Our Melbourne office is currently recruiting Practical Legal Trainees (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.
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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, Public Interest Law and Court Programs combined team.
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.
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.
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.
“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