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 email

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Mandarin Speaking Graduate Positions @ Pinsent Masons

Posted 28 November 2016

Pinsent Masons are looking to recruit two Graduates for positions in our Australian offices in Melbourne and Sydney.

One of these positions will be offered to a Chinese (PRC) National who has
completed a law degree in Australia. The successful applicant will complete
our 12 month Graduate Programme and qualify in Australia. The Graduate will
work for a minimum of two years in the Australian business before transferring
to one of our China offices in Shanghai or Beijing. Throughout this Programme,
the Graduate will be integrated into the Asia Pacific business through on-going
training and mentoring by a designated Partner in both Australia and China.

The Graduate will also spend time on an annual basis in a China office. The
successful candidate must demonstrate native Mandarin and fluent English
language skills, a genuine interest in the Infrastructure sector, ambition to build their legal career in China and to develop the China business

See Position Description for full details.

Applications close Friday, 9 December 2016

Work Experience @ Velocity Frequent Flyer - Virgin Australia

Posted 28 November 2016

Velocity Frequent Flyer has an exciting opportunity for Law Students to participate in a volunteer work experience program within the In-house Legal Team.

Candidates must be in their final year of studying law having completed Contract Law and Commercial Law with a credit to distinction average.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on commercial contract reviews, reviewing marketing collateral, conducting legal research while gaining a great insight into the workings of a busy in-house team specializing in commercial and corporate law.

The placement will be for 1 day per week for 6 months commencing in either January or February 2017.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and transcript to

Applications close Friday, 16 December 2016

Internship @ Studio Ubertazzi

Posted 28 November 2016

Studio Ubertazzi would like to welcome applications from native English speaking law students/graduates for internship positions from September 2016 throughout the year of a minimum three-month duration.

The internship is reserved for English speakers and is unpaid. However, English speaker interns will have the cost of their flights reimbursed as well as be provided with accommodation in an apartment close to the law firm.

Studio Ubertazzi has a long established tradition of excellence in the practice of law and in providing individualised client services. The firm also has a high degree of specialisation at the academic level, and houses a library with more than 6,000 texts and 100 law journals. Located in central Milan, the boutique firm has developed a solid portfolio of national and international clients, especially in the fields of intellectual property law and competition law (trademarks, patents, copyright, advertising, unfair competition, antitrust), commercial law (including banking and bankruptcy law); and general private law with a particular focus on international and EU law. Studio Ubertazzi is based in Milan but has the support of an international network of leading firms as well as alliances with many Italian and international law firms. A number of its lawyers play an important role in the work of several international organisations, including AIPPI, WIPO and UNESCO.

Interns are encouraged to participate in the day-to-day activities of the firm, including: conducting legal and academic research; editing and reviewing academic articles, applications and works; translating legal documents; assisting the partners in legal work; dealing with English speaking clients; dealing with other interns; and participating in academic events and conferences hosted and attended by members of the firm.

The internship is reserved for English speakers and is unpaid. However, native English speaker interns are offered accommodation in a firm property close to the law firm. Furthermore, The firm is located on one of the most popular streets in Milan, boasting many bars, shops and restaurants.

Applicants are invited to submit their CV along with a cover letter and appropriate letters of recommendation to

Casual Reseach Assistant @ Law & Justice Foundation of NSW

Posted 18 November 2016

In 2017 the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW will mark 50 years of contributing to improving access to justice in NSW.

One of the aims of the anniversary activities to be coordinated in 2017 is to increase recognition of the value and importance of the Foundation to justice in NSW, in terms of what we have done, what we are doing and what we can do in the future.

We are seeking a casual research assistant to assist with research into the impact of work of the Foundation over the past 50 years. The role will include identifying key Foundation work over its history and placing this work, and its impact into the appropriate legal, political and historical context of the time. It is anticipated this work will require up to 100 hours during the months of November 2016 to February 2017.

Main Duties

  • Assist to deliver a consolidated chronological list of Foundation key work, activities and products by various means including archive retrieval and library searching;
  • Search and identify media/professional/other attention given to key Foundation initiatives;
  • In consultation with the Director and other staff, investigate the broader impacts of selected Foundation activities and initiatives;

Main Duties

  • Degree in law or history (or equivalent). Postgraduate study considered favourably;
  • Experience as a research assistant for a relevant research project involving archival review and retrieval;
  • A sound understanding of the justice system in NSW and Australia;
  • Ability to organise, plan and work to deadlines;
  • Ability to work unsupervised and display initiative and judgment;
  • Experienced with MS Office (Word, Access, Powerpoint);
  • Ability to produce and write succinct reports.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position please send your CV and covering letter, addressing the selection criteria and skills, to:

Applications Close 30 November 2016

Paralegal, Documentation Support – WIB Legal

Posted 14 November 2016

Westpac has a long and proud history as Australia’s first and oldest bank. As part of the Westpac Institutional Bank Legal - Documentation Support Team, you will help the Westpac Group and our business partners (including Relationship Managers, Credit, Compliance and Tax) achieve their goals through exceptional governance and strategic service. WIB Legal Financial Markets use a broad range of documents (both industry standard and individually tailored – in-particular ISDAs and GMRAs), and Paralegals gain exposure to the operation of these documents and the underlying financial products and services.

You will work with the lawyers on documentation negotiations and in certain cases corresponding with external clients on documentation negotiations. It would be a technical fast-paced role requiring attention to detail, a good understanding of legal entity structures, legal documentation architecture and the commercial aspects of markets related transactions.

First or second year combined law student able to work full-time is preferred. Strong attention to detail, ability to handle multiple tasks. Experience working within a bank environment or a law firm, in a project or paralegal capacity. Understanding of legal documentation architecture including trust deeds and trading agreements (ISDA Master Agreements) an advantage.

Please submit your application and academic transcript to , Practice Leader - WIB Legal Financial Markets.

Application closing date: 30 November 2016

Work experience, graduate, and PLT applications welcome @ Perez Varela Lawyers

Posted 11 November 2016

Perez Varela Lawyers is one of Australia’s leading entertainment, commercial, and immigration law firms. We work in areas of intellectual property, media, entertainment and immigration law, we have a diverse portfolio of high-profile clients and have reviewed contracts from Chanel, XL recordings, and various high profile modelling agencies in NSW.

We are seeking to engage 2 Graduates, Professional Legal Trainees, or work experience candidates to be part of our expansion plan we are currently undertaking, which includes expansion to the USA. The firm has a strong commitment to building high performing teams, and promotes tailored, comprehensive pathways in order to fast track its team members’ success in the firm and the wider legal industry. Graduates with a passion for excellence can count on the firm to receive the guidance, training and experiences they require for future success.

Trainees will assist with all areas of law, administration, file management, and accounting within the firm. You will have the opportunity to: take instructions from clients and potential clients; legal research and analysis; draft correspondence and documents; and other ad hoc tasks. whilst respecting the confidentiality of our clients’ information.

Our usual working hours are from 9am – 5.30pm. All applicants are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be made in writing by email to: . Applications should include a copy of your academic transcript, CV and a brief letter of introduction.

Applications close 22 December 2016

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received and the positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.

Casual Paralegals @ China Practice Team - Norton Rose Fulbright

Posted 25 October 2016

The China Practice Team at Norton Rose Fulbright are seeking applications from Mandarin speaking students to fill casual paralegal positions.

Full Position Description (PDF)

The key responsibilities and requirements for this role are as follows:

Responsibilities

  • Work across a range of cross border and domestic M&A transactions;
  • Assist with all aspects of a transaction, including negotiation, client liaison, drafting transaction;
  • documents and undertaking due diligence tasks;
  • Assist with Chinese translation (written and spoken);
  • Build and maintain strong client relationships.

Requirements

  • Ability to speak and write Mandarin;
  • Passionate about developing and expanding our China Practice;
  • Hold a University degree in China;
  • 2 – 3 years into University studies in Australia;
  • High attention to detail;
  • Be available to work at least 1 day a week, preferably 2.

The successful candidate will need to be an energetic, driven and focused individual with exceptional academic achievements. At Norton Rose Fulbright, you will be rewarded with genuine career prospects and an excellent team environment renowned for its collaborative culture, passion for client service and professional development opportunities. Remuneration will be commensurate with relevant experience.

Students can apply through the Norton Rose Fulbright Australia Careers Page

For a confidential discussion about this role please contact on (02) 9330 8478.

Volunteer Mock Magistrate's Assistants

Posted 21 October 2016

The New South Wales Law Society administers an annual Mock Trial Competition among high schools.

Robert Nixon, solicitor, one of the NSW Law Society's Volunteer Mock Magistrates, seeks the volunteer assistance of what amounts to a Magistrate's Associate to assist him in performing the role of Mock Magistrate.

For full details click here (PDF)

For further information and to apply, please call Robert on (02) 9872 5766 during the following times: 6.30 to 8.00pm weekdays and between 9.00am and 4.00pm on weekends and public holidays.

Applications close on 30 November 2016.

Volunteer Work Experience @ Mr Robert Nixon, Downing Centre Court

Posted 21 October 2016

Operating out of rooms in the Downing Centre Court Complex 143-147 Liverpool Street, Sydney, Robert Nixon, solicitor, provides free legal assistance to those he has the resources to help.

Mr Nixon needs volunteer assistants to help him provide this service in exchange for which law students, at any stage in their studies, can gain invaluable experience in hands on delivery of legal services of a litigious criminal & civil nature.

For full details click here (PDF)

For further information and to apply, please call Robert on (02)
9872 5766 during the following times: 6.30 to 8.00pm weekdays and between 9.00am and 4.00pm on weekends and public holidays.

Applications close on 30 November 2016.

2018 Judicial Clerk (Tipstaff) @ Chief Justice of New South Wales

Posted 14 October 2016

Notice to students currently in the penultimate year of LLB or JD.

Applications are invited for the position of Judicial Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Honourable T F Bathurst AC.

Position Description (PDF)

The appointment will commence in late January 2018. Applicants are expected to continue on the staff of the Chief Justice for the year 2019 in the position of Research Director.

The primary role of Judicial Clerk is assisting the Chief Justice with legal research. The Judicial Clerk also performs a range of court-related duties in Chambers, as well as spending a substantial amount of time in court. In the second year of appointment the tasks to be performed are almost entirely research based, including assistance drafting academic papers and speeches, with less frequent attendance in court.

Applications
Applicants must have a distinction average or higher, and must expect to complete their law degree by the end of 2017.

Applications, in hard copy, should contain a covering letter, full curriculum vitae and original or certified academic transcript. Applications should also contain two written references relevant to the position.

Applications for the position will close on Wednesday 30 November 2016.

Applications should be sent to:
Ms V Bradshaw
Associate to the Chief Justice
Supreme Court of New South Wales
GPO Box 3
SYDNEY NSW 2001

Further enquiries should be directed to
Phone: (02) 9230 8880

Sydney Careers Toolkit

Posted 2 May 2016

Check out the Careers Centre's new interactive resource!

Log into Sydney CareerHub to access our new Sydney Career Toolkit, including:

  • Elevator Pitch Builder - Create a 60 second professional summary to help you navigate your next networking event with confidence.
  • Interview Simulator - Practice, record and compare your interview answers against video advice from employers.
  • Career Assessment Quizzes - Explore your work motivations, preferences, values and more via a range of interactive quizzes.
  • Assessment Centre Tool – A comprehensive guide to assessment centres, including the types of activities that may be included and tips for maximising your performance.

The CareerHubCareers Centre offers dedicated careers services and information for Sydney University students to support your career planning and job search.

Access careers information online, including tips on finding work, writing job applications and preparing for interviews. You can also register for upcoming Careers Centre events and workshops, plus access the Jobs Database, via Sydney CareerHub.