year.

The committee oversees all pro bono work and helps to bring in new pro bono initiatives. Since its conception the committee has formed relationships with Public Interest Law Clearing Houses (organisations that gather and distribute pro bono work to law firms) JusticeNet and the Arts Law Centre of Australia. Through JusticeNet, we have received referrals in all areas of corporate and commercial law, whilst the Arts Law Centre connects us with artists seeking legal advice in a variety of areas.

And pro bono work is not just morally rewarding! It also provides interesting and challenging cases to work on. To give you an idea, in the last year I have helped artists protect their art against unauthorised use, established charitable foundations and provided advice to litigants defending themselves against allegations of misconduct.

The best part of the Finlaysons’ Pro Bono Program is that it aims to involve as many members of the firm as possible. Many of the clerks get the opportunity to contribute in a variety of ways to our pro bono matters.

So, if you’re interested in both a career in commercial law, and you want the chance to help others, I strongly recommend a clerkship at Finlaysons, where you will be able to pursue both these goals!










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I completed a four week clerkship at JWS in December 2012. One of the highlights of my clerkship was the variety of task provided to me. The work, being commercial in nature, was both interesting and challenging and enabled me to implement some of the skills I had acquired from my tertiary studies. Having never worked in commercial practice, I was able to gain a real insight into each of the practice areas. As a result, upon the completion of each task, my understanding of general commercial law practice was slowly realised.

Coupled with this was the contact I had with partners from a range of different practice areas. One of the key factors that drew me to JWS was its emphasis on the low-leverage practitioner structure. Being in an environment where the associate to partner ratio is 1:1 provided me with the opportunity to observe and learn directly from practitioners at all levels. Being a University student at the time, this mentoring process broadened my commercial knowledge and skills, allowed me to better understand the organisation’s culture, and more importantly, gain the requisite guidance to see a smooth transition from University student to junior practitioner

Ellen Beattie, Associate (Clerkship - Nov 2012)

It can be difficult to work out where you want to go and what you want to do after you graduate. During several experiences in private practice and government I found that it’s important to try various areas of practice. JWS offers something unique in this respect – where traditionally during a clerkship you might be assigned to a single practice group and might only get exposure to one area of practice, the JWS clerkship program offers the opportunity to work in a variety of interesting areas, directly with practitioners who are highly regarded, not only by prominent clients, but other practitioners in their fields. This approach helps a new practitioner build a strong, broad base of legal and commercial knowledge leading to specialisation in later years.

JWS has a genuinely collaborative atmosphere. During my clerkship, opportunities arose to work with lawyers in different offices in Australia on the same matter. While many of the tasks I was given during my clerkship were new to me, practitioners ensured that I learnt something from the work I was doing, as opposed to simply getting me to complete a task. Everyone that I worked for, including senior partners, took the time to explain the background of the matter, what needed to be done and why it needed to be done. I always felt welcome to ask questions or seek feedback. This really helped to ease me into the experience of working in a law firm.

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I completed a five week summer clerkship with Kelly & Co. in December 2009. I returned to Kelly & Co. in August 2010 to complete my PLT placement as part of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Following completion of my placement, I was employed as a casual law clerk and I am now a solicitor working in the dispute resolution and litigation group.

As a summer clerk at Kelly & Co, you will be supervised by a Partner or Senior Associate in one of the many practice areas. If there is a particular practice area of interest to you, the firm will try and place you with a supervisor in this area. I had expressed an interest in working in litigation during my clerkship interview and on my clerkship completed two rotations working for different partners within the litigation and dispute resolution practice area. If you are unsure or have different areas of interest, a clerkship can be a great opportunity to test out whether a particular area of interest is for you.

Clerks are also allocated a buddy, typically a junior solicitor that works in your allocated practice area. Your buddy will look out for you and make you feel welcome. Your buddy is an excellent resource answering any day to day questions you might have, whether it be a how best to approach a particular task or advice on what to wear on casual Friday.

The clerkship program offered by Kelly & Co. is a structured program aimed at developing and improving practical legal skills. Various workshop sessions are held on topics such as conducting legal research, drafting memoranda and the court rules. The practice of law can be a different experience to studying law at university, and these sessions will help you make the most of the clerkship opportunity.

Another advantage is that you will not be the only clerk at Kelly & Co. I was part of a group of four summer clerks and we are all still friends today. You might find yourself

working with familiar faces from law school or meet new people, and it is great to have new friends to share the clerkship experience with.

Working as a summer clerk at Kelly & Co. was my first experience at a law firm and it was clear that everyone was keen to ensure that I was given interesting legal work, improved my legal skills and enjoyed myself. On my clerkship I had the opportunity to observe a mediation, attend court hearings and undertook many legal research tasks. I was exposed to a wide range of clients and legal issues and my practical skills greatly improved over the 5 week period.

Kelly & Co. is a great place to work and this feeling is obviously shared across the firm. The culture is professional but more friendly and relaxed than you might expect of a large Adelaide commercial law firm. Everyone is approachable, including the Partners. The firm also actively encourages staff to get involved in various charitable, health and well-being initiatives. In my time at Kelly & Co. I have helped raise money for charity running the City to Bay and also participated in the Corporate Cup and the Young Lawyers Mixed Netball Competition.

Summer clerks are also encouraged to get involved in the firm’s social activities. This includes an invitation to the Christmas party and regular Friday night drinks in the boardroom. Attending these activities helps you feel like part of the firm and is a good way to meet people outside your practice group that you might not have much involvement with day to day during your clerkship.

I would encourage all law students to consider the summer clerkship program offered by Kelly & Co. Clerkships are an invaluable opportunity to apply what you have learned in law school in practice and at Kelly & Co. you will be exposed to a wide range of clients and be involved in interesting legal work.

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If you are ambitious and smart and are looking to join a firm that will help you grow both

personally and professionally, then we want to speak with you.

A clerkship at Kelly & Co. gives you an opportunity to experience working in a major local

commercial law firm and to get a taste of a broad range of practice areas.

For further information about our 2014/15 Summer Clerkship Program, please visit:

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Melbourne. Such an evocative word. It conjures images of weekends away once or twice a year to watch the Crows Port play, or to refresh the wardrobe on Bridge Road, or to enjoy the city’s nightlife and culture. All under the glorious cloudy skies that are the hallmark of the worst weather in the southern hemisphere (excluding, perhaps, Antarctica during ice storms).

Weather notwithstanding, Melbourne is a wonderful place to live. It is, of course, also a major business centre - two of the four big banks are headquartered in the city, as are many other companies. This makes it a great place to launch your career in commercial law, as we both chose to do at King & Wood Mallesons.

King & Wood Mallesons, or KWM as it is affectionately known, is the only global law firm headquartered in the Asia Pacific. As such, it is a great place to start your development as a lawyer - there are so many opportunities to work on diverse, world-leading matters.

Clerkship processThe first step on your graduate path is to apply for a clerkship.

The clerkship application process for any Melbourne law firm can seem daunting at first. Far more prescriptive it seems than the other states, the Victorian system seems more like a test in organisation and determination than your usual job application process. Once you read a few Melbourne firms’ websites, however, you will soon realise that the application deadlines are largely standard, making the Victorian system accessible to all.

Our experiences of interviewing at KWM were very surprising - enough to ease any sense of trepidation à la Piper Perabo in that classic story of a small-town girl made good, Coyote Ugly. Our interviews were relaxed, friendly conversations with a partner and a senior associate accompanied by great coffee, muffins of indeterminable ingredients, and sweeping views of Etihad Stadium and Port Melbourne. We spoke light-heartedly about our interests and experiences – James found that he had spent much of the time talking about his experiences selling bed linen while at university. We both came away excited by the prospect that our interviewers could one day be our colleagues (and that they would have a better understanding of the importance of high thread count bed linen).

If you have an interest in working in Asia, it is also possible to clerk at KWM in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong office handles many complex international matters, given that the city serves as the gateway for mainland Chinese outbound and inbound investment. Clerking in that office gives you the chance to eat some of the world’s most delicious duck and to enjoy delightful foot massages from Doctor Fish– and the work is not half bad either! But, of course, if you are interested in commencing your career in Australia it is best to clerk at one of KWM’s Australian offices. As a graduate, there is even the opportunity to live and work in Hong Kong as one of your three six-month rotations.

Graduate programStarting at KWM with a close cohort of fellow graduates is an exciting time. While the learning curve is steep, there is a great amount of support – from other graduates, your team, and the firm generally. At the end of the graduate program, you feel ready to take on the challenges of being a fully-fledged solicitor.

The graduate program consists of six-month rotations in three different practice groups. The experience provides graduates with a genuine opportunity to find their area of interest in the law – often graduates find they are interested in something entirely different to that which they initially expected. The rotation system does not just expose you to three different areas of law; it also helps you form friendships within three different teams, which quickly breaks down the initial impression that a large firm cannot be personal. With the combination of monthly firm drinks, team dinners, graduate functions, firm-supported sporting functions and also various volunteering programs, the unknown faces in the elevator you met that first February soon become friends and trusted colleagues.

While the work and expectations of the teams through which we have rotated have differed, what has been consistent – and what sets KWM apart - is how involved the graduates are from the very beginning. Whether it be attending conference calls with colleagues and clients, preparing documents for high-profile transactions, sitting in meetings with barristers, drafting documents for court, or preparing cross-examination questions or research memoranda, the firm does not hesitate to involve its graduates. Instructing counsel in complex Federal Court litigation in your third week at the firm is not unheard of!

In addition to the work we do in our teams, KWM provides us with the opportunity to work with clients on a pro bono basis through Justice Connect and the Refugee Legal Service. To represent clients who face homelessness, or who have complex legal problems that affect their daily life, can be extremely rewarding, and it is something that KWM proudly supports and facilitates.

As you would expect from an international law firm, KWM also provides opportunities for transfers and secondments to its offices abroad including London and Beijing. We have also recently taken part in a cultural exchange program with junior solicitors in the Beijing office. This was rather like having a work pen pal, and it was exciting to arrive at work on Monday to an email from your buddy in Beijing! It is expected that these opportunities will continue to grow since the firm’s combination with European law firm SJ Berwin in 2013.

Working at KWM has provided us with countless opportunities that have set us on the road to a satisfying career in the law. Combine that with joys of the lifestyle in Melbourne, and it is clear that our decision to apply at KWM in Melbourne was, without a doubt, a winner.

(But if the Melbourne weather really is a dealbreaker, you can always pick a KWM office in another city…)

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If you believe the road ahead is already mapped out, a new direction awaits. With a role that gets you in the thick of it, shaping the future for business, and making a real difference.

Think Law.

Whether it’s the path to partnership, or a partnership with clients that excites you, there’s plenty here to grab your attention. Being a lawyer is about more than just knowing the law - it’s about having more than one perspective, a hunger for innovation, and an ability to simply enjoy the moment.

You’d be right in thinking this is an inspired career choice with a global firm that’s going places.

Think Law. Think Again.

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At Minter Ellison, we invest in our people. Your growth is our growth; your success is our success. We’ll support you to advance your career and help you to develop the legal and business skills needed to become a ‘trusted adviser’ to clients anywhere in the world. Our lawyers become innovative thinkers, strategists, and tacticians. As one of our lawyers, you’ll be part of an elite team – closing deals, resolving disputes and solving problems. Hear what some of our summer clerks from previous years have to say about working at Minter Ellison.

Irma Glinac (Lawyer, HR, IR and Media team)’I completed my clerkship at Minter Ellison at the end of 2012 in the Human Resources, Industrial Relations and Media team and the Corporate Construction team. A few weeks into my clerkship, I was offered a full-time position in the HR & IR and Media team. I have been blown away by the quality of work, top-tier clients and the fantastic work culture at Minters. On a daily basis, my role as a recently admitted solicitor involves me assisting other lawyers in drafting legal advices, undertaking legal research and attending client meetings. I have been exposed to seminal and complex litigation, including most recently the Full Federal Court appeal of Barker v Commonwealth. The opportunities to build strong relationships with clients and peers, and get involved in client events have been fantastic. My experience at Minters has exceeded all of my expectations of a top-tier law firm.

Lisa Muffati (Lawyer, Corporate team)Working as a summer clerk at Minter Ellison gave me the opportunity to find out what it means to work in a full service commercial law firm, fast track my professional and personal development as a lawyer and gain the respect of my peers within the legal industry.After my clerkship I was offered a full-time position in the firm’s Corporate team. This enabled me to work with partners, senior associates, associates and other solicitors across a number of areas of law including energy, mining and resources, construction, corporate advisory and mergers and acquisitions. As Minter Ellison is a full service firm I also frequently interact with our Finance and Real Estate teams to ensure that all of our clients’ legal needs are met.I have been involved in a number of interesting projects ranging from the recent public listing of the Sealink Travel Group on the ASX to large commercial developments in the Adelaide CBD and the price reset proposal to be put forward by SA Power Networks to the Australian Energy Regulator in 2014.The most enjoyable part of my job is working in a firm which has a culture of nurturing and supporting its juniors and working as a team to provide our clients with a high quality service which we can all take pride in.My summer clerkship at Minter Ellison has provided me with the perfect start to my legal career - I’m sure it can give you an equally rewarding experience!

Jack Weise (Lawyer, Financial Services Group)I completed a clerkship during the 2012/2013 summer period before being offered a position in the Financial Services practice area. I work with some of the preeminent lawyers in their respective fields and have been afforded a high level of autonomy in my current role as a junior lawyer. On a day to day basis, I work on multi-million dollar finance deals, actively participate in business development and liaise directly with clients. The firm culture is supportive and respectful of junior lawyers. The partners are approachable and easy going and take a genuine interest in the ongoing development of junior lawyers. As a summer clerk and junior lawyer you are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of the firm including pro bono work, the basketball team, the triathlon team and other events run by our social club such as quiz nights and the annual pub crawl. The firm is an excellent place to commence your legal career as it achieves a balance between providing top quality work with an inclusive and supportive firm culture.










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Emma Harman, Solicitor, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team Wallmans Lawyers

Students approaching the end of their law degree deal with unending decisions – Where to study GDLP? Which graduate or clerkship programs to apply for? Whether to undertake further study? Will you even practice?

I approached my final year of law not know what area of law I wanted to enter, if any, and having even less of an idea of how to get there. I dived in and took a subject which involved working at a legal advice clinic arranged work experience with a judge and volunteered at a community legal centre.

These experiences provided a real insight into the profession and affirmed my want to practice. I decided to apply for clerkships at commercial firms and then began the interview process which consisted of weeks of scrunching my nominal corporate wardrobe in a backpack and fitting in interviews between classes and work commitments, questions about extracurricular activities, values and the dreaded – where do you see yourself in ten years time?

If you’re lucky this arduous process is followed by an acceptance call. And then you wait until day one….

After clerking at several firms I appreciated the Wallmans induction process. The clerkship starts with an overview of the firm, their policies, meet and greets, IT training, and introductions to business management and best practice. During my month long clerkship I was exposed to the many aspects of “life as a lawyer”. You’ll see the area/s of practice that you thought you might enjoy as a student and be exposed to real work for clients. You’ll learn the importance of communicating with clients, colleagues and the court and be immersed in the day-to-day life of a busy practice. The gap between theoretical and practical knowledge is unnerving at first but you quickly adapt. At Wallmans I had constant support to help me navigate these new experiences including from an assigned “buddy” who is typically a younger lawyer, as well as a supervisor. The open door policy at Wallmans meant I quickly felt comfortable approaching anyone with questions.

Clerkships, and practical experience generally, provide a real insight in a firm’s culture, its people, the management style, attitudes and values. Gain as much experience as possible and you will gravitate towards the places where these attitudes are aligned. Several months later, whilst in Darwin completing an Aurora Internship I was lucky enough to get “the call” and was offered a position when I returned.

Now, after working for nearly a year the excitement and stress of the application process and final year pursuits are a distant memory. You do enter professional life at the bottom rung of the corporate ladder. Hard work during practice is inevitable, but I have never had to sacrifice social life for work and have continued to receive constant support from other practitioners. The extensive training has also continued with practice specific section CPDs, marketing and networking seminars as well as leadership programs. The culture genuinely feels supportive – everyone knows each other, which might be why the firm’s Friday night drinks and social club events are so well attended.

That’s a taste of what’s to come. Whichever avenue you pursue, be it government, community or private practice, or a job outside of the law; full time professional employment is an exciting challenge that, in my experience, is best tackled head on. Pursue whatever opportunities come your way. Don’t be disheartened. Seek constant feedback and if an application is unsuccessful consider contacting the HR Manager for their comments. If you’re fortunate to be faced several options choose the right employer where you can fit into the organisation’s culture, as I have. Enjoy the ride!










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Thomsons is an independent Australian law firm with 60+ partners and more than 360 lawyers and staff in offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

We are committed to delivering quality legal services to our clients, and recognise that an important part of this is to ensure we provide our employees with a supportive work environment where our partners and managers take a genuine interest in the goals and career aspirations of our staff.

If you are looking for a firm where you are considered a valuable member of the team from day one, you love a challenge and can see your legal career on the rise, we think you'll be a great fit here at Thomsons.

An independent firm on the rise.

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Q&A WITH FAMILY LAWYER MARIE HAYTERMarie Hayter is a family lawyer at Rosey Batt & Associates and was admitted to practice in 2011.

The AULSS sat down with Marie to hear her experiences.

1. Why did you choose to become a family lawyer?

I decided that Family law would be the best forum to use my degree and help people with real life issues. I wanted to be practising in an area of law and in matters that I could relate to. Family law matters are often critical situations e.g. care of children etc and your role is to not only offer legal advice and solutions but to help people through what can be one of the most stressful times of their life.

2. Describe your daily routine as a family lawyer

A typical day involves meeting, telephoning and emailing clients, meeting with barristers, attending Court hearings, preparing documents e.g. Court documents and letters.

Being a family lawyer means that you have to be prepared for any routine you have in place to be overturned. You will often deal with erratic clients in “emergency” situations. This will mean that your expectations for that day are put aside whilst you deal with the situation at hand; for example, the other parent not delivering the child into your client’s care at a handover or money being withdrawn from joint funds without approval.

3. What are some of the key challenges that family lawyers face?

Dealing with clients is one of the key challenges in family law. Your clients are often highly emotional and dealing with very stressful matters. Clients will sometimes try and offload all their issues and blame you for what is going on, particularly when things have not gone their way. You need to be able to explain to your client that you are not their counsellor.

It can be challenging acting for a client when their former partner is doing everything possible to make life difficult for them and/or hurt them. In cases like this, it is never easy to reach a resolution with the other side or obtain what your client is seeking.

4. What are the rewarding aspects of being a family lawyer?

It is so rewarding to acknowledge (particularly at the end of a matter) that you have been able to help your client through one of the most stressful times of their life. It is also rewarding to be able to assist in making what is generally an unenjoyable time become workable so that your client can happily move on with their life.





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5. What are some of the key skills that are required of a family lawyer?

Apart from the general skills required of all lawyers family lawyers particularly need to have a level of patience, empathy, resilience and detachment.

You are also required to be in constant contact with various people including your client, the other side’s solicitor and the Court, so you need to know how to communicate effectively.

Handling property matters in family law can be quite technical so lawyers require an understanding of accounting and financial issues.

6. What are some obstacles that family lawyers face at the beginning of their career?

Family law matters are highly emotive. As a new family lawyer you will often come across matters where you will want to do everything you can to help a client. This can become draining. A new family lawyer (particularly if they are younger) can be naive and want to believe everything their client tells them. Obstacles arise when you work out that they may not have been entirely truthful. This is heightened by the fact that it is a very emotional situation.

7. What advice would you give to students and aspiring family lawyers?

It is important to balance the role of being a lawyer who is empathetic to your client’s family law matter with the fact that there is only so much you can do for your client and you have to separate yourself from the issues at hand so you can walk away from a matter without feeling emotionally invested.



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I was admitted to the Bar in 1979 and worked in private practice in various legal disciplines particularly the matrimonial, criminal and civil jurisdictions.

I thereafter worked in the Crown Prosecutors section of the Crown Solicitor’s Office, was at the Bar, returned to the Crown Solicitor’s Office and thereafter worked predominantly in the Civil Litigation Section for 17 years. I became Assistant Crown Solicitor and a member of the Executive of the Crown Solicitor’s Office. I appeared as counsel in major trials, coronial inquests and before various courts of appeal.

In 2009 I returned to the practice of criminal law as a managing prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions ( “ODPP “). I supervise the management of the solicitors of the ODPP with the assistance of six managing solicitors. I am also a member of the Executive which is responsible for the management and strategic planning and organisation of the whole of the office. I appear as counsel at trial and before the Court of Criminal Appeal.

My career path has been influenced by my interest in counsel work and management of staff both legal and administrative. My work at the Crown Solicitor’s Office and now more recently at the ODPP has provided me the opportunity to pursue those interests and in particular appear as counsel at a senior level.

The major work of the ODPP is the prosecution of major indictable offences from the committal hearing through to the conclusion of the prosecution including appeal before the High Court of Australia.

There is also a section within the office called the Witness Assistance Section which has as its staff, trained professionals who provide support and guidance to the office and those who give evidence as witnesses or victims of crime.

The ODPP has a very strong working relationship with all stakeholders in the criminal justice system such as SA Police and the Office of Forensic Services SA.

The ODPP offers a broad range of work within the Criminal Justice system as Solicitor and Counsel. There are approximately 26 legal practitioners, plus managers in the office who practice as dedicated prosecutors and 50 legal practitioners plus managers who appear as solicitors. The solicitors undertake all of the work on a prosecution file up to trial at which time a prosecutor is briefed. The solicitors work includes adjudication on appropriate charges, the carriage of the prosecution following the laying of charges. This included appearing before the Magistrates, District and Supreme Court of South Australia. Solicitors also conduct guilty pleas, dispute of fact hearings and have the opportunity to do trials, Magistrates appeals and appear as a junior counsel on complex trials and appeals.

The pathway to employment in the ODPP is varied. A number of the junior staff have joined the office having been judges associates which has given them a very good understanding of the criminal court, its practices and procedures. Others have joined having practice in other jurisdictions or from private practice.


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AL LAWThe ODPP advertises for applicants who are interested in being to be placed in a pool of solicitors. That advert is published at least once and sometimes twice a year. Successful applicants are then placed in that pool and as positions become available within ODPP they will be offered contract positions which positions sometimes become permanent. Those that practice solely as prosecutors are usually drawn from practitioners that have practiced as solicitors within the office for a period of time.

The number of people accepted each year varies. There are major factors influencing staff movement and putting a number on the number of new staff joining the office each year is difficult. There is however always movement and positions becoming available during the course of the year.

The office also takes students undertaking duty GDLP training and this is arranged through the Business Service Manager and a Managing Solicitor responsible for student placement in the office. The office also from time to time advertises summer clerk positions which are paid positions for approximately six weeks over the summer university holiday period. This gives the opportunity for people to gain some work experience within the office and contribute to the prosecution of trials and appeals.

The work of the ODPP is stressful, often relentless but extremely rewarding. It is an excellent environment in which to learn the skills of counsel and in particular the admissibility of evidence before the court. It requires the ability to work in a team environment and to communicate with a broad range of people from all walks of life. You will deal on a daily basis with police, witnesses, victims, forensic examiners and most importantly the courts staff, Judges and Magistrates.

The office demands the highest ethical and professional standards and strives to achieve excellence in effective and appropriate prosecution of criminal offences. The role of the prosecutor is to ensure that all credible and available evidence is placed before the trier fact be it judge or jury, to determine whether the charge is proved beyond reasonable doubt.

In every respect the ODPP and its legal staff are required to conduct themselves to the highest standard of integrity and propriety in the prosecution of alleged offenders, and to apply the principles of the model litigant in all decision making processes, be it to bring the matter to trial or in determining whether or not to prosecute.

It is a most rewarding and interesting career and you will follow in a long and distinguished history of outstanding advocates.

BRENTON ILLINGWORTHManaging ProsecutorOffice of the Director of Public Prosecutions


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JUDGE’S ASSOCIATEHOW TO APPLYThis information appeared in the Australia Law Students’ Association Judge’s Associate Guide 2013 and has been re-printed with their permission.

CJ French: A judge’s associate position ultimately offers ‘the opportunity to observe counsel at work before the Court, the excellent and the good and, occasionally, the mediocre’ being a ‘valuable learning experience to

see advocacy in action from the shelter of the associate’s desk.’

High Court of Australia

Application TipsIn order to be successful in your application to become an Associate of the High Court, it is expected that you have at least the following attributes:

You have graduated with First Class Honours; andYou have research experience (obtained at either university, a law firm, or other court)

NOTE: 200 applications are received for each vacancy...stand out!

Application ProceduresTo become an Associate for a specific Justice, you must write directly to the Justice. If you do not have a preference as to which Justice you would like to work for, you should write to Chief Executive and Principle Registrar, Mr Andrew Phelan.

Once Mr Phelan receives your application, he will then raise your application in a meeting with all the Justices.

NOTE: Your current CV and academic transcript MUST accompany you application letter (what better way to show that you are the best person for the job!)

There are no closing dates for your applications, BUT Associates are normally appointed two or three years in advance. Therefore, make sure your application includes the years you would be available to undertake your associateship.

All applications must be sent to: High Court of Australia Parkes Place CANBERRA ACT 2600

Legal Research Officer Position In addition to the Associate positions, the Court also offers a Legal Research Officer position. Each position is hired for a 12 month term. If you are interested in a Legal Research Officer position, you must contact Ms Petal Kinder, Court Librarian, either at the above address, or by email to [email protected] For More Information see


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Federal Court of AustraliaWithin the Federal Court, the general role of an Associate is to conduct legal research, various in court duties, and other ad hoc work for your particular Judge.

NOTE: These positions are not generally advertised. Applications and interviews are conducted directly by each individual Judge.

Application TipsDO be concise in your application...get to the point as to why you are the best person for the job.

DO organise your application in an easy to read format...the last thing you want is for a Judge to be frustrated by your application before they actually read it!

DO NOT provide extensive details about your previous jobs that are not relevant to the position you are applying for...chances are your previous position as a Pizza Delivery Boy/Girl will not sway the Judge’s decision to hire you as his or her Associate.

DO NOT use old photocopies of previous applications, or very general applications. Be specific to the position you are applying does not make a great impression if the Judge feels as though the position you are applying for is second, third, or fourth on your application list!

DO NOT provide an unnecessarily long application...after all, you do not want the Judge to fall asleep whilst he or she is reading your application.

Application Procedures1. Decide which Court you would like to apply for.

2. Prepare your CV with an academic transcript and a covering letter) (Your letter must address the period in which you are seeking to be employed by the Court

3. Forward your application directly to the Judge or District Registrar in the appropriate registry. Relevant addresses can be found at the ‘contact the court’ webpage at

4. Your application must include the following documents (in separate attachments): a) Your personal information including a reply address for correspondence, contact number as well as your current employer and job classification. b) The names and contact numbers of at least two referees, including your current boss. c) Any education/qualifications/work experience or training you have undertaken that would be beneficial to the role you are applying for...remembering that it is irrelevant that you worked at a department store in High School.

5. Your application must also include a statement against every criteria provide for the position you are applying for. The criteria must be used as a heading, with a description of how your qualifications and work experience has enabled you to satisfy each criteria.

NOTE: Associateships are usually filled up to 18 months in advance, so be ready to complete your associateship well after you have submitted your application!

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Supreme Court of South Australia

Job DescriptionAs an Associate in South Australia, you will serve as a member of the Judge’s personal staff. You will:

• Undertake legal research; • Accompany the Judge to court in whichever jurisdiction they may be sitting; • Maintain record books; • Various administrative functions; and • Attend chambers on interlocutory and other applications.

Expected RemunerationYou MUST have a LLB to become a Judge’s Associate within the South Australian Supreme Court. If you are not admitted as a practitioner to the Supreme Court of South Australia, you can expect a salary of approximately $47,700.00 p.a.

If you are admitted, you can expect a salary of approximately $53,355.00 p.a.

If you have a minimum of one year experience as an admitted practitioner, you can expect a salary of approximately $55,240.00 p.a.

Application TipsBe very aware of the following points!

Judges have a tendency to select applicants who are already admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia

Judges may make an exception in relation to hiring an applicant who is completing their Practical Legal Training (PLT) or other post admission make your resume impressive!

As an Associate you may not be employed in any other profession, regardless if you are being paid for the position or not. You must obtain permission from the Chief Justice to do this.

NOTE: Supreme Court appointments are generally for a one year contract

Application ProceduresBe sure to lodge your application at any time of the year, as vacancies arise at numerous intervals throughout the year!

Send you application to: The Honourable [insert particular Judge] Judge’s ChambersSupreme Court1 Gouger Street ADELAIDE SA 5000

You must include in your application the following documents: • Your CV, qualifications and your academic record; • A copy of your admittance certificate (if you have been admitted at the time of application)

NOTE: Unadmitted applicants may need to undergo a National Criminal History Check before you are employed.

For More Information Associates.aspx You can also contact the Administrative and HR Officer on +61 8 8204 0507






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Q&A WITH ELISSA HOFFMANElissa Hoffman is a recent law graduate and is currently a judge’s associate in the South Australian

Supreme Court. The AULSS sat down with Elissa to hear her experiences.

1. Who do you work for, what court and division?I work for the Honourable Justice Stanley, in the Supreme Court of South Australia. Justice Stanley predominantly sits in the civil jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. His Honour also sits on probate, special classification, criminal and appellate matters.

2. What is the role of an associate?The role of an associate encompasses three core capacities. These are administration/out of court duties, in court duties and research/drafting.

Basically, the associate provides support to the judge. It is the responsibility of the associate to prepare for court and ensure things run smoothly whilst in court. This means liaising with the registry and counsel to list hearings, ensuring the relevant file is complete, conducting background research and setting up the bench.

When in court, the associate must call the matter on, note any orders the judge makes and adjourn the court at the conclusion of the hearing. In criminal matters, the associate may also be required to arraign an accused, administer the allocutus, empanel a jury, read victim impact statements to a jury or take a verdict.

Associates also undertake research and assist with drafting judgments. The amount of judgment drafting an associate is responsible for depends entirely on the judge they work with. It is the responsibility of the associate to proof read judgments and prepare front sheets – so you definitely need an eye for detail!

3. How did you apply for the job? What does the application process involve? When should interested students apply?To apply for the job I posted a letter of application, along with my CV, academic transcript and a letter of reference, to Justice Stanley’s chambers. I received a responding letter a few days later, which stated that his Honour was not currently interviewing but would keep my application on file. A couple of months after that I received a call to come in for an interview.

The first part of the interview involved speaking with Stanley J one on one, in his chambers. His Honour had clearly read through my application in detail, as his questions were tailored to my personal interests and past experience. The second part of the interview also involved Stanley J’s personal assistant and current associate. This is an important part of the application process, as in chambers you work in a very small team.

There is no set time to apply for a position as an associate. In the Supreme Court, each judge selects his or her own staff. This means that applications must be forwarded to individual judges. Judges accept applications throughout the year and generally select associates six – 12 months in advance.


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4. Do you have any advice for interested students? If applying for a Supreme Court associateship, make sure to tailor your application to the individual judge you are applying to. The only thing worse than a generic application is an application focused on areas that are not relevant to the judge the application is addressed to! It is also a great idea to establish roughly when the judge you are applying to will require their next associate. Applications generally need to be sent well in advance of an expected commencement date, and there is not much point in applying to a judge who is on the verge of retirement!

An associateship is such an amazing experience. It really consolidates your legal knowledge, whilst providing you with the opportunity to assist in the judicial process. My job allows me to speak directly with members of the judiciary regarding topical legal matters – what better learning experience could there be for a law graduate? An associateship is also a great entry to working life, providing administrative challenges and time pressures in a professional environment, without the stress of billable hours.

5. What motivated you to apply to be an associate?In order to answer this question, I looked back at my original letter of application. The second paragraph reads:

“The position as your Honour’s associate would provide a unique opportunity to advance my legal education through observing the judicial process from close quarters… The opportunity to be your Honour’s associate for 2013/14 would be an invaluable experience and serve as a paramount platform to a successful career in advocacy.”

This really captures what motivated me to apply for an associateship. It is the perfect introduction to the legal profession and will serve as a platform to launch into practicing law. If you are unsure of what area of practice you would like to work in, an associateship is also a great starting point. This is because you have the opportunity to observe matters in a wide range of jurisdictions, and learn from viewing the best – and less than best – practitioners in action.

6. Have there been any challenges you have faced during your time as an associate?For me, the major challenge has been the overload of information when starting out. There is a lot of administrative and preparatory work that the associate must attend to, and the required tasks differ for each jurisdiction. This makes for an intense first week. Luckily, there are manuals to follow and other associates are always happy to help!

At peak periods, such as before the Christmas break, things can get a little crazy. When it is really busy, it is important to be able to manage your time well and prioritise tasks.

7. What has been your most memorable experience thus far?My most memorable experience thus far is sitting in court for judgment delivery in a matter where I assisted in drafting the judgment. In that situation, there is a mix of anxiety (fear you got something wrong or missed something) and gratification (knowing you played a role in the final product).

Being in court most days, memorable moments involving counsel, parties, accused, media and court staff occur regularly!

8. What are your plans after you have finished your time as a judge’s associate?I completed a summer clerkship with Lipman Karas prior to commencing my associateship. This allowed me to refine my research and drafting skills, which has been vital during my associateship. All going well, I will return to Lipman Karas as a practitioner once my time at the Supreme Court comes to an end.


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COMMERCIAL ARBITRATIONAddress: Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000Contact: [email protected] Office Locations: Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000Areas of Practice: ADR, Mediation, Arbitration

1. Tell us about your organisationEstablished in 1985 as a not-for-profit public company, the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) is Australia’s premier international arbitral institution and the only international arbitration institution that is headquartered in Australia. A signatory of co-operation agreements with over 50 global bodies including the Permanent Court of Arbitration (The Hague), it seeks to promote Australia as an international seat of arbitration. A cooperative relationship exists between ACICA and those organisations that are members of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG).

ACICA played a leadership role in the Australian Government’s review of the International Arbitration Act 1974 (Cth), and in 2011 the Australian Government confirmed ACICA as the sole default appointing authority competent to perform the arbitrator appointment functions under the new act. ACICA’s suite of rules and clauses provide an advanced, efficient and flexible framework for the conduct of international arbitrations and mediations.

ACICA’s membership includes world leading practitioners and academics who are experts in the field of international and domestic dispute resolution, and includes AMTAC, the premier arbitration institution for Maritime dispute resolution. ACICA is governed by a Board that is comprised of some of Australia’s leading international arbitration practitioners.

2. Do you feel that more focus needs to be directed to Alternative Dispute Resolution?ACICA’s mission is to educate, promote and encourage the use of international commercial arbitration as a means of dispute resolution within Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Current ACICA cases are demonstrating an increasing trend toward the use of the ACICA Arbitration Rules and Australian seats for arbitration by international parties, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region and this expansion is expected to continue. Legislative revisions, together with improvements to the ADR rules and proceedings, are always desired to create a more favourable environment for the development of best practice in arbitration and ADR in Australia.

3. What sorts of services does ACICA provide?ACICA provides a full range of administrative and other services to assist international arbitrations and mediations conducted in Australia and in the region. The Centre offers world’s best practice services in Case Management and Trust Account Administration. ACICA can act as the administering institution for domestic or international arbitrations and mediations under the ACICA Arbitration or Mediation Rules or, if agreed by the parties, under an ad hoc process. ACICA is also able to act as stakeholder, holding funds on account for payment of arbitration or mediation costs, in circumstances where it is not administering the dispute.ACICA acts as an appointment and administration body for all forms of ADR. ACICA’s services include, for example, assistance in determining the number of arbitrators to be appointed, deciding


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upon any challenges made to arbitrators, and appointing arbitrators in circumstances where the parties cannot agree on a candidate. ACICA also provides model arbitration and mediation rules and model arbitration and mediation clauses. ACICA also maintains a panel of recommended arbitrators and a panel of recommended mediators.

As a partner of the Australian International Disputes Centre (AIDC), ACICA is able to offer facilities to host parties for any ADR process. More information in relation to the services provided by ACICA can be found at

4. Does your organisation offer accreditation schemes?ACICA’s partner AIDC offers a five-day Mediation Training course, which equips participants with an understanding of when mediation can be the most appropriate process and with the core competencies to be a mediator. Participants of the course are eligible to enroll in ACDC’s accreditation program. Successful candidates receive an ACDC Accreditation Certificate, valid for two years, and, at the completion of the ACDC training, are eligible to apply for accreditation under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation System. To achieve ACDC Accreditation, candidates are assessed in accordance with the industry benchmark competency standards of excellence.

ACICA also has a co-operation agreement with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb Australia), which, together with the University of New South Wales, conducts the Diploma of International Commercial Arbitration Course annually. On completion of the course and an award writing exam, candidates may proceed to fellowship grade within CIArb.

5. What does your organisation offer to law students and graduates?ACICA and its partner organisations have extensive experience in providing educational programs and training to the legal community, including skills development workshops, customized seminars, conferences, and mediation training and accreditation. A permanent offer of publications and other resources concerning dispute resolution trends and the latest developments is available for young practitioners. Further, ACICA hosts several rounds of International Arbitration Moots organised for young lawyers.

6. How can law students become involved in your organisation?ACICA recruits interns for the assistance with case management, and with a number of current ACICA initiatives. The ACICA and AIDC Volunteer Intern Scheme has continued to attract talented future ADR professionals from across Australia and overseas including Europe, US and Asia who have made a valuable contribution to the operations of ACICA and AIDC. Post graduate students may wish to submit papers for publication.

7. How do you become a member of ACICA?ACICA has various categories of membership, providing various levels of service. Associate Members receive a reduced rate for seminars and event. ACICA Fellows are senior practitioners and arbitrators with experience in international arbitration. Fellows are included on ACICA’s panel of recommended arbitrators. Fellow memberships must, therefore, be approved by the ACICA Board. Fellows also receive a reduced rate for seminars and events. Prospective members can download an application form from Membership admission is also provided for ACICA Panel of Mediators. Details about ACICA membership may be found on the ACICA website under Membership.


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CENTREAddress: Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000Contact: info@ Locations: Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000Areas of Practice: ADR, Mediation, Arbitration, Expert Determination, Conciliation

1. Tell us about your organisation.AIDC is Australia’s premier dispute resolution institution. The Centre provides strategic support to parties conducting ADR proceedings in conjunction with its training and case management arm, the Australian Commercial Disputes Centre (ACDC). A leader in the ADR field, AIDC, is a not-for-profit organisation focussed on supporting best practice dispute resolution in Australia and internationally. AIDC has been providing outstanding dispute resolution services and training for over 20 years.

AIDC houses and provides secretariat services to other leading ADR providers, which include the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb Australia), and the Australian Maritime and Transport Arbitration Commission (AMTAC).

AIDC is committed to advancing ADR in Australia and internationally. Through its training arm ACDC it has developed a range of best practice ADR training, advice and consultancy services.

2. Do you feel that more focus needs to be directed to Alternative Dispute Resolution?Even though a significant progress has been made in Australian community and courts regarding ADR, there is a need for a deeper understanding of the benefits that ADR offers. AIDC is committed to educate, promote and encourage the use of ADR in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region.

3. What sorts of services does AIDC provide?AIDC offers a full suite of alternative dispute resolution services. As well as advocating all ADR processes, AIDC services include ADR Training (with a focus on skills workshops and mediation training), mediation accreditation, case management, and consultancy services including all forms of dispute management.

AIDC provides a panel of reputable and appropriate mediators and other neutrals with suitable training and experience for ADR. ACDC offers recommended rules and guidelines for commercial mediation, workplace mediation, commercial conciliation, expert determination and domestic arbitration. AIDC services include the nomination of skilled and experienced dispute resolution experts in all commercial practice and professional disciplines. AIDC assists parties in designing appropriate ADR procedures for particular applications.

AIDC also provides services for mediation and hearing rooms or other ADR venue facilities. AIDC offers tailor-made rooms for arbitration and mediation hearings. AIDC has 10 custom-built rooms which can be configured for arbitrations, mediations, adjudications, deposition-taking, conferences, seminars and meetings. AIDC offers world class dispute resolution facilities and services. All necessary business support services including case management and trust account administration are provided.








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4. Does your organisation offer accreditation schemes?AIDC offers a five-day Mediation Training course, which equips participants with an understanding of when mediation can be the most appropriate process, and with the core competencies to be a mediator. Participants of the course are eligible to enroll in ACDC’s accreditation program. Successful candidates receivean ACDC Accreditation Certificate, valid for two years, and, at the completion of the ACDC training, are eligible to apply for accreditation under the Australian National Mediator Accreditation System. To achieve ACDC Accreditation, candidates are assessed in accordance with the Industry benchmark competency standards of excellence.

ACDC’s Mediation Training and Accreditation program is recognised by its partner organisation, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), towards its membership. CIArb also provides NMAS accreditation to participants who successfully complete the ACDC Mediation Training Course.

CIArb, in conjunction with the University of New South Wales, conducts the Diploma of International Commercial Arbitration Course annually. On completion of the course and an award writing exam, candidates may proceed to fellowship grade within CIArb.

5. What does your organisation offer to law students and graduates?AIDC offers a range of ADR training of students and graduates’ interest through its training arm, ACDC. Training includes professional development courses, and mediation training and accreditation. AIDC has extensive experience in providing educational programs, including skills development workshops, customized seminars and conferences. AIDC offer publications and other resources concerning dispute resolution trends and the latest developments.

ACDC offers a range of skills based courses focussing on the micro skills required for managing and minimising conflict at work, with clients or in the community. ACDC supports professional development through several workshop and courses such as the one-day ‘Conflict Resolution & Dispute Avoidance’, ‘Complaints Handling’ course, and the two day course on ‘Facilitating Difficult Discussions’.

6. How can law students become involved in your organisation?AIDC recruits interns for the assistance with case management, and with a number of current AIDC initiatives. The ACICA and AIDC Volunteer Intern Scheme has continued to attract talented future ADR professionals from across Australia and overseas including Europe, US and Asia who have made a valuable contribution to the operations of ACICA and AIDC. Post graduate students may wish to submit papers for publication.

7. How do you become a member of AIDC?AIDC is not a membership organisation. It has a vibrant alumni program for participants of its training courses. To keep up to date with AIDC and its work subscribe to the AIDC Bulletin at






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MEDIATORSAddress: Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000Contact: IAMA National Office: 02 9241 1188 or [email protected] Locations: Australia-wideAreas of Practice: All areas of dispute resolution management and practice

1. What is unique about your organisation?The Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia is the nation’s leading and largest independent Alternative Dispute Resolution organisation. Founded in 1975, IAMA provides services in all forms of ADR including arbitration, mediation, conciliation, adjudication, expert determination, probity and procurement. With a growing membership that comprises some of Australia’s most eminent and experienced ADR practitioners and trainers, the Institute is known for facilitating the most practical and most rewarding professional development training for professionals of all industries. By providing education and training on current developments in ADR, the Institute encourages its members and the public to continue to learn and experience reasons that make ADR increasingly popular in Australia and overseas.

2. Do you feel that more focus needs to be directed to Alternative Dispute Resolution?As ADR is becoming increasingly popular around Australia and internationally, IAMA continues to be committed in promoting, encouraging and facilitating cost-effective and timely dispute resolution. Our commitment extends to focusing on developing an industry-wide approach that supports authoritative lobbying on ADR issues. We strive to work with everyone in the industry to create a collective voice on key issues and developments to be heard by all tiers of Government – your participation is welcome!

3. What sorts of services does IAMA provide?Our services include:

• A national database of highly qualified and experienced dispute resolvers, who have been graded as Arbitrators, or accredited as mediators, adjudicators and/or other ADR practitioners.

• Nomination of arbitrators, mediators, adjudicators, and other ADR neutrals from a database of practitioners accredited by the Institute based on their training and experience and compliance with the Institute’s CPD requirements.

• Administered Industry-based Consume Dispute Resolution Schemes. • Cost and time effective packages for all forms of ADR courses and training programs

(members receive discounted rates). • Ongoing Continuing Professional Development opportunities and pupillage training and

experience for newly-qualified practitioners. • ADR Resources including a peer-reviewed journal of articles, case notes and book reviews,

monthly newsletters, practice notes, rules and guidelines, and all other corporate publications (members have unrestricted access).

• Online profile and CPD tracking functions (exclusive to members).


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4. Does your organisation offer accreditation schemes?Various accreditation schemes are available for all areas of dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration, adjudication, probity and procurement. Our accreditation courses fulfil the requisite training requirements for accreditation. Courses include:

• The IAMA Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation, which is approved by the Mediator Standards Board and complies with the National Mediator Accreditation System.

• The Professional Certificate in Arbitration, which is run in joint venture with the University of Adelaide.

5. What does your organisation offer to law students and graduates?Our coaches and trainers are some of the nation’s leading legal professionals including judges, barristers, partners from global law firms, who have useful tips and advice that are particularly valuable for new lawyers. We understand the importance for law students and graduates to receive ongoing help and support from the right people in the legal industry. So our student members are encouraged to attend our forums where they can share their interest in ADR, network and build rapport with industry contacts.

Law students who are interested in internship opportunities are welcome to send your expression of interest to us. If graduates are interested in undertaking training to be accredited as a mediator or arbitration, see for training opportunities.

6. How can law students become involved in your organisation?We encourage law students to submit an article, book review, or case note (for example a major work from your ADR elective course) for our publications. Our publications are sent to members, state libraries, law societies, law firms, and subscribers around Australia and overseas. If you are interested in showcasing your work, contact us for details.

7. How do you become a member of IAMA?We offer a special student annual membership for only $40 and there is no joining fee. You will have access to all membership benefits including our online Membership Area, discounted rates for events and training, and all of our publications.

Applications can be submitted via our website: or contact us for a student membership application form.


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PROFILE: AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONAddress: Level 3, 175 Pitt Street SYDNEY NSW 2000Website: Location: Sydney NSW

1. What is the main purpose of the organisation?Australian Human Rights Commission aims to promote and protect human rights in Australia by:

• Making human rights part of everyday life and language• Empowering all people to understand and exercise their human rights• Working with individuals, community, business and government to inspire action• Keeping government accountable to national and international human rights standards

2. How is a background in law relevant to employment within your organisation?A legal background is imperative to the commission whether it is in interpretation of national and international legislation or the drafting and investigation policy. The skills possessed by law students are necessary for the commission to make informed and sophisticated arguments.

3. Does the organisation offer internships?The Commission does offer internships to Australian University Students and they are encouraged to apply during the advertising period in September each year. For further information check the Jobs page of the AHRC’s website during this period.

4. How do students apply for an internship with the organisation?Applications must be sent to the AHRC by the close of business hours of the closing date and once received the application will be acknowledged electronically. Those selected for the next stage of the application (the interviews) will be contacted within four weeks of the closing date.

5. Does the organisation employ graduates directly? The Commission does not have a graduate program but encourages graduates to apply for any vacant positions that may be available.

6. What advice would you offer to someone applying to your organisation?For someone applying to the commission it is recommended they:

• Be concise, clear, relevant and accurate• Organise their application in an easy to follow format• Provide specific comments and examples against each selection criterion

However they should not:• Provide great detail about duties performed many years ago and that are not relevant to the

position you are applying for• Submit a very long application• Use third or fourth generation photocopies of previous applications or very general applications• Use folders or binders or submit multiple copies as they are not required


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REFORM COMMISSIONAddress: Level 40 MLC Tower 19 Martin Place Sydney NSW 2000Contact: Location: Sydney NSW

1. What is the main purpose of the organisation?The role of the Australian Law Reform Commission is similar to that of the South Australian Law Reform Commission, it conducts inquiries into areas of law at the request of the Attorney-General of Australia. Based on research an inquiries ALRC helps the government to make an informed decision about law reform. Although the recommendations do not automatically become law, over 85% of the reports have been substantially or partially implemented. The ALRC aims to simplify and remove defects in the law, for the purpose of a more effective and coherent legal system.

2. Does the organisation offer internships or work experience?Internships are available at the ALRC for current law students to work alongside commission members and legal staff as legal interns. These internships are conducted on a voluntary basis with no remuneration being provided. Internships run for three weeks in the summer break or for a day a week for one semester.

3. What does an internship involve?Internships provide an opportunity for law students to increase their awareness of law reform issues and their work will be credited in ALRC publications. The research work is determined by the needs of ALRC and a staff member will supervise each intern. The ALRC will be working on two or three inquires at a particular time, ranging from the technical aspects of law to questions of broad social policy. More can be found at:

4. What do you look for in a potential intern?Students in their final or penultimate year of an undergraduate degree are encouraged to apply for an internship. The number of interns at one time is subject to the current work load of the Commission.Due to there being no strong demand there is a formal selection process and the following criteria are held in high regard:

• Strong research skills• Ability to analyse and communicate complex information• Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to write clear and concise documents,

research briefs and memos• Ability to work independently with professional guidance• Work experience, interest in, law reform or social policy

5. How do students apply for an internship with the organisation?Applications can be made via and must include the following:

• Short cover letter• Resume• An up to date copy of your university transcript

6. Does the organisation offer Practical Legal Training?No, the ALRC does not provide placements for PLT.


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1. What is the main purpose of the organisation?The Australian Tax Office is the government’s main revenue collection agency. We manage and shape tax and superannuation systems that fund services and community benefits for Australians.

We value our people and the specialist skills they bring and building the capability of our people is a top priority. Many of our employees have had full and varied careers with us.

We are one of the largest public service employers in Australia with over 24,000 people located in more than 40 locations. We have a diverse workforce in terms of cultural backgrounds, demographics, skills and experience.

2. How does your organisation assist graduates in reaching their potential?The ATO will provide you with a dynamic and rewarding career in a high profile national organisation. We offer excellent professional development opportunities through a highly-regarded graduate development program and beyond.

The graduate development program is designed to build our future leaders and technical experts by developing your skills, knowledge and networks to help you throughout your career with us.

3. How is a background in law relevant to employment within your organisation?Our legal professionals provide technical leadership for our organisation and promote certainty of law interpretation for taxpayers, their advisors, Treasury and government. They establish and maintain the ATO’s view of existing tax laws and oversee processes that ensure consistency and timeliness of tax technical decisions.They also help shape the development of new laws by working with Treasury, providing high quality advice on policy proposals and implementation of new law.

4. What qualities does the organisation look for in a potential employee?The ATO considers the following qualities when regarding a potential law employee:

• think strategically• achieve results• manage relationships• act professionally• communicate effectively• perform the technical aspects of working in law, finance and accounting• commit to supporting each other and our contribution to the Australian community.

5. Does the organisation employ graduates directly?The ATO does employ graduates directly through the graduate development program. The graduate development program involves:

• an intense, challenging 12-months• receiving lots of training and development opportunities• experiencing two work rotations in areas that suit your skills• possibly participating in client contact experiences


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• receiving support from a dedicated program manager, mentors and buddies• receiving excellent working conditions and great superannuation benefits• a permanent job on successful completion of the program

6. How do students apply for graduate positions?Students apply for a graduate position online, once the application is lodged then an email will be sent to confirm the application. Applications for the ATO normally run from the beginning of March through to the start of April. It is a multistage process including assessment activities and an interview.

7. What is the typical career path for graduates employed by the organisation?All ATO jobs are filled on merit. An engagement or promotion decision is based on merit if:

• an assessment is made of the relative suitability of the candidates for the duties, using a competitive selection process

• the assessment is based on the relationship between the candidates’ work-related qualities and the work-related qualities genuinely required for the duties

• the assessment focuses on the relative capacity of the candidates to achieve the outcomes related to the duties

• the assessment is the primary consideration in making the decision.

PROFILE: CROWN SOLICITOR’S OFFICEAddress: Level 9, 45 Pirie Street Adelaide SA 5000Contact: [email protected]: Location: ADELAIDE SA

1. What is the main purpose of the organisation?The primary role of the Crown Solicitor’s Office is to provide legal services and advice to the South Australian Government and to have a direct role in delivery of the South Australian Government’s broader objectives. This is carried out in the following ways:

• Provide legal advice to Cabinet, Ministers and government agencies.• Represent the Government of South Australia before courts and tribunals.• Draft legal documents for the government.• Provide conveyancing and other property related services.• Investigations on behalf of government.• Resolves native title claim issues through negotiated agreements.• The CSO solely acts for the SA Government, as such, does not have private clients.

2. How is your Organisation structured?The CSO is comprised of 270 staff, approximately two-thirds being lawyers and one-third acting as the support staff.

The Crown Executive Group is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the CSO. The Crown Solicitor, Mr. Greg Parker, chairs the group, which consist of the Deputy Crown Solicitor and an Assistant Crown Solicitor from each operational section.






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The CSO practices and divides their operational sections into the following areas:• administrative and environment• advising• civil litigation• commercial• commercial counsel• Crown counsel• Native Title• serious and organised crime• outposted lawyers (a program by which lawyers from the CSO are posted in other government

agencies for periods of a year to three years)

3. What qualities does the organisation look for in a potential employee?Students who are high achievers in both their academic and personal lives, with good interpersonal skills, relevant legal work experience and relevant references are highly valued in selection for the CSO.

4. Does the organisation offer internships or work experience?The CSO does offer work experience and all enquiries can be directed to [email protected].

Summer Clerkships are offered to students completing their final years of study. Once accepted students take part in a structured program including training and development sessions covering a range of legal and non-legal topics:

• Introduction to CSO• Tour of the Attorney General’s Department library, and training in the use of on-line facilities.• Training in drafting and legal research.• Information session on the practice management system.• File and matter management.• Assisting in client matters, under supervision

Each Clerkship runs for a period of eight weeks commencing in mid December, 12-14 places are offered to law students. The students offered clerkships will be paid for the full eight weeks and allocated to a section within the CSO or outposted to a government agency.

5. How do students apply for an internship with the organisation?Applications for summer clerkships close on the 30th of April each year with interviews conducted by mid-May and all offers being completed by the end of June. Each application must include a summer clerkships application form, found at

6. Does the organisation employ graduates directly?Yes.The CSO has an established Graduate Solicitor Pool. Successful applicants are placed into the pool and are notified as vacancies arise. However applicants are only held in this pool for 6 months.

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COMMISSION OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAAddress: 159 Gawler Place Adelaide SA 5000Contact: George Hatzirodos [email protected] Phone: + 61 8 8111 5555Website: Location: Adelaide SA

1. What is the main purpose of the organisation?Every person in South Australia is required to live under and obey the law. Every person is also entitled to use the law to protect her or his rights and interests. If some members of the community but not others have access to the protection of the law, then people are denied justice, and the law itself inevitably becomes unfair. This is where the Legal Services Commission steps in. The Commission provides legal representation in criminal and family law matters, free legal advice and minor assistance on all areas of law.

2. How is a background in law relevant to employment within your organisation?Legal aid lawyers require a comprehensive knowledge of the law, excellent communication skills and an ability to deal with people from diverse backgrounds. Our lawyers are required to work within a wide range of fields, giving them the opportunity to experience all facets of the law.


Address: Level 7, 45 Pirie St Adelaide SA 5005Contact: Kos Lesses [email protected]: + 61 8 8207 1529Website: Location: ADELAIDE SA

1. What is the main purpose of the organisation?The purpose of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is to provide South Australia with an independent and effective criminal prosecution service with is timely, effective and just. The ODPP prosecutes those offences committed against the laws of South Australia that are tried in the District or Supreme Court.

2. How is the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions structured and in what capacity can lawyers act?The ODPP has two main sections available for work in a legal capacity, solicitor and prosecution sections.


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The Solicitor Section provides all solicitor services on the files conducted by the Office. These services include legal advice, committals, arraignments; essentially all matters in the pre-trial stage and after sentencing submissions. The Office has three teams of solicitors who report directly through the senior solicitors to the Managing Solicitor.

The Prosecution Section provides counsel services to the Office in trials, appeals and complex legal arguments. The prosecutors appear in the Magistrates Court and the District and Supreme Courts for trial and the Full Court of the Supreme Court and High Court for appeals. Magistrates appeals are also conducted before single judges of the Supreme Court. The Office has two teams of prosecutors who report directly through the senior prosecutors to the Managing Prosecutor.

3. Does the organisation offer work experience?Work experience at the DPP is available to students and enquiries should be directed to the Administrative Manager via email at [email protected]

4. Are clerkships available through the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution? The Office also offers summer clerkship positions over the summer break period. These positions are remunerated and applications are processed through the Crown Solicitors Office.

5. Are placements for Practical Legal Training offered by the organisation?The DPP offers placements to students wishing to complete their practical legal training. These placements are offered four times per year for an approximate period of 7 weeks. These placements are not renumerated.

6. How do students apply for Practical Legal Training within the organisation?Applicants should register their interest by writing to the Office enclosing an up to date curriculum vitae and a copy of their academic transcript. These applications should be made in writing and addressed to:

Kos LessesActing Senior ProsecutorGPO Box 464ADELAIDE SA 5001

Enquiries to: Kos Lesses, [email protected]

E-Mail applications will not be accepted.Late applications will be considered only if vacancies exist.


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LAW REFORM INSTITUTEAddress: Adelaide Law School University of Adelaide SA 5005Contact: + 61 8313 5582Office Location: Adelaide SA

1. What is the main purpose of the organisation?The role of the South Australian Law Reform Institute is to conduct research and reviews on areas of law and legal policy as specified by its Advisory Board. These are to be done, where appropriate on a consultancy basis. All reviews are to be conducted with a view towards:

• The modernisation of law• The elimination of legal defects• The consolidation of law• To repeal laws that are now obsolete or unnecessary • Uniformity between laws of other States and the Commonwealth.

Once completed these reviews are used to advise and make recommendations to the Attorney-General or other authorities.

2. Where does the South Australian Law Reform Institute receive work?The Institute may accept a proposal for a project from any of the following bodies:

• The Attorney-General• The University of Adelaide• The South Australian judiciary• The Legal Services Commission• The Law Society of South Australia• The South Australian Bar Association• Other representative organisations having standing in the community.

3. How does the Institute determine which projects to undertake?In deciding whether to accept a project the Institute’s Advisory Board will take into account if sufficient resources are available including funds and time to meet the expected completion. The importance of the matter to the administration of justice in SA will also impact on the decision.

4. What is an interesting project you are currently working on?Whether there should be a statutory tort of action for serious invasion of privacy in South Australia. An Issues paper has been released and the Institute is receiving submissions from national and local media groups, privacy organisations and individuals.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE SOUTH AUST. LAW REFORM INSTITUTEStudents of the Law Reform elective participate in the work being undertaken by the Institute as part of their studies, and some of their work may be used in future papers and reports of the Institute.Upon completion of the course, some students may have the opportunity to assist the Institute with research on a topic they did work on during the course. This is paid work, but is normally on a casual basis and for a limited period, as the Institute has limited funding for project work.

The current staff composition consists of a Director, Deputy Director (and principal researcher) and an Administrative Assistant. All are part-time positions.


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INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR A PUBLIC LAW INTERNSHIP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE?Public Law offers an alternative to the world of commercial law and private law firms. The Law School’s Public Law Internship course gives students an experience in public law to assist them in gauging whether this path is for them.

The internships enable students to build on their understanding of the theory of public law by gaining an appreciation of its practical operation. The course aims to give depth and context to students’ existing knowledge of public law. Students are involved in day-to-day activities of their internship office and gain a broad understanding of how such public law offices operate and of the operation of public law generally.

Since 2009 internship positions were available at the following public law institutions in Adelaide and Canberra:

• The State Ombudsman’s Office

• The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

• The Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office (Summer internship)

• The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (Summer internship)

Since 2013 additional internship positions have been offered by

• the SA Crown Solicitor’s Office (CSO),

• the SA Solicitor-General’s Office (SGO) and

• the Attorney-General’s Department’s Office for Legislation and Legal Policy (AGD).

Public Law Internships are advertised in the second half of each year. Only students who have undertaking or currently undertaking Administrative Law are eligible.The Public Law Internship is a 3 unit course that runs throughout the year.


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PROFILE: DELOITTEAddress: 11 Waymouth Street Adelaide ,SA 5000 Website: Location: Adelaide SA

1. What is unique about your organisation?

‘I could only have done it at Deloitte’

When we hear this it means we’re inspiring our people to achieve their potential. So how do we do this?

Our ongoing innovation combined with our commitment to a diverse and collaborative culture set us apart. You’ll be joining a firm with a relentless drive and passion for world class client service and a sense of shared responsibility for our place in our local communities that matches your own.

As a leading professional services firm, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and its affiliates provide audit, tax, consulting, technology, risk management and financial advisory services through over 6,000 people throughout Australia and over 200,000 staff globally. Focused on the creation of value and growth, and known as an employer of choice for innovative human resources programs, we are dedicated to helping our clients and our people excel.

In 2013, for the 12th year in a row, we were awarded the EOWA Employer of Choice for Women award. Additionally at the 2013 Financial Review Capital CFO Awards we were awarded Accounting Firm of the Year and Audit firm of the Year – this is the first time a firm has won both awards in the same year and is a testament to our people. So step into your future with one of our programs especially for applicants who are still studying at university.

2. How are the skills of a law student relevant to the work undertaken in your organisation?Law students at Deloitte typically work in our Tax Services team. This area utilises a mix of business, accounting and legal skills to provide Tax Services to a range of clients.

3. How do students apply to the graduate programs and internships that you offer?Please visit our website

4. What skills and attributes do you look for in an applicant?For application hints and tips please visit our website or our facebook page DeloitteAustralia. You can also get advice from our current graduates at various careers fairs throughout Adelaide – check out our facebook events page for when we are visiting your university.

5. For those who are not in their penultimate or final year, do you have other suitable programs?Deloitte has an undergraduate student program known as the Deloitte Development Program. This one day interactive program offers you professional development, an insight into life at Deloitte and an advanced opportunity to secure a summer vacation position. You are eligible if you are in your 1st year of a 3 year degree, 2nd year of a 4 year degree or 3rd year of a 5 year degree.


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After finishing a combined Law / Commerce degree in the middle of 2013, I started my career in Sydney with Greenhill & Co. I completed a summer internship with Greenhill in 2011/2012 and was fortunate enough to not only receive an offer, but also to be able to push back my starting graduate starting date in order to go on exchange in the US in the second half of 2013.

Greenhill is an independent or boutique investment bank based in New York, with twelve other offices around the world (including Sydney and Melbourne). It is focused purely on advisory, with M&A advisory being its major focus, and operates across all major industry sectors. Although it does not have the scale or brand recognition of the large global investment banks, it punches above its weight in terms of its clients and the deals it works on.

I was attracted to a smaller firm such as Greenhill because smaller teams necessitate that junior staff are given greater exposure and more responsibility. Although this is a trade off in terms of the quantity of work, I have learnt a huge amount from my first eight months on the job. An additional benefit of a global firm is the training program, with the majority of Investment Banks hosting Analyst Training programs in New York in the middle of each year.

Although not a pre-requisite, a law degree is extremely helpful in our day to day work. We are often required to consider the legal implications of any course of action and approximately a third of our team have some form of legal training.

Investment Banks generally run two recruiting processes each year, first in March (for graduate roles for the following year) and then in August / September (for internships). Greenhill looks to hire two to three graduates each year (across both our Sydney and Melbourne offices) and a law degree is certainly looked upon favourably.

The transition from University to the “real world” and full time work is challenging, but is an exciting part of our lives. My two key pieces of advice are, first, to remember that you are not expected to know everything (if anything at all) and, second, to bring a positive attitude in everything that you do. As graduates we are encouraged to learn and grow as much as possible, but you can differentiate yourself even further by bringing a freshness and positivity that makes you a pleasure to work with.

Good luck for the remainder of your studies and finding your first job!

Rupert Peddler Analyst – Greenhill and Co.Sydney


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Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.

I work as in-house counsel for the Corporate Banking division of Barclays in the US in a role that covers the breadth of our activities including transactional, projects, regulatory and strategic functions. Like the majority of my colleagues who work in-house in banking, prior to working for Barclays I spent around 6 years working in private practice, primarily in banking and leveraged finance, for White & Case LLP (New York) and Mallesons Stephen Jacques (Melbourne). Whilst it is not mandatory to spend time in private practice prior to moving to an in-house role, in my experience it is generally looked upon favorable and can help to accelerate your career as well as giving you a degree of credibility that can be difficult obtain elsewhere; in particular, there are few means by which junior lawyers can gain real world experience as rapidly as working on the large numbers of transactions (or cases) with experienced partners in private practice.

Most international financial institutions have well established summer intern and graduate programs that are open to applicants globally. My experience in the US has been that summer interns and graduates who join legal teams will often be applicants who are currently studying or have completed their pre-law undergraduate program and are looking to obtain experience working in a legal field before going back to study a post-graduate legal Juris Doctorate program (as is typical in the US), although this should not deter law graduates who would like to apply for graduate programs with financial institutions both in the US and elsewhere. In addition, I often work with colleagues in non-legal roles (such as origination, risk management, compliance and change management) who hold law degrees but for various reasons elected either not to practice law after graduating or practiced law for a time and then moved on.

For me, moving in-house after working in private practice has been a challenging and rewarding experience. I work closely with colleagues across all areas of the business, my role is very wide ranging, flexible and no two days are ever the same, and I have a high level of autonomy and decision-making responsibility. In-house legal work is no more or less valid a career path than private practice, but for many people it provides an attractive alternative to the partnership track.

Dylan LowreyVice President, Legal – US Corporate BankingB.Com (Corp Fin) – University of Adelaide (2003)LLB (1st Class Hons) – University of Adelaide (2006)


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If you’re interested in finding a job in the field of international human rights law or public international law more generally, you might like to consider doing an internship.

1. Why do an internship?Finding a job in the field of international human rights law is hard work. Basically NGOs are only interested in you if you have some experience working for an NGO (or if you have some other kind of international law experience). And the best way of getting some experience is by doing an internship. Internships can be a fulfilling experience and are the best way of meeting professionals in the field.

2. What are internships?Internships are generally unpaid, full time, and usually last around ten weeks. Depending on the organization, you may be asked to assist in mounting high profile court cases, researching and writing reports, interviewing clients, attending meetings etc.

The kind of work you do will depend on the kind of organisation you choose – whether it is a small grass roots organisation in South America or a big international organization in New York or Geneva. !e idea of an internship is that you immerse yourself in the workings of your organisation so that you can gain a practical appreciation of the practical operation of human rights law.

3. Who offers internships?Internships are offered by a huge number of organizations all around the world. The best approach is to identify: (i) an issue that you are passionate about; (ii) a region of the world in which you would like to pursue this passion, and; (iii) importantly, how you will support yourself during the internship. Odds are, there is an organization that fits your interests. The best way of finding this organization is on the internet. Many organisations have web-pages about the internships that they offer. Even if they don’t have such a page, it doesn’t hurt to ask an organization whether such an internship could be set up.

The next step is contacting the organization and convincing them that you are the highly motivated person they need. Organizations are interested in you if they think you can assist them, rather than waste their precious time. This process can be difficult and the best advice is to be persistent. Note that some organizations may want you to submit a sample of your legal writing about relevant issues.Unfortunately there are not many organisations in Australia that practice human rights law or public international law. Previous student interns have been to the UNHCR office in Canberra and Amnesty International’s Office in Sydney.

4. What funding support options are available?For most people the major problem is funding your internship. You might want to think of applying for a scholarship or try to arrange some form of sponsorship. If your budget is tight, consider doing your internship in a country where the Aussie dollar will go further.

5. Getting Academic Credit at Adelaide Law SchoolThe Adelaide Law School can give you academic credit for undertaking a human rights internship. For this to happen, it is necessary that: (i) your organisation practices human rights LAW; (ii) your internship is unpaid and lasts for at least two months full time, and; (3) you complete the assessment requirements for the Human Rights Internship Programme (this 3 unit elective involves 3x 500 word sum- maries and a 3000 word paper).


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W Please note that the Human Rights Internship Programme is designed to be the practical supplement to the theory of Human Rights Law and Public International Law. For this reason, it is necessary to have studied either Human Rights Law or Public International Law before enrolling in the Internship Programme.

Six Steps for Internship Applications

1. Conduct internet research on organisations that: (i) share your passions and take interns; (ii) practice human rights law; (iii) use a language you speak; and (iv) are located in a city you can accord to live in.

2. Ascertain the application procedure from the organisation’s website– if it is not apparent, contact the organisation.

3. Fine tune your resume and draft a cover letter – these should be tailored to the organisation and the intern- ship. Ideally your CV and cover letter need to show that you have developed excellent legal research and writing skills, that you have some work experience, that you have volunteered your time with community organisations involved in human rights, and that you have plenty of self-motivation and initiative. If you have difficulties in fine- tuning your CV and cover letter, seek assistance from a previous intern. If you are an Adelaide Law student, you should then make an appointment to see Dr Laura Grenfell who will assist you in organising a cover letter from the Law School.

4. Send off your application package 4-6 months before you hope to do the internship. “Send” means email, fax and post – the more ways you send it, the more likely it will arrive and be considered. Note that Applications to the UN should be sent at least 6 months in advance. It is advisable to apply to more than one organisation in order to increase your chance of being successful in gaining an internship.

5. Follow up your application with persistence.

6. Consider scholarship options: for general scholarship information, go to the University’s Scholarships Office; for HRIP specific scholarships, look at your Law School’s website. Applications are generally due at the end of October. Scholarships are very competitive – it is wise not to depend on winning a scholar- ship. Don’t forget to consider outside sources of funding – some community organisations are interested in assisting students to undertake a human rights internship.


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PROFILE: CHLOE SWINDEN ADELAIDE LAW GRADUATEOver the course of 2012 and 2013 I spent nine months interning with the Appeals Chamber of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). The ICTR, mandated to prosecute those most responsible for the 1994 Rwandan genocide, is a unique judicial institution. This is so for many reasons including its construction, derivation and subject matter. It was this unique character compounded by its overarching objective to contribute to reconciliation in Rwanda that inspired me to apply for an initial internship in 2012 and later return in 2013.

Very quickly I discovered the extremely exciting nature of appellate work. From a purely legal perspective, working within an appeals chamber is especially interesting as its daily bread comprises highly technical and contentious questions of law. Also, during my time at the ICTR, many issues before the Chamber were matters of first impression and required the judges to develop the existing jurisprudence and construct judicial solutions to novel problems put before it.

Peculiar to the UN ad hoc tribunals, the Appeals Chamber of the ICTR is shared with the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Consequently, judges of the Appeals Chamber are engaged with cases arising out of both the Rwandan genocide and the conflicts in the Balkans. Over the course of my internships I switched regularly between ICTR and ICTY cases. This afforded an opportunity to become familiar with the legal, historical and political contours of two entirely distinct conflicts. Further, I was able to compare the procedural and substantive approaches of the two sister tribunals, and in doing so, identify their disparities.

I also found working in a chamber in which benches of five judges are formed for each appeal made for highly stimulating legal discussion. While three judges occupy a trial bench at the ICTR, five judges comprise each of the appeal benches. I learned that the greater the number of judges, the more alive the legal debate. Indeed I never experienced a dull moment whilst in chambers and it was a true privilege to observe up close the decision making process.

On a more personal level, while the unique character of the work motivated me to return to the ICTR, it was as much the character of the team which stirred that motivation. In my view, working alongside people with varied legal, academic and cultural backgrounds is a very welcome side effect of interning at an international institution. The ICTR is full of highly skilled individuals and I found it invaluable to work with people not only from different common law jurisdictions but also those from civil law countries.

I thoroughly enjoyed the nine months I spent with the ICTR and I feel very fortunate to have been able to spend time in an institution now nearing the completion of its mandate. I will always reflect upon these experiences fondly and I am grateful to everyone who generously offered their guidance during my internships.


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Contact: Heath McCallum [email protected] Location: Canberra ACT

1. What is your role at the Red Cross/tasks that you do?I am the International Humanitarian Law Officer for the ACT and the Emblem Protection Officer at Australian Red Cross in Canberra. In the former, I form part of a national team who disseminate the rules of war to the Australian community. This involves teaching at training sessions for the public, schools, universities, NGOs and other organisations and organising events and campaigns on issues such as nuclear weapons, the protection of aid workers, IHL and video games and child soldiers. Being based in Canberra, I also work closely with colleagues in the Australian Government and the ADF. As emblem Protection Officer, I educate the community on the protections afforded to the red cross, crystal and crescent under international and domestic law and advocate for changes to be made when those symbols are inadvertently used.

2. What made you decide to work for RC, have you always been interested in IHL?I have been fascinated by international law generally, and IHL specifically, for many years. After studying it at university and participating in the IHL and Jessup Moots, I was certain it was the area in which I wanted to work. I had volunteered with Red Cross for about 5 years before accepting this role and had a good understanding, and deep appreciation, for the values of the organisation.

3. Have you worked in private practice? Are there any differences between private practice and not-for-profit sector? I am admitted and did my placement with a criminal and family barrister but have not practiced elsewhere. The main difference I have come across is specialisation and autonomy. Because of the resourcing in the NFP sector, staff are required to wear many hats and being able to specialise in a specific area requires commitment. Of course there are negatives to this but primarily, I am developing a wider skill set being in the NFP sector and am afforded more autonomy than in private practice.

4. What made you choose to move to Red Cross? I lost my interest in private practice in first year torts and never regained it. I have always held a strong commitment to social justice and have always felt that my time is better spent in education and public advocacy roles rather than private practice.

5. What are the most important issues at the moment re IHL?We are doing a lot of work on nuclear weapons at the moment as the global Red Cross Movement advocates for a treaty to ban their use. My particular interest is the intersection of human rights law and refugee law with IHL and how this can be translated to stronger protection for those in and around conflict zones, particularly non-international armed conflicts.

6. What are the challenges that you face in your role?Evidence of IHL violations is far more obvious than its widespread compliance and it’s difficult to focus on the great work being done by governments and other organisations all over the world in this area.

7. What opportunities should students be looking for if they are interested in IHL? IHL is a very specific area with limited job opportunities in Australia. Focussing on international law more generally is essential and keep an eye out for volunteering opportunities, internships and the like. Mooting (like the IHL moot and Jessup) are also highly valued as learning tools and respected in the sector.

8. Any advice for students with a keen interest for IHL A strong history of volunteering in the sector is essential for any role in the NFP sector. Not only does this develop skills, knowledge and interests, it is great for networking and shows a commitment to the values of organisations like Red Cross. Be on the constant look out for opportunities to develop your skills through advanced volunteering opportunities and seek out careers mentors in the sector to advise you. As postgraduate education is also essential in international law, strong academic results and examples of extended research papers are also valuable.


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PROJECTS ABROADLAW & HUMAN RIGHTS INTERNSHIPSEstablished in 2007, the South Africa Projects Abroad Human Rights Office (PAHRO) works with vulnerable individuals and groups in the Cape Town area, through community initiatives and partnerships with local NGOs and grassroots organisations. Under the guidance and supervision of professionals, students work on research, education, awareness raising and case work. Here a final year law students reflects on her experience:

As a final year law student who was struggling to find a way into the field of international law, this internship provided me with an amazing stepping-stone.

The projects involved undertaking a variety of legal casework. Due to my interests in refugee law, I worked on four refugee cases, three involving applications for refugee status and one a request for voluntary repatriation. Learning to manage these cases was not an easy task. The stories were often tragic and a great deal of empathy was required when communicating with clients. In some cases, language was a barrier and a translator was sought in order to communicate with the client in a language he/she was more comfortable with. In addition to these tasks, consultation with the regional UN office was required for any updates on country information.

What made the internship unique were the opportunities to also apply my legal knowledge to social justice projects. These included developing a legal aid clinic, careers centre and also conducting skills workshops for women and children living in townships. These projects allowed me to broaden my interests outside of the traditional legal setting, conduct extensive fieldwork and above all, create unforgettable relationships with the people of Cape Town. Though the tasks sounds interesting, they may also sound somewhat frightening. To this, I would like to emphasize the significant guidance an intern receives. Be it casework or social justice projects, each area has a supervisor who will guide and help you every step of the way.

We all know that studying law isn’t just about the ability to argue cases. It also equips students with significant research, writing, problem solving and organizational skills. However, applying these skills to university assessments is significantly different to its practical application. This internship allowed me to practically apply the skills given by my legal education and, more importantly, it allowed me to improve

on them. Furthermore, it gave me the ability to step out of my comfort zone, and introduced a new level of confidence. It’s also an impressive experience highlighted on my CV.

My first and foremost advice to aspiring interns is to go for it. I am confident having such an experience will act as a catalyst towards any legal career goal, including one in the international field.

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and host families. The internship is an opportunity to explore a new country; and I would highly recommend taking advantage of this and experience everything Cape Town has to offer. Me? I decided to try bungee jumping… an experience I will never regret, never forget and never stop talking about!

For more information visit see here or call the Adelaide office of Projects Abroad on 1300 132 831.







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University Law School), Director Navy Legal and Director of the Military Law Centre. He has deployed twice to East Timor (INTERFET & UNTAET) and twice to Iraq (Baghdad) in senior legal officer positions and has provided extensive advice to Government at the strategic level.

During his time in the ADF, Associate Professor Stephens was involved in providing legal advice regarding numerous operational, disciplinary and administrative law issues. In the early 2000’s Associate Professor Stephens was part of the Australian delegation to UNESCO negotiating the Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention. In the mid 2000’s he taught at the U.S. Naval War College located in Newport, Rhode Island as a faculty member of the International Law Department. In 2010 was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as a senior advisor on Afghanistan. He is currently Head of the SA Navy Legal Reserve Panel and also Head of the Adelaide University Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics.

1. As a Military Legal Officer which areas of law do you practice in?All Australian Defence Force (ADF) Lawyers need to undertake training and develop an expertise in three core areas of law, namely Administrative Law, Disciplinary/Cth Criminal Law and International Law (Operations Law). These are the key areas of legal practice of an ADF Lawyer. The Australian Defence Force will fund every permanent serving legal officer to undertake a Masters of Laws degree (currently through ANU/Adelaide Uni) in which advanced study is undertaken in these three specific areas plus other relevant general subjects to constitute the LL.M.

While these are the three core areas of practice, there is also a requirement for all ADF Lawyers to be proficient in constitutional law, environmental law, contract and broadly speaking, national security law. In addition, an ADF lawyer, especially when deployed overseas, may need to develop a working knowledge on a wide range of random legal topics, which could deal with any legal subject. My own recent experience overseas required that I develop an understanding of Indonesian/Portuguese property law as well as Iraqi hydrocarbon and civil aviation law.

2. What was your background before obtaining your position as a Navy lawyer?I graduated from Adelaide Law School in 1988 and completed GDLP at UniSA in 1989. I was admitted to the Supreme Court in 1989 and all Federal Courts in 1990. I practiced briefly at a suburban private legal practice in Modbury, doing mostly criminal law and civil litigation.

Associate Professor Dale Stephens CSM is a Captain in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve who spent over 20 years as a permanent officer in the Navy before taking up his appointment at Adelaide Law School. He has occupied numerous staff officer appointments throughout his career in the Australian Defence Force, including Fleet Legal Officer, Command Legal Officer (Naval Training Command), Chief Legal Officer Strategic Operations Command, Director of Operational and International Law, Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law (a joint venture with Melbourne


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3. What attracted you to the working in the Navy? How is working in the Navy different from working in your previous practice areas?

I saw it as an opportunity to work for the Commonwealth Government in a specialized area of practice that makes a difference. Additionally, I was motivated by a notion of public duty and looked forward to working with a team of people who all brought their own specialized skill sets to common problems. As a Navy/ADF Lawyer, even when starting out, you deal with many ‘big picture’/strategic level issues that affect Australia and find yourself in positions of enormous responsibility at a relatively early point in your career. You are often required to engage very closely with other lawyers from the Cth Attorney- Generals’ Dept as well as Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade to develop joint Australian legal positions on a huge range of topics affecting Australian Government priorities and activities. Additionally, you often work with military lawyers from other countries, especially when working as part of a coalition on operations.

The ADF highly values intellectual talent. You will never became fabulously wealthy in financial terms being an ADF lawyer, but you will be given numerous opportunities to succeed and to grow and will live a lifetime of rich professional experiences. There are all sorts of postings that Navy/ADF lawyers can do outside of core legal work.

4. What is involved on a day-to-day basis?It depends on whether you are a base legal officer, whether you are a junior lawyer within a large HQ or whether you are based in the central Defence Legal Office in Canberra as part of a particular Directorate, or whether you are serving on operations overseas. The Navy has billets (job positions) for legal officers in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Cairns and Nowra (NSW). A legal officer can expect to serve at many geographical locations around Australia (and the world) as part of his/her career.

Work issues could include prosecuting military defendants in disciplinary proceedings, preparing cases and acting as an advocate in administrative law applications/appeals for military members, providing advice on inquiries under the Defence (Inquiry) Regulations, assisting service police in their disciplinary investigation of offences, providing advice to the Minister of Defence on the legal interpretation of treaties applicable to the ADF, being part of an Australian delegation negotiating a treaty, preparing advice to the Military Commander on legal options open when pursuing a particular course of action, developing Rules of Engagement for the conduct of operations, advising a fisheries enforcement matter, dealing with State & Federal Environmental Protection agencies, providing advice on Occupational Health and Safety matters etc. There is an enormous range of issues that an ADF lawyer will encounter in his/her career.

5. What has been the most rewarding aspect of your position?Making a difference to people’s lives, especially when on operations overseas where people are at their most vulnerable, and where the law can be used to protect those most at risk. Working with others who are seeking to maintain Australian security and being relied upon to provide critical legal advice as part of a team effort to achieve a particular mission outcome.

6. What qualities, skills and experience are required in your position?Like any lawyer, navigating complex problems and providing reliable legal advice that can be acted upon by Command/Government to achieve national goals. Understanding the role of legal and policy inputs into problems and their resolution. Patience, resourcefulness, adaptability.

7. What advice would you give to law students who are interested in a career in the Navy?After 23 years of service I can say that I have loved every minute of being a Navy Legal officer. It has taken me to places I couldn’t imagine - both physically and intellectually. If you want to make a difference to the world and would like to be part of something bigger than just yourself then this is a career for you.

8. Most law students feel lost and concerned about their future career upon graduation. What advice would you give to law students who do not know where to go once they graduate?

I think it is important to locate the motivation that prompted you to undertake a law degree in the first place and try to align that with a career choice. In addition, think outside the box, it wasn’t until I was in GDLP that I found out that the ADF even employed lawyers as military/naval officers. There are numerous opportunities for lawyers both here in SA and around Australia in areas that many of us may not have imagined. Think globally as well, many organizations (public/private/NGO) have positions for lawyers and welcome the skill sets and approaches that an Adelaide Law School degree represents.







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Address: 100 Botany Road Alexandria NSW 2015Website: +61 2 9310 8412Office Location: Sydney NSW

1. Can you tell us the work that the Aurora Project is involved in?The Aurora Native Title Internship Program places law, anthropology and related social science (archaeology, cultural heritage, environmental management, human geography, history and sociology) students and graduates in 5 – 6 week unpaid internships at Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) and other organisations working in native title, policy, human rights and Indigenous affairs. The program provides much needed assistance to under-resourced host organisations and attracts students to work in the sector.

2. Do you offer (paid or unpaid) job opportunities? Unpaid internships are offered for 5 - 6 weeks over the university breaks (this timeframe is flexible depending on the availability of the applicant). Some internships can be undertaken for longer periods to fulfil the applicant’s PLT requirements. Graduates may also undertake 6 week unpaid internships which often can lead to paid locum placements where the opportunity arises.

3. What work at your organisation typically involve? We place interns at the 15 Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) around Australia to support their legal and research staff with related native title claim work. Interns will also undertake legal, policy and research work other organisations working in Indigenous affairs, social justice, policy and human rights.

4. What particular attributes do you think define your employees? The interns that we place need to be academically strong but most importantly have a keen interest in social justice, Indigenous affairs, policy and human rights and be happy to help out at under-resourced and over-worked organisations in which ever capacity they are needed.

5. Is there a formal application process? On-line applications open via the Aurora website at Applications are open twice a year in March and August for one month.If the applicant progress through the first round, face to face interviews are conducted Australia-wide.






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6. What do you look for in an applicant? Applicants need to be academically strong but most importantly need to show a demonstrated interest in social justice, Indigenous affairs, policy and human rights and be happy to help out under-resourced and over-worked organisations in which ever capacity they are needed. Applicants need to have solid research and communication skills.

7. When are applications taken, and what are the stages involved in the application process?Applications are open twice a year in March and August for one month via on-line applications via the Aurora website at

Applications for the upcoming Winter 2014 round of internships will be open via the Aurora website from 9am AEDT Monday, 3rd March through to 5pm AEDT Friday , 28th March 2014.

8. How many people do you accept to each position annually? We rely on the demand from our 15 Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs) and 68 other host organisations working in Indigenous affairs for each round.

9. What are the benefits of taking a position at your organisation? Interns gain insight and practical experience whilst working in an NTRB, Aboriginal Corporation or other organisation working in the area of Indigenous affairs, human rights, policy and native title.The program not only provides much needed assistance to under-resourced host organisations but also promotes career opportunities by raising student awareness of the NTRB system and Indigenous affairs more generally and attracts students and graduates to work in the sector. The quality of the interns is demonstrated by the eagerness of NTRBs and Other Organisations to retain alumni of the program on a longer-term basis.

Employee perspective The following comments are from supervisors of past interns in regards to the benefits of having an Aurora intern;

“Each Aurora candidate brings their own unique set of skills into the organisation and the challenge of finding and utilising those skills successfully presents the most rewarding aspect of the Aurora intern placement”







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Address: Ligertwood Building University of Adelaide Adelaide 5005Contact: Louise Young [email protected] Location: Adelaide SA

1. What is JusticeNet?JusticeNet is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that coordinates pro bono (free) legal assistance to low-income and disadvantaged South Australians. JusticeNet also assists not-for-profit and community organisations.

JusticeNet collaborates with existing legal service providers (such as Community Legal Centres and the Legal Services Commission). Applicants are referred to existing services where appropriate. Where gaps in existing legal service delivery would leave applicants without legal advice or representation, JusticeNet will facilitate pro bono assistance by referring clients to member lawyers.

JusticeNet operates a specialised referral service for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Together with Flinders University, JusticeNet is also involved in a 12 month pilot of a Self-Representation Service providing free legal advice and assistance to self-represented parties in the Supreme Court of South Australia.

2. Why should I get involved?The legal profession in South Australia has always recognised the importance of providing free and reduced-fee legal assistance to those experiencing financial hardship. Volunteers at JusticeNet play an important role in providing access to justice to marginalised and vulnerable people in our state.

Volunteering at JusticeNet offers you an opportunity to apply your legal knowledge to real world situations. Volunteers have the opportunity to work on files which cover many different areas of law including: contract law, civil disputes, criminal law, defamation, commercial disputes and administrative law.

Volunteers are asked to assess an applicant’s entitlement to pro bono legal assistance, including the merits of the matter. They also gain experience writing many different types of documents and answering telephone enquiries from members of the public.

‘Volunteering with JusticeNet goes in two ways: it allows you to both refine and develop your skills as lawyers and to use your skills to give something back to the community. There is no greater satisfaction to the job than when an application which you have assessed as having legal merit is successfully referred to a firm for pro bono legal assistance. For some reason it feels like a small personal win and something that makes the whole process worthwhile.’ Raffaele Piccolo, Adelaide University law student and JusticeNet volunteer

3. How do I get involved?To be eligible for volunteering students must be in their penultimate or final year of their law degree. Law graduates are also welcome to apply. Volunteers are asked to commit to one day a week in the JusticeNet office located in the Ligertwood Building at The University of Adelaide.

Students can also seek a placement with JusticeNet through the clinical legal education elective subject offered at The University of Adelaide.If you are interested in volunteering please contact Louise Young by email: [email protected]



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PROFILE: REPRIEVE AUSTRALIAAddress: GPO Box 4296, Melbourne VIC 3001Contact: Emma van den Bok, [email protected] Locations: Melbourne

1. What is the main purpose of the organisation?Reprieve Australia works against the death penalty and helps to provide legal and humanitarian assistance to those facing the death penalty. Reprieve Australia has facilitated internship placements assisting in capital punishment defence cases in the United States. Given our proximity, we’re now interested in adding to the work done in Asia by those opposed to the death penalty. In particular, we hope to work closely with lawyers acting for clients on death row.

2. How is a background in law relevant to employment within your organisation?Graduates from a legal background are our primary volunteers. As we often deal with legal problems, such as the death penalty and humanitarian assistance, it is necessary for our volunteers to understand the relevant laws of the area they are working in and how to best help those facing adversity.

3. What is an interesting project you are currently working on?Earlier this year, Reprieve Australia joined Amnesty International’s Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) in order to develop our relationships with related organisations within the Asia Pacific region. We intended to explore the possibility of contributing to the work done in Asia by those opposed to the death penalty through the provision of legal research assistance, administrative support, capacity building and advocacy, through a volunteer program similar to that offered to organisations in the United States.

4. What qualities does the organisation look for in a potential employee?Our volunteers strongly oppose the death penalty and are committed to social justice. They are mature and self-sufficient enough to perform the demanding work and live in a foreign country. Our previous volunteers include not only lawyers and law students but firemen, teachers, marketing executives and bush pilots. No formal qualifications are required. Applicants are assessed on their individual merit. Overseas volunteers are entirely self-funded. While we place, train and try to assist volunteers wherever possible, we do not have the resources to financially support them.

5. Does the organisation offer internships?Yes Reprieve does offer internships, called volunteers.

6. If so, what would an internship involve?We place volunteers in the United States to help provide legal representation and humanitarian assistance to those facing the death penalty. We work with our sister organisation, Reprieve US, to place volunteers in the southern United States for periods of three months or more.Since our first placements in November 2001, we have now placed more than 70 volunteers with nine offices in six US states. The program continues to grow each year, attracting a mix of students and professionals from a mix of legal and non-legal backgrounds.As of late 2012 we expanded our overseas internship program to include internships in South East Asia. We currently have interns in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

7. How do students apply for an internship with the organisation?To apply for an internship one must be a member of Reprieve Australia. For an international internship an application form must be completed and this application must be sent to [email protected]. Local volunteers are used on an ad hoc basis and for more information regarding this please email [email protected]

To access the aforementioned form and for more information, please visit


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Address: Level 1, 103 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Vic, 3000Contact: Jack Talbot, (03) 8640 4524Website: www.teachforaustralia.orgOffice Locations: Melbourne CBD

1. What is the main purpose of the organisation?Our vision is of an Australia where all children, regardless of background or social circumstance, are given the best chance in life through an excellent education. We help do this by transforming outstanding individuals into exceptional teachers and inspirational leaders, who will help change the lives of their students, and become future change makers in Australian education.

2. How does your organisation assist graduates in reaching their potential?Completion of the graduate program comes with a Masters Degree in teaching from Melbourne University.

3. How is a background in law relevant to employment within your organisation?All degrees are recognised and sought after by our programs, as far as a Law degree will go in our classrooms it would only apply to legal studies and some Humanities. It would be preferable if the candidate had a double degree in an area more common to a classroom environment.

4. What qualities does the organisation look for in a potential employee?Teach For Australia Associates come from all academic disciplines and backgrounds, from recent graduates to accomplished professionals. There is no ‘ideal’ candidate profile. We look for well-rounded, passionate leaders who have the qualities to create change, inside the classroom and beyond.

Throughout the selection process, we’ll be assessing for evidence in the following competencies:

• Leadership & Achievement: Have you gained significant, measurable results in school and university, extracurricular activities, and/or work? Have you demonstrated leadership and achievement in your endeavours?

• Commitment to impact: Are you eager to bring about change and make a difference in the lives of the students you teach? Do you passionately and actively believe in the power of education?

• Communication and influencing ability: Are you a clear and confident communicator, and are you able to influence and motivate others? Do you have maturity and presence? Are you an active listener?

• Problem solving: Are you able to think critically, analyse information and generate relevant solutions to problems?

• Organisational and planning ability: Are you able to plan, organise and prioritise your activities effectively to meet deadlines?






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• Resilience: Are you willing to work hard, with resilience and optimism to overcome obstacles? Do you relish a challenge and are you driven to succeed?

• Humility, Respect & Empathy: Do you operate with humility? Do you show respect and empathy towards others?

• Learning and Self-Evaluation: Are you driven to succeed? Are you open to learning from others, and do you seek out opportunities to do so? Do you take ownership for development with regards to your own performance?

• Must have achieved a high credit average or higher in your degree

5. Does the organisation employ graduates directly?Yes the organisation does employ graduates directly.

6. What does your graduate program consist of?The program is a two-year journey, beginning with an in-residence, six week intensive program, the first of a number of intensives you’ll undertake over the two year program in conjunction with our partner, the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education.

From here, it’s straight into the classroom, where you will start making an impact straight away.

Participating placement schools are located across several states and territories, in metropolitan, rural and remote settings. You will be matched to a school based on your geographical preferences as well as the demand for your particular skill set.

7. How do students apply for graduate positions?To apply for the Teach For Australia program, the first step is to complete an online application. Applications for our 2013 intake have now closed. Round one applications for our 2014 intake (2015/2016 placement) will open by the beginning of March, 2014.





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Over recent decades law courses have broadened their scope and increasingly been taken up by people who intend to work outside the ‘Legal Profession’. Recent reports suggest that only 40% of graduates start their working career in law firms.

The sheer number of students studying and subsequently graduating with a law degree has exploded in the last 40 years. In his speech to the Supreme Court’s Special Sitting commemorating his retirement, Justice Bleby noted that in 1964 he was one of only 25 people admitted to the Bar. In 2010 there were 381 people admitted. In 1964 there were 2 members of the profession practicing at the Independent Bar, now there are over 220. In less than 17 years we have gone from one law school in South Australia to three.

I understand that there would have been about 600 graduates in 2010 – so more than one third of graduates did not seek admission.

Legal positions are highly competitive but a recent Graduate Careers Australia report suggests that un-employment and underemployment amongst Law Graduates is one third less than for graduates as a whole.

When I started my university career in the 1970s, I studied law and economics as they were the two general degrees which interested me the most. I did not intend to practice law, but I am very happy that I did - my law degree has been very useful.

In my careers as a politician, a legislator, a corporate governance advisor, and a Board member, the legal and critical thinking skills I learned at law school have proved to be incredibly useful. I constantly have contact with law graduates enjoying incredibly diverse roles, including – serving on community and commercial Boards, legislative drafters, integrity officers, community advocates, public administrators, educators, and journalists. Of course, one of the most famous University of Adelaide law graduates is the comedian Shaun Micallef.

I would certainly urge current law students to be open to the wealth of opportunities that legal training offers, including in the private sector. The private sector offers a diverse range of opportunities to law graduates, both directly and indirectly related to the law - 1 in 5 law graduates now take their first jobs in industry and commerce.

It is great for young South Australians that law degrees can open doors across a wide range of opportunities, but it is also great for South Australia. The analytical skills of lawyers, together with their commitment to fair play, contribute immensely to a healthy, democratic society.


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1. How do you go about getting a career in academia?A good way to start is by getting good marks in your undergraduate degree and to try and pick research-based assessments. After graduation, applying for Masters and PhD programs is then the next step you should take.

2. What does an academic do on a day-to-day basis?Each day is different but will probably involve some research, some teaching and some administration. In the morning I often have lots of emails to deal with from different students and colleagues. Once I’ve dealt with these I will spend some time researching topics that I am interested in with a view to writing journal articles and submissions for government. Currently I am writing an article on the effectiveness of statutory codes of conduct in the unfair dismissal context. Then in the afternoon I will prepare my lecture notes and powerpoint slides so that they are ready for my classes the next day.

3. Why might a student choose a career in academia rather than a career practising in law?I chose academia because I was attracted to the autonomy afforded by this career path and the opportunity to make a difference in the world. I like that I get to choose my research topics and I’m not beholden to a particular client or a particular set of interests. I like that through my work I am able to make submissions to government, contribute articles to mainstream newspapers and be involved in public policy debates. With two kids under 3 I also chose academia for its flexibility. I like that I am judged on my outcomes, not on whether I put in long hours at the office. So I do a lot of my research work from home and of course, I come in for my teaching, meetings and student consultations.

4. What do you enjoy about being an academic?I really like my job. Whilst it has its stresses, I enjoy the interactions with students and colleagues. I also like the opportunity to make a positive contribution to broader social and economic issues within our society.

5. What skills do you require to be a good academic?You should be organised, hard-working and willing to grapple with difficult and complex legal questions. You should also have an interest in lifelong learning and teaching others.


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TO LAWYER, OR NOT TO LAWYERFINDING ALTERNATIVE ROLES IN THE LEGAL INDUSTRYThis article previously appeared on Survive Law, a website for Australian law students. Check out for more careers tips, study advice and nerdy law school shenanigans. Written by Tammy.

I spent the last few weeks of law school frantically trying to hand in mountains of PLT assignments on time, freaking out about a defended hearing assessment, working part time as a paralegal, volunteering at an amazing community legal centre, and, most frightening of all, trying to find a job.

Unlike the law students who were lucky to have secured graduate legal employment, I was unfortunately watching the golden grad employment boat sail into the sunset. So I scoured the legal jobs websites religiously, refreshing the page every hour or so, just in case something had been posted in the last 3600 seconds. Fortunately, this was not all in vain: I got a few calls, which happily made up for the silences from other employers.

I put all my feelers out and asked friends, colleagues, and parents if they knew anything that was going, but at the back of my mind was the question: do I really want to be a lawyer? I don’t want to waste all these years of pain, but what else can I do?

Then it all happened quickly. Within a few weeks of finishing law school and in the midst of completing my PLT hours, I was faced with three offers. The first offer was as a grad lawyer in a small suburban firm far away from where I lived, which would inevitably lead to a life of conveyancing and estate stuff. The second option was in the area of law I was very keen to get into and at a good specialist firm, but the role was as a casual paralegal. The third was a job overseas in Southeast Asia, working in marketing communications for a law firm.

I considered each option carefully, talking (well, panicked rambling) to my law firm supervisor, solicitors at the CLC, my parents, and friends, and in the end I decided to take the leap into marketing communications (aka Marcomms). I didn’t know what I’d be faced with and had to Wikipedia it before the interview, but it seemed interesting, it was in a new country and why the hell not?!

Now that I’ve been here in this job for more than a year, I have learned a lot about the legal industry that I wasn’t exposed to when I was buried in law textbooks, property and constitutional law lectures, and ever-looming assessments. The legal industry is not just built on lawyers and billable work; it also relies heavily on administrative support, including business development, legal recruitment, marketing/communications, IT, etc. When I started this role, I thought: “what do I know?”, but now I think: “a person without legal training would have a very hard time doing this role.”

I don’t have a communications background and was thrown in the deep end, but my legal background has been a huge advantage: you understand the issues better and can quickly identify what is and isn’t important, and you can pick up a lot of things much faster than someone who hasn’t had any experience in the law.I initially thought that I must have been a bit of an anomaly, but in my first year I was invited to a cocktail networking evening for Marcomms people in professional services firms and discovered that I was most definitely not the only one. I took it as a really good sign that people who are directors/managers/heads of Business Development (BD) or Marcomms at law firms were often law graduates. Some had worked as lawyers for a few years, and others went straight into legal business services after law school.

So if you’re interested in the legal industry but not sure that being a lawyer is for you, there are lots of other roles for law graduates in the legal industry.


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Name: Addisons LawyersOffice address: Level 12

60 Carrington StreetSYDNEYNew South Wales 2000

Website: +61 2 8915 1000Facsimile: +61 2 8916 2000Other offices: ParisHow to apply: Via the careers page on our website www.addisonslawyers.

com.auContact: Samantha PearcePosition: Human Resources ManagerEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open in June - see website for more details

Name: Arnold Bloch LeiblerOffice address: Level 21

333 Collins StreetMelbourne VIC 3000

Website: +61 3 9229 9999Facsimile: +61 3 9229 9900Other offices: SydneyHow to apply: Via the careers page on our website

default.asp?p=14,40 or on cvmail via Contact: Lauri BurkePosition: Human Resources ConsultantEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014Applications close: 11.59pm 10 August 2014 (date set by the LIV)

Name: Allen & OveryOffice address: Level 25

85 Castlereagh StreetSydneyNSW 2000Australia

Website: Telephone: +61 2 9373 7700Other offices: Perth. For international offices please see website.How to apply: Via the careers page on our website


Contact: Gemma OldmanPosition: Human Resources OfficerEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open 18 June 2014Applications close 21 July 2014Offers made 26 September 2014

Name: Allens Office address: Level 37

101 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: +61 3 9614 1011Facsimile: +61 3 9614 4661 Other offices: Brisbane, Perth, Sydney. For international offices see website.How to apply: Via the careers page on our website

au/careers/graduates/program/clerkm.htmContact: Kasey ZunPosition: Graduate Resourcing AdvisorEmail: [email protected]:

See website for more details

Name: AshurstOffice address: Level 26

181 William StreetMelbourne VIC 3000

Website: www.ashurst.comTelephone: +61 3 9679 3000Facsimile: +61 3 9679 3111Other offices: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney. For international offices

see websiteHow to apply: Via the careers page on our website

graduates/content/clerkships or on cvmail via

Contact: Justine LewisPosition: Human Resources Consultant- Graduate ProgramsEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014Applications close: 11:59pm 10 August 2014(date set by the LIV)

Name: Baker & McKenzieOffice address: Level 19

181 William Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: www.bakermckenzie.comTelephone: +61 3 9617 4200Facsimile: +61 3 9614 2103Other offices: Sydney. For international offices see websiteHow to apply: On cvmail via Natalie MascarenhasPosition: Talent Management ConsultantEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014 Applications close: 11.59pm 10 August 2014 (date set by the LIV)

Name: Clayton UtzOffice address: Level 18

333 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: +61 3 9286 6000Facsimile: +61 3 9629 8488Other offices: Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Darwin. For international

offices see websiteHow to apply: Information not available at publication.Contact: Catherine McDougallPosition: Graduate Co-ordinatorEmail: [email protected]:

Information not available at publication.

Name: Corrs Chambers WestgarthOffice address: Level 36 Bourke Place

600 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: +61 3 9672 3000Facsimile: +61 3 9672 3010Other offices: Sydney, Brisbane, Perth.How to apply: Via the careers page on our website

au/careers/graduates/apply-now/vic/ or on cvmail via

Contact: Lisa SchultzePosition: Human Resources AdvisorEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 14 July 2014 Applications close: 10th August 2014 Offers made: 7th October 2014 113

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ATE) Name: Cosoff Cudmore Knox

Office address: 73 Wakefield StreetAdelaide SA 5000

Website: www.ccklawyers.comTelephone: +61 8 8211 7955Facsimile: +61 8 8211 7320 How to apply: Send application to:

[email protected]: Office ManagerEmail: [email protected]:

Information not available at publication.

Name: Cowell ClarkeOffice address: Level 5

63 Pirie St Adelaide SA 5000

Website: +61 8 8228 1111Facsimile: +61 8 8228 1100How to apply: Send application to: [email protected]: Susan ComerfordPosition: People and Practice Development ManagerEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 4 July 2014 Applications close: 28 July 2014 Commencement of Interviews: 12 August Offers of clerkship: 9 September from 9am Communication of decision: 10 September from 9am

Name: DLA PiperOffice address: Level 21

140 William Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: www.dlapiper.comTelephone: +61 3 9274 5000Facsimile: +61 3 9274 5111Other offices: Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Sydney. For international offices see

website.How to apply: On cvmail via Please refer to website ApplicationDates:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014 Applications close: 11.59pm 10 August 2014 (date set by the LIV)

Name: DMAW LawyersOffice address: Level 3

80 King William Street ADELAIDE SA 5000

Website: + 61 8 8210 2222Facsimile: + 61 8 8210 2233How to apply: Send application to: [email protected]: Joy Virant Position: Manager- People & DevelopmentEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 4 July 2014 Applications close: 28 July 2014 Commencement of Interviews: 12 August Offers of clerkship: 9 September from 9am Communication of decision: 10 September from 9am

Name: Finlaysons Office address: 81 Flinders Street Adelaide SA 5000Website: +61 8 8235 7400Facsimile: +61 8 8232 2944How to apply: Via the Website under CareersContact: Kerry McLaren Position: People and Development AdvisorEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 4 July 2014 Applications close: 28 July 2014 Commencement of Interviews: 12 August Offers of clerkship: 9 September from 9am Communication of decision: 10 September from 9am

Name: Fisher Jeffries Office address: Level 1

19 Gouger Street ADELAIDE SA 5000

Website: + 61 8 8233 0600Facsimile: + 61 8 8233 0699How to apply: Apply online- see website for detailsContact: Aynih ConcepcionEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 4 July 2014 Applications close: 28 July 2014 Commencement of Interviews: 12 August Offers of clerkship: 9 September from 9am Communication of decision: 10 September from 9am

Name: Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers Office address: Level 22

101 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: +61 3 8656 3300Facsimile: +61 3 8656 3400Other offices: Sydney, PerthHow to apply: On cvmail via Anu BriggsEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014 Applications close: 11.59pm 10 August 2014 (date set by the LIV)

Name: Herbert Greer Office address: Level 20

385 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: +61 3 9670 6123Facsimile: +61 3 9670 5670Other offices: Sydney, BrisbaneHow to apply: Send application to: [email protected] or on cvmail

via Kathryn BonningEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014 Applications close: 11.59pm 10 August 2014 (date set by the LIV)


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IVATE)Name: Herbert Smith Freehills Office address: 101 Collins Street

Melbourne VIC 3000Website: www.herbertsmithfreehills.comTelephone: +61 3 9288 1234Facsimile: +61 3 9288 1567Other offices: Brisbane, Perth, Sydney. For international offices see website.How to apply: On cvmail via or careers page on websiteContact: Carla RagonesiPosition: Graduate Recruitment ConsultantEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014 Applications close: 11.59pm 10 August 2014 (date set by the LIV)

Name: Hunt & Hunt Office address: Level 26

385 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: +61 3 8602 9200Facsimile: +61 3 8602 9299Other offices: Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Sydney. For international

offices see website.How to apply: Send application to: [email protected]: Marni HarperEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014 Applications close: 11.59pm 10 August 2014 (date set by the LIV)

Name: Johnson Winter & Slattery Office address: Level 9

211 Victoria Square Adelaide SA 5000

Website: +61 8 8239 7111Facsimile: +61 8 8239 7100Other offices: Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, MelbourneHow to apply: Send application addressed to ‘Megan D’Cruz’ at JWSContact: Megan D'CruzPosition: Profession Development AdvisorEmail: [email protected] ApplicationDates:

Applications open: 4 July 2014 Applications close: 28 July 2014 Commencement of Interviews: 12 August Offers of clerkship: 9 September from 9am Communication of decision: 10 September from 9am

Name: K&L Gates Office address: Level 25

525 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: www.k& +61 3 9205 2000Facsimile: +61 3 9205 2055Other offices: Brisbane, Perth, Sydney. For international offices see website.How to apply: On cvmail via Sarah DixonEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014 Applications close: 11.59pm 10 August 2014 (date set by the LIV)

Name: Kain C+C Lawyers Office address: 315 Wakefield St Adelaide 5000Website: +61 8 7220 0900 Facsimile: +61 8 7220 0911How to apply: Information not available at publication.Contact: Michael RichardsonEmail: [email protected]:

Information not available at publication.

Name: Kelly & Co Office address: Level 21

Westpac House 91 King William Street Adelaide SA 5000

Website: +61 8 8205 0800Facsimile: +61 8 8205 0805How to apply: Send applications to [email protected]: Lynette MaczugaPosition: Human Resource ManagerEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 4 July 2014Applications close: 28 July 2014Commencement of Interviews: 12 AugustOffers of clerkship: 9 September from 9amCommunication of decision: 10 September from 9am

Name: King & Wood Mallesons Office address: Level 50 Bourke Place

600 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: www.mallesons.comTelephone: +61 3 9643 4000Facsimile: +61 3 9643 5999Other offices: Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra. For international offices see

websiteHow to apply: Apply via careers page on website http://www2.mallesons.

com/Careers/opportunities-sharepoint/job-search-grads.cfmContact: Anna HendersonPosition: Graduate Resourcing ConsultantEmail: [email protected]:

Information not available at publication.

Name: Henry Davis York Office address: 44 Martin Place

Sydney NSW 2000 Website: + 612 9947 6000Facsimile: + 612 9947 6999Other offices: BrisbaneHow to apply: Apply via careers page on website or on cvmail via www.cvMail.

com.auContact: Fiona PagePosition: People & Development OfficerEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 18 June 2014Applications close: 21 July (5pm) 2014Offers of clerkships: 26 September 2014Communication of decision: 29 September 2014


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ATE Name: Landers and Rogers

Office address: Level 12 Bourke Place600 Bourke StreetMelbourne VIC 3000

Website: +61 3 9269 9000Facsimile: +61 3 9269 9001Other offices: SydneyHow to apply: On cvmail via Laura GrantPosition: Graduate Resourcing ConsultantEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014Applications close: 11.59pm 10 August 2014 (date set by the LIV)

Name: Lipman KarasOffice address: Level 23 Grenfell Centre

25 Grenfell Street Adelaide SA 5000

Website: www.lipmankaras.comTelephone: +61 8 8239 4600Facsimile: +61 8 8239 4699Other offices: Hong Kong, LondonHow to apply: Send application to: [email protected]: Lorraine WohlingPosition: Practice Development ManagerEmail: [email protected]:

Information not available at publication.

Name: MaddocksOffice address: Level 6

140 William Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: +61 3 9258 3555Facsimile: +61 3 9258 3666Other offices: Canberra, SydneyHow to apply: On cvmail via Chloe FosterPosition: Graduate and Learning and Development CoordinatorEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014Applications close: 11.59pm 10 August 2014 (date set by the LIV)

Name: Maurice BlackburnOffice address: Level 10

456 Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: + 61 3 9605 2700Facsimile: + 61 9258 9600Other offices: Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth. For international offices see

website.How to apply: Send application to: [email protected] Contact: Alyssa RuscianoPosition: Human Resource CoordinatorEmail: [email protected] ApplicationDates:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014Applications close: 11.59pm 10 August 2014(date set by the LIV)

Name: Minter EllisonOffice address: Level 10, Grenfell Centre

25 Grenfell Street Adelaide SA 5000

Website: www.minters.comTelephone: +61 8 8233 5555Facsimile: +61 8 8233 5556Other offices: Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth,

Sydney. For international offices see website.How to apply: Via careers page on website

careers/adelaide/ Contact: Vanda MuttonPosition: Senior Human Resources AdvisorEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 4th July 2014Applications close: 28th July 2014Commencement of Interviews: 12th AugustOffers of clerkship: 9th September from 9amCommunication of decision: 10th September from 9am

Name: Norman WaterhouseOffice address: Level 15/45

Pirie Street Adelaide SA 5000

Website: +61 8 8210 1200Facsimile: +61 8 8210 1234How to apply: See website:

mans/clerkships.aspx Contact: Ingrid SchwarzPosition: People & Development CoordinatorEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 4 July 2014Applications close: 28 July 2014Commencement of Interviews: 12 AugustOffers of clerkship: 9 September from 9amCommunication of decision: 10 September from 9am

Name: Norton Rose FulbrightOffice address: Level 18 Grosvenor Place

225 George Street Sydney NSW 2000

Website: www.nortonrosefulbright.comTelephone: +61 2 9330 8000Facsimile: +61 2 9330 8111Other offices: Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth. For international offices

see website.How to apply: Via careers page on website: http://www.nortonrosefulbright- or on Cvmail

Contact: Yvette RevellPosition: Recruitment & National Graduate AdvisorEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 18 June 2014Applications close: 21 July (5pm) 2014Offers of clerkships: 26 September 2014Communication of decision: 29 September 2014

Name: Piper AldermanOffice address: Level 16 70 Franklin Street Adelaide SA 5000Website: +61 8 8205 3333Facsimile: +61 8 8205 3300Other offices: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane. Contact: Emily MortimerPosition: Human Resources AdvisorEmail: [email protected] Dates:

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Name: Russell KennedyOffice address: Level 12

469 La Trobe Street Melbourne, VIC 3000

Website: +61 3 9609 1555Facsimile: +61 3 9609 1600Other offices: CanberraHow to apply: Careers page on website or on Cvmail Leanda NissenPosition: Human Resources ManagerEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014Applications close: 11.59pm 10 August 2014(date set by the LIV)

Name: Slater & GordonOffice address: 485 La Trobe Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000 Website: www.slater& +61 3 9602 6888Facsimile: +61 3 9600 0290Other offices: ACT, VIC, NSW, QLD, SA, WA, TASHow to apply: Send applications to: [email protected]: Please see websiteApplicationDates:

Information not available at publication.

Name: Thomsons LawyersOffice address: Level 7

19 Gouger Street Adelaide, SA 5000

Website: +61 8 8236 1300Facsimile: +61 8 8232 1961Other offices: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane.How to apply: On CvMail via Lisa SmithPosition: Human Resources ContactEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 4 July 2014 Applications close: 28 July 2014 Commencement of Interviews: 12 August Offers of clerkship: 9 September from 9am Communication of decision: 10 September from 9am

Name: TressCox LawyersOffice address: Level 9

469 La Trobe Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Website: +61 3 9602 9444Facsimile: +61 3 9642 0382Other offices: Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney. For international offices see

website.How to apply: On CvMail via See website for contact detailsApplicationDates:

Applications open: 9am 14 July 2014Applications close: 11.59pm 10 August 2014 (date set by the LIV)

Name: Wallmans LawyersOffice address: Level 5

400 King William St Adelaide SA 5000

Website: +61 8 8235 3000Facsimile: +61 8 8232 0926How to apply: Apply via careers page website

grads/graduate-and-clerks-applicationContact: Samantha ConnorPosition: Human Resources CoordinatorEmail: [email protected]:

Applications open: 4 July 2014Applications close: 28 July 2014Commencement of Interviews: 12 AugustOffers of clerkship: 9 September from 9amCommunication of decision: 10 September from 9am

Name: Australian Government SolicitorsOffices: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne,

Perth, Sydney.Website: www.ags.govTelephone: +61 2 6253 5710How to apply: Send application to: [email protected]: Debbie KazolisPosition: Lawyer Development AdviserEmail: [email protected]:

See website

Name: Crown Solicitor’s Office (SA)Other jurisdictions:


Website: +61 8 8463 6558How to apply: Via website:


Contact: [email protected]:

Applications close: 30 April 2014Interviews: mid-May 2014Offers: end of June 2014


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Name: Office of the DPP (SA)Website: +61 8 8207 1529How to apply: For PLT placements in writing to: Kos Lesses Acting Senior

Prosecutor GPO Box 464 ADELAIDE SA 5001Contact: Kos LessesEmail: [email protected]:

See website for PLT placement dates

Name: ANZ Banking GroupWebsite: positions:

AccountingCorporate & Commercial BankingGlobal Wealth & Private BankingInternational & Institutional Banking, OperationsRegional Business Banking & AgricultureRetail Banking andTechnology

How to apply: Via an online form on website:


See website

Name: BDOWebsite: positions:

BDO offers graduate positions to final years students or if you recently completed a degree in Accounting, Finance or Law.

Traineeships: Please see website for details.How to apply: On website via CVmail

Applications for graduate positions opened 3 February 2014and will close once positions are filled.

Name: Commonwealth Bank of AustraliaWebsite: positions:

Graduates can undertake rotations in:Global Asset ManagementCommInsureEnterprise ServicesFinancial ServicesHuman ResourcesInstitutional Banking and MarketsMarketingAgribusinessRetail Bank ServicesRisk Management

Summer InternProgram:

The 10-week program gives you a taste of what it’s like to work with Australia’s best bank. You’ll be given full support and train-ing to help you decide if CommBank is the right fit for you.

How to apply: Via online form on website


Applications for Graduate Program opened 24 February 2014Applications for 2014-2015 Summer Intern Program open July 2014

Name: DeloitteWebsite: and Summer Vacationpositions:

Deloitte provides the right kinds of tools and training to ensure all our graduates can achieve career success through mentoring, peer support, e-learning events, online training and Deloitte’s own development program called D.Academy.

Development Program:

To be eligible applicants need to be:• 1st year of 3 year degree • 2nd year of 4 year degree • 3rd year of 5 year degree

How to apply: Via website


Applications for graduate and summer vacation positions opened 19 February 2014For development program please see website for details

Name: Ernst & YoungWebsite: positions:

EY recruits graduates with qualifications from a number of different degrees, including law.

Summer InternProgram:

EY’s summer Vacationer Program provides client work, skills development, training and professional experiences. Not only do you learn about the organisation, you get to apply that knowledge to real client projects.

This is a popular path, with many vacationers being offered full-time positions with us when they've finished their studies

How to apply: Via website


Applications for Graduate and Vacationer Programs opened 24February 2014 and close 7 April 2014

Name: Korda MenthaWebsite: www.kordamentha.comGraduate positions:

Applicants should have a degree in Commerce/Law, Eco-nomics, Business or Finance (Accounting) and committed to a career as a Chartered Accountant.

How to apply: Online application form via website


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Name: KPMGWebsite: positions:

KPMG are seeking people who are passionate and curious, and interested in a challenging and rewarding career with one of the world's leading professional services firms. You'll work with and learn from a team of outstanding professionals, a diverse client list, and constantly challenging client engagements.

How to apply: Via website: https://sjobs.brassring.comApplicationDates:

Applications for the Graduate and Vacationer Programs in all KPMG offices open on 24 February 2014. Applications will close once positions are filled.

Name: National Australia BankWebsite: positions:

Graduates can undertake rotations in:NAB WealthBusiness BankingPersonal BankingGeneralistOperationsHRMarketingTechnologyGroup Strategy & FinanceRiskWholesale Banking

How to apply: Via website:


Applications opened 17 February 2014

Name: Macquarie Group AustraliaWebsite: and Graduate positions:

Both Graduate and Internships allow students to benefit from hands-on experience, increased exposure to the financial ser-vices sector and invaluable insight into the career opportunities offered at Macquarie.

How to apply: Via website:


Summer InternshipsApplications for Melbourne open 9 June 2014Applications for other Australian offices open 7 July 2014Graduate Programs:Applications opened 10 March 2014 and close 3 April 2014

Name: PricewaterhouseCoopersWebsite: positions:

AssuranceConsultingDealsEnterprisesFunctionsPeople Business

How to apply: Via website:


Applications opened 24 February 2014. Applications will close once positions are filled.

Name: WestpacWebsite: positions:

Graduates can take rotations in:Commercial and Retail BankingBT Financial GroupWestpac Institutional BankingWestpac Group Services (Finance, HR, Risk, Technology)

How to apply: Via website:


Applications for 2015 opened Monday 3 March 2014

Name: South Australian Government Graduate Recruitment Register

Website: positions:

For students in their final year of study who wish to participate in an Graduate Program run by a South Australian Govern-ment department should visit: for information.

How to apply: Complete an application form on the register in order to be considered for graduate positions.

All South Australian Government Agencies have access to the Register. When a graduate position becomes available your registration may be considered.

Name: Attorney-General’s DepartmentWebsite: positions:

The Graduate Recruitment Program is a 12-month training and development program that provides a comprehensive and challenging induction into a South Australian Public Sector career path. The Attorney-General's Department actively seeks graduates through this program, particularly suitably qualified Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander graduates.

How to apply: See website for details


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Name: Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Website: positions:

DEWNR offers corporate-based graduate employment in the following related fields:• finance/accounting• science (naturalresource management, biology, geo-

graphic information systems, political science)• information technologyhuman resources• social sciences• law• arts

Graduates are also offered one or two year employment con-tracts with the possibility of ongoing employment

How to apply: To be considered for a DEWNR graduate role, please register on the SA Public Sector Graduate Employment Register. All corporate-based graduate applications are sourced from this register.

Name: Department of Premier & CabinetWebsite: positions:

The DPC Graduate Program provides an excellent pathway into our department, and opens up future opportunities for a career in government. Our program aims to increase the capacity of the department's graduates by providing a consistent, comprehensive and logically structured program of professional development. The program involves participants gaining a wide range of skills, knowledge and experiences over a 12 month period.

How to apply: Via online application form on website

Name: Department of Treasury & FinanceWebsite: positions:

Graduates within accounting, commerce, economics and finance disciplines are recruited into the Graduate Development Program (GDP).

The GDP consists of a 12-month structured training program with graduates employed by a diverse range of agencies.

How to apply: Via graduate register:

Application dates:

Applications for the Graduate Program opened March 2014

Name: South Australian PoliceWebsite: positions:

Depending on the discipline, you can be employed in a variety of locations for up to for 12 months and your program will focus on ethics, legislation, team work, communication, health and safety,diversity, working effectively and government protocols.

How to apply: Via graduate register:

Name: Australian Law Reform CommissionWebsite: Internship Program:

Internships provide an opportunity for students to increase their awareness of law reform issues while also allowing the ALRC to benefit from students' research and writing skills. Intern work is credited in ALRC publications.

How to apply: Via website

Application dates:

Closing date for summer 2015 Intern period: 27 October 2014

Name: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Website: positions:

Must have a three year degree by the time the program begins:• law• public policy• financial modelling• industrial economics • econometrics

How to apply: See website for details

Name: Australian Federal PoliceWebsite: positions:

University students with a minimum 3 year degreeSee website for areas you can work in:

How to apply: Via website

Name: Attorney-General DepartmentWebsite: positions:

Graduates will work in a variety of policy areas from international law to criminal law, media law and indigenous justice.

Summer Intern: Students must have recently graduated or have no more than 2 semesters to complete in their degree.

How to apply: Via website:

Application dates:

See website for details

Name: Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Website: positions:

For graduates in accounting, business & commerce, eco-nomics law and IT disciplines. Aim is to develop your talents through a balance of on-the-job training, structured programs and rotations.You'll be involved in live investigations and topical cases from the word 'go'.

How to apply: Via website: dates:

Applications opened on 24 February 2024 for the 2015 ASIC Graduate program

Name: Australian Prudential Regulation Authority Website: positions:

Graduates with a minimum credit average from accounting, actuarial, banking, commerce, econometrics, finance, financial modelling, law, mathematics, public policy and statistics. We will also consider high achieving graduates with strong research and analytical skills from all disciplines.

How to apply: Via website:

Application dates:

Applications opened for 2015 Graduate Program 24 February 2014 and close 4 April 2014.


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ACTIVATE’ is ASIS ’s 12 month Graduate Program designed to launch your career through rotation-based on-the-job experi-ence and training.

ASIS graduates gain experience through corporate and opera-tional work placements as well as the opportunity to travel and undertake specialist training. The Program provides you with a broad overview of ASIS

Open to Undergraduate or Postgraduate students in their final year of study or students who have graduated within two years of applying with discipline related experience.

How to apply: Via website

Application dates:

For closing dates please see website.

Name: Commonwealth Ombudsman Website: positions:

All vacant positions will be advertised on the website. The Commonwealth Ombudsman has offices in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin. It is important to nominate your preference on application.

How to apply: Send resume to: [email protected]

Application dates:

Recruitment occurs annually. See website for more details.

Name: Australian Taxation Office Website: positions:

Graduate development program provides an opportunity for you to develop in a dynamic business environment where priorities and work allocation may change rapidly. You will be responsible for contributing to a range of initiatives, strategies and projects that support the achievement of ATO business outcomes.

How to apply: Via website:

Application dates:

Applications for 2015 Graduate Program opened 11 March 2014 and close 8 April 2014

Name: Department of Defence Website: positions:

Offers 4 Graduate programs:The DMO Material Graduate SchemeThe Intelligence & Security Development ProgramThe Defence Pathways- Graduate Development ProgramThe Navy Civilian Engineer Development Program

How to apply: Via website:

Application dates:

Key dates for each program can be found at:

Name: Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Website: positions:

The Policy Graduate Program is for applicants from all academic backgrounds and prepares successful candidates for a career as a generalist policy officer. Policy graduates work to advance Australia's interests across a broad range of areas — from security to human rights, international trade to development and aid management, and represent Australia in a formal capacity while serving overseas.

How to apply: Graduate programs will be advertised on the department's current vacancies webpage:

Application dates:

Applications are currently open for 2015 Graduate Program

Name: Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities

Website: positions:

The program involves three work rotations in different divisions throughout the Department including external opportunities with the Australian Antarctic Division in Tasmania, Booderee National Park, Kakadu National Park or the Supervising Scientist Division in Darwin.Applicants must have completed a minimum of one 3 year undergraduate degree by no later than January 2015.

How to apply: Via website:

Application dates:

Applications are currently open for 2015 Graduate Program and close 1 April 2014.

Name: Department of Immigration & CitizenshipWebsite: positions:

The program is designed to allow you to gain experience in a number of areas within the department. You will develop a broad knowledge of the portfolio and the work of different business areas and gain valuable experience and a good understanding of policy, program, and service delivery work.

How to apply: See website:

Application dates:

Information not available at publication

Name: Department of Prime Minister & CabinetWebsite: positions:

As a PM&C graduate you will be at the core of government decision making, working on high priority government initiatives covering contemporary issues such as economic reform, health, social policy, natural resources, the environment, national security, government and international relations.

The PM&C Graduate Program runs for one year and offers challenging and rewarding experiences through work rotations across various areas of the Department.

How to apply: See website:

Application dates:

Information not available at publication

Name: Department of Treasury Website: positions:

Graduates will participate in three six-month rotations, working within three different divisions and at least two different groups over the 18 month program.

How to apply: Via website:

Application dates:

Applications for 2015 Graduate Program are currently open and close 1 May 2014


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Name: Australian Refugee Association

Address: Australian Refugee Association 304 Henley Beach Road Underdale SA 5032

Website: www.ausref.netPhone: +61 8 8354 2951About: Our Mission is to help refugees become settled and participat-

ing citizens of AustraliaARA believes in the capacity and desire of refugees to be productive citizens through contributing to the social, cultural and economic life in Australia.

How to become involved:

To become involved in the many volunteer programs that ARA offer download an application form found here:

Name: Roma Mitchell Community Legal Centre

Address: Roma Mitchell Inc 110 The Parade Norwood SA 5067

Website: +61 8 8362 1199About: E-volunteering, 'e-vols', is dedicated to the pro-active advance

of human rights, with the long-term goal of securing these rights through constitutional change. We have engaged with refugee and Indigenous human rights issues, and the peace move-ment. The only pre-requisite for participating with e-vols is an interest in fostering the development of a human rights culture

How to become involved:

Contact e-vol coordinator Patrick [email protected]

Name: Southern Community Justice Centre

Address: 40 Beach Road Christies Beach SA 5165

Website: +61 8 8384 5222How to become involved:

For information on how to become involved visit the website

Name: Welfare Rights Centre (SA) Inc

Address: Level 5 97 Pirie StreetAdelaide 5000

Website: +61 8 8223 1338About: A good portion of our client-services work is undertaken by

volunteer law and social-work students as a placement towards their degree--though it's not essential that you be studying either of these courses or be on placement.

How to become involved:

Complete application form via website:

Name: Young Workers Legal Service

Address: 46 Greenhill Road WAYVILLE SA 5034

Website: +61 8 8279 2233Email: [email protected]: We are often looking for new volunteers to assist at the Young

Workers Legal Service. Generally, there are approximately two intakes a year, one in January and one in July; however, according to need we may have new volunteers start at other times.

How to become involved:

See website for details

Name: JusticeNet

Website: +61 8 8313 5005About: JusticeNet collaborates with existing legal service providers

(such as Community Legal Centres and the Legal Services Commission). Applicants are referred to existing services where appropriate. Where gaps in existing legal service delivery would leave applicants without legal advice or representation, JusticeNet will facilitate pro bono assistance by referring clients to member lawyers.

How to become involved:

Please send an email to [email protected] enclosing your resume and academic transcript.



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