(1) OPPORTUNITY: Community Outreach Lawyer role

 12 month, full-time position based at our St Kilda office
 Support our community through by providing high quality and targeted legal services to the vulnerable and disadvantaged
 Multi-disciplinary role, including the opportunity to provide legal education and to identify and act on law reform issues
 Attractive salary packaging benefits

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 relevant casework.
 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.
 Ability to work with minimal supervision, manage competing demands and work within a small staff team and with volunteers.
 Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients and key stakeholders.
 Proven experience in balancing a high volume caseload coupled with strong administrative, organisational and IT skills.

Position description: 191221-COL (full-time) PD-FINAL.

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 Agata Wierzbowski, Executive Officer & Principal Lawyer at the subject line: Community Outreach Lawyer application via SKLS website by midnight Friday 18 January 2019.

(2) 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 Ms Agata Wierzbowski, Executive Officer & Principal Lawyer at, using the subject line: PLT application via SKLS Website.