Other Opportunities


intern - lawfare

Lawfare has emerged as the internet’s indispensable resource for information and analysis on the law of national security, and is currently accepting applications for an external sponsorship spring internship. This internship, beginning in January 2020, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in national security to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. Lawfare will provide the selected intern with a stipend.

Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 20 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule.

The responsibilities of the role include working with the Associate Editor to monitor developments and co-write, as well as providing research support and maintaining the Lawfare blog.

For more information on the role and how to apply, please follow this link.


copyright assistants - university library

The University of Sydney Library is looking for two part-time Copyright Assistants (casual contract) to work on the University’s copyright information service and various projects throughout 2020. The role would ideally suit an undergraduate or postgraduate law student who is currently studying or has completed the Copyright and Designs and Contracts units of their degree courses. It’s a great opportunity to put your legal and communication skills into practice while you complete your studies, or to gain experience as a new graduate. The University Library can provide some flexibility as to the days and hours worked in order to accommodate study commitments. 

A Copyright Assistant:

  • Answers staff and student copyright queries and provides assistance to the Copyright Manager on a range of internal and external projects.

  • Assists in the preparation and delivery of copyright training for researchers, professional staff and students.

  • Undertakes relevant independent research, writing and other work project as necessary.

Rate of pay is $51.27 per hour (HEO5, step 1).

Please send a brief resume and cover letter to Kate Stanton, Senior Manager Copyright and Information Policy at kate.stanton@sydney.edu.au by 31 October 2019. If you have questions about the role, please contact Kate by email or phone 02 9351 2087 or 0452 191 484.


Justice Connect Practical legal trainee – Court Programs – Sydney

Our Court Programs team is currently recruiting PLT students to work at our Sydney office to help us provide unbundled legal services to the missing middle - unrepresented litigants who do not qualify for Legal Aid and cannot afford private legal assistance.

We have placements to commence in October/November 2019, to work 3 or more days a week, minimum of 50 days. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

To be eligible you must:

  • Have completed or be close to completing GDLP at College of Law, or its equivalent at a participating university;

  • Able to work at least 3 days a week; and

  • Undertake a minimum of 50 days of practical legal training at Justice Connect.

 The Justice Connect Sydney office is located in the CBD and Court Programs has satellite offices located at the courts. This is an unpaid position.

How to Apply: 

Applications should comprise of a single Word or PDF document including; a cover letter and CV.

Please ensure your cover letter includes:

- your available start date, your preferred days, how many days placement you can commit to and the details of your GDLP provider.

Applications should be emailed to plt.recruitment@justiceconnect.org.au as a single Word or PDF file including “PLT Application – Court Programs” in the email subject line.


PLT PLACEMENT - MIGRANT EMPLOYMENT LEGAL SERVICE

Marrickville Legal Centre is looking for motivated PLT volunteers with a demonstrated commitment to

social justice, who can volunteer part-time [3 days per week] for 75 days. Negotiation of days is

possible for the right candidate.

Role and Context of the Position

Migrant Employment Legal Service (MELS) is a joint initiative by Inner City Legal Centre, Kingsford

Legal Centre, Marrickville Legal Centre and Redfern Legal Centre addressing exploitation of migrant

workers in NSW. Migrant workers face multi-faceted exploitation in an area of law where employment,

migration, corporations, taxation and other laws intersect. Research indicates that 91% of migrant

workers suffer wage theft in silence. Migrant workers do not speak out for reasons such as lack of

knowledge on processes or fear of immigration consequences. Migrant Employment Legal Service

assists migrants and temporary visa holders with employment law matters through free legal advice

and representation, and actively engages with communities to provide information and education.

PLTs are supervised by a solicitor for the duration of their placement. After an orientation period, all

PLTs undertake a broad range of information, referral, administrative, and legal work under

supervision.

Position Expectations

All PLTs are expected to perform two main tasks: intake and paralegal work. Intake includes

interviewing clients and taking initial instructions, performing conflict checks, making client

appointments, and legal research.

See our website at https://www.mlc.org.au/get-involved/#volunteer for more information.

How to Apply

Please email your resume, details of two referees, your academic record, and a cover letter

highlighting your commitment to social justice and the work of Community Legal Centres. Please

address your applications to Vasili Maroulis at vmaroulis@mlc.org.au by Friday 8 November.


PLT PLACEMENT - MARRICKVILLE LEGAL CENTRE

Marrickville Legal Centre is looking for motivated PLT volunteers with a demonstrated commitment to

social justice, who can volunteer part-time [3 days per week] for 75 days. Negotiation of days is

possible for the right candidate.

Role and Context of the Position

We are Marrickville Legal Centre (MLC) – a not-for-profit community legal centre based in Marrickville

and working across NSW. We provide holistic support to people often overlooked by our legal system

through free legal and related services – while advocating for equal access to justice and protecting

human rights. MLC’s services include General Legal Service, Employment Law Service, Family Law

Service, Domestic & Family Violence Support Service, Strata Service NSW, Youth Legal Service

NSW and two specialised tenants’ services.

PLTs are supervised by a solicitor for the duration of their placement. After an orientation period, all

PLTs undertake a broad range of information, referral, administrative, and legal work under

supervision.

Position Expectations

All PLTs are expected to perform two main tasks: intake and paralegal work. Intake includes

interviewing clients and taking initial instructions, performing conflict checks, making client

appointments, and legal research.

See our website at https://www.mlc.org.au/get-involved/#volunteer for more information.

How to Apply

Please email your resume, details of two referees, your academic record, and a cover letter

highlighting your commitment to social justice and the work of Community Legal Centres. Please

address your applications to Vasili Maroulis at vmaroulis@mlc.org.au by Friday 8 November.


associate to his Honour Judge Montgomery (District Court of NSW)

Applications to be an Associate to his Honour Judge Montgomery of the District Court of NSW are now open, to begin in February 2020 and end in February 2021. Annual remuneration is $85,000.00.

To apply, please send your resume and a copy of your full academic transcript to max.southern@courts.nsw.gov.au. Applications close 25 October 2019.


summer clerk - NSW Department of Finance and Services (PSA) - Professional Standards Authority

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA), the supporting agency of the Professional Standards Councils, is pleased to offer 2 law students in their penultimate year an opportunity to participate in our annual Summer Clerkship Program. We are offering positions in 2019/20 so if you are a student in your penultimate year, spend part of your vacation with us and you’ll get a great understanding of how we go about meeting the needs of our stakeholders.


This position provides a unique opportunity to be involved in government regulatory practice. You will have hands-on involvement in schemes work and an array of projects. Some of the tasks you may be expected to complete are:

  • Undertake legal research and analysis

  • Provide legislative interpretation

  • Provide case reviews and summaries

  • Contribute to the preparation of correspondence, papers, briefs and minutes

  • Assist the team in the delivery of a range of projects and initiatives to facilitate the timely delivery of PSA objectives


A summer clerkship with the PSA is suited to students who:

  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced and dynamic workplace

  • Have excelled in a variety of academic and non-academic fields

  • Interested in pursuing a career in government regulation or public policy


Information on the role description, including the required capabilities can be viewed on the attached document. The clerkship runs from the end of your 2019 exam period to the beginning of the 2020 academic year. This is a 35 hour per week, paid position with renumeration at casual Grade 1/2 clerk rates.

The Interview
Positions will be recruited based on merit selection. To ensure that this process is equitable, interviews are formal, with each interviewee being asked the same set of questions. Interviewees may also be asked to prepare a written response to a hypothetical problem.

Further Information
If you would like any further information about undertaking a Summer Clerkship Program position with the PSA, please send an email to clerkship@psa.gov.au.
Further information on the Professional Standards Council can be found at our website at: psc.gov.au, and in this document.
Testimonies of previous summer clerks can be found here: www.psc.gov.au/psa-farewells-summer-law-clerks.


summer clerkship program - massons

Massons is a premium law firm specialising in Australian commercial property law currently looking for 3-5 students, preferably in their penultimate year, to join their team in late November for a 4-week period.

For more information, including how to apply, please consult this document.


internship opportunity - harris gomez group

Harris Gomez Group, a common law Latin American legal and business advisory firm with offices in Chile, Colombia and Australia, is currently looking for an intern to join us in the move to our new Sydney office located in the CBD. 

The position would ideally suit a senior Law student looking for workplace experience, and the ideal candidate would have Spanish language skills, be able to work in both a team-environment and autonomously, and have strong legal-writing and communication skills. The candidate should be presentable, have excellent organisational skills and be a fast-learner. This position, on a voluntary basis, would be ideal for someone looking to complete practice days for the PLT or another internship-based subject, or for any Law student looking to gain insight into an international firm specialising in cross-border issues such as mining and energy, corporate, and mergers and acquisitions. 

The start-date for this position would be mid October (week of 14 October). Interested applicants are advised to send their resume and covering letter to ltm@hgomezgroup.com prior to COB on 4 October 2019. 


legal officer - ATTORNEY-General’s international division

The International Division currently has a number of vacancies for Legal Officers at the APS 4 or APS 5-6 level on a non-ongoing basis for up to 12 months, with the possibility of extensions and permanent positions.

For information on the role and how to apply, please consult this document.


JUDICIAL CLERK (TIPSTAFF) TO THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF NSW

Applications are invited for the position of Judicial Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Honourable T F Bathurst AC. The position is to commence in late January 2020.

Information regarding the role and the application process can be found in this document.