PLT Intern - Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth

  • Everyday Justice
  • Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth
  • 14 Sep, 2022
Contract PLT Work Experience Placement

Job Description

Everyday Justice - Job description for a Practical Legal Training (PLT) intern

Everyday Justice is a charitable 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 need legal assistance but cannot obtain Legal Aid or access the legal system without incurring substantial financial hardship.

Everyday Justice offers free legal services in a range of jurisdictions, stages of legal issues, and civil law areas, including employment law, tenancy, credit & debt, small business disputes, bankruptcy, financial abuse, fines & infringements, and human rights. Everyday Justice is committed to using innovative legal tech solutions to deliver these 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 to create a holistic learning environment for law graduates undertaking their PLT program and newly qualified lawyers who are interested in gaining legal experience in a range of civil law areas and public interest matters.

Everyday Justice was established in January 2021, and is proud of many achievements since including:  

  • Over 23,000 hours of pro bono legal work completed for disadvantaged clients
  • Over 80 PLT interns from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth have volunteered with the service
  • 11 PLT interns have been hired by Mills Oakley for ongoing legal roles.

The Role

Everyday Justice is looking for motivated PLT students or recently qualified lawyers to join us as legal interns on a volunteer basis in our Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth offices. 

Work from home arrangements may also be considered.

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 undertake a comprehensive training program covering Everyday Justice’s practice areas, 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, interns 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 PLT or have recently completed PLT;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • An interest in developing legal experience in Everyday Justice’s practice areas;
  • A commitment to engage with our legal practice’s systems and processes;
  • A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to social justice;
  • The ability to work independently or as part of a team, at least 2 days per week.

This is a voluntary, unpaid position. Everyday Justice will negotiate working hours suitable to both the ideal candidate and the firm.

Key Responsibilities

Everyday Justice will aim to offer you the opportunity to develop legal and other professional experience and skills in a range of areas relevant to our legal practice.

Your key responsibilities as a volunteer will include assisting with:

  • The intake and triage of online and telephone enquiries;
  • Taking instructions and communicating with clients and third parties under supervision;
  • Legal research, analysis and problem solving;  
  • Preparing advice plans for client appointments;
  • Observing some client appointments and preparing file notes;
  • Preparing chronologies, correspondence, court documents and briefs to barristers; 
  • Delivering general legal information and facilitated external referrals to clients under supervision;
  • Recording and maintaining accurate information on Everyday Justice’s case management platform;
  • Generally supporting the legal work of Everyday Justice lawyers, including shadowing lawyers at meetings and court/tribunal appearances if appropriate; and
  • Other Everyday Justice activities, including creating content for social media from time to time.

Apply Now

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, by submitting their CV and a cover letter responding to the selection criteria to Raquel Dos Santos, Managing Lawyer at info@everydayjustice.com.au

As we receive a high number of applicants from around the country, please ensure you specify which state/territory you are applying from. We will only contact applicants who are successful in obtaining an interview.  

Firm or Organisation Name

Everyday Justice

Contact Name

Raquel Dos Santos

Email Address

info@everydayjustice.com.au

Job Level

Graduate - Pre-admission, Post-admission

Country

Australia

State

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia