Volunteer legal assistants provide legal and administrative support to the solicitors at MNCCLC in the following ways:
1. Legal Information & Referrals
Volunteers are responsible for staffing the front office are usually the first point of contact for clients and the community generally. As volunteers you can provide legal information and help with appropriate referrals.
2. Working on Casework Files
Volunteers support the solicitors at the centre through research, drafting letters and documents, and various other tasks. Volunteers will gain knowledge and experience of what is kept in legal files and the type of assistance we give to people.
3. Other Duties
Volunteers also assist with general administrative tasks involved in running a legal service. Volunteers can expect to develop skills in file management, assisting people in crisis, as well as increase their knowledge of referral services.
3. How to Apply
To apply for a position please send an application addressing each of the selection criteria below together with a copy of your CV. The application should be addressed to the Principal Solicitor and can be sent by email or post. See the contacts page.
- Partial completion of a legal degree
- Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to social justice
- Experience as a volunteer in another environment
- Understanding of legal rules about conflict of interest and confidentiality as they apply to working in a legal practice;
- Ideally available for 1 day per week for a minimum of 12 weeks (or equivalent);
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent computer skills
- Ability to work as part of a team
MNCCLC supports EEO principles and encourages people living with a disability and people from diverse cultural backgrounds to apply. If you require some adjustment to the workplace to help meet these criteria please contact the coordinator on 6580 2111 to discuss what can be done.
As part of your application, please let us know if there is anything that we should know about you that may cause an issue to arise under the Legal Profession Act.