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Practical Legal Training vacancy

Applications close 5pm on Monday 26 October 2020

…ICLC has been an excellent introduction to the real world. I have had other legal work in similar areas, and have completed other internships, but none have replicated ICLC’s inclusive workplace, and diversity of clients and work.

PLT student, 2018

 

It is not an overstatement to say my time at ICLC was life changing. I can genuinely say I am now a better person as a result of my experience.

– PLT student 2015

 

The Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) is looking for students to complete their practical legal training placement with us on a volunteer basis. This is an opportunity for students to experience legal practice and consider professional responsibilities in a vibrant and inclusive community legal setting. The position is unpaid, with a focus on your learning and development. We aim to prepare our students to commence a legal career.

The PLT Program duties include meeting clients, taking instructions, and supporting solicitors to give legal advice. You will also be involved in casework, potentially including court attendance, drafting legal correspondence and following up client matters. You will be doing real legal work under the supervision of the Principal Solicitor.

Our clients come from diverse circumstances and include people who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, people with disability, clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, clients with complex issues, and clients who identify as LGBTIQ. It is essential that you be willing and able to work with people from diverse backgrounds.

The application process involves a written application, an interview and negotiation of working hours suitable to both the student and ICLC. Preference is given to applicants committing to a 60+ day placement of at least 3 days per week, usually including one evening per week.

Selection criteria:

Prerequisite –

Completion or near-completion of a law degree and eligibility to commence the practical experience components of Practical Legal Training. It may be possible to complete part of a PLT placement before graduation – you need to check with your proposed provider to see how many days you could complete.

 

Essential criteria –

  1. Commitment to social justice.
  2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  3. Ability to work with clients from diverse backgrounds and in diverse circumstances, including clients in stressful situations and who may present with challenging behaviours.
  4. Understanding of legal professional practice issues, including duties to maintain confidentiality and to raise practice issues with your supervisor.
  5. Ability to work independently and as part of a small team.
  6. Demonstrated interest in legal issues affecting communities served by ICLC.

 

Desirable criteria –

  1. Prior experience volunteering with the ICLC or another legal service.
  2. Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds
  3. Experience in administration or customer service.

 

The application

Applications should include a written statement addressing the selection criteria (maximum of 2 pages) and include a copy of their current resume. We will also seek contact details for two referees before finalising any placement. Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

This round of applications close 5pm on Monday 26 October 2020. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are received.

To apply, please email Roslyn Cook at roslyn@iclc.org.au.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at a mutually convenient time, and interviews may be conducted remotely.

ICLC’s human resources policies, procedures and practices support anti-discrimination principles and encourage people living with a disability, people who identify as Aboriginal, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people identifying as LGBTIQ to apply. Please contact Roslyn at roslyn@iclc.org.au or phone the centre on (02) 9332 1966 if you require adjustment to the recruitment process.

As part of your application, please let us know if there is anything that we should know about you that may cause an issue to arise under the Legal Profession Uniform Law. As an example see section 121.