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Paid human rights fellowship on offer with Legal Aid NSW

A salaried human rights fellowship with Legal Aid NSW is being offered to law students from the University of New South Wales.

user iconMelissa Coade 11 September 2017 Careers
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Two places to work with the human rights team of Legal Aid NSW will be available to UNSW law graduates next year.

Touted as a unique opportunity to “gain a hands-on experience” in human rights legal practice, the 26-week program is intended to allow students to fulfil the clinical requirements of their Practical Legal Training (PLT) with a public interest placement.

The fellowship is a joint initiative between UNSW Law, the Australian Human Rights Centre and Legal Aid NSW.


Successful candidates will work with Legal Aid NSW in its civil law division and gain exposure to matters ranging from false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and discrimination. There is also the chance to be involved in advocacy, law reform, training and community legal education with Legal Aid NSW.

Fellows will support the efforts of the Legal Aid NSW Human Rights Committee (LAHRC) by preparing reports on certain applications for aid that raise significant public interest or human rights issues.

The LAHRC is comprised of a group of voluntary human rights experts hailing from UNSW, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the NSW Bar Association and NSW Law Society.

According to UNSW Law, the fellows will be able to further assist with the broader advocacy and law reform efforts of the civil law division of Legal Aid NSW. The civil law division assists people with a range of human rights issues including elder law, government law, consumer law and employment law.

Two graduates who are yet to have completed their PLT clinical experience will be selected to participate in the program for March and September 2018 respectively. Applications for the fellowship will be accepted throughout November 2017.