Employment Online @ Sydney Law School
This section of the Sydney Law School website is designed to post the latest employment notices and career information for students. The Law School makes regular updates to this section and provides the latest news in regard to employment opportunities, both casual and part-time, as well as details on professional seminars, visiting scholars and general career matters.
This section also includes the latest information on the Graduate Employment Program and Summer Clerkship Scheme, a brief summary of information relevant to students after their studies, and details on further postgraduate opportunities.
The Sydney Law School also emails students employment opportunities and career information. Regardless, all employment opportunities and career information are posted on this website. Such information will be posted for a maximum period of one month unless advertised otherwise. For any enquiries, please contact Christopher Pile
2016 Summer Research Scholarships @ Parliamentary Library - Parliament of Australia
The Parliamentary Library is offering six-week Summer Research Scholarships in January–February 2016 to support a research project on a topic of mutual interest to the Scholar and to the Australian Parliament.
The program is open to Honours or postgraduate students.
The successful Scholars will receive:
- experience working in the Australian Parliament;
privileged access to the Parliamentary Library’s collections and facilities;
interaction with expert librarians and researchers in the Parliamentary Library; and
- an honorarium of $1,800 payable as a one-off amount at the conclusion of the six-week placement.
Paralegal @ Chen Shan Lawyers
Chen Shan Lawyers have an exciting new opportunity for law school students in their later year to join our team in our Martin Place office as law clerks. This role will be supervised under the guidance of solicitors.
Please be noted that the role is a unpaid volunteer position.
Position Description (PDF)
Paralegal/ PLT/ Intern Roles @ Playfair - Visa & Migration Services
Playfair Visa & Migration Services is seeking applicants for paralegal/ PLT/ intern roles based in their humanitarian migration department, which focuses on providing assistance to asylum seekers onshore and at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre.
A decision will be made as to the whether the role is on a paid or voluntary basis depending on the number of days the candidate can commit per week. An estimate of less than 3 days per week would be considered for an unpaid intern position.
- Calling clients to communicate processes and systems in a reliable and accurate manner;
- Managing client enquiries and ensuring efficient and timely allocation to appropriate staff members, if unable to assist;
- Ensuring clients clearly understand Playfair services and what is required of them and communicating this in a friendly and professional manner;
- Efficient management of tasks and organised record keeping to ensure timely completion of tasks and appropriate follow up with clients;
- Assisting with pre-filling forms, as and when requested;
- Preparing letters of engagement to engage new clients, subject to approval and sign off by supervising Migration Agent; and
- Providing interpreting assistance, as and when requested.
Applicants are expected to have an interest in refugee law. Applicants should indicate their interest by emailing a brief summary of their studies and relevant work experience (if any), along with a covering letter setting out why they would be interested in taking on a paralegal position providing assistance to asylum seekers.
Applications and questions may directed to (Practice Manager) or
Ph: 02 9233 8899
Playfair are constantly looking for paralegal assistance but would like to have applications in by COB Friday 4 Septemberfor the next round of placements.
PLT Placement @ Self Representation Service - Justice Connect
Our Sydney office is currently recruiting a PLT student to work with our Self Representation Service. As a PLT student with this service, you will develop practical and procedural legal experience and skills across diverse practice areas.
The Self Representation Service is a service established to provide unrepresented litigants in the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court with discrete legal advice and assistance. The Self Representation Service empowers individuals experiencing disadvantage to pursue and enforce their rights and duties at court. It currently assists in bankruptcy, employment and human rights matters and is about to expand into new areas of law such as administrative law.
You will have the opportunity to:
- Undertake legal research relevant to client matters;
- Review and organise client documents;
- Contact clients to schedule and confirm appointments;
- Observe and review court proceedings of Self Representation Service clients; and
- Assist the Service to expand into new areas of law by developing precedents and legal information factsheets
Applications will be assessed on a demonstrated interest in and commitment to not-for-profit organisations and the community sector.
Position Description (PDF)
The Justice Connect Sydney office is located in the Sydney CBD. This is an unpaid position.
- Have completed or be close to completing College of Law, or its equivalent at a participating university;
- Ideally be able to work at least 4 days a week (although this is negotiable); and
- Undertake a minimum of 60 days of practical legal training at Justice Connect.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the positions will be open until filled.
For information on how to apply and what to expect from your placement, please go to Justice Connect – Practical Legal Training Placements
Research Assistant @ Mr Philip Strickland SC, Forbes Chambers
Mr Philip Strickland SC (of Forbes Chambers) is looking for a Legal Research Assistant to work 2-3 days/week. Preferably, these days would NOT include a Friday (although this is negotiable).
The role would suit a current LLB (Years 3-5), JD (Years 2-3) student or a recent graduate.
The role requires someone who can cope under pressure and tight deadlines.
As a Legal Research Assistant, you will be assisting Phil by drafting advices and submissions on all areas of criminal law, and undertaking discrete legal research tasks. The work is interesting and challenging, and would suit someone who has strong academic results and an interest in criminal law.
Pay is $35/hour.
If you wish to apply, send your cover letter (including availabilities), CV and academic transcript to .
Admin Assistant @ Judicial Conference of Australia (JCA)
The Judicial Conference of Australia (based in the Law School) is seeking an casual admin assistant.
Please see Position Description (PDF)
Questions may be directed to , Phone: 02 9351 0490
Applications close: 5:00pm, Friday 4 September.
PLT Placement @ Redfern Legal Centre
The Redfern Legal Centre is seeking 2 enthusiastic part time (2 - 3 days per week) PLT students to support the Principal Solicitor and CEO at RLC.
This role will be a dynamic and varied one - involving individual client work but also high-level policy work, and will provide exposure to broader systemic issues in the legal assistance sector.
- Completion of law degree and eligibility to commence Practical Legal Training;
- Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to social justice;
- Available two to three days per week commencing early 2015;
- Good written and verbal communication skills; and
- Ability to work independently or as part of a team
- Demonstrated knowledge of issues affecting RLC’s client groups;
- Strong understanding of ethical practice issues affecting community legal centres including confidentiality and conflict of interest;
- Interest in assisting with policy and funding submissions;
Interest in delivering legal education to community groups;
- Ability to speak a relevant community language.
To apply, please visit our website for the application pack.
Applications close 9am Monday 31 August 2015 and should be submitted by email to the Principal Solicitor, by email to
Associate @ People + Culture Strategies
People + Culture Strategies, Australia's leading provider of legal and strategic solutions in people management invites suitable candidates to submit an application for the role of Associate to the Managing Principal, Mr Joydeep Hor.
Position Description (PDF)
The position is open to students who complete their relevant exams by 30 November 2015.
The role is for a 12 month period commencing on a date to be agreed in December 2015 or January 2016.
This role will replicate many of the responsibilities of a Judge's Associate, see Position Description.
Interested candidates should submit the following documentation no late than 15 September 2015:
- a one-page cover letter addressed directly to Mr Hor detailing suitability for this role;
- Academic transcript;
- current resume with particular emphasis on paid employment roles;
- colour photograph (as a JPEG or TIFF file).
These materials should be sent by email to the Chief Operations Officer of the firm
2015/16 Summer Internships @ The Aurora Project
The Aurora Internship Program continues to place law, anthropology and other social science (namely archaeology, cultural heritage, environmental management, human geography, history and sociology) students and graduates from Australian universities at Native Title Representative Bodies (NTRBs), Prescribed Bodies Corporates (PBCs) and at other organisations involved in policy development, research and social justice, all working to support the broader Indigenous sector Australia-wide. The Program introduces candidates to career opportunities in native title and the Indigenous sector and at the same time provides assistance to under-resourced and over-worked organisations.
The on-line application period for the summer 2015/16 round of internships is from Monday 3rd August through Friday 28th August 2015.
Application Information (PDF)
Mediator @ Workplace Conflict Resolution
Workplace Conflict Resolution is seeking to engage a mediator who can also conduct workplace investigations. WPCR is a Geelong based company which services nationally based clients. The successful applicant does not have to be based in Geelong but must be prepared to travel to client locations and to Geelong approx 2-3 times per year for team meetings and events.
Ideally the successful applicant will be:
* A law school graduate who has taken the following electives: workplace/employment law, mediation, workplace investigations and managing high conflict personalities in legal disputes (or similar) OR a law student who has taken the same electives and has workplace experience in the HR/ER/IR field;
* Willing to be engaged on a consultancy basis and must therefore have their own registered business and insurance;
* a Nationally Accredited Mediator or be willing to gain National Accreditation; and
* available to attend team meetings on the first Monday of the month either in person or via skype and phone meetings once per week with the Managing Director.
Expressions of interest to be emailed to
Applications close Friday 28th August
2016 PASS Facilitator @ Sydney Business School
Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) involves weekly timetabled sessions where PASS facilitators model different study techniques, assist with study guides and provide timely feedback. The focus is on increasing student understanding and deeper learning.
The facilitators are students who have taken the subject before and are trained to foster student learning and active engagement with their course content. The facilitator is not there to re-teach lecture material, but rather to facilitate discussion and active learning.
The role of a University of Sydney PASS Facilitator is highly regarded by recruiters because of the development of strong communication, leadership, problem solving and team work skills it fosters. As an employee of the Business School you will receive on-going training in leadership and oral presentation that will set you apart in tough interview situations and enhance the soft skills increasingly sought after in graduates.
* Facilitate study 1 - 6 study sessions from week 2 until week 13 of each semester. You will be required to create your own agendas (theory and practical questions) to run these sessions.
* Attend a weekly meeting with your discipline group of facilitators.
* Attend ongoing professional development meetings throughout each semester.
* Spend one hour each week preparing for your sessions.
* Complete the administration necessary for your role.
For detailed information see:2016 PASS Recruitment
How to apply:
The application form and further details on how to submit can be found at: PASS Recruitment - How do I apply
Closing date: 10am, Friday 18th September 2015
Work Experience Position @ Innoinvest
INNOINVEST is a Financial Services advisory practice specialising in financial services law, corporate and commercial law.
Innoinvest are seeking a work experience student to undertake research work, drafting, report writing, dealing with regulators such as ASIC, AUSTRAC and APRA, as well as performing administrative and clerical tasks.
Position and Application Information (PDF)
Applications Close: 31 August 2015