Practical Legal Training

Build your skills and make a difference

What is Practical Legal Training?

You’ve finished your degree, and you’re nearly ready to head out into the legal world, but there’s a final step: Practical Legal Training. With Justice Connect, you can do your training and make a real difference in people’s lives. Sharpen your skills while working to help people facing disadvantage and contribute to a cause you’re passionate about – access to justice.

It’s also a great way to meet new people, gain practical experiences and develop career-related professional skills and networks with a respected and established legal charity.

Justice Connect regularly recruits PLT students to work in our Melbourne and Sydney Offices with our Not-for-profit Law, Homeless Law, Seniors Law, Self Representation Service and Public Interest Law teams.

Am I eligible?

  • You must have completed a law degree
  • You must be currently completing professional legal education to gain admission to practice 
(ie. through College of Law, Australian National University or equivalent institution)
  • You must be willing to undertake a minimum of 50 days of practical legal training at Justice Connect
  • You must not be currently admitted as a lawyer. Lawyers will not be considered.

Justice Connect’s offices are CBD based. PLT placements are volunteer positions, and unpaid. Before making an application we encourage you to read about the work of Justice Connect and our programs. We place PLT students within programs on an as-needed basis. While we attempt to place successful applicants within the program that best suits their area of interest, we cannot guarantee this will be the case.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are highly encouraged to apply.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately Justice Connect cannot give individual feedback on all applications. Due to the high number of applications Justice Connect received for PLT positions only shortlisted applicants will be notified if they are successful or otherwise.

Positions available

Melbourne 01/09/2018
PLT Placement Not-for-profit Law
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We currently have positions available to work with our specialist legal service Not-for-profit Law, based in our Melbourne CBD office, commencing as soon as possible.

Not-for-profit Law provides free and low-cost legal assistance to not-for-profit community organisations around Australia.

As a PLT student within Not-for-profit Law, you will receive training and supervision and will gain experience in working with not-for-profit clients with a broad range of legal needs.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the positions will be open until filled.

Download position description:

NFP Law PLT Position Description 2018 Download PDF (210 KB)

Placement info:

PLT Placement NFP Law – Melbourne Office – Sept 2018 Download PDF (111 KB)

Sydney 01/09/2018
PLT Placement Not-for-profit Law
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We currently have positions available to work with our specialist legal service Not-for-profit Law, based in our Sydney CBD office, commencing as soon as possible.

Not-for-profit Law provides free and low-cost legal assistance to not-for-profit community organisations around Australia.

As a PLT student within Not-for-profit Law, you will receive training and supervision and will gain experience in working with not-for-profit clients with a broad range of legal needs.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the positions will be open until filled.

Download position description:

NFP Law PLT Position Description 2018 Download PDF (210 KB)

Placement info:

PLT Placement info NFP Law Sydney Office (Aug 2018) Download PDF (157 KB)

Melbourne
PLT Placement Homeless Law and Seniors Law
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Our Melbourne office is currently recruiting PLT students to work with our Homeless Law & Seniors 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 & Seniors Law Service is client-focused. As a PLT, you will take part in improving the lives of some of our most disadvantaged community members.

We are recruiting for PLT students in 2018 and on an ongoing basis. Starting dates will vary.

Download position description:

PLT Homeless and Seniors Law Position Description Download PDF (309 KB)

Placement info:

PLT Placement Homeless Law and Seniors Law – Melbourne Office 2018 Download PDF (180 KB)

Sydney 15/09/2018
PLT Placement Public Interest Law
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Our Sydney office is currently recruiting a PLT student to work with our Public Interest Law team. As a PLT student, you will develop practical and procedural legal experience and skills across various practice areas.

We're recruiting a PLT student to work 2-5 days per week for a minimum of 50 days with a mid-September start. Position will be advertised until filled.

Public Interest Law is a central part of Justice Connect’s strategy of delivering access to justice through pro bono. The Public Interest Law service makes referrals to pro bono lawyers on behalf of individuals experiencing disadvantage and organisations that assist them or where the matter is in the public interest.

Download position description:

PLT Public Interest Law Position Description Download PDF (84 KB)

Placement info:

PLT Placement Public Interest Law NSW Sydney Office – Aug18 Download PDF (359 KB)

Sydney 01/09/2018
PLT Placement Self Representation Service
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Our Sydney office is currently recruiting a PLT student to work with our Self Representation Service. As a PLT student with this service, you will develop practical and procedural legal experience and skills across various practice areas.

We have a place for a student to start in August/September 2018. You'll work at least 2-3 days per week, with a preference for Thursday and Friday, for at least 60 days. We consider applications on a rolling basis.

The Self Representation Service is a service providing unrepresented litigants in the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court with discrete legal advice and assistance. The Self Representation Service empowers individuals experiencing disadvantage to pursue and enforce their rights and duties at court. It currently assists in bankruptcy, employment law, human rights/discrimination and judicial review matters.

Download position description:

PLT Self Representation Service Position Description Download PDF (51 KB)

Placement info:

PLT Placement Self Rep Service – Sydney Office – Aug18 Download PDF (164 KB)

Apply

To make an application for one of the above roles, please send a current version of your CV and cover letter to:

plt.recruitment@justiceconnect.org.au

Please include the title of the PLT placement you are applying for in the subject line.

Testimonials

“The culture was unbeatable. I felt welcomed and comfortable, not just in my team but within the whole organisation.”

– Richelle Thompson, Self Representation Service PLT, May 2018

“You will not find a better group of people to work with and to learn from. Justice Connect has an amazing group of committed individuals that make a real difference to the lives of those who need it the most.”

-Peter Knespal, Public Interest Law PLT, April 2017

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