The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) is pleased to announce that Seasonal Clerkships are being offered for a three-week period.

Three-week placements are on offer as follows:

Summer – Monday 21 November to Friday 9 December 2016


Winter – Monday 26 June to Friday 14 July 2017

Please note: Applications are now closed for the Seasonal Clerkships.  Please refer back here in July 2017 for details on the 2017/18 placements.


The OPP is the independent statutory authority responsible for preparing and conducting criminal prosecutions for serious indictable offences in Victoria on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The DPP is responsible for prosecuting indictable offences on behalf of the State of Victoria in the High Court, the Supreme Court of Victoria and the County Court of Victoria.

The OPP employs more than 300 staff. A key strategic goal of the OPP is to ensure that the prosecutorial system gives appropriate consideration to the victims of crime in accordance with the State’s Victims Charter.


The OPP assists the DPP to carry out his statutory functions by preparing and conducting proceedings on his behalf. 

The OPP works with a number of groups in the community, including victims of crime, witnesses, and organisations that form part of the criminal justice system including:

  • Victoria Police
  • Courts
  • Legal Aid
  • Department of Justice and Regulation
  • Corrections Victoria
  • Victims Assistance groups


Applications are now closed for the Seasonal Clerkships. 

Please refer back here in July 2017 for details on the 2017/18 placements.


The Seasonal Clerkship Program is being offered in accordance with the LIV Seasonal Clerkship Guidelines 2016, to students who are in their final or penultimate year of study; that is they intend to commence their final semester in 2017.

If you are invited to an interview, you will be required to bring photo identification.

The OPP’s Legal Trainees for 2018 will be selected from those undertaking the Seasonal Clerkship Program 2016/2017.

Applications must be submitted online at


All submitted applications will be assessed and if you are short-listed you will be advised via email that you have progressed to the phone interview stage.  Following the phone interview, applicants will be reassessed and may progress to an interview.

Applicants who are short-listed for interview will be notified by phone during business hours on Monday 19 September.

All candidates must be available for an interview between Tuesday 27 September to Thursday 29 September 2016 to be eligible for consideration. This is not negotiable.

Successful applicants will demonstrate intellectual ability, integrity, academic success, a commitment to serving the community, strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively as part of
a team.

In line with the LIV Seasonal Clerkship Guidelines 2016, offers will be made after 10am on Tuesday 11 October 2016.