First Nations Cadetship Program


The Community Legal Centres NSW First Nations Cadetship Program enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students to gain valuable work experience in community legal centres across New South Wales.

Headshots of First Nations cadets in May 2024: Xander, Hannah and Emma. With illustration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands flags and text reading 'CLCNSW First Nations Cadetship'.

(Pictured: First Nations Cadets of 2024 — Xander, Hannah and Emma)

Our First Nations Cadetship Program aims to address the underrepresentation of First Nations peoples in the legal sector, support students’ professional development, boost the representation of First Nations people in the community legal sector, and increase access to justice in New South Wales.

It is open to Aboriginal students in the final two years of a degree in law, social work, communications, or community development. Cadets gain practical experience that complements their study, and they participate in a range of professionally and socially meaningful work, as well as training and mentoring opportunities.

    The cadetship is for 90 days of paid work. It includes structured mentoring and networking opportunities, including opportunities to meet and greet members of the judiciary, attend Aboriginal court models, participate in training at law firms in the Sydney CBD, and receive mentoring.

    After a successful first year, NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman extended funding to enable another 12 students to participate in the First Nations Cadetship Program.

    Rolling applications are open for the CLCNSW First Nations cadetship. We encourage First Nations students to apply:

    Apply here!

    Meet graduated cadets

    Keely Che-Cain

    Aimee Lawson

    Jai McGaw

    2022 CLCNSW First Nations Cadets

      Where can cadets work?

      Eligible community legal centres must have an active Reconciliation Action Plan (or similar) and already employ at least one First Nations staff member who can provide cadets with mentoring support. Community Legal Centres NSW employs one part-time Aboriginal staff member, First Nations Cadetship Administrator Bobbi Murray, to support the scheme. Cadets receive training and mentoring from the Community Legal Centres NSW Aboriginal Advisory Group.

      Community legal centre


      Justice and Equity Centre (formerly PIAC)


      Welfare Rights Centre  

      Surry Hills 

      Ability Rights Centre  – Intellectual Disability Rights Service  


      Arts Law Centre of Australia & Artists in the Black


      Financial Rights Legal Centre & Mob Strong Debt Help

      Surry Hills 

      Hunter Community Legal Centre


      Mid North Coast Legal Centre  

      Port Macquarie  

      The University of Newcastle Legal Clinic


      Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre  


      Redfern Legal Centre  


      Seniors Rights Service  

      Surry Hills  

      Tenants Union of NSW 


      Women’s Legal Service NSW


      Western Sydney Community Legal Centre  

      Rooty Hill  

      Justice Support Centre  


      Cadetship in the media


      Find more information on the CLCNSW First Nations cadetship program here.