The job climate for Australian law students and graduates is an ongoing concern for ALSA due to the market competitiveness of gaining a legal internship. Students have experienced pressure to undertake unpaid internships to gain the experience they desire and compete for a pathway into the legal industry. Graduates have also experienced pressure to undertake unpaid internships as part of the requirements of a Practical Legal Training (‘PLT’) Program to become admitted as a lawyer.
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ALSA Advocacy Guide
Law students are advocates in training. We are learning how to locate the law, to critique it, and to change it.
At times, this may place student law society/association executives in a difficult position. While primary role should be to serve the interests of their members, this may put them in a situation of conflict, where there may be pressure from the law school or university generally.
This Guide draws upon the expertise of numerous Australian law societies and associations to recommend how to proceed when an issue arises.
ALSA Interstate Clerkship Guide 2018
The Guide aims to clarify the different clerkship programs across Australia and provide as much information as possible to law students before applying.
It is also designed to work alongside and complement local Law Student Society or Association clerkship and careers guides. We encourage law students to refer to this guide to obtain an overview of the clerkship program structures before drilling down their search in a particular State or Territory.
This Guide explains the structure of the clerkship programs around the country with detailed sections for each State and Territory, including a firm directory and a general FAQ section.
2018 ALSA Student Judges Guide
The ALSA Student Judges Guide is a resource to be used by ALSA Conference Judges and internal LSS/LSA competition judges alike. It covers the details, nuances and scoring notes of the five major legal completions: Championship and IHL Moot, Negotiation, Client Interview and Witness Examination.
Academic Law Journal 2017
What you will find in this journal is not what you may expect, it is not a peer reviewed publication, rather it is a compilation of the very best submissions to the annual ALSA competitions. This includes the National Essay Competition, and the Paper Presentation - above all else, the 2017 ALSA Academic Law Journal stands as evidence to the hard effort of Australian Law students.
Wellbeing Tips and Tricks
Judges' Associateships Guide
The Judges' Associateships Guide covers the role of an associate, records of former associates' experiences, records of judges' experiences with their associates and application tips. Most importantly, the Guide collates the details about how to apply for an associateship in every State and Territory in Australia.
International Law Careers Guide
If you're unsure of what internships and experiences are available, want more information on exchange programs, or curious as to how someone can practice the law in a foreign country, this is the guide for you!
It also details how to apply for the many scholarships that are available to students looking to study overseas.
It builds upon previous guides, and can take someone through opportunities from 1st year all the way to after graduation.
This is the archived 2015 version of the ALSA Wellbeing Guide.
Public Interest & Public Sector Careers Guide
From the anecdotal reflections and interviews provided in this Guide, students learn that entering into a career in the public sector and public interest sector, after your law degree, offers you an array of ‘hands-on’ experiences, while providing you with the opportunities to ‘make a difference’ in policy-making, the community sector or within the wider society.
This Guide will also provide Australian law students with detailed information about a range of organisations and opportunities – from the type of work they undertake to how their graduate programs are structured and timed. We are particularly pleased to see that the inaugural Guide has covered a wide array of areas – from macro areas such as in government sectors to more niche areas of law, such as in the non-government sector, or employment in legal support roles.
Judges' Associates' Guide
This is the 2015 archived version of the Judges' Associates' Guide.
The archived 2014 version of the ALSA Academic Law Journal.
The ALSA Academic Law Journal is a result of the hard effort of Australian Law students and the ALSA Commitee. What you will find in this journal is not what you may expect, it is not a peer reviewed publication, rather it is a compilation of the very best submissions to the annual ALSA competitions.
This includes the National Essay Competition, and the Paper Presentation; this journal is the combination of both the 2015 and 2016 winners.
Rural, Regional, Remote and Boutique (RRB) Report
The ALSA RRRB Report delves into the unique issues that students attending rural, regional, remote and boutique universities face both during and after their education. The findings in this report highlight the importance of working towards reducing clear inequalities.