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Practical Legal Training Student (Voluntary)


WEstjustice is currently looking for PLT students to work 3 days per week in Footscray, Melbourne, assisting our Family Violence and Family Law Team. The placement is for a minimum of 50 days.

PLTs provide a vital contribution to our work and the functioning of our team. Successful applicants will gain valuable and practical experience working under the supervision of experienced lawyers.

Key Responsibilities / Expectations

  • Conducting intake with clients, some of whom are from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.
  • Analysing court documents.
  • File management.
  • Preparing and sending correspondence.
  • Data entry.
  • Legal research, analysis and problem solving.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • A degree in law.
  • Be currently completing your Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (through College of Law or an equivalent institution).
  • Ability to undertake a minimum of 50 days (3 days per week) of practical legal training at WEstjustice
  • Strong commitment to social justice, including a demonstrated understanding of the social context of law, family violence and the issues faced by vulnerable communities and the ability to contribute to WEstjustice’s systemic impact work.
  • Ability to listen to and engage with vulnerable or disadvantaged clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

*Please note that PLT positions are unpaid*

About WEstjustice:

WEstjustice is a multidisciplinary, community-based legal centre committed to improving justice outcomes for the people of western Melbourne, and especially the most vulnerable in our community. It was formed in July 2015 through the amalgamation of the Footscray, Wyndham and Western Suburbs Community Legal Centres, which brought a long and proud history and experience to the new organisation.

WEstjustice is committed to building a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people living with a disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers and LGBTIQ-identifying people. 

To submit your application, click Apply Now.

If you have any questions in relation to the role, please contact our office on 9749 7720 and ask to speak to Abigail Stone, Family Violence and Family Law Program.

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