Volunteer

August 2022

Currently we are not seeking additional volunteers – we will update this page when we are recruiting.

We are transitioning to working in our office in Sydney. This means that, unfortunately, we will not be recruiting volunteers who cannot work in our office in Sydney. 

Please note that we are not a legal centre and do not offer legal services. While many of our volunteers are law students, we welcome applications from all fields and levels of experience. In the past we have accepted volunteers with training or experience in administration, graphic design, social work and communications.

Please email your CV to [email protected], attn: David, if you would like to be considered when we next have a volunteer intake.

We do not recruit on behalf of community legal centres (which are independent organisations), but we encourage you to consider approaching them directly about volunteering opportunities. Most community legal centres have a volunteer program. You can find lists of these organisations on the websites of the State and Territory associations.

Community legal centres have historically been built on the work of dedicated volunteers who are a fundamental part of the services that Centres provide to the community. Volunteer assistance supplements and supports the work of paid staff and significantly increases Centre capacity and extends areas of expertise as well as increasing access to justice.

For example, in 2016-17, 94.5% of Centres used volunteers and 6915 volunteers contributed nearly 15 300 hours of work per week across Australia that year. The main types of volunteers include undergraduate law students, Practical Legal Training students and lawyers. Most volunteer work contributes to direct legal service delivery.

The Social Justice Opportunities (SJOpps) website lists volunteering and career opportunities for law students and early career lawyers and is updated regularly. You can also contact your nearest Centre directly to find out about volunteering opportunities and recruitment.

Note: this is an external website managed by the National Pro Bono Resource Centre.