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Community Lawyer - Policy and Supervision Focus

Springvale Monash Legal Service
  • Are you an established lawyer looking to develop your leadership and supervision skills?
  • Do you want to build social justice awareness and skills in future practitioners?
  • Are you passionate about understanding and communicating the complexities of policy to advocate for fairer laws?

Then we want to hear from you.

Due to growth in our organisation, we are seeking a community lawyer with a focus on policy and student supervision to join the team. In this exciting, multi-faceted role you will have the opportunity to deeply analyse the law and its application within the complex attributes of disadvantage that create social justice issues impacting our community.

You will be supported to develop excellent mentoring and supervision skills to guide students in building skills and awareness of both legal practice and social justice issues impacting the community.

You will have the opportunity to gain exposure to a wide range of legal issues while contributing to advocacy initiatives to build a fairer and more equitable justice system.

As part of a close knit, values driven team, you will spend 1 day each week on dedicated policy work, 2 days supervising student legal practice and 1 day on individual legal practice.

This this sounds like your ideal next step, submit your application or reach out for a confidential discussion today.

About SMLS

Established in 1973, Springvale Monash Legal Service (SMLS) is a community legal centre that provides free legal assistance to people in Southeast Melbourne.

SMLS is committed to advocacy and social change. SMLS is a leader in the provision of community and clinical legal education; advocacy through policy submissions and lobbying; outreach services; and targeted referral programs.

Essential Experience 

Skills and Experience

  • Must hold a full practising certificate in Victoria with minimum 3 years post admission experience, with at least 1 year experience after supervision lifted 

  • Demonstrated legal casework experience in a broad range of practice areas, with specific experience in employment law and an interest in policy work   

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and awareness of the legal needs of disadvantaged and marginalised people 

  • Supervision experience or a demonstrated ability to develop these skills 

  • Strong research and writing skills, ideally with a policy focus 

Qualifications/licences

  • Law Degree with minimum 3 years post admission experience 

  • Working with Children Card (or willingness to obtain one) 

Personal Attributes

  • Well-developed critical analysis skills;  

  • Motivated by collaboration and collective success; 

  • Flexible, adaptive and able to work effectively in a small team, and independently; 

  • Solutions and outcomes focused, with a steady line of sight to the impact of our actions for clients; 

  • Openness to change, receptiveness to new ideas and exercise initiative; 

  • Capacity to reflect on own work performance; 

  • Strong commitment to social justice, and values alignment with the SMLSs values; 

  • Committed to contributing to a positive work environment.  

Location and work outside office hours

The position will be based between the SMLS offices in Springvale and Narre Warren, with work also conducted at outreach and court locations. Occasional work outside normal office hours may be required, such as to attend meetings and after hours events. 

For a confidential discussion about the role, contact Belle Savage on 03 9038 8002.

A position description is attached.

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