Volunteers / Workshop Placements / Work Experience

Volunteers and workshop placements

Legal Aid ACT encourages volunteers and workshop placements, although our capacity with these is limited.

The Legal Practices (Civil, Criminal & Family) give preference to qualified lawyers and students who are near completing their legal qualifications.

Applications for these placements will be considered once a resume has been forwarded to hr@legalaidact.org.au.

Resumes should include:

  • Name and contact details
  • Current qualifications and/or current year of study
  • Previous employment experience (if applicable)
  • Preferences for placement (eg. Civil, Criminal, Family)
  • Details of your availability (eg. Commencing 3 May 2010, Thursdays only for 6 months)

Your resume will be retained for a period of 3 months and considered for any non advertised placement opportunities, at the expiration of the 3 month period your resume will be destroyed.

Should you not be successful in obtaining a placement with Legal Aid ACT in the specified period, you will be required to resubmit your resume for further consideration.

Please note: Receipt of your resume will not be acknowledged.

If you have any further queries concerning this process please contact hr@legalaidact.org.au

Youth Law Centre - Volunteer as a Paralegal

During the ANU Semester, paralegals are primarily sourced from the ANU College of Law’s Clinical Youth Law Program, an elective course available to later year LLB students. For more information about the course, click here.

During holiday periods, ANU and UC law students assist as paralegals on a volunteer basis. To be eligible to volunteer at the YLC you must have completed at least eight courses of an LLB. ANU and UC law students will be sent an email in early May and late September regarding the application process.

Working at the YLC involves assisting in the day-to-day operation of the centre. You will perform tasks such as: preparing for and performing client interviews, briefing solicitors, researching legal issues, drafting litigation correspondence along with court and tribunal applications, undertaking conflict checks, answering phones and responding to e-mails. Students will work alongside other solicitors under the supervision of the YLC Supervising Lawyer.

If you have further queries concerning this volunteer opportunity, please contact ylc@legalaidact.org.au

Work experience

Legal Aid participates in the ACT Department of Education and Training Work Experience and Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Program, however, due to privacy issues and the sensitive nature of many of our legal matters, the areas where school students are able to participate are limited.

If you have any further queries concerning this process please contact hr@legalaidact.org.au