The Aboriginal Legal Service provides free legal representation for Aboriginal people. Volunteers have played a crucial role in the service's successes.
The Aboriginal Legal Service, Grafton is looking for a law student seeking to complete the PLT component of their law degree to commence this phase of their studies as soon as is practicable.
We are looking for someone who:
possesses exceptional communication skills, oral and in writing;
is a team player;
can work autonomously when required;
has an interest in assisting disadvantaged groups;
has a passion for criminal law;
is productive; and
is curious and willing to learn.
During your PLT at our office you will:
Conduct legal research;
Create case strategies;
Attend the court;
Liaise with office staff, other institutions and external personnel;
Interview clients and witnesses;
Take client instructions;
Manage client files;
Undertake general administrative duties; and
Actively participate in field trips to indigenous communities.
Applicants are encouraged to send a covering lettering addressing the aforementioned criteria and their suitability for the position to Shontelle-Deanne Samuel, email@example.com .
Successful applicants will be subject to a formal application process as required by the Aboriginal Legal Service.
Please note that this is an unpaid, student placement with the provision of full-time supervision by the principal solicitor operating out of the Grafton office.
For more information please visit:
02 - 6640 1400
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Salvos Legal is a trusted legal adviser and a force for good.
We partner with our clients to provide expert, practical legal advice in corporate & commercial, property, not-for-profit and intellectual property and technology law. Our practice leaders are specialists in their fields and joined us from national law firms. Uniquely, we are a social enterprise law firm – all of our profits are used to fund Salvos Legal Humanitarian, our humanitarian arm which operates free legal services for people in need in NSW, Queensland and more recently, Melbourne. Since launching in 2010, our innovative approach has attracted a blue-chip client list including ASX200 companies, federal & state government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, small to medium enterprises, and individuals.
A placement in Salvos Legal’s Property Team offers you a unique opportunity to:
Gain “hands on” experience in commercial and retail leasing, sales and purchase and general property advice work in a best practice environment;
Develop your foundational legal skills through active mentoring from our respected team;
Complete your PLT hours or gain 4 months experience towards your unrestricted practicing certificate;
Participate in our internal CLE program, earning a minimum of 5 CLE points during your 4 month internship;
Join an innovative, energetic and friendly team in a boutique firm
To secure this exciting opportunity you will need to be a law graduate or junior solicitor with a genuine interest in Property Law, and a commitment to volunteering full-time for four months. You will have strong interpersonal, written communication and time-management skills and a desire to learn from more experienced practitioners while making an integral contribution.
“As a PLT student with little prior experience in law, I was exposed to a variety of legal tasks include lease work and conveyance work. Not only was I encouraged to grow and learn, I felt that I was also challenged in my role. However, this was not especially daunting given that I knew I had the support of experienced legal professionals. Working at Salvos Legal was also incredibly satisfying knowing that our contribution was helping the greater mission of holistic justice within the community. I truly had a sense that my actions were aiding those in need. All in all, despite a short time at Salvos Legal, I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone considering especially given the culture and environment that was present.” Simon, PLT Student, March 2017
To apply, please forward your CV together with a one-page cover letter to:
Inner City Legal Centre
Kings Cross, Potts Point, New South Wales, Australia
The Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) is looking for students to complete their practical legal training placement with us. This is a great opportunity for students to experience legal practice and consider professional responsibilities in a community setting, at a community legal centre with both generalist and specialist practices. If you do your PLT with us, we aim to prepare you for the commencement of your legal career.
The position is voluntary and unpaid. The PLT Program duties include performing client intake, taking instructions, assisting in giving legal advice, casework, assistance with court attendance, legal drafting and following up client matters.
The Program is only offered to suitable applicants subject to an application process, an interview and availability, and preference is given to applicants committing to a 60+ day placement with progression of 3 days per week, usually including one evening per week. PLT Students are indemnified as volunteer workers under the ICLC Professional Indemnity Insurance policy. Students are responsible for ensuring they comply with all conditions and requirements of their PLT provider in progressing towards admission. PLT students perform work under supervision, and the PLT Placement overall is supervised by the Principal Solicitor.
Selection criteria: Prerequisite – Completion of a law degree and eligibility to commence the practical experience components of Practical Legal Training.
Essential criteria –
Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to social justice.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with clients from diverse backgrounds and in diverse circumstances, in particular clients experiencing significant stress who may present with challenging behaviours (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, clients with disabilities, clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, clients with complex issues, clients who identify as LGBTIQ, etc).
Understanding of legal professional practice issues, including duties to maintain confidentiality and to avoid conflicts of interest.
Ability to work independently and as part of a small team.
Demonstrated interest in legal issues affecting communities served by ICLC.
Desirable criteria –
Prior experience volunteering with the ICLC or another community legal centre or law-related NGO.
Demonstrated experience in administration or customer service.
Intention to commence the coursework component of PLT by or soon after the commencement date of any PLT placement.
Applicants must address the above selection criteria in 2-3 pages and include a copy of their current resume, including the names of two independent referees.
Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be assessed.
This round of applications close 5pm on Sunday 26 November 2017. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at a mutually convenient time, and interviews by telephone or Skype can be arranged. The ICLC is open to receiving applications from suitable candidates well in advance of an anticipated start date and we are also open to receiving applications using the format outlined above, at any time of the year.
ICLC’s human resources policies, procedures and practices support anti-discrimination principles and encourage people living with a disability, people who identify as Aboriginal, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people identifying as LGBTIQ to apply. Please contact the Centre if you require adjustment in answering the criteria (9332 1966).
As part of your application, please let us know if there is anything that we should know about you that may cause an issue to arise under the Legal Profession Uniform Law. As an example see section 121.
“It is not an overstatement to say my time at ICLC was life changing. I can genuinely say I am now a better person as a result of my experience.” PLT student 2015
National Justice Project
Double Bay, New South Wales, Australia
The National Justice Project is an independent not for profit legal organisation. We use strategic litigation and advocacy to advance human rights and social justice in Australia and in our region.
We have an exciting volunteer opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Law Graduate or Undergraduate (final year) to complete Practical Legal Training under the supervision of an experienced and innovative legal team.
Our PLT students gain invaluable hands-on and life-changing experience. Working on matters such as strategic litigation, coronial inquests and Australian Human Rights Commission complaints you will have the opportunity to learn and develop your work places skills with one of the most successful social justice law teams in Australia – all the while making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people!
The National Justice Project has a well-structured management programme to assist PLT students get the most out of their placement. You will have the opportunity to accelerate your legal knowledge through interpreting legislation and conducting case critical research. You will have the opportunity to develop your already strong communication and interpersonal skills through drafting of legal correspondence (including court documents) and liaising with clients and other legal professionals.You will also gain an understanding of the behind the scenes work required to keep the engines of a not for profit law firm turning.
The successful candidate will have:
A keen interest to work in the social justice sector and advocate for vulnerable people;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Strong academic record;
Excellent attention to detail; and
Be highly organised and diligent
This PLT placement will commence on the 11 December 2017
Applications must be received before 5pm Wednesday 29 November and include Academic Transcript, CV and 1 page cover letter.
Please submit all documents by email to email@example.com with the subject line: PLT Volunteer Application – Your Name
This role is onsite at NJP Office in Double Bay, NSW; for 75 (or 90) days. Preferred 4-5 days p/week, with a minimum of 3 days p/week.
Undergraduate final year law students are invited to apply and can undertake up to 55 days of the College of Law Practical Legal Training Program before completing their degree. Starting the program pre-graduation can assist in fast tracking your admission as a lawyer.
Please note we are a charity and this is a voluntary unpaid position.