2025 Seasonal Clerkship - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

Job posted: 28/06/2024
Applications close: 11/08/2024 (Midnight)
27 days remaining

27 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Temporary / 3 Weeks

Organisation: Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Legal

Reference: VG/VGSO760

Reference: VG/VGSO760

Occupation: Legal

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) values diversity and seeks to attract and retain a diverse workforce with the best people for the role. We welcome applications from people of all ages, disability, ethnicity, family and caring responsibilities, gender, religion, sexual orientation and cultures including people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email vgso.recruitment@vgso.vic.gov.au

About the VGSO

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) serves the rule of law exclusively for the State.

The VGSO provides responsive legal services exclusively for the Victorian Government and public sector. Our place within government ensures we are at the centre of legal change, reform and problem-solving. We operate as a service-driven legal professional practice and strive for excellence in this competitive environment. In all aspects of our operations, we aim to role model and live by our values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence.

Why undertake a VGSO Clerkship

Kick-start your legal career with our 3 week summer or winter Clerkship Program where you will work alongside our talented and highly motivated legal practitioners, and gain practical legal experience and insights on high profile matters impacting the Victorian Public Sector.

Explore VGSO's collegiate culture, and learn about the professional responsibilities of a government lawyer, as you develop your understanding of legal practice in government.

What experience do you gain?

Work closely with a mentor while getting involved in work that has an immense impact on the everyday lives of Victorians. You will be provided with the opportunity to attend court and client meetings, develop your practical research skills, assist in drafting complex advice, and grow your professional legal skills through in-house workshops.

As a Clerk, you will partake in a comprehensive induction program to ensure you understand the VGSO's unique business model and internal processes. A current Graduate will be assigned as your buddy to assist in navigating your 3 week Clerkship at the VGSO.

During your Clerkship you will be placed in one of our six legal branches:

  • Commercial, Property & Technology
  • Inquiries, Prosecutions & Administrative Law
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Police Advisory
  • Public Law & Planning
  • Workplace Relations & Occupational Safety

Being development focused, you will receive regular feedback to assist you in the expansion of your skills, confidence and capabilities.

What are we looking for?

The VGSO places great emphasis on our core values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Due to complete your Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor in 2025, with sound academic results
  • Be an Australian citizen, Permanent Resident of Australia, a New Zealand citizen or a non-citizen with a valid visa permitting you to work in Australia
  • Able to commit to 3 weeks full-time employment in either February or July 2025

Ideally, you want to:

  • Explore the impacts of legal practice in government
  • Develop your legal skills and network at the VGSO
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Thrive in working collaboratively and taking initiative
  • Present a broad range of interests and activities outside your studies

About your unique experiences

At VGSO, we are committed to creating a thriving and diverse community of practitioners who reflect the diversity of the community that we serve.

In addition to our key eligibility criteria, we are interested in learning about your meaningful experiences that have defined and shaped your values and who you are beyond your resume.
As such, throughout this recruitment process, we encourage you to share your life experiences, including highlights or setbacks, where relevant. This can be demonstrated through your resume, response to our short answer question and further optional demographic information requested in the application form.

How to apply

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, apply now!

We welcome all applicants, including international students, that meet our key eligibility criteria and are excited at the prospect of undertaking your Clerkship at the VGSO.

Your application must include the following documents to be considered:

  • Current resume
  • Most recent legal academic transcript(s)
  • Supporting visa information with work rights (if applicable)

As part of our application form, you will also be asked to complete six Clerkship Program application questions and one optional section featuring multiple demographic questions.

As per the 2024 LIV Clerkship and Graduate Program Guidelines, applications close 11:59pm Sunday 11 August 2024.

For further information about our 2025 Seasonal Clerkship Program, please contact our Talent Acquisition Team via email at VGSO.Recruitment@vgso.vic.gov.au or visit our website.

Preferred candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including working rights and criminal record checks.

2025 Seasonal Clerkship - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

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Karlie - 0447 331 077 | Syreeta - 0438 763 810 | vgso.recruitment@vgso.vic.gov.au

2025 Seasonal Clerkship - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office