Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Opportunities

Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Clinic Applications 2020

First round closed 30 November. If places are still available a second round of applications will open early in Semester 1 2020.

Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Internship (KCLS-ANU Hotdesk) Applications

Semester 1 2020 - now closed

Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Internship (KCLS-Kununurra or Broome) Applications

Now closed for 2020

 

Further information

 

About the Kimberley Community Legal Service

The Kimberley Community Legal Service (KCLS) is an independent, not-for-profit legal service with offices in Kununurra and Broome. They provide free legal, financial counselling and tenancy services to financially disadvantaged people in the Kimberley.

A KCLS- ANU partnership was formed in 2017. Law students from the ANU College of Law began voluntarily staffing a Canberra-based hotdesk to assist KCLS lawyers. This became known as the KCLS-ANU Hotdesk.

In 2020, the partnership will expand to include the following opportunities for students to be involved in increasing positive justice impacts for and with the Aboriginal peoples of the Kimberley.

Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Clinic (LAWS4313/LAWS6313)

A Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Clinical course will be introduced in Semester 1, 2020. This clinical course will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Undertake paralegal work at the KCLS-ANU Hotdesk for one day per week (two days per week during Winter and Summer), working on Aboriginal justice issues with the course convenor and KCLS staff
  • Attend a series of workshops on Aboriginal justice issues throughout the semester
  • Complete a series of assessments, including a short research project.

There will be 10 student places in first semester, 10 in second semester and 5 student places in each of the Winter and Summer 1 and 2 sessions.

Clinical Dates

Session/Semester Dates
Semester 1, 2020 24 Feb – 29 May 2020
Winter Session 2020 01 June – 24 July 2020
Semester 2, 2020 27 July – 30 Oct 2020
Summer Session 2021 – Group 1 16 Nov – 22 Dec 2020
Summer Session 2021 – Group 2 Jan/Feb 2021

Application round

The main application round will open in November 2019 for all 2020 Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Clinics, and Summer 2021. Specific application dates will be posted in the box at the top of the page.

Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Internship - KCLS-ANU Hotdesk, Canberra(LAWS4230/LAWS6230)

Hotdesk internships have been a feature of the KCLS-ANU partnership since its inception. Internship placements are available during first and second Semester, as well as during Winter and Summer sessions. Hotdesk internships will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • Undertake paralegal work at the Hotdesk for 1 day per week (2 days per week during winter and summer) working on Aboriginal justice issues with the course convenor and KCLS staff;
  • Meet with the course convenor and KCLS staff to discuss and define a research proposal;
  • Complete an in-depth research paper on a topic of importance to KCLS.

Participation in the clinic prior to undertaking the internship is preferred, if possible.

 

Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Internship  - KCLS, Kununurra or Broome (LAWS4230/LAWS6230)

Kimberley-based Internships give students an opportunity to work as a full time paralegal for the KCLS in Broome or Kununurra. The minimum internship involves 30 working days (6 weeks). Applications will not be accepted for a period less than 20 working days (4 weeks). Experience as a paralegal in the Kimberley will provide a foundation for students to complete an in-depth research paper on a topic of importance to the KCLS.  Travelling to the Kimberley - Potential Costs

Tina and Tano Salpietro Award

Each year the ANU College of Law may offer an award known as the Tina and Tano Salpietro Award. The award provides financial assistance to enable a student to complete a legal internship in the Kimberley region in Western Australia, as part of the Kimberley Community Legal Services (KCLS)−ANU partnership. For more information please go to Tina and Tano Salpietro Award.

Internship Dates for KCLS, Kununurra/Broome and KCLS-ANU Hotdesk Canberra

Session/Semester Dates
Summer Session 2020 – Group 1 11 Nov – 20 Dec 2020
Summer Session 2020 – Group 2 13 Jan – 21 Feb 2020
Semester 1, 2020 24 Feb – 8 June 2020
Winter Session 2020 01 June – 24 July 2020
Semester 2, 2020 22 July – 9 Nov 2020
Summer Session 2021 – Group 1 16 Nov – 22 Dec 2020
Summer Session 2021 – Group 2 Jan/Feb 2021

Application round

The main application round will open in November 2019 for all 2020 Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Internships (Kununurra, Broome, KCLS-ANU Hotdesk Canberra). Applications for the Summer Session 2021 will be open at a later date. Specific application dates will be posted in the box at the top of the page.

Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Volunteer Co-ordinators and Paralegal Shift Leaders

The KCLS-ANU partnership began as a Law Reform and Social Justice volunteer opportunity for students. Student volunteer paralegals have been central to the success of the partnership. This centrality continues. Volunteer opportunities are available for those who have completed the Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Clinic or Internship and wish to take on a coordinator or shift leader role to support students working on the Hotdesk. Volunteer opportunities may also be available for those who are unable to participate in Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Clinic or internship.

 

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