Careers

(1) VACANCY: Community Outreach Lawyer – Part Time

About you

You are an energetic, organised and experienced lawyer with a passion for social justice and experience working in summary crime, as well as other relevant areas including fines, debts, guardianship/administration, VOCAT, discrimination, family violence, child protection. You will have an interest in working in a multi-disciplinary role which includes legal service delivery, community legal education and law reform.

You are proactive, friendly, and ready to work within our small team of staff and volunteers, as well as quickly and easily establish relationships with outreach partner organisations and other community organisations in the area. You are able to develop file management systems and processes that work for you, working with at time limited administrative resources. You are also willing to learn and grow in aspects relating your job which you might not be familiar with.

About this opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to provide a high quality, appropriate and targeted legal assistance to people experiencing disadvantage by way of legal outreach services located at partner community support services in the local area. This includes working with clients experiencing homelessness, drug or alcohol use, mental illness, an acquired brain injury, and/or clients who work as street sex workers.

 What do you need?

  • Current legal practising certificate and at least 2 years post admission experience, with proven experience in the conduct of summary crime casework, as well as in a number of the following areas of law: discrimination, fines, debts, guardianship/administration, family violence, child protection, VOCAT.
  • Experience as a solicitor advocate in the Magistrates’ Court and at VCAT.
  • Good understanding of issues arising for individuals experiencing drug and alcohol use and/or mental health illness, and an ability to work within a harm minimisation framework.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work with clients who have complex needs, are vulnerable and who may lead chaotic lifestyles.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, particularly in outreach locations, manage competing demands and work within a small staff team and with volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (both oral and written) with target clients and key stakeholders including police, health and welfare service providers, in providing legal services and legal education programs in non-conventional settings.
  • Proven experience in balancing a high volume caseload coupled with strong administrative, organisational and IT skills.

Download the full Position Description HERE

How to apply: In order to be considered, you must address all selection criteria in your application. Please email your resume, together with a brief introductory cover letter and a response of up to 3 pages addressing the selection criteria, to Ms Annie Davis, Executive Officer & Principal Lawyer at annie@skls.org.au using the subject line: Community Outreach Lawyer application via SKLS Website by midnight Thursday 8 August 2019  

(2) OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer Lawyers – Night Service 

St Kilda Legal is a generalist community legal centre that provides free legal advice, referral and casework services to the local community, with a focus on assisting people experiencing disadvantage.  We run our Night Service on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7-9pm and are looking to recruit volunteer lawyers to our Night Service Sessions.

Specifically we are looking for people who have:

  • A Current Practising Certificate or are eligible to obtain one;
  • At least two years of post-Admission experience;
  • Experience in either:
    • General Practice;
    • Family Law;
    • Employment Law;
  • Capacity to attend a night service session either weekly or fortnightly for 2-3 hours on either Monday, Wednesday or Thursday; with a preference for some specialities to go on particular nights.
  • Previous experience working or volunteering with vulnerable and low income people is welcome.
  • Ideally you will live or work within a convenient commute to our St Kilda office.

How to apply?

We review and interview candidates as applications are received, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Please email through a resume and brief Expression of Interest to: Anthea Teakle, Volunteer & Night Service Co-ordinator – anthea@skls.org.au  using the subject line: Volunteer Night Service Lawyer

(3) OPPORTUNITY: Practical Legal Trainee (PLT) placements

St Kilda Legal is a generalist community legal centre that provides free legal advice, referral and casework services to the local community, with a focus on assisting people experiencing disadvantage. We also undertake community legal education, policy development and advocate for law reform. PLTs will likely assist across all areas of our work during the course of a placement.

What would a PLT placement at SKLS look like?

As a PLT with SKLS, you will receive training and supervision and will gain experience in working with clients with a broad range of legal needs.

You will have the opportunity to participate in:
• drafting legal correspondence and court documents;
• assisting in client interviews;
• legal and policy research;
• filing and file summaries; and
• administrative work

PLT placements are unpaid positions. Our office is based in Balaclava, and if accepted, a placement could commence as soon as possible. We have a preference for 75-day placements, at a frequency of 2-3 days/week.

How will applications be assessed?

Applications will be assessed on:
• a demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, social justice
• organisational skills
• written and verbal communication skills
• ability to work as part of a team

How to apply?

We review and interview candidates as applications are received, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Please email your resume, together with a cover letter and a statement of results to the Executive Officer & Principal Lawyer at info@skls.org.au, using the subject line: PLT application via SKLS Website.