Victoria Legal Aid opens its doors to family law interns

April 13 / 108

Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) has welcomed seven Melbourne Law School students to their team under a new Family Law Legal Internship program.

The program will be available to students undertaking the JD Legal Internship subject.

 Students will gain workplace experience in the Family Court, Federal Circuit Court and Melbourne Magistrates’ Court (family violence).

Jo Kerr, Melbourne Law School’s Director of the Public Interest Law Initiative, said it was an excellent opportunity for students to gain legal experience while making a valuable contribution to the work of VLA.

“In family law you deal with people at a difficult and emotionally stressful point in their lives,” she said.

“By working closely with lawyers and their clients through the legal aspects of separation, students are able to have a positive impact on the lives of those in need.”

Students will undertake a minimum of four hours’ work per week over six months, gaining exposure to the realities of legal practice by helping with client interview and advice sessions, conducting research, and undertaking ongoing file work.

There will be semester one and semester two intakes for the new program, with the practical workplace experience counting towards course credit.

It is an opportunity for students to gain “real exposure to what we do” says VLA’s Program Manager Parenting Disputes, Alla Epelboym.

Graduates with experience beyond the classroom are highly sought by employers within the private, public and community sectors.

Ms. Kerr said the internships were a great opportunity for MLS students to put their legal studies into practice.

The program is part of Melbourne Law School’s Public Interest Law Initiative.

Melbourne Law School offers a variety of public interest law subjects and has strong partnerships with more than 30 organisations across a variety of public interest law areas.

For more information on Melbourne Law School Legal Internship programs visit the Internships page http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/melbourne-law-school/experience/internships


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