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Indigenous Identified Graduate Solicitor

National Justice Project
  • A part-time secondment with Deadly Connections, 3 days per week for 12-months

Who are we?

The National Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit legal service and civil rights organisation. We use the law, advocacy and education to tackle systemic injustice and promote government accountability.

Deadly Connections Community and Justice Services (Deadly Connections) is an Aboriginal-led organisation offering community and consultancy services aimed at reducing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice and child protection systems.

About the role:

The NJP and Deadly Connections are offering a 12-month, part-time opportunity for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander law graduate. The position will be fulfilled as a secondment with Deadly Connections, with legal work supervised by the NJP.

Under our supervision you will:

  • Lead the implementation of community legal education projects
  • Liaise with clients and our partners
  • Provide high quality advice, assistance and casework service provide to the clients of the NJP
  • Undertake administrative and case management activities
  • Maintain an effective and ethical legal practice
  • Be involved in a wide range of legal and policy issues

About you:

  • The successful applicant will be bright, hardworking junior lawyers or law graduates who will apply their legal training, together with lived experience and knowledge, to practical and administrative legal and community work.
  • These positions are only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.
  • Applicants must be eligible to practice in NSW and must either have a current practicing certificate or be able to attain a practicing certificate within the first three months of the commencement of their role.
  • You will be comfortable working with confronting subject matter, trauma and at-times highly distressed clients.

Selection Criteria:

  • A current practising certificate (NSW or WA) or eligibility to hold one within three months of commencement;
  • A passion for human rights and social justice, in particular in relation to Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander people;
  • An understanding of culturally safe and trauma informed practice; and
  • Strong community engagement, written and verbal communication skills.

The successful candidate will be required to be competent in the following core skills:

  • An ability to manage multiple competing priorities under tight deadlines;
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills;
  • Ability to manage projects; and
  • Experience working both independently with minimal supervision and as a part of a team.

Desirable experience:

  • Experience working with vulnerable clients is highly regarded;
  • Experience working in a legal office or community organisation is highly regarded; and
  • Strong community relationships are highly regarded.

A Position Description is attached.

Being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under s 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

All questions should be sent to hr@justice.org.au using the subject line: Indigenous Identified Graduate Solicitor enquiry via EthicalJobs as soon as possible. The start date is flexible for the right candidate.

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