Our volunteer program is available for law students who are in the second last or last year of completing a law degree (LLB or JD).
How do Volunteers help?
Volunteers play an important role in the work of the Mental Health Law Centre in a number of ways.
Telephone Advice Line – speaking to clients and providing advice under supervision and direction from lawyers
Working on Casework – assisting lawyers with casework files
Legal Research and Policy Work – volunteers can assist the Centre in research for law and policy reform proposals.
All successful applications are provided with Induction and On-site Training.
Admitted Lawyers/Restricted Practitioners
Please note that we are currently not able to accept volunteers who are already admitted, unless they have their own Professional Indemnity Insurance.
The volunteers who are affected are those who don’t hold a Practising Certificate with their current job (e.g. academics, government lawyers, in-house counsel, retirees etc.) and lawyers who may have been admitted but who are not currently employed anywhere else.
The State Association of Community Legal Centres is working with the Attorney General’s Office to try and resolve the issue. The proposed solution is an amendment to reg 97 of the Legal Profession Regulations 2009 to include employees and volunteers of CLCs as exempt from obtaining insurance through Law Mutual.
Applicants should meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled in their penultimate or final year of an undergraduate law degree or Juris Doctor;
- Be able to commit to one day/week for a period of at least 6 months;
- Have strong written and verbal communication skills;
- Be confident speaking to clients over the phone; and
- Have strong legal research skills.
Please send your resume along with your most recent academic transcript indicating your availability to the Centre by email.