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Solicitor / Clinical Supervisor

University of NSW

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world.

About UNSW Law, Kingsford Legal Centre

Established in 1981, Kingsford Legal Centre is an award-winning community legal centre and clinical legal education centre for UNSW Sydney Faculty of Law. It has an annual operational budget of around $1.4 million, and each year provides clinical legal education to around 450 students and over 1,500 advices. The Centre is a recognised leader in both clinical legal education nationally and internationally and the community legal centre/legal assistance sector in Australia.

About the role

  • Level 6: $87,033 - $92,843 + 9.5% superannuation
  • Level 7: $95,462 - $103,318 + 9.5% superannuation
  • Full time (35 hours per week)
  • 12-month Fixed Term position

This position can sit at either a Level 6 or Level 7, dependent on experience. Please find the respective Selection Criteria for each level within the position description.

The Solicitor/Clinical Supervisor will provide advice, casework and community legal education in areas of law relevant to our service with particular expertise in criminal and/or family law and will work in a community development model inclusive of staff’s advice nights, outreaches and our Health Justice Partnership at Prince of Wales Hospital. This position works closely with UNSW Sydney law students teaching them in a best practice clinical legal education model.

The role of Solicitor/Clinical Supervisor reports to the Principal Solicitor and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

Level 6

  • Provide criminal and/or family legal advice as well as generalist legal advice and conduct casework in conjunction with the other lawyers employed at the Centre in accordance with the Centre’s policies and across the range of the Centre’s advice and casework guidelines
  • Participating in the Centre’s community outreaches and its Health Justice Partnership
  • Participating in delivering quality clinical legal education to UNSW Law students including by: assisting with the induction of students each session; supervising student participation in advice, casework and administrative duties; undertaking student assessment; sharing the teaching of classes; and supervising and developing student projects
  • Participating in law reform campaigns, including submission and report writing
  • Overseeing the Centre’s advice nights on a weekly basis as well as supervise the volunteers rostered
  • Developing and delivering workshops on relevant areas of law in conjunction with staff of the Migrant Employment Service
  • Assisting in the general day to day administration of the Centre, including assisting other staff members during periods of leave

Level 7 (in addition to the above)

  • Developing and running new classes for students which incorporate active learning
  • Identifying and implementing Access and Equity strategies in respect of the Centre’s students and clients
  • Conducting more complex casework in line with Centre policies
  • Supervise other staff members at the Centre in accordance with the Centre’s risk management policies;
  • Collaborate on projects with clinical legal educators from other universities;

Specific requirements include:

Level 6

  • Eligible to practice as a solicitor New South Wales
  • Demonstrated experience in providing legal advice and casework, in either criminal or family law;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including an ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • An ability to undertake law reform work and deliver community legal education
  • An ability to supervise students or volunteers, in accordance with risk management practices
  • An ability to provide legal assistance to disadvantaged clients, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice and knowledge of the legal assistance sector

Level 7 (in addition to the above)

  • Extensive Experience acting as a nominated person or supervising solicitor
  • Extensive experience in complex advice and casework, in particular, in family or criminal law KLC’s practice
  • Extensive experiencing developing and delivering community legal education
  • Extensive experience working in a community legal centre, or legal aid environment
  • Experience in working in tertiary education or clinical legal education and an ability to develop and deliver new classes and courses

This position requires you to attend clinical sites, therefore it is a requirement to obtain full vaccinations as required by the Centre.

Please address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

A Position Description is attached.

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