SEC Barrister Shadowing Program

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The Victorian Bar’s Student Engagement Committee (SEC) was formed in 2010 with the goal of providing students with a better understanding of the role of the Bar in the Victorian legal profession, the work of barristers, and of the pathways to becoming a barrister.

The SEC aims to achieve this goal in part by running a Work Experience and Mentoring Program that is designed to create and facilitate work experience and mentoring opportunities for secondary school and tertiary students who are interested in studying or practising law.

The work experience/shadowing experience typically involves following or accompanying a barrister who practises in an area of interest to the student for 1-2 days. This is unpaid. Longer work experience/shadowing opportunities can sometimes be arranged directly with the barrister by the student following this initial experience, if the barrister has the capacity to accommodate this.

The mentoring experience typically involves a student meeting a barrister once or more for coffee, to discuss life at the Bar and the legal profession more broadly. Students can use this opportunity to obtain career advice and information about legal practice from their barrister mentor.

Through this experience, students have the opportunity to form a relationship with a barrister and seek guidance relevant to your intended career path and interests in the law.

If you are interested to participate in this program please email students@vicbar.com.au with the following information

  1. What year level of school or year level of your law degree you are currently completing;
  2. Whether there is a particular area of law in which you are interested, and if so, why;
  3. Whether there are particular dates on which you wish to do work experience or commence mentoring with a barrister
  4. Whether you have a particular preference for male or female Counsel, or any other relevant preferences.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact students@vicbar.com.au.

There is more information available at https://www.vicbar.com.au/public/community/student-engagement.

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