Volunteer opportunities for Law Students and Graduate Solicitors
We currently have various student volunteering opportunities available.
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.
To apply, please click the button below. Applications close 31 January 2020.
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.
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.
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].