Updated: Legal Aid NSW Human Rights Fellowship open for applications

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Fellowship Program Outline

Two fellowships are currently available for 26 weeks and are designed to enable a UNSW graduate law student to undertake the clinical component of the College of Law Practical Training Course Professional Program while working in the Human Rights Team, Civil Law Division of Legal Aid NSW.

The student will support the Legal Aid NSW Human Rights Committee (LAHRC) by preparing reports on applications for aid that raise significant public interest or human rights issues. They will also gain experience in key areas of practice including intentional torts, anti-discrimination law, administrative law and housing. There is also some scope for advocacy, policy and law reform, training and community legal education.

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

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Two positions are available with expected start dates in early March 2019 and early September 2019 respectively.

UNSW law students who will complete their law degrees by 1 March 2019 are eligible to apply for either the March or September position.

UNSW law students who will complete their law degrees by 1 September 2019 are eligible for the September position only.

Students who have specialised in human rights and public interest law will be given preference in the selection process. 

Students who have already completed the entire Work Experience component of their PLT are not eligible for the Fellowship.

Your application should comprise:

1.     Curriculum vitae with the name of two referees (you need not provide written references);

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

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

  • Knowledge of, and familiarity with, human rights or public interest law, in particular current issues and developments in human rights law affecting Australia;
  • Experience working with socially and economically disadvantaged people;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to draft correspondence, submissions, research memoranda and reports;
  • Excellent analytical and research skills.

4.     Brief information about when you expect to undertake your PLT requirements.

5.     The dates you are available to take up the position during 2019. (please specify whether you are available March/September or September only).

Legal Aid NSW will select candidates for interview on the basis of the material submitted in their application.

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



Enquiries & applications to: Anthony Levin, Senior Solicitor, Human Rights Team, Legal Aid NSW

(02) 9219 5928 Anthony.levin@legalaid.nsw.gov.au


Applications will be accepted until 2 October 2018.

Interviews will take place in mid to late October.