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Internships and job opportunities

At UOW Law, we view professional experience as an integral part of legal education. It allows students to observe the law in action and identify and reflect on the connections and gaps between theory and practice. It allows students to apply and enhance their knowledge and skills and helps them form a sense of professional legal identity and build professional networks.

UOW Law Students professional experience opportunities

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Job opportunities

Carroll And O’Dea. Solicitors have an opportunity for at least one and possibly two 3rd or 4th year Law students to be employed as a law clerk on a paid casual  basis in their Wollongong office.

Interested students should send a cover letter expressing why they are interested in/suited to the position, CV and enrolment record to Evelyn Garnett  at EGarnett@codea.com.au  by COB Friday 12 March.

 

Justice Price AO, Chief Judge District Court NSW, seeks to employ a Tipstave/Researcher on a full-time basis. This would be suitable for someone who has completed their degree. 

Location: John Maddison Tower, 86 Goulburn Street, Sydney 2000

Salary: $61,583.00 (gross).

The successful applicant is required to commence temporary full time employment in the position from March 2021 (exact date to be confirmed). Initial Contract period upon successful completion of probation period is 12 months.

 

Applications including covering letter and academic transcript should be sent to:

Ms Lisa Freeman, Associate to Justice Price AO, Chief Judge:

By email: lisa.freeman@courts.nsw.gov.au  

Enquiries by phone to Lisa Freeman on (02) 9377 5821

Applications close by Tuesday 2 March 2021.

Criteria

This is a full-time position and requires the following minimum standards of competence, work skills and experience.

Qualifications

  • Tertiary qualifications in law;
  • Consistent academic achievement at distinction or high distinction levels.

Experience

  • Experience in conducting legal research and writing;
  • Experience using standard office equipment (e.g. computers, printers and photocopiers).

Skills

  • High level skills in legal research, including familiarity with legal databases;
  • Capacity to edit material, especially draft judgments, with meticulous attention to detail;
  • Ability to apply legal principles and present the results of legal research clearly and cogently;
  • High level literacy and numeracy;
  • High level computer skills including Microsoft Office software and a demonstrated ability to adapt quickly to new technology;
  • Interpersonal skills, including judgment, tact, discretion and diplomacy, as a tipstave may be in regular contact with members of the legal profession and other persons engaged or interested in the business of the Court, often on sensitive issues;
  • Ability to plan, prioritize work and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to perform all tasks in a timely fashion.

Personal qualities

  • a position which involves working as part of a small team and under time pressures.
  • Sound understanding of legal principles and concepts;
  • Understanding of, or demonstrated ability to quickly comprehend, the Court’s operations and procedures.

Knowledge 

 

The UOW Law Community Outreach and Service Learning (COSL) program matches students with community organisations and other groups needing assistance, reflecting UOW Law’s commitment to community engagement and access to justice. Students gain valuable experience and a useful addition to their CV’s and professional network while making a worthwhile contribution to the local community. UOW’s key partners in COSL are Volunteering Illawarra, the Illawarra Legal Centre and the Wollongong office of NSW Legal Aid.

 

All volunteer opportunities will be posted below.

 

Auslex is a busy practice in Wollongong working mainly in the fields of criminal law, family law, wills and estates and property/conveyancing.

They are happy to take on students as unpaid interns for 2 days/week around their studies over Autumn session. Provided you complete at least 2 days/week over 10 weeks, these internships can be approved for the purpose of completion of LLB 397/3397 Legal Internship.

Interested students should send cover letter/expression of interest, CV and enrolment record to Adam Bye Adam@auslex.com.au by COB Monday 1 March. Please note, if you are selected for this internship and want to use it for LLB 397/3397, you need to contact Casey at law-internships@uow.edu.au and advise of your intention to do so BEFORE you commence your internship and complete the on-line registration process as directed.

Brander Smith McKnight are a busy law firm based in Sutherland. They are happy to accommodate students on unpaid internships during Autumn session for the purpose of LLB 397/3397. The firm is happy to negotiate attendance around study commitments but remember that to qualify for LLB 397/3397, attendance must be at least 2 days/week and the arrangement must be approved by the Law School  before you commence as days cannot be counted retrospectively. 

Interested students should contact Dana Smith at danasmith@branderlaw.com.au and send her a CV, expression of interest and enrolment record. If approved by Brander Smith McKnight, contact  law-internships@uow.edu.au  and advise of the arrangement to start the approval process.

Coutts Lawyers and Conveyancers are an Award-Winning firm with offices in Narellan, Camden, Campbelltown, Parramatta, Hunter Valley, Tahmoor and Wollongong. This Autumn session, they are able to offer a small number of students unpaid internship opportunities around their studies to gain valuable experience and for the purpose of LLB 397/3397 Legal Internship.

The firm is happy to negotiate attendance around study commitments but remember that to qualify for LLB 397/3397, attendance must be at least 2 days/week and the arrangement must be approved by the Law School  before you commence as days cannot be counted retrospectively. If approved by Coutts, contact  law-internships@uow.edu.au  and advise of the arrangement to start the approval process.

Interested students should send an expression of interest/cover letter, CV and copy of enrolment record to Karena Nicholls : karena@couttslegal.com.au

Are you looking for a clerkship, graduate position or work experience? 

LegalVitae connects law students with employers for clerkship and graduate positions.

For more information visit LegalVitae

Are you interested in helping vulnerable migrants, refugees and asylum seekers? Are you curious about what it is like to work in a community legal centre?

IARC is a Community Legal Centre that works with vulnerable migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. We provide free legal advice and assistance in matters such as protection visas, family visas and visa cancellation. IARC is also involved in policy and law reform and community development, education and advocacy.

Working as a volunteer legal assistant at IARC is an opportunity to build your skills in assisting vulnerable clients, working with interpreters, communicating with the public and file maintenance. Your primary role will be to provide administrative and paralegal assistance to IARC solicitors. You will be responsible for responding to initial enquiries from clients, scheduling appointments, providing legal information and referrals and other administrative tasks. Depending on your experience and interest, you may also become involved in assisting with research, project work and working with clients.

IARC’s office is in Sydney’s CBD. All volunteer legal assistants must commit to working one day per week (normal office hours 9am to 5 pm) for at least six months. Training and supervision is provided.

Selection criteria

We are looking for people who: 

  1. have completed at least two years of a law degree or combined law degree; 
  2. have previous volunteer experience and/or administrative/paralegal experience;
  3. have good oral and written communication skills;
  4. are willing to help where needed, take initiative, problem solve, and are able to juggle competing demands.

This is an unpaid position. Please include your preferred day, when you are available to start, and let us know if you speak a second language.

How to apply 

Apply by forwarding your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria above to Sabina Wynn, Director, at iarcvolunteer@iarc.asn.au or call 02 82340709 to discuss.

There is no closing date for applications and applications will be assessed as they come in. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

If you do not address the Selection Criteria, we cannot consider your application. Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for interviews will be contacted about their application.

UOW's Careers Central has a jobboard. Employers advertise their jobs direct to UOW students. The Careers Central team also collates relevant jobs from across the many job seeking sites. In addition to the School of Law’s job & work experience opportunities, check out the latest available positions at UOW Career Central Job Board.

Students can also career tools as CareerHub Plus which is an online library specifically designed to improve student, graduate and alumni employability. Explore an extensive range of interactive tools, videos, eLearning and written resources and find a job or work experience.

For more information visit Career resources.

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UOW Law are seeking organisations across private, public and community sectors to partner with UOW’s School of Law to support our students’ learning and to develop Australia’s future workforce. Partners have the opportunity to build long-term, strategic relationships and add value to their organisation by accessing talented upper year students.

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