Volunteers and Secondments

Volunteer opportunities for Law Students and Graduate Solicitors

Applications for volunteers are currently closed. Please check back for future intakes.

We are looking for students in their penultimate or final year of a law degree who are looking to volunteer at least 1 full day per week at JusticeNet in either our Pro Bono Referrals Service called ‘Pro Bono Connect’ (including our refugee service) or our self-representation service.

The expectation is that the recruited volunteers will commit to volunteer for at least a full semester. The number of positions available and at which of JusticeNet’s services will be determined after the applications are shortlisted.

Apply online

Alternatively, you can send your transcript, CV and a cover letter to [email protected].

Your cover letter should include:

  • Why you would like to volunteer at JusticeNet;
  • Your relevant experience, particularly social justice experience.
  • Why you are passionate about social justice;
  • Your availability to volunteer.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by email in due course after applications close and may be asked to attend an interview. Please note that due to the volume of applications we will receive and due to our limited resources, unfortunately we cannot respond to applicants who are not shortlisted and we cannot provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Please note that this is not a formal PLT opportunity and we cannot consider applications made on that basis.

If you have any questions please phone JusticeNet on 8313 5005 between 10am to 3pm, Monday to Thursday.

Student Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at JusticeNet is an important way that you can help us improve access to justice for vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians.

It is also an excellent opportunity for students and graduates to obtain legal practice experience. JusticeNet therefore aims to provide regular opportunities for law students and graduate lawyers to volunteer with JusticeNet.

Please see below further information about our student volunteer program.

"Volunteering at JusticeNet has helped me put the theoretical knowledge I have gained in Law School into practice. This experience has re-oriented my focus to people’s goals when faced with legal issues and given me the opportunity to be exposed to interesting areas of law beyond the bounds of the law school. Also, in doing so, you receive a great sense of helping others that were faced with limited options."

 

How do I apply?

When there is an opening for volunteer positions, we will advertise the opportunity and provide further information on this page about how to apply. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate full-time or intensive (short-term placements). Please also see below the specific information about PLT and GDLP placements.

JusticeNet receives hundreds of volunteer applications each year and unfortunately, as an organisation with limited resources, we can only accommodate a small number volunteers at any given time.

Please note that due to the level of interest in these opportunities, JusticeNet has a competitive application process and you may be required to attend an interview.

The availability and number of volunteer positions available will depend on our assessment of the need at the time. Unfortunately, due to our limited resources, we will only make contact with shortlisted applicants. We are also unable to respond to applications outside of our advertised dates.

JusticeNet’s student volunteer program

If you have an interest in pro bono and are looking to augment your existing legal knowledge with practical legal experience, JusticeNet offers opportunities to participate in the coordination of pro bono legal services in South Australia. JusticeNet looks for student and graduate volunteers with a keen interest in social justice, good interpersonal skills, effective organisational skills and a strong academic record and/or demonstrated legal experience.

As a volunteer you can expect to handle enquiries from the public, review applications for pro bono assistance across the spectrum of civil law, research legal issues, draft advice and undertake fundamental legal administrative and file management tasks. You will gain experience working in a legal practice-like environment and gain an insight into the barriers facing vulnerable and disadvantaged members the community. All of this is done as part of small but supportive team.

You will have the opportunity to exercise your own judgement as certain matters arise. Your volunteer experience will put your legal skills to the test and teach you to back your judgment. Working with JusticeNet gives you a great insight into what to expect working in the community legal sector.

Due the investment that JusticeNet staff will put into training you and developing your legal skills, there is a minimum time commitment from all volunteers of at least 1 full day per fortnight for a semester.

Practical Legal Training and GDLP Placements

JusticeNet cannot currently accommodate PLT or GDLP placements. Positions for PLT and GDLP will be advertised should they become available. Please re-visit this page for updates.

 

Clinical Legal Education

JusticeNet offers student placements as part of university Clinical Legal Education courses. Students can volunteer at JusticeNet for one day per week during the university semester as part of their course. Currently, the University of Adelaide participates in this program. If you are interested in a placement, please contact your course coordinator.

 

Retired and Career-break Lawyers

We would like to hear from retired and ‘career break’ practitioners who are looking for opportunities to assist disadvantaged South Australians. We welcome experienced practitioners who can provide their knowledge, skills and experience to perform vital work including:

  • conducting telephone or face-to-face client interviews and assessing applications for pro bono assistance for complex matters;
  • discrete project work on law reform/policy issues of relevance to JusticeNet; and 
  • participating in the delivery of low cost legal training to not-for-profit organisations

If you have an interest in contributing to JusticeNet please contact Molly Scanlon at [email protected] or on 8313 5005.

 

Secondments

Legal secondments to JusticeNet provide a unique opportunity for practicing lawyers to engage in diverse and rewarding work for the benefit of vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community.

If you are interested in taking up a secondment with JusticeNet talk to your firm's pro bono coordinator or contact Tim Graham on 8313 5005 or [email protected].