Law Careers Blog

Macpherson Kelley Graduate Program applications are now open!

Published 10 August 2018 @ 12:41 PM, by MLS Career Services

Applications are now open for the 2019 Victorian Graduate Lawyer Program at Macpherson Kelley! Complete 4 three month rotations across a range of practice areas that will expose you to a variety of different commercial law experiences and allow you to gain admission as a Lawyer!

Applications must close Sunday 26th August at 11:59pm. For more information & to apply head to

WestpacFuture Leaders Scholarship

Published 10 August 2018 @ 11:43 AM, by MLS Career Services

Do you have the drive to make a difference?

The Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship supports exceptional individuals to undertake post-graduate study at one of Australia's leading universities.

Whether your focus is Asia, new technology or social change we're offering postgraduate study for talented individuals at Australia's leading universities. Scholars will be exceptional people, chosen for their potential to make a difference to Australia's future in one of our three focus areas:

1. Technology and innovation

2. Strengthening Australia-Asia ties

3. Enabling positive social change

Valued at up to $120,000 over, typically, 2-3 years, scholarships will be awarded annually for research or coursework studies at graduate level.

For more information, visit

National Law Honours Student Conference

Published 10 August 2018 @ 11:41 AM, by MLS Career Services

The National Law Honours Student Conference provides graduating LLB and JD students and recent graduates with the opportunity to present their law honours research, senior research thesis or comparable major research project in an academic setting. Session chairs in the students’ research field will offer constructive feedback and advice, including about possible publication. There is a $1,000 prize for best presentation sponsored by the Australian Academy of Law. Attendance is free and lunch and drinks are provided. A keynote address will be provided by Dr Elyse Methven of the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney.

Students should visit for instructions on submitting abstracts. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 19 October 2018.

Public Interest Law Week: Monday 13 – Friday 17 August

Published 9 August 2018 @ 09:11 AM, by MLS Career Services

In its 10th year, Public Interest Law Week showcases a range of opportunities and available pathways into the public interest sector. There is a full schedule of events designed specifically with Melbourne JD students in mind.

Special showing of The Celluloid Closet

Monday 13 August, 4.30pm -6.30pm, Room 106

Part of the Reel Justice Firm Series, this film will be introduced by special faculty guest expert Beth Gaze. All are welcome and light refreshments will be provided.

Register attendance

Beyond Law School: Community Legal Centres

Tuesday 14 August, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Room 109

As part of the Beyond Law School series, a panel of three community sector legal professionals will discuss their careers:

  • Julian McDonald, Solicitor, Police Accountability Project at Flemington and Kensington CLC
  • Hannah Fesseha, Lawyer, Inner Melbourne Community Legal
  • Tess Matthews, Refugee Lawyer, WEstjustice

Following the session, students will have the opportunity to network with the panellists.

Cheese and wine will be served.

Register attendance

Public Interest Law Fair & Public Interest Law Careers Guide Launch

Wednesday 15 August, 5.30 – 7pm, Level 1 Function Space

The pinnacle of the Week’s program, students are invited to learn more about the public interest sector directly from representatives of Melbourne’s most prominent public interest law organisations:

Australian Government Solicitor, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, Consumer Action Law Centre, Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre, JobWatch, McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer, Public Interest Law Network, Refugee Legal, Reprieve, Victoria Legal Aid, Victorian Law Reform Commission, Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, Victorian Ombudsman, Women’s Legal Service, Young Workers Centre, and Youthlaw.

From 6.00pm, Belinda Lo (Acting Executive Director, Federation of Community Legal Centres), will launch the first edition of the Public Interest Law Careers Guide. Students are welcome to collect a copy of the Guide.

Cheese and wine will be served.

Register attendance

​Tell us what you think about exchange and dual degree opportunities

Published 7 August 2018 @ 02:45 PM, by MLS Career Services

MLS offers JD students a wide range of international opportunities to those who wish to study overseas or focus on global legal practice access.

The current offering of semester-long exchanges and dual degree programs is under review. The purpose of this review is to ensure there is a good mix of partnerships with overseas institutions, and that the experience abroad is positive and beneficial for all students.

We would appreciate you taking the time to complete a short survey to tell us about your aspirations to go on exchange or do a dual degree, as well as any of your past exchange experiences.

The survey will take only 5-7 minutes and each completed entry received by 5.00pm, Wednesday 22 August 2018 will go into the draw to win a WISH gift card! (1 x $100 and 4 x $25 gift card to be won, redeemable at Woolworths, Big W, BWS, Cellarmasters, and Dan Murphy’s.)

Your responses to this survey are anonymous, unless you wish to identify yourself. All responses will be deidentified in the final report.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact our Graduate Services Coordinator (International) at