Volunteer Opportunities

Justice Connect – Criminal Law

The criminal law volunteer position is designed for law students in their ultimate or penultimate year who are interested in pursuing a career as a criminal defence lawyer or community lawyer.

About Homeless Law

Homeless Law is a dynamic legal team at Justice Connect delivering access to justice through pro bono. Homeless Law provides legal assistance to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, specialising in tenancy, infringements, guardianship and administration law, credit and debt and criminal law.

Homeless Law’s Senior Criminal Lawyer assists Homeless Law clients with advice and ongoing representation in relation to their criminal charges. We predominantly assist with matters listed in metropolitan Magistrates’ Courts and predominantly in circumstances where clients are ineligible for funding from Victoria Legal Aid.

What you can expect from your volunteer placement

You will have the opportunity to support the work of the Senior Criminal Lawyer by:

  • communicating with clients;
  • communicating with support workers, courts and Police;
  • drafting correspondence and court documents;
  • file management: inputting and maintaining accurate client information and communications;
  • legal research; and
  • assisting with policy and law reform work.
Who we’re looking for

To be the ideal candidate for this role, you will:

  • be in your ultimate or penultimate year of study;
  • have completed a subject in criminal law;
  • have an interest in pursuing a career as a criminal defence lawyer or community lawyer in the community legal sector;
  • have experience (paid or volunteer) within a legal office environment (preferred but not required);
  • have excellent written communication skills, time management skills and attention to detail; and
  • be available one day a week for a minimum 3 month commitment.

For more information about this volunteer position, please call Laura Heffes on (03) 86364430.

We welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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