Practical Legal Training (PLT) Placements

ICLC is not currently accepting PLT students. This page will be updated when PLT placements are available.

…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

The Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) welcomes 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. All placement hours are to be completed at our office in Kings Cross. 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, with a minimum of 55 days of supervised legal training to complete. 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. Experience volunteering with the ICLC or another legal service.

2. Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds

3. Experience in administration or customer service.