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

Students and Employers may also search for jobs at University of Sydney Career Services

Legal Associate Postions @ Family Court

Posted 10 February 2016

Three Legal Associate Positions are currently available with the Family Court:

Two Appeal Legal Associate Positions

One First Instance Legal Associate Position

Students should include a scanned copy of their transcript with their application.

Please note that these positions close at Midnight, Thursday 11 February 2016.

Internships @ Centre for Asian and Pacific Law (CAPLUS) - Sydney Law School

Posted 8 February 2016

CAPLUS offers up to two internship positions to Sydney Law School students in each semester of the academic year. Interns must be available to work the equivalent of one day per week for the duration of the semester. Interns are involved in the full range of the Centre’s activities, including research, hosting public seminars and conferences, assisting with the organisation of the Centre's offshore academic programs, drafting policy submissions and so on. There are also some administrative duties. Interns report to the Centre Director and will work closely with the director and associate directors, the administrator, and the associates of the Centre. Interns interested in Japan may also be invited to work with the Australian Network for Japanese Law on projects agreed with CAPLUS. Please note that internship positions are unpaid.

Selection Criteria: Applicants must have a strong overall academic record. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian or Indonesian law, but students interested in other Asian jurisdictions are also strongly encouraged to apply. An Asian language would be beneficial but is not essential. Further details regarding the requirements of this position are available in the Position Accountability Statement.

To Apply: Please submit a copy of your CV, academic transcript to date, and a statement addressing how you meet the selection criteria and why you would like to work as an intern with the Centre.

Applications Close: Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Applications should be submitted by email to or forwarded to:

Centre for Asian and Pacific Law
Sydney Law School
New Law Building F10
The University of Sydney NSW 2006

Please note: If you are submitting your application by email, please ensure all parts of the application are combined into a single PDF or Word document. Please do not attach multiple files.

PLT Placements @ Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS)

Posted 8 February 2016

Recruiting PLT positions for commencement beginning of March 2016. Please note these are volunteer trainee positions.

RACS seeks dedicated people to join its team of committed human rights lawyers as Practical Legal Trainee (students who hold a law degree and who are undertaking a course for practical admission as a lawyer).

You will receive training and supervision. Responsibilities include research, drafting statements, observing and assisting with client appointments, accompanying lawyers to AAT and DIBP and various other administrative and legal tasks.

You will have had previous volunteer experience and be able to demonstrate a commitment to human rights and social justice, an understanding of the issues that affect asylum seekers, and a capacity to problem-solve. You will have administrative and organisational experience, and have the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders in a confident and a respectful manner. You will also need initiative and a sense of humour.

These are unpaid positions.

You must be enrolled in, or about to enrol in, College of Law, or its equivalent at participating universities. It would be preferable if you are available to work a minimum of 4 days per week (although 3 may be able to be negotiated). We have a required minimum of 60 days.

How to Apply:
To apply, please email a cover letter setting out your interest in working at RACS, your CV and current availability to with subject “PLT Application” by 15 February 2016.

For more information please telephone: (02) 8355 7227

2017 Tipstaff/ Research Assistant @ Justice Robert Macfarlan - NSW Court of Appeal

Posted 5 February 2016

Justice Robert Macfarlan of the NSW Court of Appeal is seeking applicants to appointment as his Tipstaff/ Research Assistant for 2017.

A wide variety of cases come before the Court of Appeal. They include commercial, equity, administrative, personal injury and other torts, and land and environment.
Justice Macfarlan also presides on the Court of Criminal Appeal on occasion.

The Tipstaff/ Research Assistant is heavily involved in all aspects of the Justice's work including preparation for court, court hearings and the writing of judgments.

Interested students are encouraged to apply in writing care of:
Supreme Court of NSW,
GPO Box 3,
Sydney NSW 2001

Or email (Associate) attaching a curriculum vitae and academic transcript.

Students who wish to discuss aspects of the position may contact the current Tipstaff, Ms Maeve McGregor on (02) 9779 7211.

Enquiries relating to remuneration and other formal terms of employment can be directed to Mr Nick Sanderson-Gough, Manager - Court Operations and Communications on (02) 9230 8078.

It is anticipated the position will be filled by mid-March.

Multiple PLT Postions @ Justice Connect

Posted 5 February 2016

Justice Connect: Practical Legal Training (PLT) Placements - Not-for-Profit Law Service, Melbourne & Sydney

We currently have two positions available to work with our specialist legal service Not-for-profit Law. One is based in our Melbourne office, full-time commencing 2nd week of March. The other position is based in our Sydney office, for a minimum of three days per week, commencing at end of February, 2016.

What to expect from your placement: PLT Placement NFP Law - Sydney & Melbourne Office - Feb16 (PDF)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the positions will be open until filled.

How to Apply: Complete the form on our 'Apply now' page (including a CV and Cover Letter).


Justice Connect: Practical Legal Training (PLT) Placement - MOSAIC Service, Sydney Office

Sydney office is currently recruiting a PLT student to join our specialist migrant legal service MOSAIC for a minimum of 3 days per week, commencing as soon as possible.

What to expect from your placement: PLT Placement MOSAIC - Sydney Office - Feb16. (PDF)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the positions will be open until filled.

How to Apply: Complete the form on our 'Apply now' page (including a CV and Cover Letter).

PLT Positions @ Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre – Katoombah

Posted 3 February 2016

Volunteer Practical Legal Training - 2 positions available.

Expressions of interest (EOIs) are called for the above opportunity from law graduates enrolled in an accredited practical legal training program with the Law Society NSW.

Our Centre is based at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains and services the Blue Mountians, Lithgow and surrounding towns, and Bathurst.

Applicants must be willing to commit 3 days per week for a minimum of 40 days and have a commitment to social justice.

Information about our service, and the areas of law we cover, is available on the EECLC website and EECLC Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer PLT Position Description (pdf)

EOIs should include your Resume, a copy of your academic transcript and information about any experience you have had in a Community Legal Centre, or other service for socially disadvantaged people.

E-mail your EOI by close of business on 8 February 2016 to , Managing Principal Solicitor.

PLT/ Internship @ LawPath

Posted 3 February 2016

LawPath are offering a unpaid PLT/ Internship Position.

This position can count towards your PLT hours. The role is unpaid, rich in experience, and we are flexible fitting your casual hours around your university schedule.

Position Description (pdf)

To apply, send your CV and cover letter to

Applications Close 10 February 2016

Casual Paralegal @ PayPal

Posted 3 February 2016

PayPal are seeking applicants or a casual Paralegal role based in their Wynyard CBD Office.

Suitable for current law students – third or penultimate year.

PayPal is a financial services provider for online and mobile payments.

A paralegal/intern position has opened up to assist with:

  • Various contract work;
  • Handling of insolvency matters, legal complaints and tribunal matters;
  • Various elements of business support eg marketing review;
  • Legal research;
  • General admin duties.

Law students in their third or fourth year should apply, and must be available to work two days per week (preferably not consecutively), with some flexibility as to days. Immediate start preferred.

Please email CVs (and note availability) to before 5.00pm on Friday 12 February 2016.

Please note that due to the high level of interest in these positions, we will only contact you via email if we your application has been successful.

Volunteer Internship Program @ Justice Action

Posted 3 February 2016

Justice Action (JA) provides opportunities for interns to work directly alongside prisoners, academics, victims of crime, ex-prisoners, lawyers and general community members that make up the organisation. Internships with JA are flexible and tailored to suit the academic commitments of the intern. Our current interns work anywhere between one day a week to full-time both during semester and in the holidays.

Internships provide an opportunity for students to increase their awareness of criminal justice and mental health issue, while also allowing JA to benefit from the student's research and writing skills. Interns are supervised by a staff member, and undertake research work determined by the needs of the organisation. Generally, JA will be working on two to three inquiries at any particular time, ranging from technical aspects of a particular case to questions of broad social policy.

Who We're Looking For (skills required):

Justice Action is looking for interns who are interested in the criminal justice system and mental health arena. You need to be passionate about the topics of human rights and equality. If you would like the experience to work with victims and work for ex-prisoners or current prisoners, this job will expose you to all these remarkable experiences.

Extensive research and written skills are essential. Critical thinking is important when you are asked to review a document. We are looking for responsible interns who are willing to commit to the JA family. We need someone who can communicate with members of the JA family with empathy and respect.

If you possess these qualities, then this job is for you!


  • You are responsible to work at the JA office at least one full day per week;
  • You need to keep all emails and documents as confidential information;
  • You are required to check your mailbox regularly in order to enhance your contribution to JA;
  • You will be required to write reports related to the mental health system in NSW.

How To Apply:

To apply for an internship at Justice Action, please send your resume and cover letter to the following address:

You are also advised to contact us between 9am-5pm during weekdays for an appointment to an interview. Our contact number is: (02) 9283 0123.

Applications Close: Monday, 15 February 2016

PLT Placement @ Justice Connect

Posted 3 February 2016

Justice Connect (Sydney Office) is currently recruiting a PLT student to work with our Referral Service. As a PLT student with this service, you will develop practical and procedural legal experience and skills across various practice areas.

We have a place for a student to start in the week of 21 March, for a minimum of 3 days per week, including Thursdays.

Referral Service casework is a central part of Justice Connect’s strategy of delivering access to justice through pro bono. The Referral Service makes referrals to barristers and solicitors on behalf of individuals experiencing disadvantage and organisations that assist them or where the matter is in the public interest. You will have the opportunity to participate in:

  • the intake of new telephone enquiries;
  • taking information and communicating with clients;
  • providing supervised legal information to clients;
  • legal research, analysis and problem solving.

Applications will be assessed on a demonstrated interest in and commitment to not-for-profit organisations and the community sector.

The Justice Connect Sydney office is located in the Sydney CBD. This is an unpaid position.

You must:

  • Have completed or be close to completing College of Law, or its equivalent at a participating university;
  • Ideally be able to work at least 3 days a week (although this is negotiable); and
  • Undertake a minimum of 60 days of practical legal training at Justice Connect.

Applications must be received by 5pm Monday, 15 February 2016.

For more information on what to expect from your placement and how to apply, please go to Practical Legal Training Placements

Internships @ Constitutional Reform Unit - Sydney Law School

Posted 3 February 2016

The Constitutional Reform Unit is seeking one or two interns for first semester this year.

An intern should be available to work in the Constitutional Reform Unit's office one day per week during semester. The intern must have completed both 'Public Law' and 'Federal Constitutional Law'.

The work will primarily be research and editing work, but may also include organising events, assisting in the preparation of submissions to parliamentary committees and updating the CRU's web-site. The intern will also be expected to contribute to the CRU's blog, 'Constitutional Critique'.

Details are on the Constitutional Reform Unit's website at: Information for Students

Applicants should be sent by email to :

Applications close on Friday 19 February 2016.

Internships @ Sydney Institute of Criminology - Sydney Law School

Posted 3 February 2016

Applications are open for the Semester 1 internship program at the Sydney Institute of Criminology. The Institute’s internship program is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Sydney Law School.

The program is undertaken on a pro-bono basis. One to two internship positions are currently offered for semester one. Interns must be available to work one full day a week for 10 weeks during the semester (or equivalent by agreement).

The internship program will be of interest to students seeking to gain experience in an organisation devoted to research and public policy in the area of criminal justice. Interns will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a broad range of Institute activities and to interact, both formally and informally, with Institute staff members.

For further details on the Internship and how to apply, please see the attached (pdf)

Applications for the semester two internship close at 5:00pm Friday 26 February 2016.

Casual Recruitment Researcher (Legal Profession) @ Mahlab Recruitment

Posted 25 January 2016

An opportunity has arisen for a Researcher to join our team. This role is an information management role vital to providing the best service to our clients. You will work closely with our Consultants in keeping abreast of news and trends in the legal profession.

This position is ideal for a current law student who wants to gain exposure to the legal industry. This opportunity will develop your skills in research and communication.

This is a part-time casual role. We are amenable to flexible working hours to accommodate your study commitments.

In this role, you can expect to:

  • Research and call potential candidates for current vacancies with our client law firms and corporations;
  • Draft job advertisements;
  • Update information regarding candidates, clients, and vacancies.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will ideally have:

  • Strong communication and time management skills;
  • Confidence in making telephone calls;
  • An ability to manage information to ensure it is easily accessible; and
  • A high level of enthusiasm.

About Mahlab
Mahlab is the pre-eminent executive search firm for legal professionals. We specialise in placing lawyers into corporations, private law firms, and government throughout Australia and internationally.

Working at Mahlab will be an asset to your CV. You will gain insights into the legal markets of Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. You will also be speaking with lawyers on a daily basis, learning about the trajectory of a legal career and where it has taken people. These skills are valuable if you intend on applying for a clerkship later in your degree, or if you would like to know more about your career options down the line as an aspiring lawyer.

If you would like to apply for this role, please forward a cover letter outlining your suitability, along with your CV and academic transcript to

Applications Close 29 February 2016

Voluntary PLT Positions @ Amanda Little & Assoc

Posted 25 January 2016

Unpaid PLT positions available at specialised Family Law firm located in Penrith, Cambelltown and Parramatta

Amanda Little & Associates a specialised Family Law, Conveyancing and Wills & Estate Firm located in Penrith, Campbelltown ( with a new office shortly opening in Parramatta). We are seeking students who wish to undertake an unpaid PLT placement with the firm.

If you are a successful candidate you must be available 4 days per week( minimum) and will be given the opportunity to learn the skills required to be a Family Law Solicitor. You will work closely with the Solicitors within the firm and will partake in all aspects of file work including but not limited to:

  • Administrative aspects of file maintenance
  • Drafting Documents and correspondence
  • Taking client instructions
  • Applying for grants of legal aid
  • Attending court

At the completion of the PLT placement, many of our PLT students have been retained by the firm as Solicitors.

Amanda Little & Associates is a dynamic, busy and fun work environment. A can-do attitude is required as it a positive disposition.

If this sounds like you - we would love to hear from you.

Please provide your CV, copy of transcript and completed
Application Form (pdf) upon application.

Daytime Volunteers @ Arts Law Centre of Australia

Posted 25 January 2016

Arts Law is the national community legal centre for artists and arts organisations. We provide legal advice and information on arts related legal and business matters including copyright, contracts, defamation, business structures and employment. Our clients are artists from around Australia in all industries, from musicians and filmmakers to designers and writers and more.

Volunteers at Arts Law learn and apply practical legal skills both written and oral. They play a valuable role supporting the solicitors in the provision of legal advice. They are the first point of contact for our clients and are tasked with providing information and taking accurate legal instructions. Volunteers may also conduct legal research for the solicitors, get involved with advocacy projects, sit in on legal advice sessions as note-takers, as well as assist with the general administration of a legal centre.

What's the commitment?
Daytime volunteers must commit to working at least one day per week at Arts Law's Sydney office for a minimum period of 6 months. Eligibility for a PLT placement will only be considered on a case by case basis after completion of the minimum 6 month commitment.

Arts Law Volunteer Information (pdf)

Selection Criteria

  • Be in at least the third year of study towards a law degree (essential)
  • Completed intellectual property or media law subjects (essential)
  • Have a strong interest and/or experience in the arts (desirable)

How do I apply?
To apply for a volunteer position, please fill out our online application form at the Arts Law website with a copy of your CV and recent academic record. Once received, we will contact you directly regarding your application.

Applications for the March 2016 intake are due by midnight Wednesday 3 February 2016.

Please note if you have submitted an application form from September 2015 onwards, your application will be assessed in this round.

The Sydney Big Meet Careers Fair @ The Law Society of NSW

Posted 25 January 2016

The Law Society of New South Wales has partnered with The Big Meet team to present the The Sydney ‘Big Meet’ Careers Fair on:

Date: Friday, 18 March

Time: 12:00 - 3:00pm

Location: Sydney Town Hall, Cnr George & Druitt Sts, Sydney

Register: Click here to Register

Law Students are invited to attend this careers fair and use it as an opportunity to explore the multitude of ways one may use their law degree. Many of Australia's leading organisations will be at this year’s event, as well as Australia’s leading law firms.

Whether you're looking for summer clerkship and graduate employment information, a new job, vacation work, an international internship, a gap-year experience, voluntary work, travel, overseas opportunities, a teaching job or post graduate education, or you’re unsure which of Australia’s leading organisations hire law students and graduates, The Big Meet can get you started.

Entry is FREE. Don't miss out!

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Corporate Law and Property Law PLT Placements @ The Salvation Army

Posted 25 January 2016

Salvos Legal is an award-winning, not-for-profit law firm specialising in commercial law. Owned and operated by the Salvation Army, Salvos Legal funds the work of Salvos Legal Humanitarian – a sister law firm that provides pro-bono advice and assistance to the most disadvantaged and marginalised members of our communities.

Salvos Legal is currently looking for PLT students or new graduates to assist our Partners and staff in a broad range of areas.

PLT Placement - Property (pdf)

PLT Placement - Corporate (pdf)

Applicants must be available Monday to Friday during business hours and willing to make a minimum commitment of four months from the date of commencement.

To apply, please email your CV together with a one-page covering letter addressing the criteria to:

13 Week Voluntary Internship @ International Bar Association

Posted 25 January 2016

We are looking for a strong candidate as the IBA Human Rights Institute’s Communications intern working from Tuesday, 5 April until Friday, 1 July 2016

Please go to Legal Internships Programme for more information on how to apply.

Skills and experience required:

  • undergraduate degree (Media, social science or related field);
  • demonstrated desire to work in a media, communications role;
  • excellent research and analytical skills;
  • sound experience in writing/editing documents, excellent verbal and written communications skills, with experience synthesizing complex messages for a variety of audiences;
  • IT literate with knowledge of web and social media, ideally with experience of using Content Management Systems;
  • creative thinker with a flexible approach to working;
  • commitment to the aims and objectives of IBAHRI; and
  • fluency in Spanish, French or Arabic an asset.

Day to day work may include:

  • researching and drafting country-specific, media background reports for IBAHRI projects;
  • media monitoring and press summaries;
  • drafting press releases, e-newsletters and other communications materials;
  • compiling media and other contact lists;
  • proofreading and copy-editing IBAHRI communications;
  • monitoring and recording press coverage;
  • monitoring and reporting on web and social media activity;
  • and supporting IBAHRI events.

PLT and Junior Solicitor Positions @ AHL Legal

Posted 25 January 2016

AHL Legal is looking for entry-level Lawyers with strong interests to work in our busy and expanding firm in Sydney CBD, Campsie or Burwood Office.

In AHL Legal, the largest Chinese practice in Australia, successful candidates may have greater opportunities to assist Senior Solicitors in Supreme Court litigation cases and gain cross-border legal service experiences.

We have been providing PLT opportunities to countless law graduates who intended to seek admission to practice in Australia and some of them are now working as junior-mid level solicitors in our multi-located offices.

PLT Position Description (pdf)

The Junior Solicitor role is a great opportunity to enter into the Legal Profession and advance to a full time Solicitor position.

Junior Solicitor Position Description (pdf)

You will be part of a team that assists senior lawyers to provide a full range of services across a number of areas of the law, including:

  • Litigation
  • Commercial General
  • Family
  • Criminal
  • Immigration
  • Property

Applicants must successfully demonstrate business professional fluency in Chinese at minimum.

Please forward your resume, Academic Record from your university and College of Law to

Posted 22 February 2016

Work Experience Position @ Sun & Rose Lawyers

Posted 18 January 2016

Sun and Rose Lawyers are seeking applications from Year 3/4 students for up to two work experience positions.

Position Description (pdf)

The work experience will initially be unpaid, however (depending on your performance and market conditions at the time), there is an opportunity for continued employment as a paralegal and graduate lawyer. During the unpaid training period we will cover your costs.

For email applications and queries, please direct students to contact at (02) 9211 8647

Applications Close: 1 March 2016 unless filled earlier.

PLT Positions @ Rostron Carlyle Lawyers

Posted 18 January 2016

Rostron Carlyle Lawyers is a market leading and fast expanding boutique law firm located in the Sydney CBD with offices throughout Australia. We pride ourselves on our outstanding personal legal services and relationships with our clients.

We are currently seeking 2 newly graduated or soon to be graduate law students looking to undertake their Practical Legal Training (PLT).

Please note that this is a voluntary placement.

Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Excellent written/oral communication and personal skills;
  • Fast and enthusiastic learner;
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills;
  • Ability to work in a team environment.

Duties will include:

  • Drafting legal documentation and correspondence;
  • Legal Research;
  • Preparing, drafting and filing court documents;
  • Carrying out any administrative tasks as may be required.

Working closely with all members of our Sydney office, students will be exposed in particular to various areas of law including Property, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Insolvency, Wills and Estates, General Business Law and Franchising.

Successful candidates will be required to work commence work as soon as possible for a minimum of 4 days per week.

Please email with a cover letter, resume and academic transcript.

Applications Close: 31 January 2016

Intenships @ Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL)

Posted 12 January 2016

The Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL) offers two internship positions to Sydney Law School students in each semester of the academic year.

Interns must be available to work one day per week for the duration of one semester. Interns are involved in the full range of the Centre’s activities, which may include international law research, drafting legal opinions, policy submissions to parliamentary committees or law reform bodies, hosting public seminars, and the production of the Australian International Law Journal.

Interns report to the Centre Director and work closely with the Director and other SCIL Associates.

Applications for Semester 1, 2016 close at 5:00pm on Thursday 11 February 2015 .

For more details on criteria and how to apply click here

Commercial Lawyer @ Macpherson & Kelly Lawyers

Posted 6 January 2016

Macpherson Kelly are currently seeking a Commercial Lawyer with 2-3 years post-admission experience to work within our Sydney CBD office. This role will provide you with broad work exposure across a number of industries with some of our highly valued clients.

The successful candidate will have grounding in commercial law with knowledge and interest in regulated Mergers and Acquisitions as well as Corporate Finance. Our ideal candidate will also be undertaking part time post graduate studies with a focus on corporate, securities and finance law.

We are seeking an individual that takes pride in their work with an ability to focus on the client in the delivery of superior support and advice. You will have proven experience working in the regulated environment.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your career alongside talented specialist senior practitioners who are willing to share their knowledge.

Position Description (pdf)

Enquirers may be directed to

Applications Close: 12 February 2016