Practical Legal Trainee (PLT)

  • Refugee Advice & Casework Service
  • Aug 28, 2019
Part-time PLT Work Experience Placement

Job Description


The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) seeks a dedicated person to join its team of committed human rights lawyers as a Practical Legal Trainee (students who hold a law degree and who are undertaking a course for practical admission as a lawyer). There are multiple positions available in our Randwick office and at our Outreach Service offices.

Responsibilities include research, drafting statements, observing and assisting with client appointments, accompanying lawyers to client meetings and DoHA interviews and various other administrative and legal tasks. You will receive on-the-job training and supervision.

You will have had previous volunteer experience and be able to demonstrate a commitment to human rights and social justice, an understanding of the issues that affect people seeking asylum, and a capacity to problem-solve. You will have administrative and organisational experience, and have the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders in a confident and a respectful manner. You will also need initiative and a sense of humour.

In return, we offer you a vibrant and supportive working environment, an induction program and range of experiences in a community legal centre.

Please note these are unpaid positions.

About RACS:

RACS is an independent community legal centre with a vision of a world where people seeking asylum and refugees who seek Australia's protection are able to live their lives with dignity, security, family unity and freedom.

RACS provides free, specialist legal services for people seeking asylum and refugees. Through individual advice sessions, community education and public advocacy, RACS strives to ensure that individuals and families at risk of persecution gain access to equal and fair representation before the law.


You must be enrolled in, or about to enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at College of Law. It would be preferable if you are available to work a minimum of 3 or 4 days per week. We have a required minimum of 60 days.

How to apply:

To apply, please email a cover letter setting out your interest in working at RACS, your CV and current availability to Vicky Chen at with subject “PLT Application”. Please include how many days per week you can commit to and when you are available to start. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible, as applications will be evaluated upon receipt. For more information please telephone (02) 8317 6500.

Organisation Name

Refugee Advice and Casework Service

Landline phone

02 8317 6500

Contact Name

Vicky Chen

Email address

Street Address

30 Botany Street, Randwick NSW 2031

Job Level

Graduate Pre-admission

State / Province / Region

New South Wales