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Practical Legal Training Student - Homeless Law

  • LocationMelbourne, VIC
  • Work TypeVolunteer
  • Positions1 Position
  • Applications Close AtClosed 7 days ago
    Never published
  • Job no: CN9HK
  • Category: Practical Legal Training Opportunities, Homeless Law

Important information about the role

The position reports to Legal Administrator and Senior Lawyer.

Employment is part-time (2-3 days; 16-24 hours per week) and successful candidates must commit to a minimum of 50 days.

This position is unpaid.

This role will be based at our Melbourne office with hybrid working arrangements. Successful candidates must work 1-2 days per week from the office on level 17, 461 Bourke Street.


Key Responsibilities:

As a PLT, you will develop practical and procedural legal experience and skills across practice areas relating to Homeless Law. You will have the opportunity to participate in: 

  • the intake of new telephone and online enquiries; 
  • taking instructions and communicating with clients; 
  • assessing matters for clinic appointments, drafting letters and drafting memos for appointments;  
  • observing some client appointments; 
  • delivering supervised legal information to clients; 
  • supporting the work of the lawyers (internal and secondee lawyers) including communicating with lawyers, case workers and the courts/tribunals, and drafting referral memoranda; 
  • legal research, analysis and problem solving;  
  • contributing to Homeless Law’s law reform, advocacy or project work;
  • inputting and maintaining accurate client information on Homeless Law’s case management platform, Microsoft Dynamics;  
  • shadowing Homeless Law lawyers at VCAT and Magistrates Court hearings (remotely during COVID-19); 
  • contributing to Justice Connect’s Reconciliation Action Plan activities.


Key areas of exposure from a PLT placement with Homeless Law include:

  • Intake: PLTs are the central access point to our service. PLTs are at the frontline of client intake, taking detailed instructions from clients, providing supervised legal information, booking appointments and making referrals where appropriate. 
  • Legal research: PLTs contribute to legal research, problem solving and analysis relating to inquiries and our advocacy work.
  • Law reform and advocacy: Homeless Law undertakes a range of law reform and advocacy work on policy issues impacting on our clients. Where possible, PLTs are able to participate in this work. 
  • Communication: PLTs support the work of the Homeless Law lawyers through communication with caseworkers, courts/tribunals, lawyers and other stakeholders, as well as drafting correspondence and referral memoranda.
  • Training: PLTs are invited to training sessions presented by Homeless Law staff and other organisations on a variety of topics.


Our Team

In the face of rising levels of unmet legal need, Justice Connect designs and delivers high impact interventions to increase access to legal support and progress social justice.

Justice Connect’s Homeless Law is Victoria’s specialist free legal service for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. We work closely with pro bono lawyers to provide intensive legal representation (including ongoing casework, negotiations, court and tribunal appearances and advice) to homeless or at-risk Victorians.  

Since 2001, Homeless Law has been outreach-based and client-centred, and from 2010, we have added depth to our practice by integrating staff social workers, allowing us to holistically address clients’ legal and non-legal needs under one roof.   

In addition to our integrated model of service delivery, which focuses on early intervention and preventing legal issues escalating to crisis point, we use the evidence from our direct casework to inform systemic change aimed at stopping homelessness before it starts and reducing the negative impact of the law on people experiencing homelessness.  


COVID-19 restrictions

The PLT program may be temporarily placed on hold if our capacity to work from the office is restricted by changes to the Victorian government COVID-19 restrictions. Any lockdowns of significant length may prevent you from completing your PLT placement with Homeless Law.

Applications close 11:59pm, Sunday 26 June 2022.

  • Closed 7 days ago - 26 Jun 2022