Volunteering at JusticeNet is an important way that you can help us improve access to justice for vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians.
If you have an interest in pro bono and are looking to augment your existing legal knowledge with practical legal experience, JusticeNet offers an opportunity to participate in the coordination of pro bono legal services in South Australia.
As a legal 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 and draft advice. 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. It is a logical first step if this is where you would like your career to head.
"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."
Volunteers attend JusticeNet once a week on a mutually agreed weekday between 10am to 4pm at our office in the Adelaide CBD. For continuity, we require students to commit to volunteering for at least one semester and are unable to accomodate full-time placements or short-term placements including Practical Legal Training.
How do I apply?
JusticeNet accepts volunteer applications all year round with a major intake in October/November and May/June subject to availability. JusticeNet only accepts applications from students or graduates who are completing or have completed a degree in law in Australia.
To express your interest, please send an email to [email protected] with your resume and academic transcript. We will keep your details on file and automatically consider you for the following intake.
We have now finalised our intake for Summer 2016. If you are interested in the next intake (Winter 2017), please send us your application which will be kept on file.
Clinical Legal Education and Professional Placement Courses
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 South Australia and University of Adelaide participate in this program. If you are interested in a placement, please contact your course coordinator at your university.
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 Elizabeth Boxall at [email protected] or on 8313 5005. We may have a project that will interest you.
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].