Post-Grad opportunity: AHRCentre and Legal Aid NSW Fellowship


Fellowship Program

Legal Aid NSW 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 at Legal Aid NSW.

Fellowship Program Outline

One fellowship is currently available for 26 weeks and is designed to enable a UNSW graduate law student to undertake the clinical component of the College of Law Practical Training Course Professional Program while working in the Human Rights Team, Civil Law Division of Legal Aid NSW. The student will primarily support the Legal Aid NSW Human Rights Committee (LAHRC) by preparing reports on applications for aid that raise significant public interest or human rights issues. They will also gain experience in key areas of practice including false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, discrimination, administrative law and housing. There is also some scope for advocacy, law reform, training and community legal education.

The student will be paid a salary for the period of the fellowship.

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. Two positions are available with expected start dates of 29 February 2016 and 1 September 2016.

An application will consist of:


  1. Curriculum vitae with the name of two referees;
  2. A short covering letter indicating reasons for applying for the Fellowship and particular areas of interest in human rights and/or public interest law;
  3. A statement addressing each of the following selection criteria:


  • Knowledge of, and familiarity with, human rights or public interest law, in particular current issues and developments in human rights law affecting Australia;
  • Experience working with socially and economically disadvantaged people;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to draft correspondence, submissions, research memoranda and Human Rights Committee reports;
  • Excellent analytical and research skills;

4. Verification of meeting the College of Law Professional Program rules for work experience component. See
5. The dates available to take up the position during 2016.

    Candidates will be selected for interview on the basis of the material submitted in their application. A selection committee comprising two representatives from Legal Aid NSW will make a selection based on the applications received.

    For information on the LAHRC see:



    Enquiries to Lyn Payne, Senior Solicitor, Human Rights Team, Legal Aid NSW (02) 9219 5896.

    Applications will be accepted until 30 November 2015.

    Applications to be submitted by email to  

    Any other enquiries to