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PLT Law Student Volunteers

National Justice Project

The National Justice Project is a not-for-profit legal service, representing and giving voice to vulnerable people. We work to secure access to health care for vulnerable people, including people in offshore immigration detention and indigenous people, as well as in inquests, personal injury and other matters of public interest.

Our lawyers are committed and passionate about the work that we do. We look forward to training young lawyers who want to work in public interest law.

We are located in Surry Hills, near Central Station, and are open Monday – Friday, 9-5.30pm.

The practice operates in a context of significant family and refugee trauma and high emotions. The volunteers will be exposed to traumatic and graphic work, and need to be calm and impartial.

Purpose of the Position

The PLT volunteer is engaged by and is accountable to the Legal Practice Manager/CEO of NJP.

On a day-to-day basis the volunteers are supervised by Senior Solicitors.

There is a significant need for administrative support, and as PLTs become more experienced, you will also work with Senior Solicitors on cases, including liaising directly with clients, taking statements and other legal work. As a small organisation, you will have exposure to all aspects of the legal practice.

We are currently looking for people who wish to do their PLT in a full-time (or nearly FT) capacity.

We will have regular on-ongoing positions throughout the year with inductions every three months.

In 2019 there will be a June and a September intake. Please apply now even if you won’t be available until later in the year.

Duty Statement

  1. To answer incoming calls and send messages to solicitors
  2. To prepare correspondence
  3. To maintain files and file note all relevant correspondence
  4. To review medical records and create chronologies
  5. To keep records of correspondence on mail register
  6. To assist solicitors with cases as required

Selection Criteria:


  • Students who are in their final year of studying law or are completing a Practical Legal Training course

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Ability to work both in a team and independently in a small, busy and tight-knit office environment
  • Positive, cooperative and flexible attitude
  • Ability to prioritise workload and work independently
  • Clear understanding of and respect for confidentiality
  • Ability to deal with distressed and aggressive clients
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Maintaining office environment (when necessary)– take rubbish and recycling to bin

How to apply

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