Law Society of Western Australia

About the Law Society

About the Law Society

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The Law Society of Western Australia is the peak professional association for lawyers in Western Australia. The Law Society is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the representation of its members and to the enhancement of the legal profession through being a respected leader and contributor on law reform, access to justice and rule of law.

Our purpose is to be the voice of the legal profession in Western Australia.

Our vision is to be the essential membership for the legal profession.

Our strategic priorities are to deliver strong advocacy, high value services and organisational excellence.

Purpose vision and strategic priorities of Law Society of Western Australia
Organisation and Structure

Organisation and Structure

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The Law Society is governed by a Council chaired by the President.  The Council of the Law Society is assisted in the management of the Law Society by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Price, and Law Society staff.

There are more than 40 active committees for policy, statutory and administration made up of our members.

Governance

Governance

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The Law Society acts as the voice of the legal profession in Western Australia. Part of this role includes advocating on behalf of members and in the interests of the wider profession.

The Law Society is proactive in its engagement with key stakeholders on important issues. Through its committee structure, Council and Executive, the Law Society facilitates rational analysis and adopts sensible policy positions. The Law Society’s views are articulated through the regular output of submissions to government and other organisations.

Our Council offers strong, representative and collaborative governance. Priorities are aligned across the organisation with resources allocated to areas of greatest need. Members are highly engaged through work on committees and working groups.

The Law Society Council and Executive meet regularly throughout the year. To coincide with its Annual General Meeting, the Law Society produces an annual report, which outlines the achievements of the past financial year.

Partner with Us

Partner with Us

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As the essential membership for the legal profession in Western Australia, the Law Society currently has over 3500 members.  Our membership also includes firm decision makers, C-Suite individuals from firms across WA, parliamentarians, academics and members of the Judiciary.

From one-off engagements to key industry partnerships, the Law Society has an array of networking, sporting and educational event sponsorship and advertising options available to organisations who wish to engage with legal profession of Western Australia.

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Social, sporting and educational events

The Law Society runs an active social program with over 15 events per year. This calendar consists of formal gala events, sporting competitions, business forums and informal networking events which facilitate real business development opportunities through the profiling and attendance benefits on offer.

With retention rates in the legal profession being at an all-time low, the health and wellbeing of our members is paramount to ensure the longevity of lawyers in the profession. The Law Society runs an array of annual sporting events including the ever-popular mixed netball competition, beach volleyball, lawn bowls and a biennial charity multi-leg sporting event which assists members of the legal profession take time out for themselves and promote a healthy lifestyle. These events provide event sponsors great branding and networking opportunities with attendees whilst demonstrating support for the profession.

Offering over 150 hours of professional development each year, the Law Society is the preferred provider of CPD and CLE education in the state. Our annual program educates our members on an array of practice management, legal skills and substantive law areas for various stages of their careers.  In addition to the seminar-based CPD programme, the Law Society coordinates Law Summer School, the pre-eminent legal conference in the state, which attracts international and interstate experts to its speaker line-up each year.

Advertising with the Law Society

Keeping our members informed is one of the Law Society’s highest priorities and we do so through a number of print and digital publications throughout the year. There are a myriad of advertising options available for organisations of all budget sizes, who wish to profile their brand to our members. Our Media Kit contains further information on distribution numbers, membership segments and frequency of these communications.

More information

For more information about the sponsorship and advertising opportunities available through the Law Society please contact Moira McKechnie on (08) 9324 8650 or at advertising@lawsocietywa.asn.au.

Careers

Careers

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To attract and retain the brightest and best employees, the Law Society promotes work-life balance as a high priority.

At the Law Society of Western Australia, we acknowledge that the quality of our working environment has a direct impact on our overall enjoyment of life. We offer a series of policies and benefits to recognise the contribution of our staff, maintain employee engagement and morale, and increase productivity.

We are always looking for career-minded people to join our team. Read about the benefits of working for the Law Society of Western Australia.

The Law Society of Western Australia is an equal opportunity employer

Part-time Policy and Administration Officer

  • Professional Association
  • CBD Location

The Law Society of Western Australia is seeking to appoint a part-time Policy and Administration Officer to join its Advocacy Team.

The position provides a friendly, professional, courteous and positive first point of contact for members of the Law Society of Western Australia. The position also undertakes a range of policy and administrative support functions with particular emphasis on:

  • Provision of administrative assistance to Policy Lawyers managing the Society’s committees, working groups and strategic campaigns relevant to the Advocacy team
  • Stakeholder engagement through committees, working groups, mentoring programmes and strategic campaigns
  • Providing an efficient and effective administration support to the General Manager, Advocacy
  • Effective adherence to, and utilisation of, the Society’s records management, policies, systems and processes
  • Policy work as requested by the General Manager Advocacy

To succeed in this role, you will need:

  • Significant experience working at a senior secretarial or administrative level
  • Well-developed organisational and time management skills
  • Legal research skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience in managing papers for committees and working groups including preparing minutes, agendas and supporting documentation
  • Excellent record keeping, development of process and systems for document control
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and liaise across teams
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including telephone, stakeholder liaison
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Proficient in maintaining electronic records
  • Ability to maintain appropriate follow-up controls to ensure accountability is achieved.
  • Observe safe work practices within the work environment

The key responsibilities include:

  • Preparing agendas and minutes for committees and working groups
  • Preparing reports, submissions and related documentation
  • Maintaining registers and databases for programmes administered by Advocacy
  • General administration across the Advocacy team
  • Providing administrative and policy research support for members of the Advocacy team
  • Providing relief reception support
  • Providing relief secretarial support to the Chief Executive Officer, including but not limited to attendance at Council and Executive meetings, agenda preparation and minutes or as otherwise required

Read the detailed job description here.

Interested applicants can contact Mary Woodford, General Manager Advocacy at the Law Society on 9324 8646 or mwoodford@lawsocietywa.asn.au if further information is required.

The Law Society of Western Australia is an equal opportunity employer