Taster Placements

Observe problem solving courts in action. Experience the arbitration of workplace disputes. Learn what it’s like to run social justice litigation. Meet judges, barristers and lawyers doing work with impact. Watch the law applied in the real world and expand your career possibilities with the CIJ’s Taster Placements.

The CIJ offers RMIT JD students opportunities to experience the legal sector and court system through our taster placements at the Court of Appeal, the Fair Work Commission, by shadowing a magistrate, and more.

Court of Appeal Externship

The Centre for Innovative Justice together with the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, offer RMIT JD students the opportunity to participate in the Court of Appeal externship program where students observe appeals in the highest Victorian Court: the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal.

The program includes:

  • attending appeal hearings – with students given access to the written materials before the Court;
  • meeting Judge’s associates and other court staff to gain an idea of the different careers of law graduates within and connected to the Court;
  • meeting judges – before and after court hearings. Judges will speak to students and answer questions about their career experiences and the substance (and challenges) of their role;
  • touring the Old High Court, the Supreme Court Library and the old holding cells;
  • touring the registry, and meeting senior registry staff, with a presentation from them on legal research skills and strategies
  • an industry lunch with legal professionals working in a range of interesting roles.

Fair Work Commission Placement

Interested in arbitration? Ever wondered what it’s like to determine disputes between employees and their employers? Curious about how the Fair Work Commission negotiates employment agreements? Experience first-hand how Australia’s national workplace tribunal determines the matters brought before it. This placement involves shadowing a Commissioner during arbitration hearings and may also expose you to other aspects of the Fair Work Commission, such as observing enterprise bargaining negotiations.

Shadow a Magistrate Taster Placement

Have you got what it takes to become a Magistrate? Students have an opportunity to spend a week shadowing a Magistrate sitting on the Assessment and Referral Court (for people with mental illness and cognitive impairment) at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, gaining insight into the challenges and rewards of this work. Students will have access to case files and have the opportunity to discuss cases, decision making and other matters with the Magistrate and other staff involved in the Court.

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