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					                                    Fellowship Program
The Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales in partnership with the UNSW Faculty of Law and
the Australian Human Rights Centre has established a Human Rights Fellowship Program for
graduate law students. The fellowship program has been developed to give UNSW law students
interested in human rights legal practice an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in the
Legal Aid Commission of New South Wales.

Fellowship Program Outline
Four consecutive fellowships are currently available for UNSW graduate law students to
undertake the 15 week clinical component of the College of Law Practical Training Course
Professional Program working in the Human Rights Unit of the Legal Aid Commission. The
students will gain experience in human rights advocacy, assisting with the preparation of legal
cases, law reform, training and education. The students will be paid a pro-rata salary for the 15
weeks.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
All UNSW law students who have completed their law degrees are eligible to apply, but students
who have specialised in human rights and public interest law will be given preference in the
selection process. There will be one intake in each quarter of 2010. Placement is limited to four
UNSW students who are available to undertake their work experience component during the
specified intakes in 2010.

An application will consist of
1. Curriculum vitae

2. A statement indicating reasons for applying for the Fellowship and areas of interest in
human rights and public interest law

3. Two references from academics and/or lawyers

4. Verification of meeting the College of Law Professional Program rules for work experience
component

5. The dates available to take up the position during 2009 for a period of 15 weeks full time (five
days a week) work.

A selection committee comprising representatives from the Legal Aid New South Wales and the
UNSW Faculty of Law will make a selection based on the applications, interview and references.

Deadline
Applicants are encouraged to discuss the fellowship with Andrea Durbach, Director, Australian
Human Rights Centre on (02) 93852543 or a.durbach@unsw.edu.au

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, 30th September 2009. It is anticipated that
interviews will be scheduled in early October 2009.

Applications are to be forwarded to Jennifer Del Rio, Human Resource Management, Legal Aid
Commission of New South Wales, PO Box K847, Haymarket NSW 1238 or via email to
employment@legalaid.nsw.gov.au
Human Rights Fellowship Package
Applications for our 2009 Legal Aid Commission Human Rights Fellowship are open
from 11 August 2009 and will close on 30 September 2009.

A Selection Committee Convenor will be assigned to take care of all necessary administrative
details and ensure that fairness and proper procedures are applied in the selection process.

The Convenor of the Selection Committee if requested will provide you with feedback on your
written application and performance at the interview.
There are a number of stages in our selection process:

1. Submit your application (between 11 August 2009 – 30 September 2009)
2. Panel Interview
3. Reference Checks
4. Selection of successful candidates
5. Offer of Employment

Stage 1 – Application
An application will consist of
1. Curriculum vitae

2. A covering letter indicating reasons for applying for the Fellowship and areas
of interest in human rights and public interest law

3. A statement addressing each of the following nine selection criteria
3. i A Sound Academic Record and good result in LLB.
3. ii Knowledge or capacity to acquire knowledge of current issues and
developments in human rights law.
3. iii Capacity to identify and understand legal and cross cultural issues
facing socially and economically disadvantaged people.
3. iv Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the
capacity to conduct community legal education and to prepare
correspondence, submissions and other written materials.
3. v Excellent analytical and research skills.
3. vi Ability to meet deadlines and work within a team environment.
3. vii Demonstrated computer skills.
3. viii Knowledge and understanding of Ethical Practice.
3. ix Knowledge and understanding of Ethnic Affairs Priorities Statement
(EAPS), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S).

4. Two references from academics and/or lawyers

5. Verification of meeting the College of Law Professional Program rules for work experience
component

6. The dates available to take up the position during 2007 for a period of 15 weeks consecutive
weeks.
Candidates will be selected for interview on the basis of the material submitted in their application.

Stage 5 - Panel Interview
Applicants ranked suitable on the basis of their application form will be invited to attend a Panel
Interview.
If you are selected for interview you will be given a realistic period of time before you are required
to attend the interview (2-3 days). If you are unable to attend the time allocated it may be possible
to reschedule the time and date.

The Selection Committee will consist of a representative of the University of New
South Wales, and two representatives from the Legal Aid Commission.
Be prepared for the interview by reading through the material in the information kit as you would
be expected to be asked questions directly related to the nine selection criteria above (3.i – 3.ix).

Remember that the Selection Committee can only base its decision on information provided by
you. Even if a member of the Selection Committee knows you and your work they cannot discuss
matters regarding you that you did not raise yourself.

During the interview you may be given the opportunity to ask questions about the position and the
Commission and this is your chance to demonstrate your interest and awareness of its
requirements. The Selection Committee may also contact the referee(s) you have nominated in
your application.

Just remember ……… relax! The Selection Committee will make the interview as relaxed and
stress free as possible. If you don’t understand a question or are not sure of how much
information to provide, ask the Selection Committee to clarify their requirement. And be sure to
take your time and do not rush your answers.

Our recruitment department will contact those people who are unsuccessful in the Interview.
Feedback on your Interview will be readily made available upon request.

Stage 6 - Reference Checks
Following the interview, the most suitable candidates will be reference checked. No reference
checking will take place unless we have prior approval from you to do so.
Please ensure that your referees are available to be contacted in October 2008.

Stage 7 – Selection of successful candidates

After all applicants have been interviewed the Selection Committee will select the best person for
the job based on the written application and referee reports.
At the completion of the interview the Selection Committee will make a recommendation to the
CEO.

Stage 8 - Offer of Employment
If you are chosen for a Human Rights Fellowship position, we will call you to let you
know the good news and send a written offer of employment where you have a 2 week
opportunity to accept or decline.

				
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