VOLUNTEERING

PLEA Project (Prison Legal Education & Assistance Project

Volunteers present legal education programs to prisoners in justice centres and within the community across Geelong and Melbourne. Our aim is to provide inmates with the knowledge and skills needed to gain control in an environment where they may feel powerless and equip community members with the knowledge they need to proactively manage legal challenges.

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Requirements/Pre-requisites:

  • Studying Law

  • They also seem to like it if you have studied Criminal Procedure Law, Family Law, Mitigation Law and/or Civil Law.

Relevant skills developed:

  • Volunteers have the opportunity to develop their legal knowledge and present high quality information in challenging, high pressure environments. Volunteer positions complement legal studies, offer a range of opportunities for leadership and are highly rewarding.

How to apply:

  • Applications are stored on file to hire when they need people.

  • Click here to apply

Springvale Monash Legal Service

The Springvale Monash Legal Service was started in 1973 by a small group of Monash Law Students and Academics as a phone advice legal clinic. Currently, Springvale Monash Legal Services provides free and confidential legal services across the south-east including the City of Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia. SMLS (as it is known) has a large volunteer base, who work alongside the team to contribute to a fair and just Victoria. Their work relies heavily on the contribution of legal and non-legal volunteers. Demand for volunteer positions may vary - currently they are still taking applicants but are not operating at full capacity.

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Requirements / Pre-requisites:

  • Check the website for prerequsite requirements for applications.

 

Available opportunities:

  • Law Student volunteers (at capacity – apply to join the waiting list)

  • Solicitor volunteers (currently recruiting)

  • Community Development Volunteers (at capacity – apply to joint the waiting list)

  • Media and Communications Volunteers (currently recruiting)

Relevant skills developed:

  • Volunteers will have the opportunity to put their legal skills and knowledge to great work as they assist those who need legal advice the most on a wide range of legal issues.

How to apply:

  • Click here to apply

Hi everyone! I’m a third year Law/Arts student at Monash University. I’ve been working in a volunteer role with SMLS for a little over a year now. I started with two other students in a receptionist role which involved taking down client details and answering phone calls. At the end of 2019, I moved into a caseworker role. In this role we are able to interact face to face with clients (pre-COVID time!) in a number of different matters, including family and neighbour disputes and minor criminal offences such as fines and road accidents. I provide pro bono legal advice to clients, after consultation and assistance from the supervising lawyer. Prior to entering the caseworker role, full training was provided in helping us know what type of questions to ask when interviewing clients and the structure for writing file notes. The volunteer opportunity has been a great first step in gaining exposure to a practicing legal environment. The role has allowed me to strengthen and further develop my communication skills with fellow volunteers, clients and lawyers and has helped me apply some of the concepts I’ve learnt in my degree thus far!

 - Mahi

Justice Connect

Different volunteer roles exist for law students at this organisation. Justice Connect provides assistance in areas of: Homelessness Law, Public Interest Law, Seniors Law, Self Representation Service, Domestic Building Legal Service, Not-for-profit Law.

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Responsibilities:

  • If you volunteer with us, you’re part of the team, including joining us at seminars and training programs, and we encourage you to take part in fundraising and social events.

Requirements/Pre-requisites:

  • Studying Law

Relevant skills developed:

  • By volunteering with Justice Connect, you can make a vital contribution to our work giving people a fair chance at a better life. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about how we provide that help, working closely with our team of wonderful in-house and pro bono lawyers.

How to apply:​​

  • Applications open all year round

  • Currently not accepting any new volunteers due to Co-Vid 19

Job Watch Volunteer

Legal Practice Volunteers engage in casework and assist the lawyers with legal research, drafting documents and submissions and sitting in on client interviews and conferences. Priority is generally given to those who have demonstrable experience or an interest in employment, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity law.

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Requirements/Pre-requisites:

  • Priority is generally given to those who have demonstrable experience or an interest in employment, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity law

Relevant skills developed:

  • Legal Practice Volunteers engage in casework and assist the lawyers with legal research, drafting documents and submissions and sitting in on client interviews and conferences

How to apply:

Youth Law Volunteering

**2020 applications currently closed

Youth Law works to address the legal issues facing young people through legal services, advocacy, law reform and preventative education programs, within a human rights and social justice framework. Volunteers are recruited annually.

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Requirements/Pre-requisites

​- Volunteers must:  

  • Be enrolled in / a graduate of a relevant tertiary degree (eg Law, Legal Studies, Criminology, Communications, Computer Science, IT, Social Work etc)

  • Have completed at least one year of a relevant tertiary degree (ie in second year of above)

  • Be available to volunteer once a week (either half or full day) for a minimum of 12 months

  • Have / obtain a valid Working With Children Check

How to apply:

  • We conduct our volunteer intake annually in January/February. Volunteer opportunities may also arise throughout the year if positions become vacant. Please direct any volunteer queries by email to our Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator at admin@youthlaw.asn.au