Everyday Justice - Job description for a PLT intern
Everyday Justice is a new not-for-profit law firm owned by Mills Oakley, one of Australia’s leading law firms. Everyday Justice is dedicated to providing legal services to the ‘missing middle’ - people who require legal assistance but cannot obtain Legal Aid or access the legal system without incurring substantial financial hardship.
Everyday Justice offers free legal services in the areas of employment law, tenancy, credit & debt, bankruptcy, financial abuse, fines & infringements, human rights, environmental and other areas of public interest. The firm will develop and use innovative legal tech solutions to deliver these free legal services as effectively and efficiently as possible. More information about the firm can be found at https://everydayjustice.com.au
Everyday Justice is proud to partner with The College of Law on this new initiative. With their support, Everyday Justice has created a holistic learning environment for law graduates who are undertaking the Practical Legal Training (‘PLT’) program and newly qualified lawyers who are interested in gaining legal experience in social justice and public interest matters.
Everyday Justice is looking for motivated PLT students or recently qualified lawyers to join Everyday Justice as legal intern on a volunteer basis in our Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth offices.
You will be working under the direct supervision of leading professionals in the social justice sector, who are committed to providing interns with a supportive, stimulating and diverse learning environment.
All legal interns will undertake a comprehensive training program covering all areas of Everyday Justice’s practice, as well as training on the practical skills needed to build a strong foundation for a career in the social justice or public interest law sector. In addition, you will have access to senior lawyers from Mills Oakley, who will act as mentors throughout your internship.
The role will be fast-paced, dynamic and varied. It will involve individual client work in a wide range of practice areas, allowing you to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need of free legal services.
Who We Are Looking For
The ideal candidate will have:
Completed their law degree and either be eligible to commence Practical Legal Training or have recently completed Practical Legal Training;
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
Strong attention to detail;
An interest in developing legal experience in Everyday Justice’s practice areas;
A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to social justice;
The ability to work independently or as part of a team; and
Availability to start volunteering in late February – early March 2021.
This is a voluntary, unpaid position. Everyday Justice will negotiate working hours suitable to both the ideal candidate and the firm.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, by submitting their CV and a cover letter responding to the selection criteria to Amy Burton, Managing Lawyer at email@example.com .
Binaal Billa Family Violence Legal Prevention Service
Forbes Based Unrestricted Solicitor
Full Time 38 Hours a week
Binaal Billa Family Violence Legal Prevention Service (BBFVPLS) is auspice by Yoorana Gunya Family Healing Centre and as a unit provides legal advice and representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in regard to family/domestic violence and sexual assault and related areas of law and in accordance with the operational framework and casework guidelines established by BBFVLS.
This position requires a highly motivated person, with the capacity to work across cultures to provide services to ATSI victims / survivors of family/domestic violence and sexual assault. Regular travel is required to cover the following service areas; Forbes, Parkes, Peak Hill, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and Murrinbridge and West Wyalong.
Responsible for all legal advice and legal assistance
Completion of all legal aspects including assisting with legal policies and procedures and ensuring to operate within the organisations policies and framework
Managing and delegating work for the Legal Officer
Undertake regular reviews as part of the organisations ongoing quality assurance processes and to ensure the best possible service is provided, and to identify areas where more support can be given.
Supervise legal matters in accordance with policies, procedures and guidelines to ensure that high client services are provided
Ensuring all requirements of the legal profession are met and not breached: ie conflict checks, client confidentiality, accurate and concomitant file notes taken
Ensuring funding guidelines are adhered to in conjunction with the Program Coordinator
Ensuring that the ordinary law of the land applies to indigenous communities.
Legal advice and casework: Providing efficient, accurate and high quality telephone, face to face and Zoom meetings offering legal advice to ATSI victim of family violence and /or sexual assault.
Providing a culturally appropriate front line legal service & CLE delivery.
Appropriately using CLASS data base for recording legal service provision.
Undertaking administrative and research activities within established policies, procedures and delegations
In collaboration with other workers of BBFVPLS develop and implement relevant community education and social support programs of benefit to people from affected communities.
Advocating for the best interests of child clients, particularly as this relates to care and protection issues.
Early intervention and prevention
Partake in the delivery of training seminars for clients and/or staff to improve the organisation
Reporting to the Program Coordinator
Attending a monthly meeting with the Operations Manager and the Program Coordinator as deemed necessary.
Admission with the Law Society of NSW to practice as a solicitor in New South Wales, and hold a current unrestricted practicing certificate.
Experience providing high quality legal advice and representation.
Demonstrated ability to communicate in plain language legal information to our diverse community.
Knowledge and understanding of the issues relating to family violence and/or sexual assault and how it may affect victim’s lives, why it occurs, who it happens to and the myths and common attitudes about family violence and/or sexual assault
Experience with Casework and court representation of clients
Client advice, community education and legal clinics
Comprehensive understanding of confidentiality and full understanding of relevant statutes and laws
Well-developed written and verbal interpersonal communication skills including highly developed negotiation and conflict resolution skills, experience with data collection and report writing
Clearance for Working with Children and Prior National Criminal History Check
Excellent organisational skills together with a preparedness to be flexible and adaptable to meet the organisational needs
Develop and maintain productive partnerships between Binaal Billa FVPLS other services within our region relevant to the needs of our clients
Maintain proper records of client contact, assessment, referral and follow up including input of accurate data into the CLASS data collection system
Work with local ATSI communities to identify needs and encourage the development and maintenance of a supportive community infrastructure
Be up to date with any change is legislation and any change in laws that would affect client representation
Use of databases and Microsoft programs that are supported by BBFVPLS
Good time management skills to ensure proper service delivery to clients
Ability to supervise staff in maintaining the legal aspects of the service
A current driver’s licence (unrestricted).
The successful candidate will possess the following:
Minimum 2 years Post Admission Experience (PAE)
Ability to work independently and manage your own work. Including working both independently and within a team environment.
Experience in assisting clients who have experienced family violence, including family law, care & protection and ADVO matters.
Client service skills with an empathic approach to clients.
Excellent communication and problem solving skills.
Developing information resources and provide community legal education, in accordance with policies and procedures
An understanding of the barriers confronted by a diverse range of clients in accessing the legal service.
A commitment to a culture of team work, excellence and continuous improvement.
The following are imperative for our funding guidelines:
Witness assistance law
Community legal education
Legal advice either by phone/Zoom meetings or in person in our service area
Registration with the law society
Applications close on Friday 14th May 2021 at 5pm
Please send Resume with referees, covering letter addressing the selection Criteria and other requested documents to:
Program Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 026850 1234
The HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC) is currently looking for 1 volunteer PLT Student/Law Student/Solicitor to join our team for an immediate start.
About the organisation:
HALC provides free legal services to people affected by, and those most at risk of, HIV and Hep C (HCV) on HIV/HCV related legal matters.
We deal with a range of HIV/Hep C related legal issues including -
Volunteers perform a variety of day-to-day tasks including -
delivery of legal advice under the direct supervision of a solicitor;
drafting of legal advice, submissions, applications to courts & tribunals and other legal correspondence
maintaining accurate files and legal records
casework and client interviews under directions from Solicitors;
general administrative work
researching legal and administrative laws and procedures;
sensitivity to people affected by HIV and Hep C
sensitivity towards clients from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, the LGBTI community, sex workers, people who use drugs and persons with disabilities
Ability to work fairly independently and with quick instructions. Proactively working on files allocated to you. (All work is supervised and monitored by Solicitors)
ability to work under pressure
basic computer skills
ability to work in a small team/open office environment
We request applicants to commit to at least 3 days per week over a minimum 3 month period (preferably 4/5 days per week when completing PLT requirements ). Please do not apply if cannot commit to the minimum days/time period required.
Send in your brief resume and cover letter indicating the number of days and specific days you will be able to work for to email@example.com
Unfortunately, due to the limited resources of our Centre, only applicants that progress to the next stage will be contacted.
Practical Legal Training placements at Justice Connect –Melbourne office
Our Melbourne office is currently recruiting Practical Legal Trainee (PLT) students to work with our Homeless Law Service. PLT students receive on-the-job legal training and supervision, providing valuable experience to set you up for your legal career. The Homeless Law Service is client-focused. As a PLT you will take part in improving the lives of some of our most disadvantaged community members while working at one of Australia’s most successful public interest and social justice organisations.
We are currently seeking PLT students. Please apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled.
About Homeless Law
Homeless Law is a dynamic legal team at Justice Connect, delivering access to justice through pro bono. Homeless Law provides legal assistance to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, specialising in tenancy, infringements, and credit and debt. Homeless Law also has a criminal law service for existing clients.
Though the PLT placement, you may have the opportunity to participate in:
Intake of new telephone enquiries;
Taking instructions and communicating with clients;
Assessing matters for clinic appointments, drafting letters and drafting memos for appointments; •involvement in some client appointments;
File management: inputting and maintaining accurate client information and communications;
Delivering supervised legal information to clients;
Supporting the work of the lawyers (internal and secondee lawyers) by communicating with lawyers, case workers and court and tribunal staff, and drafting correspondence and referral memoranda;
Legal research, analysis and problem solving;
Contributing to Homeless Law’s law reform, advocacy or project work; and
Learning how to effectively manage data and use Homeless Law’s case management platform, Microsoft Dynamics;
Shadowing Homeless Law lawyers at Magistrates court and VCAT hearings (remotely during COVID-19).
Applications will be assessed on relevant skills and experience as well as a demonstrated interest in and commitment to not-for-profit organisations and the community sector.
We know our team and our organisation is stronger with a diversity of backgrounds and experience, including lived experience of the issues we work on. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of colour, people from culturally and linguistically diverse and refugee backgrounds, people with diverse religious beliefs, gender diverse people, LGBTIQ+ people and people living with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Justice Connect Melbourne office is located in the Melbourne CBD. This is an unpaid position.
Be enrolled in, or have completed a Practical Legal Training program at the College of Law, or its equivalent at a participating university;
Be able to work at least 3days a week in the Justice Connect Melbourne office (the placement will not be conducted remotely); and
Undertake between 50 -75 days of practical legal training at Justice Connect.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the positions will be open until filled.
How to Apply:
Applications should comprise of a single Word or PDF document including; a cover letter and CV.
Please ensure your cover letter includes: your available start date, your preferred days, how many days placement you can commit to and the details of your GDLP provider.
Applications should be emailed tomailto:firstname.lastname@example.org a single Word or PDF file including “PLT Application –Homeless Law” in the email subject line.