Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Our Sydney office is currently seeking PLT students to work with our Referral Service, 2-4 days per week.
The Referral Service makes referrals to barristers and solicitors on behalf of individuals experiencing disadvantage. PLTs are a vital part of our work. Successful applicants will gain valuable and practical generalist experience working alongside experienced lawyers and barristers in the pursuit of social justice.
Some of the tasks that Referral Service PLTs undertake include:
Taking instructions from potential clients who are vulnerable
Managing intake of new telephone enquiries
File management: maintaining accurate client information
Providing supervised legal information to clients
Involvement in current and potential Referral team projects, which may include researching of particular issues, preparing fact sheets, participating in discussions.
Legal research, analysis and problem solving
Participating in the making of a referral, which may include: liaising with barristers, lawyers, case workers, courts/tribunals and support workers, preparing referral memos, and closing matters.
To be eligible for this position, you must:
Have completed your law degree
Be currently completing your Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (through College of law or an equivalent institution)
Undertake a minimum of 50 days of practical legal training at Justice Connect
Lawyers will not be considered
As a PLT student with this service, you will develop practical and procedural legal experience and skills across various practice areas. Applications will be assessed on a demonstrated interest in and commitment to not-for-profit organisations and the community sector.
For more information on what to expect from your placement: https://www.justiceconnect.org.au/get-involved/practical-legal-training/what-expect
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the positions will be open until filled. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are highly encouraged to apply.
To apply, please go to: https://www.justiceconnect.org.au/get-involved/practical-legal-training/apply-now
Complete the form on our 'Apply Now' page (including a CV and Cover Letter).
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. This 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 8 October 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.
Mental Health Law Centre
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Volunteer PLT paralegal opportunity
Minimum two days per week: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Mental Health Law Centre, 96-98 Parry St Perth WA
Mental Health Law Centre (WA) is a specialist community legal centre. We provide legal assistance to people with a mental illness that is causally related to their legal issues. We specialise in mental health advocacy at the Mental Health Tribunal, criminal defence work at courts, and human rights advocacy for guardianship and administration matters. Periodically, we recruit suitably qualified law graduates as volunteer PLT paralegals. Our paralegals perform crucial tasks: direct client contact through TAL (Telephone Advice Line) work; legal research; drafting of advice, documents and submissions subject to lawyers’ supervision; casework file administration and client interviews. You will work closely with our lawyers and with each other.
You will be a recent law graduate, undertaking a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and able to commit to a minimum of two work days per week for the purpose of your Practical Legal Training ( PLT ) requirements.
Experience in legal and/or customer service industries is preferable but not essential.
Expectations and culture
Before you apply, please be aware of our expectations and culture:
We have high standards of both attitude and aptitude. You must come with an excellent work ethic. And you must have strong written and oral communication skills plus strong legal research skills;
We take pride in our work, and “own” our work as a collective;
If shortlisted, you will be required to prepare a memorandum to a case study, then attend a 45-minute interview with the Principal Legal Officer; and
If you accept an offer, you will be required to attend a two-day induction at our offices.
How it will benefit you
Our graduate paralegals:
Gain practical experience in applying the law to our clients’ legal issues;
Develop their communication skills through dealing with people who have complex needs;
Develop advocacy skills through working closely with our lawyers on their casefile work;
May undertake direct advocacy work through representing clients at Tribunal hearings; and
May have enhanced career-oriented skills.
To apply, please submit a cover letter with your resume and complete academic transcript to email@example.com . Please also include your availability throughout the work week. Please note we usually respond to shortlisted applicants only.
Thank you for your interest. For more information, please visit www.mhlcwa.org.au/
Consumer Credit Legal Service (WA)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR LAW GRADUATES
CCLSWA is a not-for-profit community legal centre specialising in credit and banking law and work primarily within the parameters of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act and the Australian Consumer Law. We deliver free legal advice to West Australians through our telephone advice line.
As a volunteer paralegal, you will have ample opportunity to do the following:
Assume direct client contact on the telephone advice line or facetoface.
Draft appropriate legal advice for solicitors’ approval.
Assist in case file management.
Undertake legal and policy research.
Prepare and deliver community legal education sessions
We look for graduates with strong academic records in their LLB or Juris Doc studies. We value relevant experience in legal and/or customer service industries.
You must be able and willing to commit to at least 3 days per week until your PLT has been completed.
You must also be prepared to make time for regular skills training.