Unpaid work experience

Public Defenders are generally not able to provide paid employment to law students or graduates, as we do not have any designated graduate or legal clerk positions.

We do provide unpaid work experience to selected student volunteers in certain circumstances. For example, we assist Universities with student placements for work experience as part of their course work.

Our ability to take on other student volunteers is limited by the availability of office space and the needs of Public Defenders for this kind of assistance.

Consideration will be given to exceptional students wishing to do the work experience component of their practical legal training with Public Defenders.

Paid work experience

This is limited to successful candidates for our Aboriginal Law Graduates Program.

The aim of this program is to help Aboriginal law graduates meet the professional practical training requirements to enable them to practise as a solicitor or barrister, or gain employment in some other legal position.

The availability of this program depends on annual funding from the Attorney General's Department and the availability of suitable candidates.

Candidates for the program are nominated either by their law lecturer via the Dean of Law at their University, or under the NSW Bar Association's Equal Opportunity program in consultation with the Dean of Law at the relevant University.

Guidelines apply.

Any enquiries about work opportunities should be directed to:

The Chambers Manager
Public Defenders
Level 23
1 Oxford Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Tel: 02 9268 3122