Law Reform Solicitor/Clinical Supervisor

Sydney, Australia
13 Oct 2019
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03 Nov 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world.

About UNSW Law, Kingsford Legal Centre

Established in 1981, Kingsford Legal Centre is an award-winning community legal centre and clinical legal education centre for UNSW Sydney Faculty of Law. It has an annual operational budget of around $1.4 million, and each year provides clinical legal education to around 450 students and over 1,500 advices. The Centre is a recognised leader in both clinical legal education nationally and internationally and the community legal centre/legal assistance sector in Australia.

About the roles

  • Law Reform Solicitor/Clinical Supervisor
  • Salary;
  • Level 6: $87,033 - $92,843 + 17% superannuation
  • Level 7: $95,462 - $103,318 + 17% superannuation
  • Full time (35 hours per week)
  • Continuing position

The Solicitor/Clinical Supervisor will provide advice, casework and community legal education in areas of law relevant to our service and will work in a community development model inclusive of staff’s advice nights, outreaches and our Health Justice Partnership at Prince of Wales Hospital.  This position works closely with UNSW Sydney law students teaching them in a best practice clinical legal education model.

The role of Law Reform Solicitor/Clinical Supervisor reports to the Director, KLC and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for these roles include:

Level 6

  • Coordinating and participating in law reform and policy work undertaken by the Centre including the development of strategic law reform campaigns and submission writing as well as coordinating and participating in CLCs NSW meetings and contribute to policy work of the sector in areas of expertise
  • Providing generalist legal advice and conduct casework in conjunction with the other lawyers employed at the Centre in accordance with the Centre’s policies and across the range of the Centre’s advice and casework guidelines
  • Responsible for supervising one of the Centre’s advice nights per week and participate in the Centre’s community outreaches, Health Justice Partnership and the Migrant Employment Service
  • Participating in delivering quality clinical legal education to UNSW Law students including by; supervising student participation in advice, casework; undertaking student assessment; sharing the teaching of classes; and supervising and developing student projects

Level 7 (in addition to the above)

  • Developing and running new classes for students which incorporate active learning
  • Identifying and implementing Access and Equity strategies in respect of the Centre’s students and clients
  • Conducting more complex casework in line with Centre policies
  • Identifying and developing proactive law reform strategies based on identifying casework trends and areas requiring reform.
  • Developing and coordinating sector wide law reform responses, including the management of a range of stakeholders, including submission writing, international human rights reporting and law reform reports.

Specific requirements include:

Level 6

  • Eligible to practise as a solicitor New South Wales
  • Demonstrated experience in providing legal advice and casework, in an area relevant to KLC’s practice
  • An ability to undertake law reform work in areas relevant to the Centre’s practice
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including an ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • An ability to supervise students or volunteers, in accordance with risk management practices
  • An ability to provide legal assistance to disadvantaged clients, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice and knowledge of the legal assistance sector

Level 7 (in addition to the above)

  • Extensive experience in policy work and in developing law reform and policy programs, including experience co-ordinating joint or collaborative responses
  • Extensive experience acting as a nominated person or supervising solicitor
  • Extensive experience in complex advice and casework
  • Extensive experience working in a community legal centre, or legal aid environment.
  • Experience in working in tertiary education or clinical legal education and an ability to develop and deliver new classes and courses.

This position requires you to attend clinical sites, therefore it is a requirement to obtain full vaccinations as required by the Centre.

Please address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Pre-employment checks required: 

  • Criminal record check
  • Working with Children Check


Hayley Randall

Talent Acquisition Consultant

T: 02 9385 0962

 Applications close: 11:30 pm, Sunday 3rd November 2019

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.