Work Experience and Mentoring

The Student Engagement Committee can help to organise work experience and mentoring at the Bar for secondary or tertiary students

The SEC runs a Work Experience and Mentoring Program offering work experience and mentoring opportunities for secondary school and tertiary students who are interested in studying or practising law.

About the Program

Work experience under the SEC Program usually involves ‘shadowing’ a barrister*.  This may involve spending time with your barrister mentor as they work in Chambers, or appear in Court, or attend mediations or conferences.  Shadowing gives you an insight into the ‘day to day’ practice of a barrister at the Victorian Bar.

Mentoring under the SEC Program usually involves one or more communications with a barrister, for example, meeting over coffee, communicating by email, or speaking by phone every few months.  Through this experience, you have the opportunity to form a relationship with a barrister and seek guidance relevant to your intended career path and interests in the law.

How to Apply

To apply for either work experience or mentoring with a member of the Victorian Bar through the Work Experience and Mentoring Program, send your CV to  Please include a cover letter 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, and whether there are any deadlines associated with confirming work experience or mentoring arrangements (for example, secondary school students looking for work experience to comply with the Department of Education and Training program are often required to confirm their arrangements with their school by a certain date); and
  4. Whether you have a particular preference for male or female Counsel, or any other relevant preferences.

Please note that the SEC receives many requests every year for work experience and mentoring opportunities.  The SEC endeavours to meet all requests, but it is not always possible to do so.  Please be patient whilst waiting for a response regarding your application.

Indigenous Students Work Experience and Mentoring Program

The Victorian Bar’s Indigenous Lawyers Committee runs a work experience and mentoring program for Indigenous secondary school and university students.  For more information on that program, please click here


*Shadowing a barrister is usually organised for one or two days.  In the case of secondary school students undertaking the Department of Education and Training work experience program it can be set for up to a week

Click here to view key Victorian Bar contacts for students and teachers.