Justice Connect: Practical Legal Training (PLT)
Justice Connect regularly recruits PLT students to work in both their Melbourne and Sydney offices. Students can work with their Not-for-profit Law, Homeless Law, Seniors Law, MOSAIC, Self Representation Service and Our Referral Service teams.
PLT students will have a diverse experience, including direct client engagement, supporting pro bono lawyers and undertaking legal research.
For information on how to apply and what to expect from your placement, refer to the Positions available page on the Justice Connect website.
Fitzroy Legal Service Traineeship
Fitzroy Legal Service annually recruit a legal trainee with funding from Allens Linklaters. Information for the position will be available on this page.
Other graduate opportunities
From time to time, other positions become available in community legal centres, including policy and community development work, which do not require that the worker be an admitted lawyer. These positions are advertised in the careers section of our website.
Victoria Legal Aid’s New Lawyers Program recruits newly admitted or junior lawyers for a two year program. For details, visit Victoria Legal Aid.
The Federation commenced its Community Legal Centre Law Graduate Scheme in 2010. The program provided an opportunity for law graduates to start their legal career in Victorian community legal centres.
Funding for the Scheme ended in 2014. The Federation is currently seeking alternative funding opportunities. This page will be updated if anything changes.
“Law students come to law school thinking that they can change the world and then each year in law school they’re being told how complex the world is, how difficult change is, how rigid institutions are. By the time they graduate, they’ve become hopeless. I think that’s a problem. We need people who want to change the world, we need people who want to see the emergence of social justice. We need people who have the vision of a better way of doing things no matter where we are.”
Lawyers have an obligation to those who need them most
Professor Abbe Smith
“A law degree is a remarkable thing, a powerful thing,” visiting US Fulbright Senior Scholar Professor Abbe Smith told a recent University of Melbourne Law School awards night audience. “It may feel to some that, especially in the Western world, there are too many lawyers. Right-wing radio commentators in the USA often complain about this. I have a different perspective. I believe there are too few lawyers – too few where they are needed most.”
Letter to a law student interested in social justice
William P. Quigley
“'The first thing I lost in law school was the reason that I came.' What a simple and powerful indictment of legal education and of our legal profession. It is also a caution to those of us who want to practice social justice lawyering. Many come to law school because they want in some way to help the elderly, children, people with disabilities, undernourished people around the world, victims of genocide, or victims of racism, economic injustice, religious persecution or gender discrimination.
Unfortunately, the experience of law school and the legal profession often dilute the commitment to social justice lawyering."
"Dear Law Student:
I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the profession that you are about to enter is one of the most unhappy and unhealthy on the face of the earth—and, in the view of many, one of the most unethical. The good news is that you can join this profession and still be happy, healthy, and ethical. I am writing to tell you how."