The Judge Bob Bellear 'Legal Career Pathways' Program was established in 2007 and is administered by the Aboriginal Services Unit within Legal Aid NSW. The program offers:
- Scholarships for Aboriginal secondary school students to help continue their studies beyond year 10 and complete the Higher School Certificate with a view to embarking on tertiary education.
- Cadetships program for Aboriginal law students for full-time undergraduate law students to provide support in obtaining a law degree through financial assistance and a paid work placement of 12 weeks each year.
- Professional Legal Placements program which enables law graduates to complete their practical legal training to gain admission into legal practice; and provides subsequent temporary employment to gain further work experience.
- Career Development program for Aboriginal law graduates. This program involves a two year placement in two legal practice areas for law graduates who have completed Practical Legal Training and whom are eligible for admission into legal practice.
- Identified positions for recruitment of an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander, including Legal Officers, Legal Support Officers and other administrative positions.
- Support for the program is provided by the Aboriginal Services Unit including:
- An Aboriginal Staff Network
- Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training for all staff
To learn more about this program please visit the Legal Aid website